Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Four games remain in the English Premier League season and if Chelsea is going to have any chance of catching Manchester United atop the standings, the Blues will likely have to win every one of them.

The first of the four comes today in the form of a stiff test from London rival Tottenham, which is trying to do it's on catching up by closing the four-point gap behind Manchester City for fourth place. A tie or loss would likely be a crucial blow to either team's chances of catching their Manchester-based targets.

Saturday's schedule of action has plenty of intrigue, from Leeds United's dying quest to earn a League Championship playoff spot against fellow playoff contender Burnley, to Clint Dempsey's chance to build on his mid-week brace against Sunderland.

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

7:45am- Fox Soccer Plus- Leeds United vs. Burnley

9:30am- GolTV- Borussia Dortmund vs. Nurnberg

10am- FoxSoccer.tv- Blackpool vs. Stoke City

10am- ESPN2- Sunderland vs. Fulham

10am- Fox Soccer Channel- West Bromwich Albion vs. Aston Villa

10am- Fox Soccer Plus- Wigan vs. Everton

Noon- ESPN3.com- Real Madrid vs. Real Zaragoza

Noon- Fox Soccer Plus- AC Cesena vs. Inter Milan

12:30pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Chelsea vs. Tottenham

12:30pm- ESPN3.com- Bayern Munich vs. Schalke 04

1pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Lens vs. Lorient

1pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Lille vs. Arles

1pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Stade Rennes vs. Bordeaux

1pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Sochaux vs. Nancy

2pm- GolTV- Real Sociedad vs. Barcelona

2pm- Fox Soccer Plus- Blackpool vs. Stoke City (Delayed)

2:45pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Napoli vs. Genoa

3pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Paris St. Germain vs. Valenciennes

4pm- ESPN3.com- Deportivo La Coruna vs. Atletico Madrid

4pm- Direct Kick- Philadelphia Union vs. San Jose Earthquakes

4pm- GolTV- Sao Paulo vs. Santos (Delayed)

5pm- Fox Soccer Channel- AC Cesena vs. Inter Milan (Delayed)

7:20pm- GolTV- Envigado vs. Millonarios

7:30pm- MSG- New York Red Bulls vs. Sporting Kansas City

7:30pm- Direct Kick- Columbus Crew vs. Vancouver Whitecaps

8pm- Telemundo- Chivas Guadalajara vs. Monterrey

8pm- Galavision- Pachuca vs. Necaxa

9pm- Direct Kick- Colorado Rapids vs. Chicago Fire

9:45pm- Telefutura- San Luis vs. Cruz Azul

10pm- Direct Kick- Seattle Sounders vs. Toronto FC

10pm- Galavision- Atlante vs. Toluca

10:30pm- Direct Kick- Portland Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake

10:30pm- Direct Kick- Chivas USA vs. New England Revolution


 

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80 Responses to Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

  1. Predicto says:

    How about Cherundolo & Hannover 96 vs Borussia M’gladbach in match to keep Hannover in 3rd in the Bundesliga.

  2. Predicto says:

    Buddle starts 2nd half in FC Ingolstadt 04 vs FC Erzgebirge Aue. Not getting many touches though.

  3. Der_Amerikanische_Kaiserr says:

    Predicto: A little birdy is telling me that Hannover will NOT have a problem with BMG. Although, as a Bayern fan, I hope that the best they can pull off is a draw (only because of Dolo).

  4. Jeff says:

    Lichaj involved in a bit of a dustup in the Leeds-Burnley game as a high boot to the back of a teammate angered a couple of Leeds players (including Lichaj) who began the big shoving and shouting match pretty much between the full sides as ref looked on. Yellow carded.

  5. Dr.MonkeyArmy says:

    It appears as though Bradley is back on the bench today. Also, it appears that Dempsey is getting some much deserved rest today, as he is not in the 18.

  6. JC says:

    I’m hoping Hannover don’t think BMG will be a cake walk. They are fighting for their league lives and did beat the league leaders last week.

  7. Predicto says:

    Saw a skysports story on Villa and Bradley – link to skysports.com

  8. Jeff says:

    Bradley Watch: Michael Bradley has found his way back to the bench this week as they take on West Brom. Could some time on the pitch finally be in the cards today?

    An illuminating piece on Bradley’s possible future at Villa answers many of the questions and puts to rest much of the speculation that has occurred on these boards regarding his relationship with Houllier as well as his training ground form.

    link to expressandstar.com

  9. Tom says:

    Adu scored.

