Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

James Milner of Manchester City celebrates his goal, 2-4

Photo by Joe Toth/ISIPhotos.com

By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Two days removed from an entertaining Boxing Day of action, a jam-packed stretch in the English Premier League schedule continues Saturday with six matches to kick off the weekend.

After West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United kick off the day at Upton Park, second-place Manchester City could take over the top spot in the league for at least a temporary basis with a home victory against Crystal Palace. Man City have been dominant at the Ethiad Stadium so far this season, posting a 9-0-0 record and a +31 goal differential. A surprise result for Crystal Palace could be a big boost in their campaign to stay out of the relegation zone.

Elsewhere, Manchester United will look to follow up their comeback road win against Hull City with a road win against Norwich City. The day’s action will wrap up in South Wales as Cardiff City try to end their disappointing run in recent weeks with a victory against Jozy Altidore and last-place Sunderland, who are coming off a shock 1-0 victory at Everton.

If you will be watching today’s action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action. (Today’s TV schedule is after the jump):

TODAY’S SOCCER ON TV

7:45am – West Ham United vs. West Bromwich Albion – NBC Sports Network

10am – Manchester City vs. Crystal Palace – Premier League Extra Time

10am – Norwich City vs. Manchester United – Premier League Extra Time

10am – Aston Villa vs. Swansea City – Premier League Extra Time

10am – Hull City vs. Fulham – Premier League Extra Time

12:30pm – Cardiff City vs. Sunderland – NBC

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191 Responses to Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

  1. Isaac says:

    this picture: James Millner – TOUCHDOWN!!!

  2. Jon says:

    Anelka for France!

    • fischy says:

      He probably blew that today, earning the enmity of Jewish people and those who believe in greater tolerance everywhere.

  3. Marc says:

    Direct TV is listing Man City and Crystal Palace on NBC Sports Network.

  4. Sly says:

    This west ham west brown game is amazing end to end game… adding this to phrases I never thought I’d say.

  5. Sly says:

    I’ve seen a few west Bromwich game cause I liked Steve Clark and Anelka. So I’ve seen Barahino before. But wow it’s amazing Chelsea or United or arsenal or any other stockpiler of young English talent has taken this kid and put him on the edge of their second bench.

    Not a complaint this kid is thriving. If he keeps developing thus who knows.

  6. usaalltheway says:

    So, is Jozy going to score today?

    Anyone taking bets? What are the odds?

    Is he going to start? Any news?

  7. John says:

    Jozy is indeed starting for Sunderland, needs to have a good one

  8. bryan says:

    yikes, Fulham getting destroyed by Hull.

  9. bryan says:

    Jozy starting.

  10. Citronomics says:

    Sunderland down 1-0 so let’s bring in Fletcher to get a head on balls pumped into the Cardiff box.

  11. Dainja says:

    Jozy is on regular NBC. That’s just damn cool; lets not lose sight of that.

  12. byrdman says:

    I am blown away by how awful the midfield at Sunderland is. I know everyone has said this, but they are an EPL team. Horrendous.

    • John says:

      They’ve only had possession in the other half once in first 25 minutes

    • timmytwoshoezzz says:

      they’re likely not an EPL team beyond May of 2014. That midfield is absolute garbage

    • Brian says:

      seriously! they are honestly unwatchable. I can’t bear it. I think maybe once Jozy has touched it all half simply due to the ineptness of the midfield holding on to possession

    • Benjamin C. says:

      The football IQ among their midfielders is poor. And that is being kind. Some of their decisions are headscratching.

      Also: how utterly ridiculous does Cardiff’s owner look? Cartoonish at the least.

    • Mikebsiu says:

      Terrible passing, and they just get shoved off the ball.

    • Bac says:

      You can only beat a dead horse so many times…. but on this topic that’s not the case…
      You’re right, everyone keeps repeating it because it’s so true…
      It’s awful to watch this so-called midfield

    • Gary Page says:

      On top of that their back line too often gives it away cheaply and makes poor long passes. It’s a wonder Sunderland ever scores.

  13. Brian says:

    Sunderland is terrible. just horrible. please Jozy find another team!!!

  14. JS says:

    That Sunderland counter was so Sunderland. Phil Bardsley going forward is a joke.

  15. Spank says:

    Wow! This Sunderland team is so horrible that they’re making Cardiff look like a world class side. Just horrible! Get out as soon as you can Jozy!

  16. Mikebsiu says:

    LOL!!!!

