Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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Transfer madness takes a back seat to mid-week matches, as a number of top teams in Europe take to the field on Tuesday. 

The top four teams in England are all in action, with Landon Donovan, Tim Howard and Everton facing league-leading Manchester City. Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea will all be looking to secure their own results while hoping the American pair can conjure an upset to shorten the gap at the top of the table.

Serie A-leading Juventus is also in action, looking to extend its lead atop the table with its away match against Parma. 

Here is the viewing schedule for Tuesday's matches:

2:45 p.m. – Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer.tv – Wolverhampton vs. Liverpool

2:45 p.m. – FoxSoccer.tv – Parma vs. Juventus

2:45 p.m. – ESPN3.com – Swansea City vs. Chelsea

2:45 p.m. – ESPN3.com – Tottenham vs. Wigan Athletic

3 p.m. – Fox Soccer Channel – Everton vs. Manchester City

3 p.m. – ESPN2/ESPN3.com – Manchester United vs. Stoke City

If you will be watching any of Tuesday's matches, please feel free to share any thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below. Enjoy the action.

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79 Responses to Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

  1. pd says:

    when I grow up I want to be Tim Howard

  2. Paul says:

    No Rogers or John according to ESPN.

  3. NE Matt says:

    Really cool article on how Patrick Nyarko (Chicago Fire) would love to play the USMNT. Also eye opening how much more productive he is than a lot of big name players on creating scoring chances:

    link to mlssoccer.com

  4. malkin says:

    meh. He doesn’t even have any connection other than that he’s lived here permanently for a year? And on top of that, he doesn’t even say “I love this country so much and all of it’s awesome reality tv shows,” but rather it’s “I’m at the peak of my career and my country isn’t calling me.”

    Yes, the latter sentence applies to zee germans too, but not only are they better than Nyarko, they at least have american dads.

  5. NE Matt says:

    At work – can anyone provide a description on how Timmy and Landon are faring so far?

  6. ManicMessiah says:

    Berbatov with a mohawk? Maybe its gone too far.

  7. Francois says:

    Bad call on the penalty in the United game. Park went down so easily.

  8. RK says:

    He’s been here since 2005.

  9. NE Matt says:

    I’m ecstatic George John isn’t playing today. ESPN has West Ham down 3-1 to lowly Ipswich. Should be a great indicator for the gaffer that John can help shore up the leaky defense on display.

  10. JSmiley says:

    Protestor chains himself to Hart goal. Bizarre.

  11. Francois says:

    Patrick Nyarko isn’t good enough to make an impact for us. There are so many players that play in a wing position for us that are much better than him.

  12. fischy says:

    Now, for something completely different…

  13. elgringorico says:

    LOL I think dude swallowed the key. this is wild.

  14. CPA says:

    A spectator at the Everton game just ran on to the field and handcuffed himself to Man City’s goal post with several minutes left in the first half.

  15. marco says:

    United gets another PK.

  16. beachbum says:

    what an a$$hole…anyway

    the game was back and forth, up and down…interesting to see which team grabs the upper hand upon resuming here

  17. vik says:

    really odd. I wonder if he’s protesting the Everton FO or if it’s something more political…
    Well, it’s been effective at getting him attention. They’ll start keeping clippers on hand at all epl games now :)

  18. NE Matt says:

    Should of clarified: I’m not advocating for a roster spot for Nyarko. Just found the article interesting and wanted to share. H creates a hell of a lot of chances though.

  19. fischy says:

    Timmy hasn’t had much to do — got beat on massive strike by Nasri of the crossbar — rebound fell to Aguero and Timmy made a great kick save, but I think Aguero was ruled offside.

    Landon made a lousy free kick, but Felaini fouled Hart s play continued and loose ball came to Donovan, who missed an empty net. Never clear whether the foul was called, as Hart was screaming at the ref…either for a foul or a card.

  20. Ted in MN says:

    That’s the 3rd time LD has looked to pass back to Neville under pressure and he’s been effing nowhere.

