Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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AC Milan has been riding high atop Serie A for most of the regular season, but can finally officially lift the Scudetto today with a win against AS Roma.

Milan is seven points clear of second-place Inter Milan, meaning a win or Inter Milan tie or loss will snap Inter's streak of five straight Serie A titles. Even a Milan draw could be enough to give the club its first title since 2004.

In England, Tim Howard and Everton will look to knock off Manchester City for the second time this season, which would keep City from clinching a UEFA Champions League berth.

If you will be watching either these matches, or any of the other soccer action on TV today, 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- Queens Park Rangers vs. Leeds

9:30am- ESPN3.com- St. Pauli vs. Bayern Munich

9:30am- GolTV- Werder Bremen vs. Borussia Dortmund

9:30am- ESPN3.com- Schalke 04 vs. Mainz 05

10am- Fox Soccer Channel- Everton vs. Manchester City

10am- Fox Soccer Plus- Aston Villa vs. Wigan Athletic

10am- FoxSoccer.tv- Bolton vs. Sunderland

10am- FoxSoccer.tv- Newcastle vs. Birmingham City

10am- ESPN2- West Ham United vs. Blackburn

Noon- DirecTV- Getafe vs. Almeria

Noon- GolTV- Valencia vs. Real Sociedad

Noon- DirecTV- Sporting Gijon vs. Deportivo La Coruna

Noon- ESPN3.com- Hercules vs. Racing Santander

Noon- Fox Soccer Plus- Palermo vs. AS Bari

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

1pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Arles vs. St. Etienne

1pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Auxerre vs. Montpellier

1pmFoxSoccer.tv- Bordeaux vs. Sochaux

1pmFoxSoccer.tv- Brest vs. Nice

1pmFoxSoccer.tv- Caen vs. Lens

1pmFoxSoccer.tv- Monaco vs. Paris St. Germain

1pmFoxSoccer.tv- Lorient vs. Toulouse

2pm- GolTV- Atletico Madrid vs. Malaga

2:45pm- Fox Soccer Channel- AS Roma vs. AC Milan

2:55pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Nancy vs. Lille

4pm- GolTV- Sevilla vs. Real Madrid

4pm- Telefutura- Real Salt Lake vs. Chivas USA

4pm- Fox Soccer Plus- Bolton vs. Sunderland (Delayed)

5pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Newcastle vs. Birmingham  (Delayed)

7pm- Direct Kick- Toronto FC vs. Houston Dynamo

7:20pm- GolTV- Deportivo Cali vs. America de Cali

7:30pm- Direct Kick- New England Revolution vs. Colorado Rapids

7:30pm- Direct Kick- D.C. United vs. FC Dallas

7:30pm- Direct Kick- Columbus Crew vs. Seattle Sounders

8pm- Telemundo- Tigres UANL vs. Chivas Guadalajara

8:30pm- Direct Kick- Chicago Fire vs. Vancouver Whitecaps

9:30pm- GolTV- Deportes Tolima vs. Nacional de Medellin

10pm- Telefutura- Atlante vs. Cruz Azul

11pm- ESPN2- Los Angeles Galaxy vs. New York Red Bulls

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123 Responses to Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

  1. Beckster says:

    Specs starting again in what could be one of the last times we see the Hammers on TV.

  2. RedLine55 says:

    right up against Jermaine Jones, no less. Should be an exciting affair. I wish WHU weren’t in this position, but I love the relegation battle every year in general. So much on the line!

  3. Brian says:

    I’m sure we can watch them on occasion with the weekly Championship matches on FSP

  4. Der_Amerikanische_Kaiser says:

    Auf gehts Bayern! Stern des Sudens!

  5. Marco says:

    With the season in Europe coming to an end, I’m in soccer overload, I’m watching a bunch of games today and reading Steven Cohen’s kindle book in between… it’s soccer heaven! I hope I still have something left in the tank for the MLS late game tonight.

  6. Ian says:

    Timmy Chandler just earned a free kick that lead to a goal for Nurnberg!

  7. RedLine55 says:

    My god the Hammers defense is terrrrrible. 1-0 Blackburn. Jones with the build-up credit and the hockey assist.

