Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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From morning soccer action in England, to evening soccer action in Mexico, Saturday's slate of soccer has something for everybody on this Halloween Day.

Arsenal-Tottenham kicks off today's activities in a highly-anticipated battle on ESPN2 (8:30am). MLS fans will get a taste of playoff soccer later in the day when the Columbus Crew face Real Salt Lake. Then if you're looking to watch some U.S. national team players perform, you can watch Tim Howard (via delay) and Jose Francisco Torres in the late evening.

If you will be watching any of 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 schedule of soccer on TV is after the jump):


7am-Setanta USA- FC Moscow vs. Zenit St. Petersburg

8:30am– ESPN2- Arsenal vs. Tottenham

11am– Gambia vs. Colombia (Under-17 World Cup)

11am– Netherlands vs. Iran (Under-17 World Cup)

11am– Setanta USA- Fulham vs. Liverpool

11am– FSC/FSE- Bolton vs. Chelsea

12:55pm– ESPN Deportes/ Getafe vs. Real Madrid

1pm– RAI- Juventus vs. Napoli

1:30pm– FSC- Manchester United vs. Blackburn

2pm– Burkina Faso vs. Costa Rica (Under-17 World Cup)

2pm– New Zealand vs. Turkey (Under-17 World Cup)

2:55pm– ESPN Deportes/ Sevilla vs. Xerez

3:45pm– FSC/FSE- AC Milan vs. Parma

4pm– Setanta USA- St. Etienne vs. Lyon

4pm– ESPN Deportes- PSV Eindhoven vs. Vitesse Arnhem

5:15pm– Sporting Braga vs. Benfica

5:30pm– FSE- Juventus vs. Napoli (Delayed)

6pm– Direct Kick- Columbus Crew at Real Salt Lake

6pm– FSC- Sunderland vs. West Ham United (Delayed)

7pm– Azteca America- Cruz Azul vs. Atlante

7pm– Telefutura- San Luis vs. Monterrey

9pm– Telemundo- Tigres vs. Tecos

9pm– Azteca America/ESPn Deportes- Indios vs. Puebla

10pm– Setanta USA- Everton vs. Aston Villa (Delayed)

11pm– Telemundo – Atlas vs. Pachuca

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86 Responses to Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

  1. OmarVizquel says:

    From the Guardian: “Clint Dempsey has had more off-target efforts on goal (22) than any other player in the division.”

  2. Patrick says:

    Clint’s a gunslinger for sure. Wouldn’t have it any other way.

    I say he puts one in at the Cottage today.

  3. Beckster says:

    Great save by Gomes in a very entertaining game where Arsenal seeming to dominate so far.

  4. DC Josh says:

    I love soccer in ESPN and 5.1 Dolby.

    Anyone watching Spurs/Gunners on the west coast?

  5. DC Josh says:

    haha soccer in HD*

  6. DC Josh says:

    Palacios + Huddlestone = one heavyweight midfield.

  7. Joamiq says:

    Arsenal seeming to dominate? This is a very even, entertaining match so far

  8. Joamiq says:

    What the hell just happened???

  9. PetedeLA says:

    Ouch. Hate to be a Tottenham player when they watch the video of that Fabregas goal.

  10. Beckster says:

    wow…scoreless until the end of the half and Arsenal put in two!

  11. PetedeLA says:

    And up until the first goal the game looked pretty even if you ask me.

  12. dancy says:

    Credit Arsenal’s two best players for two impressive individual efforts, but this match turned when Keane could not trap a simple ball that should have resulted in a goal.

  13. Joamiq says:

    As a Spurs fan, I’m gutted. Spurs were hanging back and playing a bit too much long ball to Crouch, but I was pretty pleased with how they looked. For the most part, Spurs were breaking up everything Arsenal was throwing out them. Then a quick chance off a throw (where Gomes should have done better) and then Fabregas running past Palacios and King (how often does that happen?) and after all that good work, all of a sudden Spurs look out of it.

  14. Beckster says:

    When I wrote that, Arsenal was dominating. shortly thereafter the Spurs took control of the midfield and they looked stronger. Very close until the end of the half when Arsenal blew it open. Look forward to the 2nd half.

  15. fischy says:

    That’s how we do it in the USA. Aim? We don’t need no stinking aim.

