Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

Theo Walcott of Arsenal and Leiva Lucas of Liverpool

Photo by Ben Queenborough/ISIPhotos.com

By JUSTIN FERGUSON

A top-three clash in the English Premier League highlights a busy Soccer Saturday of action from all over the world.

First-place Arsenal look to continue their recent success against third-place Liverpool, who are led by one of the hottest goalscoring tandems on the planet. Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez have outscored more than half of the league’s clubs by themselves this season, but they will face a tough test against an Arsenal team they have not beaten in league play since August 2011. The league leaders would love to get all three points Saturday before next week’s road matches at Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United.

In other EPL action, second-place Chelsea are on a six-match winning streak across all competitions heading into their visit to up-and-down Newcastle United. Elsewhere, Fulham host a Manchester United squad trying to turn their season around, and Manchester City welcome a struggling Norwich City squad to Ethiad Stadium.

Over in the Bundesliga, first-place Bayern Munich face a trip to face a Hoffenheim squad capable of scoring and/or allowing a multitude of goals each match. In Spain, Real Madrid will follow up their seven-goal explosion earlier in the week with a trip to Rayo Vallecano, who have allowed the most goals in La Liga this season. Finally, in Italy, AC Milan look to end their winless skid against Giuseppi Rossi and sixth-place Fiorentina.

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):

8:45am – Newcastle vs. Chelsea – NBCSN

9am – U17 World Cup – Argentina vs. Cote d’Ivoire – ESPN3

10:30am – Hoffenheim vs. Bayern Munich – GolTV USA

11am – Fulham vs. Manchester United – NBC Sports Network

11am – Hull City vs. Sunderland – NBC Sports Live Extra

11am – Manchester City vs. Norwich City – NBC Sports Live Extra

11am- Stoke City vs. Southampton – NBC Sports Live Extra

11am – West Bromwich Albion vs. Crystal Palace – NBC Sports Live Extra

11am – West Ham United vs. Aston Villa – NBC Sports Live Extra

11am – Real Sociedad vs Osasuna – beIN Sport en Español

11am – St. Mirren vs. Ross County – Fox Soccer Plus

12pm – U17 World Cup- Uruguay vs. Nigeria – ESPN3

12pm- Rennes vs. Olympique Marseille – beIN Sport Play

1pm – Almeria vs. Real Valladolid – beIN Sport en Espanol

1pm – Parma vs. Juventus- beIN Sport USA

1:30pm – Arsenal vs. Liverpool – NBC

1:30pm – Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Wolfsburg – GolTV USA

1:45pm – Ajax vs. Vitesse – ESPN3

3pm – Rayo Vallecano vs. Real Madrid – beIN Sport USA/beIN Sport en Español

3pm – Ajaccio vs Valenciennes – Univision Deportes

3pm – Olympique Lyon vs Guingamp – beIN Sport Play 

3:45pm – Milan vs. Fiorentina – beIN Sport Play

3:45pm – Napoli vs. Catania – beIN Sport USA

3:45pm – PSV Eindhoven vs. PEC Zwolle – GolTV USA

5pm – Sevilla vs. Celta Vigo – beIN Sport en Español

7pm – Veracruz vs. Monterrey – Univision Deportes

7pm – Cruz Azul vs. Morelia – UniMas

8pm – New England vs. Sporting KC – NBC Sports Network

9pm – Tigres UANL vs. Club Leon – Univision Deportes

10pm – Seattle Sounders vs Portland Timbers – NBC Sport Network

11pm – Chiapas vs. Santos Laguna – Univision Deportes

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211 Responses to Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

  1. biff says:

    Are there any Tijuana fans out there able to give a reliable report (including any rumors, such as a potential transfer or otherwise) on what in the heck is going on with Joe Corona? It appears that after warming the bench the past couple of months he did not even dress for yesterday’s game. After his Gold Cup performances last summer, I thought Corona was in serious contention for a WC 2014 ticket, but then he returns to his club and disappears.

    • Kingsly Alexander says:

      I craft really speak to that, but generally, it looked like the manager was frustrated by his regulars and opted to give starts to harder noises players. Just a different tactile approach really.

      The way it operates in Mexico, he’ll have no shortage of suitors, especially considering he plays for the NATS. I think it’ll be a loan though, rather then an out right sale. To much value in the eyes of the owners.