  8. Der_Amerikanische_Kaiser says:

    Matthew Taylor with two goals and an assist in RWA 4-3 win vs. RWE. Way to go Matthew with your 17th goal in 26 appearances, and rising to 3rd in 3.BL scoring.

  9. beckster says:

    So far in the battle of the American midfielders I’d say that Jones is having more of an impact than Spector. West Ham just looks overwhelmed.

  10. JG13 says:

    Agreed. Could easily be at least 2-0 by now.

    Nice job on the build up by Jones to keep his feet for the advantage call, gain his composure and continue the attack (versus going down there for an innocuous free kick).

  11. MSNats says:

    Hopefully he’ll earn a move to a bigger club in the offseason and attract some NT interest.

  12. Citronomics says:

    What interest in Taylor is there from higher level clubs in Bundesliga 2 (or maybe Bundesliga premier) given his scoring exploits?

  13. RedLine55 says:

    no doubt, I like to see that. You can tell he didn’t want that foul to be called, ha… he knew something nice was coming.

  14. DGS says:

    Reading that Edu got a yellow for getting into a scuffle after one of his teammates got taken out by a red card tackle…anybody see it?

  15. OmarVizquel says:

    An honest question: are you related to Taylor?

  16. JG13 says:

    True, though that doesn’t mean Spector is playing poorly: just that Blackburn’s defense has been FAR more organized than West Ham’s.

  17. Beckster says:

    Agreed. Spector has had some nice passes but Blackburn far more effective in controlling the midfield. Hammers had an encouraging 6 or 7 minutes at the end of the half. Hopefully they can keep that going.

  18. kev says:

    If WH gets relegated, Spector might stay with them. He’d be sure to remain a starter but then again he could just as well head to Germany.

  19. Der_Amerikanische_Kaiser says:

    @ Citro: Understand SC Paderborn, but also interest from Euntracht Frankfurt.

    @ Omar: Heck no. You’re the seond to ask that question. Saw him play and met him briefly when I was stationed/played in Germany. At the time, he played for TuS Koblenz. I know talent when I see it. he has an eye for goal, knows how to put himself in goal-scoring positions, and is a very good distributor of the ball. I do know this – Taylor is heads and heels above Gomez in Mexico and as hot as he is, deserves at least an invite to camp.

  20. kev says:

    He just signed with a 2nd Bundesliga club. Hopefully he finds his niche there and scores a load of goals.

    I doubt he’ll get any NT call-ups. He’s 30 already. But it’s good to know we have some quality stars abroad that aren’t involved with the NT.

  21. NATO says:

    link to bigsoccer.com

    in case anyone is interested in how much our boys are making abroad? No wonder Findley and Kljestan went abroad. They’re payed like 5-8times what they were making in MLS.

  22. yikes says:

    Well for the Gold Cup, we have several options:

    Altidore, Agudelo, Bunbury, Gomez, Buddle

    I doubt Taylor has a chance. But congrats on him moving to the 2nd Bundesliga

  23. Nick says:

    Spector just went close with a left footer that just didnt curl enough to sneak in the far post

  24. Citronomics says:

    Thanks. Agreed that it’s great to see a YA finding success (I believe after a few years in MLS and then maybe an amateur level club).

  25. Beckster says:

    I think either league would work for him. If he is to stay a midfielder, playing week in and week out in the Championship would certainly allow him to learn that position. He could also be a fine fullback in that league. The EPL is a tough place to figure out a new role and he struggled with the pace when he was in defense.

  26. Beckster says:

    Spector has been moved to right back.

  27. Isaac says:

    Jones with a few good stepovers, but the cross is knocked away.

  28. JG13 says:

    Given the situation, I understood that move but I’ve got to say that I like him better in the midfield.

  29. Beckster says:

    Well he did fine but it was the last 30 minutes of the game and Blackburn didn’t have much speed going forward.

  30. Nick says:

    Let’s say goodbye to West Ham in the Premier League for a few years. Also, what a beautiful comeback for Everton.

