Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Fresh off of a 3-0 trouncing at the hands of Liverpool, David Moyes and Manchester United will have to erase a 2-0 deficit when they host Olympiacos Wednesday afternoon.

It’s been a tumultuous year to say the least for Moyes’ United. The reigning Premier League champions currently find themselves sitting in seventh, 12 points behind the all-important Champions League qualification that comes with fourth place. However, United have an ever greater task at hand when it comes to staying alive in this season’s competition, as the Red Devils will need at least two goals at Old Trafford to survive. Olympiacos’ 2-0 win in the first leg, which saw goals by Alejandro Dominguez and Joel Campbell, has crippled United. Moyes may be fighting for much more than advancement, however, as a loss to Olympiacos may just be the final nail in the coffin in the eyes of United brass.

Elsewhere in Europe, Borussia Dortmund will take a 4-2 advantage back to the Westfalenstadion when they take on Zenit St. Petersburg. BVB, who trail German rivals Bayern Munich by a whopping 23 points in the Bundesliga, will have the benefit of four away goals when they host their Russian opposition, who currently sit second in the Russian Premier League. Zenit made headlines just yesterday when they announced the hiring of former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas.

Back in the states, the CONCACAF Champions League continues with a pair of contests involving MLS teams. The San Jose Earthquakes will travel to Mexico to take on Toluca after drawing 1-1 at Buck Shaw Stadium. Meanwhile, Sporting KC will look to avoid the fate of fellow MLS side LA Galaxy when they take a 1-0 lead to Estadio Azul to take on Liga MX leaders Cruz Azul.

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):

3:45pm – Manchester United vs. Olympiacos – Fox Sports 1

3:45pm – Borussia Dortmund vs. Zenit St. Petersburg – Fox Sports 2

8:00pm – Toluca vs. San Jose Earthquakes – Fox Sports 2/ Univision Deportes

9:00pm- Leon vs. Emelec- Fox  Deportes

10:00pm – Cruz Azul vs. Sporting Kansas City – Fox Sports 2/Galavision

 

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150 Responses to Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

  1. argh says:

    show some love for Cherundolo. 15 years at Hannover.

    btw we’re watching the downfall of Manchester United. Thanks GOD

  2. argh says:

    since the Mayor is retiring, can he run for Governor or even Chancellor?

  3. manicmessiah says:

    Valencia took a headbutt and looks like he just came from a 12 round fight.

    Man United very direct but looking very adventurous early. 3 yellows already, 2 for Olympiacos and 1 for Man United.

  4. Maykol says:

    link to twitter.com in case any of you wanna see the handsome Valencia

  5. manicmessiah says:

    Rooney with a snap header which bounced off the post and right into the six yard box,but not a single attacker following up and it gets booted clear.

  6. manicmessiah says:

    Penalty for Man United, RVP bundled into trying to trap a crossed ball.

    I think Van Persie might have been slipping, but that was a lot of needless contact by the defender.

    Penalty tucked away, 1-2 aggregate, game on.

    • Increase0 says:

      Ya, it was rather stupid. He kinda hopped on his back.

      • Expat4455 says:

        Increase0, you said on an earlier thread that Klinsmann specifically mentioned in a short interview that he is not planning on taking Green to Brazil.

        Would you please let me know where I can find that interview?

        Thank you.

        • Increase0 says:

          Ill look for it. Maybe, I heard it wrong who knows. I swear I saw it somewhere.

          • Expat4455 says:

            Thanks Increase0. I looked everywhere and couldn’t find it.

            On the Klinsmann interview Ives put up, Klinsi said, very softly I might add: “We’re not only looking at Julian for this summer, (pause) summer’s workouts, (then louder) but also………….(where Klinsi went into the future, Olympics and so forth.

            • slowleftarm says:

              Obviously he’s going.

              • Expat4455 says:

                So good to have you on-board the Julian Green World Cup band wagon slowleftarm.

                I must say, although I questioned you before I can now say that I respect you more than you will ever know. Keep up the good work and, no matter what, no matter what others, myself included, say to you, please slow, don’t ever change.

  7. manicmessiah says:

    Evra with a glancing, loopy header that required a good save to keep out. Would’ve been an absurd goal to concede.

  8. Maykol says:

    If you arent watching ManU-Olympiakos, you are missing out on a famtastic game. De Gea with an amazing double save

  9. manicmessiah says:

    WOW. Double kick save from De Gea, second better than the first. That will be worth a look.

    After the ensuing corner Valencia went down in the box, fans shout for a penalty but ref says no.

  10. William the Terror says:

    Hoping David Moyes gets to start his summer vacation early this year.

