Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Arsenal has endured a rough start to the new Premier League season, but a busy transfer deadline day helped Arsene Wenger restock his roster, with the hope being the Gunners could re-load enough to stay a top four teams.

We will get our first chance to see whether the new Arsenal additions can help the Gunners get over the loss of Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas when they take on Swansea City today (10am, Fox Soccer Channel). The newly-promoted Swans came into the Premier League after showing off a high-flying attack in the League Championship, but have yet to score a goal through three Premier League games. On the bright side, Swansea has posted consecutive shutouts, but delivering a third will be a tough task at the Emirates.

There aren't the usual high-profile match-ups in Europe this weekend, which isn't a coincidence given the start of the Champions League group stage is this week, but there are still some enticing matches to watch. Stuart Holden could be in uniform for Bolton for the first time since suffering a broken leg last March as the Trotters take on Manchester United.

In Spain, Villarreal and Sevilla face off while Valencia take on Atletico Madrid. In Latin America, Cruz Azul faces Morelia in what should be an entertaining Mexican clash while Santos takes on Cruzeiro in a showcase of some of the best young Brazilian talent in the world.

MLS fans will be treated to some high-profile matches today, with Seattle taking on Real Salt Lake in the game of the week. On the opposite end of the playoff spectrum, Chivas USA and D.C. United clash in what could be seen as sort of an elimination game, with a loss striking a severe blow to one of these team's playoff hopes.

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

9:30 a.m. - GOLTV - Borussia Dortmund vs. Hertha Berlin

9:30 a.m. - ESPN3.com - Bayern Munich vs. SC Freiburg

10 a.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - Arsenal vs. Swansea City

10 a.m. - Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer.tv - Stoke City vs. Liverpool

10 a.m. - FoxSoccer.tv - Manchester City vs. Wigan Athletic

10 a.m. - FoxSoccer.tv - Everton vs. Aston Villa

10 a.m. - FoxSoccer.tv - Wolverhampton vs. Tottenham

10 a.m. - FoxSoccer.tv - West Ham vs. Portsmouth

10 a.m. - ESPN2/ESPN3.com - Sunderland vs. Chelsea

12 p.m. - ESPN3.com/ESPN Deportes - Real Sociedad vs. Barcelona

12 p.m. - GOLTV - Villarreal vs. Sevilla

12:20 p.m. - Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer.tv - Coventry City vs. Derby County

12:30 p.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - Bolton vs. Manchester United

12:45 p.m. - ESPN3.com - Roda JC vs. FC Twente

1 p.m. - FoxSoccer.tv - St. Etienne vs. Lille

1 p.m. - FoxSoccer.tv - Ajaccio vs. Valenciennes

1 p.m. - FoxSoccer.tv - Bordeaux vs. Evian Thonon Gaillard

1 p.m. - FoxSoccer.tv - Caen vs. Toulouse

1 p.m. - FoxSoccer.tv - Dijon vs. Lyon

1 p.m. - FoxSoccer.tv - Sochaux vs. Lorient

2 p.m. - GOLTV - Real Madrid vs. Getafe

2:45 p.m. - Fox Soccer Channel/ESPN3.com - Cesena vs. Napoli

3 p.m. - FoxSoccer.tv - Marseille vs. Stade Rennes

4 p.m. - ESPN3.com/ESPN Deportes - Valencia vs. Atletico Madrid

4 p.m. - Telefutura - Sporting Kansas City vs. Houston Dynamo

4 p.m. - MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live - Seattle Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake

5 p.m. - GOLTV - Santos vs. Cruzeiro

6 p.m. - Univision - Queretaro vs. Pumas UNAM

6 p.m. - Azteca America - Cruz Azul vs. Morelia

7 p.m. - GOLTV - Nacional de Medellin vs. Santa Fe Bogota

7:30 p.m. - MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live - New York Red Bulls vs. Vancouver Whitecaps

7:30 p.m. - MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live - Philadelphia Union vs. Portland Timbers

7:30 p.m. - MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live - Columbus Crew vs. Toronto FC

7:30 p.m. - MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live - New England Revolution vs. FC Dallas

8 p.m. - Telefutura - Santos Laguna vs. Chivas de Guadalajara

9 p.m. - GOLTV - Dorados vs. Irapuato

9:45 p.m. - Galavision - Atlas vs. San Luis

10:30 p.m. - MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live - Chivas USA vs. D.C. United

10:30 p.m. - MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live - San Jose Earthquakes vs. Chicago Fire

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119 Responses to Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

  1. BrianVT says:

    Lest we forget, Fabregas was sidelined with injuries for a lot of last year, and even though Nasri had a breakout year last year (and I viewed him as “the future” for the club), Arsenal’s collapses against Newcastle and Tottenham revealed much deeper problems than anything related to just those two. This poor start to the season is no surprise to me (sadly), and probably would not have been much different with those two players on the pitch.

