Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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This busy Soccer Saturday will start with a bang in London as first-place Chelsea welcome third-place Arsenal to Stamford Bridge for a crucial match between English Premier League title contenders.

Chelsea have never lost a home league match under manager Jose Mourinho, and they will look to keep that streak — and more importantly, their advantage atop the league — intact as the Gunners visit West London. The Blues will try to rebound from their 1-0 loss to Aston Villa last weekend without midfielders Ramires and Willian, who each had late red cards at Villa Park. Arsenal are focused on keeping their league momentum going with a road win as they continue their late-season push without several key players.

The two other title contenders in the EPL, Liverpool and Manchester City, will be in action in the middle slate of matches. High-scoring Liverpool travel to 19th-place Cardiff City, while Manchester City battle last-place Fulham at Ethiad Stadium. Later in the day, Manchester United begin their tough stretch without Champions League savior Robin van Persie with a road fixture at 12th-place West Ham United.

Elsewhere, Bayern Munich look for their 18th consecutive victory in Bundesliga play against Mainz, who Bayern defeated to start their long winning streak. In Serie A, AS Roma take on Chievo Verona away from the Stadio Olimpico, and league-leading Cruz Azul visit Atlas to highlight Saturday night’s Liga MX action.

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):

8:15am – Derby County vs. Nottingham Forest – beIN Sports USA

8:45am – Chelsea vs. Arsenal – NBC Sports Network

10:30am – Mainz 05 vs. Bayern Munich – GolTV USA

11am – Cardiff City vs. Liverpool – NBC Sports Network

11am – Everton vs. Swansea City – Premier League Extra Time

11am – Hull City vs. West Bromwich Albion – Premier League Extra Time

11am – Manchester City vs. Fulham – Premier League Extra Time

11am – Newcastle United vs. Crystal Palace – Premier League Extra Time

11am – Norwich City vs. Sunderland – Premier League Extra Time

11am – Granada vs. Elche – beIN Sports en Español

11am – Middlesbrough vs. Queens Park Rangers – beIN Sports USA

11am – Aberdeen vs. Kilmarnock – Fox Soccer Plus

12pm – Marseille vs. Rennes – Univision Deportes

1pm — Torino vs. Livorno – beIN Sports USA

1pm – Espanyol vs. Levante – beIN Sports en Español

1:30pm – West Ham United vs. Manchester United – NBC Sports Network

1:30pm – Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. Hertha BSC – GolTV USA

2pm – New England Revolution vs. Vancouver Whitecaps – MLS Direct Kick

3pm – Real Valladolid vs. Rayo Vallecano – beIN Sports en Español

3:45pm – Chievo vs. AS Roma – beIN Sports USA

3:45pm – PSV Eindhoven vs. Roda JC – GolTV USA

4pm – Montreal Impact vs. Seattle Sounders – MLS Direct Kick/Univision Deportes

4pm – Real Salt Lake vs. LA Galaxy – NBC Sports Network

4:30pm – Toronto FC vs. D.C. United – MLS Direct Kick

5pm – Athletic Bilbao vs. Getafe – beIN Sports en Español

6pm – Colorado Rapids vs. Portland Timbers – MLS Direct Kick

6pm – Columbus Crew vs. Philadelphia Union – MLS Direct Kick

6pm – Peñarol vs. Cerro – GolTV USA

7pm – Club America vs. Veracruz – Univision Deportes/Univision

8:30pm – Sporting KC vs. San Jose Earthquakes – MLS Direct Kick

8:30pm – FC Dallas vs. Chivas USA – MLS Direct Kick

9pm – Pachuca vs. Chiapas – Univision Deportes

9:30pm – Tigres UANL vs. Queretaro – UniMás

10:05pm – Club Leon vs. Cruz Azul – Telemundo Deportes/Telemundo

11pm – Atlas vs. Chivas de Guadalajara – Univision Deportes

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192 Responses to Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

  1. Bac says:

    Anyone catch the TJ Puebla game last night? I don’t get Deportes and would be interested in a rundown of how our boys played ahead of the Mexico game

    • biff says:

      Castillo and Beasley each had an assist–apparently both very good plays. Castillo late was on the wrong end of a dirty tackle from a former teammate, who got a red card. Corona and Garza did not play. Appears the coach is under a strict rotation system.

      link to

      • beto says:

        If Jürgen calls in 2 LB’s could Garza get a look? DMB is #1, Castillo has had his shot, Klute or Parkhurst are not really 100% and inform right now, Harrington, Sinovic, Ashe, ect not really national teamer’s … Could be a good time to take a look at Garza

        • Bac says:

          That’s what I’m hoping for, the guy looks the part

        • Hogatroge says:

          Parkhurst is in fine form now but he’s nursing an injury. I’d still expect him to get called up since he’s really been the most consistent FB over the last year (though not necessarily the best).

