Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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A day filled with top rivalries from around the world kicks off today in Manchester, where Premier League powers Manchester United and Manchester City face off.

City-United is one of several high-quality matches to watch on TV today. From the heavy slate of MLS matches, to the derbies from Europe and South America, there is something for everybody.

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 schedule is after the jump):

TODAY'S SOCCER ON TV

7:45am- ESPN2- Manchester City vs. Manchester United

9:25am- ESPN Deportes/ESPN3- Schalke 04 vs. Borussia Monchengladbach

10am- FSC/FSE- Blackburn vs. Everton

10am- Fox Soccer Plus- Birmingham City vs. Hull City

11:55am- GolTV- Sevilla vs. Sporting Gijon

Noon- ESPN360.com- Chievo Verona vs. Livorno

12:30pm- FSC/FSE- Tottenham vs. Chelsea

1pm- ESPN360- Academica de Coimbra vs. Benfica

1:55pm- GolTV- Espanyol vs. Barcelona

2pm- Telemundo- Argentina vs. Haiti (Delayed)

2:30pm- Chievo Verona vs. Livorno (Delayed)

4pm- GolTV- Bayern Munich vs. Hannover 96 (Delayed)

4:30pm- Fulham vs. Wolverhampton (Delayed)

6pm- Telefutura- Queretaro vs. Tecos

6pm- Telemundo- Monterrey vs. America

7pm- GolTV- Atletico Junior vs. Santa Fe

7:30pm- MSG/Direct Kick- New York Red Bulls vs. FC Dallas

7:30pm- Direct Kick- D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire

8pm- Telefutura- Pachuca vs. Toluca

8pm- Mun2/Telemundo- Chivas de Guadalajara vs. Atlas

9:25pm- GolTV- Deportes Tolima vs. Deportivo Pereira

10pm- Direct Kick- San Jose Earthquakes vs. New England Revolution

10pm- Telemundo- Atlante vs. Tigres UANL

10:30pm- FSC/FSE- Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake

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110 Responses to Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

  1. Brian S says:

    Good morning all. Looks like both Manchester teams are full strength. I’m calling a brace for Tevez in a 2-1 City victory

  2. Mig22 says:

    The pace of this game is frightening.

  3. Ian says:

    Cheering for a black hole to open up under the stadium and swallow both teams and their fans!

  4. Mike says:

    Why on Earth did Sir Alex give Gibson the start? He brings NOTHING to the table other than long distance shooting. Where is Park?

  5. Mig22 says:

    Interesting that Rooney has been invisible for the last 20 minutes. You can’t say that very often this season.

  6. Mig22 says:

    Jeez, then he gets a golden op and misses. Weird.

  7. Mike says:

    Rooney is clearly only half-fit. He’s normally all over the pitch, and he’s just parked alone in the City half right now….and a half-fit Rooney is still better than lazy Berba.

  8. Brian S says:

    Everytime I hear De Jong’s name, it makes me wanna puke

  9. Mig22 says:

    Wow, can the ManU players whine any more? Let’s have a pool: what will Sir Alex blame this week?

  10. Mike says:

    I think the United players are complaining because the referee has swallowed the whistle up to this point.

  11. Mig22 says:

    I think that he has let em play but it has gone both ways. I don’t have much of a dog in this fight, my team is going to win the league…I’m just watching this for the quality of the match.

  12. Mike says:

    I love Ryan Giggs like a brother, but he has done less than nothing in this match….Sir Alex has to consider bringing Nani on if United doesn’t score early in the 2nd half.

  13. Mig22 says:

    Adebayor is playing hard and well today.

  14. Mig22 says:

    City just doesn’t have a lot going on in the ‘half court’ offense. They’re fast and counter beautifully but they really aren’t prying open much when in possession. Of course, United gets some credit for that.

