Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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It may seem strange to see FC Barcelona tied atop the Spanish Premier League standings with Levante, but Lionel Messi and Co. will have their chance to start pulling away from the upstarts by beating fourth-place Sevilla in today's battle of La Liga unbeatens.

Barcelona is just one point ahead of familiar foe Real Madrid, but sitting two points back is Sevilla, which will have hopes of springing an upset today. Led by the attacking duo of Alvaro Negredo and Jesus Navas, Sevilla will try to hand Barcelona its first loss of the season.

The Manchester Derby is still a day away, but the English Premier League still has some intriguing match-ups on offer, with upstarts Newcastle looking to stay in the top four with a win against Wigan, and Liverpool taking on Norwich City.

The final weekend of the MLS regular season also has some drama, with playoff seeds being determined by some key match-ups. Sporting Kansas City will look to grab the top spot in the East with a win against D.C. United, while Real Salt Lake faces Portland with a chance to lock up the No. 3 seed in the MLS Western Conference.

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):


7:45am– ESPN2- Wolverhampton vs. Swansea City

9:30am– GolTV- Borussia Dortmund vs. Cologne

10am– Fox Soccer Channel- Newcastle vs. Wigan Athletic

10am– Fox Soccer Plus- Aston Villa vs. West Bromwich Albion

10am– Bolton vs. Sunderland

10am– Blackpool vs. Nottingham Forest

Noon– Fox Soccer Plus- Fiorentina vs. Catania

Noon– DirecTV- Racing Santander vs. Espanyol

Noon– DirecTV- Sporting Gijon vs. Granada

12:20pm– Reading vs. Southampton

12:30pm– MLS Direct Kick- Toronto FC vs. New England Revolution

12:30pm– Fox Soccer Channel- Liverpool vs. Norwich City

12:30pm– GolTV- Hamburg vs. Wolfsburg

1pm– Bordeaux vs. Brest

1pm– Caen vs. Montpellier

1pm– Olympique Marseille vs. Ajaccio

1pm– AS Nancy Lorraine vs. Nice

1pm– Saint Etienne vs. Valenciennes

1pm– Sochaux vs. Evian

2pm– Malaga vs. Real Madrid

2:45pm– Fox Soccer Channel- Juventus vs. Genoa

3pm– Lorient vs. Toulouse

4pm– GolTV- Barcelona vs. Sevilla

7pm– Direct Kick- Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Colorado Rapids

7:30pm– MLS Direct Kick- D.C. United vs. Sporting Kansas City

8pm– Telefutura- Pachuca vs. UNAM Pumas

8pm– Telemundo- UANL Tigres vs. Monterrey

8:30pm– Direct Kick- Chicago Fire vs. Columbus Crew

9pm– Direct Kick- Real Salt Lake vs. Portland Timbers

9:45pm– Galavision- Atlas vs. Morelia

10pm– Telefutura- Atlante vs. Tijuana

10:30pm– Direct Kick- Chivas USA vs. Seattle Sounders

10:30pm– Direct Kick- San Jose Earthquakes vs. FC Dallas

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69 Responses to Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

  1. Johnathan says:

    Ives, why no comment about how Altidore has been put in the doghouse??? I liked him years ago, but he’s had too many times to prove his worth and basically he’s just lazy and thinks he’s a lot better than he is. I’m not really sure why he thinks he’s soo good though, b/c there are so many players in the world that are better than him, but anyway you should be reporting when our national team starting striker basically get’s told that he’s not good enough to have an attitude in the dutch league by his coach

  2. NE Matt says:

    Fabian Johnson is back and in the starting 11 with Danny Williams!!

  3. Bryan says:

    You would have a point except that there was an article about that a few days ago…

  4. Mig22 says:

    nice to get a bonus of an exciting Wolves-Swansea match. It was fun to watch.

  5. NE Matt says:

    I agree. I was pleasantly surprised

  6. Ryan says: still has a German flag next to Fabian’s name…tisk, tisk. He is OURS now!! Great Yanks Abroad game to watch on the comp.

  7. Mig22 says:

    Also pleasantly surprised were the Wolves fans. 😉

    Also, if anyone needs a cheap fantasy striker, don’t you have to consider Swansea’s Graham?

  8. Edwin in LA says:

    Didn’t the coach say that it was something that he didn’t like about Jozy’s current form outside of games? Maybe he hasn’t had good practices, not sure how you can think that makes him somehow in the dog house? he still made the bench and got in the game, but it is Europe, people challenge for your spot EVERY week

  9. NE Matt says:

    I’m watching the same game. It seems Johnson and Williams are playing centrally. Johnson up top and Williams as a #6. Do you see it differently. My quality is not the best and the commentating is in German…

  10. Mig22 says:

    never saw that soccer site. You like it as a primary scores/stats place?

  11. Ryan says:

    If Ibisevic had chosen the U.S. we could be watching the “United States ‘Hoff-en-Heim’erica”…not bad, not bad.

  12. Ryan says:

    I swear by it Mig22. Always has lineups 30 minutes prior to kickoff and updates stats and standings almost instantaneously following a match.

