Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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The Major League Soccer playoffs will be in full swing today, taking center stage on a busy day in the soccer world.

The headlining match of the day takes place at Red Bull Arena, where the New York Red Bulls take on the Los Angeles Galaxy in the most star-studded playoff match in MLS history. The Galaxy are the favorites, having won the Supporters Shield as the best regular season team in MLS, but the Red Bulls are on a roll and looked poised for the upset.

The Philadelphia Union will make their playoff debut as well, hosting the Houston Dynamo at PPL Park in their Eastern Conference semifinal, while the Colorado Rapids look to take a step closer to an MLS Cup repeat by taking on Sporting Kansas City.

In Europe, you can kick the day off by watching Michael Bradley and Chievo taking on Siena, while Tottenham and Queens Park Rangers face off in their own London Derby.

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

7:30 a.m. - Fox Soccer Plus - Siena vs. Chievo Verona

9:15 a.m. - FoxSoccer.tv - Leeds United vs. Cardiff City

10 a.m. - ESPN3.com - Fiorentina vs. Genoa

10 a.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - Udinese vs. Palermo

10:30 a.m. - GOLTV - FC Cologne vs. Augsburg

11 a.m. - ESPN3.com - Osasuna vs. Levante

12 p.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - Tottenham vs. Queens Park Rangers

12 p.m. - FoxSoccer.tv - Toulouse vs. Stade Rennes

12 p.m. - FoxSoccer.tv - Nice vs. Sochaux

12:30 p.m. - GOLTV - Hamburg SV vs. Kaiserslautern

1 p.m. - DirecTV - Racing Santander vs. Real Betis

2 p.m. - Telemundo - Toluca vs. Queretaro

2 p.m. - Univision - Estudiantes Tecos vs. Cruz Azul

3 p.m. - GOLTV - Atletico Madrid vs. Real Zaragoza

3 p.m. - ESPN2/ESPN3.com/ESPN Deportes - New York Red Bulls vs. Los Angeles Galaxy

3:45 p.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - Cagliari vs. Lazio

4 p.m. - Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer.tv - Valenciennes vs. Lille

5 p.m. - ESPN2/ESPN3.com/ESPN Deportes - Philadelphia Union vs. Houston Dynamo

5 p.m. - GOLTV - Malaga vs. Espanyol

6 p.m. - Galavision - America vs. Puebla

7 p.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - Colorado Rapids vs. Sporting Kansas City

 

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57 Responses to Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

  1. Swifty says:

    Ummmmm…..let me b the first to say…GO GALAXY!!!!

  2. Predicto says:

    Chievo down 0-3 v Siena. Maybe that’ll spur some offense and get MB forward? Let’s see.

  3. Predicto says:

    And Eintracht Frankfurt dominating v Ingolstadt – Buddle hasn’t touched the ball yet for FCI.

  4. TK says:

    Ives,

    You should change your links to watchespn.com instead of espn3.com. I believe they changed it. Keep up the good work!

  5. Mark says:

    Hate to see the kid fail, but Bradley was fan-voted as the flop of the match in Chievo’s 4-1 loss today. Going on what we’ve seen from Klinsmann so far I would not be surprised to see Bradley left at home for upcoming friendlies.

    Sad stat:

    Chievo are 1-0-5 having scored only 3 goals in 6 games since Bradley was officially given the starting job (Genoa). They were 2-1-1 with 5 goals in 4 games before.

  6. Dawsaw says:

    “Hate to see the kid fail…”

    Don’t piss on my leg and tell me it’s raining.

  7. Dylan B T says:

    +1

  8. whooze says:

    You do know the first few matches that Bradley started they actually won several. They may not have scored but that’s not his fault. That’s just cause they have crappy strikers who aren’t given good enough service.

    Bradley is still finding his form for the league but he’s doing well. That’s why he plays 90mins in each week

  9. Paul says:

    dang, intense AZ match… jozy with some good center forward positioning and interesting first touch… i´d put my $ on a jozy goal, or at least an assist

  10. TomG says:

    Sad stat: Mark’s stats are completely made up. Do you think that you can just lie and make up Chievo’s record without people knowing? Are you dumb or just a liar (or a troll)?