  31. Der_Amerikanische_Kaiser says:

    Anyone but Gomez. If BB were to apply the same logic he used for including Gomez to the WC squad, he would be wise to consider giving Taylor a look. Buddle has played well, when not injured, and has only two goals in 13 macthes with FC Ingolstadt, but Taylor is HOT.

  32. beachbum says:

    fun second halves of both games. west Ham had 3 great chances in the last 4 minutes. Jones looked absolutely gassed down the stretch

    how about that Osman header? wow

  33. StevenG says:

    Are you still harping on about calling up a third division striker? lol give it a break man. It ain’t happening. And lol @ comparing Gomez’s goal streak to Taylor’s. I’m pretty sure the Mexican league is better than the German third division.

  34. MC Pharaoh says:

    theres no reason for Buddle to be considered if Matthew Taylor is playing better in Bundesliga 2 atm… I dont want either to be considered, but that analysis doesnt make sence if Taylor is technically more of a success in that league atm & on better form

  35. MC Pharaoh says:

    Klestan is making around 4 times what he was & Findley 5 or 6 times… Neither were playing well enough for DP salaries in MLS so thats why they made the jump. If Kljestan was playing at his best form his last season he might of been offered a DP contract and stayed.

  36. 8bitjeff says:

    Wow, I remember him from way back. I think he was on Chivas USA and couldn’t find the back of the net (plus he had serious 80′s soccer hair in like 2002). In any case, I have wondered what happened to him, and you are right, it is good to see a YA doing well no matter his age or prospects for a call-up.

  37. Matt S says:

    Predictions for the three to go down now in the EPL?

    I’m going with Wolves, Wigan, West Ham

  38. yikes says:

    Makes sense except Taylor has scored those goals in the 3rd Bundesliga. Semi-pro but I’m unsure. He will however be playing in the 2 Bundesliga in the fall.

  39. yikes says:

    Wolves, Wigan and Blackpool. WH will find a way out

  40. JG13 says:

    I’m just saying that he looks more comfortable going forward than he does defending.

  41. DGS says:

    Spurs/Blackpool is an entertaining affair early. Spurs and Blackpool have made a few chances.

    Come on you Tangerines!

  42. DGS says:

    No Jozy today…

    Bursaspor/Bestikas abandoned due to fan violence in streets outside of stadium.

    Jozy’s latest Twitter comment: “Speechless…”

    Seems to be some updates here: link to twitter.com

  43. imam baildi says:

    new yorker recently had a story about besiktas hooligans and it mentioned the history of bad blood between besiktas and bursasport.

  44. Ratones verdes says:

    two goals by Gio dos Santos for Racing Santander in first half vs Hercules (now on Espn Deportes). He now has 5 on the Liga BBVA season. Wonder if we will see him in the Gold Cup. He was MVP of the JV Gold Cup 2 years ago. Still has a perm, ha ha.

  45. yikes says:

    Good to see Cherundolo making some good money even at a small club and relegation fodder team like Hannover. If they make the CL, i can see him getting a big bonus

  46. beachbum says:

    Bale jsut clobbered, again, and carted off…horrible

  47. beachbum says:

    could see Red any minute now for any number of Blackpool players

  48. Der_Amerikanische_Kaiser says:

    LOL @ comparing Gomez to anything. He had a lucky year last year and didn’t do a darn thing in MLS prior to that. That said, there sure are a ton of European players flocking to thriving Mexican league and MLS to improve their skills. If Mexico and MLS are better, why aren’t those players coming to top of the line teams at younger ages (not over 40) in NA..LOL!!!

    You guys crack me up..LOL! Try looking beyond the forest through the trees and call me after our strikers put 1-2 goals in the nets during the Gold Cup…baahahaaa.

  49. Comedy Gold says:

    Gomez truly is Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde

  50. StevenG says:

    LOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!! Gomez!!!!!! Is this guy for real?! rofl!

  51. Jon says:

    Gomes taketh away, Gomes giveth. LOL.

  52. StevenG says:

    LOL Gomez single handily made that game worth watching.

  53. StevenG says:

    Really? Name one person over 40 playing in MLS. And there are good young, foreign players coming into the league. FCD’s Fabian Castillo, Chicago’s Nazarith, and Timber’s Diego Chara are all good young players with potential. Not to mention Americans like Agudelo, Salgado, and Ream. And its apparent you don’t know s**t about the Mexican league. The transfer value of the last Mexican champion team was some 60 million and there are some great SA in the league as well. Humberto Sauzo for example.

