Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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While Dimitar Berbatov has been stealing most of the headlines during Manchester United's unbeaten league run, Mexican striker Javier Hernandez has also played a pivotal role, scoring seven league goals and threatening Wayne Rooney for a starting role.

Hernandez should get another chance to work his magic today as Manchester United takes on Southampton in FA Cup action. Everton faces Chelsea to kick off the FA Cup proceedings this morning.

The match of the day is in Qatar, where Australia and Japan will face off in the Asian Cup Final. If you can't watch that match, there are great matches in Spain (Hercules-Barcelona), Italy (Lazio-Fiorentina) and Mexico (Pachuca-Cruz Azul) to satisfy your appetite.

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):



7:30am– Fox Soccer Channel- Everton vs. Chelsea (FA Cup)

9:30am– GolTV- Werder Bremen vs. Bayern Munich

10am– Fox Soccer Channel- Birmingham City vs. Coventry City (FA Cup)

10am– Torquay United vs. Crawley Town (FA Cup)

10am– Stevenage vs. Reading (FA Cup)

10am– No American TV- Australia vs. Japan

Noon– Fox Soccer Plus- Lazio vs. Fiorentina

Noon– DirecTV- Mallorca vs. Sporting Gijon

Noon– DirecTV- Levante vs. Getafe

Noon– GolTV- Real Sociedad vs. Almeria

12:15pm– Fox Soccer Channel- Southampton vs. Manchester United (FA Cup)

1pm– Arles vs. Paris St. Germain

1pm– Caen vs. Auxerre

1pm– Lorient vs. Brest

1pm– Saint Etienne vs. Toulouse

1pm– Sochaux vs. Stade Rennes

1pm– Valenciennes vs. Lyon

2pm– Hercules vs. Barcelona

2pm– GolTV- FC Kaiserslautern vs. Mainz 05 (Delayed)

2:45pm– PSV Eindhoven vs. Willem II

2:45pm– Fox Soccer Channel- Catania vs. AC Milan

3pm– Lille vs. Lens

4pm– Deportivo La Coruna vs. Sevilla

4:30pm– GolTV- Ponte Preta vs. Sao Caetano

6pm– Azteca America- Jaguares vs. Santos Laguna

6pm– Telefutura- Queretaro vs. Necaxa

8pm– Telemundo- Tigres UANL vs. Toluca

8pm– Telefutura- Pachuca vs. Cruz Azul

10pm– Telefutura- Atlas vs. Club America

10pm– Galavision- Atlante vs. Puebla

1am– Fox Soccer Channel- Melbourne Victory vs. Gold Coast United

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62 Responses to Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

  1. b says:

    Michael Bradley to Aston Villa almost a done deal, according to “Kicker”. Would be a great move for him.
    46 minutes ago

  2. SG says:

    Saw that. Hopefully they stay afloat. Good move if goes through.

  3. b says:

    Well they’re currently 13th and just as close to Blackburn and Bolton above as to Everton and Fulham below….

  4. OmarVizquel says:

    Lots of glare at Goodison. Thank goodness Tim Howard’s not wearing a baseball cap….the most ridiculous practical “fashion” in sports history (looks good on the diamond — not so much a tall bald dude wearing shorts).

  5. OmarVizquel says:

    Although who could forget the German keeper’s newsboy look from the ’66 WC: link to

  6. John says:

    Update on everton match?

  7. Sean says:

    Everton on FSC. 0-0 at half. Luke Cyphers of ESPN reporting Bradley loan a done deal.

  8. over-it says:

    I’m gonna wait for a quote. That’s all I’m going to look for from now on. “Journalists” pegged Bradley to Galatasaray yesterday and the whole time it was actually Fenerbahce that was in the lead.

  9. dena says:

    Jeff Bradley tweeted ‘congratulations Micheal’ so I would assume it’s true.