  2. biff says:

    Fabian Johnson has started for Hoffenheim today at left wing, instead of right wing, for the first time this season. The change comes a day after Klinsmann visited Hoffenheim to chat with four potential American players there, as well as with Coach Holger Stanislawski and club manager and Klinsi pal Bernhard Peters. Is it possible that Fabian is being groomed for a left side position on the USMNT?

    Here is a link to a story about the Klini’s visit in Germany’ s top selling tabloid newspaper. Klinsi’s new job is getting a lot of press in Germany:

    link to bild.de

  3. Mig22 says:

    Nice conjecture.

  4. MensreaJim says:

    Good tidbit, thanks.

  5. bryan says:

    cool article. it’s funny that hoffenheim has so many americans. johnson, williams, gyau and renken. all promising players.

  6. Adrian says:

    Sigh, gross dive from Anelka results in a goal after the free kick. Completely undeserving goal.

    But Juan Mata is beasting.

  7. Brian S. says:

    I think Bedoya is going to regret this move to Rangers. No European soccer and has barely sniffed the pitch since the move. He didn’t even make the bench today

  8. arsenalfan says:

    I thought he didn’t get his visa yet.

  9. arsenalfan says:

    I hope we see Santos next half because Gibbs isn’t doing too well.

  10. roberto says:

    The Rangers Media site said he picked up an ankle knock in training on thursday.

  11. Brian S says:

    Ok. Thanks for the update. I didn’t know that. Now I feel stupid.

  12. Peter says:

    Man City is up 1-0. Tevez makes his triumphant return by missing a pk and Micah Richards wastes an open shot right next to goal.

  13. Mig22 says:

    bah, it’s easy to miss that stuff. I agree with you that he may regret it but that’s just because it’s Scottish League. :)

  14. Adrian says:

    Juan Mata is already Chelsea’s best player and wow Sunderland might lose to half of the MLS squads.

  15. Mig22 says:

    Wow, “No Courage Sturridge” How did he NOT make an attempt on Bosingwa’s cross?

  16. Mike says:

    What in the hell was that in the Arsenal game? I don’t think I’ve seen anything quite like it.

  17. Snare says:

    Being new to watching European soccer, it makes me feel better that even the EPL can have stadiums with a lot of empty seats.

  18. Adrian says:

    Seriously?!

    Here comes a retrospective ban for Sunderland. A pretty emphatic stomp on Juan Mata’s back…

  19. elgringorico says:

    what happened?

  20. Mike says:

    Walcott skewed a shot and the Swansea keeper caroled it at the edge of the area by the end line. He was about 2 feet away from his RB and tried to play it at his feet. Instead, he throw the ball against the heels of the defender. Arshavin was right there to get the loose ball and scored. My description isn’t doing the absurdity of it justice.

  21. andrew says:

    Anyone have a site to watch this tottenham match?????

  22. elgringorico says:

    it wasn’t that bad…

  23. Joamiq says:

    real-tv-sport dot com slash channel-6 dot php

  24. FulhamNick says:

    In the SPL Bedoya better be ready for numerous ankle knocks…still not super excited for his move to Rangers

  25. ACS says:

    Danny Williams came on the pitch with at the 57′ mark and had an assist on Babel’s goal in the 74′ and Johnson was substituted off in the 73′

  26. Scarlet says:

    Horrendous mistake by Vorm. You definitely have to see it to understand the idiocy of it. Huge gift for Arsenal who didn’t look likely to score otherwise. Arsenal started with a lot of pressure but just don’t seem convincing against lowly competition.

  27. Mig22 says:

    Wow, I badmouth Sturridge above and then he makes THAT finish? Ok, Daniel…I’ll be quiet.

  28. Mig22 says:

    Kun. That is all.

  29. Adrian says:

    Spaniards have been pulling the strings for the major EPL clubs for awhile now.

    Mata – Chelsea
    Silva – City
    Fabregas – Arsenal
    Xabi – Liverpool

  30. Creige says:

    Any news on why Findley isn’t playing for Forest today against Southampton?

  31. Adrian says:

    I change my mind, Sunderland would lose to 3/4 of the MLS squads and probably finish the match with 3 field players, the keeper, and a water boy.