        • Gary Page says:

          Why all this recent enthusiasm for Garza? He looks okay, but only started playing regularly for Xolos a couple of months ago, was almost always a late substitution last year and has 0 international experience. If Brooks couldn’t cut it from the Bundesliga to international play, why should you think that someone just starting in Mexico can? Castillo, whom you dismiss, has much more starting experience with the Xolos than does Garza.

          • Dude says:

            Did you see LA-TJ game? I’m gonna guess not. Garza looked really strong. Castillo is terrible at lb

          • Bac says:

            Fair question, I’ll give you my opinion on why I hope JK calls him in for the Mexico game:
            1. Quick feet, fast, strong over the ball
            2. Appears to read the game well
            3. He’s not 120 lbs like Castillo or Beas
            4. MOST IMPORTANTLY… He passes the eye test. He looks and plays like an outside back should, more so than anyone else I’ve seen come through our system at this point.
            Example: I’ve seen Yedlin play plenty, he’s a great prospect, very fast. But passing, positioning & decision-making still need work, I think he’s a future starter but not yet ready
            Example: Aron J: Scores goals, and passes the eye test. Didn’t have to see him play for a few years to know he belongs on the plane.

            Am I annointing him a star? No, he’s still a prospect.
            Do I think he belongs on the plane to Brazil? I have no idea. Do I think he warrants a strong look? Yes I do.
            For me he passes the eye test, and think he deserves a call up

          • Edwin in LA says:

            Actually. Garza did really well for us in the U-20s despite the team being eliminated by the hosts, Guatemala in 2011, he was solid. He’s also played in important games for Tijuana for example, last year when they won the championship, Hyde scored the clinching goal in the semi-final. Don’t remember if he came in late, but in the 1st leg he started with Castillo as the left mid in front of him (so you know he had like no defensive cover from the winger lol)

        • biff says:

          @Gary Page: I agree about Castillo, would be premature to close the book on him after the Ukraine game. I agree that he was weak, but could be extenuating factors, such as — I think — his first cap in Europe and jet-lagged out and playing alongside John Brooks, who was a catastrophe, and a bad case of nerves, which you could see quite clearly. He deserves a second chance and I would like to see what he could do against Mexico.

          All that said, it also would be nice to see Garza.

          • Nate Dollars says:

            castillo has already had his second chance, and third…

            and really: ‘playing alongside John Brooks, who was a catastrophe’?

            i’m not saying brooks was good, or anything close to that, but i would have said that brooks was ‘playing alongside castillo, who was a catastrophe’. castillo has already said that he is not good at defense–maybe good enough for the mexican league, like beasley, but certainly not good enough at the international level.

            which is why i’m confused that we haven’t given him an extended look at his strongest position: LM/LW. same for beasley.

  2. Bean says:

    Let’s go you Redmen. Come on Liverpool.

    • Expat4455 says:

      Hey Bean, It looks like Bayern will sell Xherdan Shaqiri (22 yr old attacking mid-fielder) this summer. He originally had La Liga (Real, Barca) at the top of his list but with how Rodgers has his team playing now, Liverpool just jumped to the top.

      • Citronomics says:

        Glad that Liverpool is in the mix for talented players but would prefer LFC prioritize a central defender (or 2) to boost the squad in an area of need.

  3. Pete says:

    Chelsea with two quick goals early on.

  4. Ralph says:

    Andre Mariner just sent off the wrong player.

    The referee just sent off the wrong player. Ridiculous controversy.

  5. Nate Dollars says:

    oxlade-chamberlain deliberate handball to stop a shot. gibbs gets sent off, because they’re twins apparently. hazard converts penalty. 3-0.

    hey, thanks for the great game, arsenal.

  6. Ralph says:

    I hope Oxlade-Chamberlain scores a hat trick now so that mourinho loses it.

    • biff says:

      Not an Arsenal fan, but that scenario with Chelsea blowing the lead and Jose losing it would be a dream come true :-)

  7. Andre Mariner says:

    Eh all those light skin black people look the same. Does it matter if I send off the wrong one?