  17. shawn says:

    wwwwwwwwwwwwwwtffffffffffffffffffffff jozay bench his a s s

  18. Johnson says:

    SUNDERLAND IS AWFUL. JOZY NEEDSS TO GO TO A GOOD TEAM WHERE HE CAN GET SERVICED!! JOZY IS THEIR BEST PLAYER

    • kimo says:

      Sometimes you have to make your own luck and Jozy is doing himself no favors. He missed a tap in from a yard on a rebound. ANY striker needs to finish that. That was poor.

  19. beachbum says:

    bang bang chance for Jozy far post but no

  20. Maykol says:

    Wow jozy from 3 feet away misses

  21. Ted Lasso says:

    Jozy just missed a tap in after it was saved by the Cardiff keeper. That was really bad.

  22. Brian says:

    oh my Jozy just missed a sitter. in his defense it looked like his foot got caught in the grass right before kicking it but that sadly might’ve been jozys only chance all game :(

  23. Madden's Chin says:

    That miss could be the end of Jozy at Sunderland if he doesn’t pull out something magical. That was absolutely inexcusable in so many ways.

  24. usaalltheway says:

    Jozy, you HAVE to put those away. An opportunity squandered.

    Jozy’s performances have been terrible as of late.

    Sunderland being made to look the fool in this competition.

    • beachbum says:

      actually he’s been pretty good in December imo up until last weekend so if you’re referring to that match specifically OK, but before that he was hardly terrible in 2 separate matches vs. Chelsea, for example

      needed to put that one away tho, agree

  25. Brian says:

    Kim is easily the best player on the pitch. which is more sad than impressive lol. but seriously he’s got game

  26. Francois says:

    You can tell Jozy’s confidence is very low. He just doesn’t look sure of himself, and it’s sad to see.

  27. kimo says:

    His effort is just awful.

    • JS says:

      I don’t get this complaint. His finishing was obviously poor on the one chance, but his hold-up play has been quality, he’s been making runs without the ball, and chased a few lost causes. What exactly do you want to see?

  28. Kenny Powers says:

    That’s not the first tap in Jozy has missed this season right?

  29. Maykol says:

    This is my first Sunderland game I’ve seen this season and wow, people were not exaggerating when they said they were an awful team. Altidore himself has also not given himself any favors on the very few chances he gets the ball

  30. Benny says:

    It funny how nobody says anything about Fletcher’s miss yesterday. I don’t think Jozy misses that one. Fletcher had time to measure and missed.

  31. fischy says:

    Even worse was his positioning on the next chance. W|The rebound came but Jozy wasn’t there to push it on — only to collect it later at the edge of the box. If he had the right instincts, he would have broken for goal as the shot was being struck, and then he might have had a chance to play the rebound.

  32. byrdman says:

    Somebody tell Lee Cattermole its not 1978 anymore. Those shorts a little bit too short.

  33. landon klinsmann says:

    Watching my first full half of Sunderland football this season. I can totally see how Jozy hasn’t scored much. This team is a bunch of stinkers. Everything from bad chest traps to errant dribbling runs. It is wonder these guys get out of their own half. And they are playing against Cardiff! Winter transfer window here we come.

  34. Francois says:

    Jozy’s movement has been minimal today, he doesn’t drop deep at all to try to connect with the midfield. That is a big difference from last year.

  35. Kenny Powers says:

    His situation went from Goalzy Altiscore to Lazy Outthedoor.

  36. Ryan says:

    What’s most disappointing to me is Jozy’s lack of effort. He doesn’t look hungry. Plenty of heavy legs out there.

    • beto says:

      agreed, he got service and was called upon by his team but looked careless and lazy.. Sunderland are destined for the championship .. Jozy on the other hand has a chance to impress other EPL clubs and get a better job next year and he is not helping his cause.

  37. Zimzo says:

    Why is Jozy so bad?

    • petedx says:

      He isn’t. It is just the insane people who comment on this site who over analyze (usually wrongly) every single thing he does. I mean just look at all the comments about body language, lack of effort and hustle. It is stupid and reminds me to stop looking at the comment sections on this site for any insight.

      • asdlkfasdlfj says:

        I dont know man he really looks pretty bad today. I have supported him for a while but it really looks like he isnt even trying today.

      • Bitman says:

        I hope you’re kidding. Try the Sunderland message board for a more (ahem) negative rendering of his performance. This is nothing.

        And he’s been poor today, so let’s be fair.

  38. Maykol says:

    Hey graham Zusi! If you’re trying to get a winter loan before the World Cup, go help your buddy altidore at Sunderland!

