Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Whether you enjoy European soccer or Latin American soccer, today's slate of soccer action on TV has something good for everybody.

From streaking Real Madrid, to surprising Hoffenheim, and red-hot Pachuca, there are plenty of top teams to watch in action today for those looking to spend the weekend immersed in soccer.

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 (today's schedule of matches on TV  is after the jump).

Enjoy the action.


Today's soccer on TV

10am- Setanta USA- Liverpool at Middlesbrough

10am- FSC- Fulham at Arsenal

11:30am- GolTV- Hoffenheim vs. Borussia Dortmund

Noon- FSC- Bologna at Lazio

2pm- GolTV- Sevilla at Athletic Bilbao

2:30pm- FSC- Napoli at Juventus

2:5pm- Setanta USA- Toulouse at Auxerre

4pm- GolTV- Espanyol at Real Madrid

5pm- Setanta USA- Wigan at Chelsea

6pm- Fox Sports Espanol- Atlante at Cruz Azul

6pm- Telemundo- Toluca at Monterrey

6:15pm- GolTV- Cucuta at Millonarios

8pm- Telemundo- Pachuca at Chivas de Guadalajara

8pm- Azteca America- Atlante at Cruz Azul

8:15pm- GolTV- Santa Fe at Medellin

10:15pm- GolTV- Guarani at Palmeiras

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94 Responses to Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

  1. ManicMessiah says:

    Starting Line-ups

    Arsenal
    ————-
    1 Manuel Almunia; 22 Gaël Clichy, 10 William Gallas, 5 Kolo Toure, 3 Bacary Sagna; 8 Samir

    Nasri, 2 Abou Diaby, 15 Denilson, 23 Andrei Arshavin; 12 Carlos Vela, 11 Robin Van Persie

    Fulham
    ————-
    1 Mark Schwarzer; 3 Paul Konchesky, 5 Brede Hangeland, 18 Aaron Hughes, 34 Chris Baird; 25

    Simon Davies, 13 Danny Murphy, 20 Dickson Etuhu, 23 Clint Dempsey; 9 Bobby Zamora, 8 Andrew

    Johnson

    1st minute- Andrew Johnson beats an Arsenal offsides trap but can only put his shot wide to

    the left. An early chance for Fulham to go ahead.

    4th minute- Van Persie was played in from a long ball, tried to hit a cross with his first

    touch but only caught it slightly, sending it dribbling on the ground where Schwarzer

    collected.

    7th minute- Davies runs onto a chip pass, breaking the offsides trap, but sends his shot well

    high.

    9th minute- Zamora knocked down a header to Johnson, who knocked the ball ahead of himself

    while running around his defender, just sending the shot wide.

    10th minute- Fulham beat the offsides trap again, this time Dempsey, but his shot is blocked.

    Then back on the other side, Arshavin sends a great chipped cross which Van Persie heads on

    goal, but is saved by Schwarzer!

  2. jddjsjsjdd says:

    Bradley scored a PK for BMG in the 69th minute. That’s his 3rd in 17 or 18matches i believe. Only Marin and Rob Friend have more goals.

  3. ManicMessiah says:

    13th minute- I’m watching a game right now where both teams are attempting to attack their opponents goal. It’s quite astonishing in this day and age.

    Good 1-2 between Nasri and Van Persie, but Van Persie was hounded by a defender the entire time and put his shot wide.

    14th minute- Clichy gives away a silly free kick. Johnson had nowhere to go, was 40 yards from goal, and Clichy had help behind him. The free kick came to nothing, though.

    16th minute- Johnson is called a half yard offsides, otherwise he would have been in on goal.

    19th minute- Dempsey takes a long shot on a counter which was deflected and ended up going wide.

    Going the other way, a one touch pass leads to an Arshavin shot from the right that was
    knocked well high.

    There’s a good tempo to this game so far.

    22nd minute- Arsenal string several good passes together, but the final ball is overhit and comes to Schwarzer on a bounce.

    23rd minute- Zamora’s hustle earns a corner kick for Fulham, but the ball does not get past Van Persie.

    28th minute- Denilson just tried to control a ball about two feet off the ground by going to ground and using his chest. I don’t even really know what to say about that.

    29th minute- Zamora spins around towards goal and finds himself with about 5 yards of space, so he decided to take a long shot which went comfortably wide. Not a bad idea, though.

