UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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United States men's national team midfielders Jermaine Jones and Maurice Edu are both in their respective starting lineups as they continue their quests for UEFA Champions League glory on Wednesday.

Jones' Schalke sits in second place in Group B, trailing unbeaten leader Lyon by three points. Jones & Co. will look for the victory at home against Israeli side Hapoel Tel Aviv to keep pace in the group.

Edu's Rangers is tied with Manchester United for the Group C lead with four points and can distance itself from third-place Valencia with a victory over the Spanish club at Ibrox Stadium. Here is the full TV schedule for Wednesday's matches (all games start at 2:45 p.m. ET):

  • Lyon vs. Benfica, DirecTV 481
  • Rangers vs. Valencia, DirecTV 482
  • Twente vs. Werder Bremen, DirecTV 483
  • Schalke vs. Hapoel Tel Aviv, DirecTV 484
  • Panathinaikos vs. Rubin Kazan, DirecTV 485
  • Manchester United vs. Bursaspor, Fox Soccer Channel
  • Inter Milan vs. Tottenham, Fox Soccer Plus
  • Barcelona vs. FC Copenhagen, Fox Sports Espanol

If you will be watching any or all of these matches either on television or via live Internet feed, please feel free to share any thoughts, opinions or play-by-play in the comments section below. Enjoy the action!

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90 Responses to UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

  1. kev says:

    I’m watching the Barca game but I feel for the Danes. If Barca wins it won’t be by much. Danish teams are always suprising the bigger times in the CL.

  2. away goals says:

    Are they though?

  3. hm says:

    O/T but if any of you guys participate in the Q&A later, be sure to ask Ives of his thoughts on top5 American strikers in MLS right now and any chance they get a call up for the NT in time for the Gold Cup?

    ALSO ask why doesn’t the GOLD CUP get bigger press or promotion in the USA or Canada or Mexico?

  4. Spectra says:

    NANI from the top of the box with a beautiful goal

  5. Spectra says:

    Tottenham down 1-0 and have now lost the goalie to red card. PK upcoming

  6. Spectra says:

    Eto places it upper corner 2-0 inter

  7. Spectra says:

    wow tottenham is done with 75 min to go. Down 3-0 and have looked just awful

  8. RK says:

    Congrats if you have any Inter players on your fantasy team…conversely, I hope you don’t have any from Spurs.

  9. Spectra says:

    Well Barcelona couldn’t put in the close ones so Messi just hits the corner from 20 yards instead

  10. the a team says:

    Goodbye Spurs.

  11. dinho says:

    anyone got a feed?

  12. Spectra says:

    EDU EDU EDU EDU EDU EDU EDU EDUEDU EDU EDU EDU EDU EDU EDU EDUEDU EDU EDU EDU EDU EDU EDU EDUEDU EDU EDU EDU EDU EDU EDU EDUEDU EDU EDU EDU EDU EDU EDU EDUEDU EDU EDU EDU EDU EDU EDU EDUEDU EDU EDU EDU EDU EDU EDU EDUEDU EDU EDU EDU EDU EDU EDU EDUEDU EDU EDU EDU EDU EDU EDU EDUEDU EDU EDU EDU EDU EDU EDU EDU.
    Header taken from corner over the keepers reach 1-0 RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. lneaton says:

    does anyone else get annoyed when people consistently ask for feeds?

  14. Frank says:

    It was a GREAT goal

  15. Gus says:

    Dude is just crushin it.

  16. RK says:

    Got a feed to what? There are quite a few games on.

  17. the a team says:

    Inter score ANOTHER.

    4-0 after 35 minutes.

  18. Mwing09 says:

    What a header! Didnt know Mo could jump that high

  19. Kevin_amold says:

    Did our friend Coulibaly show up to steal the show again?

  20. Spectra says:

    EDU with ana amazing shot volley off the post and miller opens an open net

  21. Spectra says:

    sorry misses an open net

  22. Spectra says:

    Best shot in a year from any USMNT player

  23. the a team says:

    Yeah… this is the guy that couldn’t get on the field for the USMNT.

  24. dinho says:

    United v Bursapor or the Barca game.

  25. Spectra says:

    I love Micheal Bradley more than most but it is really hard to start him when Edu and Jones are getting such important minutes in the highest echelon of soccer and both are playing so well lately.