  39. Brian says:

    Sunderland is awful. their midfield sucks. Jozy is the beyyyysst and needs service
    /thread

    • Maykol says:

      I bet Sunderland fans don’t think he’s the best, considering he’s missed many sitters throughout the season. Even missed from a yard out today

    • Johnson says:

      I AGREE!! JOZY IS SO MUCH BETTER THAN SUNDERCRAPLAND> HE NEEDS TO GET SERVICED.

  40. landon klinsmann says:

    yeah, he is playing a similar role that he played under Bob for USMNT. Only there to keep the backline honest and open the midfield up. Didn’t work for US and won’t work here either, because Sunderland midfield sucks. The thing is, Sunderland can get that role played from a lot of strikers and they don’t need a scorer like Jozy just to fill that role. He needs a new team much more than Sunderland needs him.

    Also, these commentators suck. Jozy had about .02 milliseconds to react to that ball coming off the keeper’s hands. I’ve been there before and you just don’t have time to make a good play, no matter how close you are to the goal. English commentators love to say things like “he really should have scored” or “it was always going wide…” as if they were in the trenches themselves and have first hand knowledge. Really, all they have is the perfect crystal ball of hindsight. Bottom line is that when a ball is hot off a keeper’s hands and you are present, it is actually a disadvantage to be that close, you just don’t have time to react. You only score if it bounces right.

    • Gary Page says:

      You make a good point. Also, many people, even former players now commentators, fail to mention how the ball can have crazy spin on it and go anywhere before and after you kick it. In my playing days I remember balls coming at me and then bouncing away at 90 degree angles. With a deflection a ball can have an awful lot of spin on it.

    • dude says:

      In cases like these, it’s unfair to call it a tap in. A tap in is a ball that needs a tap to go into an open net. Jozy had an empty space to put the ball, but it did not require a tap. It’s an effort to redirect a ball with lots of weird mustard with an incredibly small time to react. He reacted, got his foot on it, but couldn’t get the proper touch on it to make it change direction and spin and go in. Honestly, this is a harder shot than having to measure up a goal keeper from the top of the eighteen.

    • Northzax says:

      Oh please. The man is a professional athlete. He gets paid a whole lot of money to make that shot. Or frankly any. Sport sucks sometimes with bad bounces and spin and whatnot, but he’s being paid to score goals, and he’s not doing it. That’s a problem.

  41. Amru says:

    Normally I would hate for a player to go to a new club so close to the World Cup but playing on this team is destroying altidore’s confidence

  42. Ryan says:

    Sunderland comes out in a 4-4-2 in the 2nd half. Should bode well for Jozy.

  43. aero says:

    They should play celebrities in Jozy’s position. It would be funny to watch, NBC would get better ratings, and it’s not like they would do much worse. Maybe they won’t score any goals but its not like Jozy is going to score any time soon.

    • landon klinsmann says:

      They could make a reality show out of it. whoever wins a cooking contest gets to play striker for Sunderland for a season.

  44. beachbum says:

    2nd half starts with Jozy coming way back to get involved, looks to be stationed underneath now, not up high on the island

  45. Liz says:

    I would service Jozy if you know what I’m saying.

  46. AcidBurn says:

    At least if Jozy doesn’t score, can he at least sky one into the crowd and knock the sunglasses off of Vincent tan’s face, only to be carried into the stadium basement afterwards by two burly security guards. Har har.

  47. USMutantNinjaTurtle says:

    Sorry guys, Jozy Altidore is just never going to make it in an elite level European League, he would have been better off staying in B tier leagues like the Eredivisie where the defending is worse.

    If I was a Sunderland supporter I would be wondering why he hasn’t been taken off for Fletcher.

    • Benny says:

      Because he is much better than Fletcher.

    • landon klinsmann says:

      ?? He will be fine. He has time and there are teams in BPL that will see role for him.

    • beachbum says:

      are you watching what’s happening in the 2nd half? Sunderland are still Sunderland, but new formation with Jozy in the playmaker role by design underneath for first 15 minutes, and Sunderland have actually linked thru midfield and into the final 3rd as often so far as the entire first half. He’s been in the middle of most of it with simple one touch passes; Poyet is using his holdup play in midfield because the other options are so very inept at the role seems to me

    • TomG says:

      Sorry, Mutant, but you don’t know what you’re talking about. Maybe you should stick to comics and action figures.

