Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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The race for the final UEFA Champions League place in the English Premier League is as tight as can be and today will offer the top three contenders a chance to move into control.

Manchester City faces Aston Villa in the match of the day, while Tottenham looks to avoid the upset against Bolton to stay in range of fourth place.

In Spain, Barcelona looks to regroup from its Champions League disappointment with a win at Villarreal to stay ahead of Real Madrid in the La Liga standings.

If you will be watching today's action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments secton below.

Enjoy the action (Today's TV Schedule is after the jump)

TODAY'S SOCCER ON TV

7:45am- ESPN2- Birmingham City vs. Burnley

9:30am- GolTV- Bayern Munich vs. VfL Bochum

9:30am- ESPN Deportes- Schalke 04 vs. Werder Bremen

10am- FSC/FSE- Manchester City vs. Aston Villa

10am- Fox Soccer Plus- Tottenham vs. Bolton

Noon- FSC/FSE- Portsmouth vs. Wolverhampton

Noon- GolTV- Deportivo La Coruna vs. Real Zaragoza

2pm- GolTV- Espanyol vs. Valencia

2:30pm- FSC/FSE- AC Milan vs. Fiorentina

4pm- MSG/Telefutura- D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls

4pm- Fox Soccer Plus- Stoke City vs. Everton (Delayed)

4pm- GolTV- Villarreal vs. Barcelona

6pm- FSC- Sky Blue FC vs. FC Gold Pride

6pm- Univision- Pachuca vs. Monterrey

7:15pm- GolTV- Tolima vs. Independiente Medellin

7:30pm- Direct Kick- New England Revolution vs. FC Dallas

8:30pm- FSCFSE- Houston Dynamo vs. Kansas City Wizards

8:30pm- Direct Kick- Chicago Fire vs. Chivas USA

9pm- Direct Kick- Real Salt Lake vs. Toronto FC

9:30pm- GolTV- Atletico Nacional vs. Deportivo Pereira

10pm- Direct Kick- San Jose vs. Colorado Rapids

10:30pm- Direct Kick- Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Philadelphia Union

10:30pm- Direct Kick- Seattle Sounders vs. Columbus Crew

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80 Responses to Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

  1. john godfrey says:

    great to see Ricardo Clark starting again.

  2. Shane says:

    There’s no way ESPN would’ve taken Birmingham v. Burnley if they had any choice in the matter, would they? Do they just get the early game no matter what it is?

  3. Brian S says:

    Hopefully he’s done enough in training for them to pick up the option on his contract

  4. Dylan says:

    yah

  5. Soccernst says:

    Today brought to you by the letter B, obviously. Why? Bolton brings back their badddass! (here’s hoping).

  6. DareTBF says:

    Joe Hart could very well be the netminder for the 3 Lions vs US. Have a good look.

    Yea or nay…We have 3 keepers, at least, who could easily suit of for the ENG NATS, Howard, Friedel, Hahnemann. Am I missing anyone else??

  7. maka maka says:

    guzan… hell england is so bad at keeper they would probably enjoy a little bouna time

  8. Jennifer says:

    Wow, Dolo’s Hannover is up 3-0 against MB’s Gladbach 30 minutes in.

  9. Jay says:

    Holden isn’t dressed for Bolton…my hopes feel seriously dashed. Hope that he’s in the team next week.

  10. Jennifer says:

    4-0 Hannover, still 1st half.

  11. fifawitz1313 says:

    anybody else having trouble with the usual streams?

  12. Jay says:

    Yes. I’m using iraqgoals. Any other sites that are better?

  13. sread says:

    HA HA HA! OH, how could anyone disagree with that. Yeah, Guzan and Kasey Keller could probably hold it down for the English, shoot, Calamity James was their #1…it’s a carousel of keepers over there.

  14. Hokie_Futbol says:

    the US is insanely deep…but Hart is NASTY. I don’t know if he is better than our guys, but I would much rather prefer that they have David James in net.

  15. Betinho says:

    man, Aston Villa is really frustrating to watch today. They have the lead but are not showing any confidence. Ashley Young is the only player showing a sense of urgency. City’s keeper is looking really shaky. they need to get some pressure on him.

  16. USMNT says:

    WIll Oguchi Onyewu play this season?

  17. Thorpinski says:

    Yea Gooch will play in the WC, but Not for AC Milan

  18. war says:

    Doubt it. Didn’t really think so when he was fit in the beginning of the season.

