Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

Luis Suarez of Liverpool scores a goal to make it 0-1

By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Liverpool could make their long-awaited return to the top of the English Premier League on this Soccer Sunday if the Reds avoid defeat at home to sixth-place Tottenham Hotspur.

With Chelsea falling to Crystal Palace and Manchester City drawing with fellow contenders Arsenal on Saturday, Liverpool will be the new league leaders today with a draw or victory against Spurs. Brendan Rodgers’ squad has had no problem scoring and getting the results they want at Anfield this season, scoring 44 goals in 15 matches. The Reds had no problem in their earlier meeting with Tottenham, a 5-0 victory which became Andre Villas-Boas’ last match in charge of the North London club, and they will be favorites to grab all three points again Sunday.

Elsewhere in the EPL, last-place Fulham will continue their quest to avoid relegation when fifth-place Everton visits Craven Cottage. Everton have two games in hand of fourth-place Arsenal in the race for a Champions League spot, and they will need to secure a victory to start cutting into their seven-point gap behind the Gunners.

Elsewhere, Napoli look to end first-place Juventus’ long unbeaten run in Serie A when the back-to-back defending champions visits Naples. In Liga MX action this evening, Chivas de Guadalajara and Club America are level in points heading into their massive Super Clasico showdown for league positioning.

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

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

8:30am- NBC Sports- Fulham vs. Everton

9am- BeIN Sports Play- Lazio vs. Parma

9am- BeIN Sports Play- Sampdoria vs. Fiorentina

11am- NBC Sports- Liverpool vs. Tottenham Hotspur

11am- BeIN Sports Play- Osasuna vs. Real Sociedad

11:30am- GolTV Usa- Hannover 96 vs. Werder Bremen

1pm- BeIN Sports Play- Villareal vs. Elche

2pm – ESPN Deportes- Puebla vs. Leon

2:45pm- BrIN Sports USA- Napoli vs. Juventus

3pm- BeIN Sports Play- Valencia vs. Getafe

3pm- UniMas- New York Red Bulls vs. Chivas USA

3pm- BeIN Sports Play – Olympique Lyonnais vs. Saint-Etienne

9pm- UniMas- Guadalajara vs. America

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129 Responses to Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

  1. Expat4455 says:

    everton scores!

  2. arund says:

    Jozy to score 2moro

  3. Citronomics says:

    Holy cow! Rocket shot so precise. Sorry Timmy.

  4. Expat4455 says:

    2 saves for Howard,

  5. Expat4455 says:

    Yes!!!!! Super outlet kick by Howard, Should be an assist.

  6. Expat4455 says:

    Fulham subs a 17yr old for another 17yr old! They both must be better than 18yr old Julian Green. They are getting serious game minutes in the Preemie.

    • Lu says:

      You really can’t stop talking about this kid huh?

      • Expat4455 says:

        Just a tiny bit of sarcasm Lu

        • GW says:

          Expat,

          If we went back over your posts since the Green issue heated up what percentage of your posts have NOT mentioned Green?

          My guess would be less than 10%. This is approaching the obsessive territory normally inhabited by the likes of boosted 335 on George John, bizzy on Freddy Adu or biff on any given gossipy conspiracy theories involving player vs player or player vs management issues.

          The Green topic is done to death until the Mexico game is over. Then the hype machine will go into overdrive, either positive or negative.

          There is a strong bias on SBI towards England and MLS. You obviously know a lot about German football. Perhaps you could tell us more about how Germany, who after all have a much longer history than even England of having American players in their pro leagues ( Wynalda, Caliguri, Reyna, McBride, Conor Casey, Mathis, Berhalter, Keller, Mikey, Gyau, Wood, Wooten, Joe Enochs, Michael Wagner, etc., etc.), currently view the USMNT and MLS.

          What do they think about about facing JK and his team?

          What about other dual nationals like Shawn Parker and Fabian Hutzeler( who seems to have faded?) .

          • Expat4455 says:

            Just got back from the soccer pub, having a couple drinks with my Liverpool mates, TOP OF THE TABLE baby.