  11. Mark says:

    I’m going to embarrass you like the idiot that you are. You think you can just come around accusing people of things? Of course you do because you are irrational and you rationalize that since something contradicts with what you irrationally believe it must be a lie. It’s a mental disease.

    2-1-1 == 5 goals in 4 games
    Aug 21 – Chievo 1 – 0 Livorno
    Sept 11 – Chievo 2 – 2 Novara
    Sept 18 – Chievo 1 – 2 Parma
    Sept 21 – Chievo 1 – 0 Napoli

    1-0-5 == 3 goals in 6 games
    Sept 25 – Chievo 2 – 1 Genoa
    Oct 2 – Chievo 0 – 0 Cesena
    Oct 16 – Chievo 0 – 0 Juventus
    Oct 23 – Chievo 0 – 1 Inter Milan
    Oct 26 – Chievo 0 – 1 Bolonga
    Oct 30 – Chievo 1 – 4 Siena

    Don’t bother replying.

  12. michael says:

    Wow TomG thats embarrassing for you. What an ugly hypocrite to accuse someone of making up facts when your entire comment was one big lie.

    Ashton Kutcher says “youve been punk’d.”

  13. adub says:

    he played vs napoli…. looks like theyve only struggled for the past week

  14. Khan says:

    It’s a sure bet that TomG will reply to whatever you post about Michael Bradley with a contradiction. Hell, you could say Michael Bradley is bald and he would probably come back with “no! he has a beautiful head of hair you don’t know what you are talking about, liar!”

    Bahaha. Owned.

  15. Khan says:

    Di Carlo said before the Genoa match that Bradley had earned the starting spot officially, I think that’s what Mark is referencing.

    And I guess that depends on how you define struggling… they have scored only one goal in over month.

  16. timmytwoshoezzz says:

    From this day forward, TomG will be known as Turf Ferguson

  17. timmytwoshoezzz says:

    *turd. Dang autocorrect

  18. Ed says:

    This forum is follow of such venom and criticism all the time. Like a bunch of 13 year olds.

  19. GW says:

    Michael Bradley isn’t bald. He shaves his head, probably because he has some weird notion it makes him look better. Or maybe he just likes Billy Corgan.

    As for all this business about Chievo since when was MB supposed to lift that club from 14th (their league position at the end of last year) all by himself?

    He’s in the same situation he was in at BMG, a regular starter on a fair to middling club in a tough league.

    And if Chievo’s woes would cause JK to leave MB off the team, why does he call up a guy like Spector?

    What will JK do if Fulham get relegated? Leave Dempsey off the team?

  20. Khan says:

    The wonders of the internet and anonymity. And for some very strange reason a sort of fanatical obsession with a core group of USMNT players. Regardless of reality, for many of the individuals who comment here the following 3 people will forever walk on water, and anyone perceived to be playing better or ahead of them will be torn down.

    Jozy
    Donovan
    Bradley

    Clint Dempsey for some odd reason gets none of the same protection.

  21. Khan says:

    Bald just means lacking hair, it doesn’t specify cause.

    And no JK will leave him off because he is not playing well. I think Mark was just pointing out the correlation between when Bradley started playing to when Chievo fell off the deep end.

  22. Khan says:

    Edit:

    And in regards to Dempsey, I have no idea. We have no precedent to go off of, but if Fulham were to be relegated and Dempsey sent to a lower division, that would pose an interesting coaching decision.

    That is a big if though, since I think Dempsey would be a key financial tool for the club, they would sell him to another PL club quickly.

  23. Since 82 says:

    This site is enjoyable, but many of the people making comments on the NATS hyperventilate from match to match in a manic state. I wonder what this site would have been like twenty years ago?

    I don’t comprehend all the Bradley hate either. Do people really think that Jones or Edu are better?

  24. Khan says:

    Yes that is very true, it’s always the sky is falling, the sky is falling.

    I do think that Jones is a better player. Edu? Eh, I can’t give an answer to that. It’s a wash in my mind.

