Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

Victor Anichebe of Everton and Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

After a busy international break, the top leagues from all around the world are back in action on a jam-packed Soccer Saturday.

The English Premier League’s spotlight match Saturday will be Everton vs. Chelsea, which will be televised on NBC here in the United States. Chelsea ended their winless run at Goodison Park last season, and the Blues will be eyeing to start a streak against Everton in Saturday’s match. With only four goals through its first three league matches, the Chelsea attack will have to step it up against an Everton squad that has posted back-to-back scoreless draws.

Elsewhere in England, Arsenal fans will get their first look at superstar signing Mesut Özil as the Gunners hit the road to take on winless Sunderland. Manchester United will most likely debut their newest signing Saturday when former Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini enters Old Trafford for the first time as a Red Devil.

In Germany, second-place Bayern Munich will look for all three points against third-place Hannover 96 at the Allianz Arena. The defending champions steamrolled Hannover in both of their matches last season, but their opponents on Saturday have won back-to-back matches heading into this big Bundesliga matchup.

The Derby d’Italia will resume Saturday as Inter Milan heads to Turin to take on traditional rivals Juventus. Carlos Tevez has scored three goals in three matches for his new club, and the former Manchester City forward will go toe-to-toe with an Inter defense that has not surrendered a goal in their first two Serie A matches.

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):

7:45am – NBC Sports Network – Manchester United vs Crystal Palace

9:30am – GolTV – Bayern Munich vs Hannover 96

10am – NBC Sports Live Extra – Aston Villa vs Newcastle United

10am – NBC Sports Live Extra – Fulham vs West Bromwich Albion

10am – NBC Sports Live Extra – Hull City vs Cardiff City

10am – NBC Sports Live Extra – Stoke City vs Manchester City

10am – NBC Sports Live Extra – Tottenham Hotspur vs Norwich City

10am – NBC Sports Network – Sunderland vs Arsenal

10am – beIN Sport en Español – Atlético Madrid vs Almería

12pm – beIN Sport – Inter Milan vs Juventus

12pm – beIN Sport en Español – Levante vs Real Sociedad

12:30pm – NBC – Everton vs Chelsea

2pm – MLS Direct Kick – Montreal Impact vs Columbus Crew

2pm – Univision Deportes – Ajaccio vs Evian TG

2pm – beIN Sport – Barcelona vs Sevilla

4pm – UniMás – DC United vs Los Angeles Galaxy

4pm – beIN Sport – Villarreal vs Real Madrid

6pm – Univision Deportes – Veracruz vs León

6pm – Univision – Cruz Azul vs Tigres UANL

7pm – MLS Direct Kick – New York Red Bulls vs Toronto FC

7:30pm – MLS Direct Kick – Philadelphia Union vs Houston Dynamo

8pm – Univision Deportes – Monterrey vs Pachuca

8:30pm – MLS Direct Kick –  Chicago Fire vs New England Revolution

9pm – MLS Direct Kick – Colorado Rapids vs Dallas FC

10pm – Univision Deportes – Chiapas vs Atlas

10:30pm – MLS Direct Kick – Chivas USA vs Portland Timbers

10:30pm – MLS Direct Kick – San Jose Earthquakes vs Vancouver Whitecaps

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250 Responses to Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

  1. jefpal says:

    I’d like to propose that Manchester United be referred to as the ‘Soft Reds’. And Ashley Young be renamed simply ‘Dirty Diver.’

  2. Jon says:

    Jozy starts for Sunderland. Will also finally play with another striker in Fletcher, so that’s good.
    Still doubt they see much of the ball against Arsenal.

  3. Marcroi says:

    Cameron gets another turn at right back, one more opportunity for experience.

  4. Shawn says:

    altidore needs to play faster

    • Madaoua05 says:

      Completely agree with this comment. Jozy seems a half-step behind on his runs, a half second delayed with his first touch, and a half-beat slower in his reactions.

      This is not another narrative accusing him of laziness. Last year’s performance in the Netherlands and his recent form for the USMNT is clear evidence that he has a fantastic work rate. Rather, its a critique of his awareness of the demands of the Premier League. Defenders are unbelievably fit and technically skilled, closing down space much quicker than in the Dutch league. (Remember videos from Jozy’s performance last year when he had wide open space to barrel down the field and latch onto crosses.) In the Premier League, Jozy has to move with an added urgency.

