Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

Kevin De Bruyne of Chelsea and Emanuele Giaccherini of Sunderland

By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Second-place Chelsea will have another chance to pull ahead of Liverpool–at least for a temporary basis–as they host a relegation fighter Saturday at Stamford Bridge.

Before their tough set of road matches next week, Chelsea will take on last-place Sunderland, who are desperate to pick up any points in their race to get out of the bottom of the English Premier League. Chelsea are still unbeaten in home league matches under manager Jose Mourinho, and they have also posted six straight shutout wins at the Bridge. Sunderland should have a bit of momentum after their 2-2 draw with Manchester City but have struggled away from the Stadium of Light in recent weeks.

Sixth-place Tottenham Hotspur will also host another team fighting for survival Saturday when Fulham visit White Hart Lane. Tottenham are still battling to keep their Europa League spot, but Fulham are two points from safety heading into their London derby match. In other EPL action, 19th-place Cardiff City host Stoke City in another match that could have a huge impact on the relegation battle.

Elsewhere, Fiorentina face AS Roma in a top Serie A clash in Italy. There is also a first vs. worst battle in the Bundesliga when league champions Bayern Munich visit Eintracht Braunschweig.

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

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

7:45am – Tottenham Hotspur vs. Fulham – NBCSN

9:00am – Parma vs. Internazionale – beIN Sports USA

9:00am – Milan vs. Livorno – beIN Sports Play

9:00am – Udinese vs. Napoli – beIN Sports Play

9:30am – Eintracht Braunschweig vs. Bayern Munich- GOLTV USA

10:00am – Aston Villa vs. Southampton – NBC Sports Live Extra

10:00am – Cardiff City vs. Stoke City – NBCSN

10:00am – Newcastle vs. Swansea City – NBC Sports Live Extra

10:00am –  West Ham vs. Crystal Palace- NBC Sports Live Extra

10:00am – Osasuna vs. Valencia – beIN Sports Play

12:00pm – Levante vs. Getafe – beIN Sports Play

12:30pm – Chelsea vs. Sunderland – NBC

12:30pm – Juventus vs. Bologna – beIN Sports USA

2:00pm – Real Sociedad vs. Espanyol – beIN Sports Play

3:00pm – Fiorentina vs. Roma – beIN Sports Play

4:00pm – Philadelphia Union vs. Houston Dynamo – MLS Direct Kick

4:00pm – Chicago Fire vs. New England Revolution – NBCSN

6:00pm – Colorado Rapids vs. San Jose Earthquakes – MLS Direct Kick

6:00pm – America vs. Queretaro – Univision

7:00pm – Vancouver Whitecaps vs. LA Galaxy – MLS Direct Kick

7:30pm – Columbus Crew vs. DC United – MLS Direct Kick

8:00pm – FC Dallas vs. Toronto FC – MLS Direct Kick

8:00pm – Santos Laguna vs. Chiapas – Univision Deportes

8:00pm – Pachuca vs. Puebla – Univision Deportes 2

8:00pm – Monterrey vs. Veracruz – UniMas

8:30pm – Sporting KC vs. Montreal Impact- MLS Direct Kick

9:05pm – Leon vs. Tigres UANL – Telemundo

9:30pm – Real Salt Lake vs. Portland Timbers – MLS Direct Kick

10:00pm – Atlas vs. Toluca – Univision Deportes

10:30pm – Chivas USA vs. Seattle Sounders – MLS Direct Kick

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199 Responses to Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

  1. Lu says:

    “Sixth-place Tottenham Hotspur will also host another team fighting for survival Saturday when Fulham visit Craven Cottage.”

    Isn’t Tottenham’s stadium White Hart Lane?

  2. Nate Dollars says:

    fabian starting, gyau on the bench. brooks on bench for hertha berlin.

  3. Dawn kiebals says:

    It doesn’t seem like the staff for this site is ever properly vetted.

  4. argh says:

    whose the guy in Blue up top? is that the Belgian footballer who joined a year or 2 back but never played much

  5. A says:

    Your season is basically on the line… and Sidwell takes your PK over Rodiega and Karagounis?

    No wonder Fulham is about to be relegated.

  6. A says:

    Peter Crouch tries to go up and get a cross by Cameron, but two Cardiff defenders are flanking him, each with an arm on his shoulder. Crouch jumps but just falls forward because both defenders are literally holding him to the ground in a completely non-football move and Crouch is called for a foul.

    One defender had such a handful of jersey/back that he ripped the “O” off the jersey. Peter Cr uch.

    • Increase says:

      I thought the MLS was supposed to be the “super physical league.”
      Sad to say but thats why players fall over acting hurt. You don’t get fouls unless it looks bad.