    When is West Ham playing?

  10. JC says:

    West Ham plays tomorrow @ 11 against Man City

  11. JG13 says:

    Fulham on ESPN… but no Deuce (hammy).

  12. Citronomics says:

    Got a link for Adu’s score?

  13. Citronomics says:

    What a crap pass by Gudjohsen to flub a breakaway chance by Fulham.

  14. Tom says:

    Not yet, but it sounded like a straightforward finish.

  15. Missoula says:

    Finally a chance to watch Fulham on TV, and Dempsey not in the 18. Sad day.

  16. Turgid Jacobian says:

    yeah he balled that one up but good.

  17. Jack says:

    Just read the Sky article on Bradley.

    I don’t think even the assistant manager believes what he is saying. Through all the responses, he just continues on about Bradley’s attitude and how much he acts like a professional, and then just slips in a “oh yeah, he’s a good player.”

    Attitude doesn’t get you onto the pitch. Skill does.

  18. Jason says:

    I’m not even sure McAllister knows who he’s talking about as he states this about MB, “he is captain of his country, don’t forget”

  19. Citronomics says:

    Tough day for Yanks in Bundesliga. Hannover lose to BMG, which by virtue of winning and Frankfurt’s loss jumps them ahead on points in the relegation battle.

  20. 20 says:

    Fulham domination at Sunderland

  21. Jack says:

    Wonder where that came from…

  22. Jack says:

    “We are aware of these things. There are three or four players who we feel that if we have got ourselves into a better position earlier in the season then certain people would get more game time.

    “But we’re still very much aware that we need to keep this run going and, when a team does well, you don’t want to be making big changes or changing things for the sake of it.”

    From those quotes, you can all but surmise that Bradley will not be returning. No matter what this assistant coach wants to believe. He can say everything he wants about Bradley being a professional person, but at the end of the day they clearly don’t believe he’s good enough to play and be worth anything to the squad. He even admits that.

  23. Der_Amerikanische_Kasier says:

    Clark went off in the 20th minute with a claf injury.

    In other BL news, Hannover loses to BMG giving Bayern hope for the 3rd CL spot. Dortmund wins und ist Meister!

  24. mbw says:

    McAllister said “he has captained his country” — which he has, in the closing minutes against Brazil last August. But I agree that all these nice words will mean something when he gets on the pitch.

  25. Jack says:

    Yeah.

    It’s all fluff. This sounds similar to participation speeches I gave about all the bench players on the kids team I coached.

    “They had a great attitude… were really showing progress… should come back for next year… etc, etc.”

  26. frank says:

    if MB stays at Villa you’ll see a lot of him next year….they have a lot of skilled experienced players in MF and I suspect a few of them wont be there next year…think of this spring as an extended audition…

  27. GSScasual says:

    Rest? hes a footballer, he should be playing…

  28. Jack says:

    The team is currently sitting near the bottom of the midtable. If Bradley cannot make the bench consistently right now, why would he suddenly become a starter next year? Villa will bring in midfielders during the transfer window.

  29. torporindy says:

    Usually, they think it is Donovan. Few foreigners (maybe outside of France) seem to realize that it is Bocanegra.

  30. ManicMessiah says:

    Tottenham vs Chelsea about to start. Should be a brilliant game, both teams need to win.

  31. Judging Amy says:

    “they clearly don’t believe he’s good enough to play and be worth anything to the squad. He even admits that.”

    How did you infer that from the article? Serious question.

  32. CupOfJoe says:

    Danny Williams played at LB for Freiburg

  33. Turgid Jacobian says:

    You sound like a real peach.

  34. ManicMessiah says:

    Drogba hit nailed a looong free kick off the crossbar. Gomes probably had it covered to be fair, and may have touched it. Good save if he did.

  35. Jack says:

    The season as a whole…

    And he said that the only way Bradley would play is if the team was in a position where results were not as important.

    That doesn’t even require an inference.

  36. Dr.MonkeyArmy says:

    Sight of the day: Sandro is celebrating his first ever EPL goal and Redknapp is giving him hell for getting too far forward. Brilliant.

  37. ManicMessiah says:

    Brilliant strike from Sandro! Well outside the 18, High to the keeper’s right, Cech got to it but couldn’t deflect it away. 1-0 Tottenham.

  38. Jeff says:

    Or it could be that he is saying they are not in a position table-wise to take chances with a player they think has potential to be good for them, but who is not an established and proven part of their team dynamic.