  21. Ted in MN says:

    5 extra minutes in the first.

  22. NE Matt says:

    Damn, thanks for the update, but brutal for our guys so far it sounds like. Feel free to update more as the game progresses!

  23. Mig22 says:

    Not brutal if it’s 0-0 vs. ManCity. That’s a pretty good body of work.

  24. marco says:

    Most of the Everton attack is going down the left side. However when Landon does get the ball he’s playing it quickly away, and Gibson and Drenthe have been poor on attack.

  25. marco says:

    United are a top side and don’t need these PKs every week.

  26. malkin says:

    but he’s only been a permanent resident for a year according to the article (i’m assuming that means lawful permanent resident ie green card)

  27. NE Matt says:

    If missing an empty net isn’t brutal, I don’t know what is. And ESPN has Timmy down with only one save in a game that is 67% possession Man City. Can’t say he’s been called upon much. Splendid for the back line, but not so much for our boys, esp if we can’t keep the ball.

  28. Mig22 says:

    We can agree to differ on that. If Everton is holding ManCity and even created a chance or two, then it is a team success and those successes are attributed to the entire team, including the US players. Just a different outlook we have on that, I guess. Cheers.

  29. Mig22 says:

    poor Gibson looks a bit panicked out there. Tough task he’s got versus the City MF but he keeps making lousy passes.

  30. Mhat says:

    Not sure if Fellaini got any of the ball there, no penalty called though.

  31. Mig22 says:

    Never fails. Gibson scores. :) Sheesh

  32. Mhat says:

    Gibson scores on a layoff from Donovan.

  33. beachbum says:

    good stuff for the goal there

    LD gets another assist, how about that

  34. biff says:

    a brilliant assist from Donovan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. elgringorico says:

    Great poise by Landycakes!

  36. Mig22 says:

    Everton may never score a goal again after LD leaves. He’s had a hand in a ridiculous percentage of their goals since he got there.

  37. Paul says:

    And all of a sudden assist!

  38. NE Matt says:

    I’ve been bested! Your glass half full has won this time around! I just saw Donovan notched an assist (again!). You’re a good sport. Cheers!

  39. leftcoastmetro says:

    Misssed the goal. Description, anyone?

  40. Mhat says:

    Ball in the box, LD brought it down, lays the ball off to Gibson at the top of the box and Gibson hit the right corner. May have been a deflection on the way there.

  41. marco says:

    If Landon’s first touch was better I’m sure he takes the shot himself, another assist though.

    Gibson still playing poorly on attack.

  42. Mig22 says:

    :) Every once in a while, that half-full glass works out.

  43. ManicMessiah says:

    Don’t know what the analyst was talking about, acting like Donovan made the wrong decision by controlling rather than trying to volley it.

  44. Charles says:

    For all the insecure MLS fans….you can lose your insecurities. Landon is having an easier time getting assists in England than in the US. Does he have a hand in all the goals except one now ?

    And he played on the best team in MLS, not so much over there.

  45. RK says:

    Obviously, MLS is better than the EPL.

  46. Tony in Quakeland says:

    It was a silly comment. He knew exactly what he was doing

  47. beachbum says:

    how about that counter from LD right there, and then the recovery all the way back with the slide tackle to win the throw

    good sh!t

  48. chris says:

    Incredible running by LD. Sprinting up and down the field.

  49. Tony in Quakeland says:

    If anyone else on Everton could pass, Donovan would have had a few nice chances on goal. Great missed opportunity there

  50. Luke says:

    Heartbreaking draw for Swansea vs Chelsea on an own goal in injury time.

  51. Eric says:

    Not surprising. He’s always been known as one of the most fit players on the US team.

  52. Tony in Quakeland says:

    Okay, that one was a bad touch…

  53. Tony in Quakeland says:

    Everton getting a bit frenetic. But the counter attack may be in play as Man City pushes forward

  54. fischy says:

    Should have. Should have.