      • GW says:

        There is a simpler explanation.

        Sunderland have not played together a lot and when you are unfamiliar with your teamates everyone’s timing is bound to be off.

  5. Ted in MN says:

    Yuck yuck yuck Jozy

  6. Ted in MN says:

    Sunderland midfield can’t get a whiff

  7. Ted in MN says:

    That was much better. Cracking shot on goal the moment it gets to him.

  8. Brian S. says:

    Altidore with a good rip from distance. Maybe that will help with confidence.

  9. Michael Stypulkoski says:

    Great strike from Jozy from far out, well saved.

  10. Ted in MN says:

    and Newcastle waltzes through 4-5 AV defenders and leaves Guzan blameless on a goal.

  11. Brian S. says:

    Is anybody else having audio issues with the NBC app? I’m not getting any sound out of it on my iPhone or iPad

  12. Mike E. says:

    Relegation!

  13. Mike E. says:

    Lol sometimes commentators just say dumb things…

    “Not sure why Altidore didn’t run to that near post right there”

    Uh idk dude, Mayne because the other forward was 5 yards in front of him already making that run?

    How about “not sure why Fletcher pulled up on that run he could have challenged for the ball”.

  14. Mike E. says:

    This is awful, awful soccer. Why am I even watching this? Di Canio will have them relegated by the winter break.

    I mean honestly, you’re going to concede a man advantage in the midfield…. against Arsenal? I don’t care what you intend to do with your formation, but this is silly.

    There is nobody there to mark Ozil. The commentators are just openly laughing at it.

  15. Daniel says:

    Ozil is really good at soccer

  16. usa fan says:

    I am noticing that Jozy is constantly telling his teammates to pressure when they don’t have the ball and he is making the effort to do it. I was just thinking maybe he sees the success of it with the USMNT and he wants to translate that over to his club. I am not sure if the coach is telling his team to press because pretty much no one besides Jozy is doing it. They are letting Arsenal control the ball as much as they want.

  17. Brian S. says:

    I’ve never actually sat out and watched Ozil play before but holy crap, he’s the real deal. Whatever Arsenal paid for him, it will be worth it.

    • Kodi says:

      I was thinkin the same thing. Don’t get to see much of La Liga; therefore, I’ve only seen Ozil play a few times with Germany. Every touch he has is on point. Looks like he may work out well for Arsenal. Sunderland’s midfield looks horrid.

    • Bac says:

      I’ve watched him play a lot, and I couldn’t believe it when “the special one” reduced his playing time last year…and not surprised that his ex-Real teammates were upset he left.

      They call him The Ghost, cause he looks like he’s slowly just floating around.. and then boom.. he’s by you

    • Robbie says:

      Not the toughest of competition today, but Arsenal is a different team with Ozil out there. Dominated the 1st half.

  18. M says:

    If a MLS team were to play in the EPL they would look like Sunderland, I feel sorry for Jozy. This move is just awful.

  19. Ted in MN says:

    Well if Sunderland never presses to get the ball back, Arsenal’s never gonna give it to em.

  20. biff says:

    well, i switched to Sunderland-Arsenal at about 35 minutes after watching Stoke-Man City, and gotta say: Sunderland blows. When Jozy made the move there in the summer, I thought it was a good deal. But with each passing week it is looking like a catastrophic mistake. The team looks un-coached, no energy from the fans at all, with good reason with the team playing so bad.

    On the other hand, Stoke is looking great today against Man City, with a totally electric atmosphere in the stadium and Stoke playing attractive soccer and Cameron looking solid at (in position) at right back, with a great dribbling action inside from the wing toward the box. It’s funny, when there was that rumor in the summer that Stoke was looking at Jozy, most of thought that would have been a bad move. Now, I think Stoke would have been perfect for Jozy.

  21. BOYD says:

    Jozy to Sounderland….. When challenging yourself goes terribly wrong.

    • Ted in MN says:

      It’s amazing. The Sunderland fans look at this and say to themselves “you know what the problem is? The forward hasn’t a goal. Sure, we haven’t held onto the ball for more than 5 minutes and there’s absolutely no support going forward but blame the forward. He’s a donkey.”

  22. gtv says:

    Feel bad for Jozy, b/c this is Hull City all over again. If he score more than 5 goals this season it will be a miracle. AZ got paid, but Jozy made a terrible mistake.