      But then again this all depends on whether the manager stays or goes after this season.

    • milkshake of despair says:

      He started and played 60 minutes last week. Maybe he picked up a knock?

  2. manicmessiah says:

    I thought he was making a mistake, but Pardew got his tactics pitch perfect (pun intended).

  3. Pace says:

    Some nice football at times today from Newcastle.

  4. Kingsly Alexander says:

    THE DOMINIC SUSPENSION IS COMPLETE AND UTTER BULLSH*T.

    The SADDEST thing is that your NOT going to hear any contradicting stories questioning the legitimacy of MLS’ ruling on the matter from main steam media outlets or supposed “independent” sites like this one.

    Dom Kinnear left his seat to calm HIS players down!! How many times have we seen in the NBA or other professional sports arenas, where coaches have gone beyond their boundaries for the good of their players and others, and NOT be reprimanded because the circumstances permitted circumventing the rule.

    This is total BS and this is just step further in guaranteeing that The New Jersey Sludge get their filthy hands on a title in MLS’s hopes that they can have a substantial rival when Manchester/NY FC fields their team and it not be a debacle like the LA teams.

    Ppl need to stand up. SPEAK, and ORGANIZE now while MLS is in its infancy and is still weak. Look at UEFA. Do we want this to be OUR soccer?

  5. Kingsly Alexander says:

    I’ll DVR Fulham and Man U, but should I stream Hull v Sunderland or Villa v Hammers

  6. jones says:

    Looks like Sunderland is starting all three of their strikers this time – Jozy, Fletcher and Borini. Considering how terrible some of their midfield players have been, it makes some sense – we’ll see.

  7. a says:

    best striker in the world right now?

    Suarez? Ibrahimovic? Sturridge? Falcao? Cavani? Lewandowski? Higuain? Costa? RVP? Rooney?

  8. Pace says:

    Jozy needs to stay more connected up top.

  9. Ted in MN says:

    Jozy’s looked a bit clumsy, loosing the ball pretty consistently.

  10. a says:

    2 goals in 90 seconds for MAN U.

    they are gonna skin FULHAM and its only in the 22nd minute.

    Long are the days of fulhamerica

  11. Pace says:

    Hull are pressing the $hit out of the ball.

  12. Pace says:

    Oh Sunderland…

  13. Ted in MN says:

    Good lord Jozy, play a good ball. Nearly got Cattermole destroyed with the lazy touch off.

    • TomG says:

      What are you babbling about? The ball was right in his feet and catt tripped over it. I can tell by the lazy comment that you’re just a hater who is desperate to find some fault with jozy. Go back to big soccer with that shizz.

  14. Coke says:

    Cuellar has more goals than Altidore

  15. Jacknut says:

    This Hull-Sunderland game is terrible

    • jones says:

      Terrible level of play. Sunderland cannot string more than two or three passes together and barely have the ball.

      • Increase says:

        Hull at least knows what they want to do when they have the ball. Sunderland don’t want the ball. They want Redcards!

  16. Pace says:

    None of the games right now are real thrillers. Gotta wait for arsenal Liverpool

  17. jones says:

    Ok, Red. Now only TWO midfielders on the pitch for Sunderland…

  18. byrdman says:

    I was just getting ready to type “Cattermole is terrible!” Then he practically say it for me.

    • John says:

      He had lost the ball like 3 times in row right before. They don’t have a single midfielder that can string together 2 passes.

  19. Dank says:

    Sunderland are absolutely woeful. Stoke don’t look good, but at least they’re losing out to a strong Southampton side.

  20. CroCajun1003 says:

    Sunderland getting completely dominated by Hull at the moment.

  21. jones says:

    I don’t think I can watch another half of this garbage.

  22. byrdman says:

    I love how the injured player lays on the ground, grimacing. Gets to his feet, limps slowly for 8 steps. Thank limps slightly better for 10 more, before you know it, he crosses the touch line, and is magically healed & ready to reenter the game. We have got to figure out what is in those lines. Steve Cherundolo needs to cross it a few times.

  23. jones says:

    Better be careful or the manager will also see red

  24. CroCajun1003 says:

    Sunderland to 9 men.

  25. Drewbles says:

    Sunderland are going to be relegated, no doubt in my mind. Jozy screwed himself by moving to that clusterf$&*.