            Okay GW. many questions but here goes.
            1,.My guess would be about 40%, not 10%
            2.Thank you for saying I am only approaching obsessiveness. It is good to know that I am not there yet.
            3.Yes, SBI does favor the Premie and MLS, but that is only natural. In the USA for the last 15-20 years that is the only thing soccer writers have been able to watch.
            4. German football: Bayern, the Bundesliga and the DFB currently view America as, how can I say it,……….somewhat virgin territory for their brand. (€€€$$$).
            4a. This is from my personal observations. Germany really likes America and would like to see football(soccer) catch on. However, they do question the love of American football, they can not quite understand the fascination involved.
            4b. Concerning the MLS, Not too much, but it is a beginning.
            5. Facing Klinsmann and the USMNT. My opinion. Not much at all, Germany is looking way beyond the group stage. Saying that however, there is interest now being showing in the group stage match with USMNT, because Julian Green will be playing.
            5a. Specifically concerning Klinsi: All Bavarians who follow football, which is most everyone, knows the coaching abilities of Klinsmann and his yes man assistant, Vasquez.

            • Expat4455 says:

              Oh yeah, one more very important thing GW. I believe the Bundesliga and DFB know that America is virgin territory concerning football talent. The know the history of America and all other sports so they understand that there must be many good footballers in America. There has to be.

              I believe that they would be very interested in working out a partnership, something like having the very best young footballers come to Bundesliga teams for development.

    • TomG says:

      I just wish it was a different 17-year-old. One with the last name Hyndman.

  7. timmytwoshoezzz says:

    I absolutely love Roberto Martinez. Tactically competent, low-key, not a huge self-promoter, gets the most out of his teams, and isn’t married to a system but instead adapts his system to the players he has available.

  8. Expat4455 says:

    Yes!!!!!!!!!!! Announcer says: Watch out Arsenal, Everton is coming to get ya.

  9. arund says:

    Everton in the CL.

    and you all doubted Tim Howard. Bow before him

    • Expat4455 says:

      Wouldn’t that be great. Tim deserves it.

    • jones says:

      Well they have their work cut out for them. Arsenal and Tottenham both have slightly easier schedules left, I would say. But if Everton could beat Arsenal next week they would be in a good position.

  10. biff says:

    Are these rumors true that Michael Bradley was humiliated yesterday by the outstanding midfield play of Kyle Beckerman? I did not see the game, so cannot judge. But several people were saying on the SBI MLS Runing Commentary page that Beckerman owned Bradley, and that MB after the game pouted off the field refusing to shake hands his with Real Salt Lake players. Is this true?

    • Expat4455 says:

      Old business: Did you get Chandler’s making the Bundesliga Elf of the week for 2 straight weeks prior to injury straighten out?

    • Jack Del says:

      The first part seems to be a point of contentious debate, but Bradley certainly left the field without shaking anyone’s hand.

      Bradley was caught out of position a number of times by Beckerman and Saborio, who pretty much controlled the midfield the entire game. Not sure if Bradley completed even 70% of his passes.

      • Increase0 says:

        I’m just gunna say that Toronto midfield has been questionable so far. The first 2 games it worked but they lost possession.(I didn’t see yesterday.) Bradley has done a lot more running to Toronto than I see with the USA. He might need to relax and stop trying to be everywhere but Toronto has some issues with keeping the ball.

        I think people are forgetting its a team game and Toronto still has a lot of the same team from last year.

        • GW says:

          The fact that Defoe has been so sharp has obscured that fact that TFC is still basically a brand new team that still needs to learn how best to play together.

          That becomes obvious when you go up against a veteran unit like RSL.

    • oh jeez says:

      why the heck did “The General” move to MLS?

    • jones says:

      Toronto is coming into the season as an overrated team. They have a couple of great players but the rest of the pieces and the manager? Not so much. If they were a better MLS team overall, Bradley having a bad night might not be as noticeable. RSL have far more experience together and a better 11 overall.

      • Increase0 says:

        Ya, I said that just above you a bit Toronto has a couple of stars and then a lot of the same guys from last year.

        • jones says:

          I like what you said about Bradley trying too hard to be everywhere. He and Defoe can’t single-handedly make them into one of the best teams (and Julio Cesar isn’t going to help, lol, now I see why he wasn’t getting playing time anywhere).