    At this point I have to hope for lots of action during the transfer window in January and a new coach to replace DiCanio.

    Hope I’m proven wrong, but several games into the season, I don’t see it changing.

  23. Michael Stypulkoski says:

    Let’s keep it in perspective, guys. Sunderland is a bottom-half team playing Arsenal, one of the most talented teams in the world. They were always going to struggle. Don’t draw too many conclusions from this game.

  24. Ted in MN says:

    Now there we go. Actually trying to win the ball back.

  25. biff says:

    I honest to gosh really would love to eat crow at the end of this game for my comment below, would love to see Sunderland come back and win :-)

  26. Ted in MN says:

    Jozy wanted that 5 seconds earlier but its one he maybe still should have gotten. Get’s the corner though.

  27. TomG says:

    Jozy with some nice backtracking to win the ball and start a dangerous counter.

  28. Citronomics says:

    Nice work from Jozy there shielding the defender to win the corner… and as I write he comes back to strip the ball, starting a counter. Despite the dearth of chances on goal, he is certainly the only Sunderland player that is *consistently* creating positive play.

  29. TomG says:

    Sunderland is clearly still figuring out their spacing and where eachother is going to be on the pitch. It’s especially noticeable in this match because Arsenal is dominating the ball and the Cats get so few chances. I really like what Ki gives them, though. He clearly has good ideas on the ball. Once he, Jozy, Giaccherini and Fletcher have some time together, they could develop something.

    • Citronomics says:

      And the lack of spacing is noticeable when Sunderland attackers make the same runs into the Arsenal box leading to a lack of passing options.

  30. Ted in MN says:

    Jozy and Fletcher aren’t communicating together. Playing on top of each other instead of with each other.

  31. petedx says:

    Well at least sunderland showed signs of life for a good 15 minutes or so before going back to being sunderland.

  32. Mike E. says:

    Sunderland has no idea what keeping your form means. Fletcher is just all over the place. Di Canio should remind him that he is supposed to play off Jozy.

  33. Citronomics says:

    Well that was a screamer by Ramsey. Commence the gushing by match commentators for Arsenal’s “best” player.

  34. petedx says:

    Well that was absolute horrible officiating

  35. Shawn says:

    thats a goal !

  36. John says:

    How is that not a goal

  37. Citronomics says:

    Ummm… How’s about playing advantage ref?

  38. Mike E. says:

    GODDAMN JOKE OF A REFEREE

  39. Ted in MN says:

    Well that’s a goal in my mind

  40. biff says:

    Noooooooo! Stupidest frickin’ call everrrrr!!! Jozy is a beast.

  41. ec says:

    UGH. Terrible non-advantage call takes away an Altidore goal. He got fouled, scored anyway… but it’s called back.

    Really enjoyed him picking Ozil’s pocket earlier.

    • Increase says:

      How is that not a red if it was worthy of being called back? I can’t tell when he blew the whistle but it must have been after jozy beat his man.

  42. Brian S. says:

    Why is Altidore not taking that free kick?

  43. TomG says:

    Nooooooo!! Jozy’s goal waived off! No advantage played. Jozy finally showing his strength, overpowering the helpless defender waterskiing behind him.

  44. ed - houston says:

    Altidore robbed of the goal on the advantage. Barely crossed the line but Sunderland could have used that goal

  45. Madaoua05 says:

    That was a travesty.

  46. TomG says:

    Sunderland beginning to look like the team they have the potential to be if they can fit the pieces together.

  47. MemRook says:

    G*dd*’mmit ref! You just ruined America!

  48. Ben says:

    Altidore made a mistake going to Sunderland with the lack of service Sunderland provides and the lack of respect the refs gives him, I’m thinking he will be lucky to score 5 goals this year.

  49. TomG says:

    Man, Ozil is good.

  50. ed - houston says:

    Hold that 0-0 result Stoke…. Arsenal is pulling away now

  51. psv says:

    If he wasn’t going to play the advantage then that has to be a red card for denying a clear goal scoring opportunity. So Sunderland was robbed twice on that decision.

  52. TomG says:

    Surprised he’s not yellow carded for that??? For what?? These announcers are so pro Gooner it’s sickening.

    • TomG says:

      The refereeing too seems completely one sided. Sunderland deserves better, I think.