  11. Maykol says:

    RVP makes it 2-0 right before the half!

  12. manicmessiah says:

    RVP again, Giggs with a perfect ball to Rooney, slides it to Van Persie who gets ahead of his defender and smashes it in.

    The last kick of the half (basically) evens up the aggregate 2-2.

  13. Maykol says:

    If people think la liga is boring b/c it is usually just 2 teams fighting for the title, well olympiakos has won the league all but 2 times since 1997

    • Michael Stypulkoski says:

      I don’t think you’ll find many people here arguing that the Greek league is exciting.

  14. Jack Del says:

    Da Gea is man of the match in that first half.

    How in the world did he ever keep those out? That was a stunning display of top class goalkeeping.

  15. EspinDOHla says:

    PSA to the NorCal folks:

    The USMNT/Azerbaijan Pre-sale started today on Ticketmaster.

    If you need tickets, here is the presale code:

    M2TWTR

    See you there!!

  16. argh says:

    come on GOD, let Man United lose.

    they are cheats and they always won up until Moyes joined. let them lose

  17. Expat4455 says:

    It looks like Dortmund are through. But we have us a barn-burner at Old Trafford, don’t we.

  18. Maykol says:

    Wow RVP hattrick with the freekick

  19. manicmessiah says:

    Rooney is feisty, Olympiacos puts free header wide on a counter, a Man United free kick is in!!!

    RVP hat trick, 3-2 aggregate, keeper didn’t move, must have gotten screened.

  20. Travis says:

    Keeper should have done a lot better on that free kick, he was leaning the wrong way for no reason, wasn’t a particularly good free kick at all.

  21. Jack Del says:

    Horrific goalkeeping.

    Come on, is United really going through on crap like that?

  22. Expat4455 says:

    Dang, one more goal by United and I will stop watching and go get some much needed work done.
    .

  23. Expat4455 says:

    But if the Greeks can score a goal and they lose 3:1 they go through on away goals!

  24. manicmessiah says:

    Olympiacos with an attacking move very similar to RVP`s second, but the striker puts it right at the keeper.

  25. ben says:

    Man olympiacos’ jerseys are pretty darn awesome.

  26. Expat4455 says:

    Olympiakos is playing much better, the needed work will have to wait.

  27. manicmessiah says:

    Valencia might as well be wearing an eyepatch for as little as he can see with that swelling.

    Ashley Young in, Valencia out. So a diver in for a boxer, it’s an Olympic substitution, considering the opponents.

  28. manicmessiah says:

    Fletcher for Welbeck.

    Setting up shop when a goal sends you out, risky move.

  29. manicmessiah says:

    RVP is down after a knee to back of knee shot.

    Fellaini coming on for him. Olympiacos not impressed with the delay, 1 yellow for dissent, 1 for a bit of pushing.

  30. Travis says:

    So there was supposed to be 5 minutes of added time and they stopped it early even with the delays on the corner kicks? Makes perfect sense.

  31. Jack Del says:

    Nonsensical ending with the referee blowing time dead a good 15 second before the minimum added on time that included the 4 minute Van Persie injury.

  32. manicmessiah says:

    Fellaini has done well, earning 2 corners and a free kick to waste time.

    I’m sure more than a few comments about him finding his level will be made.

    Whistle blows, Man United into the quarters, and the best moment of Moyes` tenure, possibly his only moment depending on the rest of the season.

  33. Gerard D. says:

    What a “Manchester United” ending with 5 minutes of added time taken up by a Van Persie ‘injury’ and then a good 2 minutes taken for 2 corner kicks… and then the referee has the nerve to blow the game as Olympiakos are surging forward well before the minimum amount of added time is up.

    Yeah, real legit.

  34. argh says:

    I didn’t think it was possible but damn MAN U

    RVP you might just be the best striker in the world right now. Though Suarez and Ibra might be upset

    • frank from santiago says:

      and messi, and ronaldo, and costa, and jonathan soriano, and alfred finnbogason, and………… ..etc…..there are a few forwards that might be upset………..just look around a bit…..

  35. Expat4455 says:

    Okay, United won. Now the best I can hope for is that they draw Dortmund in the next round.

  36. AMPhibian says:

    SJ up 1-0 in the game vs Toluca. Harden with a beautifully redirect header in the 56′.

  37. Maykol says:

    If San Jose manages to go through, they will play Arabe Unido or Alajualense, not nearly as bad as playing xolos, SKC, or cruz azul

  38. A.S.A. says:

    SJ with the goal

  39. pk-tackle says:

    San Jose 1 Toluca 1

    SJ needs to create chances!