    • TomG says:

      MB was dominant in the first 30 and should have had 2-3 assists but Defoe was struggling to finish. The big problem was that Jonathan Osorio was out and Jeremy Hall was not covering for MB when he made his runs up the pitch. They were just not at all on the same page. As a NYRB supporter, I saw Hall at fullback having no positional sense or instincts for the game. It seems as if he hasn’t improved much. Not really MB’s fault. Hall is pretty hopeless. MB and Osorio have a good chemistry. Bekker came on for Hall and looked much better. MB also missed a goal by an inch as his dipping blast from outside the box froze Rimando and ricocheted dangerously off the inside of the post. Very good offensive outing as a whole by MB, but no finishing by Toronto and no defensive chemistry with him and Hall. Beckerman was pretty invisible all match. Morales was the star for RSL. He was everywhere.

      • TomG says:

        MB also had a perfect corner that he put right on the head of Henry in stride, but the big Canadian missed the target badly. Tough match for Doneil who also goofed badly on the first goal. I like Doneil but he has to be more conistent.

      • biff says:

        @TomG: As I said above, I did not see the game so cannot judge. But the opta stats on MLS.com indicate that MB did not have a strong game. Only 35 successful passes while 12 were bad passes, for a weak 66% pass completion. If Beckerman or Jones had those kind of stats for the USMNT they would be roasted by fans.

        And I will say if Bradley in defeat refused to shake hands after the game with the victors, then that is not cool at all, especially if MB snubbed his international teammate Kyle Beckerman, who is a true team leader and earned his spot as team captain the hard way against adversity rather than always being talked up. And apparently Klinsmann was in attendance at the game and saw the whole sorry thing and I would imagine that he was not impressed.

        • Gary Page says:

          You say you didn’t see the game and cannot judge and then you go ahead and make judgments. People should follow a rule of not commenting on games, except in the most general sense, when they haven’t watched them.

          • Jack Del says:

            Think it’s fair to say that a 66% completion percentage for a central midfielder is horrific. You can absolutely make judgment on that.

            The original comment from TomG was also ridiculous.

            Beckerman was named one of the men of the match, completing nearly 15% more of his passes than Bradley and breaking up more plays than Bradley despite RSL having the ball nearly 2/3rds of the game. He also had an assist.

            • TomG says:

              Dude. You don’t even seem like you watched the match. Go comment on a baseball blog if you want to babble about stats like a nimrod.

          • biff says:

            @Gary Page: First, just wanna say I always read your comments (although I do not always agree with what you say). so I take your criticism seriously. That said, I was not making a judgment of MB’s play in the game. I simply said that his stats indicate a weak game. However, it is true that stats can sometimes be misleading.

            But as for the other part of my comment, although I did not see the game, I do not see any problem judging as poor sportsmanship Bradley’s leaving the field in a huff after the game without shaking hands with the other team. It shows immaturity and lack of class and a whole lot of disrespect. MB, just like any other player earning $6.5 million per year, needs to be held accountable for his actions. If Jermaine Jones or Kyle Beckerman would snub USMTN teammates after a loss, then you can be sure that we would have news articles on the major soccer web sites criticizing them for it. In Bradley’s case, we will probably have a huge wall of silence.

            • danny says:

              I watched most of the game. The fact that he didn’t shake hands is not as big a deal as people are saying. This happens a lot in sports and reflects more that he was probably pissed about Toronto getting completely outclassed by the cream of the MLS (at least in terms of skill/possession soccer). And, the entire stadium started chanted “Over-Rated” in the last 10 minutes of the game- directed at Bradley.

              Regarding Bradley’s play. I don’t see how everyone can trash him for his team not playing well. He did try to do a bit to much but that’s understandable, but he also should have had at least 2 assists. Hi quality is still there, but it’s kinda pathetic how people love to hate on Bradley, when this is a team sport and his team is not nearly as good as RSL and have not played together so long.

    • Louis Z says:

      I saw the game, MB bossed as always no one wanted to go 1 on 1 with him.

      Here is how things went…

      1st score, a very questionable penalty call
      2nd score, a deflection of Gil’s shot from about 18 yards makes it pass Cesar
      3rd score, a nice pass and nice flick for the score, mind you this is when TFC was trying pushing up because they were chasing the game.

      TFC’s problem is that they can’t string 3 passes together. MB role is to look for a quick pass to Defoe when he sees he can split the CBs. I believe MB’s comment about passing is over rated is because his new team is a long way from controlling the midfield on most games.