    • Vic says:

      Maybe then Sunderland will sell Jozy and he will collect another transfer fee. He’s already collected 3 so far. Not bad for a 23 year old.

    • Kingsly Alexander says:

      Either way, they’ll be looking to sell in January to finance buys for Poyet or investing in a return to the premier if they are relegated.

      Hopefully Jozy can secure a loan with an option to make it permanent to France or back to the Netherlands. Spain, Germany and Italy would be too big of a monster to try to take on successfully mid-season.

  26. jones says:

    So, they have two subs – who comes in?

    Definitely remove one of the strikers for a midfielder.

  27. Shawn says:

    anybody see begovic’s goal LOLOLOL

  28. dacap says:

    Somehow people who hate jozy will blame this Sunderland loss on him lol. Will say stuff like -should have held ball up better, -should have taken better touches. He is a decent player, but is on a team of pure garbage.

    • jones says:

      yeah, no way Jozy takes blame for this. I just hope he keeps his head up and tries hard despite the terrible condition of the team.

  29. John says:

    Everyone who says the quality of MLS play just isn’t high enough for them isn’t watching enough Sunderland and Stoke City.

    • RalphNadersPatioFurniture says:

      I know it looks awful, but Stoke would dominate every single MLS team. Don’t let the awful fool you.

      • John says:

        They would win matches for sure but I don’t know if they’d be any more interesting to watch.

        • RalphNadersPatioFurniture says:

          Having watched Stoke play in non-league games I can attest that this is true. They play the same way regardless of opponent.

          I’d be interested in seeing how long it took an MLS team to score on Stoke. How many games would that take?

          • Kingsly Alexander says:

            MLS and Stoke…Two way direct soccer. It’s not up to date and intelligent soccer your absolutely right!

          • Yevgeniy says:

            Hmmm, Houston scored 2 on them in the very first game in the summer. This is how long it took. So, try again! Usually smart comment like this come from people who don’t care about or watch MLS.

            • RalphNadersPatioFurniture says:

              Your argument is that a Houston team in-season scored 2 goals against a team on vacation months prior to their season playing a friendly is indicative of anything?

              • beachbum says:

                clearly an in season team vs a pre season team is what it is, but Stoke did concede twice to an MLS team not long ago. who knows what it means but you asked the question

          • josh says:

            Im just curious…how many have yall played good club soccer, semi pro, pro or college soccer. How many if any have coached soccer with a D National or above? Ive played and coached and I can tell you without a doubt, stoke would play VERY well in our league just by pure pace alone. I dont know if they would win because that takes several factors, but top 4 or 5 for sure. You are crazy if you think otherwise or you played at YMCA.

        • KJ says:

          Interesting is not what matters. Winning is.

  30. USMNT Fan says:

    Jozy’s Sunderland down a goal and two men… will likely be subbed off at halftime.

    F. Johnson still injured?

    Jones on the bench.

    Brooks did not dress. Injured?

    Edu and Shea remain on the outside looking in.

  31. biff says:

    Why did stupid Sunderland management bring in Poyet when they had a solid coach with Kevin Ball, who did an excellent job in the three games he had as interim coach, winning a Cup game and playing very tough against both Liverpool and Man U. You could tell the players like Ball and the team actually played with a strategy. After today, have lost all hope for Sunderland. maybe Jozy can jump the sinking ship in January.

    • Nate Dollars says:

      maybe ball didn’t want the job…

      • biff says:

        Nope. Ball was quoted in news articles saying he would like the job. Totally insane not to give it to him, but to be expected from Sunderland, which opted to bring yet another questionable roll-of-the-dice coach.

        • Nate Dollars says:

          yeah, just a tongue-in-cheek reply. don’t think anyone would’ve blamed him for turning it down, though.

        • GW says:

          “Totally insane not to give it to him, but to be expected from Sunderland, which opted to bring yet another questionable roll-of-the-dice coach.”

          “Totally insane”? Talk about hyperbole. Totally insane isn’t as crazy as it used to be.

          This would be a tough job for any manager. It is too soon to judge Poyet.

          Ball?

          His only experience is as Sunderland’s reserve team coach and caretaker manager. So the players like him . BFD. See how far that gets you once the adrenalin wears out.

          This would be a tough job for any manager. It is too soon to judge Poyet.