  54. Brian says:

    He’ll definitely be there. He was good for Mexico in the World Cup

  55. Red White & Blue Porker says:

    Not bad for a half season loan, am sure if he was in a team with better service he’d have twice as many goals. With this we can all agree that Jozy and Adu are officially a bust.

  56. ec says:

    BTW, those of you looking to watch MLS later, mlsnet.com is doing a free weekend of their live streaming function. Much better quality than pirate feeds.

  57. Brian says:

    As long as Borussia Moenchengladbach win against Hamburg next weekend they’ll be assured of at least holding onto the 16th spot in the Bundesliga table (1st relegation spot) which means they have a chance of staying up if they can beat the 3rd placed Bundesliga 2 team (currently VfL Bochum).

    A win and VfL Wolfsburg loss/draw (or a draw and and Wolfsburg loss) means they grab hold of the 15th spot and are safe from relegation.

    Ricardo Clark’s Eintracht Frankfurt are only a point behind ‘gladbach.

    If ‘gladbach can stay up I wouldn’t be surprised to see Michael Bradley return next season.

  58. simms21 says:

    I think Morales just got his leg snapped in half….

  59. ec says:

    Oh sh!t, Morales is down for RSL. Ugly, ugly tackle from behind and his foot came out at weird angle. I think that’s a real injury. Hate when the most talented players get hurt.

  60. Jason B says:

    Another sickening injury for an MLS player, this time it Javi Morales with what looks like a broken ankle. Ouch…

  61. ec says:

    Sucks for MLS if 2 top MVP candidates now have broken ankles.

  62. g-dub says:

    Yep. He just got Mullaned. Another talented attacking player cut down.

  63. RSL says:

    F*** this man. that was such a clumsy bullsh** tackle on Javi. there goes our season. This is really getting stupid. The play in MLS has got to change.

  64. Brian says:

    Who got him?

  65. Jason B says:

    Marcos Mondaini. He was given a yellow card. Chivas is already playing down a man in the first half.

  66. Big Chil says:

    That should warrant a suspension for Mondaini.

  67. Didier Deschamps says:

    dislocated ankle, and mondaini must have felt it when he sat on his ankle…nasty tackle.
    MLS -3

    thats 2 reds in the first half of this game

  68. ec says:

    Very curious how long the suspension will be. Not nearly as offensive as Mullan, who did a retaliation tackle. This was just dumb from behind and dangerous, the work of a hack, not a malicious hot-head.

  69. Jason B says:

    Well, if any team can weather an injury like that RSL would be the team. Lots of depth on that roster. But it will still hurt.

  70. Jason B says:

    Correction, red card.

  71. g-dub says:

    Not as greusome as Mullan’s tackle. But it was clearly a desparate lunge in from behind after he was beaten. He kind of kind of lunged and landed on Morales’ back leg.

  72. Jason B says:

    If its dislocated as opposed to broken, he should be back sooner, right?

  73. slr says:

    If there was any doubt that MLS refs are the worst in the world (outside of Panama), the injury to Morales proves it. The ref lost control of this game in the first 10 minutes, and Morales is the one to pay for it.

  74. RSLfan says:

    its rare for a dislocation of the ankle to occur without a fracture (I’m not a doctor just looked info on dislocations real quick hoping and praying that was the injury)

  75. g-dub says:

    Well the ref did give a soft red earlier so he was making an effort to control. However, I think MLS is paying for a buildup of years of deliberately allowing for a physical style in the league.

  76. adub says:

    MLS needs to stop this kind of play… mondaini and mullan need to be made examples… 3 of the best players in MLS are out for the season, Ferreira, Zakuaini, and now javi morales

  77. Brian says:

    I’m not trying to put this on Fraser, but don’t you think he would tell his players to chill the eff out?

  78. beachbum says:

    should have seen Blackpool this morning…crazy tackles everywhere.

    time to make examples out of guys and make it stop. harsh realities need harsh remedies

  79. Dizzo says:

    Javi is the engine that runs RSLs midfield. That’s a huge loss.