      • GW says:

        So you’ve never heard of star players and big teams getting better treament from the officials?

        Machester United never got the benefit of Fergie time?

        Ever hear of the Jordan rules? Never heard of refs protecting the big boys?

  53. TomG says:

    Jeez, can Borrini touch the ball WITHOUT shooting it once.

  54. Shawn says:

    altidore is clearly sunderland’s best player today

  55. Brain Guy says:

    So very close for Altidore. He’s played well today in a very bad situation.

  56. TomG says:

    Great header by Jozy. Just missed. Followed up with a wonderful cross to Wickham.

  57. TomG says:

    Wiltshire is SUCH a baby, man. And he should have been carded for that tackle.

  58. J.A.B. says:

    I turn on the Sunderland game and it’s tied 1-1. Within 5 minutes, they concede 2 goals. Yikes!

    • Broscience says:

      Bro, do us all a favor and dont watch any more of their games. You watching is clearly jynxing them.

      This argument holds water, I’ve done the logics

  59. Kodi says:

    Jozy has been one of Sunderland’s better players if not the best player for them. His hold up play has created the majority of their chances today. He creates lots of chances for other players (they seem to sky the shot typically) but they don’t seem to create very many for him. He deserves a goal today.

  60. Dan in New York says:

    Spot-on cross from Jozy to Wickham. Altaidore’s done everything today but score. Oh wait, he did score.

  61. Pace says:

    Who else heard that fixture list for Sunderland. They’re gonna have a tought one of it.

  62. TomG says:

    Borrini is like the SBI filter. Pa$$ is a dirty word to him.

  63. Rabbit says:

    For those that missed it….Jozy received a ball and turned on Sagna, who was the last defender between Jozy and goal. Once Jozy had a step on him he used his superhuman Jozy strength to hold him off, and Sagna blatantly grabbed Jozy in and effort to hold him back. Jozy kept pushing and eventually escaped Sagna’s grasp and went into the box 1v1 against the keeper. Jozy shot, and scored. But WAIT. The ref had blown the whistle just outside the box for a foul on Sagna. No goal. Had the ref played advantage, and given Jozy a chance to escape Sagna, then it’s a goal and the game is tied 2-2. Instead, it’s a free kick outside the box, which gets wasted over the bar, and Arsenal goes on to make it 3-1 a few minutes later.

    Jozy got robbed.

    • beachbum says:

      how about a red card for Sagna?

    • TomG says:

      The crazy thing is that he didnt seem to blow the whistle until after Jozy had shrugged off Sagna and was about to score. The ref swallowed his whistle during the 3 seconds where Sagna was clinging to Jozy’s back like a crazed howler monkey. Very, very, very shady officiating.

    • J.A.B. says:

      I am not a conspiracy theorists, but I swear there is an overt bias against Americans (especially in the BPL). Let it go Brits, the revolution was 237 years ago.

      • MidWest Ref says:

        I would agree that an american player appears to have to overcome a bias or preconception about his talent and or ability . . and that effects calls on the field, playing time under a new coach, and transfer fees.

  64. TomG says:

    Ramsey’s having a heck of a match. I always thought he and Wilshere were a bit overrated, but maybe he’s finally putting it together.

  65. beachbum says:

    Martin Atkinson…yeah, whatever

  66. MemRook says:

    Here’s what pisses me off the most about THAT call: we all complain about Jozy going to ground a little too easily and needing to fight thru challenges more, use his strength to his advantage, etc. Then he does just that, does the honest thing and fights through the challenge to score a legitimate goal.

    Now part of me wonders if he resumes falling to ground again because, “What’s the point of stating on my feet? Refs gonna call me back anyway!”

  67. Joe B NYC says:

    Yes, Arsenal are the better team here, but did the ref really need to help them out?

  68. J.A.B. says:

    Di Canio is losing it. Ha…just got sent off. Wow!

  69. Travis says:

    Sunderland have nobody to blame for this but themselves. While they have every right to be mad about the Altidore call they were beyond awful for most of the game, especially in the first half. Arsenal were clearly the better team overall and if not for Walcott’s finishing would have been three up at half. Sunderland needs to take a serious look at whatever they are doing because it isn’t working. It is hard to say that Sunderland deserved anything from that match.