    • Kingsly Alexander says:

      Maybe they were planning for their future to hastily or just the possibilities of their future, good or bad.

  32. RalphNadersPatioFurniture says:

    We’re getting close to actual panic time about Jozy. Things seem to have gotten even worse under this new coach–incredible, yes?

    Jozy’s Brazil chances are slowly, but surely, starting to slip a bit. There’s no way this doesn’t destroy everything about his form, rhythm and confidence.

    • John says:

      Chances of playing well or chances of going to Brazil? Even if he doesn’t score all year and Sunderland go down Jozy is still goign to Brazil because we don’t have anyone else.

      • biff says:

        We don’t have anyone else? You sure about that?

        • bryan says:

          we do, but John is right, Jozy will be in Brazil.

          • biff says:

            I agree that Jozy will be in Brazil unless his form drops like a ton of bricks. But that was not my point. We have several good to excellent forwards who can get the job done if Jozy is not able to play and it is ridiculous to insinuate that Jozy is the only capable striker we have.

        • John says:

          EJ I guess or perhaps Boyd?

          • timothy says:

            Boyd, Johansson, Gomez, Deuce, Donovan… All of those would work

            • biff says:

              Yep, those guys and, I might add, Wondowloski, although I know some would disagree, especially that goofy guy who seems to spend most his time logging in to SBI with a new user name on each new thread to disparage Wondow.

    • Nate Dollars says:

      don’t know how you could say things have gotten worse. they did just win their first game–against their local rivals, no less.

      and i don’t think there’s any way, barring injury, that jozy doesn’t go to brasil.

    • GW says:

      Ralph,

      Maybe you are panicking but I doubt Jozy is. And he should not.

      Sunderland have something like 26 league games and an unknown number of cup games left.

      They are surely relegation fodder but that is irrelevant in terms of Jozy getting ready for Brazil unless it means he loses playing time and based on what I’ve seen Jozy is going to get playing time for this team unless his form really goes straight to hell.

      And based on what I’ve seen Jozy is already a better, more complete soccer player than when he was at AZ. And as long as he gets his playing time and can maintain his form I would think that playing regularly for a relegation threatened team beats sitting for a better team.

      If this “gets” to him then he is a weak minded El Tri style wussy and I don’t want him in Brazil anyway. The US will be fine without such a weak minded sort.

      This is toughening him up for Brazil. And you better believe the USMNT will have more than a few really tough games in Brazil.

      Jozy is not playing dramatically worse than he did at AZ; he’s on a crappier team relative to the league they are in and scoring chances for any Sunderland player are few and far between.
      .
      As for all this affecting his US goal scoring form, we all saw him score goals by the bucketful for AZ while going 0 for whatever for the US for nearly two years so you know the two are NOT directly related.

      • Ben says:

        Look, Sunderland are crap, no doubt, but for a striker not to have scored by the time a quarter of the season has been complete is a huge problem. It’s worrying because Jozy was scoring for AZ and still couldn’t dent for the US, as you point out. Finally he starting to score, and now he is on a terrible team, with chances few and far between, and I think he is going to be affected. I believe Jozy is one of those players who tends to play to the level of the guys surrounding him, and if he is around a lot of crap for an entire year, its going to be difficult to suddenly awaken his form for the World Cup.

        • GW says:

          Do you really think Sunderland are going to get two guys get sent off every game and play this poorly until January? That seems unlikely to me. This minute by minute panic watch by everyone as they hope Jozy goes down in flames seems a little over the top to me.

          Compare Jozy’s move to Wilfreid Bony’s, his Dutch league scoring counterpart, and you will find that right now Bony’s move seems to be less problematical. Bony has scored some goals but hasn’t played as big a role in the team as Jozy.
          The biggest difference is that Swansea are a better team mainly because they have been playing together under one manager much longer. Swansea’s talent level is higher but not that much higher. The point being there is no reason to think Sunderland won’t get better as the season progresses.

          Right now Jozy is the best all around striker/target man the US has not named Dempsey and while it would be better if were playing for a better club and scoring goals, after watching several of his Sunderland games, it is clear to me that at the very least, Jozy has improved. He is a better player than when he was at AZ.

          Jozy is not going to play himself either off or on to the US World Cup team based on this latest game or the next few Sunderland games. It is too soon to call the move a failure for him.