  19. B1879 says:

    Edu starts for Rangers. DMV off the bench for an injured player.

  20. B1879 says:

    *DMB

  21. Isaac says:

    They’re probably taking a note out of Jose Mourinho’s book and absorbing pressure while picking appropriate times to get forward. You can’t blame them for sitting back, because with guys like Tevez and Bellamy in City’s attack, they could easily get caught on the counter.

  22. Isaac says:

    Villa nearly get a second with a James Milner shot skipping just wide. Deemed to have taken a deflection. Corner.

  23. Isaac says:

    Penalty. Tevez to take…Gets it!

    1-1 in the 41st.

    Villa nearly take back the lead on a great shot by I believe it’s Carew.

  24. war says:

    friedel knew where it was going but couldn’t back it up with a save. Tough. 2 up now City…

  25. Isaac says:

    and JUST like that it’s Adebayor with another goal for City! 2-1! Vieira finds Johnson on the left side of the 6. Johnson faked his man, and found Adebayor sitting in front of the 6 yard box. Easy for the Togo international

  26. USMNT says:

    Now I’m sure Oguchi Onyewu won’t be playing for AC Milan as they aim to secure Champions League Qualifications.

  27. Jennifer says:

    Quick turnaround for City.

    Hannover now 5-0 over ‘Gladbach.

  28. madmax says:

    The Villa LB disintegrates and gives City two easy chances.

  29. war says:

    UTAKA just scored against Wolves? Made me want to barf. He should’ve been sold a long time ago.

  30. USMNT says:

    Michael Bradley and ‘Gladbach are doing Steve Cherundolo and Hannover a major favor. This win would put them 4th from the bottom!

  31. John1 says:

    How is Beasley playing?

  32. japan says:

    nobody wants to pay his 80,000/week wage

  33. Isaac says:

    Anybody know any good places to get a Rangers-Dundee link?

  34. Jennifer says:

    Thankfully. Hannover’s had a rough season. Though they’ll probably need at least a tie next week to stay up. .

  35. hello mrs. lady says:

    two of the boys doing a favor for each other. i like it. Dolo just needs to let MB score a couple times and its a good trade.

  36. Jennifer says:

    MB scoring would be good, but Hannover might have to worry about goal differential. As it is ‘Gladbach just scored, 5-1.

  37. Jennifer says:

    6-1 now. They gave up 10 with no goals in their last 2 games and now…

  38. Fred says:

    Feilhaber starts for Aarhus. Boy, there’s a team that needs a win.

  39. Fred says:

    Doesn’t it seem like USMNT fans cared a lot more about Feilhaber before Holden went to Bolton?

  40. Fred says:

    Hoffenheim are now level with Frankfurt, with 10 min left.

  41. Isaac says:

    Fair point. I think it’s because Feilhaber was getting European development and Holden wasn’t. Now that Holden is in one of the best leagues in the world, he’ll be very well developed.

  42. Isaac says:

    Ashley young cross nearly goes in. Corner. It’s cleared.

  43. PetedeLA says:

    Apparently Clark’s been doing well. Was just reading the ticker off of Bild.

  44. japan says:

    *60,000

  45. Betinho says:

    City’s keeper look VERY shaky…Villa just needs to put pressure on that guy and the second (and third) will come. Honestly though, they are looking like an Europa cup side much more than a CL side.

  46. Jennifer says:

    Hannover wins 6-1 over ‘Gladbach

  47. Fred says:

    What happened there? I’m happy that Hannover’s out of the drop, at least for now. But how do you go from drawing Bayern to losing 6-1 to Hannover?

  48. Citronomics says:

    Friedel with a great save on a Bellamy curler

  49. Jennifer says:

    Same as Hannover wins 4-2 over Schalke and then lose 7-0 the next week to Bayern.

    Hannover really need to win and were playing at home. They’ll need at least a tie next week to stay out of the bottom 2.

  50. Jennifer says:

    Rico’s Eintracht Frankfurt give up 2 in the last 10 and lose 2-1.

  51. Ed says:

    Cuellar has been a certified beast on Villa’s backline. Saved their *ss a few times today.

  52. …This just in…

    Brad Friedel is a good keeper.

  53. Ed says:

    Wright-Phillips sets up Bellamy for what should be the dagger. City 3-1.

