Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Jozy Altidore's quest for his first English Premier League goal will take him to City of Manchester Stadium, where he and Hull City will face off against Manchester City in one of the more intriguing matches on Saturday.

Altidore is coming off a strong performance in Hull's recent 3-2 win vs. Everton and will face a stern test from Man City standout defenders Kolo Toure and Joleon Lescott.

The match of the day will feature Brad Friedel's Aston Villa against high-flying Tottenham, while Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley will also be playing on games being televised in the USA today.

If you will be watching any of 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 soccer TV schedule is after the jump):

TODAY'S SOCCER ON TV

10am- ESPN2- Portsmouth vs. Manchester United

10am- Setanta USA- Manchester City vs. Hull City

10am- FSC- West Ham vs. Burnley

Noon- ESPN360.com- Udinese vs. Livorno

Noon- Setanta USA- Carlisle vs. Norwich

12:30pm-FSC-  Aston Villa vs. Tottenham

12:30pm- GolTV- Borussia Moenchengladbach vs. Schalke 04

12:30pm- ESPN Deportes- AZ Alkmaar VVV Venlo

2pm- ESPN Deportes/ESPN360.com- Valencia vs. Mallorca

2:45pm- FSC/RAI- Genoa vs. Sampdoria

3pm- Setanta USA- Lens vs. Olympique Marseille

4pm- GolTV- Sevilla vs. Malaga

4pm- ESPN Deportes- Sparta Rotterdam vs. PSV Eindhoven

5pm- Setanta USA- Fulham vs. Bolton (Delayed)

5pm- FSC- Udinese vs. Livorno (Delayed)

6pm- Azteca America- Cruz Azul vs. Puebla

6:30pm- GolTV- Junior vs. Pereira

7pm- FSC- Wigan vs. Sunderland (Delayed)

8:15pm- GolTV- Deportivo Tolima vs. Atletico Huila

8:30pm- Setanta USA- Blackburn vs. Stoke City (Delayed)

10pm- Telefutura- Club America vs. Monterrey

2am- FSC- Sydney FC vs. Newcastle Jets

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109 Responses to Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

  1. Beckster says:

    Spector and Jozy both starting.

  2. BrooklynFC says:

    i need a link to the hull game

  3. owheezyo says:

    whats the password for the stream to watch the fulham game?

  4. MemRook says:

    ditto! What that password?

  5. anovato says:

    oh man, that looked like a dive by rooney to earn a pk

    minimal contact there, and he went down like a ton of bricks

  6. Dylan says:

    aghh…hull was doing well but my stream got pulled…anyone got one?

  7. MemRook says:

    hull working here:

    link to iraqgoals.net

  8. anovato says:

    portsmouth, that is why you are going to be relegated

    a wide open volley from 3 yards out and you shank it wide of the goal

  9. anovato says:

    karma lol

    portsmouth levels it on their own PK

  10. Beckster says:

    West Hamm go up by 2 – can they old on this time. Spector looked shakey at first but seems to be settling down a bit.

  11. pete says:

    anovato you are having a laugh

  12. anovato says:

    and that explains the penalty kick

    vidic had an entire fistful of jersey

    these announcers are so pro-man u that I am having a difficult time listening to it

    the guy could barely move, and could not jump until his jersey was let go of, that is impeding, commentators are sickening “it isn’t a foul because it did not impede when he tried to jump,”just ignore the 5 seconds before that when he was pretty much riding him into the 6 yard box

  13. afrim says:

    whoa spector drew a nice PK with a nice run in the box

  14. Isaac says:

    Spector draws a penalty, which Cole finishes to make it 3 to West Ham. It’s all good in the hood folks.

  15. Beckster says:

    Spector with a great run and gets pulled down in the box for a penalty and a 3 to 0 lead

  16. OmarVizquel says:

    Haven’t read Jozy’s name too often on the commentary…

  17. anovato says:

    flethcer kicked his leg out, punched his stomach, and pulled him down to the ground by his jersey

    i haven’t watched united in awhile

    but vidic is just trash now, how he isn’t ejected from every game is beyond me

  18. anovato says:

    united is being outplayed by portsmouth

    they have resulted to cheap fouls, the foul count isn’t even close, i wouldn’t be surprised to see at least one united player ejected by match end

  19. pete says:

    ejected? watch soccer much?