    • Joe B NYC says:

      They at least deserved the goal that they scored. I mean, isn’t that part of the game?

      • Travis says:

        Where did I say they didn’t deserve it? It was clearly a goal but people here need to be more upset with the team Sunderland is putting out there. They are getting run over

        • TomG says:

          I disagree. I think they outplayed the Gunners in the second half. This is an encouraging sign for a team with so many new players. Once Ki, Fletcher, Giaccherinni, and Jozy get some time on the field together, we will see what the Cats are really made of.

          • Travis says:

            You think they completely outplayed Arsenal in the second half? They were dominant for the first 10-15 minutes then Arsenal controlled it for about 20 and then Sunderland took back over again from what I saw. They couldn’t have been too dominant when po$$e$$ion ended 70/30

          • Travis says:

            hm comment stuck in moderation for no reason. arsenal had 70/30 advantage on ball, its hard to argue that sunderland was dominant at all. they were better for stretches of the second half especially at the start but to say they dominated it is a massive stretch.

          • john says:

            They outplayed Arsenal for maybe 10 minutes, get a hold of yourself.

    • TomG says:

      They deserved a much better officiated match for sure.

      • Travis says:

        Clearly they did but I would argue he was poor all around, obviously the biggest call was against Sunderland but he made poor ones throughout.

    • Yusef says:

      Sunderland aren’t a club that are going to get many points from a top 4 team even when at their best. Sunderland isn’t good and will be in a relegation battle, but Arsenal was the main reason they looked bad today (plus Jozy being robbed after beasting Sagna).

  70. Ali Dia says:

    Paolo Di Canio is a comical joke. Just look at his tie. The thin part is literally hanging down to his junk, about 6 inches below the front part. Looks like he was dressed by his blindfolded mom. But at least he got Borini on the field. That guy is not a joke. Not at all. Seriously.

    • Yusef says:

      Borini had no interest in ever passing in the final third. He was going to shoot no matter what. Pretty comical.

  71. DubStepan says:

    I don’t know why I keep waking up early to watch these games.. Absolutely horrible.

    • Travis says:

      I say that every time I get up for the 5 AM game and it is just horrendous

    • petedx says:

      I was in the process of writing the same thing. I don’t know if you’re on the west coast as well but getting up at 4:45 to hate watch Man united and Arsenal teams that I despise really isn’t worth it.

  72. Todd Marsch says:

    Altidore has made some good plays, but as mentioned earlier, he doesn’t quite seem to be on the same page as Fletcher and sometimes the midfield (i.e. duplicating others’ runs, not quite timing runs rights, etc.). Of course, that’s not all on him. I liked that guy Gardner (sp?) when he came on, but the rest of their midfield was not good.

    While it’s still early, Sunderland have to start worrying a little about relegation. It’s not really a problem losing to Arsenal, but they’ve dropped points against other likely bottom-of-the-table teams and have a tough schedule coming up. I could see Di Canio going crazy, getting canned, and Sunderland having to start over midway through the season.

    • todd says:

      i don’t see Di Canio getting canned until it’s clear they will be relegated. The quality of the team has improved and given the Sunderland faithful hope. That’s still worth $$ to Sunderland’s owners.

  73. hudson says:

    Jozy has to start taking free kicks for Sunderland. Gardner didn’t impress.

  74. biff says:

    Argentine Franco Di Santo playing for Bremen saw red after a horrible Kung Fu kick in the face of Bastian Oczipka.

    link to youtube.com

    • Increase says:

      But he was going for the Ball! Just like Nani! It’s not a red!

      Urg, thats a nasty kick. He needs a good suspension for that.

  75. Michael Stypulkoski says:

    For those who missed it: link to i.minus.com

    • usa fan says:

      Jozy went straight beast mode on Sagna. It was a goal and I can’t believe Sagna didn’t even get a red for stopping a clear chance on goal. The ref changed the match. Sunderland where picking up steam and that would have tied it and after that who knows because they where actually playing good up to that point. It’s a demoralizing call.

    • Craig says:

      Jozy punished for not going down and putting in a fight equal to the defenders. That was horse$hit.

      • IndyElevenFan says:

        Americans don’t dive….

        …well…

        …except for Dempsey. Dempsey does occasionally dives….but everyone else…

  76. John says:

    Boyd with a goal today,

    • John says:

      Kljestan with a goal

      • John says:

        He got rid of the stache too

      • Gary Page says:

        He has really started scoring with regularity. He should be called into the national team in October, IMO.

