Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

Giuseppe Rossi (AP)

Good afternoon folks. There is a full schedule of matches today on TV and with the MLS Combine kicking off this afternoon, today will be a pretty busy day on the soccer scene.

Here is the schedule of the rest of today's matches on TV:

  • 12:15pm- Setanta USA- Swansea City at Burnley

  • 12:30pm- FSC- Liverpool at Stoke City

  • 2pm- GolTV- Sevilla at Deportivo La Coruna

  • 2:30pm- FSC- Cagliari at Inter Milan

  • 2:55pm- Setanta USA- Marseille at Auxerre

  • 4pm- GolTV- Villarreal at Valencia

  • 4:30pm- FSC- Torino at Genoa

  • 5pm- Setanta USA- Manchester City at Portsmouth

  • 6:45pm- Setanta USA- Hull City at Everton

  • 8pm- FSC- Sunderland at Middlesbrough

  • 11pm- FSC- Racing at Independiente

  • 2am- FSC- Wellington Phoenix at Sydney FC

If you are watching today's matches, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action.

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47 Responses to Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

  1. Adam says:

    Man City / Portsmouth frozen pitch delay

  2. brian says:

    let’s go Potters!!

  3. Thomas says:

    Donovan made his debut today…anyone see the match and have comments on how he did?

  4. jddjsjsjdd says:

    Here’s hoping for a Fernando Torres hat trick against Stoke.

  5. jddjsjsjdd says:

    Fulham and Portsmouth game have been post-poned, so will have to wait a while for Dempsey to hit his next brace. Will be a competition to see who ends up as the highest scorer this season, him or AJ.

  6. TorresyVilla says:

    I have a feeling that both Torres and Villa will score for Liverpool and Valencia this weekend. Super strikers for Spain.

  7. Ethan says:


    See the responses to the post, “Donovan stands to benefit as Podolski move looms” for information and a link on the BM friendly.

  8. AltiCooper says:

    “The Bavarians’ left flank again caught the eye as Philipp Lahm, Ze Roberto and Franck Ribery staged a number of intelligent passing interchanges, while Donovan looked mobile on his maiden outing in a Bayern jersey, narrowly failing to net a tricky half-volley but setting up Schweinsteiger for the equaliser with an intelligent pass into the inside-right channel.

    FCB boss Klinsmann made nine changes at half-time, with only US star Donovan and full-back Lell completing the full 90 minutes. The run-out represented a chance for squad players such as Jose Sosa, Breno and Andreas Ottl to impress alongside more established figures in the shape of fit-again Hamit Altintop and Tim Borowski.”

    link to

  9. Citronomics says:

    Thanks for the link AltiCooper! Here’s hoping Donavan gets into a rhythm during Bayern’s friendlies

  10. Adam says:

    Speaking of Landy, should he be starting in our World Cup campaign (probable), he MUST shave his head, would look much more bad ass than receding hairline.

  11. Carl says:

    Couldn’t agree more. Bald Landon would be cool.

  12. AltiCooper says:

    So yeah sounds like lando did well… however Freddy didnt even make the bench for monaco today. There already down 1-0. Hope Jozy can get some time

  13. Isaac says:

    AltiCooper, That report on Freddy doesn’t surprise me and Jozy’s news wont be any better.

  14. Carl says:

    Off the topic question.. I will be in Rome next weekend and want to go to the Roma vs. Milan game. What is the best site to buy tickets? Anyone know someone in Rome that may be going? Any help would be appreciated.

  15. SonicDeathMonkey says:

    I was going to link a site with the highlights of the Bayern game, but I noticed the site has ads of women exposing themselves, and I don’t want Ives banning me from here. :) Also, Carl, I’m almost positive the Milan-Roma game it tomorrow.

  16. Dave says:

    Adu needs to LEAVE ASM pronto. Unless he picked up some type of knock that we don’t know about, it is borderline ridiculous that after a showing against JUVE that had RANIERI singing his praises, Freddy can’t even make the BENCH against Nantes? Give me a break-awful situation for one of our brightest prospects-needs to get on a team w/ a coach who is going to put him on the field.

  17. Carl says:

    Your right… I was looking at the wrong weekend of fixtures. I will be headed to Lazio vs. Juventus then.

  18. Louis says:

    SonicDeathMonkey, is there any other way you can direct us to the site with the Bayern highlights? I really wanna see how donovan did

  19. Adam says:

    Adu just needs time in a STABLE system, burning through coaches has a deleterious effect on development. IE like Altidore’s place @ Villarreal, sure he is not getting time, but there is the potential for growth within the system.

  20. Nickel says:

    Jozy is not in the starting line up, and i do not know if he made the bench.

    Anyhow, watch the game at click sports, then soccer, and look for the game it should be there.

  21. Nickel says: click sports, then soccer, and search. you may want to look for the game in spanish, starts right now. be patient for it to load, and the freezing.

  22. nickel says:

    link to click sports, then soccer, and search. you may want to look for the game in spanish, starts right now. be patient for it to load, and the freezing.