  25. Since 82 says:

    I prefer Bradley > Jones > Edu. That being said, I don’t see a significant margin quality or style between the three. IMO, in regard to the NATS, the larger issue is you cannot play these guys together. You need a creative, foreward presence in the lineup as well.

  26. Khan says:

    And we’re seeing what you mentioned with Klinsmann’s selections. I think that Fabian Johnson > all of them and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Edu and Bradley denied a call up with Johnson sitting in the D-mid spot with Jones in as a backup.

  27. Bryan says:

    If Fulham was relegated it wouldn’t change the fact e is one of our best players. So no….it wouldn’t pose an interesting coaching decision. Your logic is flawed.

  28. Since 82 says:

    I am curious to see what role Adu plays moving forward. He caused havoc in the Gold Cup final and hasn’t figured yet.

  29. MidWest Ref says:

    I think that this is an intersting post.

    Bradley and Jozy are lightening rods for criticism on this board. On a weekly basis, someone posts saying Bradley (in essence) is a poor player and is not worthy of national team call up. Until recently, Jozy had the same criticism.

    I don’t understand how you can say that those 3 walk on water on this board. In my opinion, the contrary is true, regardless of their performance on the field.

  30. biff says:

    you got ripped a new one, didn’t you, TomG?

  31. NE Matt says:

    Not that its my business but you look like a fool in both your above postings:

    2-1-1 == 5 goals in 4 games
    Aug 21 – Chievo 1 – 0 Livorno
    Sept 11 – Chievo 2 – 2 Novara
    Sept 18 – Chievo 1 – 2 Parma
    Sept 21 – Chievo 1 – 0 Napoli

    ^Seems like you’ve counted the draws here^

    1-0-5 == 3 goals in 6 games
    Sept 25 – Chievo 2 – 1 Genoa
    Oct 2 – Chievo 0 – 0 Cesena
    Oct 16 – Chievo 0 – 0 Juventus
    Oct 23 – Chievo 0 – 1 Inter Milan
    Oct 26 – Chievo 0 – 1 Bolonga
    Oct 30 – Chievo 1 – 4 Siena

    ^Seems like to make a stronger point you’ve discounted draws here^

    Their record since Bradley starting is actually 1-2-3, not 1-0-5

    If you’re gunna get loud, at least double check and re-read your posting

  32. Khan says:

    I am a big time Freddy supporter. I know he picked up a knock after the Gold Cup which kept him out for awhile and he lost his match fitness, hence the lack of call ups.

    I see him playing a major role in the Olympics with all the other players his age.

  33. NE Matt says:

    Oh, and don’t bother replying Mark

  34. BrianK says:

    20 years ago, people would have been losing their minds about Jeff Agoos, Bruce Murray and Mike Windeshman! Agoos and Murray are the all time headscratchers!!!

    Frustrated with some players in the pool now? Consider Agoos (he is the Dan Quail of the USMNT). Bruce Murray? Didn’t even get drafted by an MLS team in ’96 when he was in his (errr) prime,..27 yoa.

  35. Khan says:

    Interesting perspective. I think it has a lot to do with the posters general perspective of the board and their own opinions.

    I take issue with the fanaticism of some players, so I perceive and recall the posts that I find irrational in defense of players.

    Seems like you are the opposite, you recall most of the posts on the other end of the spectrum.

    I think the bigger issue is that many people will articulate an idea as mark did above about Bradley’s string of bad games accompanied by the form of his team overall leading to him not being called in for the upcoming friendlies.

    That is a completely reasonable assumption in my eyes, but so many people read the entire post and only see two things… “Michael Bradley” + “not called up,” and they just instinctively go at the person.

  36. Khan says:

    Haha Bruce Murray.

  37. biff says:

    I agree 100%, GW, that Klinsmann would not keep MB off the team because Chievo is playing poorly. The problem is, in two of MB’s last three games he has played poorly and in the other game nothing special. He gave up the winning goal last week against Inter from awful defending on a corner kick, and today he was indirectly involved in allowing Siena’s first goal when he got beat and let a man pass by and was directly involved in allowing the second goal. Siena started the game attacking on the sides, and then they found the weak spot and started attacking down the middle through MB and he did not look good most of the game.