      • Gary Page says:

        With so many US players now in Europe, it’s hard following them all. Looks from the comments most were following the Sunderland game; I was switching back and forth between that and Stoke. Stoke really outplayed Man City and Cameron looked pretty good. He made a great cross right across the front of goal and two teammates couldn’t reach it. One looked like he could have.

  77. SoundersOff says:

    I am still furious.

    Watching the replays make me even more angry. If it was a foul, it’s a red card. Period.

    • Enough says:

      Denial of a clear goal scoring opportunity? I assume that is your logic? Boy that would be generous. It should have been advantage, but no case for a red card.

      • SoundersOff says:

        What?

        Given that Sagna was the las defender and that Jozy went past him and immediately scored… kind of defeats your argument.

        How exactly was it not denial of a clear goal scoring opportunity when Jozy immediately scored after going past him with no other defenders in front?

        • CSD says:

          The ref probably should have given himself a red card. He was the one that stopped the goal scoring opportunity.

        • Enou says:

          Calm down bud. The point is that you rarely see that outside of a breakaway down the center channel…. The fact that he scored proves nothing– by your logic, every goal ever scored was a clear-goal scoring opportunity. I could show you a thousand Youtube videos that might change your mind.

          • Paul says:

            That was a clear goal-scoring opportunity because had he just gotten by Sagna, he would have a clear shot on goal with just the goalie to worry about. The ref missed it. However, coming from a former ref, player and coach, ref are generally reluctant to give the red. I would have let them play-on and explained it my write up as “advantage awarded”.

            Bad calls always happen.

        • Kevin says:

          There are three criteria for determining a DGSO.
          1. Distance from the goal, he was clearly close enough so you are correct here.
          2. Number of defenders around him, again, Sagna was clearly the only defender so again, you are correct.
          3. Direction of play. Here, however the case isn’t as clear. You can say, as you did, that he made a goal so therefore the direction was goalward, but this case can only be made in hindsight. While play was going on, the direction of play was towards the touch line.

          That said, Atkins should drown in a sea of whistles all blown in his ear. What a terrible call, makes me scream. I was jumping up and down in front of the TV. I hope Jozy feels our collective indignation on his part.

      • beachbum says:

        no case for a red? disagree. the rules are clear on that. last defender, clear path to goal…red card

  78. Nihal says:

    I really wish Everton made a bid for Altidore. The way the play is perfect for him. I know they got Lukaku, but I feel as if buying Altidore would’ve been good for both him and Everton.

  79. dude says:

    Late to the party, but I have to say, I haven’t felt this much loathing for a ref since the Slovenia game in South Africa. Jozy desperately needed that goal to make himself comfortable with his return to the EPL. Atkins not only ruined the game, he also set Jozy back dramatically.

    • John says:

      Its a rough call but now he knows he can do it

    • Ali Dia says:

      Oh relax. If crap like that sets Jozy back dramatically, then he is a bitch and shouldn’t be somebody we rely on anyway. He’s past that, and the fact is everybody including his dimwit manager saw the value of his contribution today. He’ll be fine.

      • superchivo says:

        Well said. Bad calls are part of the game. Ask Matt Besl
        er.

      • dude says:

        Perhaps you forget the last time Jozy was stuck on an EPL team with a lousy midfield. The goals were always going to be few and far between for this Sunderland team, and Jozy just missed out.

        Yes, it is important he get on the scoresheet as quickly as possible for the confidence of a striker and, indeed, for his continued form for the national team. If you don’t believe it’s important, then that’s your problem. Bad calls will happen, but this one was particularly unfortunate, as Sunderland have showed a tendency to play down to even poor opposition.

    • GW says:

      dude,

      You must not watch a lot of games.

      If this incident does “set Jozy back dramatically” then such a weak minded wussy does not deserve to be on the USMNT. F==+ him.

  80. SoundersOff says:

    What.

    In.

    The.

    F.

    Did Tim Howard just do. Holy gawd.

  81. Ali Dia says:

    Tim Howard just clowned himself awfully. Somehow Gareth Barry bailed him out. Worried for him.

  82. Clyde Frog says:

    Nice save by Howard, but yeah, that spectacular blunder is what will stick in people’s minds.

