Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

Vincent Kompany of Manchester City and Nikica Jelavic of Everton

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Following a rough trip to Aston Villa and a disappointing Champions League performance against Bayern Munich, Manchester City look to get their season back on track with a home victory over the English Premier League’s last unbeaten team.

With three wins and three draws to start the season, Roberto Martinez’s Everton squad enter the Ethiad Stadium early Saturday with confidence and an impressive record against Man City in recent seasons. Tim Howard and the Toffees sit in fourth place after Monday’s victory against Newcastle United, which featured another fantastic performance from on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku.

The day’s EPL action wraps up at the Stadium of Light, where winless Sunderland prepare for their battle against a reeling 12th-place Manchester United. David Moyes and the defending league champions were stunned at home by West Bromwich Albion last weekend, and a midweek draw at Shahktar Donetsk did not do much for the Red Devils’ confidence heading into their final match before the international break.

While Man United battle Sunderland, defending Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich continue their hunt for the top spot in their league in a road match against Bayer Leverkusen. First-place Borussia Dortmund, who take on Borussia Monchengladbach in the league’s early Saturday offering, will definitely have their eyes on the result of this battle between their two biggest competitors in this early season race.

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 City vs Everton

9:30am – GolTV – Borussia M’gladbach vs Borussia Dortmund

10am – NBC Sports Live Extra – Cardiff City vs Newcastle United

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

10am – NBC Sports Live Extra – Hull City vs Aston Villa

10am – NBC Sports Network – Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

10am – beIN Sport en Español – Elche vs Espanyol

11am – beIN Sport – Monaco vs Saint-Étienne

12pm – beIN Sport en Español – Rayo Vallecano vs Real Sociedad

12:30pm – NBC Sports Network – Sunderland vs Manchester United

12:30pm – GolTV – Bayer Leverkusen vs Bayern München

2pm – beIN Sport – Levante vs Real Madrid

4pm – beIN Sport – Barcelona vs Real Valladolid

6pm – Univision – América vs Guadalajara

7pm – MLS Direct Kick – New York Red Bulls vs New England Revolution

7:30pm – MLS Direct Kick – Columbus Crew vs Sporting Kansas City

7:30pm – MLS Live – Philadelphia Union vs Toronto FC

8pm – UniMás – Tigres UANL vs Toluca

8pm – Univision Deportes – Atlante vs Monterrey

9pm – MLS Direct Kick – Real Salt Lake vs Dallas FC

9:05pm – Telemundo – León vs Puebla

10pm – NBC Sports Network – Colorado Rapids vs Seattle Sounders

10pm – Univision Deportes – Atlas vs Cruz Azul

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175 Responses to Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

  1. sly says:

    Evertons first real test. Baby Drogba Lukaku looks like a steal. But everton arent finding him in thje second half. Was a bigger threat in the first.

  2. sly says:

    Nice foalie kit on everton. Soft penalty.

  3. AC says:

    Bad day at the office for Howard.

  4. Clyde Frog says:

    Spector went 90 again. Anyone know if he played right back again?

    • Nate Dollars says:

      watched the second half. (great game, by the way.) he started at right back, and then moved to center back later in the game. in the second half at least, he looked solid; good defending, good attacking.

      i’m assuming ream did well too, but it was kind of just a wall of defenders for bolton (understandably), and i couldn’t really pick him out on my crappy stream.

  5. petedx says:

    Pretty weak penalty there for city. I really can’t stand watching Naismith for Everton, the only premiership he should be playing in is up in Scotland.

  6. Clyde Frog says:

    So I guess Howard is credited with both a save on the initial penalty and then an own goal as the ball went from Howard’s hand, to the post, away from the goal, then off Howard and in. Wow. Now THAT’s a bad luck own goal. Nice save though!