  20. CrispyST3 says:

    Jozy has touched the ball about only 5 times….he’s recieved lil service

  21. ahm says:

    Not too much going forward for hull in the first half. around the 30, 35 min mark they started actually getting sustained pressure forward and jozy has done a decent job holding up and distributing off. besides bullard and geovanni his teammates look pretty darn clumsy on the ball. they just went down a goal, bad for hull, possibly good for hull to press forward more though?

  22. BrooklynFC says:

    it was working and than the started asking for a password out of nowhere

  23. BrooklynFC says:

    the midfield links terribly with him

  24. BrooklynFC says:

    Jozy set up his teammate with a lovely pass at about the 40th minute and what does his teammate do pass it back to jozy instead of taking the shot…. it made no sense… he was open for a shot and passes it back to jozy who is tightly covered by micah richards

  25. anovato says:

    yeah, a red is called an “ejection”

    speak english much?

  26. BrooklynFC says:

    Hull is really a weak team…… but at least jozy is getting minutes in the best league in the world

  27. anovato says:

    oh man, swp’s goal deflected in an arc-like motion, off two different players

  28. BrooklynFC says:

    just saw the highlight of spector in the box…. i love when a fullback is making such a great attacking run…simply beautiful

  29. BrooklynFC says:

    fyi dempsey game is working again….

    a shot of eggnog if he scores

  30. MemRook says:

    fulham working for me now:

    link to atdhe.net

  31. ahm says:

    agreed. was really hoping the return of bullard would change that but that’s looking like a pipe dream at this point. also toure/lescott are a perfect match to counter his physical strength, more speed is needed

  32. BrooklynFC says:

    jozy with a beautiful pass

  33. CrispyST3 says:

    Jozy culd have had a nice assist right now, but Garcia’s rolling shot is kicked out before it crosses the line

  34. Pete says:

    Rooney!

  35. anovato says:

    united up 2 to 1

  36. anovato says:

    i’m losing a lot of respect for manchester united players

    they get away with so much cheap stuff

  37. Pete says:

    Hat trick! Giggs will tear you apart.

  38. OmarVizquel says:

    Well, cheap stuff is nothing new to them. Keane, Neville,……

  39. anovato says:

    no question, vidic and scholes too

  40. Pete says:

    This too is also pretty dirty. link to youtube.com

    wonder why giggs doesn’t like michael brown much.

  41. anovato says:

    man gary neville is trash, i would be embarrassed to have him on my team

  42. t says:

    who is your team?

  43. anovato says:

    omg what a dive by neville, that is simply disgraceful

  44. anovato says:

    barca

  45. OmarVizquel says:

    He should be embarrassed about his facial “hair.”

  46. anovato says:

    i hope fifa looks at that and rescinds the portsmouth yellow

    there was 0 contact

  47. OmarVizquel says:

    Almost Jozy’s curfew time. Wish Phil Brown would give him a full 90.

  48. pete says:

    Eric Cantona!

  49. anovato says:

    no free kick for pmouth?

  50. CJBrown says:

    to the europoseur who admonished another poster to use “sent off” instead of “ejected” … You are what we in section 8 chicago call a “jagoff.” But if you prefer to call yourself a “wanker,” fine by me.

  51. pete says:

    The FA, you mean.

  52. anovato says:

    i do not want to hear another word out of SAF, ever, about officiating

  53. pete says:

    wanker, go watch the nba.

  54. OmarVizquel says:

    There goes Jozy. Ah well, not much he could have done out there.

  55. pete says:

    i bet you like liverpool as well

  56. anovato says:

    liverpool are a bunch of scousers

    and you are a bender

  57. anovato says:

    wow this official is disgraceful

  58. Presc503 says:

    Get off it, anovato. Don’t you have two players on your team who have intentionally handballed goals (or plays that led to goals) in Henry and Messi, and these were obvious and intentional plays.

    Yep, that United team is sooo dirty compared to squeaky-clean Barca and their non-cheating ways.

  59. pete says:

    we just disagree about some stuff, no big problem. of course i see things differently because i support united

  60. anovato says:

    Do you know what dirty means?

  61. michael wright says:

    i love all the manu “fans” on here, how many of you have ever lived in England or even been to manchester. and i agree about sir alex, today he wont say anything to the press. but just wait for the next loss or tie, he’ll cry like a baby

  62. anovato says:

    good strike for the goal

  63. pete says:

    100 for Giggs!