  26. Frank says:

    That’s funny because I remember him starting both of our recent games (albeit one at CB). I’m willing to bet if he had played like this he would have stayed on the field against Colombia.

  27. Ufficio says:

    Can we play Edu at striker?

  28. the a team says:

    Two friendlies, and so far out of position that it’s laughable.

  29. Frank says:

    But you are confirming that he was on the field?

  30. the a team says:

    Which is why I used the word “couldn’t”. Which suggests a past event.

  31. golfstrom says:

    so that must’ve been another edu that played 3 games in the world cup and in the last 3 friendlies post-wc. i know, facts.

  32. Nick says:

    Coutinho (along with everyone else on Inter their mothers) DOMINATED Tottenham this half

  33. the a team says:

    Oh you mean when he was subbed on for second halves?

    Like that sort of playing time?

  34. away goals says:

    Poor phrasing from the op aside, edu’s club performances have surely earned him a look in the spot next to jones.

    Pointing to bradley’s past success in the cm isn’t good enough anymore now that jones is available, and edu and holden are both having solid seasons for clubs that are probably better than mogadanblech.

    Don’t think of me as bĂ­tching about bradley either. I think it’s great that we have this much talent in our pool. And if holden/edu don’t perform in cm for the nats, we could do a lot worse than MB.

  35. Spectra says:

    OH SUCK own goal from Edu

  36. Typical says:

    Don’t you think we should fire Bill Bradley?? Yeah, me too bro

  37. RK says:

    You don’t see MB do that.

  38. Kevin_Amold says:

    England-Did not play

    Slovenia-Subbed on at half

    Algeria-64 minutes

    Ghana-89 minutes (counting E.T.)

    198 minutes out of 370-50.7%. That’s pretty significant.

  39. Kevin_amold says:

    *390 minutes

  40. RK says:

    No facts here! Only kneejerk opinions.

  41. Barcafan says:

    You do not get much more unlucky than that.

  42. Spectra says:

    I’ve seen him give own goals before

  43. boris says:

    you also don’t see MB play in the champions league.. oops?

    maybe because he’s not talented enough to be on a top tier team….

  44. Nick says:

    Great comment if it is meant to be sarcastic about the sometimes uneducated overreactions fans often have(and this isn’t meant to be any attack on certain MNT supporters, fans are like this in every sport for every team).

  45. Frank says:

    Absolutely outrageous comment here. Move along people, nothing to see here.

  46. Jake says:

    I also wouldn’t call Rangers a top tier team

  47. Barcafan says:

    If his comment is outrageous, where was all of the interest for MB after the World Cup? There was none.

  48. 391834981234 says:

    Nice comment, you’re clearly not biased against Michael Bradley

  49. Spectra says:

    I know Rangers only tied Man u at Old Trafford and are tied 1-1 against Valencia.

  50. boris says:

    I’m only a realist.

    What big euro competitions does BM get into? Hardly any recently..

    Rangers on the other hand..

  51. golfstrom says:

    when MB kicks the ball around w/ the reserves it’s better training than playing half the teams in the scottish league. truth.

  52. 435uio2p345ui2pio423 says:

    Spurs are overrated, and their fans think they’re a Champions league/Top 4 team. This was a blip and nothing else.

  53. Spectra says:

    Everybody needs to realize that most of us like Micheal Bradley and think he’s a great player. But some of us are also saying that we have three great players for two spots. So shouldn’t those spots go to those in best form?

  54. Spectra says:

    And what about champions league?

  55. away goals says:

    “Significant” is somewhat relative here. If we agree that edu is much better in central midfield than clark, than we played 49.3% of the world cup with a sub-optimal lineup.

    Many would consider that a significant disadvantage.

  56. Kevin_Amold says:

    Others might consider tactical approaches as well, considering he was brought off for buddle during the algeria game, and on for Torres in the Slovenia game.

    I don’t understand your insistence. No one is saying Edu is no good, or shouldn’t be played. He’s not being ignored by Bradley, or fans. We like him. What gives?

    Also, over half the minutes is significant, considering the minutes that Holden, torres, Buddle, Gomez, Spector, and Goodson got. All are players that could still factor into the current team.

  57. away goals says:

    Second.

    I’d go so far as to say 4 great players for two spots. Holden.