  13. Ryan says:

    Williams and Johnson seem to be in the midfield where Williams looks like he is on the left and Johnson more central. And both, so far, are very active and involved in the attack. Check this out link to

  14. Mig22 says:

    cool, thanks. I’ll put it in the rotation.

  15. Mig22 says:

    I find it interesting that the oddsmakers give no credence to M’Gladbach’s hot start. It was 2.2-1 for Hoffenheim win, 4.75-1 for BM’G. The draw was 3.5-1 so it seems they really are having trouble getting money on BM’G.

  16. chris says:

    hahaha why do you think he thinks he is so good? Youre a f*cking joke you dont know him and have no right to determine his cockyness last time i checked hes miles ahead of anything you have done in life

  17. Mig22 says:

    Sorry, odds were 2.2/3.75/4.

    Same comment applies though.

  18. Ryan says:

    Now it looks as though Williams is playing right back and Johnson is still central. Williams is active where Johnson’s involvement in the action has waned a bit.

  19. Scotch Man says:

    Crazy match between Swansea and Wolverhampton this morning. Wolves had nothing the entire match until the final ten minutes when they went goal crazy just after a whole wave of fans bounced. A rule I learned long ago. Never leave!

  20. Ryan says:

    HT and still 0-0 for Hoffenheim v Stuttgart

  21. Ryan says:

    The continual, albeit few and far between, cries for a Findley recall to the National team seems futile being that he cannot even crack the starting lineup for Forrest. We’ll see if a second half cameo can change that.

  22. Ryan says:

    Stefan Jerome in the 18 for Sigma Olomouc so we’ll see if his midweek Cup goal springs him into a few minutes in this one come 2nd half.

  23. Khan says:

    I’m sorry but you need some help.

  24. Eurosnob says:

    It’s old news. He was benched for Europa league game, but after his team was 0-2 down, they put him in. The game ended in a 2-2 tie. Altidore will be fine.

  25. Mig22 says:

    I’m only keeping one eye on the Newcastle-Wigan match. Is it as boring as it sounds?

  26. Germericans says:

    Fabian Johnson with an assist.

  27. Citronomics says:

    Yes… with the exception of a terrific save by the NewCastle goalie in the first few minutes, it’s been all ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ…

  28. Citronomics says:

    Sweet goal by Cabaye and a few (though not easy)decent chances blown by Rodallega and Wigan. Think he would be a good acquisition for MLS and the way Wigan’s season is going he may be looking for new employment come May.

  29. Mig22 says:

    That was a nice goal by Cabaye. Well played all around. Poor Wigan. Rodallega’s chances weren’t easy but he should have forced a couple of saves instead of missing near post.

    Newcastle has done well with their easy-ish schedule so far, let’s see what they do as things toughen up.

  30. ACS says:

    Terrance Boyd made the 18 for Borussia Dortmund, he’s had 8 goals in 10 games for Dortmund II. Good to see another striker make it to the next level, hopefully he’ll keep making the 18 and possibly getting into the matches soon

  31. Scott A says:

    Glamour matchup starting the day in MLS. Toronto FC vs. New England Revolution.

  32. Citronomics says:

    Liverpool has hit the goalpost twice so far and despite dominating play, there are certainly spaces to exploit in their 3rd. Starting to feel like this match won’t play out well for the Red Dragons.

  33. MJC-DC says:

    Khan I know your not a Jozy fan. But I truly believe he will prove your misconceptions wrong time and time again.

  34. kimo says:

    And…right on queue, Khan comes into the discussion…the expert of experts!!!

  35. Citronomics says:

    Bellamy with the breakthrough goal in 1H stoppage and will take a little luck with that helpful deflection off of the Norwich defender. The visitors have played fairly positive so hopefully the 2H will see a good flow and attacking play (with a Pool win of course).

  36. hogatroge says:

    Are you @#%)(* serious!!?!!1?

    Everyone knows Altidore and Heskey are teh BESTT!!

  37. hogatroge says:

    What’s the soccer equivalent of “Toilet Bowl?”

  38. Citronomics says:

    Credit to Norwich for a beaut of a goal. Terrific cross and Reina is beat to the ball. Dang Pool looks sloppy – a little Bob Bradley Zone D on display wihout Lucas :-)

  39. Louis Z says:

    i would guess because he hasn’t played in a month.

  40. bryan says:

    madrid is crushing. i hope sevilla wins!

  41. TomG says:

    It is comments like yours, Jonathan that are typical of the hater crowd that is unfortunately a part of the community. A rational critic might point to a player’s work rate or first touch but haters make subjective, overly personal leaps of emotion that have nothing to do with the obsevable attributes on the pitch. He’s cocky? Where the heck are you haters getting THAT from? The constant lazy comments are also ridiculous. Laziness is a personality trait. Unless you know him personally, it is an ignorant and,ironically, LAZY attribution. Laziness has nothing to do with football. You haters like to construct nasty personality profiles of players that have no objective basis in reality. Here, let me demonstrate. You are a pitiful, pathetic creature who lives with his parents well into his thirties and obsessively hates on football players as an externalization of his own feelings of self inadequacy. There, i just did what you haters do to Jozy, to Bradley before hime, to Deuce before him, and Landon before him, ad infinitum. I assumed personality traits based on bare shreds of information. Let’s stop attacking personality and talk about wht’s on the pitch.