  39. GW says:

    “they clearly don’t believe he’s good enough to play and be worth anything to the squad. He even admits that.”

    Well thank you for the link but I don’t see how you got that from the article.

    McAllister’s statement could have been written for him by a lawyer. It was clearly worded to reassure everyone and not offend anyone.

    Your interpretation says more about how you feel about it that they do. In other words, they want to keep all their options open.

  40. Judging Amy says:

    Fair enough.

    Although, what I took from Mcallister’s statement was that these 3 or 4 guys might be able to contribute to the team but because of Villa’s crap season, the coaches couldn’t risk them not panning out. Thats not the same as “we think these players suck”.

    Your point about the whole season is a good one though. If MB was valued enough to have a future at AV you’d think they’d give him more time than he’s gotten.

  41. RSD says:

    About time for goal line technology…that was a horrible decision.

  42. Dr.MonkeyArmy says:

    Gomes strikes again…ball wasn’t over the line but what was Gomes doing!!!

  43. ManicMessiah says:

    Gomes let’s another ball slip through his legs, he stops the ball before it crosses the line (barely), but the goal is given eventually, and wrongly.

    If only there was a way we could have reviewed this decision…

  44. GW says:

    You’re reading way too much into it.

    Every player takes a different amount of time to acclimate.

    It could be Villa think MB will be much better next year now that he has had time to acclimate. In comparative terms Bradley is young and cheap and perhaps they see him as a good investment for next year.

    Or it could be they think he is crap in which case why bother saying anything? If he has no possibilty of a future with Villa they wouldn’t bother with this charade.

    What this is all about is Houllier’s health.

    Until his status going forward is determined, they want to keep all options open.

  45. Eric says:

    Tim Howard to Tottenham?

  46. WhiteHart says:

    What a joke..

    Terrible mistake by Gomes, but its even more terrible that the title race and champions league race will be decided by something that could so easily be reviewed..

    The excuse that “human error” is part of the game disgusts me..

  47. Brent McD says:

    Gomes pulls a Robert Green. But was the ball really all the way across the line. We need Goal Line Technology! FIFA are you listening??!?

  48. Jack says:

    I’m a bit confused now…

    Tottenham players are rabidly surrounding the official and not a single person on here is condemning them.

    Wait? What is that you say? It’s only a problem when Barcelona does it?

  49. ManicMessiah says:

    1. Tottenham aren’t trying to claim some moral high ground in regards to how football is played and how the club is run.

    2. They haven’t done this every time the ref’s blown his whistle.

    3. The linesman got this call very wrong, and wasn’t in position to make the call in the first place.

  50. WhiteHart says:

    Did you see the mistake?

    It’s one thing to harass the ref to get a card, but when the ref blows it..

  51. fischy says:

    Personally, I think the whole of the ball over the line is an impossible standard to judge, unless you’re situated beyond the goal line..and even then, it would be tough.. If there is green showing — if the bottom of the ball has rolled beyond the line and the ref can see green between the ball and the goal line, he’d have to give the goal every time.

  52. Spectra says:

    No Barcelona can complain all they want its Real that people get pissed about

  53. RevsEric says:

    Someone’s a little sensative.

  54. Jack says:

    It doesn’t matter what the reason.

    How is now defensible? Oh, it’s your team now so it’s justifiable?

    The general hypocrisy on this board is astounding.

  55. GW says:

    Looked into that article a little more and found out that your article did not quote everything McAllister said:

    Try this one and pay particular attention to the comments fromthe fans:

    link to birminghammail.net

    The McAllister quotes your article missed:

    “It’s true that it has been hard to play him in the situation we have been in at a time when we have had senior experienced players available.

    “That is purely all that has held him back, nothing else, because his attitude has been top drawer.

    “He is a fantastic professional for such a young guy – he is captain of his country, don’t forget, and he is a top player.

    “He has done enough on the training ground to suggest there might be something come the end of the season because he is an honest, hard-working guy as well as a good player.”

    McAllister believes Bradley still has the potential to be a goalscoring midfield hero at Villa depending on how the other summer midfield business pans out.

    Villa must also resolve the future of Nigel Reo-Coker, who is out of contract at the end of the season, and Robert Pires, whose short-term deal expires at the end of next month.

    “Michael has definitely got a goal in him and is someone who can take responsibility of shooting from distance,” added McAllister.