    Some can be effective in other positions, but they’re at their best in central midfield.

  58. Freddy's Mom says:

    What bout Freddy he can play with anyone?

  59. pierre says:

    like MB against Columbia?

  60. Gacm32 says:

    Haha that has to be the stupidest comment I’ve seen today. Congrats sir, you win a cone-shaped hat.

  61. boris says:

    Thank you.

    Was it for my comment about BM not participating in premier Euro tournaments? Or my comment about MB not playing in premier Euro tournaments?

    Pray tell good sir

  62. jig says:

    umm edu plays in Scotland. For a team that is miles better than all of their opponents except for one. That is anything but the highest echelon of soccer.

  63. fischy says:

    FCK blew a great chance to tie BAR

  64. Gacm32 says:

    No, it was concerning your comment stating that MB was not talented enough to play on a “top tier” side. During the WC, announcers and commentators alike stated that he was one of the better players of the tournament and that they expected him to make a big move in the summer transfer window. If you’re being recognized as one of the better players during a World Cup that’s saying something.

  65. lneaton says:

    If you just started watching US soccer and you only saw the last two friendlies … what would you think about Michael Bradley? Those in form should play. Everyone should have to work for their spot on the field.

    What have you done for me lately?

  66. Barcafan says:

    I’m Spanish, and nothing of the sort came out of European media.

    Nobody cared about him after the World Cup ended. That is the true indication of his ability, and in what regard he is held.

  67. fischy says:

    BAR BAR One more and it’s a Jackpot.

  68. Barcafan says:

    Que golazo Messi!

  69. Joamiq says:

    Gareth Bale is becoming one of the best left wingers in the world.

  70. Gacm32 says:

    Well I’m an American, who was studying abroad in Germany this summer, and the German media was saying that they expected a move away from BM. It all depends on the country I guess, but I wouldn’t expect the Spanish press to care about an unproven American who doesn’t fit into the Spanish game.

  71. boris says:

    Gareth Bale is on another planet with his form right now

  72. Barcafan says:

    Gareth Bale just exploded.

  73. Mhat says:

    I’m an Inter fan and even I was cheering after that Gareth Bale hat trick. Absolutely unreal form

  74. away goals says:

    The frustration comes from knowing edu was on the bench while an inferior player (clark) was on the field for a significant amount of time.

    Arguing that bbradley was reluctant to use edu is certainly a defensible stance. He started against algeria only after performing well as a reserve against slovenia. Then was returned to the bench in a knockout match.

    In the last two friendlies, he was played once as a CB, then as a holding mid in a 4141. Meanwhile, MB and jones were grouped together for 180 minutes.

    The next time the full first team will play again is march. With no guarantee that we’ll ever see edu line up beside jones, I think edu fans have a legitimate complaint.

    For the record, Holden’s lack of minutes in SA were also frustrating. But without knowing where he was in his recovery from a broken leg, it’s tough to second guess.

  75. Karol says:

    Michael Bradley should move to Cluj or Hapoel Tel Aviv or some of the other top-tier teams in the Champions League. Sevilla would be a bad choice as they didn`t qualify against Braga.

  76. Ufficio says:

    Anyone watch Schalke? How did JJ do? I was too riveted by Rangers to switch over.

  77. Andy in Atlanta says:

    Man there is some serious pantie tugging going on… Ladies! Ladies! Ladies!

  78. clark kent says:

    Chill you guys. Every player plays good and goes on a run with great form and than suck with bad form. It happens. Bradley is 23 and a integral part of our team. Much criticism has passed from him being the coach’s son to basically “why does he play every minute of every game including meaningless friendlies?”

    2 years ago he was among the highest scoring players in the Dutch league on a mid table team playing as a CM. Not bad. yes of course many score loads of goals in the Eredivisie but not bad for an American. He also did good in the CC and played very well in the WC. He has a load of potential and could play for a big team, not Man U or Real Madrid but certaintly Valencia or Aston Villa or Schalke. Maybe not now but certaintly in time.

    Edu or Jones or Bradley. We have 4 years to decide.

  79. clark kent says:

    Gareth Bale just bought himself a ticket to Man U come January. How in the world does he get himself a hat trick against InterMilan?