  48. Benny says:

    Too bad Jozy couldn’t get his feet underneath to score. It really wasn’t as easy as it looked because of the angle; but he should have put on frame. The bottom line is that he needs more service. He’s not involved because he doesn’t get any service. You need to get passed the ball to do something. I don’t think Jozy is losing any confidence, but it can be frustrating not scoring.

    • TomG says:

      His rhythm and confidence are off because he doesn’t see the ball and only gets a tough half chance or two per match. It’s tough for a striker to thrive in that environment. If he can figure out how to keep his form in that setting it will serve him well for USMNT matches against top opponents. It’s a real skill and a mindset that needs to be learned.

      • Benny says:

        I do agree that it is tough to thrive in this condition and think this experience will serve him well. As long as he scores goals for the U.S. all will be o.k..

  49. Francois says:

    Diakite and Dossena are both horrible!

  50. kimo says:

    Jozy’s movement is awful as is his work rate. That’s the honest truth.

    • Mikebsiu says:

      +1 he doesn’t get stuck in challenges and he looks lazy.

    • TomG says:

      Funny how people who say things like, “that’s the honest truth,” when they are giving an opinion usually don’t even know what they’re talking about.

  51. Ryan from NC in NYC says:

    Man, Sunderland STINKS!!!!

  52. Byrdman says:

    Turn and shoot Jozy!!

    • TomG says:

      Yeah, should have shot that. His confidence is shot. He needs to be better at keeping that confidence even when things aren’t clicking. The best strikers are typically unreasonably even irrationally cocky. It’s good that Jozy is such a great passer and wants to get teammates involved but he needs to be a bit more selfish.

  53. Madden's Chin says:

    Playing yourself off the team dude. Why am I still watching this? If he doesn’t want to put in the effort, why should we?

  54. Byrdman says:

    Larrsson is also horrible!

  55. usaalltheway says:

    Sunderland is looking MUCH better.

  56. Francois says:

    Great thru ball down the wing from Jozy puts Dossena through, who cuts it back Giacherini and his shot is blocked. Nobody wants to talk about the passing of Jozy, who has been the best passer for Sunderland this game, minus a few giveaways.

    • beachbum says:

      just played another nice one in there too, the service he wishes any other player on his team could provide him, frankly

    • usaalltheway says:

      You got it Francois!

      Jozy’s passing has been great this half. :)

      Sunderland works much better when Jozy plays the link between midfield and the final third (like Beach Bum pointed out above in a different post).

  57. Madden's Chin says:

    Do not do a Twitter search of Jozy’s name. Needless to say, he’s lost probably every fan that isn’t American.

  58. MidWest Ref says:

    Jozy is not playing any better than the rest of his team. Regardless of whether he has potential, he is not showing it today.

    And the team seems to play better with Fletcher who is a meat and potatoes, traditional EPL player.

    This move has been terrible for JA. Hopefully, he is making a boatload of cash.

    • beachbum says:

      the 2nd half of play seems to disagree with your assessment seems to me,

      I’ll provide a different one: the fact Poyet moved Jozy underneath to do the linking work that Sunderland has been unable to do ALL year speaks volumes since now they are actually linking forward and he’s in the middle of it

      it pulls him away from goal a bit but it’s hard to argue with how much different this team looks this half compared to the entire year to date

      now a goal from Fletcher! this combo could be good for Sunderland, certainly it’s showing on the field so far this half

      • MidWest Ref says:

        appreciate yourt comments, but we do not se eye to eye.

        Jozy saw more of the ball in the second half, but he made no passes that resulted in shots or attacking play.

        he lost the ball quite a few times when he was trying to hold up play

        once fletcher came on the team was more energized and direct.

        jozy did not seem to be on the same page with the rest of the team and in fact made a few bad giveaways that stifled the attack

        • beachbum says:

          yes, we disagree. Jozy in the middle of Sunderland finally linking forward and in the middle of Poyet’s halftime adjustments and system change; it was something from Poyet to make those moves he made considering what happened to Borini at halftime, but it turned out they finally had a player in the middle 3rd who could hold the ball in there and connect with simple passes. Sunderland kind of sucks at that all year you know. All of the sudden there is space outside and Sunderland players have that 2-3 extra seconds to move forward and find space. yes he was imperfect in the 2nd half but also stepped up and responded after the bad 1st half

          cheers

  59. Deno says:

    Uh, oh. Jozy is getting comparisons to Heskey:
    link to twitter.com

  60. Francois says:

    Nice flicked on header by Jozy across goal but nobody is making the run to get on the end of it.