  80. Dizzo says:

    That sucks for everyone. Those are three of my favorite players to watch. Probably for most fans as well.

  81. Shark says:

    As an RSL fan that is sicknening….that ref has called an horrendous game and Chivas way way to physical….dirty team…

    RSL radio announcer just said broken ankle…

    I’m tired of seeing talented playmakers get cut down like that in this league…its got to stop…

    Suspension should be at least as much as Mullen if not more as the message doesn’t seem to be getting through….

  82. g-dub says:

    I agree. The league now has some resources to compete globally for talented attacking players. But a reputation as an overly physical league from repeated injuries like this hurts the league’s competitiveness. After injuries like this some skilled players might avoid MLS.

  83. readte12 says:

    Thta was pretty nasty. Argentine on Argentine crime right there. I would hope that warrants another hefty suspension as it was pretty un called for and reckless. Hell, it wasn’t even a professional tackle. Mondaini just dove out and sat on Morales’ ankle. So let me get this straight:

    -Ferreira (reigning MVP)
    -Morales (among MVP runners up for the last 3 years)
    -Zakuani (pretty damn good too)

    Who’s next?

  84. Shark says:

    Update:

    On the RSL radio broadcast….Morales ankle is completly seperated from his leg…much like Eduardo…taken to Salt Lake Regional Medical Center….not good at all….:(:(

  85. ShaggyReAL says:

    No, he gave a second yellow that was warranted. He should have given a red earlier for the take down of Saborio while he was one on one with the goalie.

  86. ec says:

    Not even close to the same nastiness as Mullan. 6 gamer to me.

  87. Shark says:

    It is on him…especially when you have two red cards in 40 minutes and a team playing with no discipline/thuggery at all and then an horrendous injury because of that…

  88. Shark says:

    You have no clue…Morales ankle is completly seperated from his leg…much like Eduardo…If thats not nasty then what is?

    Glad your not the one handing out suspensions…

  89. readte12 says:

    It WAS nasty. Take it from a viewer.

  90. Brian says:

    Jesus. That sounds terrible.

  91. readte12 says:

    That is what scares me the most

  92. These aren’t 10 year old kids. Unless he literally told the players to go break legs, a player is responsible for his own actions. Don’t make excuses for a guy who lost his head and made an incredibly stupid tackle.

  93. Brian says:

    mlssoccer.com has a clip of the tackle up. Doesn’t show a whole lot though. Cuts off right as Morales falls to the ground.

  94. RSL says:

    Exactly. Beckerman is also important as we saw in the CONCA final, but Javi is the engine. the team’s dynamic is totally altered now.

  95. Dizzo says:

    No good. Anyone know if Salt Lake Medical is good with these kinds of injuries?

  96. You offer a player a nice fat paycheck for a team he wants to play for and he’s going to turn it down because a couple guys in the league got hurt? People get hurt in every league, and in the end it’s the money and opportunity that matter.

  97. Michael says:

    You don’t give suspensions or punishment because of the result of an injury. You give out the same suspension whether an injury occurs or not. Mullan deserved a big suspension because his was nasty, reckless, and more importantly a retaliation because he felt he was fouled on the play before. When he didnt get the call he wanted, he went after the closet guy to the ball- which happened to be Zakuani. Then went on to show no remorse whatsoever afterwards by saying he would have done that tackle again.

    The difference here is Mondiani got a red card because Morales was injured, he was originally given a yellow, but the ref saw the injury and changed his mind. That is not right to do. Secondly, Mondiani was incredibly sorry and remorseful the second it happened. Lets not lose our composure here kids on the message board. Think logically!

    Let me ask you this, would u be asking for the same suspension if Morales wasnt hurt?? I am sure probably not. The people on here saying he should be suspended longer then Mullan just need to relax. Stop being such knee jerk reactionary psychos. It is brutal what happened to Morales and sucks for our league but lets just everyone breathe here.

  98. Mondaini won’t have much work for a while.

    Lock your doors folks.

  99. g-dub says:

    Sure. But different leagues are offering similar money and competing for players with slim margins. It could be one of many deciding factors.

