Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Thierry Henry will face the club that made him a worldwide start today as Henry and the New York Red Bulls take on Arsenal in the final match of the Emirates Cup.

The Red Bulls scored a surprising victory over Paris St. Germain in their opening match on Saturday, but will face a much stiffer test against the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium.

If you prefer European soccer, then Inter Milan vs. Manchester City will be interesting to say the least, While the Under-20 World Cup rages on. I don't know if he's going or not.

MLS has a game on the slate, with FC Dallas looking to topple Chivas USA.

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

Enjoy the action (Commentary is after the jump):

TODAY'S SOCCER ON TV

]11:30 a.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - Arsenal vs. New York Red Bulls

11:30 a.m. - Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer.tv - Inter Milan vs. Manchester City

1 p.m. - Telemundo - Toluca vs. America

1 p.m. - Azteca America - Morelia vs. Pumas UNAM

1 p.m. - ESPN Deportes - Puebla vs. Pachuca

3 p.m. - GOLTV - Fluminense vs. Palmeiras

4 p.m. - ESPNU/ESPN3.com/Galavision - Costa Rica vs. Spain (U-20 World Cup)

4 p.m. - ESPN3.com - Nigeria vs. Guatemala (U-20 World Cup)

6 p.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - Philadelphia Independence vs. Atlanta Beat

7 p.m. - Galavision - FC Dallas vs. Chivas USA

7 p.m. - ESPNU/ESPN3.com - Australia vs. Ecuador (U-20 World Cup)

7 p.m. - ESPN3.com - Croatia vs. Saudi Arabia (U-20 World Cup)

 

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104 Responses to Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

  1. chris says:

    MLS needs more early afternoon games

  2. Anyone got a good link for this match?

  3. glaing says:

    I agree. Having all the games in the evening can lead to some hard choices when watching Direct Kick. However I see how they are trying to avoid the summer heat of the day.

  4. Citronomics says:

    If you mean NYRB v Arsenal… only link I could find is through “match day live” at mlssoccer.net but comes with a $59.99 sign up fee.

  5. agnigrin says:

    link to stream.forumx.hu…&mforum=stream

  6. I have Match Day live, it is blocked.

  7. Chris says:

    Nope, it’s not on matchday live. They only show MLS games.

  8. blag says:

    It would be on match day live because it is being broadcasted on FSC. All national broadcasts are blocked when live. They become available in archive 2 days later.

  9. blag says:

    Sorry meant to type, it would not be on match day live.

  10. beachbum says:

    Marquez yet to have a good touch, another giveaway leads to that latest Aresenal chance. I’d say NY needs that to change stat

  11. beachbum says:

    that’s a PK. Albright being a bit outclassed

  12. noko says:

    Chris Albright is horrible.

  13. ChiTownFire says:

    I don’t think Albright actually touched him though, from what I see on the replay.

  14. Rondo says:

    Gervinho looks like a fantastic purchase. Also, NY midfield getting outclassed by Arsenal.. But i guess that’s expected.

  15. Citronomics says:

    My bad indeed. will be archived but not streaming live.

  16. beachbum says:

    domination so far…has McCarty even touched the ball? I’m serious

  17. Citronomics says:

    RvP goal was coming for a while now. So far, RBNY lacking off the ball movement when they do have it and sort of playing zone D. Hoping they raise their level in 2H.

  18. Rondo says:

    It’s like McCarty isn’t even in the game. He is anonymous.

    I feel bad for Henry. He probably won’t even get a goal scoring chance because he won’t get any service. Not to hate on NY but their tactics before the Van Persie goal looked like Inter Milan circa Mourinho versus Barcelona.

  19. Marlon says:

    I need to vent somewhere about how the color commentator for this Arsenal – Red Bulls game is a condescending prick. More so than the average British person who doesn’t know anything about other culture’s football.

  20. chris says:

    Backe playing bunker ball. Let them play

  21. beachbum says:

    think I saw the counter there a couple of times but NY stepped on the ball to …possess it? counter hard when Arsenal ends up with 4-5 guys up top pushing the attack and not behind the ball…GO!

  22. hudson says:

    Red bulls look slow, timid and inept–quite a contrast to yesterday’s game against PSG. Long balls to Henry from Marquez and Ream have been way off target. Lindpere badly needed to bring ball through the midfield and link up with Henry.