  61. kimo says:

    Gotta say it … that’s how a poaching striker scores. Good finish Fletcher.

  62. shawn says:

    there goes altidore’s starting spot for a few weeks

  63. Madden's Chin says:

    And bye bye Jozy.

  64. FRANK says:

    Here is what everyone is saying about Jozy: link to twitter.com

    • John says:

      What I think is funny, is the people calling for Johannsson to start on the national team. I’m pretty sure we’ve seen what 30 goals in the Eredivisie means at this point.

  65. bryan says:

    4-4-2 should be the formation from here on out.

  66. TomG says:

    Man, if Fletcher slides that over, it’s a tap in for Jozy.

  67. TomG says:

    Awful pass by Jozy. He’s

  68. kimo says:

    lol … c’mon fellas … altidore has been awful. He can barely complete a pass today.

  69. John says:

    So are we starting EJ in Brazil?

  70. TomG says:

    Nice win and pass back by Jozy. Would have been a nice assist.

  71. Tony in Quakeland says:

    Sunderland is bad, dreadful, atrocious, miserable. embarrassing, lousy, junk… I’m running out of synonyms.

  72. shawn says:

    what a finish!

  73. kimo says:

    GREAT comeback from Sunderland … Jozy really wasn’t involved at all.

  74. beachbum says:

    awesomeness. this team is evolving right before or eyes and Poyet deserves a TON of credit for the moves he made at halftime today

    yes!

  75. Bob says:

    Jozy has been really bad. It cannot be blamed on him getting poor service. He’s been poor all around.

  76. Kingsly Alexander says:

    You see this pattern developing when Altidore started fluffing shots.

    Now none of his teammates trust him and he doesn’t trust himself, which is even more disturbing.

    I said they’ll revert to Fletcher and you can’t blame them.

    I’m really afraid Jozy is gonna find himself on the bench in the second half of the season.

    Idk hopefully he’ll be loaned out.

    • Benjamin C. says:

      Are you referring to the same teammates that killed attacks, turned the ball over consistently, and crumbled under defensive pressure? Because that describes every other Sunderland player for the first 70 minutes or so.

      • Kingsly Alexander says:

        Stop it. I wont even indulge, because for better or worse that is the team surrounding him and its also the team that got the two goals, without Jozy having a hand in them

        Jozy is playing bad and nothings going to change around him because there aren’t any funds for the January window.

        • Benjamin C. says:

          You’re completely right. Every other Sunderland player was world class. I apologize profusely for questioning your immense soccer knowledge.

          • Kingsly Alexander says:

            Jozy is in a bad scenario, whether we sit around blaming his teammates or Jozy’s mental fortitude, it wont matter because he’s stuck at Sunderland and nothing it going to drastically change unless Jozy starts putting away the chances he gets to score and he’s had at least 1 good, solid chance each game.

            • Benjamin C. says:

              I agree with you here. I would love for Jozy to start putting those chances away. And he definitely needs to get a couple, considering his a confidence/momentum player. I am not a professional soccer player, but I am guessing that if your midfield only provides you with one or two chances a game, the psychologically pressure to score can become crippling. He needs something to get the season going, but I just won’t give up on him and call him garbage like some ‘fans’ do on this message board.

              • Kingsly Alexander says:

                the ppl who call Jozy garbage are just that.

                Jozy is a quality player. I hoped after that Chelsea match mid-week things would turn around for him. Ppl get pissed when I say he needs to put in goals or he’ll be dropped, pointing to everything else he does, hold up, flick on and such, but the reality is you have to put in some goals eventually or you’ll find yourself on the bench, especially with Fletcher healthy now and scoring.

  77. usaalltheway says:

    THEY TIED!!!!!

    Wow!!!!!!!

  78. TomG says:

    Well deserved point for Sunderland. Poor defending, but they certainly owned the run of play.

  79. TomG says:

    Very inconsistent day from Jozy. Good play, bad play, good play, bad play.

    • Benjamin C. says:

      Fair assessment here. Inconsistent is the best word for it, and can be applied to most of the players on the pitch for Sunderland. Those saying he was just plan awful don’t seem to know much about soccer. Ask his teammates and they would likely laud him for the hard work and some of the balls he played today.

      • Mikebsiu says:

        He played balls to the other vucking team!!

        • Benjamin C. says:

          So did every midfielder that played for Sunderland today. Jozy also played some really good balls to his own teammates and consistently fought hard throughout the comeback. Pessimism at its highest.

