Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary


After two weeks Arsenal are yet to record a win or even score a goal in Premier League play this season, but they will look to change that today as they face Liverpool.

A re-tooled Liverpool side loaned away striker Adam Carroll before the transfer deadline, while picking up Turkish midfielder Nuri Sahin. Now, the Reds take on an Arsenal team that is desperate to earn all three points after drawing its first two games.

Elsewhere in Europe, a big slate of games in La Liga is headlined by a matchup between Barcelona and Valencia. In Italy, Inter Milan hosts Roma in an important early-season meeting.

Later tonight, the MLS playoff race continues as the Chicago Fire host the Houston Dynamo in a nationally televised matchup. Other games include the Seattle Sounders' trip to face FC Dallas and the game between the San Jose Earthquakes and Chivas USA.

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):


8am- Univision Deportes/beIN Sport– Bordeaux vs. Nice

8:30am- FOX Soccer Channel– Liverpool vs. Arsenal

8:30am- ESPN3– PSV Eindhoven vs. AZ Alkmaar

9:30am- GolTV– Wolfsburg vs. Hannover 96

10am- beIN Sport– Athletic Bilbao vs. Real Valladolid

10:30am- ESPN3– Heerenveen vs. Ajax

11am- FOX Soccer Channel– Southampton vs. Manchester United

11am- FOX Soccer Plus– Newcastle vs. Aston Villa

11am- Univision Deportes– Marseille vs. Rennes

11:30am- GolTV– Bayern Munich vs. Stuttgart

NOON- beIN Sport– Udinese vs. Juventus

1pm- Univision– Toluca vs. Club America

1:50pm- beIN Sport– Real Madrid vs. Granada

2:45pm- RAI– Inter Milan vs. AS Roma

3pm- Univision Deportes– Lille vs. Paris St. Germain

3pm- GolTV– Internacional vs. Flamengo

6pm- Telemundo– Chivas Guadalajara vs. Puebla

3:30pm- beIN Sport– Barcelona vs. Valencia

5:30pm- beIN Sport– Napoli vs. Fiorentina (tape delay)

7pm- Galavision– Chicago Fire vs. Houston Dynamo

7pm- MLS Direct Kick– FC Dallas vs. Seattle Sounders

7:30pm- beIN Sport– Lille vs. Paris St. Germain

9pm- NBC Sports Network– San Jose Earthquakes vs. Chivas USA

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109 Responses to Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

  1. rjrkr44krnnenwni2po33 says:

    Hat trick for Jozy I’m hoping

  2. Brett says:

    Who the heck is Adam Carroll?

  3. Petaluman says:

    He’s a hybrid of Charlie Adam and Andy Carroll

  4. Mig22 says:

    And wouldn’t THAT be a weird animal.

  5. Scott says:

    Only 7 minutes for Suarez’s first dive!

  6. Jon says:

    Well, some crap defender for AZ (aren’t they all?) just managed to get two yellows within 8 minutes.

    If Jozy doesn’t get pulled for another defender, imagine he won’t be seeing the ball today.

    Fresh legs for Jamaica at least.

  7. Jon says:

    …and as I type that, they go down a goal.

  8. Mig22 says:

    On the road at PSV, down a goal and a man, this probably won’t be a fun day for AZ.

  9. G? says:

    Yeah.. You can’t tell me az couldn’t use a yank in their defense..

  10. Mig22 says:

    Will Arsenal ever score?

    Where’s Piers Morgan when you want to make fun of him?

  11. rjrkr44krnnenwni2po33 says:

    Hello Mr Tim Ream

  12. Scott says:

    If I was a jets fans on top of being an Arsenal fan I wouldn’t have seen a score in a month.

  13. Scott says:

    1I retract my previous statement! Podolski!

  14. Mig22 says:

    Holy Crap what a strike from Maher to tie it for AZ. Game on.

  15. Mig22 says:

    Congrats! Must be a relief for you. 😉

  16. Vic says:

    Great combo Carzola-Padolski. Arsenal lost Van Persie but they’re are a big club they went to the transfer market and bought top players. Liverpool should take notes.

  17. Scott says:

    Good to see Arsene take a drink from his water bottle instead of firing it to the ground

  18. Illmatic74 says:

    Arsenal have the lead now but, they have to be worried by Mertesacker and Jenkinson. They have been Liverpool’s best playmakers so far.

  19. Illmatic74 says:

    Do Arsenal players realize that they could pass to Giroud’s feet?

