Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Juventus has seen their Serie A title chances fade in recent weeks, but AC Milan''s tie vs. Catania on Saturday has given Juve some hope of catching up.

If the Turin side is going to catch Milan, they will need a win against Napoli today in one of the day's top match-ups.

In Germany, U.S. national team teammates Fabian Johnson and Danny Williams will lead Hoffenheim against Schalke and U.S. teammate Jermaine Jones.

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): 


6:30 a.m. - ESPN2/ - Japan vs. USA women

6:30 a.m. - Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer2Go/ - Roma vs. Novara

7:45 a.m. - FoxSoccer2Go - Celtic vs. St. Johnstone

8:30 a.m. - Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer2Go - Newcastle vs. Liverpool

9 a.m. – Fox Soccer Channel - Inter Milan vs. Genoa

9 a.m. - - Siena vs. Udinese

9:30 a.m. - Deportes - Hannover 96 vs. Borussia Monchengladbach

10 a.m. - FoxSoccer2Go - Inverness Caledonian Thistle vs. Hibernian

10:30 a.m. - – Vitesse vs. AZ Alkmaar

11 a.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - Tottenham vs. Swansea City

11 a.m. – FoxSoccer2Go – Caen vs. Ajaccio

11 a.m. - FoxSoccer2Go - Lille vs. Toulouse

11:30 a.m. – GOLTV - Hoffenheim vs. Schalke

12 p.m. - Deportes - Valencia vs. Levante

1 p.m. - Univision - Toluca vs. Santos Laguna

2:45 p.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - Juventus vs. Napoli

3 p.m. - GOLTV - Oeste vs. Corinthians

3 p.m. – Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer2Go - Stade Rennes vs. Lyon

3:30 p.m. - DirecTV/Dish Network - Real Sociedad vs. Rayo Vallecano

3:30 p.m. - Deportes - Villarreal vs. Espanyol

5 p.m. - Univision - America vs. Monterrey

6:30 p.m. - GOLTV - Estudiantes vs. Boca Juniors

7 p.m. - Galavision - Colorado Rapids vs. Chicago Fire

7 p.m. - Telefutura – Estudiantes Tecos vs. Chivas de Guadalajara

9 p.m. - MLS Live/Direct Kick - Chivas USA vs. Sporting Kansas City


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54 Responses to Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

  1. deepvalue says:

    At the World Cup I thought the US was the better team. I don’t think that anymore. Maybe the US can make some half time adjustments and steal this one. Japan’s possession game is very impressive.

  2. VJM says:

    Japan’s one touch passing and possession, pace, and now aggressiveness makes them very tough. I’m not seeing much here to say they aren’t just if not better than the US on any given day. All they’re really missing is a great goalkeeper and a strong, battling striker to give CB’s headaches.

    All around play – ill give it to Japan.
    All around talent – the US
    All around raw talent – Brazil

  3. deepvalue says:

    The US was chasing a lot today, and Japan was winning a lot of 50/50s. Japan just played give and go and also chipped over defenders frequently. When Japan pressed up high the US had difficulty building from the back. As usual the US was premature in attack and needed a little more patience. Hope Solo really saved the day in the second half. Bottom line is that Japan is continuing to improve and the US is going to have to match their improvement.

  4. ManicMessiah says:

    Newcastle’s new number 9 with a great header, 1-0 Newcastle!

  5. tom says:

    Generally all-around play is because of talent. One touch passing and possession, definitely talent.

  6. predicto says:

    Agreed – impressive in such a short time that Japan has transformed itself into the spain of women’s soccer – skillful, possessive, beautiful AND winning soccer. Korea’s are following.

    USA is talented, but needs confidence. It’ll come, but confidence breeds patience, skill & play out of traffic, and use one-two touch.

  7. predicto says:

    MB on left mid for Cheivo – lots of nice probing & dangerous passes to cutters so far. Open & fun match vs Fiorentino.

  8. Doctor Detroit says:

    Brazil is no where near either the US or Japan in terms of talent – raw or otherwise. It has the best player in the world and that’s about it.

  9. Doctor Detroit says:

    You think a team that is 78-6-10 in the last five year’s and ranked number one in the world needs confidence? The team you call the Spain of women’s soccer hasn’t beaten the USWNT in more than 8 years!

  10. ManicMessiah says:

    That red card to Reina hurts Newcastle. He’ll be suspended for the FA cup match, and if Liverpool won their match 6th and 7th would’ve been Euro spots. If Liverpool lose, Newcastle will have to finish 5th.

  11. Clint says:

    Sack Dalglish…..he’s washed up

  12. DJ777 says:

    The American owner should make some changes because liverpool sure spent a whole lot of money with very minimal results.

  13. tom says:

    And it’s not just the women. Japan is getting mens players onto higher quality Euro teams than the US at an increasing rate.

  14. Michael Stypulkoski says:

    Anyone else see Jozy run into the ref in the tenth minute?

  15. Polo says:

    Uh Japan has beaten us the last 3 times we played… including in the WORLD CUP FINAL.

  16. predicto says:

    Why be so belligerent? Can’t you just comment and be nice? Out of their last 3 meetings, Japan has won twice and just tied today. Japan beat the USWNT July 17, 2011 for the 2011 world cup crown, and they beat them again march 5, 2012 in the algarve cup. So, yes, the USWNT needs to build confidence.

  17. Citronomics says:

    FWIW, very entertaining match between Inter and Genoa. 9 goals; both teams down a man. Attacking stuff from both sides.

  18. predicto says:

    Hey – Cheivo wins 1-2 at Fiorentino – that’s a headline.

  19. Jon says:

    Goal for Jozy!