  8. fastrightleg says:

    And MLS referees are bad…

    • Horsewhistle says:

      Apparently all refs make mistakes.
      Where are those lock-out commenters who thought EPL refs were without err?

  9. Pete says:

    Wenger got his midfield wrong, far to open before the red card. Considering they got destroyed earlier in the year by Man City and Liverpool. I expected Arsenal to be defense first. Too late now.

  10. Ralph says:

    Lol so Oxlade actually told Mariner it was him and not Gibbs who was like 6 yards away that hand balled it and Mariner still sent off the wrong player.

  11. Ralph says:

    Further replay shows that not only was it not on target and shouldn’t haven’t been a red card, Mariner actually saw it from the right angle from not far away and still…

    Oi vey.

  12. run says:

    So a red to Chambelain would have been appropriate for the handball. No call from the ref. no call from the touchline. Then someone speaks in the refs earpiece and he give the red to Gibbs. So who made the call? Baffling

  13. Nate Dollars says:

    since i’m bored from laughing at mariner, a couple observations:

    – azpilicueta is very good, especially considering he’s playing out of position.
    – fair to say torres is a jozy-situation on steroids? he seems to play well, creating chances, even getting assists–right up until he’s in a scoring situation.
    – hazard’s playing kind of reminds me of messi. now before everyone FREAKS RIGHT OUT, i’m not saying he’s as good as messi, or will ever be as good as messi. it’s his movement, technique, and playing style. i remember him being more of a winger-type who chases up and down the lines before getting knocked over. when did this change?

  14. B says:

    Jozy’s starting!

    • B says:

      Also, according to skysports, Fletcher might be done for the season: link to Jozy might have Sunderland’s hopes of staying up on his shoulders.

      • fastrightleg says:

        Does this create more or less pressure for Altidore to perform well today?

        • TomG says:

          He still needs to play well. Gus could put Borini in the middle or Scocco. I think he secretly longs to do so. He said as much during the week. Either Jozy trained well and convinced him otherwise or it was a bit of motivational talk or both. I think it’s the pragmatic choice to go with Jozy. Sunderland went 7-2-4 in the stretch from mid December to Feb 1 with Jozy as the main choice. He’s generally playing well and contributing to the success of the team. He’s just not taking maximum advantage of the few chances he gets in the final third. He needs to be more efficient. It’s a bit of a tough trick to learn how to find your rhythm and score when you’re only getting a couple good touches per match in the final third and have zero space on the ball. If he CAN learn that, it may come in handy for USA during the summer.

          • KEEP says:

            well put

          • Nate Dollars says:

            well said. this is why i still think that this move could prove profitable for the usmnt, if it means he starts improving his hold-up play, which has always been his weakness.

            unless, of course, it destroys his confidence entirely. i’m hoping not.

          • GW says:

            Mr. G,

            If Poyet wants a big guy up top, he has almost no choice. Fletcher is hurt and Wickham is gone on loan.

            Plus, as has been noted before, Poyet is simply following the Verbeek/JK manual on Jozy; get his attention by dropping him and letting him sit for a while.

            It worked well for AZ and the US hopefully it works here as well.

            • Nate Dollars says:

              that might’ve worked for verbeek, but the most important part of the ‘JK manual’ (and the most ignored, it seems) was when he started setting up the team to actually feed jozy instead of just kicking the ball at him and hoping it bounced back to dempsey.

              would be nice if that ever happened at sunderland, but i don’t see it.

              • GW says:

                Mr. dollars,

                I always felt much of Jozy’s trouble in his initial appearances for JK was Donovan’s absence.

                When Jozy came back into the team, it was more settled and Zusi and Fabian in the midfield were replacing Landon’s contributions

                If Ki was absent today that explains a lot as he is Sunderland’s Mikey.

                Ultimately Poyet’s failure to integrate the talented Giacherrini into the attack may be his biggest failure.

      • Mo says:

        Having to depend on Altidore for goals=certain relegation

        • Nate Dollars says:

          you missed a part:
          having to depend on altidore for goals+not creating chances for altidore=certain relegation

          • B says:


            When your central forward gets one opportunity a game and doesn’t finish it, it’s pretty inane to say it solely his fault you’re not scoring. I think this applies equally to Jozy and Fletcher this season.

            Hopefully Sunderland will prove us wrong today and create a ton of chances.

  15. fastrightleg says:

    Altidore starting today.

  16. reignman says:

    So glad I didn’t get up early to watch Arsenal play today, I had a bad feeling

  17. Jack Del says:

    Fletcher out for the season most likely–Jozy gifted a lifeline. What will he do with it?

