Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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The battle for fourth place in the EPL, and the final Champions League berth that goes with it, continues today as Manchester City takes on Liverpool in Sunday's match of the day.

Today offers a plethora of quality action from a variety of locations. Be it Italy, where Inter Milan faces Sampdoria, or Brazil, where Sao Paulo rivals Palmeiras and Sao Paulo will do battle, there is something for every taste.

There are plenty of Americans in action as well. From Carlos Bocanegra at Rennes, to Jose Francisco Torres at Pachuca, to Daniel Williams at Freiburg, if you want to follow Americans Abroad, today has options for you.

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):

TODAY'S SOCCER ON TV

8:30am- ESPN360.com/ESPN Deportes- PSV Eindhoven vs. Rotterdam

9am- Setanta USA- Aston Villa vs. Burnley

9am- ESPN360.com/FSE- AS Roma vs. Catania

9am- ESPN360.com- Bologna vs. Juventus

9:30am- ESPN360.com- SC Freiburg vs. Hertha Berlin

10am- FSC- Manchester City vs. Liverpool

10:30am- ESPN Deportes- SC Freiburg vs. Hertha Berlin (Delayed)

11am- DirecTV- Athletic Bilbao vs. Tenerife

11am- DirecTV- Malaga vs. Espanyol

11am- DirecTV- Real Zaragoza vs. Sporting Gijon

11am- Setanta USA- Marseille vs. AS Nancy Lorraine

11:15am- FSE- Wigan vs. Tottenham

Noon- FSC- Wigan vs. Tottenham (Delayed)

1pm- GolTV- Almeria vs. Atletico Madrid

1pm- Setanta USA- Fulham vs. Birmingham (Delayed)

1pm- Telemundo- UNAM Pumas vs. Atlante

1pm- FSE- Manchester City vs. Liverpool (Delayed)

2:45pm- FSC/FSE- AS Bari vs. AC Milan

3pm- Setanta USA- Stade Rennes vs. Lille

3pm- ESPN Deportes/ESPN360.com- Real Madrid vs. Villarreal

3pm- GolTV- Palmeiras vs. Sao Paulo

3:15pm- ESPN360.com- FC Porto vs. Sporting Braga

5pm- Univision- Club America vs. UANL Tigres

5pm- Telefuturas- Santos Laguna vs. Tecos

5pm- FSC- AS Roma vs. Catania (Delayed)

5pm- ESPN Deportes- Indios vs. Cruz Azul (Delayed)

5pm- FSE- River Plate vs. Arsenal de Sarandi

5pm- GolTV- Werder Bremen vs. Bayer Leverkusen (Delayed)

5pm- Azteca America- Jaguares vs. Pachuca (Delayed)

10pm- Setanta USA- Everton vs. Manchester United (Delayed)

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89 Responses to Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

  1. Jose S. says:

    Freddy Adu and Eddie Johnson are both starting for Aris against AEK Athens

  2. Brueggcj says:

    link?

  3. bougatsa says:

    AEK away could be a tough game for Aris. Historically AEK has been in the top 3 Athens clubs with Olympiakos and Panathinaikos. They hit some hard times in the last few years, but they were champions and in Europe in the 90s (Frank Klopas played for them back then but was injured often). I think their president now is Demis Nikolaidis, who was on the Euro 04 winning team.

  4. Mig22 says:

    Anything good yet this AM? Stuey didn’t make the bench for Bolton, and the Trotters got destroyed at Ewood Park. Don’t know what’s going on with Holden but if the team sucks when he’s not playing, he may get some time soon.

  5. Brueggcj says:

    never mind, found one

  6. afc says:

    Lee Nguyen’s contract with HAGL terminated.

    HAGL’s representative stated that Lee Nguyen’s attitude in training and HAGL’s recent games had been unacceptable. In the last match versus Hoa Phat Ha Noi, Lee Nguyen was excluded from the starting eleven and later he refused to come in as substitute. Bad relationship between Lee and Kiatisuk added more problems to struggling HAGL that currently stays at the bottom of V-league 2010 standings. As a result, HAGL leaders have decided to end Lee’s contract to retain discipline.

    link to vietfootball.blogspot.com

  7. TK says:

    Were the Man City fans just chanting USA?? Thats just a low blow to the already suffering Liverpool fans.