    Compare that with what other potential USMNT’s Number Six’s are doing, such as Jermaine Jones dominating the midfield for Schalke and the ever steady and tenacious Kyle Beckerman. Danny Willaims was playing well for Hoffenheim until yesterday’s game against Schalke, and he might still be ahead of MB on the depth chart.

  38. Bill says:

    +1 big time

  39. Since 82 says:

    I am as well particularly in a 4-3-3.

  40. Bill says:

    Khan, I very much agree that the form of argument often is of the variety: see a post with which I disagree; respond by attacking poster in some way, rather than assessing quality of the argument the poster made.

    In regard to Mark’s point I’d say it’s quite a stretch to attribute a decline in Chievo’s play to the insertion of Bradley into Chievo’s starting lineup. There’s no statistically significant difference in Chievo’s results pre Napoli to post Napoli.

  41. Khan says:

    Good point Biff.

  42. Khan says:

    Absolutely, with Gatt and Mix on the wings flanking him and Boyd up top.

    That Olympics squad will be stacked.

  43. GW says:

    “I think Mark was just pointing out the correlation between when Bradley started playing to when Chievo fell off the deep end.”

    So you guys are saying it’s Bradley’s fault Chievo is not doing well? what about the other 10 guys?

    Where is your proof that Chievo’s troubles can be blamed on Bradley?

    Correlation between two variables does not automatically imply that one causes the other.

  44. GW says:

    JK said he wanted you his guys to get regualr playing time.

    Show me where in any of JK’s many quotes that he said anything to the effect that if your club is doing badly it’s your fault and I won’t pick you.

    If MB were playing badly why would Chievo keep picking him?

    Logic tells you if he were playing badly and the club were doing badly, they would turn to someone else. And if that happened then JK would not pick him.

    But if Chievo keep playing MB then logic would again tell you they don’t agree with you that their fortunes are due to his crap play.

  45. Predicto says:

    Missed it – Anderlecht vs Lierse was just on and I was going to watch to see how Kljestan was doing. Looks like he scored too. He seems to be having a good year with a good club – although under the radar.

  46. GW says:

    biff,

    That’s all well and good if your primary concern is who has the inside track on starting or playing in the November friendlies.

    But Bradley is just getting started in Chievo, Jones is just getting back into the swing of things at Schalke and Williams has just started with the USMNT and this is also his first time being a full time regular at Hoffenheim or anywhere really.

    Let’s see how everyone is playing next spring, after all the injuries and losses of form have taken their toll.

    I don’t really care who plays in November.

  47. BrianK says:

    Red Bull Arena is EMPTY!!!!

  48. GW says:

    Khan,

    You haven’t been following the USMNT very long or very consistently have you?

  49. Predicto says:

    and field looks torn up!

  50. Since 82 says:

    People are waiting for the Cosmos to arrive.

  51. BrianK says:

    Enormously disappointing. Exciting game,….but what is up with Rafa Marquez and Hans Backe. Obviously, Marquez is laughing all the way to the bank but what is up with Baxke’s reluctance to use subs and what is the deal with Agudelo?

    Do any of the journalist ask any post-match questions?

  52. Snare says:

    I love MLS playoffs for the sole purpose that the games get really intense. For this reason I for one would be really upset if MLS would ever get rid of them. I understand why people like to declare the regular season winner the champ, but I prefer the United States’ obsession with playoffs with their sports because intensity and emotions run high on a consistent basis.

  53. TomG says:

    just read the stats, troll.

  54. TomG says:

    Read the stats, Troll. MB started for Napoli game.

  55. TomG says:

    You’re chiming in without checking the facts. MB started vs. Napoli.

    Wow, how embarassing for you.

  56. TomG says:

    You’re chiming in without checking the facts? MB started vs. Napoli.

    Bahaha. Owned.

  57. TomG says:

    You’re chiming in without checking the facts? MB started vs. Napoli.

    you got ripped a new one, didn’t you, Biff.

    You’ve lost all credibility.