  64. CJBrown says:

    Pete may be a manc by birth for all I care, but he doesn’t need to come here and instruct us to speak cockney. This is an American board and we are free to call ourselves soccer fans and not football supporters, say field instead of pitch, etc. if we wish, without being annoyed by Austin Powers here.

    Semantics aside, Fulham and Hull both score tying — I mean, equalizing — goals.

  65. pete says:

    The preaching is usually for tomorrow, no?

  66. Beckster says:

    West Hamm and Spector having a rougher 2nd half. Spector partly responsible for both Burnley goals and not for nothing but 9 times out of 10 his throw-ins go to the other team. He may well not start again next week.

  67. pete says:

    No problems with you have to say.

  68. DingDong says:

    Demsey’s not all that sharp looking towards the end of the game (I missed beginning). Working hard but giving away a lot of balls.

  69. OmarVizquel says:

    (Don’t mean to be a pest, but it’s “Ham,” you know…)

  70. pete says:

    Anovato, good to hear someebody speak their mind. Although i disagree with much of it. Good luck tomorow against madrid. At least this match day comments section wasn’t devoted to which tv somebody should buy.

  71. Beckster says:

    so I can’t spell…Spector partially responsible for another Burnley goal in stoppage time. Zola can’t be happy with the defense this game and I predict that it is back to the pine for the yank next week.

  72. CJ, shouldn’t you be working on maintaining your fitness for next season? I mean… can you really afford to take a day off at your age?

  73. RedLine55 says:

    Is your last name “Cherundolo” or “Faubert”, by chance? ha jk.

    I agree it’s terrible to give up 3 at the end like that, but with your logic the entire back line would have to sit out next week!

  74. CJBrown says:

    ok, peace. You would be welcome in Section 8, if MLS doesn’t disgust you ;)

  75. japan says:

    you really thought that was a penalty?

  76. japan says:

    as much as I dislike him, he is arguebly the best right back to play in the premier league

  77. DingDong says:

    So I really have hardly watched any Bundesliga games. I’m watching Schalke v. Monchengladbach now — it looks a lot like EPL as far as style of play: lots of pace, very physical. Is that typical?

  78. r.benjamin says:

    I thought it was a pk and I thought gigs shoulda been called for a push leading up to his.
    On the first one vidic had hand full of jersey that did effect the jump for the ball..and the ball played only inches above his head. The commentary was wrong to downplay it so much. At worst it was a 50/50 decision.

  79. Beckster says:

    LOL…I am actually a Spector fan but think he was the weakest link in the back line today. He did have a pretty good middle third of the game and his run resulting in the PK was terrific but Zola is going to make a change and my bet it is him.

  80. japan says:

    I really didn’t see anything wrong with the grabbing. Yea Vidic did grab his jersey but it happens all that time. I agree with you on the Giggs part.

  81. dunbar says:

    altidore had a great game, very impressed with what he did with limited service. As long as he keeps getting minutes, the better he will be.

  82. Rob says:

    I disagree regarding Dempsey – I watched the entire game and he was probably the best player on the field. I am not sure what balls you are talking about that he gave away, nothing in the midfield. He had a few up near the goal which you could blame just as much on the person he was passing it to for not being on the same page as him. I think he can see what is going on better than other players and many times puts the ball in an opening space where he is expecting his own player to be moving towards. It is amazing how much more he is involved with Fulham then with the National Team. He never seems to be lost and slowly running around with Fulham like he does with the National Team.

  83. Joamiq says:

    Spurs are throwing everything they can at Villa, but the Villa defense is tight and well organized

  84. OmarVizquel says:

    Gary Neville? Nah.

  85. Joamiq says:

    Dawson, finally. Spurs were attacking relentlessly and Villa was defending well but living dangerously

  86. jig says:

    love jimmy bullard. what a celebration.

  87. michael wright says:

    another great win for bradley and gladbach. they are a lot more fun to watch this year vs last year. If they can get a decent striker to work with arrango, reus, and bradley in the midfield, they can be a stable mid tabl team

  88. michael wright says:

    bundesliga is the most entertaining league to watch if you ask me. Lots of goals, lots of speed, and great fans.