  7. Travis says:

    City were the better team but that penalty was bogus. As a defender Zabaleta should be ashamed to be diving in the box and fooling the ref, what goes around comes around for that. If that was a penalty Everton should have had one in first half

  8. petedx says:

    For pure soccer enjoyability it’s pretty fun watching Suarez. It’s too bad he’s such a vile person.

  9. Citronomics says:

    Ummm… Just because you’re up 3-0 doesn’t mean you get a pass on marking in the box. Liverpool taking foot off the pedal against CP in the second half.

  10. petedx says:

    What in the world is going on with Edu, is he still injured or just super out of favor? I have to think he would be better than Stephen Ireland and the like.

    • kev says:

      he ain’t going to Brazil. Got injured back in May and still recovering. He should have moved back to Turkey or joined a French club. He won’t get any PT at Stoke. its gonna cost him a shot for Brazil but doubt he has much chance since our mid-field is now Bradley, Jones, Cameron, Diskerudd. Not to mention likes of Kljestan or Torres or Beckerman.

    • John says:

      He and Shea have played in a couple reserves matches but are yet to even make the bench. Stoke City had started the season strong while both were injured but now they’ve only scored one goal and gotten one point from the last 4.

  11. milkshake of despair says:

    Jozy starting

  12. kev says:

    Cardiff and crystal palace will b relegated for sure.

    Sunderland are on odds to join them but I hope Jozy steps up

  13. milkshake of despair says:

    here’s the line-ups in full:Sunderland: Westwood, Celustka, Colback, O’Shea, Roberge, Cattermole, Ki, Gardner, Johnson, Giaccherini, Altidore.Subs: Cabral, Larsson, Wickham, Cuellar, Dong-won, Borini, Mannone.Man Utd: De Gea, Rafael, Evra, Vidic, Jones, Carrick, Cleverley, Januzaj, Nani, Rooney, van Persie.Subs: Giggs, Smalling, Chicharito, Welbeck, Valencia, Kagawa, Lindegaard.

  14. Citronomics says:

    Some quality strikes in the EPL today. Sturridge, Remy, Bent with nifty moves in and around the box to create space for their goals. Hoping we add Jozy to the list of strikers on the tally sheet as maybe ManPoo is a bit vulnerable (or given Sunderland’s D, they will romp anyways).

  15. Jacknut says:

    The Mumbai Indians Vs. Trinidad and Tobago T-20 match was faster paced than Hull-Villa. Ugh.

  16. ACS says:

    Fabian Johnson wasn’t in the lineup today with Hoffenheim. Jones didn’t play. Danny Williams bench for Reading, Spector, Ream, and Lichaj started in the Championship.

  17. ChiPersianFlip says:

    Who thinks Jozy will score today? I don’t. Not a smart move!

  18. USMNT Fan says:

    Goal Sunderland and Jozy does not celebrate. I’ve noticed jozy tends to make the run to the far post when he should be cutting into the near post.

    • Increase says:

      Oddly, I agree he should have gone near post, but because he didn’t go near post… no one was there to pick up the ball and they scored. He still should have gone near post though.

      I bet Sunderland decides to defend this rather than score again….

    • Increase says:

      He has done that far post run more than once… maybe told to.

    • David says:

      It’s weird he didn’t celebrate

  19. louis z says:

    You’ve gotta give Moyes credit for what he’s achieved this season… spent over 11 years trying to get Everton ahead of Manchester United in the premiership table and now he’s finally succeeded! — glennaldo_sf (bs member)

    • Clyde Frog says:

      Props for not claiming that as your own, from someone else keeping an eye on this thread and bs.

  20. Increase says:

    What the hell Jozy was wide open center and Gardner just does…. nothing…

  21. Ted in MN says:

    Jozy looking not great. Like he’s pouting cause he didn’t get the exact ball he was looking for on the first goal.

