Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By BRYAN ROBISON

Clint Dempsey will likely make his debut for Tottenham Hotspur, as they play host to Reading today. Dempsey, who was acquired by the London club on the final day of the transfer window, has yet to play this season due to holding out and not playing for Fulham in the first handful of matches to open the year. Dempsey, who played twice in the span of five days for USMNT against Jamaica, will likely see his first playing time as a subsitute off the bench.

Another American playing for Tottenham is Brad Friedel, who will continue his normal routine of having his name announced during the starting lineups, as the American goalkeeper will extend his record consecutive starts streak to 308. Friedel continues to barely hold off recent Tottenham signee Hugo Lloris, who also joined the club during the final day of the transfer window.

Elsewhere in Italy, Inter Milan will look to return to form after struggling in a 3-1 loss to Roma two weeks ago, as they take on Torino. The Roman club will also be on the pitch Sunday, as they travel north to take on Bologna.

Genoa will look to continue their strong start to the season, as they travel to Turin to take on defending Serie A champions Juventus in a pivotal early-season matchup.

Enjoy the action. (Today's TV schedule is after the jump):

Today's soccer on TV:

8:30 a.m. – ESPN3.com – AZ Alkmaar vs. Roda JC

9 a.m. – beIN Sport 1 – Roma vs. Bologna

9 a.m. - beIN Sport ñ – Genoa vs. Juventus

9 a.m. – Univision Deportes – Stade Rennes vs. Lorient

9:30 a.m. – GOLTV – Freiburg vs. Hoffenheim

10:30 a.m. – Fox Soccer Channel – Reading vs. Tottenham

11 a.m. – beIN Sport 1/Univision Deportes – Lyon vs. Ajaccio

11:30 a.m. – GOLTV – Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Hamburg

1 p.m. – Univision – Pumas vs. San Luis

1 p.m. – ESPN3.com – Duke vs. Miami (women)

1 p.m. – ESPN3.com – Wake Forest vs. Florida State (women)

1:30 p.m. – GOLTV – Neza vs. Necaxa

2 p.m. – ESPNU/ESPN3.com – Missouri vs. South Carolina (women)

2 p.m. – ESPN3.com - Alabama vs. LSU (women)

2:40 p.m. – beIN Sport 1/beIN Sport ñ - Torino vs. Inter Milan

3:30 p.m. – GOLTV – Cruzeiro vs. Vasco de Gama

5:30 p.m. – GOLTV – Flamengo vs. Gremio

7 p.m. – Univision Deportes – Atlante vs. Tijuana

7:30 p.m. – GOLTV – Velez Sarsfield vs. River Plate

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99 Responses to Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

  1. caz2070@windstream.net says:

    Jozy with a goal and assist in the first 30 minutes. Nice one touch goal on a give and go.
    Seems to be moving with purpose today and not just going through the motions.

  2. MemRook says:

    Jody with a goal and assist in first 30 mins of AZ game. Looking good, excellent first touch and hold-up play so far. Don’t know where this was forUSA games but it could be from countless factors; glad to him still doing well domestically

  3. MemRook says:

    Lol thanks autocorrect: JOZY not Jody.

  4. Mig22 says:

    The kid just keeps getting better and better. On the second goal, not only did he get the assist, he started the whole sequence with a trap and then nifty pass. After that, he made the spread right run that was precisely where he needed to be. Then was unselfish with the pass as he would have been justified in shooting from that position.

    Good times.

  5. Jon says:

    Jozy again!

    How cool was that takedown and finish?

  6. MemRook says:

    ANOTHER!!!! Jozy!!!!! Brilliant! That was sweet.

  7. malkin says:

    And at a 2nd for Jozy. Sick goal. Ball over the top of the D beats the offside trap. Jozy traps it with his chest and takes it mid-air to add to his 2nd of the day.

  8. Mig22 says:

    Josmer….Like. A. Boss.

