Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary


The Birmingham Derby highlights another day of soccer around the world, as Brad Friedel and Aston Villa look to shut down Birmingham in a battle of teams looking to vault into the top half of the Premier League table.

Elsewhere in Europe, Italy's surprise table-leader, Lazio, looks to continue its winning ways at Palermo. In Germany, the top two teams in the Bundesliga, Mainz 05 and Borussia Dortmund, will do battle for league supremacy, with first place on the line in their crucial early-season matchup.

If you will be watching any or all of Sunday's games, please feel free to share any thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (TV schedule is after the jump):


3:00am– Fox Soccer Channel- North Queensland Fury vs. Gold Coast United

7:30am– Soccer Plus/ Palermo vs. Lazio

8:00am– Aston Villa vs. Birmingham City

9:30am– Fox Soccer Plus/ Newcastle United vs. Sunderland

10:00am– Brescia vs. Napoli

10:30am– Mainz 05 vs. Borussia Dortmund

12:00pm– Fox Soccer Channel- Bolton vs. Liverpool

12:00pm– GolTV- Sporting Gijon vs. Villareal

12:00pm– DirecTV- Malaga vs. Real Sociedad

12:00pm– Deportivo La Coruna vs. Espanyol

12:00pm– Monaco vs. Bordeaux

2:00pm– Telemundo- Toluca vs. San Luis

2:00pm– Fox Deportes- Morelia vs. Monterrey

2:00pm– GolTV- Atletico Madrid vs. Almeria

3:45pm– Catania vs. Fiorentina

4:00pm– DirecTV- Athletic Bilbao vs. Getafe

4:00pm– GolTV- Hannover vs. Hoffenheim (Delayed)

4:00pm– Fox Soccer Plus- Montpellier vs. PSG

8:00pm– ESPN2/ Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders FC

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67 Responses to Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

  1. Mig22 says:

    Nobody in the house this morning? Anybody watching Villa?

  2. Mig22 says:

    Anybody think that Houllier’s clock is already ticking at Villa? Currently they have 0 attempts at net versus Birmingham’s 7 (2 on net). Villa’s at home…what the hell is he doing there?

  3. Mig22 says:

    Watching the Lazio-Palermo match on ESPN3 and am really impressed with Lazio’s Floccari. What a motor on this guy, never stops working on the left attacking side. I’m not usually a Serie A fan but this is a pretty entertaining game.

  4. Emanuel says:

    Just woke up. Bout to watch Hocus Pocus

  5. Citronomics says:

    Yesterday’s AC Milan v. Juve match was a good one in terms of pace and chances. Palermo has good attacking talent (Pastore and the Slovenian dude who’s name I can’t remember.. Ilic?) as well.

  6. sara says:

    Jordan Henderson is a cutie pie

  7. Mig22 says:

    Yeah, Ilic I think.

    Good game and Lazio actually looks like they deserve to be in first place. That was a tough road win to guts out.

  8. Brent McD. says:

    great goal from Newcastle. bicycle kick from close range. fantastic atmosphere at st. james’ park

  9. Mig22 says:

    lol. C’mon Sara, focus!

  10. Brent McD. says:

    Kevin Nolan again! think the roof is about to come off the stadium

  11. Citronomics says:

    Did you jump up and scream “I Love My Toyota” when Alex Song scored to give your Gooners the victory yesterday? :-)

    The only thing my sunday morning brain can deliver is a reference to a 1980s advertisement.

  12. Der_Amerikanische_Kaiser says:

    Remember the time change in central Europe. CET fell back 1 hour which makes games 5 hrs ahead of EST for one week until we fall back next Sunday.

  13. Brent McD. says:

    I think it was more relief than anything yesterday. Pretty early here on the west coast. I’m still half asleep this morning. Need coffee…..

  14. Brent McD. says:

    Sunderland is imploding. 3-0 Newcastle

  15. Mig22 says:

    Yeah, not good for Bruce’s career aspirations. Getting hammered in this derby is…bad.