  22. Ted in MN says:

    There we go, nice touch to go around him and earn the free kick

  23. MidWest Ref says:

    Jozy just outran and out-muscled Vidic, gave a great pass and his teammate literally handed the ball to United

    • David says:

      Not that great of a pass…

      • MidWest Ref says:

        I didnt say it was a great pass. It was a good professional play.

        He controlled the ball, side footed the ball to a teammate. The teammate ran into trouble and lost a ball.

        It doesn’t matter whether it was fancy, it was controlled, and went where it was supposed to go. he didn’t put his player in a bad position

  24. petedx says:

    The over analysis on Altidore here is insane.

    • ChiPersianFlip says:

      Why? It’s what? the 7th game and he still hasn’t scored? yeah, this guy is really elite

      • petedx says:

        Look at the comments on his body language and if he celebrated in the correct manner. That is insane, as in a state lacking perception.

      • Francois says:

        And he actually gets passed the ball in scoring positions? give me a break. The top forwards in the world would struggle to score if they were in his position.

        • ChiPersianFlip says:

          You are partially right. However, Jozy’s decision to go to that team was at BEST foolish

    • beachbum says:

      bullseye

      some folks have an agenda and it sucks on the quality

  25. Ted in MN says:

    ####ing hell Jozy. Go on a run. Try to get a little bit tricky in the box here. If you’re gonna piss and moan about not getting the ball, earn it.

  26. Todd Marsch says:

    Sunderland’s midfield remains inept. It’s good they’re up 1-0, but they’ve had so many chances to play better balls into the attacking third. Lots of hopeful 50/50 balls to Altidore, poor crosses, and taking too long to get the pass off.

  27. Rimjob city says:

    Does Sunderland have another striker? If Altidore shrugs his shoulders one more time I swear to god

    • Increase says:

      His body language has always been not that great. He is working hard though that, so despite his body language he is doing well.

    • Gary Page says:

      Fletcher scored, I think,10 last year but he is injured right now.

  28. Ted in MN says:

    Every single time Altidore looks to head the ball back down on a long ball, Cleverly is the first one there to pick it off.

  29. Ted in MN says:

    How how do you miss Altidore there by that much. He’s like 15 feet away!

    • jones says:

      maybe he wasn’t actually passing it to Altidore

      • Ted in MN says:

        If he’s going for Giaccherini, its even worse. He’s got 2 men there, and he managed to avoid both of them.

    • Increase says:

      We he didn’t want to pass, he only did after he messed up his initial shot.

    • jones says:

      Overall their midfield is pretty inept, but I’ll admit that they do look better today – bodes well. However, selfishness is a trait that is difficult to change, no matter how much their chemistry improves

      • Ted in MN says:

        Really, the difference in this game has been Sunderand’s backline which has been strangely competent. If it wasn’t for Vidic’s horrible touch, they’d have produce the exact same amount as every other match.

        • beachbum says:

          Vidic deserved booking for his elbow to the back of Jozy’s head within the first 15 minutes right in front of the ref…instead not even a whistle.

    • ian says:

      This is why Jozy has not scored. They can’t even feed him the most basic simple pass. Sunderland could have put this game to rest already.

      • beachbum says:

        a player who thrives on service, Jozy, who gets weak support there from this team

        most of us here know that I think, but some hate Jozy always and vulture any chance to prove it

  30. petedx says:

    Johnson’s inability to pass or cross is really something.

    • Increase says:

      Super greedy too. He should have cut it back to Jozy or Giaccherini but nooo decides he is gunna walk it near post.

  31. USMNT Fan says:

    How long before Sunderland bring in another forward through transfer? 0 goals from their forwards. Midfielders share blame.

  32. Ted in MN says:

    My favorite card to see and well earned. Stay on your feet or don’t call for it.

  33. Ted in MN says:

    Lee Cattermole’s been brilliant. Quick and smart.

