Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Season openers in the Bundesliga and Ligue 1 and massive preseason finales highlight a busy day of soccer action from all over the world.

After seeing rivals Bayern Munich start their domestic campaign with a win on Friday, Borussia Dortmund will look to get started on the right foot in their opener at Augsburg. The German Super Cup winners had great success last season against Augsburg, a side that just narrowly avoided relegation.

In France, big-spending AS Monaco will kick off their return to Ligue 1 on the road against Bordeaux, an established top-half side in France’s first division. With defending champions Paris Saint-Germain drawing in their opening match of the campaign, Monaco can grab an early lead against their big money rivals in the race for the league title with a win on Saturday.

With just one weekend from the return of the English Premier League and La Liga, several of the leagues’ top sides will close out their preseason campaigns on Saturday. Before Real Madrid-Inter Milan and Chelsea-AS Roma play in the United States, Manchester City-Arsenal and Liverpool-Celtic will start a packed Saturday of friendlies over in Europe.

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):

8:30am – beIN Sport en Español – Malaysia All Stars vs Barcelona

9:30am – GolTV – Augsburg vs Borussia Dortmund

10am – beIN Sport – Manchester City vs Arsenal

12pm – beIN Sport – Liverpool vs Celtic

12:30pm – GolTV – Eintracht Braunschweig vs Werder Bremen

12:30pm – beIN Sport en Español – Tottenham Hotspur vs Espanyol

1:55pm – ESPN Deportes – Real Madrid vs Internazionale

3pm – beIN Sport – Bordeaux vs Monaco

5:30pm – ESPN3 – Botafogo vs Goiás

6pm – Univision – Cruz Azul vs Guadalajara

7pm – MLS Direct Kick – Toronto FC vs Seattle Sounders

7:30pm – MLS Direct Kick – Vancouver Whitecaps vs San Jose Earthquakes

7:30pm – MLS Direct Kick – Columbus Crew vs New York Red Bulls

8pm – NBC Sports Network – Philadelphia Union vs DC United

8pm – ESPN3 – Chelsea vs Roma

8pm – UniMás – Tigres UANL vs Monterrey

8pm – Univision Deportes – Atlante vs América

8:30pm – MLS Direct Kick – Chicago Fire vs Montreal Impact

8:30pm – MLS Direct Kick – Sporting Kansas City vs New England

9:05pm – Telemundo – León vs Morelia

9:30pm – MLS Direct Kick – Real Salt Lake vs Houston Dynamo

10pm – Univision Deportes – Atlas vs Pachuca

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25 Responses to Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

  1. BamaMan says:

    Does anyone know how long GolTV’s contract with the Bundesliga runs? I am really ready to actually see those matches (GolTV isn’t available in my area) without resorting to a cruddy stream. It would seem like, considering the loss of EPL rights and the number of Americans playing there, the Bundesliga would be a great fit for Fox Sports 1/2, ESPN, or both.

  2. b says:

    JAB just scored for Hertha Berlin. I like this kid.

  3. Citronomics says:

    Liverpool v. Celtic also on NESN for Charter subscribers.

  4. aj says:

    Kind of amazing that none of this is on Fox Soccer. I am starting to question if I should keep that channel.

    • Dudester says:

      It won’t exist in a week or so.

      • KEEP says:

        Any word on that transition? Will current subscribers to FSC just get the new channel?

        • milkshake of despair says:

          Check with your provider. It’ll be different for each provider and location even.

        • Dudester says:

          I know that the current fsc channel will turn into a fox movie channel.Suposing you have fsc right now, you’ll have fox sports 1 next week on a dif channel.Seeing as fsc requires you pay for a package and fsp1 will be mainstream ala espn.

          • Dudester says:

            Dortmund and Klopps mythological “gegenpressing” smash Michael Averagehurst and Augsburg.

          • aj says:

            do you know what will be on FS1? It looks like only champions league to me. makes more sense, at least for me, to get nbc sports, since they will have epl and it will be in HD.

  5. Hogatroge says:

    Fabian Johnson on the bench. Is he getting over a nagging injury, or something? I can’t imagine Hoffenheim benches one of their most consistent performers from the last few seasons.

  6. SonicDeathMonkey says:

    Looks like NBCSports is having a one hour EPL season Preview at noon. Might be worth checking out.

    • TomG says:

      Yes, they’ve been playing two previews the last few days. Me is more fluff for EPL beginners and the other is more of a standard season preview. They’re both pretty decent with good production values.

    • Dudester says:

      Darn Hispanic mothers.Gets the second largest Spanish channel package.Only watches novellas on Univision and Telemundo.Thereby leaving me without NBC sports but with an hd-less GolTV in español,hd-less BeinSport en español.

  7. Andrew In Tally says:

    I didn’t have Fox Soccer Channel but it miraculously showed up on my TV so it seems that I will have news sports channel. It would be nice to get champions league game again. I miss those. Since I have Comcast I get NBC sports so I am sitting in a good place. The only question. Will I get any work done with all that soccer on TV?

  8. MiamiAl says:

    Is Dempsey going to play tonight?

  9. J.A.B. says:

    German-American Julian Green (Bayern Munich II) played and scored a goal today.

    • ernj says:

      Green was called into the German U-21 camp. Looks like he is going to commit to them.

      • ernj says:

        Apologies. Shawn Parker was called in the U-21s. I believe Green was called in for the U-19s.

        • J.A.B. says:

          Yeah, I think Parker is pretty locked up with Germany. I think Green is a bit more open to playing for the USA. I read somewhere that he still has pretty strong ties to the US. He seems to have a good relationship with his dad and older brother who both live in Tampa. Honestly, though, who really knows what these kids will decide to do? It is still early for both of them.

  10. Texian1856 says:

    MLS Live has a Dempsey deal for $29.95 for the rest of the season. Get all the games. DEMPSEYWATCH is the code.