    31st minute- Clichy hit a cross just short of the endline, which Nasri tried to backheel flick in the center of the area, but there were no Arsenal players there.

    32nd minute- Nasri was in the penalty area, but cut the ball back and forth several times looking for the perfect, clean shot instead of just taking one at all, which he didn’t.

    33rd minute- Zamora plays a ball low in from the right which is deflected before Johnson can get to it. Murphy ended up with a long shot which was high and wide.

    34th minute- Schwarzer save! Arshavin played Van Persie in on goal, but schwarzer made a clutch save. The ball actually came back to Van Persie, but the defenders closed down on him and he could only shoot wide to his left.

  4. ManicMessiah says:

    36th minute- Arshavin, on the left this time, plays a ball to Vela, who chose to try and flick the ball backwards to a Fulham defender rather than shooting on goal. Arsenal just need to start shooting the ball.

    39th minute- Arsenal earn a free kick on the right wing. Baird, who was down for a few moments before, is getting treatment now.

    Van Persie looks to send a cross in, but it comes straight to the arms of Schwarzer.

    Baird looks to be okay, and comes back onto the pitch.

    43rd minute- Fulham have been in the Arsenal half of the field for the last few minutes without a good chance, which ends when Dempsey sends a header wide.

    45th minute- corner for Arsenal late in the half, but Sagna heads the ball high and wide of goal.

    Van Persie almost played Arshavin in behind the defense, but Konchesky intecepted and stopped what would have been a good chance for Arsenal. Fulham’s defense has been solid so far.

    45+2 minute- Vela was given a ball in the penalty area from the left wing, but the ball is caught up in his feet and he can’t get a shot off.

    Half Time.

    A really entertaining 0-0 game. Both teams were looking to attack and score goals, and
    Fulham was actually the better team in the first half. The beSt chance, though, were both taken by Van Persie: a header back in the 10th minute, and a shot in the 34th minute.

    2nd Half Starts. Baird came off because of the injury at the end of the half, and he was replaced by Fredrik Stoor.

    46th minute- Arsenal earn a corner in their first attack of the second half from a deflected Denilson shot. Nothing came of it, though.

    50th minute- Van Persie earns Arsenal a free kick thiry yards center, but it hit the wall and went out for a corner.

  5. ManicMessiah says:

    56th minute- Arsenal have had the better of the play in the 2nd half.

    58th minute- Arshavin was 1 on 1 on the right with a defender, but the ball was knocked out for a corner.

    59th minute- Van Persie hits the post! It was a header, and Schwarzer was beaten.

    60th minute- Dempsey was alone in the penalty area, but he couldn’t get off a shot.

  6. ManicMessiah says:

    62nd minute- Davies sends in a ball from the right, right to Davies, but his first touch was not good. It would have been a sure shot on goal if it was better.

  7. ManicMessiah says:

    63rd minute- Arsenal sub, Bendtner is in for Vela.

  8. ManicMessiah says:

    65th minute- Andy Johnson got blood on his jersey, so had to come back on with a blank jersey, and is now #39. It might be a good change, as his first shot is deflected, nearly going into the top corner but instead landing on the top of the net for a corner, which was cleared away by the first defender.

  9. ManicMessiah says:

    67th minute- Dempsey wins a ball in midfield, and lays off a ball which led to a chance that was ended by a foul for a push in the box by a Fulham player.

  10. Mike says:

    I saw that Edu got the start for Rangers and almost had an assist if it wasn’t for “The Dr.” former Salt Lake Striker.

  11. ManicMessiah says:

    70th minute- 2nd Arsenal sub, Eboue comes in for Sagna.

    71st minute- Bendtner flicks a ball back to Van Persie on the right, but Van Persie shanks the ball well off target.

  12. NATO says:

    It’s Bradley’s 3rd in 15matches. What is with BMG? Rob Friend only has 5goals in 22matches. The other strikers barely have 1. They need firepower. Why not try moving Bradley up top as a support striker behind Friend for a few matches. Sure would be an improvement.

  13. ManicMessiah says:

    72nd minute- Arsenal earned a corer from a counter, and Diaby sent in a header which Schwarzer dove to save, only just keeping it out of the net!

  14. Erik Abarca says:

    Good to see Maurice Edu get the start and go the full 90 for Rangers today.

