Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

 

Four of the top six teams in the English Premier League square off in a pair of high-profile match-ups that will headline a packed Sunday of quality matches across the globe.

London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea square off, while EPL leaders Manchester United will look to extend their league lead to seven points with a win against fourth-place Tottenham.

In Africa, Ghana takes on Congo in what should be an action-packed Africa Cup of Nations clash. In Italy, Roma take on Inter Milan in what should be a closely-fought and intense battle between Serie A powers.

Looking to watch some Americans play? You can see Herculez Gomez and Santos Laguna take on DaMarcus Beasley and Puebla, while Michael Parkhurst could be making his debut for German side Augsburg as they take on Fortuna Dusseldorf in a clash of bottom-table German sides.

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

8:30am- Fox Soccer Channel- Chelsea vs. Arsenal

9am- beIN Sport- AC Milan vs. Bologna

9am- beIN Sport en Espanol- Fiorentina vs. Napoli (Delay)

9:30am- GolTV- Nuremberg vs. Hamburg

10am- ESPN3.com- Ghana vs. Congo

11am- Fox Soccer Channel- Tottenham vs. Manchester United

11am- beIN Sport en Espanol- Real Valladolid vs. Real Zaragoza

11:30am- GolTV- Fortuna Dusseldorf vs. Augsburg

1pm- ESPN3.com- Mali vs. Niger

1pm- beIN Sport- Atletico Madrid vs. Levante

1pm- ESPN Deportes/Azteca America- Puebla vs. Santos Laguna

1pm- Univision- UNAM Pumas vs. Club Tijuana

2:45pm- RAI- Roma vs. Inter Milan

3pm- beIN Sport- Valencia vs. Real Madrid

6pm- Telemundo- Chivas Guadalajara vs. Cruz Azul

11pm- beIN Sport- Roma vs. Inter Milan (Delayed)

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108 Responses to Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

  1. Joe B NYC says:

    Seems like Arsenal simply don’t have the personnel to deal with Chelsea. I hope they can catch up and make a game of this…

  2. G. Bean says:

    Arsenal has been unimpressive this season to me. Without Cazorla, they would be nearer the bottom of the table then the top. Plenty of talent it seems, but no spirit, or cohesiveness.

  3. G. Bean says:

    Walcott scores one.

    He is playing very dangerously up top. He seems to be on the verge of scoring many goals if he can get his timing a tad bit better.

  4. ec says:

    Very excited to watch Tottenham today, love their midfield of Scotty Parker and Dembele with Bale and Lennon on the wings. With Dempsey and Defoe up top. Now that is an attack! Also, glad Dempsey finds a place with the return of Parker.

  5. john.q says:

    Demps is starting. My body is ready.

  6. Jeb says:

    Did Chandler just strain a muscle?

  7. MemRook says:

    I know it’s beneficial to be selfish in the final third sometimes, take chances and see what develops. You’ll never score if you don’t shoot/try. That said Spurs seem to be TOO selfish so far in this game. A couple times a teammate has made a great run into space only for a Spurs player to try a harder shot.

    • Dudester says:

      I know, Lennon should have played Dempsey in.He was in acres of space but Lennon decides to shoot.WTF

  8. MemRook says:

    Lennon have a pretty good game so far. Probably best of any player on the pitch. I remember when I didn’t used to rate him at all. But he’s really improved his game IMO

  9. Ryan in NYC by way of NC says:

    Michael Bradley > Michael Carrick

  10. Bostitch says:

    I didn’t even notice Dempsey until he got fouled.

    • biff says:

      Did you notice him when he scored the equalizing goal at death to steal points from Sir Alex and Man U? Just saying.

      • A says:

        Ridiculous retort.

        Just because Dempsey scored a big goal in Fergie time does not negate the fact that he was invisible the rest of the game.

        “Did you notice him when he scored?” Of course he was noticed when he scored. Your suggestion that the original poster is incorrect about time frame X (essentially the whole game) because of something done in time frame Y (extra time) is just ridiculous.

        If you cannot accept that Dempsey played quite poorly, but pulled one out at the end then you shouldn’t be replying to other people.

        • GW says:

          A,

          “Just because Dempsey scored a big goal in Fergie time does not negate the fact that he was invisible the rest of the game.”