  18. Juan from L.A. says:

    Well that escalated quickly on behalf of Chelsea-Arsenal…glad the French Failure was shown AGAIN how overrated he is…#teamgreatONE

  19. jones says:

    Hoping Everton pull even further away from ManU in the standings this week.

  20. TomG says:

    Wow. Norwich crosses the ball like Sunderland does… ie, much like an NFL field goal kicker.

  21. TomG says:

    Announcers already commenting offs the huge gap between Sunderlands midfield and Altidore. Great.

    • TomG says:

      Jozy gets a long ball and, according to the announcer, “there’s no one within 30 yards of him.” not sure what he’s supposed to do or why Gus plays him like this.

      • fastrightleg says:

        I think he was saying it in support of Jozy there.

      • Fair Observer says:

        theyve been doing that all game, playing MLS kickball by just launching long balls up towards jozy and hoping he gets them. as i type, norwich, actually passing the ball, gets a goal. i wish sunderland mids could take notes on how to properly set someone up in the box with a pass to an open man streaking

        • Luis Esco says:

          San Jose is about the only MLS team that plays like that and even they know how to keep better possession.

    • Increase0 says:

      I’m not watching the game but ESPN reports 81% possession to Norwich. Is that right? I mean… its Norwich…

  22. jones says:

    Perfect, agree with the announcers comments exactly about the Dutch league vs EPL.

  23. TomG says:

    Stupid, stupid foul by Bardsley. Why foul the man when you have three players surrounding him.

  24. TomG says:

    Jozy getting caught on the wrong side of defender several times. He’s got to anyicipate the ball and fight for that position before the delivery.

  25. Increase0 says:

    I’m watching the game now. That goal was a silly goal to give up. That defender did a lovely pass back to Norwich.

  26. TomG says:

    Sunderland looking slow, disorganized, unfocused and tired.

    • jones says:

      yeah, and this is the type of game they really need a point from. They’ve got a lot of big teams still in their schedule. I just don’t understand why there’s no urgency whatsoever.

  27. Nate Dollars says:

    i always forget how bad sunderland is until i see another abysmal team like norwich dominate them.

    • biff says:

      Have not seen a lot of Norwich, but each time I have watched them they have always struck me as a well-coached attack-minded team.

      In the Bundesliga, Mainz putting up a valliant effort against Bayern. Javi Martinez pulled down a last Mainz player on goal and no foul called let alone a red card. The ref, as usually, firmly in Bayern’s corner. Martinez is starting to be one of my least favorite players, turning into a bigger diver than Robben, with one great dive already today, of course called in his favor.

      • Nate Dollars says:

        ‘they have always struck me as a well-coached attack-minded team’

        then looks are deceiving. i think they’ve actually scored less goals than sunderland this season.

      • Increase0 says:

        Poor Mainz they deserved a point.

  28. Fredo says:

    Go Galaxy!

  29. TomG says:

    Grat goal. Black Cats making Norwich look like Bayern Munich

  30. Chicago Josh says:

    Sunderland are the EPL version of the Bad News Bears. I keep looking for a drunk Walter Matthau.

  31. TomG says:

    Jeez Borini, stay up there. Terrible chest trap by Jozy to follow.

  32. TomG says:

    Colback just too damn slow. He had the head start, he had the angle and still lost the race.

  33. TomG says:

    Good win on header by Jozy on perfect spot for Borini, but Borini doesn’t anticipate. This team just not on same page at all. Do they actually practice together?

  34. TomG says:

    Ki is out??? Ugh. Colback I understand, but Ki? Who will pass the ball?

  35. Fair observer says:

    Poyet majes twi chanfes before half and niether are to bring on Giaccherini….??? Wow

    • Increase0 says:

      Gotta change out defensive midfielders when you are down goalssss. Its the only way.

      • Fair observer says:

        Takes off colback and brought on Larson, shoulda been Giac there. Chatter mike for ki is fine but get Giac in there over Larson

  36. TomG says:

    Wonderful ball by Jozy to Borini. Great hold up play by the big man to set up the Italian.

  37. biff says:

    Not surprising to see such an awful Sunderland performance after Poyet’s interview a couple of days ago basically saying that if Sunderland goes down, it’s his fault, but at the same time giving excuses why it’s not his fault. It was an odd interview, had a bad feel to it like he was jumping off a sinking ship.