  23. CILII_blog says:

    yea got one… had to link in through my twitter…
    link to twitter.com

  24. Freddino says:

    These past few months have really exposed the level of MLS. I understand why our players rather struggle and play in 2nd or 3rd division leagues than return to MLS. Its not only the results (which by the way is massive) but just the knowledge of the game in general. We can’t put anything together pass the half way line, a problem we have even at the National team level. During FA Cups these championship and 1st divsion teams put up a fight like no other, defeating EPL giants, going far up the ladder but not even one MLS team put up a good showing…not one. We defend all day, can’t put more than 4 passes together, hard touches on the ball….I know we are improving as a league and all but its funny when people dog players in the lower English and Germany leagues (Taylor, Gatt, Grella etc) yet talk about MLS players(the wondos, the Agudelos, the Mccarthys) it just makes you wonder……

  25. kimo says:

    +1…and I’m a Gunner fan!

  26. gabe says:

    this scottish commentator is ridiculous.

  27. Sir_Knox says:

    Personally I never had any delusions of grandeur regarding MLS and can recognize your point of view. However, against PSG Agudelo played a very nice pass to Lindpere for the 1-o win just the other day.
    It was a solid goal and a strong performance by NY

  28. beachbum says:

    yes, but how about now? looking better for sure. NY’s awe of Arsenal seems gone finally, but who knows what that will translate into on the field

    and i sure hope they don’t score off of that weak whistle on the edge of the 18 there. yuck

  29. BigTed says:

    Why no Lindpere today??

  30. Raoul Duke says:

    Who is the idiot who is the color commentator?? The play-by-play asks him “Where do you think RBNY would fall in England?? (Premier League/Championship/etc) The color commentator states, “Dont know, haven’t really thought about it. Definitely not Premier League”

    Look, I know they don’t belong in the Premier League, but the complete lack of any involvement from this guy is breathtaking. It almost makes me wish that Ray Hudson was calling this match.

    Find out who this guy is so we can send him a s&*t-filled haggis

  31. ben says:

    yeah….while arsenal are a superior team, jet lag and two games in two days doesn’t help anyone. albright and richards are terrible regardless of jet lag and two games in two days. does richards have anything besides being slightly faster than the average person?

  32. gabe says:

    Like, we get it. The MLS isn’t Arsenal or top 10 Premier League. Move on, dude. This commentator is an idiot.

  33. Citronomics says:

    I don’t think anyone disagrees with your point about MLS having a ways to go in competing with top tier leagues globally in terms of player quality, tactical acumen, etc. However, not sure that results and play this summer v. Euro clubs have been entirely one sided (not that you’re asserting that). E.g., DCU did take an offensive posture, and executed well for stretches, against Everton. NYRB beat PSG yesterday, which preseason or not IMO is meaningful since both sides are professional squads. All that said, I hope we see more MLS sides consistently approach international competitions and friendlies like RSL did in CONCACAF champs league.

  34. beachbum says:

    how about that hold up play by Juan right there…nice

    Albright having a real stinker. feel for him

  35. Scott says:

    Ref is a bit of a homer as well. I need to check OPTA stats for Marquez pass completion percentage=awful and let Van Persie go to score.

  36. beachbum says:

    what advantage, in our own freakin third, was played right there?

  37. beachbum says:

    elbow to Agudelo’s face…instead, play on, not even a foul. did I miss that? don’t have the tivo today

  38. Sir Knox says:

    SSSHhh John Rooney’s in

  39. Sir Knox says:

    Ironic how Arsenal still needs Henry on the pitch to win a Trophy :P

  40. beachbum says:

    what’s he saying now about the class, blah blah blah :)

  41. beachbum says:

    oh yes…GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. Scott says:

    Suck it commentator!

  43. Sir Knox says:

    Nevermind
    own goal

  44. Marlon says:

    Eat a d*** Scottish commentator.

  45. marco says:

    Up yours Macca

  46. cynical says:

    new season, same old arsenal

  47. Scott says:

    First hardware in Red Bulls history coming? Ironic…

  48. beachbum says:

    I’ll say it…Arsenal being outclassed the last 30 minutes by NY

    can they close the deal? come on!!!

  49. glaing says:

    LMFAO

  50. beachbum says:

    what a 2nd half. amazing what can happen when you start to believe, and then actually truly believe

    Congrats to Red Bulls

  51. El Caifan says:

    Shut the Front Door!!! Red Bulls just won the Emirates Cup.

  52. Sir Knox says:

    IF YOU’VE EVER WON A CUP
    CLAP YOUR HANDS!!

  53. DCU Fan says:

    Suck it Erusnobs!!

  54. Tony in Quakeland says:

    That was interesting. I’m a Red Bull and MLS fan, and a Gunner fan. I found myself wanting Red Bulls to equalize, then wanting Arsenal to win. Now I’m sitting here impressed by the intelligent (if dull) approach Red Bulls took AND depressed that Arsenal gave away a lead.