          Of course it does.

          Dempsey was out there for one reason, to score and he did. Job done.

          • A says:

            No, it doesn’t. This revisionist history is the reason USMNT fans are so insufferable sometimes.

            Dempsey was awful. He managed to score a late goal. He was still awful.

            • GW says:

              A,

              Give it a rest A. Was Dempsey the reason Man U scored? No.

              Was Dempsey the reason Spurs tied Man U? Yes.

              You are entitled to your view of how Clint played but you can’t say he did not do his job.

      • Michael Stypulkoski says:

        What’s the point of this comment? Dempsey was invisible for most of the game. Yes, he scored a huge goal, and full credit to him. But again, what’s the use of making these snarky comments?

  11. G. Bean says:

    Robin Van Persie. Enough said.

  12. MemRook says:

    Saw that developing. Soon as the Spurs centerbacks were torn 50 yards apart.

  13. Henry says:

    I hope timmy chandler is ok

  14. MemRook says:

    Spurs ALL over the place righ now. S.L.O.P.P.Y.

  15. MemRook says:

    Dempsey and Co. just not gelling. Getting uglay for Tottenham

  16. CA says:

    Not a good half for Demps. He gave the ball away in the final third a number of times.

  17. john.q says:

    argh demps with a chance but de gea makes an incredible foot save.

  18. ec says:

    Oh, that hurt to watch. De Gea stops Dempsey from close range with another crazy foot save. Great play from Spurs, finally.

  19. MemRook says:

    Parkhurst on the bench. I thought he was moving to be a starter? Injury? Fitness? Always meant to be backup?

  20. Good Jeremy says:

    I haven’t watched a whole lot this season, but does Dempsey always give the ball away this much?

    • MemRook says:

      Not THIS much no. But to be fair everyone on Spurs is doing the same. No chemistry today. Very selfish play from all Spurs

  21. MemRook says:

    Deuce dances on the ball and twirls into trouble losing possession..again. Pass the ball Tottenham. All of y’all!

  22. MemRook says:

    Argh! F moderation!

    • MemRook says:

      SBI, if y’all can figure out how to moderate writhin a reasonable span of time, like 2-3 minutes (after that comments in a running commentary are often irrelevant), please consider removing the moderation feature. It’s extremely disruptive.

  23. Dudester says:

    No doubt Dempsey is first sub for Sigursson, as always.

  24. isaf says:

    Dempsey has 2-3 more matches whike Adebayor is gone

  25. Cleveland fc says:

    Need him to score and save the day!

  26. Cleveland fc says:

    Too many long shots by Spurs. Maybe Dempsey can get a rebound.

  27. Dudester says:

    Wow Defoe should’ve hit that first time.

  28. Cleveland fc says:

    Dempsey looks tired. not first to the ball.

  29. Cleveland fc says:

    DEMPSEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

  30. MemRook says:

    DEEEEEEEUUUUUUUUUCCCCEEEEEEE!!!!!!!

  31. G. Bean says:

    Deuce!

  32. AMPhibian says:

    DEMPSEY!!!!!!!

  33. Dainja says:

    DEUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCEEEEEEEEE!!!!!! Texas is in the building!!

  34. Jon says:

    Deuce! Poach one!

  35. beachbum says:

    YES!

  36. MemRook says:

    Pride of Texas! Pride of America! Pride of USMNT!

  37. Joamiq says:

    Oh man, that was amazing. Dempsey was having a shockingly horrid game… and he scores the vital goal, one that was coming all game long.

    • DK says:

      little hyperbolic there. ‘shockingly horrid’ would be an unfair characterization.

      anyway his equalizer was pure bliss

      • Joamiq says:

        Not hyperbolic at all. He was having one of his worst games in a Spurs shirt. Wasteful with good chances, passes played straight to the defense nowhere near a white shirt.

        No matter. He’s gotten Spurs 4 points from United. That’s all that matters.

        • DK says:

          You’ve now had 3 people weigh in and comment that it was hyperbolic.

          I realize you have an emotional connection to the way Deuce fares — as I do, too — but you can admit when you’ve overstated something.