  9. Mig22 says:

    Gee, doesn’t everybody say he has no first touch? :)

  10. isaf says:

    Yesssssssssssssssssssssss. He can borrow my wife if he scores another. He may be crap for us but Solid for his club

  11. malkin says:

    Also, Danny Williams back in the starting 11 for Hoffenheim. Excited to watch him and Fabian on Goltv

  12. MemRook says:

    I agree with everything you said up until the actual pass; I thought he was shooting, by the way he set himself up and swung his leg, and mishit it, luckily for him and his team. Either way, it’s great to see him playing confidently and doing the little things right more consistently.

  13. MemRook says:

    I feel like when Jozy WANTS to, he can be undefendable. He’s playing so strong and smart today. I bet that as he grows and gets older he will learn to play like this more and more. For the US and for eventually a “big” club.

  14. Zack says:

    I’m no Jozy hater, but there’s no way his assist wasn’t a botched shot.

  15. isaf says:

    Time to drop the hat trick today? He has 6 league goals. League leading

  16. Mig22 says:

    I have often been critical of his work rate/ethic but I am perfectly happy to say that either a) I was wrong or b) he is maturing as you surmise.

  17. atd says:

    My two cents: Veerbek’s put him in a position to succeed; Klinsmann hasn’t.

  18. batman says:

    Does Friedel start today? what about next weekend?

  19. Mig22 says:

    Interesting. I didn’t think so at the time but now I gotta take another look.

  20. MemRook says:

    I mean, that’s nice of you and all, but is your wife hot? I mean smokin hot? Like hot enough to match the level of jozy’s play today? That’s the only way it’s fair….

  21. caz2070@windstream.net says:

    So you believe he accidently mishit
    the ball directly at two teamates
    who were charging into the box?
    I respectfully disagree with your
    pessimistic view of the play and
    give Jozy the benefit of the doubt.

  22. TomG says:

    AZ plays a very proactive style with intricate passing, domination of possession and midfield and forward line. Jozy’s start in Jamaica was for a side that had zero value for possession, zero service, zero linkup play, awful passing, and 3 dmids that had zero interest in getting the ball to the forwards. None of the forwards saw the ball at all outside of the first 5 minutes. I don’t remember Boyd getting a single touch after he came in for Jozy. It was just an awful, impossible game for a forward to look good. Not fair to place any judgement on that game. He was poor in his 10 minutes as a sub in Columbus but its tough to say he’s not playing we’ll for USMNT bc of 10 poor minutes. His last full run before this was against Italy where he was one of the best players on the pitch in a great win. That game was the best USA has played under Klinsi.

  23. construction says:

    The lion of Holland. If Jozy keeps performing like this then he’s of to a big EL club in France or Germany next year

  24. malkin says:

    Michael Bradley didn’t dress again. I thought his injury was just a minor strain, no?

  25. malkin says:

    Ya, pretty sure he’s starting, and Lloris isn’t happy. Manager made a comment essentially saying it’s impossible not to start him if he keeps performing the way he he has. I’d imagine he’ll be in a pretty short leash, however. Any sign of slipping and he’ll be outta there.

  26. ACS says:

    Hoffenheim up 1-0, Johnson and Williams starting

  27. Jon says:

    Hat trick!

  28. Petaluman says:

    Born in the USA playing loud in the stadium

  29. Jon says:

    Read the other day that he and De Rossi were training on the side. Maybe next week.

  30. Bob says:

    Another for JOZY!! GOOOAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!

  31. atd says:

    Veerbek = Verbeek.

  32. Brian S. says:

    Jozy is motivated to knock Herc from that starting spot

  33. Jon says:

    Did I just hear a “USA!” chant during the Hoffenheim game while Fabian was taking that throw-in?

  34. Bob says:

    Anyone know what they are saying about JK on ESPN (its in Spanish for those not watching)?

  35. gas huffer says:

    In much agreement. Well said.

  36. malkin says:

    I heard that, too. Game is in Freiburg, though, which made me think I was imagining things.

  37. Bob says:

    Jozy Man-of-the-Match with 80% of the vote!

  38. Bob says:

    Now 7 LOL! Awesome!

  39. ac says:

    JOOOZZZZYYYYY!!!!…..Beast mode

  40. john.q says:

    anyone have the highlights of jozy’s hat trick?

  41. 2tone says:

    All I have to say is Klinsmann seems to not be putting Jozy in element to succeed for the national team. Jk better start playing more attack minded middies from here on out because Jozy is playing out of his mind when he actually gets decent service for his club team.