  15. ManicMessiah says:

    74th minute- Eboue has made an immediate impact from his spot at right back, marauding down the flank several times, earning cornes and creating chances for Arsenal.

  16. IreneIsNotMyGod says:

    Maurice Edu will become a star for Rangers. He’s finally playing again and the full 90. If he can get a few assists or a goal, he will be confirmed as part of the starting XI.

    Beasley needs to vacate to France or Spain. His speed and technical style would fit there perfectly. MLS? His career isn’t dead unlike Bobby Convey. Germany? Well he wouldnt want more injuries, now would he.

    Glad to see Bradley and Dempsey being integral parts of their club’s push to safety and success.

  17. ManicMessiah says:

    77th minute- A Fulham counter fizzles as Dempsey’s ball to Etuhu was just short.

  18. ManicMessiah says:

    79th minute- Bendtnor plays a ball to Van Persie, but he was well offsides. Arsenal are no in control of the game, but are not really putting the ball on net at all.

  19. Bacalao says:

    Man, I don’t know if he’s uncomfortable playing left flank mid, but Dempsey looks lackluster and out of step.

    Still over 10 mins left, I hope he makes me eat my words.

  20. Bacalao says:

    Clint just doesn’t look hungry at all. He’s not moving into space in possession, nor calling for the ball.

  21. ManicMessiah says:

    82nd minute- Arshavin took a pass from Van Persie, and shot from a wide angle on the left, hitting it off the side netting.

  22. jackie says:

    Is Josy playing for xerox today ?

  23. ManicMessiah says:

    86th minute- Dempsey nearly flicked a ball through the Arsenal defense and to a teammate on goal, but was stopped by the defense.

  24. ManicMessiah says:

    88th minute- Dempsey’s day is done, subbed out for Gera.

  25. ManicMessiah says:

    90th minute- Fulham controlling for a couple of minutes towards the end, finished with Johnson taking a shot from the top of the area, which went well wide.

  26. ManicMessiah says:

    4 minutes of extra time added.

    91st minute- Fulham look like they’re just looking to pass the ball around, and Arsenal didn’t look too bothered about getting it back.

  27. Matt says:

    Is Bernardo playing?

  28. Bacalao says:

    I only saw the second half, but based on that, I’d say a subpar showing for Dempsey.

  29. ManicMessiah says:

    94th minute- Last minute of exta time, and Arsenal still can’t threaten the goal.

    Arsenal’s last attack of the game is an overhit long pass hit on the ground.

    Full Time, 0-0.

  30. Nick says:

    Jozy isn’t in the starting XI for Xerez. Suddenly, Everton seems like it would have been much better for the kid. He’d actually get some playing time.

  31. This Guy says:

    Dempsey did look exhausted around the 72nd minute. You can’t do much though when Zamora calls for every ball and then does something stupid with it. Etuhu is awful too by the way.

    All that said, Fulham outplayed Arsenal today.

  32. RJ says:

    we will find out soon about jozy. Xerez game starts at 12:30, im sure you can find it somewhere online

  33. Johnny says:

    GOAL 4 BABY BRADLEY

  34. Krista says:

    Can anyone explain to me the tactics of Rafa? Why start Gerrard? Rest him more and then bring him on in the second. I just dont get his thinking. Such a terrible match all around.

  35. This Guy says:

    I doubt Jozy will start. Xerex is playing another top team in the league Rayo Vallecano. This is for sure not a match that they don’t want to shake things up.

  36. ThaDeuce says:

    fulham won possession today, 53%-47% over the gunners. The gunners fans were booing!!! Fulham had great game, outplayed them. Their fans should be booing. They got beat down though score remained nil nil. Johnson, Zamora, and Davies were amazing in play, also gera and dempsey had good moments. Murphy and etuhu controlled the game, and Brede had some great defending. THe man of the match, though, has to be Schwarzer.

  37. ThaDeuce says:

    konchesky and hughes also played well, and baird did too until he got injured. Being 3 deep into the right back, stoor did acceptable, though he was definitely the weakest spot. His passing was worse than Heyduk! Gunners tried to target him, but they couldn’t get it in.

  38. Mike says:

    From what I saw on the Xerez translated website, I don’t think Jozy was even called into the squad…again..