  38. Fair observer says:

    Another great cross by bardsley…. True sunderland cross

  39. TomG says:

    Bardsley with time on the ball, in a great spot, with men in the box and crosses it to……. a teammate cleverly disguised as the opposite corner flag.

    • Bac says:

      Winning comment of the day

    • Fair observer says:

      Haha exactly. I’ve counted at least 15 hopeless long balls played up from the sunderland defense. The lack of ground passing makes both strikers (jozy and borini) look like they’re bad. If the mids could learn how to build an attack it’d do wonders for the whole team

    • Gary Page says:

      When I saw that I was thinking that kind of sums up their season. I’m 68 years old and I could have made a better pass in that situation. He had all day.

  40. TomG says:

    Jozy not winning enough balls and hearing it from the announcers. He needs to pick it up if he’s even allowed back on the field in the second half. He did set up their best chance by far, but a poor outing other than that. Whole team has been irredeemably awful.

  41. shawn says:

    everybody including altidore on sunderland has been poor. im done watching

  42. jones says:

    This team looks as if they’ve given up on the season already when they have nearly 10 matches left. This is nearly the worst I’ve seen them play and that’s saying something. yikes.

  43. Jon says:

    Watched a half of Sunderland/Norwich.
    Gonna go watch the kids at the YMCA fields down the street for a bit to find my love for soccer again.

  44. kev says:

    I love you Martin Skrtel. win me that game good sir

  45. byrdman says:

    I try not to criticize guys playing/coaching at one of the best leagues in the world. Here it comes….BUT.. Jozy seems so easily marked. I would love to see him fight for position or to get goal side of his man on a run. His team is putrid, I agree with everyone. I miss the effort from the 4 goal Jozy of last year.

    • Increase0 says:

      Jozy has a chicken and egg problem. He might not be good enough to play in the EPL but we will never know because the rest of Sunderland is terrible. I feel like Jozy is a good roll player who wont be a star. Good enough for me but how will we ever know with wingers as bad as Adam Johnson.

      • Michael Stypulkoski says:

        It boggles my mind how people on here heap blame on Johnson. He is the only player who has done anything for Sunderland this year. It’s possible he’ll even parlay his form into a spot on England’s WC squad. Sunderland is terrible, Jozy included. (I’m no Jozy hater whatsoever, but facts are facts. He has been awful.) Johnson has been far and away their best player. You guys have picked the wrong guy to target with your vitriol.

        • Increase0 says:

          Do you watch Johnson play? He can’t do anything except score for himself. He can’t cross. He can barely beat a man sometimes. He takes shots from the outside and got hot in January. He didn’t do anything differently than normal but all those low percentage shots started going in for a bit. He always goes straight for goal and ignores whats going on around him until he doesn’t have a choice but to pass. By then he has wasted whatever advantage his team had. He could do more but he always makes bad decisions. If he was actually good, he would still be on Man City.

          Its not vitriol. I didn’t insult him or use profanity to describe him. I called him out for what he is. A bad player. Just like Andros Townsend is a bad player, Aaron Lennon, or Ashley Young.

  46. Fair observer says:

    Seriously, what’s with these random lobbed balls from the backline when sunderland are in calm possession. Just pass the ball around ok the ground. I understand the occasional long ball to stretch the D but when 80% of their possession ends in a terrible long ball you’d think they’d adjust…

  47. Shimmzy says:

    Here is the latest Jozy goal scoring chart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    link to

  48. Fair observer says:

    Like hy would bardsley just launch that Long ball…?

  49. ISAF says:

    worst Yank transfer ever

    I hope KARMA rewards Jozy with 6 goals in the world cup and he can get a move to a Lazio or Stuttgart come summer and start scoring goals. Maybe England just isn’t his league as Germany was not Donovan’s league.

    we need more younger Yanks playing in Holland. I’d love to see more head to France as well. We however for sure need them in Spain/Italy, but they have massive restrictions on foreign players and they usually don’t go American. Maybe a point as those places have huge xenophobic problems and corruption and sometimes players don’t get paid.

  50. hudson says:

    Has Sunderland hit a decent cross today? Nothing even close to reaching the intended targets.

  51. John says:

    Well Jozy gets another 20 mins at least

  52. byrdman says:

    I guess i didn’t realize just how bad Paulo di Canoi was. He brought in most of these guys and they are horrible. Abysmal. Horrid. etc… Poyet doesn’t impress me, but the talent level of the Black Cats is definitely not equal to those around them.