  23. Carl says:

    Jozy is not on the bench. Frustrating.

  24. nothing says:

    jozy is injured

  25. Nick says:

    Jozy isn’t playing, so I’m not watching. He’s fit again, so why not even the bench?

  26. Adam says:

    “Jozy isn’t playing, so I’m not watching.”

    ???? WTF ?????

    Still great football.

  27. Wiz Kid says:

    Besides TFC, are we going to be seeing some new jerseys/kits being handed out for the superdraft???

  28. Carl says:

    Well is he fit or is he injured?

  29. andrew in tampa says:

    villareal down 2 zip early. team did not respond well to the challenge of the other top four teams. valencia is slicing and dicing the yellow submarines.

  30. CSD says:

    The US Soccer Player love fest continues on Sky Sports:

    link to

    Nice Jay Demeritt interview.

  31. Andrew says:

    I caught the second half of the Bayern munich friendly, and I hear that Landy Cakes played the entire game. Anyone see how he played the first half?? I heard he may have had an assist?

  32. Erik Abarca says:

    Here’s the link of Donovan’s assist to Schweinsteiger goal… link to

  33. EssEff says:

    God, Zanetti rules. The guy just can’t be knocked off the ball. Is there anyone who wouldn’t want this guy on their team? He’s like John Riggins with ball skills.

    Inter’s kinda sucking today, though.

  34. :D says:

    3-2 Valencia Villarreal in the 83rd minute.

    Is there any doubt that David Villa is the best striker in the world right now? Sure Messi, Eto’o, Toni, Torres, Ibrahimovic, and Aguero are talented like GOD, but Villa is a legend.

  35. Isaac says:

    There might be SOME good news for us yanks:

    USMNT and AGF Aarhus midfielder Benny Feilhaber has breathed a sigh of relief after a recent MRI revealed that no further operation will be necessary.

    Feilhaber, who had only a single hour-long appearance for the Danes before the latest knee woe knocked him out of action is targeting an on-field return after the winter break.

    “Everything is moving along nicely,” the Gold Cup hero told YA. “The doctor decided I didnt need surgery after the latest MRI.”

    “He felt the meniscus looked good and there was very minimal damage to the cartilage, and therefore only a 45-60 day physcial therapy would be enough to get me back on the field.”

    The American who suffered through Derby County’s miserable 2007/08 season after joining from Hamburg, is looking forward to rejoining Aarhus and fellow national teamer Jeremiah White before the league resumes in the spring.

    “I’ve been rehabbing now for about four weeks, so in another month I should be close to training,” Feilhaber said. “Right now I am set to leave Brazil and go back to Denmark late January or early February.”

  36. beckster says:

    CSD – thanks for the Demerit interview link. It was nice – unlike his performance last night against Reading. He was the worst player on the field and made some horrific errors. We’ll see how it impacts his playing time next week. Fortunately for him, Watford’s defense is notoriously bad so there may not be anyone to replace him.

  37. Nicole says:

    Donovan also drew the free kick that led to the second goal for Bayern Munich.

  38. Chase says:

    Great pass there from Landycakes, Freddy not playing at all today is very disapointing, what does he have to do to get some time on the field…

  39. yoman says:

    Villarreal should let Jozy go on loan if he is not going to even make the bench.

    VCF 3 – Valencia 3 Rossi with an assist and goal from P.K

  40. nels says:

    that was a well taken pass made my donovan, hope he keeps it up.

    also, bastian schwienasldkhstieggar’s wife is HOT, that is all.

  41. Jamie Z. says:

    And in the biggest news in weekend football, I’m On Setanta Sports is OVER! I’m gutted.

  42. nels says:

    i dont believe its over, i think its a trick.

    or maybe im hoping so badly that im in denial :(

  43. Isaac says:

    It was bound to happen guys. A bad week in American’s abroad. Might as well get over it and hope for a better one next week.

  44. TimN says:

    Middlesbrough and Sunderland…simply painful to watch. Bar two flashes of brilliance by each side on their goals, this game was an exhibition in poor ball delivery and clumsy fouls. I don’t think I can recall watching a game in which so many poor crosses were sent in, and so many set pieces were squandered. Both these teams are fighting relegation, and it’s not hard to see why.

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    It is where I used to buy my concert tickets and Champions League tickets. If you get the chance while in Rome go to the ristorante Gatto Matto. Cheap prices and the best food in Rome. Hope this helps.

  46. Carl says:

    Thanks, This Guy!

  47. Ryan G says:

    “It was nice – unlike his performance last night against Reading. He was the worst player on the field and made some horrific errors. We’ll see how it impacts his playing time next week.”

    Considering he’s the captain of Watford, odds are he will be playing next week. I actually thought he played quite well for how horrible the defense looked overall. Demerit made some superb blocks on shots in the box, was positioned well, and was basically let down by his other defenders and the goalie (WTF was the goalie doing on the third goal?).