  39. ThaDeuce says:

    though there were 20 fouls, no cards. 32 shots and 17 corners. A very exciting attacking game. Fulham have really gotten their attacking on, and really could be one of the best teams in the league now. They should finish strong!!

  40. RJ says:

    yeah, so much for his loan being a good idea. It is another freddy adu situation

  41. ThaDeuce says:

    Here is to manchester city and west ham getting a tie on the morrow. cheers!

  42. ThaDeuce says:

    and to chelsea beating wigan. cheers!

  43. Josh says:

    anyone have links to the games?

  44. Everton says:

    How long until Bradley is the captain of M’gladbach?? The guy is taking their penalty kicks! Surprised and not surprised all at the same time. Seriously, if they miraculously retain Bundesliga status, Bradley will be their captain. He’s a natural leader.

  45. ThaDeuce says:

    Dempsey didn’t have his best performance, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t play well. He just didn’t play exceptionally well which has been his usual form lately.
    try justintv for games online.

  46. Everton says:

    So is Jozy playing, can anyone confirm?

  47. ManicMessiah says:

    Off topic, but does anyone else have FIFA09 for the 360? It’d be cool to get an SBI club team online.

  48. ThaDeuce says:

    I don’t have it and I don’t know if Jozy is playing. What about Donovan? Will he play?

  49. RK says:

    Jozy is not in the 18 (I think this news was out Thursday — so no surprise).

  50. madmax says:

    I watched some of Hoffenheim vs Dortmund. Hoffenheim look liked Arsenal, mostly imports. Nevin played well (Rongen, please list the defenders you choose over Subotic, and why). Quite a lot of mid-field fouling going on. Best player was sent off for retaliating, Weiss I believe. Constant fouling spoiled any attacking play.

  51. Joseph.H. says:

    Jozy isn’t playing as of right now…I’m not sure if he’s even on the bench.

  52. PCFC says:

    The Xerez move is so bad not only for Jozy but for fans like me that find it so hard to follow.

    All the links are slow, no updated, poor configured, or in Spanish (which I can get around…so no biggie)

  53. ThaDeuce says:

    Anyone believe Fulham can finish in 6th in the premier league after watching this game? They need to pass Wigan (easily) and Everton (harder) and stave off City and West Ham in 12 games. Which means they need to get at least 6 wins for 18 points to put them at 52. Currently they are at 34 points. They could win 6 of their next 12 games, 7 are at home and they have the 2nd best home winning percentage besides United. Everton needs to go into a slump though. If we have a chance it could make for a very interesting last game as we will play Everton at home on the 24th of May. Well, all we know for sure is that we play Hull on Wednesday next and if we win we could be in 7th place, right behind Everton.

  54. jddjsjsjdd says:

    Michael Bradley as captain of BMG. I can see that happening if he’s there within the next few seasons.

    He’s improving each game. 3rd goal in 15matches and the 1st called up for a PK. Impressive. I’m glad he left the Dutch league. He did all he could there.

  55. Fireball says:

    Dempsey has basically played 3 full games in 7 days. He was exhausted toward the end, but was still putting in 60-yard run & tackles tracking back on defense. I think what we saw in 2nd half wasn’t lack of form or hunger, he just had no more gas.

    Hangeland was monster today.

  56. Bacalao says:

    My biggest problem with Dempsey (and I’ve been watching him since he broke in with the Revs several years ago) is that he has stretches of exceptional, animated and offensively explosive games–where he scores and creates and is integrally involved.

    Then he loses focus and or motivation–burns out and completely ghosts out in subsequent games.

    Today, aside from a few decent tackles, he just didn’t do anything. He added nothing on offense.

    An earlier poster criticized Zamora for calling for the ball then squandering his chances. But that’s the nature of the position. Strikers are supposed to get open, WANT the ball, and call for it, then do what they can to get a shot off.

    Fair enough, Dempsey played wide mid today, but he didn’t move off the ball, didn’t call for it, didn’t really look like he WANTED it at all.

  57. ThaDeuce says:

    That is probably it Fireball, but what worries me is that incredible performance Gera put in when he came on. Did you see how well he controlled possession and the game? His passes were crisp. I haven’t seen him play that good ever. I hope he doesn’t gain the start again over dempsey. When he came on that is when Arsenal couldn’t even touch the ball and fulham had their best possession all game.