          There is an inherent risk whenever a player moves. I just find it hypocritical but unsurprising that USMNT fans crap all over Donovan for being too chicken++++ to test himself in Europe but now, with perfect 20/20 hindsight, they crap all over Jozy for taking the risk to improve himself by moving to Sunderland.

          There is a segment of US fans for whom Jozy will never do the right thing. After all when Jozy was at AZ many of you devalued his goals and said the Dutch league was full of crap defenders. Of course now that everyone’s favorite sweetie pie AJ is scoring at the same club at the same rate, suddenly AJ’s goals are more legitimate somehow.

          Sure Sunderland was risky but why does everyone assume Jozy had the option of moving to a better team? Or that he had an option to stay at AZ? Cliché alert, it’s not where you start it’s where you finish.

          • beachbum says:

            great post GW. we don’t always agree but I sure do here

          • Ben says:

            There are many reasons to assume Sunderland won’t get better. Adam Johnson has talent, but no sense whatsoever. Lee Cattermole is a thug and a pitiful player. Sunderland are a complete mess. They have 4 points from 30; they are going to be relegated. The season is a quarter finished. After the next nine, they will be at the halfway point of the season, and among those next nine are Man City, Tottenham, Chelsea, and Everton. I don’t see them taking point from those games. The others are Stoke, the Villans, West Ham, Norwich, and Cardiff. In those five, only one is at the Stadium of Light. Jozy hasn’t been playing well, and there is nothing you can really say about it, rationalize it however you want. For a striker not to have a goal after 10 games is a huge problem.

    • beachbum says:

      ‘We’re’ not doing anything just because you are my friend. peace

  33. Coke says:

    This game is very entertaining in a car-crash kind of way

  34. Bob says:

    Good. god. I almost feel like starting a kickstarter drive to buy out Jozy’s contract at Sunderland. There has to be a few million USMNT fans willing to donate 3 or 4 bucks, right?

  35. petedx says:

    It will be a while before I bother watching Sunderland again. What a tire fire.

  36. bryan says:

    jozy needs to hire gooch’s agent. only good move jozy ever made was AZ. he should have never moved to a club that made so many changes to the entire team…especially in the EPL.

  37. deaconMiami says:

    So Sunderland makes both subs at half? Ever wonder what happens if someone else get an injury and you’re down another man?

    • John says:

      The way things have gone I wouldn’t be surprised to see just that

    • Nate Dollars says:

      they still lose? :)

      • swifty says:

        +1
        I have only seen part of one game, the one with jozy’s goal that was called back, and Sunderland wasn’t that bad in that game. Can anyone tell me what’s happened since then? Sounds to me like they r just hard to even watch now. Coach probs? Player probs? Management, morale, financial?

    • GW says:

      Yes.

      Save a sub to protect your 0-1 deficit to an early goal.

      Then if they score again you can bring on a sub to protect the 0-2 deficit.

      It is always wise to play conservatively when losing to an early goal and protect that goal differential.

  38. ChiPersianFlip says:

    Have you noticed that Ives rarely talks about Jozy on this site or on his twitter feed? I think he has egg on his face for supporting this movie and predicting around 15 EPL goals and doesn’t want to admit when he’s wrong.

    • USMNT Fan says:

      +1

      He’s been avoiding all Jozy-related questions.

    • John says:

      On the podcast I know he has stuck by the move for Jozy. Certainly doesn’t look like he’ll be scoring 15 goals but he had done all he was going to do at AZ.

      • ChiPersianFlip says:

        I’ll be surprised if he scores more than 4 EPL goals at this point…what an idiotic move

  39. ChiPersianFlip says:

    this “move” not movie…

  40. Paul6 says:

    If Juan Agudelo can keep playing the way he has when healthy this year, he can and will take Peter Crouch’s spot within a month or two. Or atleast that’s what I’m hoping. Thoughts?

    • Vic says:

      Anything is possible. However, scoring 7 goals in 14 MLS games doesn’t necessarily translate into instant success in the EPL.

    • Herschel skywalker says:

      Yeah, okay, if he gains a foot of height and improves his heading as well. Crouch is a specialist striker who does set pieces and long balls. I hope Agudelo does not take that spot. I see him more as a playmaking center forward. They could play together maybe. Also, Crouch will be 72 by end of this year and gone by the time Agudelo gets back from his loan (which is inevitable if he actually wants to see playing time as a striker on this team.). Their bench has decent strikers who aren’t rookies in the BPL.(Kenwyn Jones is as good as any MLS guy and has plenty of EPL experience).

