Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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After unloading on Costa Rica in its final group stage match, Argentina heads into the knock-out rounds of Copa American looking like a team capable of winning the trophy.

The first step in the knockout rounds will pit the 'Albiceleste' against Uruguay, the fourth-place finishers in the 2010 World Cup. Led by Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez, Uruguay finished in second place in its group, just as Argentina did.

MLS will be in full swing as well, with seven matches on the slate. The Seattle Sounders take on the Colorado Rapids in their first meeting since Brian Mullan's leg-breaking tackle on Steve Zakuani, while FC Dallas plays host to D.C. United in another promising match-up. The World Football Challenge will give us the highly-anticipated rematch of Real Madrid against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

If you will be watching any of today's action, please feel free to follow along here. As always, you are welcome to share your own thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Today's TV Schedule is after the jump):


11:30 a.m. - ESPN2/ - Sweden vs. France (WWC third-place game)

3 p.m. - Univision/YouTube - Colombia vs. Peru (Copa America)

4 p.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids

4 p.m. - MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live - Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Real Salt Lake

5:30 p.m. - GOLTV - Coritiba vs. Fluminense

6:15 p.m. - Univision/YouTube - Argentina vs. Uruguay (Copa America)

6:30 p.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - Orlando City vs. Rochester Rhinos

7:30 p.m. - MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live - Columbus Crew vs. San Jose Earthquakes

8 p.m. - Telefutura - Club America vs. Manchester City

8:30 p.m. - MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live - Chicago Fire vs. Portland Timbers

8:30 p.m. - MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live - Houston Dynamo vs. Sporting Kansas City

9 p.m. - MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live - FC Dallas vs. D.C. United

10 p.m. - ESPN2/ - Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Real Madrid

10:30 p.m. - Galavision - Chivas USA vs. New York Red Bulls

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68 Responses to Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

  1. Denny Kendall says:

    **Note the real grass pitch for the Sounders/Rapids match today, (put down for Man-Utd Friendly)

  2. dylan says:

    Forgot to mention the 2:30am pst match for Liverpool, a 6-3 doozy with the Malaysia XI! Aquilani actually played quite well, I hope to see him come regular season.

  3. portlandpadre says:

    The grass is a nice upgrade from the parkinglot sfc usually play on.

  4. Brian says:

    “I watched the Gold Cup and when Bornstein came in, everything went down from there. To tell you the truth, I was watching at home and I was thinking I could have been there, but coulda-woulda, I can’t say anything.”
    -Edgar Castillo


  5. RB says:

    No joke!

  6. colin says:

    Frankly he is right, but anyways lol.

  7. Jake the Snake says:

    I’m still waiting for this d-bag to do Ives’ Q&A.

  8. ChrisTheLSUTiger says:

    Sadly, I’m not convinced Castillo would have done any better.

  9. Kyle Rote Sr. says:

    Portland invented complaining

  10. adub says:

    yea but brek shea at LB woulda been the right choice IMO

  11. Spencer says:

    Reports coming in that RSL-Vancouver game postponed due to poor field conditions related to the sod laid down for the Man City friendly…

  12. Brit says:

    If the lockout continues (fingers crossed) they might as well keep it

  13. ThaDeuce says:

    Why didn’t De Ro ever make the jump across the pond?

  14. Brit says:

    Thirty seconds and there’s already a yellow card issued to peru. A minute later a good chance for Colombia. Promising start!

  15. RB says:

    Not that particular complaint, which is completely valid.

  16. Didier Deschamps says:

    yep, that blows.

  17. Adicts says:

    great game so far. chances for both sides, entertaining to say the least.

  18. Jeff Awesome says:

    That is classless by Castillo. The guy needs to shut up and perform for his club. He’ll get his chance, but talking trash on other US players does not impress me.

  19. Brent McD says:


  20. Matt C in Tampa says:

    i’ve been asking that question for years..along with the same question for Joseph

  21. Tiago says:

    Relax, he would’ve done better than that slow gringo, I’m sure…..

  22. Plex the Robot says:

    Colombia can’t score, same old story(sigh).

  23. hogatroge says:

    No… Adu should have played both midfield and LB

  24. ChiTownFire says:

    Ummm he’s telling the truth, anyone is better than Bornstein.

  25. ec says:

    The Revs blocked Joseph’s attempts to get over there, teams were interested but they wouldn’t let him go. I think a lot of his problems over the last year stemmed from his frustration at not getting a shot at Europe.

  26. Judging Amy says:

    te amo peru!

  27. Ricky B. Free says:

    Lol A baby elephant has a better touch than Brad Evans. That was pathetic.

  28. Ricky B. Free says:

    How do we know Castillo would have done better? He has more speed and he has skill on the ball.

    Bornstein has speed, but lacks soccer I.Q. and has no ball skills.

  29. biabia1305 says:

    I’ve often wondered why Freddy Montero has only made 4 appearances for the Columbian National team. Seems they could use a goal scorer. Anyone with any insight.

  30. Adicts says:

    Uruguayyyyy with the opener. 1-0 5 mins in.

  31. Citronomics says:

    I’m thinking part of it is simply right now, Columbia has a surplus of quality forwards (including Montero IMO) like Falcao, Rodallega, and others playing in Mexico and Europe, so Freddy may be down in the pecking order.