    JK better start maximizing Jozy’s potetntial for the national team.

    Awesome to see him playing so well for club.

  42. Bob says:

    It is on ESPN3 right now!

  43. john.q says:

    Dempsey on the bench.

  44. Bird says:

    By far the best match I have seen Jozy play. 3 goals, 1 assist and 2 other passes that should have led to goals…..if you re-watch the jamaica match this is the same style he attempted to play but it didnt come off. In Holland he is a target forward but he passes the ball back to the mids/support quickly and makes a run for a one-two. I watched him attempt this 3 times during the US match and the other players just werent on the same page. It will come with more practice. Anyway great match for Jozy now time to watch Hoffenheim 2nd half and the Tottenham match

  45. Heft says:

    I’m surprised to see that the USA game is not included in the listings.

  46. GW says:

    Jozy is already a very good striker.

    You seem to be implying that when he is “defendable” it is because he wants to be.

    TomG quite rightly pointed out that the AZ offense is a pretty well honed machine where Jozy has spent quite a great deal of work and time fitting into the scheme and reaping the rewards of his work.

    To expect him to show up on a team with a completely different set of players and a scheme that changes from game to game and replicate his club form instantly is a bit much.

    US fans have very short memories and forget how long it took to integrate Clint Dempsey into the US team or (vice versa) and until that happened most of you were saying he was selfish and only played for Fulham.

    Boyd and Gomez currently fit what is currently going on with the team but it would be a mistake for JK to not keep trying to fit Jozy in.

  47. Bob says:

    Boooooooo!

  48. GW says:

    So what does it matter?

    Own goals are not intentional. But they
    count. Move on.

  49. atd says:

    This is exactly right. He came on in the Jamaica match looking to play football, but by then Dempsey was gassed and everyone else was playing to kill off the game.

  50. MemRook says:

    The only thing I am implying as a huge Jozy and USA supporter is a continual upward trend in Altidore’s development and performances for both club and USA teams. Anything else you surmised from my comment is projection.

    In this comment I’m just a huge fan excited about one of my favorite players.

    I’m not interested in breaking down and analyzing why and how the USA doesn’t play like xyz or whatever. Because everything is fluid and one day its one thing and the next day its the next. As a US supporter I’m just here to root for our guys thru thick and thin. Anything else (criticizing player Y for that or Coach Z for that) doesn’t interest me because it’s tiresome. I am proud to be an American and love our soccer team :)

  51. TomG says:

    Jozy and Herc are an interesting contrast. Jozy better technically, stronger, better hold up player, better passer, harder shot, while Herc has a fantastic workrate and makes incredibly smart runs. On the road in CONCACAF, on shabby pitches where USA is playing conservative and looking for a draw, Herc is probably the better option b/c he can create something with sheer hard work, but at home, on a decent pitch, with USA creating service, Jozy is your best option for finishing.

  52. Bob says:

    Tough tackle by Williams!

  53. 2tone says:

    I agree 100 percent. I saw a Jozy that was hungry to score more goals and play football when he came on versus Jamaica. While his teammtes were in a different mindset of just killing off the game. One has to think that a 100 percent Macth fit Dempsey in a with drawn striker role and Jozy as the main striker will be the starting tandem against Antigua. I am a big fan of Herc, but he is not as talented as Jozy.

  54. MetrofanNo1 says:

    Why couldn’t Dempsey pick a more suiting number than #2?

  55. GTV says:

    Altidore.

  56. don says:

    What number could possible be more fitting?

  57. jones says:

    #DeuceFace! (though I still like StankFace also)

  58. Mig22 says:

    Pretty fair assessment. I’m such a Herc fan but Altidore is going to be (or is now) a more complete talent. That said, Herc is a garbageman and there is just no substitute for the uncanny knack of being in the right place. Hell, Inzaghi made a HOF career out of just that.

  59. WiscFan says:

    + 1 – especially being on NBC.

  60. Jon says:

    Ugh…Hoffenheim have allowed 15 in four games. 3 losses in the league after the embarassment of losing to a 4th tier club in the cup.