  41. Kingsly Alexander says:

    I want to point out that Martin Jol’s biggest reason for getting fired, will be the fact that he stuck with Senderos the whole season over Hangeland and the two falling out, not bring back Mark Shwarzer, but it all began when he didn’t resign Danny Murphy.

    I want Fulham to loose so we can get rid of this ass and bring back some order

    • Gary Page says:

      Senderos has been garbage since the first game he played at Fulham. He’s not even as good as Hughes or Baird, IMO, much less Hangeland, but Jol has stuck with him. Amazing how some managers can have such blind spots about some players (see Ricardo Clark and Bornstein and Bob Bradley as an example)

  42. John says:

    Kljestan with his 7th league goal.

    • Kingsly Alexander says:

      Wow. Transfer. now, please! What’s that look like in the league scoring chart??

      • John says:

        He has the most on Anderlecht and is tied for 5th in the league. Is the the only midfeilder among the top though.

        • Kingsly Alexander says:

          Yeah the only other guys on that level on the scoring charts are young prospects or Belgians really. He’s either going to get a lucrative contract extension option or someone who forks over the appropriate cash to buy him. Depending on who’s willing, if the choices don’t seem promising, I’d bet were going to see kljestan in an Anderlecht uni for a while

          • John says:

            If he could pick up one or 2 during the next 3 Champions league matches it’d help his cause. They haven’t even looked at bad as the score lines have been. They create chances but just don’t have any one to finish them.

    • Gary Page says:

      Considering how early this is in the season, I doubt he ever did even remotely this well for Chivas USA.

  43. manicmessiah says:

    I think these posts should be renamed `Your Jozy Altidore Commentary`.

  44. John says:

    Have there been any reports today if Century link will actually have the feild marked off for the Seahawks?

    • Travis says:

      Ya it will, the turnaround to the Seahawks game is to fast. There will be football lines on the field which really blows.

      • John says:

        To finally get the biggest rivalary with the biggest attendence in the MLS, in a playoffs match. All of that potential is just kind of thrown out the window by having it played with football lines accross it. I’m glad ESPN didn’t pick it up, it’d just be kind of embarrassing.

        • Travis says:

          i think it is the first time seattle has had to play with the football lines on the field but not 100% sure on that. also the weather is extremely windy here today (sustained 20-40 mph winds with higher gusts), could have a big impact on the game.

      • Gary Page says:

        On the bright side, it should help the assistant referees with off side calls. Notice I said should, though.

        • John says:

          True, I mean its not going to stop me from watching

          • francis says:

            I guess if you’re a true soccer fan you can see past the NFL lines but the casual channel-surfer is gonna wonder what the heck is goin’ on there

  45. Darwin says:

    Kljestan with ANOTHER goal today.
    Boyd with an assist.

  46. John says:

    AJ should of had one there at the end but AZ win anyway 2-0

  47. Ben says:

    Well, if Jozy and Sunderland continue to be a disaster, and 4 points from 10 games and Jozy having zero goals is nothing but a disaster, AJ could well be our starter before too long. Too bad, many thought Jozy to Sunderland was a terrible move, and it is turning out to be exactly that. Without a huge turnaround, I’m not sure about Altidore’s future in England.

    • John says:

      I just doesn’t see AJ being effective as a single striker in the formation the US has been using most of the time. He just doesn’t have the back to goal game Jozy has to hold the ball in bring the midfeild into the attack. I think perhaps EJ or Boyd can fill that roll but I see AJ more in the Dempsey role under the striker. Lets also not forget Jozy proved himself at the level AJ is currently at anyway.

      • Riggity says:

        …watch the games dude. Altidore hasn’t scored, yes. But he is far from being out of his depth, it’s not the league, it’s his clubs. Hull was like record breaking bad and Sunderland is the same.

      • CroCajun1003 says:

        It’s not as if Jozy is consistently missing opportunities or getting in bad positions. There are no opportunities. Sunderland’s offense is tragic. Their midfield is nonexistent.

        I really like AJ, but I don’t think he would be bagging goals left and right if he was in Sunderland right now, and I don’t think he’s ahead of Jozy as an overall player.