  34. ThatKidNandez says:

    Manonne is way better than Westwood. Shame. Honestly why isn’t Mavrias even on the bench the kids a boss his crossing is really good

  35. jones says:

    Januzaj: Man U’s flavor of the year

  36. Ted in MN says:

    and now they’re losing. Altidore can’t win a ####ing ball anymore. He just shrugs his shoulders every time it comes to him.

    • petedx says:

      I can assure you they are not losing because you think Altidore has bad body language.

      • Ted in MN says:

        No they’re losing because Sunderland’s backline is awful which I really don’t care about all that much cause I don’t care about Sunderland. However, Jozy’s gonna end up benched if this is how he reacts to adversity.

      • Adrian says:

        Body language becomes part of our mentality, regardless of what peeople may say about Suarez he is a beast and fights , claws and bites to the end!!! Huge heart!!! Jozy bick your head out ya arse!!!

    • USMNT Fan says:

      He doesn’t have the fight in him like you see in say a Bedoya

    • jones says:

      yeah, it’s like he’s thinking “well, they’re not gonna pass to me anyway…” and then gives up altogether

  37. USMNT Fan says:

    Jozy hasn’t won an aerial battle in the second half yet.

    • ThatKidNandez says:

      Feed the jozy and he will score

      • USMNT Fan says:

        Sunderland need the ball first, next they must be able to deliver a pass and finally jozy needs to be in the right position to have a chance.

        • ThatKidNandez says:

          Giaccherini’s form is abysmal as is Jozy’s. What I don’t understand is why Larsson didn’t start. Johnson slows the teams pace. Ki Sung-Yueng and Ji Dong-Won shouldn’t even be playing. Also have Diakite or Ba gotten any pt?

  38. Andrew In Tally says:

    The toughest thing about being an American soccer fan is being surrounded by the fear, inferiority complex and self-loathing of so many other American soccer fans. The sky is always falling and it’s always the worse case scenario for USMNT players, whether it’s Bradley, Altidore or whomever. Sunderland is terrible. Its tough to put in all that work and see your teammates give away the ball time and again. That pass was another case in point.

    • USMNT Fan says:

      Yes but as an American I expect Jozy to continue to battle through adversity and not keep his head down. It’s an American mentality.

    • David says:

      The second toughest thing is the amount of fans that believe the Americans never make mistakes and it’s always their teammates/coach/whatever else that causes them to not be the best

    • Keegan says:

      The second toughest thing is the amount of fans that believe the Americans never make mistakes and it’s always their teammates/coach/whatever else that causes them to not be the best

    • Francois says:

      Agreed. It’s ridiculous the way people react on here when an American goes through a patch of not scoring, or is on the bench for a game or two. It’s like all of the positive things they have done, even recently, doesn’t exist.

      • ChiPersianFlip says:

        Jozy hasn’t scored in 7 games. That is the fact. It’s more like a valley turning into a desert.

        • Gary Page says:

          He scored but the ref took it away from him.

        • beachbum says:

          can you explain to me why he isn’t scoring? I can read those stats like you can or anyone

        • away goals says:

          “Jozy hasn’t scored in 7 games. That is the fact.”

          Altidore has 0 goals in 6 league appearances. He has 1 goal in 2 cup appearances.

          I can never remember are facts supposed to be true or just made up?

    • Gary Page says:

      People on this site and others seem to be extreme, either too down or overly excited by some US player. US players are so much better than before and we have so many more good players, and a couple of really good players, but we are hardly world class yet. The important thing is that soccer is growing and increasing in quality year by year in the US and will almost certainly continue to do so.

  39. manicmessiah says:

    Moyes managed to make Man United even more direct with those two subs.

    Januzaj was actually looking to interchange positions and look for space, so no wonder he got taken off.

  40. ThatKidNandez says:

    Let’s all hope Kevin Ball doesn’t keep the job and Gertjan Verbeek is linked with Sunderland

    • dcpohl says:

      Omg those AZ games were so much more to watch than this Sunderland crap. Verbeek would turn the EPL on its head :)

      • Increase says:

        Verbeeks style only works because in Holland most teams would rather try to play well than win. They don’t do that in the EPL.