    “I think Stiliyan Petrov was a player who did that during his seasons at Celtic and we’ve seen it a little bit here at Villa that he is capable of scoring from distance.

    “Before Stiliyan the last guy who could do it was probably Thomas Hitzlsperger.

    “But Michael is not shy about taking responsibility of having a pop from 20 or 25 yards out.”

    Now why bother to compare MB to “The Hammer” if the decision has already been made to cut the guy loose?

  56. Jack says:

    Pointing out hypocrisy does not make me sensitive. In fact, I am merely pointing out sensitivity.

  57. Chris D. says:

    That’s not a penalty because the ref knew he owed ‘Spurs a break.. Mind you, if it was still 1-0, that WOULD have been given as a penalty. Good call by the ref.

  58. Chris D. says:

    Why is Modric on wing and Bale in the middle? That seems very backwards to me…

  59. This Guy says:

    Thanks for the link

  60. NK says:

    The one in the world cup was pretty obvious though…

  61. Travis says:

    Arsenal fan here so I naturally hate Spurs but what they are doing is hardly like what Barca did, come on now. They arent begging for a yellow after every touch, they are only asking the ref to not cost them points. It is not even remotely the same, stop being so sensitive about people calling out your beloved Barca

  62. Travis says:

    Spurs get screwed twice this game, both goals should not have been goals. Kalou was off and the ball was not over the line

  63. Jack says:

    Why does Chelsea even bother having forwards, the midfield scores pretty much takes every shot and scores their goals.

  64. Jack says:

    “the midfield pretty much takes…”

  65. WhiteHart says:

    +1

  66. Travis says:

    I am an Arsenal fan so I dislike them but do not like to see refs rob teams either

  67. 20 says:

    He’s injured..

  68. 20 says:

    did he play well?

  69. canchon says:

    But wait, I thought that if I am not a fan of Barca I need to turn in my soccer fan card. At least that’s what professor Xavi says.

  70. Adicts says:

    Real Madrid loses at home to a Zaragoza team fighting relegation, while Ronaldo watched from the stands.

    Thanks Mou. Are you going to blame the ref again?

  71. canchon says:

    Sure, both goals shouldn’t have counted, but Chelsea keeps the PL race open for another week. Now if Arsenal can win tomorrow it’s game on for the PL title. Knowing Arsenal they’ll be winning 1-0 and then let up an own goal to tie in the 89th minute and then their goalie will spill the ball straight to the feet of Chicharito in the 3rd minute of stoppage time to give Utd the victory tomorrow.

  72. Isaac says:

    It’s late in the season. Ronaldo’s injury prone. Is it really so ridiculous for him to rest a few players, let alone one?

    Bugger off.

  73. Adrian says:

    Somehow this doesn’t seem as ironic as it should be.

    Barcelona loses after having a completely legitimate goal disallowed and a pretty shoddy penalty given.

  74. StevenG says:

    “Bugger off” lol. I hope you’re British.

  75. ... says:

    Gee, the San Jose/Philly game is certainly friendly.

  76. Robert Green says:

    Gomes has learned from the best

  77. Dr.MonkeyArmy says:

    Just got done watch San Jose/Philly…what an absolutely terrible match. First of all, the officiating was terrible yet again. Suspect red and a suspect penalty and several other bizarre and missed calls. Secondly, I am tired of Carlos Ruiz. He spends 3/4 of the match flopping around and whining. Hey, Peter Novak he isn’t good anymore. Play Mwanga. I don’t care if he has a whopping two goals this year, he doesn’t bring anything to the table outside of annoying the opposing team. I’d rather watch Stoke play pre Owen Coyle Bolton squads than watch another match like that. I’m not a believer in the “total football” nonsense, but please try not to turn the matches into a North Broad St. gang fight.

  78. RS says:

    I am not a fan of either team but this is not even close to the same thing. It is comical to try and compare the two.

    The Barca Champions League match was impossible to watch (except for Messi’s magical runs of course.) Every second someone is grabbing their face or yelling at the ref to give a card. The match was a complete and total embarrassment and it was obvious to anybody that didn’t have their “Barca Blinders” on.

  79. MesaATLien says:

    Okay! Link to stream for New York/Kansas City…whose got it?!?

  80. Jeff says:

    Tottenham got screwed for sure, but I don’t think it’s right to say it decided the race for the Champions League spot. Tottenham was already behind the eight ball before this result, with a game against Liverpool and an away tilt at City still to come and down four points. That said, this is at least one nail in their coffin.