      • byrdman says:

        Your comment concerning MB trying to split the CB’s leads me to wonder if he took chances he normally wouldn’t, or shouldn’t because of the lack of quality players around them. Kind of similiar to the 285 hitter in the middle of a weak lineup swinging for the fence late in the game due to the weak bats behind him. He becomes a 235 hitter, and looks worse than he is.

        Just a thought from a baseball coach. Looking forward to Mexico game.

  11. Citronomics says:

    Another frantic start at Anfield.

  12. oh jeez says:

    off topic but had Dempsey stayed with Spurs, could he be starting or playing with the club now? Was his competition really that high? Soldaldo and that Italian player have flopped this season.

    • Increase0 says:

      He might be. But Erikson is much better playmaker. Don’t get offending anyone, we all know playmaking isn’t Dempsey’s role.

      • Increase0 says:

        Offended*

        blah

      • 1289 says:

        but would he not have a shot as a striker? Soldaldo has like 5 league goals, all but 2 are PK’s. Surely he would have gotten equal amount of time as DEFOE had as a super-sub

    • GW says:

      That is impossible to know.

    • Gary Page says:

      My sense is no. Sherwood has a lot to choose from and seems to favor certain players over others. He seems to like this young kid Benteleb, whom I hadn’t heard of until recently, and Dembele doesn’t seem to be getting as much playing time. He also moved Chadli from the backline back to his original position of midfield. Sometimes he will platy Paulinho, sometimes Erickson. He does play Siggurdson a fair amount and Dempsey played more and did better than Siggurdson did last year, but Suggurdson is much younger and Sherwood recently was quoted as saying that Spurs should go with younger players. Just off the top of my head, here are Spurs midfielders. In addition to those mentioned, he also has Sandro, Lennon, and Andros Townsend. That’s a total of 10, even after Spurs sold Parker, Huddlestone, and Dempsey and sent Holtby out on loan. So they could have potentially kept 14 midfielders. And I might be forgetting someone.

  13. Citronomics says:

    Suarez. Felt inevitable given LFC’s dominance so far.

  14. Increase0 says:

    Also that was sweet goal from Suarez. Perfectly placed far post. Sloppy CB play let that happen though.

    • dikranovich says:

      im not sure id call it sloppy play, suarez is muscling you off the ball, at full pace, and its 35 yards out. that was just majestic work from the Liverpool man.

      • Byrdman says:

        “Majestic” you are starting to sound like Tommy Smith

        • dikranovich says:

          upon review of another replay, in slow motion, it was a little bit of a sloppy pass by dawson but really, it was suarez darting in there and winning the ball, and being a nasty little pest. and he aint that small.

      • Increase0 says:

        Suarez is like half the size of that CB. If it was about muscle then its even worse than sloppy. Suarez was on the wrong side of the CB when that backpass came in.

        I don’t know that we are talking about the same play. =(
        I’m not talking about the Own goal.

        • dikranovich says:

          we are talking about the same play. the second goal!. dawson did try a pass to kaboul that was intercepted by suarez. it was sloppy, because it was intercepted, so you are right increase.

  15. oh jeez says:

    pass him the ball and Suarez will score

    best striker on the planet. Ibrahimovic, Cavani, Rooney, Falcao, RVP, Aguero, Benzema, Lewandowski all come close but the no 7 takes the cake

    • Nic D "the TX 2 Stepper" says:

      This!
      Me and the senior pastor from church talk about Suarez (who hath repented of his ways) every week about how his excellent play and composure have transformed the Liverpudlian side.

      He has been a great foil to Sturridge and become a fountain of youth to Stevie G!

      • biff says:

        +1. Suarez is no angel and has to accept responsibility for his past transgressions, but at the same time the guy during his first two years was unfairly treated much of the time and sort of the universal punching bag. He has shown real strength overcome the obstacles and, as you say, repent. It seems that he is finally growing up. I like that guy a lot.

    • Gary Page says:

      How could you leave out Messi among the best strikers? And although they play wing, in effect Ronaldo and Bale are playing as strikers and both are better than Benzema. Suarez has been having a magnificent season, but you shortchange some other great players.

  16. biff says:

    That was a beautiful goal. No one is better than Luis Suarez in a loose ball situation. Like the guy has magnets on his feet and Suarez at the current time might be the best player in the world.

  17. oh jeez says:

    29 goals, 10 assists this season in just like 27/28 league games.