  58. Gene_SF says:

    I thought that Gera was actually pretty terrible. He gave away the ball a couple of times. Not surprising for someone playing 2-3 min, but I did not see anything from him. Dempsey played pretty well, he just ran out of gas at the end.

  59. AltiCooper says:

    Between international duty, FA cup, league games, and practically never being subed, he has to be absolutely gased. He def needs a rest

  60. jddjsjsjdd says:

    Tha Deuce,

    I believe Fulham will finish 7th. Their defense is incredible. If only AJ/Dempsey can score, they will be doing it.

    Everton is 1 point from 5th. Arsenal is going to 6th. Wigan is losing form and Zaki isnt even producing anymore so 8th is their best.

    Aston Villa will cling to no4 Chelsea no3 and hurts me to say this but Liverpool no2.

  61. NATO says:

    Gera is atrocious and Dempsey is quality. Now Dempsey isn’t the best. But he’d mid table quality and that’s what Fulham is now. And so i am glad.

    Dempsey scored a brace against Chelsea. 1st time an American ever scored 2 against a Top club. Incredible. I’m hoping he can score against Man United in either the next PL game or FA Cup. Come On You Whites.

  62. Ko'd says:

    Bacalao-You are wrong on all counts, except for the description of SOME strikers’ responsibilities on SOME teams.

  63. HomerSimpsonvsPeterGriffin says:

    Howard is exceptional in goal for Everton as always. They have the goods to reach the final of the FA Cup.

    Gooch is helping Standard Liege to another title in May. Than he’s off to either Marseille/PSG or a club in Spain.

    Bocanegra is an integral part of Rennes in their fight to reach the Champions League.

    Cherundolo has seen some injuries but is slowly back in form for Hannover as they hover around midtable Bundesliga.

    Pearce is a question mark. But Spector is back from injuries and getting PT for West Ham so that will be okay.

    Kljestan needs to get to Europe this summer.

    Bradley has been explosive as of late for BMG. He will keep them from being relegated

    Dempsey has got his A form for Fulham and will get them into Europe.

    Beasley is another question mark but should transfer to Spain/France this summer.

    Donovan has been average at best for BM. Needs to transfer to a mid table club to be a star.

    Altidore didnt get any time besides on the bench for Villarreal and now no time for a 2nd division club.

    That’s our starting XI for the WC and how they are doing now. We don’t have much depth and of those Califf,DeMerit, Torres,Edu, Adu, Davies, Cooper are barely cutting it.

  64. Bacalao says:

    K’od, by all means enlighten me. Don’t just say I’m “wrong on all counts”. Back it up with concrete points.

    Trust me, I want to be wrong about Dempsey; but I don’t believe I am. I’ve seen the same pattern from him since 2004.

  65. ThaDeuce says:

    Hey jddjsjsjdd, what if we beat out arsenal for 6th??? What an incredible feat. However, I am getting ahead of ourselves. It seems that city and west ham are getting into form, and they are right with us. We may have a serious contention for the 7th spot. Gera had a great game today.

  66. Bacalao says:

    Fireball & others, To say that Dempsey was simply “gassed” overlooks the glaring fact that the rest of the squad has also played 3 matches in the last week. Davies, Johnson, Murphy, Hughs (even Zamora) and most of the others looked strong today.

    Again, I’d say that Dempsey problem is that he’s not consistent enough. Nobody questions that he has boatloads of talent; it’s the mental part of his game that he needs to improve. He needs to be hungry every match.

  67. Ko'd says:

    Fine.

    First, just because you have watched Dempsey for 5 years doesn’t mean that you have the background to provide insightful analysis. You have to play at a decent level to offer meaningful analysis. With that as the backdrop…

    With the exception of a superhuman like Messi or C. Ronaldo (and they are as close to superhuman on the soccer field as it gets), most footballers don’t string together 40-50 amazing games per season (including European games, etc.) Dempsey has played a lot of minutes recently. He was definitely gassed by the 70th minute, but he played hard and DID influence the game.

    Added nothing on offense? He pushed two counters, although he admittedly lacked weight and direction with his final touch on the last counter. But he involved himself in possession and build-up, had an ok shot from distance, and created dangerous situations for Fulham.

