Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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One of the most anticipated matchups of the year takes place at Stamford Bridge today, as Chelsea will take on Manchester United. Chelsea is off to a torrid start this season, following their Champions League championship earlier this year. Yet despite having yet to lose so far this season, they sit just one point clear of second-place Manchester City, and four points clear of Manchester United.

Meanwhile, another rivalry matchup will go down at Goodison Park, as the Merseyside Derby will pit Liverpool and Everton together for the 219th time in the historic rivalry. David Moyes and company find themselves fourth in the standings after four wins in their first eight matches. They will look to continue that against Liverpool, which has yet to find its footing.

Elsewhere, several clubs scattered across the top of the Serie A standings will be in action, as Juventus will welcome Catania, along with Bologna taking on Inter Milan. In addition, American Michael Bradley and AS Roma will travel to Udine to take on the struggling Udinese squad.

Stateside, most teams will be concluding their MLS season. However, two playoff-bound teams will face off at the Home Depot Center, as the LA Galaxy will welcome the Seattle Sounders. Both know their fate, with the Galaxy taking on the Vancouver Whitecaps in the opening round of the playoffs, but that will not diminish the intensity on the field between two teams who will be looking to enter the playoffs on the right foot.

If you will be watching today’s soccer action on TV, 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:

6:30am- ESPN Deportes/ESPN3.com- Feyenoord vs. Ajax

7:30am- RAI- Catania vs. Juventus

8:30am- ESPN3.com- Zwolle vs. PSV Eindhoven

9am- Univision Deportes- Lorient vs. Ajaccio

9:30am- ESPN2/ESPN3.com- Everton vs. Liverpool

10am- beIN Sport en Espanol- Bologna vs. Inter Milan

10am- beIN Sport- Fiorentina vs. Lazio

10:3am- GolTV- Stuttgart vs. Eintracht Frankfurt

11am- FoxSoccer2Go.com- Newcastle United vs. West Bromwich Albion

11am- Fox Soccer Plus- Southampton vs. Tottenham

Noon- Fox Soccer Channel- Chelsea vs. Manchester United

Noon- beIN Sport- Bastia vs. Bordeaux

12:30pm- GolTV- Bayern Munich vs. Bayer Leverkusen

2pm- beIN Sport- Real Zaragoza vs. Sevilla (Delayed)

3:15pm- ESPN.com- Estoril vs. Porto

3:45pm- RAI- Roma vs. Udinese

4pm- MLS Direct Kick- Columbus Crew vs. Toronto FC

4:30pm- beIN Sport- Mallorca vs. Real Madrid

6:30pm- beIN Sport- Marseille vs. Lyon (Delayed)

7pm- Galavision- FC Dallas vs. Chivas USA

9pm- ESPN, ESPN3.com- Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders

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79 Responses to Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

  1. x says:

    Dempseyyyyyyyyyyy with a brace

  2. Tim M. says:

    Joseph Gyau has come at halftime for St. Pauli and it immediately pays dividends, with two goals in the span of 10 minutes.

    • Tim M. says:

      Gyau looks so confident out there on the right. making dashing runs, keeping position and tracking back defensively. The second half has been completely St. Pauli’s

      • biff says:

        Agreed. Gyau playing with confidence and showing a high level of technical skill and is not afraid to take the defense on one on one–and, man, is he fast. And, surprisingly, he subbed in at the start of the second half as, are you ready for this, as right winger. His previous appearances for St. Pauli were as left winger. If Gyau can keep playing this well for the last 15 minutes of the game I think the kidmight be starting next week. I hope so.

        • Tim M. says:

          Ditto.

          It’s undeniable, the difference he’s made in the second half. He’s calm on the ball and making the right decisions, when to pass out, when to run with the ball. Being a St. Pauli fan, i know their isn’t a winger on the roster as dynamic as Gyau.

