Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

 

The latest installment of ‘El Clasico’ kicks off today as Barcelona takes on Real Madrid in the first leg of their Copa Del Rey semifinal series, just one of several quality matches on a loaded Wednesday of soccer action.

Barcelona’s dream season has seen them run away with La Liga, and cruise to the Champions League knockout rounds, but Real Madrid is sure to offer a stiff challenge despite the fact the team is mired in controversy amid rumored strife between manager Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid’s top players.

In England, Arsenal take on Liverpool in a key English Premier League clash between teams still holding out hope of a Top Four place.

Tonight, Mexico plays its final warm-up before CONCACAF World Cup qualifying with a friendly against Denmark. The match will mark the first appearance for Mexico on ESPN in a new TV deal that will see ‘El Tri’ matches shown on ESPN networks in 2013.

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

2:45pm- Fox Soccer Channel/Fox Deportes- Arsenal vs. Liverpool

2:45pm- ESPN3.com- Norwich City vs. Tottenham

2:45pm- ESPN3.com- Everton vs. West Bromwich Albion

3pm- ESPN2/ESPN Deportes/ESPN3.com- Manchester United vs. Southampton

3pm- Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer2Go.com- Reading vs. Chelsea

3pm- FoxSoccer2Go.com- Fulham vs. West Ham United

3pm- beIN Sport/beIN Sport en Espanol- Real Madrid vs. Barcelona

5pm- ESPN Deportes- Everton vs. West Bromwich Albion (delayed)

7pm- Fox Deportes- Gremio vs. LDU Quito

10pm- ESPN2/ESPN3.com/Univision- Mexico vs. Denmark

11:59pm- FoxSoccer2Go.com- Arsenal vs. Liverpool (delayed)

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31 Responses to Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

  1. mhat says:

    Watching Tottenham v. Norwich. Deuce for Dempsey today??

  2. JS says:

    Completely off topic but is the nickname of FC Den Bosch really “The White Pride Dragons” or did some witty individual change their Wikipedia page after yesterday’s incident?

    • JS says:

      Never mind, I figured out how to check the page’s history and I see it was changed yesterday from “The Blue White Dragons” to “The White Pride Dragons.”

  3. mhat says:

    Oh wow, Manchester United just gave up a bad goal. Awkward back pass made a mess of and Rodriguez steers it around De Gea and slots it.

  4. chris says:

    De gea is awful. Guzan to ManU

  5. Scott says:

    No defense being played by either side of the Liverpool – Arsenal game. Not exactly shocking but quite entertaining

    • Scott says:

      AAAAANNNNDDDDD here comes Andre Santos…Good god no. Why not put on Koscielny and Vermealen to LB?

      • Old School says:

        Prophetic.

        Per Mertesacker, doing what he does best, standing tall like a tree and getting beat.

        dos Santos, doing what he does best, getting out worked by Henderson for a goal.

  6. gabe says:

    wonder if we’ll see Mike Bassett on the touchline for Norwich

  7. Old School says:

    What a strike by Walcott.

  8. fifawitz1313 says:

    Dempsey subbed off in the 70th minute.

  9. elgringorico says:

    Dempsey out for Holtby and Holtby already making an impact… not a good sign for the future of Demps’ starting job. Though a good creating player like Holtby could feed well for Demps to finish. I guess we’ll see.

    • jones says:

      yeah, it would have been better for Demps had they signed another out-and-out striker. Though I don’t know all that much about Holtby.

    • sandtrout says:

      Agreed. In Holtby’s first few minutes, he quickly put Dempsey on the bench for future games. Clint’s going to have to fight for it again, ’cause this guy is good.

  10. Pete says:

    Liking Holtby. Seems to be playing a faster tempo than many Spurs players are used to.

  11. Old School says:

    This Liverpool/Arsenal match is exciting.

  12. Scott says:

    ahhhh Giroud stand up

  13. Scott says:

    Someone needs to take Andre Santos out behind the woodshed. Almost gave away the game.

  14. Bryan says:

    Game over for Dempsey at Spurs. He will be a sub the rest of the season…

  15. GreatMessiKingOfTheFootball says:

    Barca will likely win leg 2. They are pretty solid at home.

  16. zaty says:

    Dont be so negative. Dempsey has a few more game as a guaranteed striker. he may then ve relegated to the bench but you know he is the first person off the bench. 15-25mins a match. If Spurs do their best he will have CL in just 7months

  17. Mig says:

    I see how it is that the Denmark “B” side destroyed Canada….they are good.

  18. A says:

    If you are watching this game it should be more than clear how Denmark trounced Canada. They are really, really good. They are taking it to Mexico in almost every facet of the game. They are technically superior, bigger, faster, and about the same in positioning.

  19. A says:

    Also, while Mexico is only missing like 4 starters the technical in things as simple as receiving the ball and turning/passing deficit between them and us is GRAND CANYON WIDE.

  20. Mig says:

    So much of this game is hinging on passing quality and turnovers. Denmark’s individuals have great pace and skill but wow is Mexico forcing a lot of turnovers. If El Tri score, it will probably come from a turnover. Denmark should eventually get a set piece chance.

    Actually a fun game to watch. Both these sides are comfortably better than what we and Canada fielded the other night. Different agendas I know but the quality difference is kinda striking.

  21. A says:

    Leave it to Mexico to get a penalty for a shoulder to shoulder play several feet outside the box. Not only was it not a foul in the first place, but the incident occurred several feet outside the box. Just because the Mexican runs a few more steps and falls down in the box doesn’t mean it’s a penalty.

    Just really, really atrocious officiating.