  20. predicto says:

    Altidore with a header goal – or was it his chin, or chest?

  21. Michael Stypulkoski says:

    Jozy scores on a header in the thirty-second. Not the prettiest goal, but he did well to get his head on it. Nice cross.

  22. mr coolio says:

    ALTIDORE with a GOAL! A header from inside the box.

  23. JG13 says:

    Nice “header” for Jozy.

  24. mr coolio says:

    One of those ugly but effective goals. haha

  25. JG13 says:

    1-1 at the half. The manner in which the AZ players are picking up yellows causes concern that they’ll be able to avoid going down a man.

  26. Doctor Detroit says:

    Uh, those games were tied and decided on penalties. And just TODAY it was another tie. You are completely wrong.

  27. GW says:

    Details, details.

    Who now has possession of the World Cup? Japan.

    Maybe the US are World Cup Champions in the court of Dr. Detroits’s opinion. But tell that to Pia and the USSF.

    What a steaming pile of horse manure.

    So they won on penalties. Those are the rules. If you don’t like it don’t play the game.

  28. Pete says:

    Schalke/Hoffenheim on GolTv. Jermain Jones and Fabian Johnson both in their 11s. Danny Williams on the bench.

  29. Jon says:

    AZ fall behind just a minute after the break. They must win to stay in first place.

  30. JSA says:

    Sack Liverpool.
    The entire club.

  31. CroCajun says:

    AZ just scored one of the funniest looking goals I’ve ever seen.

  32. JG13 says:

    AZ pulls level at 2 with a fluky goal from a miss hit that then took a deflection.

  33. to quote Cobi Jones on scoring goals – ‘they don’t as how, they ask how many’.

  34. Polo says:

    Jeez AZ found some leprechauns before this match and spent the entire training period rubbing their heads.

    Nobody is this lucky lol

  35. Jon says:

    JJ gets a yellow for a hard foul and about starts a scuffle. What else is new?

  36. predicto says:

    Altidore clips a Vitesse defender into an awkward spill, then argues about it. Come on Altidore – stop with the mouth. You’re gonna get pulled for attitude (again). Can’t he just play hard, stay on his feet, and let the game talk for him?

  37. JG13 says:

    Well, to be fair, it was no worse of a clip then when his arm was held in the box for no call. Maybe Jozy was just reminding the ref of that?

  38. deepvalue says:

    Pepe Reina got a red card for that?! Hahahahahaha. Ridiculous. Did they even touch at all?

  39. Mig22 says:

    Let’s hope Jones doesn’t injure one of the USMNT players. Has a yellow already but that was for fouling Firmino (I didn’t see it).

    Where is Fabian Johnson playing?

  40. Salgado says:

    Anyone know Darlington Nagbe’s US eligibility status?

  41. deepvalue says:

    Kyle Walker kicks the air after a miscue and makes contact with the Swansea player. Lol worthy.

  42. predicto says:

    You’re probably right, but altidore’s arguing habit seems so counter productive.

  43. m says:

    Never undeerstood why they didn’t give Roy H a chance

  44. JrLaing23 says:

    Grant Wahl (on twitter) has reported that the AC Milan chairman has announced that Giorgia Chinaglia has died.

  45. Tony in Quakeland says:

    Hard to say that Altidore argues more than many forwards. He’s the freaking Dalai Lama compared to Thierry Henry, to name one.

  46. Mig22 says:

    Wow, what a bummer. Valencia-Levante has Tommy Smyth doing color. I really can’t stand listening to this f’n caricature. Plus, it’s Spanish football so he sounds like he’s sitting there, semi-disinterested and drunk and bitter.

  47. predicto says:

    He was 65 – heart or cancer?

    per wiki:

    He was NASL’s all-time leading scorer with 243 goals.

    Named the greatest player in Lazio’s history during the club’s centenary celebrations

    1969–76 Lazio 209 appearances 98 goals
    1976–83 NY Cosmos 213 appearances 193 goals

  48. Adi in Oregon says:

    To be at the very top in soccer you need a lot more than confidence which the US woman and men teams have in spades. What you need is great soccer talent/technique and strategy like Spain and Germany. Being athletic like the US and Britain only helps so much.

  49. MidWest Ref says:

    He has a morning show on Sirius/xm satellite radio and was out ill part of the last two weeks or so, but I thought he was back.

  50. Polo says:

    Don’t know about his interest level, but if he’s commenting on a football game you can be sure he’s drunk.

  51. JrLaing23 says:

    Report on FSC as well as quotes from Charlie Stilitano was that the illnness was a heart attack and the surgery to put stints in.

  52. GW says:

    Compared to who? Have you watched a lot of the forwards in Holland and in Europe in general. How about Clint Dempsey?

    Jozy’s behavior is about par for the course.

    Does he telll you how to go about doing your job?

  53. Josh says:

    I know, right? Honestly, aside from Suarez, Gerrard, Reina, and perhaps Kuyt, they’re a very, very average club. Certainly not top-four or five quality. Makes you realize just how good Xabi Alonso is.

    I understand why they had to sell Torres, but replacing him with Andy Carroll was a huge mistake. Arsenal may struggle to hang on to their one world-class player (RvP), but both Arsenal and Liverpool simply aren’t competitive anymore in terms of acquiring these players. Barring a massive loosening of the purse-strings by their respective owners, things are unlikely to change anytime soon.

  54. VJM says:

    I agree and I don’t. Possesion and one touch passing doesn’t equate to winning. Example today: the Swansea / Spurs match today. Swansea played better, had about 60% possesion. Lost 3-1. Spurs have a very high talent ceiling. And found the goals despite being outplayed most the match.