  32. Jason B says:

    You should see some Serie A games, lots of empty seats down there too.

  33. Mike says:

    Barca up 2 – 0 in the first 11 minutes.

  34. Brian S says:

    Is Holden on the bench today? I haven’t seen

  35. Mike says:

    According to ESPN Gamecast, no he is not.

  36. Mike says:

    Hernandez scores within 6 minutes to put United up 1-0

  37. fischy says:

    Hernandez is really a fantastic talent — speed, deft touch, and he understands the game better than anyone.

  38. Mike says:

    Yes it was a nice run by Hernandez. As the commentators said, “he turned Cahill inside out.” And then Rooney knocks one in to make it 2-0.

  39. Citronomics says:

    Odds that ManU scores more than Bayern today, which won 7-0? maybe 50-50 at this rate as Rooney + Chicarito are slicing up Bolton’s D.

  40. marco says:

    Cahill out of sorts on both goals, losing sight of player and ball on both occasions. Defenders who just mark space will find the ball in the back of the net.

  41. Mig22 says:

    Barcelona started with the following players on the bench today:
    Messi
    Villa
    Iniesta
    Abidal
    Mascherano
    Puyol

    That may be the greatest group of players ever to warm the same bench. stunning.

  42. Adrian says:

    Barcelona must be genetically producing players because they just mix and match with players from their academy and Barca B and the team looks almost exactly the same.

    It’s like the ever-producing football factory.

  43. Adrian says:

    What the hell? The official is out of his mind!

  44. Mike says:

    After a quick start by Barca, Real Sociedad tie it with two goals within minutes of each other.

  45. marco says:

    Although Real Soc. scored, Sergio should have been red-carded for deliberate hand-ball in front of goal.

  46. hogatroge says:

    I miss the days when Villa, Mata and Silva were all in Valencia’s starting lineup…

  47. Adrian says:

    When is the last time you’ve seen a center official just ignore a linesman flagging offside and awarding the goal…

  48. Mike says:

    Valdez all most gives up a goal that would have been one of the biggest GK blunders I’ve seen in a while.

  49. Mike says:

    *almost*

  50. Mike says:

    Chicharito with another. He and Rooney now both with a brace each. United on top of Bolton 4-0.

  51. OmarVizquel says:

    Ugh. Go away, Hernández.

  52. marco says:

    Barcelona looked poor. They miss their CB’s. David Villa will be the next star booted off the side.

  53. Adrian says:

    Eh, don’t think people are worrying considering only 4 starters actually played.

    And I have to disagree about Villa, he scores too many timely, big time goals.

  54. Adrian says:

    *played most of the game.

  55. torporindy says:

    After watching United’s start to the season, I am not so ashamed of the MLS tour and all star game.

  56. ryan says:

    Any links to watch Jozy play?

  57. Snare says:

    Yeah, I noticed that watching AC Milan yesterday. Obviously I am naive, but I was really surprised.

  58. Snare says:

    I think a lot of MLS fans share that sentiment now.

  59. Predicto says:

    got one at mips dot tv / channel dot php?u=70725

    But it is choppy. I can’t find anymore. I miss myp2p

  60. Swifty says:

    So true, ive only been watching epl a couple of years, bit this easily looks like the best MU team in a while. If this continues, they r gonna run away w the championship. And no, im not usually a mu fan.

  61. 20 says:

    Arteta – Everton

  62. Predicto says:

    Jozy getting a cleaner softer touch with his back to the goal & playing with enthusiasm.

  63. Predicto says:

    AZ Alkmaar up 3-0 against Vitesse Arnhem. No goals for Jozy but he’s been involved in each buildup. Passing well, playing hard, smiling – yeah, it’s good to get playing time.

  64. Kyle says:

    Pretty clear for me. Chops at times but not too bad.

  65. ValenciaFan says:

    Me too.

  66. Edwin in LA says:

    Forgot Fernando Torres before he went to Chelsea lol and I belive Arbeloa I think, or was it Albiol???

    Chelsea have another Spaniard Oriol Romeu or something, came from Barca’s B squad.

  67. UOW says:

    Gooch is starting.Didnt see that coming.

    Does Sporting have any injury problems?…or is he the the legitimate starter?

  68. UOW says:

    I wrote the twice there, my mistake.

  69. Gary says:

    Ahhpologiiize… Go ahead, kiss it.

  70. 20 says:

    why did he come out at halftime?