  8. Chuck Z says:

    probably was trying to get out of the contract…

    still, it doesn’t sound good

  9. war says:

    I heard that too. Maybe they’re happy Landon broke Cole’s ankle so Bridge can play for England. Strange though…

  10. gg0u41bb says:

    No, it’s because the American owners are running Liverpool into the ground.

  11. Mig22 says:

    Benitez had all the money he needed. He just purchased poorly, didn’t get the most out of what he had (Babel, et.al.), and only has a job because he’s too expensive to fire.

    It’s not the American owners who have caused their struggles.

    And frankly, what struggles? Second last year, top 4 just about every year. The injuries have screwed them this year and they’re STILL hanging around the top 4.

  12. afc says:

    He couldn’t come to a deal with MLS and it looks like HAGL was his only option abroad. With the transfer window closed his only option is MLS or USL/NASL.

  13. Mig22 says:

    Villa got their act together all of sudden. 4 goals in 12 minutes or so. Poor Burnley.

  14. gg0u41bb says:

    Benitez didn’t build on last season, and he is ultimatley to blame for a poor season by their standards. However that won’t stop fans from other teams taking the piss out of their owners.

  15. Mig22 says:

    fair enough, GG.

  16. Aaron in StL says:

    Nah, Arsene Wenger has probably already sent the private jet to ‘Nam to get his newest prize.

  17. alexandria says:

    How much does it cost to go to a prem game? I mean with the salaries they have to support it must be pretty high right? I’ve never been just kind of wanted to gauge it.

  18. Fred says:

    Adu off at the half. Anybody see how he was playing? I guess not very well . . . .

  19. Mig22 says:

    Question for the SBI Mafia: Do we think there is a lot more depth to the EPL this year? I hear these Brits announcing and doing pundit shows criticizing the big 3 or 4 or whatever saying that they’re dropping points, etc.

    Might it just be that with ManCity’s new owners, a typically strong trio of Tottenham/Villa/Everton and good seasons from Birminham, etc. that it’s just hard to put together long winning streaks?

  20. Calvert says:

    Serie A games are expensive. I saw Juventus at Lazio in Rome and the worst seats were $30 or $40 each and went up pretty quick after that.

  21. jim says:

    He wasn’t playing bad, I have no idea why he was taken off at the half. hope it’s not injury related…

  22. Barry U says:

    I was watching. Eddie and Freddy both looked not so great. Freddy miss hit some crosses and corners. Eddie gave the ball away a few times but was semi dangerous. Aris is down 1-0.

  23. US Soccer says:

    …I went to Chelsea vs. West Ham last year at Upton Park.

    I payed about 50 pounds for a “cheap seat” (close to 90 USD). Pretty Ridiculous.

  24. Mig22 says:

    Pretty much the same as US sports, really (other than Baseball)

  25. Mig22 says:

    Of course, it’s still pretty ridiculous. :)

  26. Soccer_Matt says:

    Freddy did not look very good. Not really threatening on the ball, usually played it back rather than attacking. When he did attack it was usually stripped from him. His crosses were not sharp…
    He did well on the defensive end again, which is a good sign, but that should not be the positive you remember most for a player like Adu.
    The goals have helped raise his profile, but he still has a long way to go to get back in form. The good thing though is that he does realize his defensive responsibilities (something he didn’t do before), the ball skills (which he has proven he has) should come back with more playing time.

  27. Jose S. says:

    His game was off today.

    Maybe fatigue got to him, he went from not playing for months, to starting three straight games in 8 days.

  28. alexandria says:

    Thanks, i was just wondering because I know even for like College sports tickets are ridiculous, it just amazes me that these teams can’t make money. I don’t see how AC Milan makes money that stadium is always half full.

  29. alexandria says:

    On a brighter note, I can’t stand liverpool, I don’t know what it is but I can’t stand em.

  30. Boulder15 says:

    alright slow down about adu guys, this would be his third game in a week, after hardly playing for years, i think its fatigue just as much as anything

  31. alexandria says:

    Man if I owned man city I would be pissed, but all they did was take marginal epl players and paid them more money they didn’t pick up anyone good. This game is like a track meet.

  32. USMNT says:

    DONOVAN TRANSFER NEWS

    A player striker by players in the MLS could see Landon Donovan extend his stay at Everton or even push through a permanent move to the Premier League.