  15. DCM says:

    Today’s Soccer on TV schedule is missing:

    3:00pm-Direct Kick- Seattle vs. Kansas City

    4:00pm-Direct Kick- Houston vs. Chivas USA

  16. Mike says:

    This game has lacked quality…not lacking in effort or passion, but both teams have been sloppy around the box.

  17. Mike says:

    Following on what Mig said, I think both Vidic and Evans have been very good, hence the lack of goal-scoring threat from City in possesion. I think Toure has been very solid for City as well.

  18. Mig22 says:

    The sloppiness has been argued a bit earlier this year regarding City, Mike. They play so damn fast that it looks sloppy and there ARE a lot of turnovers in their game.

    Wow, Rooney pimped it up to get that yellow card. It was a yellow, but he really hammed it up until he was sure the card was coming.

  19. Hokie_Futbol says:

    The announcer was hilarious. “BELLAMY FOR MANCHESTER CITY! and he blows it”

  20. Mig22 says:

    City could REALLY use Ireland out there.

  21. Mike says:

    Agreed, United have totally taken control of the park in the second half. I think Viera is the wron choice, he’s a bit long in the tooth. He hasn’t impressed yet for City in any game that I’ve seen.

  22. Brian S says:

    I completely agree. His bald head could blind Van de Sar while Tevez tucks it away

  23. Mig22 says:

    Well, City has stabilized the center of the park with Viera out there…so maybe Mancini was right. Especially since a draw is OK, if not great, for City.

  24. Mig22 says:

    Wow, two good tackles from Scholes today and no card.

  25. Brian S says:

    I have to say it again, I hate Nigel De Jong

  26. Mig22 says:

    woohooo….this game just woke up.

    What were Barry and Giggs doing?

  27. Mig22 says:

    I agree Brian. He joins the DeRossi and Leonardo club.

  28. Mike says:

    I guess if City are playing for a draw, he is the right choice. But City haven’t created an actual scoring chance yet in this game…though I suppose a draw ends United’s title hopes, and that’s all a City fan could ask for.

  29. Brian S says:

    I don’t understand why neither team is trying to win. They both need the 3 points respectively

  30. Mike says:

    Obertan has some potential…but I would LOVE to see David Silva in Red next year….

  31. Brian S says:

    Hopefully what I just saw was wrong but Jozy on the bench

  32. Mig22 says:

    Viera IS a step slow out there.

  33. Hokie_Futbol says:

    Jozy on the bench. hesselink starting…mind boggling.

  34. Mig22 says:

    yup, Jozy on the bench. Damn that’s frustrating but Hull DOES have a lot of strikers.

  35. Mike says:

    Van Der Sar has lost his mind! City had their chance….

  36. Brian S says:

    Apparently Dowie’s thinking is “bust your a** one week for the team and I’ll give you a break the next week.”

  37. Mig22 says:

    yeah, that was nearly a rare disaster for VDS.

  38. Mike says:

    It’s hard to be shocked by Altidore being on the bench. Dowie’s record as a manager speaks for itself. They are going down, and Dowie can look in the mirror to find the reason.

  39. Mig22 says:

    Well folks, good game chat today. Enjoyed it. Mike, Brian, and others, Have a good one. Going to a pub later for Chelsea-Tottenham.

  40. Mig22 says:

    I could vomit.

    Congrats Mike.

  41. Mike says:

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. Mike says:

    Have to say, that was a hell of a game. Probably a bit harsh on City, but obviously I have no complaints. :)

  43. DCM says:

    Brilliant ending, both squads looked dead at the end

  44. kawa says:

    Man U pulls off another one of those SMH

  45. Missoula says:

    Jozy on the bench, and Dempsey is still out for Fulhmam. Bummer

  46. 92minuteRefund says:

    I feel guilty for wasting part of my morning on that dud. Could both teams play with less inspiration.. even Tevez looked like he was stoned.

  47. mr turd meuller says:

    How the hell is Altidore not starting in this game? He has been decent as of late and as we know Hull stinks but for a team that can still stay up this decision is mind boggling!

