Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Marquee battles in each of Europe's top leagues and a loaded schedule of important MLS tilts headline a busy Saturday of soccer action.

Early birds will be able to watch Aston Villa take on Chelsea on ESPN2, while those sleeping in can still wake up and catch Juventus-Fiorentina, Hamburg-Bayer Leverkusen and Valencia Barcelona.

Then you have the MLS battles, with FC Dallas-Colorado arguably the most important match-up from a playoff implication standpoint.

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

Enjoy the action (Today's TV schedule is after the jump).

Today's Soccer on TV

7:30am- ESPN2- Aston Villa vs. Chelsea

9:30am- Setanta USA- Manchester United vs. Bolton

10am- FSC- Sunderland vs. Liverpool

10am- Blackpool vs. Plymouth Argyle

10- Fox Sports Espanol- Portsmouth vs. Tottenham

Noon- FSC- Juventus vs. Fiorentina

Noon- USA- Nottingham Forest vs. Newcastle United

12:30pm- GolTV- Hamburg vs. Bayer Leverkusen

2:30pm- FSC- Montreal Impact vs. Vancouver Whitecaps

2:40pm- FSE/RAI- Genoa vs. Inter Milan

3pm- Setanta USA- Lille vs. Rennes

4pm- GolTV- Valencia vs. Barcelona

4pm- Direct Kick- Toronto FC vs. Real Salt Lake

5pm- ESPN Deportes- FC Twente vs. AZ Alkmaar (Delayed)

6pm- FSC- New England Revolution vs. Chicago Fire

6pm- Azteca America- Cruz Azul vs. Tecos

8pm- Direct Kick- D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew

8pm- Azteca America- Indios vs. Atlante

8pm- Telemundo- Monterrey vs. Jaguares

8:30pm- Direct Kick- Kansas City Wizards vs. Seattle Sounders

8:30pm- Direct Kick- FC Dallas vs. Colorado Rapids

8:30pm- Setanta USA- Arsenal vs. Birmingham (Delayed)

9:45pm- Telemundo- Atlas vs. Queretarao

10pm- Telefutura- San Luis vs. UNAM Pumas

10:15pm- Setanta USA- Everton vs. Wolves (Delayed)

10:30pm- Direct Kick- Chivas USA vs. San Jose Earthquakes

2am- FSC- Gold Coast United vs. Perth Glory

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75 Responses to Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

  1. ECS Spokane says:

    Come on Villa, Stick it to those Blue Bastards

  2. ECS Spokane says:

    Question Ives,

    Is it too early for a drinking game? Just got off work.

  3. Hello Red Bull fans,

    I’d love for you to check out our feature with Midfielder Luke Sassano at link to

    Sassano spoke a lot about his love for the Red Bull organization as well as his karaoke habit.

  4. Beckster says:

    morning Ives! Go Villa!

  5. DC Josh says:

    @ECS Spokane Drinking game:

    one drink for every minute the game is delayed.

  6. DC Josh says:

    Oh how I love the pre game tunnel shot…

    Zhirkov starting?? Did I see that correctly?

  7. DC Josh says:

    Zhirkov on the bench. I need more coffee.

  8. Spruce says:

    Villa should be winning this game

  9. ThaDeuce says:

    No Fulham v Hull on TV : (
    Nothing that I will make time to watch today.

  10. kswiss says:

    So I just tuned in to ESPN2 for the second half, where the LA Galaxy have absorbed FC Dallas, and are currently down 2-1 to Aston Villa.

    Seriously, though, what’s up with these Chelsea kits?

  11. ko'd says:

    Fulham v. Hull is on Monday, yo.

  12. A.S. says:

    Fulham – Hull is on Monday. (On ESPN2, I think)

  13. kswiss says:

    Good game, so far. When I was woken up at 7:30 by a fire alarm low battery signal, I figured this wasn’t going to be a very good day. Then I clicked on ESPN2, and found the second half just about to start. All has been redeemed.

  14. Alex says:

    Beasley didn’t even make the bench; again. January can’t come soon enough for him.

  15. A.S. says:

    Joe Cole coming on! Well, that’s encouraging.

  16. ThaDeuce says:

    awesome, I will be getting my fill of soccer action on Monday fosho.
    For this weekend, I can’t wait for Saints v Giants Tomorrow for some sports action on TV.

  17. Alex says:

    Spector on the bench

  18. Beckster says:

    Villa takes it. Great game!