  7. TomG says:

    In all fairness, Crouchie is so bum ugly, that referees can’t look at him directly for more than 3 seconds without getting violently ill so it’s tough to catch those fouls.

  8. Billy from Madison says:

    Anywhere to see highlights from us u20’s vs fluminese?

  9. Shawn says:

    so the best mls game (rsl vs portland isnt on TV again)

    • bryan says:

      this is why i pay for MLS Live. i never miss a game.

      • Horsewhistle says:

        Except for blackouts is why I never miss paying that much for MLSlive

        • bryan says:

          yeah, but luckily any channel that a game is on that would lead to a blackout, i also have. Univision, Unimas, and NBCSN. and TW Sports Net has the Galaxy games, so good there too.

          also, i believe i paid $50 this year. cheap, IMO.

          • Griff says:

            MLS Live is fantastic

            only qualms with it:

            (1) Unimas (Sunday) games should not be blacked out; that channel is offered in many places but not near enough to be considered “national” IMO

            (2) Give an option for just the stadium/crowd sound like MLB.tv does; sans a couple of commentating duos the tv announcers are awful. You learn a lot more about the game on your own without the commentary.

  10. A says:

    There might be riots if an Odemwingie dive that somehow earned a penalty… strong emphasis on somehow as it was blatant… relegates Cardiff.

    • justascienceguy says:

      Gotta somewhat disagree. Tough call to take, but odemwingie drew the contact by stepping in the path of the defender. I believe it was a legit penalty. Definitely an argument can be made either way though.

    • CSD says:

      To be rewarded for standing it front of someone (or actively moving into them) and hoping they make enough contact with you to justify falling is not a skill set I find satisfying to watch. My EPL watching is complete for the day.

  11. OmahaCentral says:

    Any chance Jozy or Julian see the field today?

  12. Chris says:

    Altidore is on the bench.

  13. Chris says:

    Doesn’t look like Green was on the Bayern squad today.

    • Lette says:

      Green WILL NOT be seeing playing time for Bayern this season.
      Pep made it plenty clear when he played a few youngsters and Julian wasn’t one of them.
      If you watched the Mexico game you’d understand why.

      • Hogatroge says:

        Um. False. Green is recovering from a shoulder injury. That was made clear when it was publicly announced he would be out for the remainder of the season.

      • bryan says:

        that is NOT true. you completely made that up. he’s out injured with a dislocated shoulder…

      • John says:

        Julian was injured at the time and then Pep took a lot of heat in Germany for starting those young players after they loss.

      • A says:

        Love this comment.

        The entire thing was made up. Entire thing. Why do people act like this?

  14. MLS_Soccer_Talker says:

    I dont even care if jozy plays anymore. Im done with sundersuck. Horrible.

  15. MLS_Soccer_Talker says:

    That FC Dallas Totonto FC l game looks tasty. I’ve really been impressed with FCDs midfield thus far. Pareja has them playing a fluid type of football. I would like to see how MB90 & Co. Stack up against them.

  16. Citronomics says:

    More Wickham on tap for Sunderland.

  17. Dainja says:

    Crap. Wickham scored.

    So I guess I need to cheer for more Chelsea goals so they’ll have to bring on Jozy?

    Ugh.

  18. Spank says:

    After that goal from Wickham I wouldn’t be surprised if Jozy has already played his last game of the season for Sunderland.

  19. Jim says:

    Wickham’s success is really highlighting how poor a season Jozy had. Jozy’s hold up play has definitely improved, but his quickness and decisiveness in the box is just gone. Here’s hoping JK can figure out a way for him to find his form again in the friendlies.

  20. Mo says:

    Jozy better see if the MetroStars will take him back

  21. fastrightleg says:

    Jozy may be coming on here in the next ten minutes.

    • Brett says:

      He has a better chance of contributing to this blog than he does scoring today. Face it fanboys, Jozy just isn’t quality enough for English football. The fact that a late season replacement is outperforming him speaks volumes.

  22. MiamiAl says:

    Can Crystal Palace crack the top 10? I hope so!!! Tony Pulis is the manager of the year. CP has smallest payroll in EPL and when Pullis arrived, CP had just 4 points. To be at 43 points with 3 games remaining, is nothing short of miraculous!

  23. bryan says:

    jozy on for wickham

  24. Fan Futbol says:

    Jozy in.

  25. FRANK says:

    JOZEY ALITDROE IS ON THE GAME HE MUST SCORE JEURGEN

  26. Fan Futbol says:

    Sunderland has the worst touch of any EPL team.

  27. Citronomics says:

    Giac and JA in with 20+. How many posts until we get ‘Jozy doesn’t run’ or ‘Sunderland never pass’ comments?