  48. ahm says:

    i could be wrong but the pattern i think of late is that jozy has not started in away games as part of hull’s rotation up top. not saying i agree with it but i was wondering last night when i set my alarm whether i would even get to see him play. also dempsey not playing? i know its supposedly a minor knock but i would love it for us to finally get healthy (i’m looking at you sirs davies and holden)

  49. Missoula says:

    Completely agree. British media sources have regularly hailed Jozy as the most dangerous player for Hull. How Dowie cannot start him is beyond me.

  50. Justin O says:

    I’m more worried about Onyewu than Davies and Holden.

  51. Justin O says:

    Only half watching, but announcers “He [Howard] is struggling every time the bal is sent into the area.”

  52. Justin O says:

    It’s not as if Altidore is a 20 goal scorer guys. I agree he should probably be there, but let’s not over state things. With one league goal all year, it’s not a baffling, outrageous decision.

  53. Aengus says:

    Have you been watching the games? Because I think it would seem a bit more questionable then you are leading it to be if you saw how Jozys been playing. And lets count all the penalties Jozy has won. Goals are not the end of the story.

  54. OmarVizquel says:

    He’s not saying Jozy sucks. He’s saying that it isn’t a cataclysmic shocker that Jozy is on the bench. You’d think he’s been responsible for every single one of Hull’s goals this year…

    I’ve watched pretty much every Hull game (unfortunately). Yes, Jozy’s had a hand in some pens and freekicks leading to goals, but he’s not a one-man wrecking crew out there. He’s improved and offers something when he’s on, but his being on the bench doesn’t leave me speechless and incensed. They have lots of strikers who’ve contributed.

    At any rate, I’m sure we’ll see him in the 2nd half.

  55. war says:

    gladbach getting killed by shalke.

  56. ahm says:

    boring game i turned it off. only plus is espn3 is better than using other streams

  57. ahm says:

    i’m wondering if gooch moves again this summer or sticks it out with milan. i think he’ll be okay for the WC

  58. OmarVizquel says:

    Whenever I watch Bundesliga matches I find myself having a better viewing experience. Forgetting the fact that the Premier League has better players and thus better technique (especially at the top), everything about German soccer is more enjoyable and doesn’t leave me fuming (like the PL)….the fan participation, refereeing, etc., not to mention the healthy financial situation in the league. Forget the PL, I know what league MLS should emulate. By the way, M’gladbach is losing 3-1 at Schalke.

  59. andrew in tampa says:

    Bradley plays so deep for his team, he gets very few touches of the ball. feels like he is a spectator.

  60. Aengus says:

    Yea, I know what he meant, I just get bothered with the 1 goal argument, which to a point is something to think about but there are other factors. But yes, benching Jozy is not like say sir alex benching 100% fit rooney all of a sudden. Lets hope we do see him in the 2nd. Let me just say how shocked I am that the Hull Def has not given up a goal yet.

  61. OmarVizquel says:

    It’s a horrible game, to be honest. I blame Villareal for making me watch Hull City all season.

  62. Aengus says:

    Pretty sure I just heard USA chant in the Hull City game. Could that be right or does Bir have a chant that just sounds like that or something?

  63. ericJ says:

    it sounded like they were just chanting altidore…!

  64. KEEP says:

    I would like for Nelsen to be back in DC….ASAP

  65. OmarVizquel says:

    Took me like 5 minutes to realize my feed of the Hull game was really of Fulham’s game…

  66. Aengus says:

    Wow that was a strike from Nzonzi to put Rovers level. Be ashame if Everton did not win this game they have had plenty of chances

  67. Jorge says:

    Jozy is on the bench and almost the 75th minute.

  68. ericJ says:

    Altidore finally on.

  69. FulhamPete says:

    Jozy’s on now.

  70. Aengus says:

    Jozy on in the 76th

  71. FulhamPete says:

    Birm GK looks like Holden.

  72. Aengus says:

    Now i need my feed to not freeze up every 30 sec. At least my the audio is good….