  80. bla bla says:

    with which money?

    you don`t know u financial state do you

    and real united fans hate to be called as Man U

    you should know

  81. Kevin_Amold says:

    I am an Edu fan. I have no problem with Bradley and Jones holding down the middle.

    The only real complaint you have is that Bob started Clark against Ghana. Other than not tracking gerrard (which was pretty bad, don’t get me wrong), Clark wasn’t too bad against england.

    Those of us that watched the Slovenia match saw an Edu that struggled to get into the game at first. Poor passes almost constantly got us into trouble. He grew into the game and did well to score a legit goal at the end. His start against Algeria was decent. Nothing earth shattering, nothing catastrophic. Against Ghana, he was decent as well. Once again, nothing brilliant, but nothing shocking, from what I remember.

    He’ll get his shots. He’s certainly not hurting his cause with his play in Scotland.

  82. Kevin_amold says:

    Stop whining. You sound like a real baby.

  83. GW says:

    If I remember correctly Clark was trying to cover up for Gooch’s initial mistake on Gerrard’s goal.

    Clark did lose the ball in the Ghana game but it was at the center circle, Demerit saw the whole thing and failed to close down Boateng, even though he had time to do so and then Howard let in a debatably soft goal through poor positioning.

    I’m not a big Clark fan but blaming him entirely for those goals is a bit much.

    Also, I agree with you that Edu’s World Cup was largely unremarkable. The plaudits that he receives for what afer all was a disallowed goal are a bit over the top.

    I’m a big Edu fan but people should remember that the SPL is a very weak league and is ranked 16th by UEFA in Europe,(Bundesliga is #4 or 5 for you Jones and Bradley fans). I’d like to see him move to Spain, Germany or Italy.

    Jones and Bradley consistently face a much higher level of competition on a regular basis. The questioning of Bradley’s place, in particular, has more to do with his last name than anything else.

  84. Bedoya says:

    Columbia is the name of cities in Missouri and Maryland, just to name two.

    The US played a team representing the country of COLOMBIA the other night.

  85. GW says:

    You’re very optimistic.

    You’ve got one very good proven player (Jones)at the club level. His international record is yet to be determined.

    Then you’ve got one slighty above average club pro and average international in Bradley.

    Edu and Holden are unproven at the international level as they haven’t done anything remarkable yet.

    Edu is on track to becoming a star player at Rangers but plays in a very weak league. Playing Barca, Valencia and Man U. every once in a blue moon doesn’t really make up for that. Hopefuly starring at Rangers gets him a move to a more competitive league.

    Holden has played 9 or 10 games in the EPL and has done well but it’s way too early to anoint him , or any of these guys, as “great players”. Maybe they are great in comparison to Rico, Sacha, Robbie Rogers, Beckerman etc. but that means nothing outside the US.

  86. Spectra says:

    Schalke had a good first half and then in the second half they dominated. JJ played well but the show was all about Raul and Hunteleer.

  87. GW says:

    That depends on who you talk to.

    Harry Redknapp took Spurs out of their reserve leagues a year or two ago, preferring to loan out the guys he wanted to get PT. He felt the competition wasn’t very good. Too many injured vets working their way back at half speed; that sort of thing wasn’t providing enough real game atmosphere.

    What is true is that practices and competition in training is extremely serious in the Bundesliga and MB wouldn’t be playing as much as he does if he wasn’t consistently beating out some pretty good players.

    And before everyone mentions that BMG are near the bottom of the table, just realize that, at this writing,they are only 5 points below Bayern. Schalke ( Jones’ team),Cologne and Stuttgart are below BMG. There are a lot of pretty good players on all those teams.

  88. Alex Ferguson says:

    If you followed Wayne Rooney just since the World Cup would you endorse dropping 50 million pounds on that guy?

  89. away goals says:

    I agree with pretty much everything you just said gw. “Great” in the sense I used it was relative to the US pool both past and present.

    Anybody we have playing a key role for even a midtable epl/bundesliga team is likley a top national team player.

    I’m optimistic now that our unproven players are starting for bolton/rangers/schalke rather than chivas usa.

  90. GW says:

    “Don’t you think we should fire Bill Bradley?? ”

    His term as the Sneator from New Jersey ran outlong ago so you are too late to have a recall vote. And if you really meant the time he spent as a Knick forward well, sorry I can’t agree wtih you on that.