        Then again Martinez does it and succeed pretty well. Wigan got relegated though… which kinda shows the problem.

        • thatkidnandez says:

          Wigans manpower was ehh but the the thing is sunderland has good players they just need discipline (not dicanio style) but verbeeks.

  41. ThatKidNandez says:

    Off topic but did ya’ll see Arriola’s cross that led to Xolos only goal last night?

    • Darwin says:

      No. Because Arriola’s cross didn’t lead to a goal. He played a give and go with Arce, who took a shot that bounced off of Herculez and into Martinez’s path for the goal.

  42. Rolling Around says:

    It is honestly incredible that some of these Sunderland players get paid to play professional soccer and are missing passes and crosses by 10+ yards.

    • jones says:

      they seem well out of their league (and not just against the “top” clubs)

    • TomG says:

      They are the worst pa$$ing BPL team I’ve ever seen. Jozy, Ki and Giac are the only guys on that team that can make an accurate pa$$.

    • beachbum says:

      not a team with players playing for each other and working for each other…not a Team

  43. jones says:

    ugh, watching this team is painful.

  44. Dimidri says:

    Thought Jozy’s looked pretty good last 15 minutes, had a nice through ball, ok hold up play.

    • Bearded Soccer says:

      Jozy plays to the level of his team and to the level of his opponent, never any better.

  45. MikeG says:

    Moyes looks like the most stressed out person in England. It’s so funny.

  46. ChiPersianFlip says:

    Hull Jozy 2013/14 Watch: 7 Games: O GOALS!

    • John says:

      Well you didn’t really expect him to score against Man U. If he doesn’t get one in the next 2 against Swansea or Newcastle maybe you start to worry.

    • Nate Dollars says:

      you almost get the feeling some commenters are actually hoping the player fails, just so they can be proven right.

    • atd says:

      To be fair, he’d have had two in the first half if his teammates weren’t AYSO caliber.

    • Chupacabra says:

      A rising tide lifts all boats. Hard to score goals when your team you’re playing with is crap.

      It’s like the difference between Chicharito with Man U and with the Mexican team. With Manu U he’s a scoring threat. With Mexico he’s Pee Wee Herman without a bike.

      • John says:

        eh?

        Hernandez has a stellar record with Mexico. Already on his way to being the all time leading scorer before he even hits his prime. Provided Mexico qualifies, that is. Otherwise he will be waiting until 2015 to suit up for Mexico again.

        • Ted in MN says:

          He’s more referring to the fact that Hernandez has only scored 2 in this round of qualification (8 matches) and that was back in March. As Mexico has been sliding this year, so has his form with the Tri and they’ve only scored 4 goals total which is partly his problem.

      • Anthony says:

        considering that Hernandez has over 30 goals in less than three years playing with Mexico that’s a pretty dumb comment.

  47. MikeG says:

    Funny how the english have this fascination with the name of the stadium like it is a mythical force.

  48. ThatKidNandez says:

    Sunderland should buy Nolito in January and ex barca player who was excellent for benfica

  49. Cadafael says:

    Altidore is Emile Heskey in disguise, not everyone isn’t cut out the premier league.

    • Ted in MN says:

      There’s a sentence in there somewhere, but it got lost in the grammar.

      • TomG says:

        There may be a sentence but I don’t think there’s any actual intellect there. He’s key was a really good EPL player for a long time. Jozy is very similar to Heskey in many ways though he’s a better finisher.

      • Cadafael says:

        Hahaha nice… Hope Altidore enjoys the championship next year. Hell, he will probably be loaned to to some bottom table Turkish team in January.

        • Ted in MN says:

          Possibly but he’s a better player than this Sunderland team. We’ll have to see who ends up with the team (hopefully Poyet). If he does end up playing lower Turkish football, he’ll have more support and will be able to build his form back up for the World Cup.
          Also, you are a moron.