  73. FulhamPete says:

    Jozy just dropped a nasty straight arm on a defender. Dude’s a beast.

  74. KEEP says:

    NICE SUB COACH

  75. andrew in tampa says:

    McShane the right back for Hull is the least skillful player in the EPL

  76. Jorge says:

    Where were you folks? I posted and everyone else followed… LOL

  77. Ted in MN says:

    Jozy has looked very good. He definitely earned a corner there really light fall

  78. ericJ says:

    Chanted Altidore again..he has been good while one for these few minutes.

  79. BCC says:

    Hull is an absolutely awful team. Bullard thinks he is a superstar and 90% of his passes are backwards. Atrocious.

  80. Dakota says:

    I went to the Hull vs Stoke game and sat with the Hull supporters. Pissed was the least you could say about the Hull fans frustrations at their manager,especially about Jozy not starting.

  81. KEEP says:

    and he looks like he was put together with spare parts

  82. ahm says:

    it may not have amounted to much yet today but jozy is playing some real god d*** footy today. great to watch him develop from all his raw talent, he’s putting it together

  83. Lester says:

    Jozy could have two assists right now, if his teammates could finish.

  84. ericJ says:

    Jozy is playing a good holding forward…

  85. andrew in Tampa says:

    how many times has Altidore played for the give and go but have not received the return pass only to see his teammate shank a shot?

  86. Jorge says:

    Imagine if Jozy were under the guidance of David Moyes…

  87. ahm says:

    ive watched them before and his deep role isn’t the most exciting to watch but at least you get a sense of his tactical awareness and positioning, today the entire squad seemed like they were half-asleep

  88. madmax says:

    Jozy played well in his 10 minutes, setting up two of Hull’s best chances of the day.

  89. ahm says:

    imagine if jimmy bullard was actually as good as EPL followers would leave you to believe…

  90. JD says:

    Eric Lichaj scores for Leyton Orient. Hes loaned there from Aston Villa. Has started and played a full 90 minutes every game since he got there.

  91. war says:

    Dream Team in real life.

  92. ericJ says:

    Dolo clubs a Munich player in the face haha.

  93. Citronomics says:

    Coming in late to the match sequence today so wondering what folks think about Timmy’s performance in the Everton match… did he look out of position on those goals or just two rockets? first one looked like it was curling away (and maybe a slight deflection) but the second one by Roberts felt like he could’ve anticipated better that the strike was coming almost immediately after Roberts got his first touch.

    Wonder if an MLS club, like say DCU (yes I’m biased) could get a loan for Anichebe, Yakubu or Roberts? Probably dreaming…

    Ok back to Tottenham-Chelsea

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  95. bryan says:

    hahahaha agreed

  96. cj says:

    This is amazing! Droghba is playing hurt right now so Chelsea only have really 10 men out on the field and they cannot sub. 2-0 Spurs. This will go down to the wire in May.

  97. understood says:

    Ives,

    If there was ever a reason to revive the “You Write The Caption” feature its this photo: link to soccernet-assets.espn.go.com

  98. Jamie Z. says:

    It’s good to have a Yank coming up through the ranks at my favorite club (Villa, not Orient). He’s done quite well in his loan moves and may be closer than some might think to first team football.

  99. Aristophanes says:

    wow I hate chelsea. terry’s such a boob.

  100. Jorge says:

    Anyone watching the Barca game?

  101. AKDN says:

    Barca looks like they do not care.

  102. AKDN says:

    What a change of pace. Barca looks better in real life than if I was playing with them in FIFA.

  103. BCC says:

    He did some nice things with the ball. I would like to see him make his way onto a team that has an average to above average midfield.

    If he has a big World Cup, sky is the limit.

  104. Isaac says:

    On amatuer?

  105. dr.gonzo says:

    Is Dempsey still battling that hamstring injury?

  106. lneaton says:

    everytime i hear De Jong’s name, i want someone to break his face.