  42. abc says:

    Really? That would make it an “all American” goal considering it was scored by Ibisevic! 😉

  43. SD says:

    thanks for providing another site for scores….i had been following espn’s but was getting fed up with them….

  44. ManicMessiah says:

    The Newcastle-Wigan game was a bit dull, but the Cabaye goal is worth looking at. Can’t believe they’re 4th still, even with the matches they’ve had so far.

    Absolutely brilliant.

  45. TonyT says:

    hahaha!… you don’t know this guy Johnathan either! Your contradicting yourself fool!

  46. Brian says:

    Don’t think Ibisevic ever got US citizenship

  47. canchon says:

    Anybody watching Barca-Sevilla? Barca gets a questionable PK call in stoppage time, Sevilla goes nuts, gets a red card…and then Navas stops Messi’s PK. Crazy.

    And as I write this, in the 6th minute of stoppage time, Sevilla gets another red card and sets up another free kick for Barca. In the 98th minute now!

    I think we should rename Fergie time to Guardiola time.

  48. Ryan says:

    Herculez scores in 3rd minute!!!!! Wow…how can he NOT get called in next month? En Fuego!!!!

  49. CroCajun says:

    Thanks TomG. It needed to be said.

    People forget that Jozy is a goal away from being tied for number 10 on the all time goal scorers list for the US. And he is 21.

  50. Ryan says:

    #2 for Herculez the Great!!! This is unbelievable!!!

  51. abc says:

    I know, that’s why the quotes and the winky face.

  52. abc says:

    If Klinsmann calls in Buddle or Bunbury over Gomez, I will punch him in the face.

  53. NE Matt says:

    Also, if he calls in orozco fiscal who has not started the last 2 games (didn’t see the field in last weeks game, not in starting 11 today) he is a complete phony with his whole “you must be playing to be considered” mumbo jumbo. I wanna see herc and omar or john over buddle and orozco fiscal

  54. NE Matt says:

    To clarify the defender piece, that is contingent on john and omar not still in the mls playoffs which I think would only be the case if they are in the championship game

  55. Brett says:

    I want to see what Gomez can do with Shea creating on the left, Dempsey in the middle, and Donovan or Altidore on the right.

  56. Brian says:


  57. Edwin in LA says:

    Hmm 8 goals for Herculez puts him at 2nd place, the guy leading the tournament, who’s gotten some really lucky tap ins like the 2nd one for Herculez today, is playing against Herculez’ team today.

    I think he should get a call up, he’s had what a goal in his last 4 games?

    Even if he doesn’t score next week, which I would think would be the icing on the cake to demand his call up?

  58. Edwin in LA says:

    Why is Buddle being attacked all the sudden? He has 5 goals in 12 games not exactly a bad rate? The team just hasn’t provided good chances for forwards, not like our guys are the type of scorers that create goals on their own by just giving them the ball in the last third of the field?

  59. bryan says:

    your orozco example is completely wrong. when he got called in, he WAS starting every game. he has yet to be called in since being benched. omar or john should be there over ream, not orozco. but now that orozco isn’t starting, it should be both omar and john over ream and orozco.

    100% agree on Herc though

  60. bryan says:

    and to clarify, I think Herc should be there over Bunbury.

  61. hogatroge says:

    I think Herc should be there over Buddle. Bunbury is the next generation, and has been in good form for SKC. He’s a speed forward, whereas Agudelo is a technique guy.

    Let’s be serious… Herc can’t be relied on through 2014, and while he can contribute in the leadup, he shouldn’t be allowed to do so at the expense of preparing the youth.

  62. AC says:

    Another weekend, more goals for Gomez….Klins, your move.

  63. hogatroge says:

    Everyone expect another goal, so HG put in 2. Against Santos Laguna, too. If Buddle’s not too old for a call up, neither is Herc. To paraphrase T.I., “Bring ‘im out!”

  64. Scott A says:

    Given how soccer fans are seen by a sizable portion of the American public, the “Bidet Bowl” I guess.

  65. donttreadonme says:

    I hope Boyd see’s playing time soon. Wanna see what he’s about.

  66. Ryan says:

    Umm, they did hang with Tottenham and Arsenal already this year. I agree the Manchester’s and Chelsea will be tough, but Newcastle has been good so far and they don’t even have their full strength team on the pitch yet.

  67. Mig22 says:

    Fair enough and I did say they have done well so far with it. But to be fair, Arsenal and Tottenham were both home games. They have had 5 H/4 A and Arsenal is something of a shell of it’s former squad. I have no malice towards Newcastle but if the over/under on final table position was 8th, would you got better or worse? I’d probably go worse.