      • beachbum says:

        good to see more reasonable folks post here too

        poor first half, good second half, and part of the change in tempo Sunderland executed successfully in the second half.

        and I agree with JS below, would like to see Jozy/Fletcher paired more

  80. JS says:

    Sunderland played well the last twenty minutes. Jozy was had a poor game overall, but not nearly as poor as most of you make it sound. Playing underneath his link-up play was solid. I’d like to see Fletcher and Altidore start together more often.

  81. M says:

    I only saw the last 20 minutes and he looked pretty active, won a few free kicks and they scored 2goals. Not bad

  82. Amru says:

    Jozy did much better in the second half getting involved in the play. Had to drop deep to provide link up play which took him away from the goal. Again not a terrible performance but you can tell he’s lost confidence in himself

  83. Benjamin C. says:

    For those saying Altidore will be dropped in favor of Fletcher: Sunderland played its best soccer when both were on the pitch. It doesn’t have to be an either/or situation. I would predict Poyet will do this more in the second half of the season, particularly at home when three points are more realistic. Plus, Borini may be out for some time after today’s health scare (best wishes to him and I hope it is nothing major). Jozy will continue getting time and, hopefully, he will have a good run of form. There is plenty of time left in this season.

    • Kingsly Alexander says:

      They won’t be playing two strikes every game. Their bottom of the table and managers fighting relegation are going to favor a one striker system in favor of a midfielder or a defender.

      The more successful Fletcher is the worse the situation will be for Jozy and the worse the teams looses the more the team will start to prefer Fletcher.

      • Kingsly Alexander says:

        *the more the team loses

      • John says:

        Even if Jozy is on the bench and gets limited minutes, does it even matter for the national team? Sure you want his confidence high going into the World Cup but I don’t see any other options at the spot other then maybe EJ. I guess we’ll have to see how he does in DC.

      • GW says:

        KA,

        Sunderland are best when both Fletcher and Jozy are on the field.

        If it’s just Fletcher all you get is Route One/ Stoke Pulis ball. That could work but only to a point because Sunderland are not as disciplined as those Stoke teams were. Jozy gives them some variety in their attack because he seems to be able to drop a little deeper and link up in a way that no other Sunderland player can.

        Ki S.Y. has promise but he is not consistent.
        Ironically the one player they could really use is LD.

        • John says:

          They’ve looked generally much better the last few weeks then they did today. I think the short turn around and Borini being sick of coarse had an effect.

    • John says:

      Sunderland doesn’t have enough players, to not try and get something out of everyone they have.

  84. MLS_Soccer_Talker says:

    I don’t understand how anyone can say Jozy’s playing is horrible….That whole Effing team sucks..I can’t go two halves of watching them play!!! Defend, defend, kick ball..All Day. No joke , but 2013 SKC team could trash them. 3-0.

    • Madden's Chin says:

      Don’t let their relative poorness disguise their talent. Sunderland would trounce SKC and it wouldn’t be remotely close. It’s like the age old argument of how would the worst NFL team do against the best NCAA team.

      The Jaguars would beat Alabama by 50 to 100 points without breaking a sweat.

      Benny Feilhaber is the highest paid player on SKC. He makes about 312K a year.

      The annual average salary of a player on Sunderland–including all bench players–is over 2 million. The average of a starting player is much higher.

    • GW says:

      Mr. Talker
      If it was a friendly maybe.

      If it was a serious competitive game, no.

    • Fredo says:

      Just about every MLS center back tandem would mark runners in the box better than Sunderland’s did. Given that, I think SKC could score on Sunderland. It would be a game

      • GW says:

        Fredo,

        That is easy to say when you know that we will never be able to prove it one way or another. By the way Sunderland’s first choice CB pair were out.

        It would be a game but it would depend on whether Sunderland decided to show up or not..

  85. dude says:

    In the past, Fulham had several Americans on the roster, and was nicknamed “Fulhamerica.” Sunderland should just follow this to it’s natural conclusion, and make the squad the US National team through relatively inexpensive moves. Bradley wouldn’t come, and Dempsey would have to be on loan, but it would keep you from being relegated.

    I know, would never happen, but dear God, it would be better than this #$%^, and Jozy would get some teammates who know how to make simple passes, and feed his feet.

  86. Horsewhistle says:

    US Soccer is reporting that Klinsman will be going on loan at Sunderland for two months so he can remain in form and coach at the highest level in preparation for the World Cup. This is a condition of his new contract that was awarded to him.