        • biff says:

          Yep, I think Joe Gyau’s excellent performance today (St. Pauli came back from being down 0-2 to win 3-2) will earn him a starting spot for St. Pauli’s next game. The TV announcer kept saying how dynamic Gyau is and that he was a game changer and that he took advantage of his chance to show the coach what he can do. After the game the St. Pauli captain Fabian Boll — a cult figure — hugged Gyau very warmly, and also the other veteran members of the team were hugging him, indicating that he has earned a lot of goodwill within the team.

          Gyau appears to have actually grown a couple inches the past 18 months (is that possible) and is looking very strong physically, with more upper body strength then before. His presence on the field is very mature. This is great news for the USMNT. He said in a recent German news article that his goal is to win a spot on the USMNT for WC 2014.

  3. Heft says:

    Timmy Howard is killing my fantasy football score for this week.

  4. Heft says:

    2-1 in the 21′ @ Goodison. Game on!

  5. Citronomics says:

    Pow! Suarez header from Gerrard. Sorry Timmy, your D decided to take a snooze on that one.

    And now Osman with a good strike. 2-1 Red Dragons.

  6. Heft says:

    It’s getting chippy now.

  7. deepvalue says:

    Luis is half a buffoon but he is a great soccer player.

  8. Scott says:

    This game is awesome. Wide open.

  9. Citronomics says:

    Good grief. 2-2. Brilliant display of marking by Liverpool on Naismith’s goal. Everton definitely with the more dominant play. Pool needs to tighten up and play more tidy possession.

  10. Kevin says says:

    I remember 5 years ago the Reds had Torres. He was their HERO

  11. 22 says:

    Ibra with 10th league goal today for PSG. He’s QUALITY

  12. Citronomics says:

    Oh my goodness. Sterling in on goal and chips it wide.

  13. Nick says:

    Ives, one thing I liked about the old design was that it had your Twitter feed on the side. Any chance you’ll bring that back?

  14. Nick says:

    Suarez and Liverpool were unlucky with that offsides call, yet I’m okay with that.

    • Robbie says:

      Like one of the previous posters said, ‘Suarez is a bufoon’… perhaps the linesman shared the sentiment

  15. 22 says:

    Great Suarez goal to win the match but it’s disallowed. Makes no sense

  16. Liga says:

    Oh no, what an awful ending to a great game. Official has a shocker disallowing a Suarez 94th minute winner for offsides. He was not only in onside with 3 defenders(howard included) in front of him, but he was behind the ball as well. Awful, awful call.

    What a controversy. Replays show that it wasn’t even a close call, clearly onside.

    • EvertonBrian says:

      Suarez is a despicable human being. His antics tarnish the game. I couldn’t be happier with the offside call.

      As well, Coates should have been called for climbing up Jagielka’s back.

  17. MemRook says:

    You know, I hate to say this, cuz I have a soft spot for Everton and especially Timmy, but it really sucks when legit goals are called back. That would have been a thrilling ending. And Suarez of all players lol

  18. Peoill says:

    Is it just me or do the Tot players seem to play around Dempsey. His movement seems good but the final pass to him doesn’t come.

  19. deepvalue says:

    So many false positives and false negatives. Offsides is such a terribly called rule. I worry about Suarez bias on a call like that as well.

    • Citronomics says:

      Agree. Is Suarez a buffoon? Surely. Was that offsides call wrong. Absolutely. No matter what the ref missed during today’s tilt (and he let both sides play IMO), think that Liverpool was robbed at the end (whether Everton fans and folks who loathe Liverpool are happy with it or not).

  20. Tim M. says:

    Suarez is the Carlos Ruiz of the EPL

  21. David B says:

    Goal Clint. Typical Dempsey; not giving up on the play and being there to poach a rebound.

    • biff says:

      yes, that is classic Clint Dempsey. Nice. And it was great to see team leaders Bale and Lennon share in Dempsey’s joy with the goal celebration. Looked sincere.

    • Jamie Z. says:

      Of course he scored today: I just dropped him from my fantasy football team. So you know, you’re welcome, everybody.

  22. Liga says:

    Also, Everton fans are an EMBARRASSMENT right now.

    “Always the victim” “murderers.” Really? Those are acceptable chants?