    I need to just turn off the television more often.

  55. freddino says:

    wow….you’re right for sure. No Van Persie no Arsenal!!!!!!!!!

  56. marco says:

    “certainly couldn’t play in EPL” who, the gunners

    I guess who missed Hull etc, you bloody a hole

  57. freddino says:

    In all fairness some teams did put up a fight (surprisingly DC united)…..For MLS, lift the salary cap and MLS will be big!!!!

  58. CSD says:

    I didn’t see that coming in the first half when it was nearly impossible to stay awake.

    So NYRB wins the Emirates Cup and they are in danger of maybe not making the MLS playoffs. Odd indeed.

  59. go usa says:

    Yes, there is a “gulf” between Red Bull and Arsenal, or maybe a babbling brook. But that stupid commentator failed to give any credit to how difficult it is to fly 6 time zones and play 2 games against top clubs in 48 hours with almost no bench as is the case with MLS teams.

    Good for Red Bull.

  60. agnigrin says:

    Bravo Red Bulls! You are my team and I am proud of you! You guys showed a lot of fight, played some excellent bunker D and voila… A trophy that is worth something is now yours!

  61. agnigrin says:

    Could not have said it better!

  62. adub says:

    wait did NYRB beat Arsenal??? anybody got the score/report for the game?

  63. glaing says:

    Played well once Aguedelo came in and Backe made a little tweak of the alignment.

  64. Chris says:

    The NYRB’s played Arsenal like the USMNT played Spain in the 2009 Confed Cup. Stay very organized on defense and counter attack.
    Even though it was an own goal, it was created by Henry.

  65. lprevolution says:

    How do you feel now that NYRB just tied a pretty serious Arsenal side not wanting to lose at home?

  66. Scott says:

    How is the smart and sensible approach taken by Red Bulls much different that what Man U did vs Barca last night? Man U bunkered and countered the entire game.

  67. Joe B NYC says:

    After a week of MLS sides getting their butts served to them under glass, finally NY Red Bull does US Domestic Soccer a solid…

  68. marco says:

    Albright was rubbish, Richards and Soli were bad, and still they got a result. I believe MacNamara was the color guy and he was worst than anyone on the pitch. Definitely one of his worst performances. When United play 9 behind the ball he finds them brilliant.

  69. kimo says:

    Huge Gunner fan here.

    #1) That commentator was an absolute AHOLE. Not much more to say. Total lack of class.

    #2) Typical Gunners…control possession and can’t make the surgical direct pass and quick finish a la Barcelona.

    #3) Gunners = can’t finish off a game. I don’t care if this is preseason for them. This is alarming as it’s a continued trait of theirs. Don’t capitalize on possession and then give away the game by not being mentally tough in the defensive 3rd. They are in BIG trouble if they don’t find a true center back and a mean pitbull to play def mid.

    #4) Congrats to RBNY. The used the blueprint to beat Arsenal. Stay compact on Def and be disciplined and patient. Kudos to them.

  70. naco_fc says:

    Torres vc Beasley on ESPN Deportes.
    Klinsi in the Puebla stands wearing a sombrero trying to look all incognito like. Not really.

  71. Tony in Quakeland says:

    Couple random comments:

    Yes it was an own goal, but the ball was going in and hte defender was forces to make a difficult (but not impossible) save. Henry’s clever ball to Miller, and MIller’s good run and shot, created it.

    Two games in two days against two top teams acorss the ocean – Red Bulls fans should be proud.

    Since they are over their, how about the Red Bulls flying up to Galsgow and knocking off Rangers just to shut that Scottish announcer up a little bit more?

  72. Ben says:

    There is a bit too much trashing of MLS. The Arsenals, ManUs, Madrids, Barcas, etc of the world are obviously going to play a superior game to MLS teams. However, I think a better measure of the league is how teams look against the Evertons and PSGs of the world, certainly not terrible teams, and they haven’t look badly outclassed. My problem with MLS is the silly philosophy of continual expansion. How many teams will they continue to add until the league tears apart? The league need to fill stadia and obtain depth for teams, not spread the talent and money thinner than it already is.

  73. kimo says:

    +1 Agreed

    Find markets (likely smaller … like Portland) that actually WANT teams, fill the stadiums, build depth / solid rosters making sure that a certain % are US born players and only then look to expand.

  74. lprevolution says:

    That was desperate defending. Arsenal was off balance and it was a great direct attack created by the Miller run and the Henry feed. Two RB’s were waiting for the cross 6inches off the line.

    Unfortunately it will go down as an own goal. It was a well-deserved goal.