    • chewp says:

      How was Deuce having a bad game? Keep in mind he is playing against one of the strongest side on planet earth and managed to get more real opportunities than any player on the field. Play football to understand football please.

    • MJC-DC says:

      Shockingly horrid is quite an overstatement IMO. He had a okay game going until he scored the goal.

    • GW says:

      “Dempsey was having a shockingly horrid game”

      Overreactive hyperbole. You really should come down off that window ledge.

      Defoe and Dempsey were finding it hard sledding against a defense that was not, let’s be real here, Chivas USA or even your local high school team.

      What did you expect?

      .

      This

  38. Ryan says:

    aaaaaahhhhhh!!!!!!!!!

  39. Travis in Miami says:

    with 1:30 in added I was thinking – this is Deuce time. Sweeet!
    And I love to see Man U drop points…double sweet!

  40. Patrick says:

    Dempsey goes BOOM!

  41. Footballer says:

    Good goal by Dempsey. He will start till Emmanuel Adebayor returns from Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

  42. Joe says:

    DEMMMMMPPPPPPPSEEEEEEYYYYYYY GAME DAY BUCKET GO BOOOOOMMM!!!

  43. Kosh says:

    DAMN IT DEMPSEY!! I both hate and love you at the same time right now. Strange…

  44. Joamiq says:

    GIF of Deuce’s goal: link to i.minus.com

  45. gtv says:

    Clint MFin’ DEMPSEY!

    There is no greater gamer in any sport anywhere. When you need a goal, you go to Deuce. Period.

  46. biff says:

    Great goal from Dempsey. And so sweet against Man U. (I bet the trolls posting their nonsense up above feel pretty stupid now).

    What is best about the goal is that it appears AVB has finally realized that Dempsey is a man you need on the field when in desperate need of a goal. Earlier in the season AVB pulled Dempsy in several games around the 70th minute when Tottenham was either tied and needed a win or was down one and needed the equalizer. And for fans above (not the trolls) wringing hands about how poor Dempsey looked today, I would contend that the only attacker who had a better game was Lennon. Defoe had a miserable game and Bale was far from his best. And hard to hold the ball when playing in a snowstom.

    • Joamiq says:

      Defoe was terrible. Parker and Dembele were, quietly, tremendous. Spurs bossed this game from start to finish and the central midfield was a big reason why. Lennon was MOTM IMO – one of the best games of his life. Leaving Dempsey in was definitely smart. It doesn’t really matter if he’s not playing well – he’s a threat to score out of nowhere at any time.

      • biff says:

        Ain’t it the truth, man. A shame that Tottenham defense broke down so completely on the RvP goal and that Tottenham couldn’t have taken all three points. As for Defoe, despite his famed selfishness, I have became a fan of his and he has generally been superb thus far this season. But everyone has a bad game from time to time. Plus, as noted, the weather, maybe it affected him more than the others and maybe he was thrown off balance with the absence of Adebeyor who had paired with the past, what?, six or seven games.

        And I am slowly coming round to AVB, thinking that this guy might know what he is doing after all. It seems to me that, unlike the prima donnas at Chelsea, the guys at Tottenham believe in him.

    • GW says:

      AVB had no one on the bench to sub for Dempsey.

      Adebayor was in Africa and the Icelander is not a goal scoring sub type.

    • A says:

      Your comment clearly indicates that you think you have some sort of posting high ground. You were in the wrong above.

      Dempsey was very bad for the majority of the game. Scoring a late goal does nothing to negate that. Period.

      Create whatever fantasy you want in your head, but that only helps you.

    • Michael Stypulkoski says:

      For the love of God, biff, every week you rant and rave about these supposed trolls attacking Dempsey – where are they? Criticizing a player who is having a poor game is not trolling.

  47. Ramsizzler says:

    I hear Dempsey scored today. Can anyone confirm?

  48. ACS says:

    Dempsey has now scored 4 goals in his last 4 games and 5 in his last 7. 2nd half of the season could work out pretty well for him.

  49. Dudester says:

    Orozco and Gomez starting, Beasley and possibly Joya on the bench.Gomez playing wide left Orozco playing rb subbed off at half for injury.Oh wait no one is prob watching this game,bunch of eurosnobs.