    Not sure how many you can directly fault FJ or Williams (who hasn’t been a full-time starter) for, but a record that bad doesn’t reflect well on anybody.

    Somebody who knows German go read the papers and tell me how close the club is to a manager change. Can’t be far, I imagine. It’s not a big club and certainly not one who can afford to fall far behind early.

  61. Original Aaron says:

    TomG I think you are WAY shortchanging Her. You don’t fight your way to playing time in Mexico because of your work rate. Her is better passer, and has better technique than Jozy (although it is true that Jozy’s technique is much improved since he went to Holland). The style played by AZ has forced Jozy to play a more technical game and learn to involve his teammates with his passes- areas of his game that are light years better than when he left MLS- but that doesn’t necessarily translate into good hold up play. for the USA against Jamaica he wanted to play one twos and flick one and generally start the fast break. This is what he does for AZ, but is the opposite of what we needed right then, which was good hold up play.

  62. elgringorico says:

    So who would Dempsey replace if he came in?

  63. Original Aaron says:

    Auto correct. Her should be Herc

  64. atd says:

    Gotta say, Aaron Lennon can do a great Robbie Findley impression.

  65. Isaac says:

    Tactically speaking, Bale might make the most sense. He’s a bit redundant with Lennon on the other flank offering pace in behind and crossing, and looking better overall right now. Dempsey could come in for Siggurdson but I’m not sure that happens after the great pass he offered for the assist.

  66. Dank says:

    Probably Sigurdson. They play very similar roles.

  67. hogatroge says:

    Jozy may not have had two stellar matches against Jamaica, but he’s hardly been “crap” for the US.

    Who was it that set Dempsey up brilliantly for the win in Italy?

  68. hogatroge says:

    I agree.

    Who’s to say he wouldn’t have had a great game in Kingston if the team were actually capable of getting him a few balls.

    Yes, he played lazy in Columbus. While it’s not an excuse, I can see that his benching has affected him. From his perspective, it probably seems like he was benched for no reason, and at his age, after being the #1 choice for so long, it’s gotta be hard.

  69. hogatroge says:

    When players like Gatt and Gyau get integrated into the USMNT fold in the next three or for years, and Shea and Bedoya regain form, Jozy could end up being the national team goal scoring machine everyone’s always wanted him to be.

  70. GW says:

    Then you should always be very proud of Jozy. He went abroad a kid and through a dizzing array of teams, managers and countries has managed to persevere and succeed.

    If you’ve never had to move to a foreign culture for a job you can’t appreciate how difficult it can be. I have and I have nothing but respect for Jozy and all the others who have done so.

    Those who question his work ethic clearly don’t understand how much he has to work just to get on the field. And most of that is based on a comment by Ian Dowie, when Jozy was at Hull. I would say Verbeek is a much better coach than Dowie.

  71. TomG says:

    Disagree. Jozy’s touch is better, he has turn moves and hold up skills, and he scores higher quality goals. From what I’ve seen, Herc is not a great passer. Even on the goal at Jamaica, he missed Deuce wide open and shot it instead. Jozy’s experience with AZ has made him an excellent passer. He has made some excellent hold up layoffs for teammates with USMNT that have led to goals and chances. Look at the layoff to Deuce in Italy. Not taking anything away from Herc. Weirdly enough, I think Herc is actually better in the air, despite Jozy’s size advantage. They just have different strengths. Herc is not just a garbage,an by any stretch, but Jozy’s technical skills are vastly underrated.

  72. GW says:

    It’s the number he had at New England.

  73. Stoop says:

    Tottenham’s got some players. I’d think Dempsey’s goal-scoringness would be his in.

  74. biff says:

    The president of Hoffenheim last week during the international break gave mixed support for Coach Markus Babbel. He said it would be crazy to fire a coach after three or four games, but then gave sort of a vague statement that you gotta give a coach eight to 10 games before making a decision like that. The loss today is a classic case of the glass half full, as Hoffenheim finally showed some offense and scored three goals–but allowed five goals.