          • agnigrin says:

            +2

          • JH says:

            No, -1.

            What is this? “Also, you are a moron”

            You had a good comment, stick with that and be done with it. The other guy made his comment, which had some truth. Maybe Jozy is not cut out for the Premier League and it is possible he could get loaned out. There is too much hate on the internet. Does putting down other people make you feel better about yourself?

            Anyway, on Jozy, I always thought a move out of AZ was a bad idea right before the World Cup. He was getting lots of playing time and top seven in league scoring. Why mess with a good thing. This move to Sunderland is looking very similar to his stint at Hull City where he also received bad service and didn’t score many goals. He deserves to go to a better club than Sunderland. Although he is much better now than at Hull City, he still needs to try harder to get in a better position for a pass. A lot of the time in today’s game, it looked like he was just standing, walking, or waiting for the ball to come to him. He needs to have a bit more energy in his game. Put more pressure on the defenders which could open up some space.

            • Ted in MN says:

              This is me not feeling the need to comfort a troll with an acknowledgement that I respect his opinion. I can handle it in my own way.

              In terms of Jozy, I agree and have said as much several times. You watch enough minutes over last 5+ years and you can tell when he’s simply not trying cause he’s frustrated. He’s always run hot and cold like this. If he wanted to, he could have muscled his way much more through the second half. Body language is important with him because he will show exactly how he’s feeling and will play to that level. He’s not Giggs or Bocanegra. You look at Jozy’s face and you can see it all there cause he doesn’t hide it (which might not endure him as much to his next manager regardless of his talent)

        • Gary Page says:

          Haters gotta hate and in doing so, they make ignorant comments.

    • Nate Dollars says:

      what exactly are the similarities? you know, besides them both being big and black?

      and i would argue that heskey was very much cut out for the premier league.

  50. Bearded Soccer says:

    I don’t know what is worse, Sunderland’s passing or Altidore’s hold up play. He was constantly beaten to the spot and out muscled but at the same time GoingUnderland can’t string a series of more than 2 passes together past the midfield.

    • Ted in MN says:

      Just once I’d like to see him fight, gamble that his man’s gonna get him the ball, and duck in for the near post instead of constantly dropping off and hoping for the miracle ball. We all know he get’s crap service like the Johnson ball in the first half with nothing to finish, but he’s gotta make something for himself then. Instead, he’s just been giving up, and that’s the real problem.

      • Bearded Soccer says:

        I would agree that he gave up by the end of the first half. Also you’re right that he constantly just dropped off to the back post and never made any near post runs or cut in front of the defender. I think he has a confidence issue… it has gone from an all time high to an all time low in the blink of an eye.

    • Gary Page says:

      You should have seen Fulham vs. Stoke. So many give aways and bad passes, both teams were really close to bad. At least Cameron wasn’t as bad as many of his teammates and it was a terrible give away in their own half by Stoke that led to the winning goal by Fulham. Both teams made Sunderland look good by comparison.

  51. Darwin says:

    It has been a bad couple weeks for yank club football.

  52. Increase says:

    This Roma game is pretty good. I wanna say positive things and Gervinho. Can I do that?

  53. Cadafael says:

    Roma are doing very well, looks like Bradley is going to be the American Chicharito.

    • Increase says:

      It is ever more clear that you are a troll.

      Bradly is injured and well liked on that team. They need a solid player to rotate De Rossi, Strootman and Pjanic. I don’t see Bradley as a drop off compared to any of those guys.

    • Hogatroge says:

      Roma weren’t willing to sell Bradley this summer, so he’s obviously in their plans. One injury to Pjanic, Strootman, or De Rossi and Bradley’s starting again.