  16. fischy says:

    Tottenham played that kickoff so, so badly. You almost wish they hadn’t because Fabregas’ play was so awesome it should be up for golazo of the year.

  17. Citronomics says:

    Eduardo stuffed 1 v. 1 by Tottenham keeper… made a couple of nice kick saves this half.

    BTW – Thomas Vermaelen the best transfer buy (i.e., value for the $$$) for the 1H season? (And no – not an Arsenal fan)

  18. Joamiq says:

    It was a fantastic goal and he deserves all the credit for that killer instinct, but I think it’s being overblown just a tad. He beat two guys, not ten. He also beat Gomes though, which I suppose is ultimately all that matters.

  19. Joamiq says:

    He was indeed an underrated pickup

  20. Joamiq says:

    Well that was crap. The advantage was created by the fact that everyone stopped playing. You shouldn’t stop playing, and King and Gomes both should have blocked the cross so Spurs can’t complain too much… but it was still a crap non-call.

  21. OmarVizquel says:

    Can we all take a second to honor Mr. Brad Friedel, Cleveland native and UCLA Bruin, who is starting his 200th consecutive — 200th! — Premier League game today?

  22. Joamiq says:

    Amen brother. That is really just nuts.

  23. Beckster says:

    Jozy back on the bench today.

  24. djemba says:

    Jozy on the bench

  25. Alex says:

    Bradley starting…espn360 in spanish

  26. jcd says:

    anybody know if Jozy is on the bench today? 😉

  27. japan says:

    I agree. Vermaelen is Vidic and Rio combined in 1. The armband has to go to him when Fabregas leaves.

  28. erik says:

    Sky Sports Match Tracker has Bradley playing up top as striker any word on this? Jozy ob the bench again

  29. japan says:

    Great win for Arsenal. About time they didn’t concede and stunning goal from Fabregas. I cannot believe Eduardo missed.

  30. Beckster says:

    Spector starts again’

  31. Alex says:

    Bradley is playing midfield battling ZeRoberto

  32. PetedeLA says:

    Anyone have a somewhat reliable stream for the Gladbach game? I can’t get 360 as I’m out of the country.

  33. froboy says: has links to this and most other games

  34. Fred says:

    Gladbach is on

  35. Alex says:

    nice goal from BM, Bradley with the early build up

  36. froboy says:

    definitely a nice BM goal, Bradley made a great play, even the ESPN deportes guy gave a lot of credit for the goal to Bradley

  37. huricano says:

    Lets hope they hold on and Gladbach can get to safety this year. I have this fantasy scenario where Bradley eventually goes to Shalke and starts alongside Jermaine Jones. 3 points versus the league leaders would be a huge windfall of points.

  38. Alex says:

    fulham up 1-0 on liverpool


  39. curt says:

    anyone have a Fulham stream?

  40. PetedeLA says:

    Sucks for Bradley, but it was an awesome goal by Ze Roberto. 1-2 for the Gladbacher.

  41. Alex says:

    Carlton cole is just a beast!!

  42. Bradley was also partially to blame for the first goal.

  43. Bradley is alays to blame

  44. IMSYE87 says:

    torres to tie it up!

    fulham 1-1 liverpool

  45. mlowry3 says:

    Jemal Johnson out w/ a calf injury for MK Dons, Grella and Pittman on the bench for Leeds and Wycombe respectively.

  46. mlowry3 says:

    Also Frankie Simek starting (!) for Wednesday.

  47. afc says:

    Wycombe up 2-0. Walsall don’t seem to be threatening too much. Pittman is fit so hopefully he gets into the game.

  48. PetedeLA says:

    Yeah, Canada! Rob Friend with the 3-2.

  49. dena says:

    Altidore is on for Big Jan

  50. BrooklynFC says:

    any good feeds for the fulham game and the hull game

  51. PetedeLA says:

    Does anyone have a stream with video for the Hull match?

  52. froboy says:

    big win for Bradley and Gladbach 3-2 win over the German leaders

  53. froboy says:

    radio guys saying how bad the refs have been against Hull today, repeated theme also that Jozy can’t hold the ball

  54. dena says:

    2-0 Burnley

  55. mcell says:

    2nd red for Liverpool!

  56. BrooklynFC says:

    Dempsey is injured….. f-ing nice

  57. mcell says:

    Carragher and Degen have been sent off a few minutes apart.