    The mere idea that Dempsey didn’t “want” it is bizarre. I haven’t seen too many footballers in my lifetime who “wanted” it more than Clint Dempsey. Was he tired at the end of the match? You bet. Did he have an amazing game? No.

    But was he lazy and disinterested? Has he really ever had a proclivity to display that type of attitude? No. You can see it in his eyes after he or his teammates scores.

    I said you were wrong on (almost all) counts because there was no basis for your conclusions. I was conclusory because I wanted to see if you were still reading the thread, thus making it worth my time.

  68. Ko'd says:

    Bacalao–he WAS tired. Maybe others weren’t. Not sure what that proves.

  69. Bacalao says:

    And Fireball, you’re correct. Hangeland was the beast of the backline today.

  70. Bacalao says:

    Ko’d. You’re trying so hard, but not getting anywhere. It’s painful to watch you stretch so.

    You can “..see it in his eyes…”? Is that really the best you can come up with? Just what sort of a sorcerer or wizard are you?

  71. Ko'd says:

    Speaking of conclusory… And are implied ad hominems the best YOU have?

    No. I am not a wizard. But when you resort to that type of counterargument, conclusory and personal, it’s pretty clear my point came across.

    The fact is, it’s clear you have not been around footballers at all. Some of them do it because its a job. Some of them have the drive. How would you like me to quantify Dempsey’s drive? It’s ridiculous to suggest that there is something beyond qualitative criteria (posture, emotions, reactions) to determine whether someone “wants” it. You claimed that he didn’t want it. How did you reach that conclusion?

    If you can’t respond to my arguments with some sense of reason, I would prefer you left the personal, childish attacks alone. Sadly typical of so many posters on this blog.

  72. Bacalao says:

    Ko’d, Lighten up! Do you also see conspiracy theories where none exist?

    I would have addressed your “points” (and I use that term very, very loosely) if they had merited any further consideration. 5 years is “not sufficient” time to observe patterns in a player’s game? That’s comically absurd. There’s nothing else I can say to that as reason holds no appeal for you.

    I maintain that Dempsey didn’t look like he “wanted” the ball today based on two verifiable components which I’ve already cited: namely, he didn’t call for the ball at all, nor did he move off the ball much, nor move into space to receive it.

    Can’t get more concrete than that.

    Please dude, don’t flatter yourself. I wouldn’t waste a perfectly good “ad hominem” on what I’ve seen of you.

  73. Brett says:

    “My biggest problem with Dempsey (and I’ve been watching him since he broke in with the Revs several years ago) is that he has stretches of exceptional, animated and offensively explosive games–where he scores and creates and is integrally involved.

    Then he loses focus and or motivation–burns out and completely ghosts out in subsequent games. ”

    You just basically described every “good” player in the world.

    The amazing ones can avoid those off-form slumps, but even world class players have bad stretches.

    Bacalao – If Dempsey does “not want the ball” maybe it is because he works himself into the move without being a guy who wants a pass too soon.

    I have rarely seen Clint call for the ball, but he does move and work himself into spaces to make runs where other players will see him and feed him passes. You want him screaming for the ball like a #1 striker when he plays LM or RM in a tentative 4-4-2.

    If the guy had a bad game, he had a bad game, the fact remains he’s the only outfield player we have getting regular minutes in a top league and is our best representation internationally at this time.

  74. Fireball says:

    Both Murphy and Johnson were rested at WBA and Swansea.

  75. Ko'd says:

    Implied ad hominem, again.

    Plus, you missed the point. Watching Dempsey for 5 years IS insufficient, by itself, to judge his game. I went on to say that you have to have played at a decent level of soccer to know what you are analyzing. You clearly haven’t. Playing in the backyard or on the 25-and-over indoor team doesn’t qualify you to pass judgment on Dempsey’s desire or his level of play.

    He didn’t “call for the ball”? HAHAHA. That’s ridiculous. Were you there? Also, he moved plenty. Watch the game, again, if you watched it at all in the first place. Just because you conclude with “can’t get more concrete than that,” doesn’t mean what you presented was concrete.

    Some of your commentary makes no sense. This is the deep-end, sport. Go back to the kiddie pool.

  76. Dave says:

    Bacalao, you lose, K’O wins

  77. usa says:

    you guys both sound like doosh bags

  78. Dave says:

    I watched the first half and I thought Dempsey was bright and excellent in the attack-pretty in line w/ Fulham’s overall offensive display-which was SUPERB.