  19. GoGunners says:

    morning ives. about to watch arsenal v birmingham city on (check it out they have a host of games on it) birmingham city hasnt given up more than 2 goals at home all year so needless to say they have played quality football especially in the backline. they should have probably of gotten a draw at old trafford and played an inspired match against chelsea where they should have pulled a draw.

    prediction: gunners win 2-0! rvp and arshavin hit the old onion bag. VICTORIA CONCORDIA CRESCIT

  20. Ian says:

    One for the balloon!!!

  21. doug says:

    wtf?! even balloons are out to get us this year. no stevie g, no torres, no luck

  22. jig says:

    darren bent is siiiick

  23. K-ATL says:

    UP THE VILLA! The new and improved back line at Villa Park is paying HUGE dividends!!!!!!

  24. GoGunners says:

    well im wrong already. 2-0 Gunners in the 18th. RVP and Diaby score. AA didnt start instead Walcott started his frist macth sine his injury. Who knows AA may come off the pine for some action later.

  25. Ian says:

    you meant 2-0 in the first 18 min, right?

  26. GoGunners says:

    haha yea sorry ian. little too excited.

  27. OmarVizquel says:

    What happened with a balloon?

  28. Carl says:

    Shot on goal went in and hit a baloon on the way… They would have never saved it anyway as it deflected off a defender

  29. NYRB fan says:

    any links to the liverpool match?

  30. Fred says:

    any links to everton?

  31. Carl says:

    I cant find one

  32. Jacob A. says:

    Anyone else watching Stuttgart-Schalke? It seems they’ve torn down an entire end of the Mercedes Benz Arena. Any ideas why?

  33. Carl says:

    Defoe sent off for spurs…

  34. Carl says:

    wolves scored…

  35. Carl says:

    Everton equalized

  36. mlowry3 says:

    Pittman has just equalized for Wycombe after coming on as a substitute.

  37. roysterer says:

    7 minutes of stoppage time for Liverpool? That’s a bit much….but Sunderland still pulled it off.

  38. GoGunners says:

    Final: 3-1 Arsenal over Birmingham City. Robin Van Persie and Andrey Arshavin bagged one (I called those two) and Abou Diaby added the third. Birmingham City’s goal was scored after a free kick was pushed away by keeper Vito Mannone however he failed to clear the line when Lee Bowyer found the ball at his feet scoring the Birmingham City’s one and only goal.

  39. sostoked says:

    What the deal? The Ajax game isn’t on ESPN360? Boo!

    (SBI-That’s the listing I had, our apologies for that one.)

  40. sonicdeathmonkey says:

    It seems the Depo/Sevilla game is on instead of the Newcastle/Forest game, which is actually a good thing.

  41. CrispyST3 says:

    Hey you guys, check it out, Ive been reading that UEFA has been thinking of sending The Old Firm teams, Celtic and Rangers to compete with teams from, Holland, Portugal, Scandinavia, and Belgium……..if this comes through, Edu will have a different level of competition, a better one at that

    i saw it on FoxSoccer website, if any1 is interested in reading……

    link to

  42. afc says:

    Pittman has just equalized for Wycombe after coming on as a substitute.

    The goal makes him Wycombe’s top scorer. Beautiful goal according to radio commentary. I’ll have to watch it when Wycombe put the highlights up on their site. Great 60 yard pass from Bloomfield, Pittman beat 2 defenders and scored.

  43. PJ says:

    To Jacob A.

    Regarding the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Bad Canstatt, Stuttgart….it’s very cool actually. VfB fans have longed for a proper stadium atmosphere for years. Currently stadium is a multi-sport facility built for track and field as well as soccer. Even the best seats are nowhere near the field. I love the team but atmosphere at games could be so much better. Finally, the club has answered their prayers. How they are going about doing it is the cool part. The plan is to lower the entire field and build new stands down to where the field will be. I can’t wait to see the finished product. Should help the club both on and off the field. I hope this helps.

  44. EricJ says:

    nice backheel goal for Real Madrid.

  45. Jacob A. says:

    Thanks very much PJ. I could tell it was a very big renovation going on, just couldn’t tell why. I too am no fan of fields with tracks, as there’s just something visually better about watching it on tv, much less how much better it makes the in stadium experience/atmosphere.

  46. EricJ says:

    Aleman with a GOALAZO!!! 2-1 RM

  47. chupacabra says:

    Ha ha at Liverpool losing due the ball deflecting off a “beach ball” tossed on the pitch by their own tosser of a fan. Of course their wanker fans will still figure out a way to blame Liverpool’s American ownership for their downfall.

  48. EricJ says:

    Montreal going to win the USL championship…if anyone cares or not.

  49. Fred says:

    Hey Ives, how about a new feature called “Injury Watch” or something. We have so many injured players right now, and often after the initial injury it’s hard to get updates on them.