  40. byrdman says:

    Since they have an away goal, doesn’t Toluca need 2 more? Do I have that right?

    • byrdman says:

      Sorry…..Since SJ has an away goal, doesn’t Toluca need two more goals to move through?

      • A.S.A. says:

        It’s a draw right now. Equal amounts of away and home goals.
        A goal by SJ would pretty much end it.

        • A.S.A. says:

          To eleborate more… Toluca scored one against SJ when SJ was home and now SJ has scored one against Toluca when they are home.

          SJ 1-1 Toluca
          Toluca 1-1 SJ
          Equal amounts of away and home goals

          • byrdman says:

            My error. I thought SJ won at home 1-0 on a late goal. Thanks for the correction. I just watched Shea Salinas hit the post and send SJ packing.

  41. pk-tackle says:

    Alan Gordon coming on… we may have extra time.

  42. Razak Pinpong says:

    Not much attention seems to be paid to MLS being two weeks in to their season.Liga MX is two months into theirs.

  43. Maykol says:

    Huge respect to SJ for making it to extra time without goodson or Bernardez

    • Razak Pinpong says:

      Much more respect considering SJ is two weeks into their season.Liga MX clubs are two months into theirs.

      • Ted Tran says:

        Agreed, sure they’ve been playing every 3 days, but thats not excuse.

        • Increase0 says:

          But it is a reason. It’s just a thing the MLS has to overcome or move the season up 2 weeks. That would help.

  44. Chicago Josh says:

    My Spanish is rusty but it sounds like the talking heads on Univision are saying that the MLS teams have gotten much more competitive versus the Mexican teams

  45. Dimidri says:

    Anybody have a stream? All of mine have transitioned to the next game.

  46. pk-tackle says:

    No way… San Jose scores on a legitimate rebound and is called offsides!

  47. Razak Pinpong says:

    Rubish offside call.Toluca RB kept Gordon onside for the tap in goal.

  48. Chicago Josh says:

    Gordon scores a legit goal off a rebound and the linesman incorrectly rules offside. (Face palm)

  49. Razak Pinpong says:

    I will say it again.if these MLS sides were in mid season form like their Mexican counterparts.

  50. Maykol says:

    Alan Gordan looks exhausted

  51. A.S.A. says:

    Yeah being in season form does help. It’s like asking Manchester City to play a game against a Barcelona. Only difference is barca has been playing for 2 months while Man City has been playing for 2 weeks. Now who do you think would win. It’s common sense.

  52. Maykol says:

    Cruz azul makes it 2-0

  53. Maykol says:

    San Jose is going to penalties

  54. Chicago Josh says:

    Wow Busch barely gets to a header that bounces off the crossbar and off the line …penalties next

  55. pk-tackle says:

    San Jose and Toluca going to penalties…

    In the other game, SKC is losing 2-0.

  56. John says:

    Going to PKs

  57. Maykol says:

    Has anybody been watchin the SKC game that could describe how both teams have played?

  58. Razak Pinpong says:

    SJ did their part.Now it comes down to chance.

  59. pk-tackle says:

    Salinas had a terrible game, and of course he misses the last pk.

  60. Joamiq says:

    Damn, SJ so close. That was probably MLS’s best shot.

  61. John says:

    so close

  62. Maykol says:

    Toluca wins on penalties 5-4 with salinas shot hitting the crossbar. Busch was a monster during the game but im dissapointed by his form vs the penalties. Overall dissapointed but SJ has my respect for giving it their all and playing with balls

    • pk-tackle says:

      It was a good game, SJ really stuck it out to the end.

    • AMPhibian says:

      Tough one. PK’s are a poop shoot. To see Salinas miss, but give congrats to the opposing goal keeper before he collapsed in disappointment, that’s a memorable moment. Very proud of my NorCal family, for fighting for 120′ plus. I think it will only make them stronger, and help propel them in MLS.

  63. AMPhibian says:

    BENNY!!! just tied up AGG!

  64. John says:

    huge goal from benny

  65. Maykol says:

    SKC with the goal! If it stays 2-1 they advance

  66. Joamiq says:

    Feilhaber sneaks one through! After that start, all of a sudden, KC with the (slightest) upper hand!

  67. pk-tackle says:

    SKC scores!!! 2-1

    If it stays this way, SKC goes on since it’s an away goal.

  68. QuakerOtis says:

    *Rant about how SJ was robbed but it doesn’t matter because they had a few chances to pull it out anyway aarrgrgrgrgagasgsidgfasidufisDGfp!!!*

  69. Maykol says:

    Come on SKC! Please give me a reason to get drunk and celebrate

    • pk-tackle says:

      It’s down to the last one, c’mon SKC!