  100. Shark says:

    Yes a great hospital….been their a few times…used to bad ski and snowboard accidents…

  101. ec says:

    Exactly. There is a ton of luck involved in what kind and how bad the injury is, or if the dangerous play even results in injury.

    But the best reason for a longer suspension is that I’m now scared to watch MLS. I was also watching the Zakuani game live, and I’m traumatized.

  102. If Morales came out without a scratch it should still be a severe suspension. The idiotic tackle is the offense, not the injury that it creates, and that’s what needs to be removed from the game.

  103. RSLfan says:

    intent counts though mullan seemed to have intent, the result of both though were awful and i’d say six games is fair.

  104. I bet artificial turf and cold weather are still bigger factors. Both probably contribute more to injuries too.

  105. Shark says:

    I’m sure he is sorry…but that doesn’t cut it after what he did…could have ended Morales carrer…

    We all agree this ref is horrible…should have been a straight red from the get-go….regardless of injury…horrible tackle from behind….he blew it however, he at least made it right…injury or not….

    The suspension is based on the injury (as it is in the NHL etc.)…just as it was in Seattle…as it should be…had he not broken any bones it would still have been a red in my opinion….

    Until this league takes a stance this is not going to change…maybe if a player of Beckham or Henery’s (God forbid) stature goes down they will….

    You lose any argument with me by refering to others as ‘psychos’….uncalled for and shows the kind of person you are…

  106. Shark says:

    Exactly….

  107. StevenG says:

    RSL are so predictable now. High cross in the box, high cross in the box, high cross in the boz……if thats all they’re gonna do Chivas USA has got themselves a point.

  108. StevenG says:

    How is this game still 0-0 right now?! Up 2 men and you can’t put this game away? RSL has fallen……

  109. Not that RSL are sitting back, but how many times do we see a horrific injury in a game and neither team really has that spark anymore? Can be up a man or two but you don’t really want to play anymore. And you definitely don’t want to be on the receiving end of the next tackle.

  110. Adrian says:

    This league is a joke.

    It’s not even worth watching anymore. All of the good players have left the league unless you are LA/NY.

  111. Michael says:

    if that were the case, then why did he originally get a yellow, then once the extent of the injury was recognized did he get a red?

  112. Adrian says:

    Next time I decided to shoot someone, I’ll just tell the judge that I was so, so sorry right after I pulled the trigger.

    Maybe that will get me off!

  113. Michael says:

    Well the initial reaction by many on this board, Twitter, and other social media outlets, was something along the lines of “Mondiani should be suspended as much if not more then Mullan” so on and so forth. Lets everyone relax. Maybe “psycho” wasnt the best word to use, but lets not focus on one word out of my entire point and lose the context behind what was really said. Fair?

  114. Michael says:

    by the way, nice jab with “shows the kind of person you are…” Cute!

  115. Shark says:

    Now your being silly…its a good league it just needs to fix some things…

  116. Michael says:

    wow, if that isnt the epitome of apples and oranges, i dont know what is. its a soccer game for crying out loud, not a murder. good one!

  117. ShaggyReAL says:

    cuz the ref was horrible. if someone was fouled he wouldn’t call it, if someone deserved a yellow he’d only call a foul and if someone deserved a red he’d give them a yellow.

  118. Frank says:

    LUIS GIL TIME BABY!!!!!!

    Seriously though, I’m not a RSL fan so I don’t know where he is in the pecking order. Hopefully he can sneak in some minutes till Morales makes it back

  119. Vivalosburros says:

    Well good. I guess we don’t have to hear you comment anymore on MLS

  120. Josh says:

    Well, crap. I’m sure the players for Milan are fine gents, but the fact that that scum Silvio Berlusconi owns AC Milan means that they’re even easier to root against than ManU and Real Madrid, and that’s saying something!

  121. beachbum says:

    funny, and I agree

  122. Der_Amerikanische_Kaiser says:

    And you last played in Europe when? LOL!

  123. Kenny_B says:

    How does dos Santos scoring 5 goals = Jozy and Adu are a bust?

    I don’t see the relationship between the players.