  20. Scott says:

    I’m not sure either fullback has completed a cross all year. So a change in attack probably wouldn’t be a bad idea

  21. G? says:

    Maher chip goes too high. That’d be great going into halftime

  22. G? says:

    Or George John…

  23. atd says:

    Jozy’s been doing heroic hold-up work for AZ.

  24. Scott says:

    The sooner Koscienly come on the better

  25. Mig22 says:

    Van Bommel. Too good. What great technique and placement.

  26. Scott says:

    Im not sure there is a player in the Prem not named “Nasri”I hate more than Suarez. Get off the ground

  27. Mig22 says:

    lol. Suarez is great but he IS an unlikeable SOB.

  28. Scott says:

    Arteta makes a clean tackle he rolls five times. Vermaelen makes a clean tackle he rolls a couple times than gets up and complains. I enjoyed Varmaelen yelling at him after the second one.

  29. Scott says:

    I can never spell Vermealen the same way twice in a row

  30. Scott says:

    Man Reina, not a good couple of weeks

  31. Mig22 says:

    Altidore is gassed. He did good work in the first half but he looks like he can barely stand up right now.

  32. G? says:

    AZ with a decent defense could own the league. So lax.

  33. Mig22 says:

    Well, PSV has the two goal lead and that should be that. Tough day at the office for AZ after going down a man in the first 10 minutes.

  34. Mig22 says:

    yeah, they put their $$$ into the attack and it costs them.

    That strike from Van Bommel is missed far more often than it is made though so the soft defense isn’t the only reason for the goal.

  35. G? says:

    Unless there’s some late drama, jozy will be at a pitiful one goal per game average. Embarrassing.

  36. Mig22 says:

    Funny stats from the Rayo Vallecano – Sevilla game. As per OptaJose tweet, Rayo hadn’t tied a game since last November. Also, Sevilla missed 2 PKs in the game, first time since 2006. Lot of activity for a 0-0 game.

  37. G? says:

    Shot went too high. Blah.

  38. Jon says:

    Guzan and Lichaj both move in the XI for Villa today, per FSC on Twitter.

  39. Scott says:

    That’s really good to hear

  40. Scott says:

    Arsenal 2012: We play defense now

  41. Mig22 says:

    Editorial thought for the morning: Steve Cherundolo is the all-time, most successful American soccer player in Europe. He just keeps doing it year in, year out. Just my two cents and it is not meant to denigrate the efforts of Howard, Dempsey, McBride, et. al.

  42. Mig22 says:

    they do! It ought to make for an interesting year.

  43. ACS says:

    Boyd scores at the 12′ mark

  44. atd says:

    +1. He’s usually a 75-80 minute player; the extra defensive burden from losing a man early turned him into a 60-65 minute player.

  45. G? says:

    Plus one. Totally agree. I know a couple hannover fans (I live in switzerland, most people know nothing of mls and only italians think anything of our nats), and they hold him in really high regard. Same with italians and bradley, actually.

  46. Mig22 says:

    keep pourin ’em in.

  47. Citronomics says:

    Uggghhhh. Maybe Liverpool should give Shelvey a run out at withdrawn striker. Suarez flailing around like a wet piece of sphagetti and no players really able to cause damage off of crosses getting into the box (or the final ball not good enough).

    Also sucks how Liverpool contributed to all the hubbub around Dempsey’s transfer when we (if these early indications hold) clearly can use his instincts, quality and feistiness in the final third.

    Hope the system, which the squad seems to be ‘getting’, starts to produce results soon.

  48. Citronomics says:

    Hey MIG,

    Interesting post. Curious by what criteria? I’d argue Friedel by your ‘keeps doing it year in, year out…” is the all-time most successful. Plus, my bias is that I perceive (maybe wrongly here) that Freidel has been in bigger squads and bigger games, while demonstrating the same longevity and sustained level of quality play.


  49. Dimidri says:

    Thing you have to remember about Friedel is he had a hard time getting a work permit, so he played in Turkey for a year (fine league), came back to MLS with the Crew, then played 25 times for Liverpool over 3 years-so it wasn’t until 2000 really, when he was almost 30 when he really turned into a guy like he is today with Blackburn.

    BTW, assuming Howard keeps going to around 40, I think he’ll end up on top for the time being.

  50. Tyler says:

    All that noise about Dempsey and all of the painful underbidding and flip flopping and it looks like they needed him more than anybody.

    Liverpool have 1 point from 3 games with only 2 goals scored. Fail.

  51. Mig22 says:

    Yeah, Friedel would surely be in the discussion. I’m definitely one, even though I mentioned Howard, to separate field players and keepers. But maybe we leave the keepers to a separate discussion.