      If they can score just one more, it would take off a lot of pressure.

  70. AMPhibian says:

    Start drinking, SKC is going to give you a good excuse to celebrate! I am on beer 5, because I thought SJ was going to give me a good excuse, but Vermes and SKC will come through, and in turn, I won’t be considered an alcoholic…

  71. Maykol says:

    3-1, marco fabian is a beast

  72. Kingsly Alexander - Sankt Pauli says:

    Well that’s it for MLS teams…

    Until they can afford to to have two MLS staring caliber squads on their rosters, there’s no competing with Mexican teams quite frankly

    And of course, it doesn’t help that MLS hasn’t accommodated the teams schedules like Liga MX does. Never mind the fact that they’ll always start this round at a disadvantage because their season has just started

    • John says:

      Just getting destroyed on the left

      • Kingsly Alexander - Sankt Pauli says:

        Josh Gardner and Graham Zusi on the left was a terrible choice for SKC. Two right footed players!

        Zusi has proven to be ineffective on the left in International competition for the Nats and I don’t see why Vermes would see it any differently.

    • AMPhibian says:

      Their league is better than ours, and two of the reasons why, are ones you pointed out. I think the people in charge of our league have realized this and more, and are making changes in that department carefully. We just have to be patient, because champions aren’t born overnight.

  73. Maykol says:

    The players on Cruz Azul… are pretty damn good

  74. pk-tackle says:

    4-1

    SKC has been leaking their left defensive flank terribly.

    Don’t see a comeback the way they’re playing.

  75. John says:

    Who would have thought San Jose would put up the best fight

  76. Maykol says:

    Marco Fabian has pretty much destroyed Jerome. 4-1.

  77. Joamiq says:

    Goal Cruz Azul. 4-1. That’ll just about do it. No MLS teams in the semis. This is a step back.

  78. Maykol says:

    I thought Collin would have been a lock to start the game.

  79. Joamiq says:

    Wow. SKC getting torn apart now. This is making MLS look pretty bad.

  80. pk-tackle says:

    At least the spanish commentators agree that you can see a difference when a team is barely starting their season and a team that is in full form with more than 10 matches played.

  81. John says:

    The problem for MLS is it wants to exist in a bubble with a salary cap so all the teams are about on equal standing. MLS isn’t designed to compete out side of that bubble however it struggles to get anyone to take it seriously if it can’t.

    • AMPhibian says:

      They certainly have some adjustments to make, but MLS doesn’t want a 2-4 team league, plain and simple. They want every team to grow, and to feel they have equal chances of success. Done fairly, and with appropriate caution, it’s a slow process. Yes, they have placed themselves in a bubble for now, but it’s growing, with no signs of popping anytime soon.

  82. Maykol says:

    This is where we stand. Make the money and schedule excuses. They’re valid. But it doesn’t change results. #CCL- Andrew Wiebe

    • AMPhibian says:

      I dig you Maykol, but I don’t think these quotes really say anything. So excuses are valid, but we should look at the results? On the professional level, don’t results invalidate excuses?

      • Maykol says:

        wow the “they’re valid” sentence somehow completely missed my eyes. I have no idea how i did not see that. But still, the results are truly the only things that matter.

  83. Maykol says:

    Dissapointing couple days, I think I’ll listen to some Drake

    • AMPhibian says:

      Why not listen to me? I am not as good as him, nor am I produced nearly as well, or at all, but come on! (it’s a brilliant argument). I sometimes rap soccer references into my rhymes? Does that whet your palate? ;)

      • Maykol says:

        If you have something I can bump too that will hit me in the feels, im willing to listen.

        • AMPhibian says:

          :) You just have to click my blue name on here, it’s linked to my music. I cheaply record, for fun, nothing to pay for.

          • Maykol says:

            Good flow bruh, I f*** with it

            • AMPhibian says:

              Thanks homie, means a lot to me that you gave me a chance. I love Drake too, and think most of the hate on him is coming from jealousy, or the fact that he could influence society much more, with his skills and insight. Even if he could make more of a statement, he is carrying on a rich, artistic tradition, and it’s not like we need a hiphop Bono at this point.

              • Maykol says:

                Your song Dream is fire. Yeah Drake is great, his album was amazing but some people I guess just like to make fun of it because it is on the soft side. Still excellent music though. Top 5 albums/mixtapes of 2013 for me were Dizzy Wright, Big Sean, Drake, the Weeknd, and Hopsin, though that hopsin one could leave you feeling slightly suicidal