    • beachbum says:

      Poyet had them playing better for a while, in the Cup competitions. Some of the things that worked for them then are not present now. Mainly anyone in midfield, whatever their official position listed in the program, who can link simple passes quickly going forward and side to side. you know, play soccer.

      and an incredible dearth of service paired with an overabundance of shots from the parking lot into the 15th row

      • biff says:

        yes, Poyet did have them playing well for awhile, especially the famous wins in Cup competitions. But those wins could end being Sunderland’s downfall. Sunderland probably would have more league points today if they would have been knocked out of both Cup competitions early. Now the whole team looks drained and does not seem to be much fire anymore. Poyet seemed to know this in the interview he gave a few days ago.

        Anyone know if Jozy’s contract is good for the Championship League?

  53. Alex says:

    dont think Jozy has touched the ball in the last 25 mins

  54. KEEP says:

    The majority of major of MLS teams play a more attractive game than Sunderland. I don’t know why I keep tuning in to these games…

  55. Fair observer says:

    Hey Brett, there’s your favorite player Alonso messing up again….. You’re right, he’s a GREAT defender….

    • Brett says:

      The only way you can win a debate is to make things up. I never said Alonso was a “great defender”.

  56. Fair observer says:

    If I was jozy I’d fire my agent for getting him sent to sunderland……

  57. Alex says:

    wow, pitiful from Sunderland….disgusting performance.

  58. John says:

    Looks like Brooks is back in a starting line up today for Hertha

  59. Mr. Kaplan says:

    The Middlesborough-QPR game was much better and the second QPR goal was just bizarre and then another within a minute. Middlesborough 0 – QPR 3.

  60. Mr. Kaplan says:

    The passing was better than Sunderland’s also.

  61. ISAF says:

    Sterling was pissed but a striker will always go for the hat-trick

  62. John says:

    If we could take the fight of Boyd, the touch and shot of Johannsson, the heading of EJ, the poaching sense of Wondo, and put them all into one player we could have a pretty good striker.

    • away goals says:

      Or we could just, you know, take all those traits of johannsson and we have a pretty good striker.

      • Fair observer says:

        And put him in a proven 2-striker formation with a complimentary player like jozy. Smaller faster dribbling striker with bigger stronger volley/header/passing striker…. Crazy, never seen that before…….

    • Nick4235 says:

      Might as well toss in Altidores shot power, EJs speed, and Hercs work ethic.

    • Mo says:

      Gentlemen,we can rebuild him
      We have the technology
      we can make him better than he was before

  63. TomG says:

    Much better play by Jozy in the second half. He was actually quite good. No excuse for that first half, though. The whole team came out flat as a board and he played right into it. If he’s going to succeed at a relegation fodder club like Sipunderland, he has to stand out and raise himself above the level of his teammates instead of playing down to their level. That’s part of maturing and becoming a top player. He needs to grow up a bit still.

    • Fair observer says:

      I’m pretty sure were about 27 lobbed passes to jozy and only 3 ground passes to him the whole game. No striker will success with that play. By lobbed balls I don’t mean crosse. I mean where a defender or cdm just lobs a hopeful ball and says “make something out of THIS!” Just terrible play. Earlier this season sunderland was really getting better at moing the ball around on the ground and building. Now they only knock balls up kickball style an ball watch. I can’t wait for jozy (and hopefully Giac too) to get off this team. Borini might even be better off back at Liverpool as a sub

      • Brett says:

        It’s as if Jozy were a wall and they are just playing for the wild deflections coming off his lunky frame.

      • TomG says:

        No question Sunderland was pathetic, but Jozy still has to come out with energy and focus, win balls, make good passes and put in a good shift. He did not do this in the first half. Part of being a top player is staying sharp when those around you are not.

        • Increase0 says:

          Yep, Jozy doesn’t always work hard all game. He seems to feed emotionally off the the rest of his team. They play well—> he plays well. They play badly —> he plays badly.

          • GW says:


            Replace Jozy with EJ or Boyd or Johannsson,or Wondo, or Herc.

            How do you suppose any one of them would do?

  64. Fair observer says:

    So for anyone commenter that has been saying jozy is the only problem with sunderland being bad, please watch this Norwich game……. If that’s not enough proof that sunderland are terrible which effects jozy then I don’t know what is, perhaps the rest of sunderland games where their mids are sill terrible will prove it then….

  65. espada says:

    With the way Sunderland’s playing, the only way I see for Altidore to gain confidence and start scoring again is to play with the Nats.