    That said:

    Keller, Friedel, Howard have all had pretty spicy careers. . In that case, Friedel definitely tops the Euro-history list for me. I may slightly prefer Keller and Howard as keepers but Friedel’s club history tops them.

  52. Mig22 says:

    I am NOT in the habit of defending Liverpool but I think their roster is fine. I think they have had a tough schedule for their first three games and that they shouldn’t panic, they don’t look terrible out there.

  53. Mig22 says:

    The Hannover Hungarian named Huszti (say that a few times fast) has 4 assists today. #10Shirt

  54. NE Matt says:

    Dear Klinsmann,

    Lichaj is starting, please take notice and call him up.



  55. Citronomics says:

    I agree that the panic button should not be hit and the squad is playimg fluid soccer. However, Liverpool’s current squad lacks IMO a true compliment to Suarez who can hold up and draw attention from defenders. Whether that player is a Carroll-type center forward, a Poldolski or Giroud (like) combo forward or a withdrawn striker who floats, Suarez needs support.

    It’s early times so am hopeful results will start to come.

  56. Mig22 says:

    Commentator just said the most wrong thing I’ve heard today: Carrick did sterling service replacing Ferdinand in the center of the defense.


  57. HoboMike says:

    +1 trillion.

    It’s telling when the only attacking option Liverpool had off the bench was Stewart Downing, the guy who hasn’t scored a Premier league goal in 2 years. Dempsey has more finishing skill than anyone ‘Pool put on the field today.

    Suarez needs to stop the theatrics and work on actually hitting the target. Shelvey, Allen, and Sterling are obviously the future.

  58. biff says:

    They must be ecstatic fans: The Cherundolo-captained Hannover is looking awesome at the beginning of the season in both Bundesliga play and Europa League–humiliating Wolfsburg today in Wolfsburg (4-0 as I type). This is a team that can beat just about anybody on a given day and could be the year that Hannover cements its position as a top-tier Bundesliga position by ending in the Top Four and bound for the Champions League. Mirko Slomka is a great coach and personality, and you just feel the team spirit of Hannover.

  59. jones says:

    Villains look pretty bad so far. Midfield clumping together and everyone giving it away easily.

  60. biff says:

    +1 If Chandler does not come for Jamaica, time to forget Timmy for the WC 2104 cycle and bring in guys who truly want to play for the shirt–and that means giving Lichaj a chance to show what he can do against Jamaica, and if it works out start grooming him.

  61. jones says:

    a spell of better sequences now

  62. Citronomics says:

    And Guzan. Glad to see he gets the (long overdue) EPL start.

  63. jones says:

    Guzan doing very well so far

  64. atd says:

    Not that I disagree, but unfortunately the bad Lichaj has shown up today. Guzan, on the other hand, is making the position his — very good command of the box and one terrific reflex save.

  65. NK says:

    So far: Villa’s Defense: not bad
    Villa going forward: not so good-though they are in the lead-it’s totally against the run of play.

    Guzan has made one nice save though.

  66. David says:

    Boyd just scored his second of the day.

  67. Kelly says:

    With Castillo out you would think Lichaj will have to get called in.

    Boyd is a man amongst boys in the Austrian Bundesliga. Won’t be there long if he keeps scoring at this rate.

  68. Citronomics says:

    Links? Think that’s 4 league goals so far and psyched for his great start to the Austrian Bundesliga campaign.

  69. jones says:

    Definitely hope he’s called in, though he has only been just ok in the first half (as has everyone else on Villa).

  70. Dimidri says:

    I would imagine he would call in johnson, dolo, and lichaj as outside backs, but even with Cameron who can play it, that’s kind of shallow, so I would expect a guy like Beitashour to get a call too.

  71. rjrkr44krnnenwni2po33 says:

    It’s good to know we have a striker besides Altidore that can score (okay besides Gome as well)

  72. NE Matt says:

    I half agree on the Lichaj statement. While his passing has been spotty at best, he has shown well in shutting down Newcastles right flank.

    Completely agree that Guzan is having a peach of a game so far.

  73. Mig22 says:

    It’s actually a little surreal that striker is actually becoming on the strenght of the USMNT. For years, we had likeable, willing guys that were frankly mediocre. Now…choices.

  74. Mig22 says:

    Southampton is going to be fun this year. They gave ManCity a good run, now they’re up on ManU…gotta love it.

  75. Citronomics says:

    Hah haaahhaaah (queue Nelson) Man Poo.