  71. Mike says:

    Probably because they were whomping on them and he has to be a bit tired after all the travel and minutes he logged for the United States. I don’t think he is fully up to fitness yet. I guess that is what happens when you don’t play for 2 years.

  72. Edwin in LA says:

    Good to see Gooch start again, if he could get 75% of his old form with a full season heading into World Cup qualifiers in the 1st group stage, that will buy us more time to get all the youngsters John, Ream, Gonzalez, Orozco as well as outside guys like Cameron, Whitbread etc work their way to a good enough level and comfortable playing with the 1st team

  73. AV_13 says:

    Highlights of 1899 Hoffenhein (4) vs Mainz (0):

    link to youtube.com

    Johnson makes a dangerous pass in the final third, but his teammate could not finish. Williams starts off his debut at Hoffenheim with an assist. Enjoy.

  74. aitchpat says:

    Anybody have a stream on Sounders-RSL?

  75. Tony in Quakeland says:

    Kasey Keller just gave up the own goal of the year. And them Rosales missed a PK. Strange doigs in Seattle.

  76. Bryan says:

    Love seeing Gooch starting again. Madrid win 4-2. Getefe played wel despite tge final score.

  77. A wise man once says:

    Best own goal IN MLS…. nothing can rival Inigo Martinez! link to soccerbyives.net

  78. Edwin in LA says:

    I was watching Sporting’s game on a stream, but missed both goals, however in most of the game and I watched most expect maybe 11 minutes of the 60+, it seems Sporting is always pressuring, are Pacos de Ferreira just getting real lucky on the counter?

    I’m hoping Gooch didn’t have any fault in any of the too, but if the way the game has been played, it wouldn’t surprise me, counters are based on speed, which is Gooch’s weakness? =/

  79. Tony in Quakeland says:

    Nope. Keller’s was even more bizarre – as is this game. Strangest game of the year – two reds to add to the mix

  80. John says:

    Does anyone know if Fabian Johnson ever played centrally. From what I have seen of him he looks like a good central midfield prospect. He slips little passes and is very technical.We could really use someone in center with a little attacking initiative. I hate all these sideways and negative passes of late. We could use someone with set of huevos.

  81. Free says:

    PFE go down a man, and like that sporting knock in 3 goals and are up 2-3. Good to see Onyewu go the full 90…

  82. hogatroge says:

    For the second game, SKC’s amazing acting gets a Dynamo player ejected. Costly ejected in the 66th minute with no prior fouls for a yellow card offense at best.

    MLS refs just keep lowering the bar.

  83. Scarlet says:

    Count me as another MLS fan that has to overlook the result against Manchester United. They have such a deep team and are absolutely on fire! It’s hard to imagine any EPL team being able to overtake them. I can’t wait to see how the Champions League plays out.

  84. biff says:

    Want to elaborate on my comment above to set the record straight…I watched highlights of the Hoffenheim match and it appears Fabian Johnson was playing mostly center midfielder behind a lone striker, not on the left side. The Bundesliga “live ticker,” which is generally reliable, had Johnson starting the game on the left, and that is what I based my earlier post on. Here is a link to the live ticker.

    link to liveticker.bundesliga.de

  85. Edwin in LA says:

    You really think a reckless tackle like that which has pretty much NO importance in that area of the field when the other team CLEARLY have possesion is not warranted of a red. Never mind that he left his feet with both his studs up and hit the guy STRAIGHT on the shin, that’s how we lost guys like Ferreira, Morales and even to an extent Zakuani, although that had more negligence.

    As for the ref in MLS giving a red for “sporting acting”, which one from the 1st game in Houston are you referring to?

    Certainly not the Ching one which even HE admitted was MAJOR mental breakdown and that thru that coward tackle/trip from behind he left his team hanging and set it up perfectly for SKC to tie and only Hall’s 4 amazing saves in 2nd half prevented them from winning.

    The 1st red in that game was the same, slide tackle with studs showing on the opponents shin or some part of their leg/ankle.

    Get real man, MLS has plenty of bad calls but those weren’t it, Mullan not getting at least 15 games is a bigger deal!

  86. Matt says:

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!! RSL!!!!!

  87. Kenny_B says:

    He is a fantastic talent….but he understands the game better than anyone????

  88. Snare says:

    As an RSL fan I have to admit, we should not have won that game. Obviously we got really lucky. Seattle didn’t deserve the red card, but then again, Keller shouldn’t have thrown the ball into the net and Rosales should have put away the pk. It was an ugly win, but I’ll take it.