    Repeat after me: Should have.

  55. Luke says:

    Mancini with another one of his perplexing substitutions. De Jong for Berry??? Doesn’t he realize they need to score a goal?

  56. fischy says:

    Brilliant? Really? He just laid it off to an onrushing Gibson. It’s almost gilding the lilly to give him an assist.

  57. fischy says:

    He didn’t say he made the wrong decision. He said Donovan almost blew the play by FAILING to control it. Lousy first touch. Fortunately, there was no City player close to him, so LD was able to control the ball when it came back down.

  58. elgringorico says:

    Everton would not have won if Donovan wasn’t playing. FACT!

  59. Tony in Quakeland says:

    As they say in England, a famous victory for Everton!

  60. Luke says:

    Although he really didn’t have an offensive subs to bring in. Must have assumed City would be ahead.

  61. Tony in Quakeland says:

    He was tireless. Donovan = Class

  62. fischy says:

    That was a nice run — too bad his teammate couldn’t get the return pass back to him.

  63. beachbum says:

    cool ;)

  64. K-Town says:

    That play really stood out to me as well.

  65. RLW2020 says:

    they have to at least make a very good offer. if LA won’t sell him at any price thats one thing but Everton should empty out their piggy bank for him.. they are a significantly better team with him.

  66. Ryan says:

    Doosh. Repeat after me: Doosh.

  67. brian t says:

    okay last everton game I kinda ranted about the lack of quality at Everton besides a select few but today I ate some crow. the striker Straquilarisi or whatever was not the silkiest ever but he was relentless and Cahill was looking like it was 2009 Cahill. everyone played tireless and was really inspiring to watch them scramble for everything. As for Donovan, he really impressed me and was all over that wing today. had some sweet touches and his passes were much much much better today. god how I wish he played regularly for an EPL team, and this from a Galaxy fan. then again if rumors are true of Buddle signing soon the Galaxy will arguably have an even better team than last year -albeit the loss of Gonzalez. USA FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT!

  68. marco says:

    Agree, poor first touch which denied shooting opportunity but still composed to get the assist.

  69. marco says:

    There doesn’t appear to be anyone on Everton who can pass in the attacking third.

  70. go usa says:

    It was a fast moving bouncing rebound above knee level when Donovan struck it. It was hardly a sitter. Regardless, the play was dead.

  71. octopus says:

    from french tv announcers referring to donovan’s bad trap then assist -
    “donovan, who has missed everything the entire match – even this one he misses – has the intelligence to lay the ball back to an onrushing gibson.”

  72. RK says:

    Overegging the pudding!

  73. Air Jordanz says:

    LA Galaxy ~= USA, FYI.

  74. Mental Assassin says:

    Clearly.

  75. Carla Bruni says:

    To paraphrase Jeremy Clarkson, to hell with the cheese-eating surrender monkeys.

  76. malkin says:

    what’s a doosh?

  77. ben in el cajon says:

    Or “should’ve,” which is what he’s trying to say. I think txt has ruined people’s use of the apostrophe; we’ve forgotten all about it.

  78. hudson says:

    Just saw the replay of the Everton game. It’s good they’re getting Pienaar back, so someone else on the team knows how to pass the ball when Donovan goes back to L.A. Can Phil Neville even hit the ball on the ground? He’s balloon-ball specialist. And whno one ever gives Donovan a return pass on a give-and-go, as if it’s a unknown concept at Goodison. Why is Moyes considered such a coaching genius?

  79. biff says:

    okay. point taken. I will issue a mea culpa on that. I was excited to see Everton score the go-ahead goal against league-leading Man City with good ol’ Landycakes involved and, yeah, i got a bit carried away. technically not brilliant. that said, there ain’t no easy play in soccer and we have seen that play screwed up countless times and not everyone would have pulled it off as Donovan did. I’m still proud of the guy for being involved in the go-ahead goal against Man City for a very impressive win.