    By my count, there are 10 injured actual or prospective USMNT players: Adu (?), Castillo (?), Davies, Dempsey, Demerit, Edu, Jones, Marshall (?), Onyewu, Whitbread.

    It would be nice to get updates on them all as time passes.

  50. roysterer says:

    I feel like the SPL would implode without Rangers and Celtic

  51. CrispyST3 says:

    Im watching Barcelona, and i think that JFT would fit into their style of play, and i think that he could work well in Keita’s spot, with Iniesta and Xavi to his sides…..

  52. Fred says:

    Boca not even on the bench for Rennes?

  53. Alex says:


    Boca received a red card before the international break

  54. madmax says:

    Wolves McCarthyon Tim Howard retaliation,
    “But their ‘keeper Tim Howard is very fortunate not to be walking off the pitch too. My understanding is that when you raise your hands above neck high and use your hands to push…”

    CR, Ruiz scores again with undefeated Twente in Holland. I hope Ticos win vs Uruguay.

  55. Alex says:

    wow, its great to see Sochaux beat league leader Lyon in Lyon. According to their website, they dedicated this game to him.

  56. Tom says:

    CrispySt3, so you’re thinking a USMNT sub could start for Barca, eh? Let’s get our best player on Barca first.

  57. Brent McD says:

    A red beachball. LOL

  58. madmax says:

    Posted by: Alex
    “Beasley didn’t even make the bench; again. January can’t come soon enough for him.”

    Alex I don’t think January will help much unless he goes lower, like MLS. My memory says Beasley was offered around in the off-season and there were no takers.

  59. Alex says:

    as i said January can’t come soon enough. MLS or lower league is the only option I can see.

  60. Fred says:

    A, right — thanks Alex.

  61. Isaac says:

    Im watching Barcelona, and i think that JFT would fit into their style of play, and i think that he could work well in Keita’s spot, with Iniesta and Xavi to his sides…..

    Posted by: CrispyST3 | October 17, 2009 at 04:18 PM

    Torres has a style of play very comparable to Fabregas, which is why Wenger took a shine to him for a short stint of time. But….Iniesta-Torres-Xavi? Do you want to tell me who’s going to be taking the defensive work that Keita normally carries?

  62. Josh.2 says:


    I have to admit I like Torres, but you don’t realistically think he could start for Barca do you? Keita is in that team for a reason. Think about the youngsters at that club who are better than Torres. Jonathan, Busquets…I think It would be nice to see Torres play in Spain…honestly kind of wish he had stayed with Mexico, we would be seeing more of him. Bradley doesn’t seem to be his biggest fan. The kid’s got style though. Reminds me of watching Aimar at Valencia.

  63. Alex says:

    according to Roy Hodgsen….Dempsey is fit and ready to go on Monday

  64. froboy says:

    looking forward to seeing our two probably starters at forward for next summer face each other

  65. Brian Torres says:

    Torres not even in the starting XI for Pachuca today and someone wants him to play for Barca? Wow.

  66. Alex says:

    Great news as Charlie Davies is Out of Intensive Care Unit

  67. Patrick says:

    On KCs first goal, Zoltan was clearly offsides.

  68. Isaac says:

    Brian, it’s most likely because of the travel he had with the national team. I can’t remember too many games he’s missed this season.

  69. RM07 says:

    Torres has scored one goal in 70 appearances in the substandard mexican league and people here think he should play at Barca…..

    Madness,madness I tell you.

  70. madmax says:

    Shouldn’t officials stop play whenever a person, or object enters the field that interferes with play?

  71. OmarVizquel says:

    Torres has scored one goal in 70 appearances in the substandard mexican league and people here think he should play at Barca…..

    Madness,madness I tell you.

    Posted by: RM07

    Get used to it around here. Any average player who can string 2 passes together immediately gets the “He should play for Arsene Wenger!” tag.

  72. Isaac says:

    Omar, nobody said that he should play for Barcelona or Arsene Wenger. We said that he would fit in with their STYLE OF PLAY.

    RM07, what’s madness is the lack of reading comprehension skills shown on this site.

    btw, Torres has scored TWO goals in 49 appearances for Pachuca. It’s not even his job to score the goals anyways.

  73. Martha says:

    Damn, not a single comment about Serie A, huh? What a performance from Inter, and a great result against a very good team — and that’s without Eto’o or Milito or Motta.

  74. CrispyST3 says:

    Jeeeez, you guys are terrible, i said his STYLE OF PLAY! not once did i say that he’ll start there, wowww, i no he’s nowhere near the level of skill required to start at Barca, but i felt that JFT has that style of play