  89. hogatroge says:

    Ching’s foul was rightly called and can’t even be considered a tackle.

    The reds on Clark and Costly considering the circumstances were unduly harsh. Both attempted to play the ball in spite of their recklessness, but neither had significant prior cautionable offenses. Clark’s tackle in game 1 didn’t even connect with Collin. Both Collin and Myers sold their fouls and the referees bought it. Simple as that.

    Mullan’s tackle, on the other hand, was a stupid attempt intended to injure due to his frustration at being dispossessed.

    Nevertheless, I doubt Costly’s continued presence would have changed the outcome of the game. SKC were sharp, as usual, and the Dynamo played like a youth team of obese children.

  90. hogatroge says:

    Also, good to see Bunbury playing like he wants to justify his recent call up to the Nats.

  91. Edwin in LA says:

    I know this might be a bit of a double edge knife but for the current time being, Thank you RSL for helping my Galaxy get a bit of a cushion in a very congested schedule coming up with will see them play 2 games a week something like 5 of the next 6 weeks or 4 of 6 don’t remember. RSL, @ Columbus, @ Morelia will be hard tests, not sure what to make of the “Superclassico” with the goats, if they have their defense healthy again, it MIGHT be tough…

    In any case, 7 point lead on Seattle for Shield race with 18 points to play, wins vs Vancouver and @ Columbus should help.

  92. Edwin in LA says:

    How was Costly even CLOSE to being near the ball and playing it, the ball was on the right foot of the KC defender and was partially behind him, Costly is coming from in front of him and on the opposite side?

    You must be joking with the Clark play, completely left the air with both legs forward and landed right on Collin’s ankle, I rather have a player like that be red carded than lose the truly talented players that we have so few off in terms of creative offensive positions like Ferreira, Morales, ect

    Houston should have been down 2-0 at half time so like you said it didn’t matter much, it just how the game shaped up for them

  93. CrispyST3 says:

    I’ve been waiting for this too! lol As a USMNT fan ofcourse, cuz i’m a galaxy fan

  94. Eric says:

    No sorry we were looking for naggers.

  95. Matt says:

    LA owes us one, haha. Very ugly, undeserved win. Should’ve been tied with the penalty miss, and the undeserved red, but that’s football. (shrugs)

  96. Dave says:

    Bunbury is just damn streaky. Sometimes he takes a game in hand and crushes keepers (in Vancouver, and today) and other times he’s so out of form he doesn’t start or sub for a few weeks.

  97. A wise man once says:

    Keller’s was DEFINITELY more bizarre, but you can’t compete with Marntinez’ sheer brilliance!!!!! XD

  98. Dave says:

    Did you see Chance Myers nearly do an inverted flip when Costly smashed his shins? Would it have been a more clear red if his ankle bones were sticking out of his sock?

    It was one of the most obvious straight reds of the season. It was brutal, and it was needless. Edwin in LA has the right mindset–the point is to keep people playing.

  99. hogatroge says:

    Slide tackles are inherently dangerous as they are impossible to perform without exposing ones studs in some fashion. The fact is, there is a gray area surrounding such challenges, and I’m of the opinion that intent, history of fouls, and outcome of the challenge should factor in before reds are thrown around.

    Moving on, a long slide on a wet pitch has a good chance of success. Replay shows Costly was clearly attempting to play the ball and Myers beat him there, stepping in front of the tackle. How the referee can make a call for a straight red from 30 yards away with a bad view angle yet miss Nielsen’s handling the ball outside the box is beyond me. The Telefutura announcers, given the benefit of instant replay from multiple angles, agree with me.

    Collin and Myers both oversold their fouls, no two ways about it. The fact that both continued playing significant minutes after the incident attests to the fact.

  100. Cylo says:

    Thanks guys I learn a lot from your post. Bedoya already picked up an ankle injury, D. Williams with an assist, Jozy with a solid game but subbed out at halftime and Gooch starts for sporting.

  101. Edwin in LA says:

    Well they do have a VERY deep front line, Sapong had some success as soon as Bunbury quiet down, and I believe scored on the opener vs Chivas USA, hell I think it was the 2nd or 1st SKC goal of the season? lol

    But Bravo, Kamara and even Zusi scoring from a midfield position have help make it competitive. Even Saad has 1 or 2 goals?

    Wonder what Ocho Cinco would of done….. lol kidding kidding!

  102. Brett says:

    It’s back up and moved… Not gonna share it here but you can find it if you know how to use a search engine.