  10. brian says:

    bradley to Villa a done deal now

  11. Sean says:

    Just check :)

  12. OmarVizquel says:

    Ha, absolutely no serious mention of Villa from the media until the deal is (reportedly) done. This is why I hate transfer windows. Someone just wake me up when deals are inked….I despise the endless speculation — it does not make following this sport more interesting.

  13. Lawrence says:

    loan ESPN soccernet saying

  14. Don Pelayo says:

    Fantastic. Although I hate Houllier.

  15. dinomitedan says:

    +1 hate Houllier but would love this move

  16. ko'd says:

    Why do you all hate Houllier? Because Lihaj isn’t making the bench?

  17. ko'd says:

    Lichaj. Sorry…

  18. Miguel says:

    Not too familiar with Villa’s starting lineup… any idea how difficult it may be to crack the squad?

  19. rob says:

    Ouch $30 to see Australia vs Japan….. Hdppv. Guess I will pass, should be a great game.

  20. Rob says:

    As much as I trust ESPN, no mention from Aston Villa and no quotes kinda make me distrust the article. Plus reports in turkey are that the deal to turkey was already a done deal…. I hate silly season so much and for Michael Bradley Ihope the AV news is true

  21. Rob says:

    Plus AV’s website has no mention of Bradley what so ever. Well at least ATM.

  22. liz says: gets you it for free. i’m enjoying it so far

  23. alex says:

    It’s looking pretty tough for him unless villa change their system… Currently they play 2 center mids, and it looks as though Villa captain Petrov and multi-million pound signing Makoun are ahead of him. Things could change if, for instance, they play any variation of a 4-3-3 with Bent, Young and Agbonlahor sharing the spots up top, freeing up 3 spots in central midfield, with Petrov being the creator type and Makoun and Bradley holding. However, there are still a few other players Houllier likes to play, such as Albrighton, Hogg, Delfouneso, and Delph. I don’t think it’s beyond Bradley ability to knock any of them down the pecking order, heck, he could even pick up a starting spot! I really like the kid. What I am saying is that it will be a struggle, which really will only make him better.

  24. Happy Camper says:

    Chicharito is a good example of how some quality players are able to reach the highest levels of human performance within the proper environment. Chicho gets the perfects passes from his mates and this elevates his talent.


  25. brandon says:

    Bobby Wood made his first team debut today for 1860 Munich against MSV Duisburg, he came on in the 81st minute. Congrats to him on his professional debut! I didn’t watch the stream but espn gamecast has no mention of him other than the substitution. Unfortunately for 1860 Munich, Duisburg equalized in the 86th min, 1-1 draw is how it finished.

  26. chris says:

    Hey Ives about that Brazilian midfielder Houston were looking at, I remeber reading some were about this and one person left a comment about a player whoses twenty and plays for Botafogo. I looked him up in wikipedia (I know not credible at all) and it says he lived in the US and played high school ball here. Interesting.

  27. jackie says:

    what does this say?

    Los jugadores del Villarreal Jozy Altidore, Jefferson Montero y Cristóbal Márquez, todos ellos con opciones de salir del club en el mercado de invierno, no han entrado en la convocatoria del equipo para visitar mañana

    link to

  28. Tim M. says:

    supposedly, he dislikes americans. The brad friedal move away from liverpool, the lichaj benching and…that isn’t enough to really justify he’s biased against americans.

  29. Tim M. says:

    great game.

  30. aristophanes says:

  31. Tim M. says:

    all the above mentioned strikers have options to leave during the january market and will be speaking to those respected teams soon.

  32. Brian S says:

    It says that either Altidore, Marquez, or Montero could leave the club before Monday. The article says that only one will leave though and that none of them were included in the team for tomorrow’s game

  33. Tim M. says:

    Japan VS. Australia needs to be watched!

    The Pan-Pacific Tournament was the greatest idea ever conceived MLS.

    If we can’t win the Concacaf tourney there’s no way we should be playing in the copa libertadora, so why not carve out our own tourney between exciting growing domestic leagues.

  34. jackie says:

    tim and brian, thanks

  35. ga-gone says:

    He’s also insanely fast, which helps a lot.