    Despite the president saying a coach needs 8-10 games, owner and Klinsmann buddy Dietmar Hopp is not afraid to fire coaches and Babbel is no doubt on thin ice and if he does not get a win within two or three games, I would not be surprised to see him axed. Next week is Hannover, which is playing great right now and he could probably survive that loss, but then comes beatable teams Stuttgart and Augsburg. If he is not fired sooner, I think the key game will be Augsburg at home. He loses that, I don’t see how he can survive.

    There appear to be some internal problems on the team. Last season’s captain RB Andreas Beck appears to be in the dog house and was on the bench today. And some other players are apparently not getting along so well and Babbel got rid of several very good players. He personally lobbied for and brought bad boy former national team goalkeeper Tim Wiese from Bremen, although GK fan favorite Tom Starke was doing a good job. And, unbelievably, although Starke’s contract was valid to June 2013, Hoffenheim said they would let him leave on a free transfer and lo and behold FC Bayern swoops in and signs Starke as Manual Neuer’s back-up. And then Babbel names the new guy on the team — Tim Wiese — captain and he brought in a couple of older central defenders from Eintracht Frankfurt that some fans could not understand and on and on…

    Really a bummer for a USMNT fan. My feeling is that Joe Gyau was lucky to get the gig in St. Pauli and out of Hoffenheim and the great thing is St. Pauli has an option on Gyau for a second year. I don’t know details of why Gyau was offered the chance to go out on loan. It surprised me because he was playing a lot and playing well for the Hoffenheim first team in pre-season.

  75. jones says:

    I was about to add this – it’s what gives him the leg up. I hope we see him get time today (and score!) and that he regains full fitness quickly.

  76. Primoone says:

    Wont be long before he is back in the EPL should he continue his scoring binge through the end of the season.

  77. Jon says:

    Appreciate the info.

  78. SG says:

    Dempsey may regret this Tottenham move with AVB at the helm..just saying….

  79. Ray says:

    I’m curious is the MX league better than the Dutch league?

  80. Primoone says:

    *Josimer

  81. mark says:

    Dempsey coming on!

  82. Mhat says:

    The Deuce will soon be loose.

  83. john.q says:

    DEMPSEY’S COMING SOON!

  84. mark says:

    For Bale

  85. Mhat says:

    Nutmeg by Clint leads to a chance on goal for Defoe but he volleys it high.

  86. Drew says:

    With the whole Jozy/Herc debate, I have to say I’m a bit confused why we can’t play both. Let’s play the attacking style JK claims he wants in a diamond.

    Jozy and Herc
    —–Clint—-
    LD——–Bradley
    Fab Boca Cam Dolo

  87. jones says:

    Not much Friedel could have done on that one

  88. Drew says:

    missed danny williams as the holding midfield. or jermaine jones.

  89. jones says:

    because apparently it’s not defensive enough for Klinsmann… *rolls eyes*

  90. Judging Amy says:

    “Those who question his work ethic clearly don’t understand how much he has to work just to get on the field.”

    Absolutely. At best the “lazy altidore” accusations were drawn from conjecture. Too many gossip queens these days.

  91. Judging Amy says:

    I think Klins starts Herc. Herc seems to fit better within Klins’ system. Agree with you completely on their talent levels. Herc is crafty, a fighter, and a good finisher, but he just doesn’t have Jozy’s raw talent, youth, physical presence and now that Jozy is putting it all together…

  92. Judging Amy says:

    So well said TomG. And Mig, I think that’s a spot on comparison of Herc with a [poor man's] Inzaghi.

  93. Judging Amy says:

    I think looking back in a few years, the Who was Better: Herc or Jozy debate is going to look silly as Altidore makes it pretty clear it was never really a contest (at least in terms of talent).

  94. Josh says:

    THANK YOU for providing much-needed perspective! Unless you’re Lionel Messi (and even then it doesn’t hurt…), a forward needs a midfield that’s capable of stringing together dangerous passes and getting the ball to you where you have a chance to score.

  95. beachbum says:

    Haha! fortunately many know that’s a vastly improved part of his game, getting better and more confident all the time!

  96. beachbum says:

    I’m watching :)

  97. beachbum says:

    +1 thanks biff

  98. TomG says:

    TWO forwards!!!??? Craziness!! Is that even allowed? ;)