  103. Edwin in LA says:

    Btw, LOVE RSL, and the fact that their colors are similar to my beloved Barca is no coincidence… HA

    Especially when they are “Real” team, with hints of a link to Real Madrid, which I believe existed at one point, even if superficial for minor PR move. but I never knew why people were so upset about it, there’s TONS of Real teams around the globe?

    But yeah good job, can’t wait to see Wingert get back in like 3 weeks max, and then in October Morales for the playoff push with an in form and experienced Gil now lol I just love the kids talent and also Alvarez and Paulo for depth I have a feeling RSL vs LA might be the West Final..

  104. Edwin in LA says:

    What is this the NBA? We are only going to eject or more appropriately we’re going have to see MLS players get “fouled out”?

    And no you are wrong, it is very easy to not show your studs, you keep you foot on the damn ground, and if you need to reach higher or have momentum carrying you forward twist your damn foot so the top of your shoe not the sole is the one hitting the players foot and/or leg. Pull back damn it lots of times is the carelessness in which players launch themselves with that causes injuries and it happens even more on the follow thrus.

    If you’re going ot slide like that, try to not be RIGHT on the guys foot and don’t go in with your leg COMPLETELY flexed out like a sphere.

    What tha hell does history have to do with a dirty foul or careless one? So if you have had a good record you get a free pass? WTF? No, you are SUPPOSE TO play clean any way, that is the default minimum standard of a player, just because one abides by it for a while or most of their career or in a game doesn’t earn you a freebie.

    The whole “he has a history for being a diver/dirty player” can be over played, see Carlos Ruis who Philly now miss dearly. But the worst is when you start conditioning fouls on how if you haven’t fouled in a while you somehow are subject to more lenient refereeing?

  105. Joamiq says:

    I hope they’re firing Backe right now during halftime.

  106. Cranky Old Ref says:

    I hope someone, somehow, at some time, advises Mr. Vaughn to turn in his whistle. Errors are part of the game, but two egregious ones in as many minutes are part of a depressing pattern with this Center who needs to be put out to pasture.

  107. glaing says:

    Wait till he makes some adjustments..wait..nevermind. Fire him!

  108. Francois says:

    He looks a talent, man. I’ve watched every one of his games this year, and he’s played extremely well. He’s somebody could immediately make a huge impact with the nats.

  109. ManicMessiah says:

    I am so sick of having to feel like a point for the Red Bulls was good enough. Man down or not they needed to win, they failed.

  110. Curtis says:

    Ok wait, I thought the game was terrible, but why did we deserve to win less than Seattle? Both red cards were terrible.

  111. A wise man once says:

    Keller with THE biggest.

  112. A wise man once says:

    Well it was a Costly tackle to be sure. (I’m so funny)

  113. AV_13 says:

    I finally decided to find some hoffenheim highlights and I have not been disappointed. His passing this game and the way he turned those two players near the corner flag and then draw the foul against Augsburg is something to be excited about. I laugh when people try to put him as left back, when he’s really dangerous at AM or RM. Also, Williams looked good DM in the highlights. If they both play continuously in the middle together; they may knock out some established players out of the running. Something to keep an eye on.

  114. fischy says:

    Pontius has been phenomenal. I hope he’s not seriously hurt, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s got a broken leg.

    Davies has be benifited tremendously from Pontius’ efforts. He’s bagged a hat-trick, but he should have four goals and an assist, if he’d been sharper..and less selfish.

  115. fischy says:

    Hopefully, just a really deep, ‘bone’ bruise on his shin– but, it looked like worse than that.

  116. Ryan says:

    Hey Jurgen, there is this keeper Sean Johnson you should look at. Even though the Fire lost tonight, watch the highlights.

  117. Snare says:

    Because RSL did not play very well. We got lucky with the missed PK and Keller gifting us the goal. I’m not sad we lost, I’m just meaning we got lucky. I didn’t say we didn’t deserve to win, I said Seattle definitely didn’t deserve the red card. But like you said, the first yellow on Beltran was questionable.

  118. fischy says:

    I’d like to see them. I think it was ridiculous to call up Hamid. He ain’t at that level yet, but Johnson might be. Hamid has a lot to learn, and e really needs to develop softer hands, but he has good potential What Johnson has, though, is he’s a great shot-stopper.

  119. hogatroge says:

    Clearly I’m too lenient to join the high caliber ranks of MLS referees!

    In all seriousness, I’ll concede the point. However, I honestly don’t think “brutal” is a fair word to describe Costly’s tackle. It may have been reckless, but it was in no way an intentional attempt to injure Myers.