    And to the argument that the other players have played 3 games as well-this is true, but wingers run much more than the other players on the field-Dempsey has a propensity to fall off at the end of matches because he works his ASS off.

  79. Ko'd says:

    usa– I can take the hit, but at least spell it right: “douche”

  80. Bacalao says:

    Well, the only thing I’d say is that it doesn’t do Dempsey, Fulham, nor the USMNT any favors to look at the man through rose-colored glasses, without pointing out his shortcomings. I don’t expect Dempsey to lead the EPL in goals, I’d just like to see him break into double digits like McBride did.

    Short of that, I agree with USA; we all sound like a bunch of “doosh bags”.

  81. Ko'd says:

    I seriously doubt that Clint Dempsey, Roy Hodgson, or Bob Bradley are reading this blog for tips on how to improve. Thus, any description of Dempsey’s “shortcomings” is pretty irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. Plus, those three people are JUST the kind of people who, after watching Dempsey for a year, 3 years, or a lifetime, are qualified to critique his play.

  82. Trey says:

    Sounds like Bacalao is just finding reasons to bag on Dempsey’s game today. Seriously, you watched a game on tv and claim to know a player “didn’t want it”?!?! That’s just hilarious. Like Ko’d said, go back to the kiddie pool. You’re out of your rec league comfort zone.

  83. wally says:

    KO for Ko’d. Dempsey was solid in the first half, tired in the second. He has more than enough desire and drive.

  84. Bacalao says:

    Ko’d, you make no sense. You claim you want reason, but only if it’s not critical of Dempsey. A distinct contradiction.

    While the rest of us may be “doosh bags”, I’ll take your lead and say that you’re in another level altogether–that of a true “douchebag”.

  85. Ko'd says:

    Ok. I get it.

    My reasoning and arguments trumped yours;

    I support Clint Dempsey because honestly, I played at a higher level of soccer than you ever dreamed of, but I am not qualified to critique his play; AND

    I corrected someone’s misspelling when he took a cheap shot at me, with no foundation…

    And that makes me a “douchebag.”

    Well, assuming arguendo that your conclusion follows from the three previous statements…yes, I am a douchebag.

  86. Dave says:

    Bacaloa, you’ve been defeated-give it up.

    But, as a fellow law school student, your choice of words is pretty annoying KO.

  87. Ko'd says:

    Dave,

    My apologies. Its hard to shake that stuff, you know? (Even though I graduated a while back) But truly, I am sorry for the bad language. :)

    At least I didn’t throw “inter alia” or “res ipsa loquitur” in there, right?

  88. Bacalao says:

    Dave, Ko’d et al.,

    Correspondence or online degrees don’t count.

  89. Ko'd says:

    Is that what they told you when you gave your resume to the Verizon Wireless sales division?

  90. DC Josh says:

    Fulham looked really really good today. They played lots of great balls behind the Arsenal backline. Johnson and Zemora won just about every 50/50. The reason Dempsey was lackluster in the 2nd half was because he was running his ass off. When Eboue came in, he had no chance of keeping up with the kid’s fast, fresh legs. He had his head down sprinting back every time they lost possession. But overall, the most exciting game I’ve seen all year. Arsenal are in BIG trouble!!

    Looking forward to the Bayern Munich/Werder Bremen game tomorrow, even if Donovan doesn’t play.

    Cheers to Edu going the full 90!

  91. Ko'd says:

    Sorry–that was rude and uncalled for. Apologies to all.

  92. jddjsjsjdd says:

    Dempsey has 4goals in 20 games and a few of those were as subs with less than 15mins to play. Not bad. He should be played up top or supporting AJ.

    I’d say he’s hitting his strike. He should be able to knock in 3 more by the end of the season. Only would be 2nd to AJ who wil have 10/11 by the end of the season.

  93. jddjsjsjdd says:

    Can’t we all just get along.

    MB scored for BMG. That is something to be happy about. Even if BMG are relegated he will find another quality team in the Bundesliga for him.

    Also Fulham are actually improving. They are not out of the realm of Uefa Cup next season. but i figure they get to no.7 by the end of the season.

    Sucks that Liverpool lost and Chelsea won.

  94. jozyfan says:

    jose francisco torres for pachuca is siiiiiiiiiiiiick