  54. citronomics says:

    D’ohh… great run by Richards to find Bellamy and from that range… not much Friedel could do on the curler. This mean CL for Man City?

  55. ericj says:

    I think they have to keep on winning and hope Tott. lose.

  56. Isaac says:

    It’s nice to have Edu and Clark both getting playing time for their respective clubs.

  57. Jose S. says:

    It comes down to Wednesday

    Man City v. Tottenham

    City must win to overtake Spurs heading to the final weekend.

  58. Austin says:

    City and Tottenham play next weekend in the last game of the season…..if they tie, tottenham gets fourth. but, whoever wins gets it

    CMON CITEH

  59. hello mrs. lady says:

    hopefully city lose so then tottenham can show money isnt everything. on the other hand if man city win it made be a little bit more “fair” transfer market if u catch my drift.

  60. hello mrs. lady says:

    +2

  61. Betinho says:

    I can see it now..vs. England:

    LD – Edu – MB – Clark – Deuce

    ——–Jozy—————-

    LOL!

  62. Who would get the ball past the midfield stripe?

    Although MB in an advanced CM role could be interesting.

  63. Richard says:

    7,000+ Roma fans @ Parma … come onnnnn!!!

  64. fischy says:

    I can never understand how so many top players are in Italy. Whenever I watch games on TV, there are so many empty seats. How do Italian teams afford even mediocre players much less the number of real quality players that play in Serie A?

  65. AKDN says:

    I think you misunderstood what he was saying.

    I think he was commenting on the massive number of away fans.

  66. war says:

    Fans are always getting banned for one reason or another in at least one stadium. Juve had that done to them a couple of times this season I believe. Still, who knows?

  67. Brian says:

    Pretty good weekend for the national team. Lots of guys getting playing time. Bradley, Clark, Edu, Cherundolo and Beasley.

  68. Citronomics says:

    And soccernet reporting 4-1 W for Aarhus. Anyone hear how Benny did?

  69. Footballer says:

    He is better than an US striker and he isnt one.

  70. Richard says:

    2-0 Roma! Totti cross to Taddei’s head…

    Forza…Laz…Laz… come on, say it .. Laz…Lazio!

  71. Isaac says:

    I mean, I’m not saying that they should both be starting, but if it had to come to that, It’s not a half bad option. As far as who gets the ball into the attack, the USA didn’t have an extremely creative force against Spain and they had chances. Not a lot, but enough to say that Bradley and Clark did their job. The point was to stop Spain from working right up the middle and force their players to other look out wide or dribble out wide. Bocanegra and Spector don’t have the pace to stop them, but with Onyewu, DeMerit and Howard right behind them to help put out fires, it was the least vicious attack.

    Of course that’s all a pretty moot point because Bradley seems to like the 4-4-2 and I’d say for good reason. It keeps constant pressure on the opposition’s backline, so if wing backs like Sergio Ramos, Capdevilla, Dani Alves, and Andre Santos get forward, it means space for the USA’s two strikers to move into. The first goal against Spain is a pretty good example of that. Bradley gets a beautiful pass to Davies, who is wide left to take the space Sergio Ramos left. Davies brings that pass down for Dempsey and the rest is US Soccer history.

  72. mrt says:

    Just watched the taped broadcast of Portsmouth and Wolves, and James was excellent today (and he’s been excellent the last few weeks for Portsmouth). He’s certainly known for the occasional disastrous error, but when he’s good, he’s really, really good. As for Marcus, no major errors, but his reactions looked a bit slow for the 2nd and 3rd goals.

  73. Ken says:

    Is Gooch even on the bench for Milan tonight?

  74. ahm says:

    nope. the youngster albertazzi got the spot on the bench. disappointing. can’t wait for him to get outta milan

  75. Austin says:

    spurs are a bunch of scrubs…. Tevez will take Dawson and king to school on Wednesday. If money isn’t everything then there would be no world football…. Atleast we have a future, spurs will be mediocre again next season

  76. Austin says:

    Well, I personally believe Leo is dumb and its not b/c of gooch. However, I think gooch is most likely not 100 percent yet, that is probably why he didnt make it

  77. Jank says:

    Soccer fans in Italy are know to be some of the worst in terms of racism and thuggery.

  78. Sg says:

    Bayern looks very sharp

  79. phil says:

    won’t matter if they have Sir Alex wearing the gloves in SA if we don’t take our chances well.

  80. phil says:

    i still don’t see how this was in any way good move for him.