    • GW says:

      It should. The game should have ended 1-1.

      They pay him to make good saves. they don’t pay him to make elementary errors.

      That is why SAF dumped him.

  83. SoundersOff says:

    Somebody called it somewhere in the comments today, and here it is. ESPN FC title for Arsenal… the hardon for another young UK player is INSANE. Ozil was the best player on the field by a long shot.

    I mean seriously? “Decent”? Fugging ridiculous.

    “Ramsey shines as Ozil makes a decent debut”

  84. Fredo says:

    Best game of day so far is Dortmond v Hamburg.

  85. Increase says:

    Chelsea are playing pretty dirt right now…. I mean professional fouls I understand but 3 cards in 10 minutes? Chelsea is gunna earn a red at this rate. The one just now could have been a second yellow.

  86. George Baldwin says:

    I said it once and I’ll say it again: Boyd > Altidore.

    How many goals scored by Boyd this season? And how many goals scored by Altigol?

    • CroCajun1003 says:

      Watch more soccer.

    • John says:

      3 goals in 4 matches I think.

    • Ali Dia says:

      I would advise you to keep saying it. You are obviously a fan of looking ridiculous.

      • George Baldwin says:

        4 goals in 5 league matches > 0 goals in 5 league matches

        USMNT needs Boyd in the next qualifiers.

        Facts don’t lie!

    • Increase says:

      Oh my, Boyd is like Altidore of 2 years ago. I have only seen Boyd in the US games but hes always super nervous on the ball.

      • Brett says:

        It’s tough to judge a guy like Boyd who doesn’t have much top-flight experience. Klinsmann gave him a taste of the international game early on and I think people let themselves believe it was because he was actually ready for the next level. He’s got a way to go yet.

        I think in a few years Boyd and AJ could be a pairing we see on a regular basis.

    • J.A.B. says:

      Yes, because the Austrian Bundesliga is on the same level as the BPL. Good call! I hope you take over when Klinsmann is done.

    • Brett says:

      Obvious troll is obvious.

    • GW says:

      George Baldwin says:

      “I said it once and I’ll say it again: Boyd > Altidore”

      Say it as often as you like, it does not make it true.

    • mark says:

      I watched the Arsenal/Sunderland game and I thought Jozy was back to his lazy ways. Yes, he did totally beast Sagna and that was a great goal that should have been given. He also had a laser shot in the first half on frame.

      However! He reverted to not pressuring the defense and backing away from any 50/50 challenges. The commentator actually said, “I can’t understand why Altidore didn’t attack that ball…”

      Even the last play of the game, where Altidore was ruled offside, he totally wussed out and didn’t challenge the keeper.

      Why is a guy who is so big, so afraid to go in for a challenge? It’s very frustrating!

    • Kevin_H says:

      I wish both players the best, but altidore seems to have more football intelligence, in that he makes better decisions. He’s also got one hell of a shot. But football scouts have a better opinion than you and I both, so there’s a reason altidores playing in the premiere league and Boyd isn’t. The grass is just always greener on the other side I suppose.

  87. Citronomics says:

    Shout out to Timmy! Great action Everton v Chelsea. Haven’t seen Everton this year… really impressed by their midfield play today.

  88. dude says:

    Proud to be a Toffee today.

  89. Now Hear This says:

    I am bored hearing us voice our outrage at unjust refereeing decisions. You call yourself a soccer fan? Great. Me too. Then realize that there is basically no appeals process for anything that could affect a competitive result. Sure there are retroactive disciplinary actions, etc… but it changes nothing.

    Why does this matter? Because the rubbish Joel Campbell pulled the other day only occurs BECAUSE WE MAKE OURSELVES VULNERABLE TO IT! Be serious– can you imagine him trying that bs against another Central American team? Of course not– they are wise to that. For that matter, I’d bet my whole net worth it never happens to Besler again. Now he knows.

    You think these guys regard this as some sort of ethical quandry? Get serious. These are third-world countries with real problems. Soccer is a needed diversion. They think it’s hilarious when the spokesman makes an excuse about the positioning of the USSF cameras. Hell, even Argentina has a good laugh every time the Hand of God goal comes up.