  23. Liga says:

    link to twitpic.com

    Saurez is SO FAR onside it’s not even funny. That official should never see another top flight game.

  24. 22 says:

    Oh boy. That Clint

  25. tomG says:

    great save on Jozy who tries to deke the keeper at close range .

  26. tomG says:

    great touch shown by Jozy there as a hold up playere, gathering in an absolute laser and coolly distibuting it.

  27. tomG says:

    Goal AZ. mixed bag so far for Jozy. some nice touches, a couple poor ones and a couple attempts at creativity that missed. perhaps hes a bit rusty from his layoff.

  28. tomG says:

    ooooohhhh nooooo! Golden opportunity missed by Jozy. great run, gorgeous cross right across the goal mouth and Jozy angles it wide from point blank.

  29. tomG says:

    Jozy wins the ball and provides the immediate chip through ball for the assist in the 87th minute! that effort really saves his performance for the day which was heretofore looking quite rust laden. good job, Jozy!

  30. Heft says:

    Luiz own goal and Ivanovich being sent off decimated my chances to get ahead on fantasy football.

    Manchester United up by two initially, but Chelsea have clawed their way back to level 2-2.

  31. Jonathan says:

    Bad call on torres dive. He was caught and then overreacted a little. No need for a yellow/red

  32. Leo says:

    Drama at Stamford Bridge. Hope a fan gives that ref a boot to the head when he walks outside.

  33. Heft says:

    Chicharito poaches one.

  34. Ricky B. Free says:

    So United needed an offsides goal and a shady second yellow to Torres to win a game. Good going ref you handed United another win.

    • Francois says:

      +1000000000000

    • Heft says:

      And a Luiz own goal.

    • Nate Dollars says:

      I would add the straight red for ivanovic. didn’t see much contact, if at all.

      • JeffP says:

        You have to wonder if Luis Suarez would have gotten that call. With Young’s reputation for diving, that question has to be asked. But if that was the only controversial call, it would have been annoying, but acceptable. Three is absolutely unacceptable. But be sure about it, next time even a minor call goes against SAF, he’ll be claiming refs are aligned against United!

        • JeffP says:

          The replay makes the Ivanovic red look even worse. He goes down based on the feather-touch in the back, much like the Shaun Derry red United won against QPR last year. I thought his foot caught Young’s leg, but that was actually after he started going down and his leg kicked out behind him.

  35. Francois says:

    2 contentious red cards and an offsides Chicharito tap-in. F*king bullsh!t. Typical United favoritism

    • beachbum says:

      cannot disagree. great game affected big time by officiating decisions that were either simply wrong (the Hernandez goal) or horribly misguided (the Torres second yellow).

    • biff says:

      So true. Ashley Young’s fall was a clear dive. Suarez would have never gotten a penalty for the same play but a yellow card. And Torres was tripped. How can the ref give Torres a yellow card for diving 15 yards outside of the penalty box?

      But it all makes sense. There are news stories speculating the Sir Alex is going to retire at the end of this season and does anyone really think that Man U will not end up in first place for his last season? Sort of a going away present.

  36. Wendell Gee says:

    Two great games today ultimately ruined by the refs.

    There’s no such thing as “the perfect sport”. Soccer is not perfect either. The frequency with which refs determine outcomes of soccer games is soccer’s biggest weakness, and that’s been on full display today.

  37. Nick says:

    For all the United favorism people the last time that that ref refereed a united game he sent Evans off. That being said chicharito was offside and Torres went down to easily but then again so did Ashley young imo..

    • JeffP says:

      The fact remains that United get the benefit of the doubt over their opponents more than any other team. I think if you polled supporters of every team asking which team gets the most calls, there’d only be one set of supporters that wouldn’t say ‘Manchester United’.

  38. jones says:

    Bradley once again starting the game on the bench. Hope he can fight his way back, but Roma seem to be doing fine without him lately.

    • Hogatroge says:

      After squandering a 2-0 lead to lose 2-3, maybe it won’t be too long before the General is back on the pitch for Roma.

  39. Alex says:

    Boyd scores today