    The American league is facing the possibility of a strike action by MLS players in protest at the collective agreement which decides salaries.

    The players are ready to strike at the start of the new 2010 MLS season and this means Donovan could extend his loan spell at Goodison Park.

    Everton manager David Moyes has been impressed with Donovan’s displays in England and is reportedly preparing a seven million pound move to sign the all-time top goal scorer for the US national team from LA Galaxy.

    Moyes said yesterday after Everton’s 3-1 win over Manchester United: “I know Landon would like to stay longer than we’ve agreed until March, but I’ve not said much about that out of respect to his club.”

    link to imscouting.com

  33. USMNT says:

    Moyes preparing approximately $11M offer for Landon Donovan Transfer!

    IVES GET ON THIS

  34. USMNT says:

    GREAT READ FROM AN EVERTON FAN ON DONOVAN

    It has all the promise of a long term relationship, he is everything Evertonians want in a player – fiercely committed, skilled, intelligent – and hopefully we are everything he could want – singing him to success. Welcome to Hotel Everton, Landon. You can check-out any time you like, but you can never leave.

    link to timesonline.typepad.com

  35. Mig22 says:

    what you said…..twice.

  36. jig says:

    theres nothing new here.

  37. Barry U says:

    Wow. Not for nothing but the Aris FC guys are really bad taking set pieces. In the last 5 to 7 minutes of this game they’ve had at least 4 corners and they gone to the keeper or over everyone. Freddy could have done that and better I think.

  38. Mig22 says:

    Villa has to be happy with a draw in this game. They are still very much in it for 4th place.

  39. Mr. Adu says:

    Is Eddie still on the pitch?

  40. Barry U says:

    Played 90.

  41. Mig22 says:

    These announcers are down on this game but I don’t think that the teams are playing that badly. I think that it is a very good tactical game. There have been a LOT of timely tackles. Lots of ‘smart’ fouls.

    Thoughts?

  42. Maxwell's Silver Hammer says:

    Is it possible both for Liverpool and City to be deducted points for this game? This is terrible, terrible football. Mistake after mistake after giveaway after giveaway. They should be forced to lose points for this display.

  43. Jose S. says:

    Unfortunately Adu wasn’t doing that well with set pieces either in the first half.

    The whole team was probably tired. It was their fifth game in 15 days, 4 of them played in the rain on mediocre/bad pitches.

  44. Maxwell's Silver Hammer says:

    You must be watching a different game than I am because no, there’s nothing good about this game, in my opinion. The only redeeming value I can take away as an impartial fan is the fact that Torres is back on the pitch. Certainly don’t expect to see much out of him but it’s nice to see him back out there, healthy again.

  45. Mig22 says:

    Lots of turnovers but I do see it differently than you do, MSH. I think the pace is so fast, and the tackles so tough, that it’s just tough to accomplish much. The teams are trying and not sitting on their lead.

    I’m pretty impartial on the game too so I think we are just noticing different things.

  46. Mig22 says:

    sitting on their *draw*. sorry.

  47. Nick says:

    A late winnner for Zamora…I think England has really got to consider him over Heske for that target forward role

  48. Barry U says:

    I saw the entire game. And Freddy was just as good or bad I guess as the rest of the guys. Replacing Freddy was a wash. But I do think your comment about the team being tired is right on and that might have been Freddy’s issue and for the rest of the team.

  49. Maxwell's Silver Hammer says:

    They are certainly playing with pace, but each team is sorely lacking the necessary skill in the final third to do anything. Flying down the field with speed and then losing the ball on a bad touch or bad pass doesn’t mean the defense is playing great, just means there’s bad football being played. Sure, there’s been 2-3 timely tackles but there have been a lot, and I can’t stress that enough..A LOT more bad passes and bad touches by these players that good defensive plays.

  50. frank from sf says:

    oh but it’s the epl!, surely there can’t be bad futbol. i thought that only happened in mls….. maybe i should quit reading this boards so much :)

  51. Turgid Jacobian says:

    City kept getting hosed by the refs.

  52. Mig22 says:

    Absolutely, Nick. He gets grief from the Brits on ESPN Soccernet podcast but he is playing very this season.

  53. Jorge says:

    He almost got capped by T&T but turned down the chance.