  16. Der_Amerikanische_Kaiser says:

    Matthew Taylor added to his Rot Weiss Ahlen season account with two goals against Wiesbaden. Puts him near the top of 3.BL torjagers (goal scorers).

  17. Brent McD. says:

    wow, former Magpie Titus Bramble sent off. Could it possibly get any better for Newcastle?

  18. Mig22 says:

    Or any worse for Sunderland. Nightmare on Tyneside.

  19. Brent McD. says:

    horror show indeed. wow

  20. ... says:

    Yes it can…better for Newcastle, worse for Sunderland. 4-0.

  21. Charles says:

    Come on Avi,

    It is the biggest game of the year ( outside of WCup, obvi ) for the US’ best player. You can’t just throw one extra line on there for Galaxy-Sounders ?

    Maybe like oh yeah, and the best regular season team, with the best US player, plays the best second half team in the playoffs tonight, I don’t really care, but if you do whatever….

    Come on.

    (SBI-Settle down Charles. The Soccer Saturday write-up almost always consists exclusively of the day’s European matches, with MLS games generally getting their own write-ups. We’ve got a writer covering the LA-Seattle game so it will be getting coverage.)

  22. Brent McD. says:

    holy crap. 5-0. Hat trick for Nolan

  23. ... says:

    holy crap 5-0. Hat trick for Nolan

  24. ManicMessiah says:

    I don’t even know what to say.

  25. Mig22 says:

    I would recommend something expressing joyous surprise.

  26. Brent McD. says:

    LOL. do i hear six?

  27. Mig22 says:

    Terrible commentary in the Brescia-Napoli game. Breschia striker manages to get a shin on a deflected cross and hits the post. Announcer thinks he should have done better. It’s so sad when Euro announcers suck all the joy out of the game.

  28. Barcafan says:

    9 yellows, 1 straight red, 5 goals.

    What a battle.

  29. Brent McD. says:

    the camera just focused on Bruce for a long moment. his face was red, and it looked like he was about to explode. poor guy. it’s one thing to lose, but to lose like this. ouch

  30. Mig22 says:

    Joey Barton’s mother must be so proud. Even more incrediable than the scoreline is that there have been 11 bookings and that criminal doesn’t have one.

  31. Mig22 says:

    And as a pleasant addition, I have Bent on my fantasy squad which caps a very good week. :)

  32. Mig22 says:

    Ok, time to start the chicken stock and other cooking happiness, then it’s time to watch Stuey play ‘pool.

  33. Brent McD. says:

    Why is Howard Webb considered such a great referee? The guy is a clown who hands out cards indiscriminately and loses control of matches.

  34. Citronomics says:

    Let’s get it on. Com’mon Stu hit the back of the net and com’mon Pool let’s get the W.

  35. Isaac says:

    OH Stu nearly. Great volley on his left that forces a nice save from Reina.

  36. Brian S says:

    That was a great strike. Would’ve been goal of the week hands down had it gone in

  37. Barcafan says:

    That was an incredible strike from Stu, and an even better save from Reina.

  38. Isaac says:

    Stuart looking confident on the ball. Comfortably receiving possesion and calmly distributing it, only adding to Bolton’s dominance of ball possession. Moreover, he’s hustling and getting stuck in on defence.

  39. Mig22 says:

    Interesting game here….kind of.

  40. Brian S says:

    I wish Taylor would let Stuie take just one free kick.

  41. Citronomics says:

    Getting a bit scrappy now. Thinking a set play goal will win this one.

  42. Isaac says:

    Maybe, but you’ve got to understand that they’re all from the right side, which is much more favorable for a left-footer. Plus, Taylor is pretty well known for his ability on long-distance shots. Just ask Tim Howard about the wondergoal he conceded against Portsmouth a few years back.