  89. anovato says:

    this valencia game is decent

  90. Joamiq says:

    Haha I love that he made fun of Phil Brown there. That was amazing

  91. madmax says:

    Dempsey looked good in the minutes I watched. Although Bolton fouled him constantly he had some nice touches and a shot or two.

    Gladbach beats Shalke 1-0, they are just 3 points behind Bayern. Michael Bradley played very deep, no attacking runs at all.

    In the minutes I saw, Jozy had one bad touch, and could have had an early assist.

    Would like to see Friedel come out of USMNT retirement and challenge Howard, who will be shell shocked by end of year.

  92. madmax says:

    I agree Rob. Dempsey and Duff were head and shoulders above everyone else on attack. Dempsey was constantly fouled, but still looked good.

  93. Chris says:

    i like you claiming how it happens all the time makes it somehow not illegal. Holding happens all the time in football, and yet sometimes they do call it precisely because it is illegal.

  94. madmax says:

    Agreed, if not a foul remove the offense from rule book. Some football leagues are calling it more frequently than others and in those you see it less.

  95. japan says:

    Never did I say that grabbing was illegal. I don’t think there is anything wrong with grabbing unless it is really severe. If every grabbing was called, there would be more than 5 penalties a game. Portsmouth should have had another penalty then when Dindane was pulled by Neville on O’Hara’s cross.

    “…and yet sometimes they do call it precisely because it is illegal” Why are they called only sometimes if it is illegal? It should be called everytime if it is illegal.

  96. Turgid Jacobian says:

    Read the Laws of the Game. “Ejection” does not appear; “Send off” is the correct terminology. This isn’t a euro/non-euro thing–just accuracy.

  97. Scott A says:

    Some prostitute changed his mind
    link to news.bbc.co.uk

  98. Sninho says:

    Surprised no one on here is talking about how Jack Warner is now backing England for 2018.

  99. Chris says:

    because they can’t see it every time. It is just widely known by coaches/players/refs that holding in some sort is occurring on every play. And yes, never did you say grabbing was illegal, the rules of the game say it instead.

  100. fischy says:

    Actually it’s more of an anal retentive thing. And, the other poster is correct in making the English/American distinction, of which the English terminology is always the one used by FIFA. That doesn’t make it any more correct. I’m sure the FIFA rules refer to the “pitch”, but I’m quite happy to call it a “field”.

  101. Isaac says:

    Does anyone know if Eddie Lewis is still available as an option for Bob Bradley? Just a thought, because he’s still a solid option who provides excellent service, and a clever passer of the ball. I just sort of wonder with the crisis of a proper left winger, could Bradley provide Lewis with a good chance? If not a chance at extended time, then a good-bye game?

  102. DC Josh says:

    That was random.

    I’d rather see Rogers and Dempsey on the left before Lewis. He is old and slow, though intelligent. But I hope we never get that desperate where we are considering him as an option.

  103. japan says:

    If they can’t see it everytime when it happens all the time and it is illegal, this is a better reason to have video technology than due to diving as shirt pulling happens far more often than diving. If this happens every play, why was it called this time and not the other times.

  104. FreddyforPrez says:

    I’m assuming that by “grabbing” you mean grabbing a jersey or shorts. That is illegal. I think you will find the rules are not always enforced even at the highest level.

    Here is the FIFA rule:

    “A direct free kick is also awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any

    of the following three offences:

    - holds an opponent

    - spits at an opponent

    - handles the ball deliberately (except for the goalkeeper within his own

    penalty area)

    A direct free kick is taken from the place where the offence occurred

    (see Law 13 – Position of Free Kick).”

    Holding the players clothing is the same as holding a player so shirt pulling is illegal. However, it is so pervasive it is rarely called unless blatant, particularly in the 6 yard box. In the World Cup, they sometimes make a point to be very strict about it, especially in the penalty area. I’m willing to bet you will see a penalty called for it in the 2010 World Cup.

  105. Isn’t this just being pedantic, though? The end result of either term is that same. Sometimes I feel like soccer fans have sticks up their arses about things.

  106. japan says:

    Ok. My apology for saying that grabbing was not illegal. It is, its just that my point was they don’t call it unless it is really severe which you also point out. I didn’t think that was the case with Vidic. I am willing to bet you will see more penalities not called than penalities called for shirt pulling in the World Cup.