    Wonder if he was considered and not called in due to his being temporarily relegated to subs bench (for a few games I think)?

  32. Travis says:

    Uruguay down to 10 men in the 38th minute. They had a goal wrongly called back as well

  33. Citronomics says:

    Diego Perez with a stupidprofessional foul to thwart a potential Argentina counterattack. Foul itself, while not nasty, did impede Gago (?) and Perez had been racking up chippy fouls pretty much all match. Uruguay playing quite physical and now things set up for Argentina to make them pay.

  34. Citronomics says:

    * stupid, professional*

  35. chris says:

    I’m not going to lie but I’ve been suprised at the level of talent on usl and nasl teams. Maybe mls should scout this league instead of wasting money on players like koke’s b***h @$$.

  36. ericJ says:

    Games are certainly fun to watch… outside of the music over the PA during the game in places like where the hammerheads play.

  37. glaing says:

    Not a big fan of the fields alot of the teams play on. Seems like they have alot of turf fields.

  38. Citronomics says:

    And there goes Mascherano with yellow #2. Didn’t see any malice but he blundered into the Uruguay player from behind. Now 10 v. 10

    Some great chances this half for both sides. Forlan has been excellent coming back deeper t get the ball and spring counterattacks.

  39. Citronomics says:

    Ridiculous save on a rocket free kick by Tevez keeps the score 1-1 in 2H extra time.

  40. supergrandefilms says:

    Congrats to Uruguay…!!! This is the best day ever. Argentina loses… in a fantastic game. Everyday they were reporting from B.A. how Argentina had the best team with the best players and guess what?… They LOST…!! AWESOME…!!

  41. ThaDeuce says:

    Dc game?

  42. ThaDeuce says:

    What a surprise. Matchday live is out again for the DC game.

  43. CH says:

    It was a good game as a neutral i really enjoyed it. As for the media they will always do that for their team. I watched the world cup on bbc & b4 the match they said nobody on germany’s whole squad could start on england. LOL yeah we saw how that turned out.

  44. JCC says:

    On paper Argentina is a superior team to Uruguay. But Argentina was completely brutal at this Copa America. They were never impressive, and at times looked downright terrible. Uruguay, Peru, and Venezuela have all played better soccer than Argentina in this tournament.

  45. Jeff Awesome says:

    You don’t criticize your teammates in an interview with a reporter. If he wants to be part of the team, then he should start acting like it.

  46. chris says:

    Not a fan of either team but my coach played for uruguay so I’m happy they won

  47. ThaDeuce says:

    You are right. Bob Bradley has to go…

  48. Francois says:

    God it’s painful to listen to John Harkes haha LA looks good in possesion so far though.

  49. Citronomics says:

    Well… the Galaxy kicked it around some… turnover… RM counter and they bury it.

  50. Citronomics says:

    Dang! Saunders with a great save after another LA turnover.

  51. Citronomics says:

    That sucks for LA. Goal RM, deflection off Beckham.

  52. Kyle says:

    LA looks horrible once they get to the attacking third.

  53. Francois says:

    Ya, but they have moved the ball around well. Just a few mental mistakes have cost them. Landon has looked great minus taking the safe route twice where he could have played a more probing, but risky ball.

  54. Freddie Footballer says:

    US Soccer should schedule a friendly with Uruguay. Solid team.

  55. glaing says:

    I was thinking that same thing today. Maybe over the next year they could schedule more than a few games against Copa American competing teams.

  56. Scott A says:

    Tainio is very very solid on defense.

  57. pd says:

    Had the chance last summer. All we had to do was beat Ghana…

  58. Citronomics says:

    Holy S**t! crackin’ goal by CR9… and don’t give a F*** that it’s friendly. absolute blur and deadly from a sharp angle…

  59. Francois says:

    God these commentators need to get off of Real Madrid’s nuts. It’s getting to be way over the top. I mean, saying that Perkins have never seen a shot like that is ridiculous.

  60. Adicts says:

    really? anyone in mls that can shot from that angle, that hard?

  61. Francois says:

    I’m pretty sure there probably are, just because he’s arguably the best player in the world doesn’t mean he has the hardest shot in the world.

  62. biabia1305 says:

    FTR Perk is now in goal for the Galaxy. And is a young “lad” so I’d say there’s a good shot he’s never seen a shot like that.

  63. Francois says:

    That’s very true, good point. Forget about the Ronaldo goal, because it was a special one. What was more annoying was the way John Harkes basically came in his pants when Xabi Alonso took down a high ball that wasn’t too hard to control. It’s not like Alonso even killed it dead on a dime, it was a touch any decent U-17 kid could have made.

  64. Sub someone already says:

    Would Hans Backe make. F’n substitute!

  65. Scott A says:

    Attention MSG: FC Dallas should be displayed before DC Untied on the scoreboard because they’re home.

  66. chris says:

    Yeah I like glenn davis but he was giving a handy to real madrid all game and john harkes… well you know. Sometimes I would rather have helen keller calling the games.

  67. John says:

    They consider MLS to be a Micky Mouse league. Other than Venezuela, no other SA team will call up MLS guys.