    We love our excuses. We’re more ethical. That’s good. Admirable. Buy yourself a beer. Just don’t wait around for the International Court of Imaginary Appeals to hand you a trophy,

    • Now Hear This says:

      And yes, I realize I twisted the topic a little bit there.

    • Increase says:

      Why do people keep saying Besler should have been ready for it…..
      Besler is supposed to cover him… not run away from forwards…. It was a crap call thats it.

      Your argument is somewhat confused… Because of course Campbell would try that on Honduras for example. And of course Argentina thinks the Hand of God was funny.. It helped them…. it didn’t harm them…..

      • Now Hear This says:

        Ok. Go ahead. Scour Youtube for six hours. Find me a single clip of Joel Campbell, or any Costa Rica player now or ever, trying that on a team that isn’t us.

        Ironically, my guess is you come back with an answer like “well the cameras weren’t positioned for it”. Mr Pinto would be proud.

        • Increase says:

          So… you are saying Costa Rican players never dive or fake injury. Just this one time…. It will never happen again.

          Campbell is like a 21 year old that’s on loan in Greece…. So I have to find Greek football highlights to have an text based argument with you about an event we do have video of….

          Also I am not clear about what we are arguing about at all. Just that I think that kind of dive is unavoidable and you think that dive could be avoided? I think that’s it…. but its just opinion either way….

      • GW says:

        Besler is an international novice and Campbell knows this.

        It is less likely he would have tried that. with Boca.

    • Rudy says:

      If we are so ethical then why does Dempsey dive so much ?

      • Now Hear This says:

        Nothing wrong with that point. Word.

      • M says:

        We are not ethical, we forced CR to play in snow, but we would never try that against a CA team and every time the snow game is brought up… Well I just laugh

        • Kevin_H says:

          To your point about “forcing” Costa Rica to play in the snow, isn’t that the ref’s call? Also wasn’t the venue chosen way before any weather forecast would have even predicted snow?

          Of course, I would have no problems if either case were true (because it was not against any rule, and helped us win), but I just think it was up to circumstance.

        • john says:

          For the MILLIONTH time, we did not have anything to do with the decision to play in the snow! It was a CONCACAF decision, and CR also agreed to continue when consulted. Their objections all came post match and are nothing my false recriminations.

      • GW says:

        Rudy,

        Dempsey played in a league that valued results above all else.
        Do you think he got to where he is by playing it straight with the rule book for six seasons? If you do then you are not paying attention.
        I have yet to see a USMNT veteran that played by the rules 100% of the time.
        Dempsey is no better or worse than the average EPL player in terms of his ethics.

        • Rudy says:

          Do you think he got to where he is by playing it straight with the rule book for six seasons?

          Dempsey plays in MLS. It’s not that hard to play in MLS

    • Brett says:

      I am outraged at the outrage!

      We know some teams will exploit the subjective aspect of the game, but what’s wrong with keeping the high ground in play? You can win without faking. You can win with gamesmanship. History remembers the dubious.

      I believe in our lifetime we will have a 5th official in a booth above the pitch monitoring video of the game in real time. But the only way to achieve this is to make sure they know it matters to the fans.

  90. Its-a-me, Mario says:

    Best comment of the day was from a commentator talking about Gareth Bale when he refused to use his right foot: “You would think 100 million pounds would buy you a right foot.”

  91. De Who says:

    Montreal proves why they are pretenders in the East.

    DC, please start building the new stadium.

  92. Fredo says:

    Despite the dropped points and AJ’s dislocated elbow, I enjoyed seeing Robbie sit 2 DC guys on their ass. And, I absolutely loved Mikey’s goal.

    • Sam says:

      LA lacks that 3rd attacking option. Seattle has 4-5 guys that can create offense.

      • Fredo says:

        I think Clint Mathis mentioned it and I agree that we need to get something better out of free kicks than sending the ball over the bar.

  93. Dan in New York says:

    The Red Bulls are in first place in the East.

  94. Darwin says:

    Schellas Hyndman is in his 6th season, and FC Dallas have not made the playoffs in 3, maybe 4 of those seasons. In the 6 seasons before that, Dallas only missed twice. Now that the Hunts have sold the Crew, I hope they will put some thought into Dallas. They need to fire Schellas, and dump Benitez, Hassli, and Cooper. Ferriera needs to be a sub as well. Time to rebuild.

  95. RB says:

    Loving these Western Conference results tonight!