  43. RedLine55 says:

    It was creepily quiet in the Reebok at the end of the 1st half. SPOOOOOOOOOKY

  44. Brian S says:

    I agree that Taylor has a great strike and all the spots are on the right side but I just want Stu to hit one because I feel that’s gonna be his best chance to put one in the net

  45. Citronomics says:

    In addition to the one he blasted on goal that Reina parried?

  46. Mig22 says:

    I can’t tell if Holden’s lack of incisive passing is due to nobody on his team moving or a failure of vision/confidence.

    He’s doing okay but maybe a bit tentative.

  47. Mig22 says:

    yeah, you’re probably right. It’s looking like Bolton used to play under…Allardyce was it?

  48. Mig22 says:

    This color announcer is laboring under the dated belief that Liverpool is a good team. They are clearly a talented but entirely disjointed bunch now. The color guy keeps focusing on why they aren’t creating chances but the short version is that right now, they’re not a better TEAM than Bolton.

  49. dena says:

    Altidore in for Villarreal vs. Gijon

  50. Mig22 says:

    Great to see! Important situation and time to make an impact.

  51. fischy says:

    I think Stuart has looked a step slow almost the whole game, especially on defense. Far too casually jogging around instead of sprinting to mark a guy…so, he keeps getting there after they’ve received the pass or made their won pass/shot. He needs to anticipate better and hustle to the spot….like what Skrtel did to deny him. He could be dominating this game, instead of chasing it.

  52. jig says:

    Hes played backwards on many occasions today. Somehow I feel if it were someone else in the middle of the park, they’d be getting crucified.

  53. Virgil says:

    Kljestan has scored for Anderlecht against Racing Genk

  54. Citronomics says:

    Turning out to be one of the best weekends in recent memory for Yanks Abroad.

  55. bryan says:

    gonzalo taking villarreal out of the game…gives away a PK and then gets a second yellow.

  56. Mig22 says:

    his mindset and timing are clearly not that of a defensive player and you are right, he is slow to the ball. I think, however, that it’s not because he’s not working hard enough but instead his positional sense as a defender is not well defined. He’ll probably improve a bit.

  57. bryan says:

    my stream goes out right as pool score…lame

  58. Citronomics says:

    Cha Ching! There we go… finally a positive, cohesive sequence for Pool and finished off by Maxi.

  59. ThaDeuce says:

    Good news for Jozy Altidore fans. He got 20 minutes today in the La Liga, and Gonzalo, a starting striker, got a red card. So Jozy may get a start for La Liga soon!
    Source, ESPN gamecast.

  60. Ryan says:

    Definitely a positive week for Yanks Abroad. Playing time, goals, and away we go!! I want to see a few new faces in for the next international camp. Maybe Diskkerud and Grella. Lets just see what they got. Kljestan has turned his game up a notch!!

  61. jig says:

    grella? really?

  62. ThaDeuce says:

    I watched most of the 2nd half of this game and i still think Holden is a great central midfielder. I saw him take players on (and win, sometimes leaving his opponents on the ground), make great passes and crosses, and be constantly in the right place in the right time. Those are all offensive qualities, yes, but i didn’t notice the really bad defensive lapses.

    Your criticism sounds like similar criticism of Dempsey. That he doesn’t hustle, is lazy, etc. I don’t see it.

  63. jig says:

    Not to burst your bubble or anything Mr. Soccernet Gamecast, but Gonzalo is a centerback.

  64. Supsam says:

    I know seriously?!? Wats with the man crush on Grella????? He cant even get decent minutes in League 1. I’d even prefer a healthy Cooper, Buddle, Wondo over Grella anyday.

  65. Herm says:

    I agree Supsam but minus the Cooper inclusion. I’d just rather see Tristan Bowen ahead of Cooper rt now.

  66. Herm says:

    Although, healthy as you said…Cooper would still be better.

  67. jig says:

    its just desperation from people who look at our lineup currently and think that there might be something better out there. Hint, there’s not. it’s depressing but it’s true.