  50. MemRook says:

    A case study in why you should ALWAYS leave Dempsey on the field, even if he is having a rough match. Are you reading this, AVB???

  51. Dudester says:

    Beasley comes on for final 25 min.Gomez misses a chance wide with left foot from six yards out.

  52. Dudester says:

    Beasley misses a chance over the top with right foot.While the US u-20s watch.

  53. Dudester says:

    Noriega scores in stoppage time for Puebla, as they beat Santos 2-1.I think Benji Joya was prob in the stands with the u-20s rather than the Santos bench.Anyways as I end the commentarry with myself ,anyone know what the heck RAI is and if the channel is available on direct tv?Trying to catch Inter-Roma.

    • Edwin in LA says:

      It’s a channel from Italy I believe….I don’t think DirecTv offers no…but I suppose you have already looked for it? Oh and I think Joya was not with the U-20s however….Beasley made it happen towards the end with that near miss on his off foot and by him pressuring Baloy which lead to free kick of the game winning goal

    • G. Bean says:

      Good commentary.

      Tijuana had a great result against UNAM as well. A good day for gringos.

      • DaveW says:

        Well, my Pumas can’t seem to get it right no matter what… Funny how Xolos can come from near sea level Tijuana and seem to have no fitness issues at altitude–they even looked more fit than Toluca in the Apertura final.
        Other notes–commentators picked on “Homey” Castillo a bit, perhaps unfairly, Pumas also tried to, but they never got much going on the right. Also, I don’t think Leandro Augusto has ever made even the bench for a game against his old team, either suspension or injury. Also, Joe Benny was out injured.

  54. ex_sweeper says:

    Bradley wins a penalty kick for Roma which Totti converts! Bradley hasn’t had a bad touch in the game.

    • Alex says:

      should not have been a penalty but mids including Bradley causing some havoc on Inter. Agree Bradley solid so far

    • Edwin in LA says:

      Are you watching it on RAI? If so I’m guessing you have cable? Because I was trying to help someone find it on DirecTv but I found out they don’t carry RAI…

  55. andrew in Tally says:

    Watching the Roma v Inter game. Bradley’s passing game is a joy to watch. His defense is no laughing matter either. He needs to play higher up the pitch to add bite to the offense. He forced a turnover and drew a penalty.

  56. Edwin in LA says:

    And Madrid score on a counter after a corner basically and they are up 1-0 early on…I know there’s a ton of games left, 18 I believe but it would be nice if they tied or loss so Barca could keep at lest 16 points worth of a lead….would love them to be able to take it easy the last 6 games if they maintain their lead over Real and Atletico to give the young Barca players like Tello, Thiago, Montoya, Bartra, Planas and others even Jonathan Dos Santos some minutes towards the last month of La Liga and because if anyone can go on a 12 game winning streak is Real lol

    • G. Bean says:

      If anyone can hold Madrid, it should be Valencia CF in La Mestalla. Unfortunately this match is not like their meeting at the end of last season.

      • G. Bean says:

        NVM. Jinxed them. :/

        • Edwin in LA says:

          Yeah I know….Barca just needs to regroup and get back holding possession. Real Sociedad has always given the problems the last 3 seasons…they had tied and lost a game the last 2 times they played away to them…. I swear the Basque region has some great players and teams…. but they need to tear up Osasuna to get back on track next weekend….

          Gosh as for Valencia, just when I think they might be making a push for the top 4 again…they get destroyed by Real….

  57. sly says:

    This Madrid game turning into a route. 5-0 half time. Valencia isn’t half as bad as the score is making them seem.

  58. bryan says:

    roma game ends 1-1. bradley was solid

  59. Dudester says:

    Bradley is almost always solid.Hes our next Usmnt capt for sure.

  60. TomG says:

    Bradley was great. The whole team was completely dominant, the simply can’t finish the last 3 weeks. They’ve missed chance after chance after chance.

  61. Dudester says:

    It says alot about US soccer, that our two best field players are not the most naturally gifted players in Bradley and Dempsey.Both have gotten to a high level through hard work and determination.Compare that to Adu & EJ who both have much more natural talent but lack the drive of the former two.

  62. ACS says:

    Side note….Chandler was pulled from the game in the 65 minute because of an injury.