      • Joamiq says:

        Yeah, AJ is a secondary/supporting striker. Playing him alone up top is not the best idea.

  48. mike says:

    anyone know a local radio station that is streaming the new england kansas city game?

  49. RalphNadersPatioFurniture says:

    Oh my god this is atrocious. I have no idea where the soccer lines are.

    REALLY MLS?!?!? Freaking embarrassing.

    • BobKraft'sTaint says:

      Ownership can’t even pretend to give a crap about the Revs.

      MLS 3.0 = evicting lazy owners

    • Riggity says:

      Beat me to it, this is really hard to watch

    • John says:

      Really is, I’m pulling for KC to win by 4 now. I hope anyone who has written an article about how the NFL is a great partnership for MLS is watching this mess.

    • GW says:

      If you are responsible for that field who do you want mad at you , MLS or the NFL?

      Money talks, especially when it is billions vs millions

  50. Riggity says:

    It probably takes 2 hours to paint that field…

  51. BobKraft'sTaint says:

    Picture this in Atlanta

    • Riggity says:

      … So this is such a big problem that Atlanta shouldn’t have a team? I hate this field as much as everyone but it can happen like 2 or 3 times a year out of the whole season.

      • John says:

        Atlanta can havea team, they just shouldn’t put them in a NFL stadium.

        • Riggity says:

          Well they aren’t going to get a SSS and a new stadium for the Falcons and we both know which one of those Atlanta will choose. If NE can have a team on a football field ATL should be able to as well

          • Joamiq says:

            Atlanta’s whole stadium issue is looking like a fiasco. Turf, sharing with a football team… MLS should say no.

            NE and ATL can’t be compared. This is a different era now.

        • Increase says:

          If they do what Schalke, does and just keep the field outside it would be more than fine.

          They have a field that slides out of the stadium when they are not using the field. That way you can have both fields and nice pretty soft actually grass.

  52. TomG says:

    Man, Agudelo doing a nice job in high pressure. At his best, he’s got a great work rate, combined with his strength, creativity and skills, his potential is still sky high. He’s got so much going for him.

  53. divers suck says:

    Expect a double dip of embarrassing NFL lines!…After the SKC/Revs game, the Seattle/Portland match is going to have the same thing!!

  54. Geoff says:

    Anyone else getting Hockey on NBCSports?

  55. Coke says:

    Football lines in a plastic field. Amateur soccer at its best.

  56. petedx says:

    Patriots and Seahawks doubleheader tonight!!!

  57. RalphNadersPatioFurniture says:

    Also, is this a joke? The Revs announcers? We can’t even get some f*(&)* neutral announcers?

    For f***s sake can you imagine the NFL broadcasting a game with the local homers? Just ridiculous.

    How many fans are we losing?

  58. Francois says:

    Why doesn’t SKC v New England have it’s own thread?

    • TomG says:

      Agreed. Whoever Ives left in charge is dropping the ball. Come on guys, take some initiative!

      • Francois says:

        Seriously, Tom. The quality on this site has dropped dramatically since Ives started writing for goal. So disappointing.

        • TomG says:

          This is simple stuff, though. It doesn’t require any writing or effort. Just post the thread. Disappointing and Ives Seems to be oblivious since it happens over and again.

        • Joamiq says:

          This has nothing to do with Ives writing for Goal. Games usually only get their own posts if Ives is at the game doing his own live commentary. It’s always been this way.

    • Brian says:

      This is the thread.

  59. RalphNadersPatioFurniture says:

    Ohhhhh MLS officiating.

    So embarrassing. So unbelievably embarrassing. So far offside.

    Shockingly, NE feed DOESN’T SHOW REPLAYS OF THE GOAL.

  60. RalphNadersPatioFurniture says:

    Replay shows us NE Revs player SO FAR OFFSIDE after save by Nielson. Yards offside.

    And NE feed cuts off replay immediately after that becomes clear.

  61. TomG says:

    Good that Revs scored first. Maybe Vermes will finally loosen the reins a bit. As successful as he’s been, Vermes is just so dang conservative and it makes for boring soccer. You have to wonder if that’s why they’ve never had playoff success. With the players they have, Vermes could play much more aggressively IMO.

    • TomG says:

      This is more like it.