    Imagine him in the CL next season. He’s gonna eat teams alive.

    • biff says:

      But, please, let’s not forget Timmy Howard’s big chance to be playing Champions League next year. If Everton can beat Arsenal next Sunday, then Everton will be in fifth place just one point behind fourth-place Arsenal. Plus, Everton has one more game on the remaining schedule than Arsenal. But the bad news is that Everton does have a more difficult schedule of final games than Arsnal, having to face Man U, Man C and Southhampton. This Everton team has a feel to it, that they can pull it off. Would be great to see Howard rewarded with CL play for his years of loyalty to Everton, and to watch him next year on the Big Stage.

      • 1289 says:

        that would be IDEAL and bring lots of $$$ to the Liverpool area

        • biff says:

          Most likely some big clubs are plotting as we type to swoop in and steal Martinez. The guy is a genius of a coach, but also pure class, even when he left Wigan, and I would be very surprised if accepts any offers this summer and leaves Everton. Maybe summer of 2015 he’ll get an offer he can’t refuse.

      • Expat4455 says:

        If Everton can beat Arsenal. LOL. I can’t wait ’til biff posts something like he can’t wait to see Arsenal beating Everton and the Everton players laying on the field crying like babies.

  18. 1289 says:

    dude has 6 PL hat tricks. same number as Rooney, despite Rooney playing 12 years and Suarez playing 3 years in England.

  19. TomG says:

    2 delicious firt half goals by Suarez and so close to a third that he could almost taste it. He’s positively champing at the bit in his chase for the PL goal scoring record.

  20. 1289 says:

    honestly Jozy should head to Germany or Italy or France. I’m sure a mid-table club like Werder Bremen or Bordeaux or Rennes or Torino

    • Expat4455 says:

      for sure 1289, but let’s wait. Sunderland should be relegated and hopefully Jozy will put a couple, or more, crosses from Julian into the net.

      Afterwards, I am confident that a mid to upper team in one of the top 3 leagues in Europe will take notice. I can see him playing for M’Gladbach, or even Nürnberg.

      • byrdman says:

        I see what you did there.

        • Expat4455 says:

          Yeah, I squeezed a Julian Green one in there. But I meant it about Jozy. And I think playing with Julian in the WC will make a difference for Jozy.

      • Ann says:

        You might better rule out M’Gladbach after their bad experience with Luuk de Jong who was a top scorer in the Eridivisie and didn’t make it by struggling against opponents’ strong defence lines.

  21. John says:

    So Evans out for the Mexico match, and Beltran in. What if anything does this change?

  22. 1289 says:

    how underrated is Gonzalo Higuain?

    Over 100 goals at Madrid and so far 14 in 26 matches for Napoli and still, no respect.

    21 goals in 36 matches for Argentina including a hat trick in the last world cup

    • Jack Del says:

      Really overshadowed by Ronaldo. Everyone is.

      That team is incredible. Di Maria and Higuain get little press.

  23. Expat4455 says:

    LOL, There are posters here who agree with biff’s comments, quite a few I might add.

    However, I would assume that all of them are biff’s sockatoos.

    • John says:

      About Bradley having a poor match? RSL has been together building for years. Toronto won 6 matches all of last year. They aren’t a good team and Bradley is going to find it difficult at times, but it doesn’t mean he is a bad player. If fans were chanting “Over rated” I can see just wanting to get off the field.

      • Expat4455 says:

        uuuhhhhhh…okay John. But what does that have to do with biff and his many sock puppets? Maybe I should have said 95%, not “all”.

        btw, I know you are not one of them.

  24. seeing red (bulls) says:

    queries/statements:

    (1) why is eckersly starting @ right back? where’s kimura and why didn’t rbny keep barklage in the off-season?
    (2) that PK eckersly gave up showed zero understanding of the truism “white men can’t jump” .
    (3) rbny need some new blood. everyone’s old and/or second- hand knock-offs….. Barcelona B, the wrong Wright-Phillips, Convey half a dozen years too late.

    boo hoo boo hoo

  25. Scott A says:

    I hope Chivas USA is proud of their sissy diving and rolling around ways.

  26. seeing red (bulls) says:

    erick Torres is truly a delicate flower

  27. Austin says:

    Expat4455 is the most annoying poster on here.

    The Red Bulls have been dysfunctional…no roster turnover was supposed to lead to consistent play.