    • Bac says:

      1. Bradley’s been out injured
      2. Bradley can play all 3 of the midfield positions in their lineup
      3. It’s a long season across all competitions
      4. They didn’t want to sell him so he’s in their plans
      5. He’s young and well liked

      Bradley’s going nowhere

      • AcidBurn says:

        Ok, I get it that Bradley is well liked, is versatile, can play the 3 CM positions, Roma doesn’t want to sell him…

        But putting your usmnt hat on, aren’t you concerned that your most important player is a not a starter in a WC year?

  54. Kingsly Alexander - Man Rey - Plotinus - Sankt Pauli! says:

    Can anyone comment on Bedoya if your happening to watch the Nantes, Evian game?

  55. Ben says:

    Sunderland will be relegated and Jozy should fire his agent, because that was an atrocious move.

    • John says:

      Where should Jozy have gone exactly? AZ is a team that sells it’s players and Sunderland wanted to buy. It seems like some people have this idea that Jozy could just choose to go whatever he wanted.

      • ChiPersianFlip says:

        John, are you serious? You’re saying Jozy had no say at all? You really believe that? If he told AZ that he didn’t want to go to Russia and then didn’t go, then why do you think Jozy had no say?

        • John says:

          I’m just saying a lot of people seem to have this idea he just had his pick of any club in the world to go to. Sure I guess he could have stayed at AZ and made less money and continued to score goals. However the same people that are putting down his move, last year went on and on about how awful the defending in the Eredivise is. They are also the same people that hate Clints move to MLS and hate that Donovan never really tested himself in a top league. To some people no what a player does it’s the wrong move.

          • Ben says:

            Yeah, that is why I said he should fire his agent. You pay an agent, hopefully, for more than just signing a contract.

    • RP says:

      It’s easy to hate on this move but playing for Sunderland fast tracks him to a better team quicker than anywhere else. Coming from AZ the English teams need more proof. I don’t think there were any other serious takers. He’ll battle this year and show he’s faster and stronger than most prem defenders and he’ll move on.

  56. Joamiq says:

    Reports from Bolton are saying that Ream has been excellent several games in a row now…

  57. Jay Bonds says:

    So where are all the Jozy Altidore will score 10 goals comments from preseason? It went with the wind I guess. Yes it’s only 7 matches in, but guess what, Lukaku has 4 goals and even injured Benteke has 4 goals. And before you complain he had a goal disallowed v Arsenal, Lukaku had 2 called off v Newcastle and still scored 2 goals.

    • John says:

      I’m not sure why so many seem to be getting so much pleasure out of Jozy’s struggle at Sunderland. He’ll probably be benched and Sunderland will be relegated. He’ll have an awful World Cup, we’ll go out after 3 loses. Many will celebrate the teams failure because they’ll be proven right. So let me go a head a say congrats you were right.

    • RP says:

      If you watch Jozy play, there are plenty of positives to point to. He’s twice the player he was a few years ago. He’s a handful for premier league defenders and his hold up play is really quite good.
      His team is terrible tho. And it’s brutal to be put up top alone when you play for a team like Sunderland. I’m convinced he’ll have a good WC and will be playing for a top 6-8 club within 3 years.

      2x today his team failed the team by not playing the simple ball to him with space in the box. Within 3 years he’ll be scoring in bunches.

    • Eric Johnson says:

      Your comment proves you do not understand the game. Jozy is alone up top with no service or support. He’s set up to fail. That’s why he’s been praised for his hold up work and performances by real analysts but was predicted to struggle getting goals. Learn the sport before you try to souls smart about it.

      • Jay Bonds says:

        Eric excuses, keep them up. You and RP. He is up alone, he is set up to fail. BS. Lukaku and Benteke are up by themselves. They set up to fail also. And the excuse about being a handful to EPL defenders, what has that turned into? ZERO goals. Keep being a handful with no end result and keep up the excuses. Don’t worry Eric you know the game better that’s why USA still can’t get pass Ghana.