    Childish, I know

  76. jones says:

    wow, Guzan really had no chance on that one. 1-1

  77. Mig22 says:

    When abusing ManUtd, it is perfectly acceptable, even encouraged, to be childish.

  78. NK says:

    That’s an amazing strike by Ben Arfa. No way any keeper would have stopped that.

  79. ManicMessiah says:

    Wonder Strike from Hatem! Guzan couldn’t do anything about it, and it happened on the opposite side of Lichaj.

    Also, very similar to a goal he scored a couple years ago against Tim Howard.

  80. fischy says:

    …and Adam Carolla

  81. NE Matt says:

    Wow, Ben Arfa. Not a goalie in the world could have stopped that one. Guzan furious though that his defenders didn’t close him down quicker..

  82. fischy says:

    RVP!! RVP!!

  83. fischy says:

    If you missed it, so did he.

  84. Tyler says:

    Lichaj has really adjusted well after his rough start. He’s in the game for sure.

  85. Mig22 says:

    SO how much stoppage time coming? 8 minutes or so?

  86. Mig22 says:

    God I hate United.

  87. Path says:

    HATER!!! Don’t worry, RVP is bound to get injured sooner rather than latter and there goes United”s attack

  88. Kevin_Amold says:


  89. jeff p says:

    Recipe for losing a 2-1 lead. Pull your three best performers at 70 minutes and try to ride it out. Brilliant.

  90. Air Jordanz says:

    Outplayed once again and scrape out 3 pts…

    Helped by a very lenient referee who, admittedly, let a few things go for Southampton, too. Clear foul in the box on Ferdinand in the dying seconds.

  91. Tyler says:

    Lichaj shutting down the left side of the pitch now.

  92. Air Jordanz says:

    Guzan with a superb diving stop on a Cabaye spot kick.

    After this match, he has to have earned the starting spot for next week at least.

  93. Tyler says:

    Dude, pretty clear penalty as Ferdinand just shoves a play over in the box that would have given Southampton the tie, but OF COURSE United has the officials down on their knees and it isn’t given.

  94. fischy says:

    Lichaj did not look good defending in those final minutes. If memory serves, he’s not a natural left back? Either way, the kid has speed and he needs to use that, but he can’t rely on it to recover after making careless stabs at the ball. At this level, he’ll get toasted.

  95. Tyler says:

    What a save from Guzan. If this is how he’s been playing in practice it’s shocking that Given started over him.

    He and Lichaj definitely earned starts next week.

  96. Mig22 says:

    LOL. Yeah, I’m a hater (sports type hate). But you gotta hand it to that old drunk Scot, he does figure out a way to win these things.

  97. rjrkr44krnnenwni2po33 says:

    Indeed. They are evolving

  98. Mig22 says:

    Dean was sort of a disaster out there. Let a lot of pushes in the back go all day. Don’t know if it made any significant difference in the outcome.

    But they did it again. Hate hate hate.

  99. fischy says:

    Burned by Obertan and Ben Arfa. Got one yellow, and got away with just checking Obertan, instead of making at least a pretense of playing the ball. They let you get away with that these days, but they shouldn’t.

  100. heff says:

    wasn’t very impressed by eric. He played an OK game. Benefitted from Simpsons injury and the repositioning Newcastle did. Was lucky not to be called for a number of fouls just in and outside the box on both sides of the half.

  101. Path says:

    True dat. Knowing how to win counts for a lot. The old man knows how.

  102. Turgid Jacobian says:

    I think an under-performing big club (probably in a slightly off-brand league, but better than A.1) could do some remodeling and buy him in January. Just too much scoring at such a tender age to ignore.

  103. Turgid Jacobian says:

    Interesting how much the opinions on Lichaj are differing today. Wish I’d recorded that one!

  104. GW says:

    It is a mistake to compare keepers and outfield players directly.

  105. GW says:

    It might be in Eric’s best interests to NOT get called up.

    US fans did not seem to notice but one of the first things his new manager did is buy a fullback, Lowton.

    It seems clear Lambert is not as in love with Lichaj as US fans are. Going through all the Villa websites and the like, it seems the consensus is Lichaj is great but not yet ready to be a fulltime EPL starter. And Lambert’s behavior seems to confirm that he may well agree.

    My guess is JK has been leaving Lichaj out so he can concentrate on winning a spot. He just started this weekend so it may not be the best time to disrupt that.

  106. GW says:

    For what it is worth the Guardian gave Lichaj a 6.4, which was the second lowest ranking for a Villa player ( Holman got a 6.1).

  107. hogatroge says:

    Wow… refs really going out of their way to help Barca keep their 1-0 lead at this point.