    Chivas USA is the UGLIEST team. Troll city out there. And they are flopping hardcore.

    • seeing red (bulls) says:

      yo Austin-

      adolfo bautista….. dude should be wearing a helmet so as to not scare the children in attendance

    • Birgit Calhoun says:

      The Chivas team’s acting out injuries is phenomenal. I have never seen any team act in as dramatic a fashion as these players did. Does captain B. approve of that? Something has to be done about that. The Red Bulls should have had an extra goal, the one that was called back.

  28. Expat4455 says:

    biff, please, let’s get this settled. you and I had a beef some time ago. You stated as fact; “His (Tim Chandler) coach said he (Chandler) wasn’t doing enough to help Nürnberg”. That was wrong, Verbeek never said that. I called you on it, and called some more. finally after more than a day you gave links. And then you called me out, with your normal passive/aggressiveness I might add, that I was wrong when I said Chandler was named to the Bundesliga Elf of the week for 2 straight weeks prior to injury.

    Well, I finally got your answer, read the links, and nowhere did Verbeek say: Chandler is not doing enough to help Nürnberg”. however he was quoted saying something else so I said to you, I see where you got it, and it was close enough for me. Then I answered your question about Tim’s being named Elf of the week for 2 straight weeks.

    I acknowledged you but you have not acknowledged me. So biff, I ask you again. Do you have your problem with, as you stated, “you have been perpetuating on the SBI boards numerous times that Chandler has been named…..2 straight weeks……” straightened out yet?

    • John says:

      At the end of the day playing for the US isn’t a real priority for Chandler. and that’s fine. It’s a lot of work and travel that perhaps many fans take for granted. Perhaps he’s a great player but he hasn’t put the work in with the national team to take him to Brazil. Also if he responds to the humidity of Manaus the same way he did in Honduras, that’s also a problem.

      • GW says:

        John,

        “Also if he responds to the humidity of Manaus the same way he did in Honduras, that’s also a problem”

        Why single out Chandler? Every USMNT player seemed to have a problem with the humidity that game. It was the most sluggish and worst performance by the USMNT I can remember.

        • Expat4455 says:

          GW, I hope I answered your question above. If you would like more, please let me know.

      • Expat4455 says:

        John, that is the common wisdom in the USA, and among all the soccer writers too, however, it is 100% wrong. Tim absolutely wants to play for the U.S., he has stated his position on this for 2 years now.

        It is a top priority for him. He wants it very much. And I believe, mostly due to his being the best back line player we have, he deserves it.

        Of course, he must recover and get in good form from his injury.

        • John says:

          I like Chandler a lot and hope he has a quick recovery and I guess we’ll see from there.

          • Expat4455 says:

            then why did you say playing for the US isn’t a priority for Tim? Believe me, it is. He wants it bad.

            • John says:

              I suppose it was just speculation, but we haven’t seen him play for the US in over a year for some reason.

            • slowleftarm says:

              His actions speak louder than words. His commitment to the USMNT is lukewarm at best. Plus Cameron is at just as good anyway, and he actually cares.

              • Expat4455 says:

                as always slowleft, you are full of it. up to your eyebrows.

                And it is not speculation John, it is the common wisdom in the USA soccer writer community, even our host. It is them who spread these rumors about Chandler’s not being committed, even going so far as saying he was benched by Nürnberg last year, when in fact, he had the 4th highest minutes played on the team..

                I have no idea where this disinformation about Chandler, his commitment to the U.S. and his playing time at Nürnberg came form. Maybe our host can tell us.

              • Nate Dollars says:

                @expat

                slowleftarm is right. chandler can talk all he wants, but due to his past actions, his commitment is going to be doubted until he shows up for a major usmnt tournament, at the least.

  29. McAllen says:

    Napoli up 1-0 against Juve, and about 20 minutes left.
    Buffon is keeping Juve still at the game

  30. lprevolution says:

    link?

  31. McAllen says:

    2nd goal for a very good Napoli. Long drive a cross the field from Pandev to Mertens who beats Buffon with great shot from the top of the box

  32. seeing red (bulls) says:

    red bulls have looked tremendous this second half.

    sans results however

    • McAllen says:

      With Vergara out of the picture ,the addition of Bocanegra , Rosales , along with Torres, can transform Chivas into a decent team

  33. McAllen says:

    Final . Napoli-Juve 2-0! Napoli secures direct champions league playoffs and can push Roma to the last day for a direct group stage slot .