  36. Tim M. says:

    (an exaggeration, i know, but i particularly loved it)

  37. Ballz Berrodino says:

    He is employed by an American and just took on an American so we can’t just say he outright hates Americans.

  38. GW says:

    If true (??) then I guess that would pacify those who hated to see him going to Turkey cause they couldn’t watch him on TV.

  39. FSegaud says:

    What would Jeff know about Micheal?!?!?!?!

    Oh, wait…..

  40. RK says:

    Rumors that they could be loaned to Levante.

  41. Ryan says:

    Tim Howard and Everton conceded a late goal from Kalou…so there will be a replay. He has made 130 straight league appearances…solid!! Aussie/Japan is scoreless but enticing. The feed is great too… is amazing!! Sorry to hear about Rico, unlucky. What else? How excited is everyone about our youth coming up, both in Europe and domestically? Exciting times for U.S. football (soccer).

  42. Jack says:

    Bolton ties Wigan. Stu Holden was booked, but the call looked questionable. It seems like Bolton is losing a bit of steam.

  43. kev says:

    Bound to happen. If they can finish top 10, it’ll be a success of course. They have a relatively thin squad. Not really many good options to come off the bench. But they definitely play a great brand of soccer and it’s pretty nice to see on smaller teams.

  44. kev says:

    Soooo Bradley is on loan to end of the season? Say he plays in like 12 matches and maybe scores a goal or 2 or assists, what if he’s not given a full contract? Would he then go to Galatarsaay or would he try for Palermo? Just curious cause you know for sure BMG are sure to be relegated now.

  45. JC says:

    Damn, what a goal by Japan in extra time.

  46. PanchoMiguelMoralesdeConejo says:

    Maybe they meant Bradley Sr. to Villa …seeing as he was considered prior to the season….

  47. GMD says:

    Wow. Japan…get some.

  48. OmarVizquel says:

    If he scores a goal in league play? Why then he’d tie Jozy Altidore and Brad Friedel for total amount of goals in the PL.

  49. JC says:

    Japan wins AC 1-0. Great game by both teams.

  50. Mango says:

    The Aussies had a few chances, but overall Japan looked like the stronger team, IMO.

  51. Waterlewd says:

    Southampton are outplaying Man Utd in the FA Cup. 1-0 HT. Looks like both teams are playing a 4-2-4. Fairly open game that could open up more.

  52. WK says:

    What a stunning winner by Lee that was! The Aussies must have tired out as he was all alone at top of the box when that cross came in. Great volley.

  53. Mattmatumbo says:

    Wow, ManUre is down 1-0 to a league 1 team? 47 places between the two teams? The Tricky Trees play at 9am Eastern tomorrow against West Ham.

  54. Rory D says:

    Commentators clearly upset that United are now ahead. lol.

  55. CrispyST3 says:

    he’s not that fast. He just has great positioning so all he needs is one great sprint and he’s set up nicely

  56. ChrisTheLSUTiger says:


  57. Phil says:

    so, how do we give him US citizenship?

  58. Phil says:

    i would pay big bucks to see JPN vs. USA in an exhibition–that would be a really exciting and wide open match.

  59. Tim M. says:

    I’ve been waiting for that day for a long time.

  60. Tim M. says:

    The Aussies had their best chances on headers. Their game plan was pretty simple:

    Absorb the pressure by Japan, get the ball out wide and cross into the box.

    On the other hand, Japan played a beautifully fluid game with great passing.

    Keisuke Honda was terrific.

    And the game winning goal by Tanadari Lee. Spectacular.

    Nagatomo really did some damage on the left. He probably should’ve started the game at left mid, instead of fujimoto being out there.

    The Frenchman who coaches Qatar called Japan “the barcelona of asian football”. While their not at that level yet, I don’t mind that comparison at all.

    Ganbatte Nippon!

  61. Paler says:

    Haha chicharito scored the winning goal and the commentator are upset about it they seem sad that no one can beat man united