  54. reverb says:

    Let me tell you why:
    1. Benitez
    2. Kuyt
    3. Lucas
    4. Skrtel
    5. Hicks
    6. Gillett
    7. Completely Boring Style of Play.
    8. Kuyt
    9. Kuyt
    10. Benitez

  55. It’s a good question.

    I would agree that the top is getting crowded. The way things are now, if you trip, it could cost you because the points are tight.

    I would chalk the weakness of all the teams up top apart from Chelsea to bad defense. Arsenal, Man United, and Man City have all shown weakness in the back and here is where their depth is lacking. Liverpool’s defense has been woeful this year as well. Carragher is having a terrible year.

  56. Get well Jones says:

    anyone know why Daniel Williams only played a half in Freiburg’s 3-0 home loss to the bottom club??? Was at church and didn’t watch. Game was on espn360. . .

    (SBI-You should read the SBI Twitter feed. Williams didn’t play well, and got torched on the second goal in the first half, but ultimately he came out because Freiburg switched to a 3-5-2 in order to try and get back into the game. After watching Williams today I would say people need to calm down about the whole “Let’s bring him to the World Cup” talk. Nice potential young prospect for down the road, but he’s not beating out Cherundolo or Spector any time soon. Truth is right back isn’t even his natural position, and you can sort of see it watching him play. He’s a d-mid playing right back.)

  57. Isaac says:

    Yeah, I would imagine if Freddy wasn’t sharp today, fatigue is a part of it. As nice as it was to see he’s still capable of great play, he was bound to cool off at some point.

  58. Brian says:

    lol….right

  59. Joamiq says:

    I’m not sure much is different besides the infusion of cash to City and the injuries to Liverpool. I mean, Spurs and Everton are doing pretty much what they’ve been doing for years, and I don’t think Man U and Chelsea are really much weaker than usual. British pundits tend to draw big conclusions from tiny sample sizes.

  60. Joamiq says:

    I think football is the only US sport that’s ridiculously expensive. I paid $14 the other day for a cheap seat in MSG to see the Knicks. I can usually find hockey tickets for $15-20, and upper deck seats in baseball can usually be had for about $10.

  61. Joamiq says:

    The race for 4th is just totally wide open. This is going to be fun

  62. Jorge says:

    Hey guys…

    Cristiano Ronaldo’s birthplace, Madeira Islands, has been struck by a natural disaster.

  63. war says:

    Sochaux gets hammered 4-0 in front of CD… That must have been embarrassing.

  64. afc says:

    I don’t think anyone is calling for him to get called up especially for SA. I think people just wanted him included on the site. Being included on the site doesn’t mean he deserves a call up.

  65. SBI Troll says:

    Anyone know whats up with the La Liga Game of the week on ESPN2. Its was listed on the program guide and they show fishing instead.

  66. Get well Jones says:

    speak for yourself afc! I want to see Daniel Williams get called up to see what he can do to compete for the RB job. The early reviews for Dwill were excellent, player of the week. We are not so deep at RB that he should not at least get a chance. Dolo has not played well for the nats (got torched in WC06) and is hurt anyway. Dolo by no means should be the automatic right back if Spector is left back, which he should be.

    We need to recruit this kid and call him into camp for the netherlands game!

  67. bryan says:

    nice goal by Higuain. great pass from CR.

  68. Willardo DuPont says:

    Gory song buddy… but catchy.

  69. Jao says:

    Bocanegra had a horrid first half tonight against Lille. Got tormented by Eden Hazard on the left side, completely shanked a clearance, and made a clumsy attempt at a tackle, which injured Lille striker Gervinho. Was substituted out at halftime and he didn’t look injured. Don’t know why the move to ASSE didn’t fall through. Think Antonetti may have finally lost faith.

  70. Nick says:

    That may be due in part because you saw Juve, who draw large crowds all across Italy and in European play. They’re down this year (obviously), but they probably still drive the ticket prices up some.

  71. Nick says:

    So are they preparing a 7 million pound bid or 11 million??? Your first post said 7, the follow-up said 11…

  72. alexandria says:

    I think Boca is done, personally I’d rather see a spector,demerit,onyewu and borenstein back line, boca as a left back is a waste because he doesn’t push forward and he’s to slow to get involved in the play and cover back, you need to have speed on the edges especially if you are behind donovan.