    • Expat4455 says:

      If Napoli, who were the better team I might add, would have beat Chelsea a couple of years ago, like the oddsmakers predicted, then maybe Bayern would be this year going for their 3rd. straight.

      But alas, as the Russian term goes, What was, that was. Chto billo, to billo.

  34. Expat4455 says:

    I don’t believe Man U or Chelsea have much of a chance in CL this year. I felt the same about Man City and Arsenal.

    However, I do believe Rodger’s Liverpool can do some damage next year.

    ps. I am a Bayern fan.

  35. Abusams says:

    Watched the second half of the Red Bulls game in Paris, great second half with a goal scored in extra time.

    • slowleftarm says:

      Nice! I was there, in 45 degree rain and wind. I imagine you had a more pleasant viewing experience than I did.

  36. Expat4455 says:

    Okay, I must relax, I do know that biff needs time to think. A lot of time.

    He will probably post an answer on this thread in a couple of days, while in the meantime I, and the rest of us, are on new threads. Just like he did last time.

    Then he will show up on a current thread stomping his foot while he says he had the courtesy to answer my question, I have not answered his. lol, just like the last time.

    biff, I have had some women in my life, more than I would like to admit, that were just like you.

    • Chris says:

      Get a life dude.

      • Expat4455 says:

        Do I know you Chris? Or rather, are you and biff, now I must ask you, what man would give himself the nick biff, but I am digressing…….where was I……………….oh yeah. are you a biff sockatoo?

        bty, the question was purely rhetorical.

        • slowleftarm says:

          Biff is pretty ridiculous sometimes but you are pretty annoying. I’d prefer you disappear though because you troll this site 24/7 while Biff only posts occasionally.

  37. Expat4455 says:

    As they say in the south, ain’t he special.

  38. slowleftarm says:

    I’m not one to complain about or be offended by diving and gamesmanship but Chivas’ flopping and time wasting is embarrassing and bad for MLS. That said, RBNY had plenty of chances to win that game in the second half and have no one to blame but themselves for remaining winless.

  39. John says:

    Alright I’m done questioning Expat. It appears Berti Vogts has been brought in and Vasquez is out. Got to say he called something was in the works there.

    • John says:

      Berti Vogts is being named as Special Advisor, Tab Ramos is moved to the coaching staff, and Martin Vasquez is being moved else where

      • Expat4455 says:

        But John, I did lost the first bet I made here to you.

        • John says:

          haha so what do you think of the move?

          • Expat4455 says:

            I am thrilled, I want so much for the USMNT to to well, and I knew they, even with Julian, couldn’t do it with Klinsi and his sidekick, Vasquez, on the bench. Heck, it was a no-brainer, everyone in Bavaria knew it.

            But I did say, while Klinsi is an egotist, he is not a fool. Plus I did say that, before Bayern made the deal, that had a sit-down with Klinsi and explained to him where the bear s%€t in the buckwheat.

            It is a great thing for American football John.

  40. Expat4455 says:

    Thanks for the info John.

    Okay, we still have Klinsi, just as Germany had him in 2006. But not like we had him at Bayern in 2009. He no longer has his yes-man, his yes-man is gone. He has Vogts, an older German gentleman looking on and Tab Ramos, the coach of the U20 U.S. National team as assistant.

    I do believe we may have a chance in the Group now.

    • Expat4455 says:

      If you all will allow me, I will say that all of this, the Julian Green thing and the coaching changes were done with the input of Andreas Herzog, he did a great job. (he personally handled all of the negotiations with Bayern, the Bundesliga and DFB) We, as USMNT supporters can thank Herr Herzog.

      Off subject, did you know that in the founding of the USA it was up for discussion, which language, English or German? For the first 20 or 30 years both German and English were spoken in the churches of America. It was nip-and-tuck, but in the end it was English.

      And do you know that, until like 1980, the highest percentage nationality in the USA was German? Most of my life I thought it was English,

      • Gary Page says:

        History minor here. As I recall, the German language vs. English issue was prominent only in Pennsylvania. There were very few Germans in the South and few in the Northeast while New York was largely Dutch in the early years (pre-Revolutionary War).