  66. hudson says:

    He also didn’t scored in the recent friendly match in Europe, so it’s not like he can flip a switch and suddenly start getting goals with the U.S. It looks realistically like he could end the season with one Premiere League goal. In those few times when he does find the ball at his feet, I’d like to see him turn and shoot instead of laying off the ball all the time. You can’t score if you don’t shoot. If he could get even a couple goals at the end of the season it would boost his confidence going into the World Cup. But Klinsmann may have some hard decisions to make when it comes to his starting striker(s).

    • John says:

      Actually he hasn’t scored in the last 4 starts for the US now

    • Fair observer says:

      I agree that jozy should become a lil more selfish and turn an shoot. His strengths sre unselfish play to try and set team mates up and first time shots after a teammate lays a ball off for him. The latter never happens and with the former, his teammates don’t want to shoot when he passes it to them. All in all, he’s not on the same (terrible) page as the rest of his teammates. With the USMNT, they at least know his style and can generally give him the passes he likes. The Ukraine game was missing key players in the midfield that usually play him better balls (aka MBTFC).

      I for one hope to see how JG might work on the left providing link up ground play with jozy

  67. TomG says:

    Wow. Rooney with an absolute wonder goal from midfield.

  68. apw says:

    So John Brooks returns to the lineup and Hertha give up three in the first half. Anybody watching? Is he at fault?

    • John says:

      First was a great strike out side the box opposite his side. Second a set piece that wasn’t his mark. I didn’t see the third.

      • apw says:

        I just saw the highlights, first two were not him but he was beaten poorly on a 1-2 with strikers for the third. At least he is getting minutes.

      • Louis Z says:

        On the third goal he rushing in to intercept a play developing in midfield. get there a split second too late. forward tracks back enough to pull RCB, gives the ball right back to the player that Brooks originally tried to intercept. score.

  69. Jack Del says:

    Have to give it up to Rooney, he scores some head scratchers.

  70. Remy says:

    Watching the Revs vs Vancouver game and MU vs WHU at the same time. The regular MLS referees are worse than the replacement ones. Bring back the scabs!

    • Increase0 says:

      One just managed to get in Bradley’s way. Ref’s must not be match fit. Too busy being on “vacation.”

  71. Shimmzy says:

    Jozy Altidore has had eight teams in eight years. Freddy Adu has had eight teams in eight years. Coincidence????!?

  72. Expat4455 says:

    I am getting pretty sick of reading all these comments on how bad Jozy is, he missed this, he did that wrong. Please get a clue people, Sunderland stinks! Absolutely stinks! From what I have seen of his play Jozy in the only attacker on the team that has a clue.

    For sure, Jozy is not sper world-class, not in Renaldo territory, but he is plenty good. He seeks out space, runs the whole game, can take on any defender one-on-one, and is a team-player.

    You all just wait and see how he plays when he has Julian Green on the pitch with him.

    • John says:

      Have you seen an reports on Julian and Bayern II from today? I just saw they had a 2-2 draw.

      • Expat4455 says:

        No John, I was at the soccer pub watching Liverpool-Cardiff on one screen and Bayern-Mainz on another and drinking bloody marys and talking with Liverpool fans. I will check though..

        • Expat4455 says:

          Bayern II goes to 10 men in 31. minute. Julian gets yellow card at 40. minute. Bayern are leading 2-1 when in 94. minute Aschoffenburg scores with a penalty kick.

          Julian did not score a goal, no mention in any articles whether he assisted on any of the 2 Bayern goals.

          • Increase0 says:

            That’s it. Green is cut! Brek is back on the team!

            • Expat4455 says:

              But of course Increase0. it was only a 4th tier Bundesliga match and Julian did squat. I mean, what soes that tell you? Another Freddy?

  73. i don't care if MLS is a top 10 world league, i want the USMNT to be a top 10 team says:

    I miss Bradley at ROMA. it was a tough situation but stick it out. Be the first player off the bench. Maybe you start in 50% of games this season or next, but you have CL football next season and a title run. Go for it.

    You were leading the Vanguard of Yanks in Europe as was Dempsey at Spurs. Gaining respect from the Italians is truly something to behold.

    MLS is probably 20 years away from being a threat to the PL, but the NT are maybe 10 years away from becoming a legit top 10 footballing NT if we put in the work. I just don’t get why he left ROMA besides the $$$$$. Let’s be honest. Playing for Toronto or back in MLS won’t add to his abilities and though he may help the coverage of soccer in USA/Canada, it won’t help as much as him playing back at ROMA

    • John says:

      Yeah the fact is after this summer we’ll really have no idea how good he actually is just playing in MLS. Brazil is massive for him as well as the league.