  75. dan says:

    THIS IS INCREDIBLE FOR MLS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  76. ernj says:

    They were Western Conference Champs in ’08. They got a small cup for that…

  77. dan says:

    20 teams is right. mls needs to increase the salary cap by 2 mil now until we remove it

  78. Scott says:

    According to Emirates Cup website the commentators were..

    Martin Hayes and Dan Roebuck

    After all the complaining at least we should know who it was.

  79. ... says:

    1-1 draw, which means the final standings are NY 4 points, PSG 3 points, Arsenal 2 points, Boca 1 point. NY gets the trophy.

  80. TH says:

    Is there any other kind os haggis? Funny a Scot ripping on US soccer. Hey bravefart, your Natl Team sucks!

  81. Tony in Quakeland says:

    My only quibble about expansion is that MLS has a bigger player pool to choose from. The Canadain teams (obviously) bring more Candaian players into the mix, but their are also getting more players from South America and Africa. I think they can pretty quickly fill up the ranks with good quality players.

  82. bigPepe'sPapa says:

    it seemed like a nice sedate friendly until NY tied, then the crowd seemed to get excited hoping for a win. Henry, afterwards, was probably saying “now you know how it feels to outplay and out-possess the other team but end up with a tie or loss”. Tony-man, you need to support the Quakes since thats where you live. But first, go out to Ross dress for less and buy Henry’s RB jersey…ton of MLS jerseys there these days..a ton ($20). When going to the changing room, take a Mexican one too just so you can spit on it.

  83. bigPepe'sPapa says:

    i’m gonna steal that trophy. i am

  84. chupacabra says:

    Pretty much all Scottish commentators are absurd. What do Scots really know about football? It’s like hiring a homeless guy to analyze the stock market or provide Bordeaux wine recommendations -entertaining, perhaps, but ultimately useless.

  85. maka says:

    La Manga Cup.

  86. SuperChivo says:

    I don’t know, the new times that have been added since Toronto have added to the league. If the MLS can continue to bring in quality, and if they continue along the player development lines, then why not continue to expand.

  87. Scott A says:

    People use the word irony like teenage girls use the word “like”.

  88. Beasley got the assist on the first goal. Torres not playing.

  89. Joamiq says:

    Craig Burley. Yes, he’s a moron.

  90. ARTES says:

    2-0 Puebla vs Pachuca. Beasley had an assist on the first goal

  91. Jim in Atlanta says:

    What the heck are you on? How are they in danger of not making the playoffs, they are in second place lol? Are you not paying attention 0_o

  92. The United States is much larger country than most of the European countries that have good leagues. Twenty teams just doesn’t cut it here. The Commissioner has stated that the MLS plans on expanding beyond 20 teams. What is wrong with that? Why would the league tear apart? More markets means more money.

  93. Joamiq says:

    Hm, I don’t think that’s right. The color guy sounded like Craig Burley, and he kept calling the PBP guy Jon, so I’m guessing that was Jon Champion.

  94. Isaac says:

    Thanks for the update! Any idea what position he was playing?

  95. ARTES says:

    Very nice play and shot by Beasley, just missed to the right of the goalie. With Pachuca pushing forward Pubebla is going to get more counter opportunities.

  96. Harp says:

    ya, he was a total professional. I believe one of the comments was “If I’m being frank, New York is just not good.”

  97. ARTES says:

    He is playing on the left midfield. He seems to have a good understanding with the Colombian forward (can’t recall his name) with some overlaps. For now Pachuca has the ball more. BTW. I don’t see Torres playing.

  98. Rondo says:

    If you’re gong to format the league schedule of home and away round-robin then 20 teams for 38 game season is enough. Adding more teams will just prolong the season before the playoffs.

  99. Dude says:

    Are you not paying attention? They are in danger of not making the playoffs because they are in 3rd place in the east, with the 3 teams immediatly behind them capable of passing them if they win their games in hand. 5 teams in the west are already ahead of them. So basically if they keep playing how they have been playing (winless in 4, and very few wins in their last 13) they are in danger of not making the playoffs.

  100. ARTES says:

    Not a good 2nd half by Puebla, Pachuca took control and ended up tying 2-2, there could have been more goals. Beasley should get better as time goes by since he is playing at altitude but at least he was fairly involved.

  101. Thorpinski says:

    If I steal it before you I’m going to hoist it up in the air and let it fall in front of a NYC cab..I will

  102. I assume they would change the schedule once more teams are involved. I’m sure the conferences will have more significance, and they may bring back the North and South.

  103. Jack says:

    no doubt…it takes 90 minutes, Arsene!