  58. froboy says:

    “altidore of all people was late for a challenge, but at least not 40 minutes late”

    -radio guys after a jozy foul

    (SBI-Wow, that made me laugh so hard.)

  59. mcell says:

    Dempsey is alright. He just took the free kick after Carragher’s red card

  60. froboy says:

    thanks, that is good news, last thing the USMNT needs is more injuries

  61. dena says:

    DEMPSEY! 3-1

  62. mcell says:

    DEMPSEY GOAL!!! 3-1 Fulham. Game over!

  63. tim says:

    tap in goal for dempsey…3-1 fulham.

  64. BrooklynFC says:

    Ives always predicts these kind of things. Dempsey up top with Jozy is gonna be Great…. Demps can hold the ball while jozy makes runs

  65. Carl says:

    Anyone watch Jozy play? I was to busy watching Duce do his work.

  66. mcjones says:

    From SkySports

    85 Altidore wins a free-kick near the Burnley box to give Hull a bit of breathing space, there’s still time for a comeback…

    76 Altidore is looking lively for the away side which is a little deflated at the moment.

    71 You can’t take your eyes off this game now as Altidore shows good strength down the right to pull away from his marker and fire in a useful cross to the backpost.

  67. Yossarian says:

    good quotes there, Mcjones. It’s about time we had a good week for Americans Abroad. It’s true that Deuce up top behind Jozy is not such a bad downgrade from Charlie. I loved Charlie’s speed to complement Joz, but Deuce’s strength in the air allows them to share the target duties so one player doesn’t absorb all the abuse and if the defending side doesn’t know which player is playing target at any moment, it could cause matchup problems/ marking confusion.

    I also like Holden swerving in crosses to Deuce, who is more accustomed to the English-style crosses than the rest of the nats who seem to blow one opportunity after the other.

  68. This Guy says:

    Nice prediction.

  69. Adrian says:

    apparently jozy played great

    i heard that hull had a free kick goal taken away because of some jostling in the wall, which was apparently not worthy of even a talking to

    geovanni was given a yellow for arguing it and then got another a minute after for a red

    the referee influenced that game too much

  70. js says:

    According to the radio broadcast Jozy also hit a laser that deflected off the post and out.

    I have to agree that the radio team for Hull is hysterical. “Never mind waterboarding, it’s torture for a fat bloke to have a pie in front of him and not be able to eat it.”

  71. This Guy says:

    I was listening to that broadcast too. They were pretty harsh on Jozy the whole match. But, they praised Brown like he was a legend.

  72. This Guy says:

    There was no video feed. The radio announcers said he looked improved and even asked if he should be included back in the Starting XI. MOTD will have highlights. Jozy had 2 shots, one hit the post and was described as a cracker. We’ll see.

  73. This Guy says:

    It was the beachball ref. Same guy who allowed Bent’s goal off the big red ball. They promoted him back to the EPL and will probably quickly relegate him again.

  74. Jose S. says:

    I’m taking credit for Dempsey.

    Had him on my fantasy team and he didn’t do anything.

    Took him out and he has a goal in two straight games.

  75. r.benjamin says:

    Great effort by Cesc but I can not believe a team over 12 year olds would fall asleep like that. The outside backs had no business being so far away.

  76. Scott says:

    Oh I know I did the same thing. Literally took him off three weeks ago

  77. A.S. says:

    Blackburn holding on so far 0-0 at half. Playing 11 on 12.

  78. huricano says:

    Bradly with a win over the league leaders, takes Gladbach up to 11 points, with some breathing room from relegation!

  79. Isaac says:

    ….what? You mean Dempsey as the target striker with Altidore as the second forward? Sorry but it should be the other way around with Dempsey playing deeper and Altidore sitting closer to the center backs, although they’re subject to in-game change since both have shown abilities at both positions.

  80. Ghost of Clint Dempsey says:


  81. Supsam says:

    Anyone know how Spector did?

  82. Supsam says:

    12? thats cheating! haha

  83. John D says:

    Spector started and played the full 90. West Ham tied

  84. fischy says:

    Except that the foul was called against Jozy. Not how you want to be featured in highlights, with a goal being erased on account of your foul. Perhaps it wasn’t flagrant, but Jozy is often pulling and pushing on set pieces. I’ve seen him get away with some that should have been called. That’s something he is going to have to learn not to do.