    • WK says:

      Everybody harps on the Quakes style of play- why I’m not sure, but this KC game plan of hoof it and beat your opponent in submission is awful to watch. Glad to see the Revs and their creative youngsters beat them.

  62. Tim F. says:

    Wasn’t Collin offside on the goal?

  63. JonGruden says:

    Can we get some competent officiating? And get rid of the homer announcers? This is such an incredibly poor experience that I may not watch any more of the playoffs.

    Total, utter turnoff to any casual fan.

    I feel like I’m being peed on and told it’s rain.

  64. JonGruden says:

    I mean honestly.

    SKC player is about 10 yards onside receiving a ball and getting fouled from behind.

    Assistant referee flags for the foul.

    Commentators: Looks like we’ve got an offside here.
    Commentators: Well, actually, no it’s a foul.
    Commentators: Well, all the breaks are going against the Revs lately.

    Wtf MLS. This is really bad.

  65. Shawn says:

    USA real striker depth chart
    1.Jozy
    2.Aron
    3. Juan
    4.EJ
    5.Boyd

  66. JonGruden says:

    I might agree with Lee Ngyun there.

    Done. Done watching. Goodbye MLS.

    • JonGruden says:

      For a commentator to agree with a player complaining for getting booked after coming in a full second late with studs high and hitting a player into the advertising boards.

      I just can’t. Just freaking can’t watch this.

      Not getting my rating number, however small it is. F*** this.

  67. PatioFurnitureHasBeenFound says:

    “I’m not sure if there’s an elbow there.”

    Wait, what? Is this for real? Nobody can be this big of a homer.

  68. Marlowe says:

    I live in NE… sorry to say that these guys have been this bad all season long. Absolutely brutal to listen to. My apologies to the national audience that had to watch this.

  69. AtleticoUnionCity says:

    Frighteningly horrid display of playoff soccer. The gridiron lines, the amateurs calling the game, the s**t surface. Flashback to MLS v.1. To add insult to injury, Revolution win the match increasing the odds of having to go through the same crap next week. Even in Seattle the experience is ruined. I hate the NFL.

  70. RB says:

    Seattle was outdone for ugliest surface on which to watch a soccer match played by only a few minutes before taking back the title.

    • BrianK says:

      Go Seahawks!!! Classy!

    • BrianK says:

      I must say,…I love the football lines. They really add to viewing experience. Makes the game look world class.

    • USAmr says:

      How long can it take to roll out the carpet? I can’t believe they don’t have enough time between the end of the game tonight and a 4:05 local time game tomorrow. What am I missing here? They didn’t want to pay overtime? Is it painted fresh every week? I thought there was a different surface for the Sounders and the Seahawks.

    • BrianK says:

      Did I mention how much I like the NFL logo on the due of the box? What a sh$tshow!

    • BrianK says:

      Seahawks are down 1-0!!!

    • BrianK says:

      The Seahawks have to do better when they are in the Red-Zone!

    • BrianK says:

      The Seahawks need to pay Eddie Johnson! Now!

    • BrianK says:

      How can the referee be sure that when he puts the shaving cream on the 15 yard-line to mark the ball,….and then puts the shaving cream on the 5 yard-line,….that he has actually marked 10 yards?

    • BrianK says:

      Man,…EJ really needs to get paid. He should run toward the camera and rub his fingers together. Alternatively,…he could ask Clint Dempsey to lend him a few bucks. Go Seahawks!

  71. TomG says:

    I can understand the SKC supporters being upset. That’s very normal in a big match that has a bunch of questionable calls. The MLS bashing is getting to be a bit much, though. I’ve seem much worse officiating and much worse announcers. SKC plays a conservative style, so the game was not a gem, but neither are most Chelsea matches, and the lines? Who really cares about the lines? Whatever. The league is growing and had a great year, but they can’t compete with the NFL. There’s no shame in that. Not a fan of the over the top MLS bashing. It’s not perfect, but it’s getting a heck of a lot better.

  72. TomG says:

    If SKC gets eliminated, does Vermes lose his job? There’s a lot of talent on that squad to come up empty yet again.

    • BrianK says:

      Not so sure there is as much talent on SKC as there is on NE,….Ngyen, Rowe, Fagundez, Goncalves, Reis? Think you might have it backwards?

      • Paul says:

        yeah…I agree with BrianK. NE has more overall talent. but they are younger. That being said, SKC should win.