  73. Hood Rich says:

    I only watched the 1st half, and Adu was subbed off at the start of the 2nd half.
    I think the coach tried to settle for the point. Unfortunately a min later, AEK scores on a header. Adu wasn’t bad but there was nobody at the end of his passes into the box. He didn’t get a lot of space either when he gave the ball for a give and go and the defender still was next to him. AEK were not undermining him that’s for sure. EJ was very impressive and was very strong on the ball as AEK tried physically to knock him off the ball several times. EJ looks very confident dribbling with the ball. Almost confident as Ibrahimovic with the ball. This isn’t the EJ we are used to seeing in MLS.

  74. Boca's Funeral Director says:

    It’s a shame, and I feel for him, but your right. His time has passed, it’ll be great to have him as a veteran backup in SA. But I do not want him dealing with the likes of Rooney, Lennon, and company.

  75. Jorge says:

    Or Jermain Defoe… :-)

  76. schalke 04 destroyer says:

    Bradley knows this, which is why he deploys Boca mainly as a centerback.

    Another reason to check out Daniel Williams.

  77. kenny_b says:

    Exchange rate

  78. kenny_b says:

    Thanks for clarifying that, I thought he had and was wondering why he was being considered for England’s squad.

  79. kenny_b says:

    He looked less than impressive. His teammates don’t look to him at all either (not that he playing midfield, but still).

  80. euroman says:

    According the ESPN Soccer Net Boca was replaced due to an injury which makes sense with his team leading 1-0 when he was removed at halftime. We know that if he or Gooch can even limp out on the field BB will use them.

  81. Euroman says:

    BB’s other son Bornstein has the LB locked down so Boca has to play in the CB role or there would be no spot for Johnny.

  82. Hush says:

    Today was a decent game for Adu in the defensive part of the game. His crosses were not so bad, it was players not being at the right position at times. Aris went into this game with a Bears 45-defense almost the entire game. :).. i guess scoring wasn’t part of the game plan today for Aris. Adu came of the 2nd half for more defensive help, all the Aris players looked tired as heck, maybe they partied all night and couldn’t cut it today.

  83. Edwin says:

    Not even close, 10 mill is what Jozy was sold for, he’s going to have to bump it up 6 million pounds!

    Donovan is about as valuable to MLS as Beckham, & Galaxy will want to cover the loss of revenue generated by Landon, if he can score some more goals & keep making great crosses, I think he might warrant that 13-15 million pounds move!

    But Saha has got to put away the passes he’s getting from Donovan, and Moyes better allow him to take PK’s is Saha misses another one! Specially if Landon draws it!

  84. war says:

    how’d boca end up our captain in the first place? Is it just because of his age and caps? He doesn’t strike me as the leader of the team, the one who leads by example.

  85. Scott says:

    I don’t mind Skrtel… I would add Gerrard somewhere on that list. He is the second ugliest looking player to watch after Robot Crouch.

  86. Scott says:

    who exactly? One of the guys is a Fulham fan and has been singing his praises all season. But everyone was right to question Roy’s claims for Zamora as a WC option- he was largely dissapointing last year and has been a complete revelation this year. Thank God he has- goals aren’t always easy for the Cottagers to come by. Would be nice for him to earn a WC spot.

  87. Isaac says:

    This is ridiculous. One bad game and all of a sudden it’s, ” his time has passed” or ” Boca is done”.

    Bocanegra has been a steady player on the backline and if he ever has had a poor game, the rest of the four is just as bad. When he is on top of his game, the same can be said for most of the back line, and a lot of the rest of the team.

    Landon Donovan has had plenty of poor games, like the Ghana game. You want to leave him out of the starting lineup/roster?

    I think the thing about a lot of fans is that when there is nothing new coming over the horizon in terms of talented players or changes in the starting lineup, they start to act as though there should be a change somewhere on the field or roster until they are right. I don’t mean to sound like an a-hole saying that, but I’ve seen it happening. Change is good, but timing it poorly is devastating.

  88. Mig22 says:

    I actually don’t know the names of the guys on the pod but there WAS a general sense of derision about Zamora and his a) prospects about being an England International and b) his gesture “listening for the critics”.

    I agree that Cousin Roy’s assertion looked a little odd at first but given England’s (and everyone’s) lack of depth at striker, he’s a reasonable option now.

    Cheers.