    • Brad says:

      This guy must be from Colorado. I usually say only English fans are this delusional about their national team, but wow.

      • Expat4455 says:

        LOL, this has to be a regular commenter here who came up with a different nym, a sock-puppet. I wonder, just who can he be?

    • Brett says:

      20 years? Try never. Bradley definitely should have stayed at Roma though.

    • Ted Tran says:

      How did you come up with those numbers?

  74. BeardedSoccer says:

    Wow… Gonzalez has been crap so far this season… and he’s our starting cb for the world cup?

  75. John says:

    Bedoya draws a PK and the defenders sent off, Nantes now up 2 men with 6 minutes left, need to hold on for these 3 points

    • Increase0 says:

      Up 2 men, man should be enough just to play keep away for a while. Good job on Bedoya. I rather like both he and Zusi. Both them can take turns chasing Ronaldo this summer.

      • John says:

        Yeah they get it done, Bedoya seems to be in a more central role recently when he comes on for Nantes. On the foul he made a great run spliting the defenders. He might of tripped on the ball but the defender had to stretch out giving the ref a call to make.

  76. Increase0 says:

    Defoe… you don’t have to nutmeg a keeper…..

  77. Mo says:

    Tor-DC is on Univision Deportes in place of the Montreal game

  78. Expat4455 says:

    All of you must agree with me on this. Julian Green knows what just happened, knows what has been asked on him, knows what he is about to undertake, knows what the stakes are, (for Bayern, the Bundisliga , the USA and for himself).

    The pressure on this 18 year old kid must be unbelievable. So, I forgive him for having a so-so game today in the 4th division of the Bundesliga, Good God people, don’t you think Julian has a lot on his mind right now? Maybe he is, at this point in his live, thinking of only one thing, the USMNT match against Mexico? The kid is only 18 you know.

    • Increase0 says:

      We know it. He has a one or maybe 2 friendlies to make an impact. I hope he gets a game at Bayern to ease the pressure. It’s not quite fair but… if he is gunna go the WC he has to earn it somehow. High risk high reward and high pressure to go with it. We all hope it goes well though.

      • Expat4455 says:

        No Increase0, he is not going to get minutes for Bayern before the Mexico friendly. No chance. btw, if Julian had not declared for the U.S. then he would have had minutes by now. But this is too important. If Pep puts him in a game now, the kid would have no concentration, how could he, when he is under such incredible pressure.

        At this point in time, Julian can think about one, and only one, thing, the USMNT and the match with Mexico.He must do this! And I say this with some experience, from both playing and coaching, when one has the skill the victory comes down to concentration, and I believe this kid is doing everything right.


        • John says:

          I don’t think the bar is too high for Julian. Aron came into the Bosnia match and just had a couple nice touches and everyone was sold. Yes theres alot of hype but no one expects him to score against Mexico. Just show a flash of that potential everyone believes he has and he’ll be fine. He just has to look like he belongs.

          • Expat4455 says:

            So sorry John, Aron, and how old is he by the way, has never experienced the pressure the Julian is seeing, and never will. Not even close.

            And where did you get “the bar is too high for Julian”. You did not get that from me. Please, I will speak more slowly, the bar is set incredibly high for Julian, higher than any bar that was ever set for any other soccer player for America.

            That is why I said Julian, at this moment in his life, can only concentrate on that one thing, if he is to win.

            And I said I have every conference that this 18 yr. old has the mental toughness to do it.

          • Expat4455 says:

            John, Okay, now that I have settle down a little, I see better what you said. But believe me when I say this, Julian is not thinking, even a little, to “look like he belongs”. He is on thinking on a much higher plane than that.

            • Flavius says:

              I have a couple of questions for you. How often do drink and, do you have a brother that lives in El Paso?
              Just wondering.

              • Expat4455 says:

                I am happy to answer your questions Flavius, btw, whose sock puppet are you? But putting that question of mine aside, No, I do not have a brother living in El Paso, But I do have a sister living in Juarez. She is only 17 and she is cherry.

    • Louis Z says:

      Will someone think of the children!

    • Gary Page says:

      While that is true, you also have 18 year olds playing in college football games in front of 100,000 and college basketball players who are 18 and playing for national championships.
      Finally, you have always had 18 year olds fighting and dying in wars. Now that’s pressure. Just to putt things in perspective.

    • Brett says:

      Wow, if he’s as mentally soft as you claim, he has no business going to Brazil.