  28. Fan Futbol says:

    As a Liverpool and USMNT fan, Jozy scoring here would be…nice.

  29. Maykol says:

    Altidore winning some headers. Also headed a good pass to one of his teammates who for some reason clears the ball w/out much pressure on him

  30. Fan Futbol says:

    Jozy wins a penalty!

  31. Maykol says:

    Altidore steals the ball from azipiliciyrsysatya.., and runs and and slips, penalty for sunderland

    • atleticodemadridfan says:

      Azpilicueta went to ground and caught Jozy’s lead foot as he tried to plant. Chopped him down. Definitely a penalty.
      Mourinho’s assistant is cursing out the 4th referee and being restrained as he is sent off.

  32. Maykol says:

    Goal sunderland

  33. Fan Futbol says:

    GOAL Sunderland!

  34. nk says:

    Gotta say it…think he was going down already. Good win of the penalty though…

  35. fischy says:

    Jozy’s diving skills on display. He reaches his leg out and steps on the defender’s sliding foot and then slides down to the ground.

    • fischy says:

      Liverpool fans will sing paeans to Jozy’s slide.

      • DR7_Liverpool_ says:

        As a Liverpool fan I was jumping for joy, also awesome to see Borini (Liverpool Loanee) send Shwarzer the wrong way. Just unbelievable season so far and handed Mourinho’s first ever loss at the Bridge. Thank you Sunderland!!! YNWA!!!!!!

  36. Mo says:

    World Class dive by Jozy

  37. Frank says:

    It was a legit penalty. Dumb play by the defender.

  38. Brad C says:

    Does Chelsea have no chance of winning the league if they drop points here?

  39. Paul6 says:

    Two things, Jozy looks hungry. Working his ass off. And how are people saying that was a dive? His legs were completely taking out from under him.

    • Brad C says:

      I don’t think it was a dive, but if you look at the angle from behind the play, Azpil slides and then Jozy’s left foot steps on Azpil’s leg, which causes Jozy to go down.

    • fischy says:

      There’s only one replay where you can actually see what goes on with their feet. It looks to me that the defender swept his foot but caught air as Jozy was pulling up. And, it looks to me that Jozy initiates the contact, stepping on the defender’s sliding foot and then allowing that to pull his leg away and then go down. You could say that one leg was taken out, but it definitely wasn’t “legs.”

      • Paul6 says:

        You’re right. I only saw the flattering angle. Just saw the other angle. Tough call but at full speed, the ref has to make that call. However, still not a dive in my eyes.

        • beachbum says:

          because it wasn’t a dive. in fact, it’s the kind of play many commentators would call experienced and smart, like Mustoe did this morning at halftime of Spurs match

  40. Citronomics says:

    Whether or not Jozy was legit fouled, can’t US fans be psyched that he made an impact with his run. I don’t think any of the tv angles suggest a clear cut view so ya know what… if he sold it, then good nuff.

  41. Maykol says:

    Altidore was given a good pass to shoot imside the box but takes too long and just passes it back instead. Overall solid showing, maybe could have done better but he did get the penalty

    • Paul6 says:

      No way. The other guy took too long on the pass and then proceeded to play it too long. He had two options on a 3 on 1 and messed it completely up. At that point, Jozy should have take it to the corner. The back pass wasn’t the smart play.

      • kimo says:

        yep … Sunderland’s midfield is atrocious. They take 3-4 touches when 1-2 is needed. If Jozy is played in early it’s a 1 vs 1 with the keeper. Instead, the midfielder holds the ball for an extra couple of seconds. There were several other occasions when Jozy slipped inside the central defenders and Sunderland didn’t even look his way.

      • Maykol says:

        Did the guy take too long? Yeah probably but it still wasnt a bad pass at all, jozy had a pretty decent look at goal

    • Jason b says:

      He was maintaining possession. A shot there would be ridiculously foolish.

      • Griff says:

        ^^^
        no need to try to go up by two goals

      • Maykol says:

        It would be foolish to try and score and seal the game? He had a good angle, it was not a very difficult shot

        • Griff says:

          The pass to him was poor and not in stride
          Two defenders were in good position in front of the goal by the time he got collected on the ball

          Look at it again

          • Maykol says:

            I did see it, he could have shot it one touch

            • GW says:

              Easy for you to say.

            • jb says:

              It was not an easy shot, and on his left, but still one he should be capable of putting on target. Yes, it would’ve been easier had the pass come earlier and yes it was probably smarter to maintain possession. But the willingness to take that shot is the biggest thing missing from his game.

            • Ben says:

              Come on, man. It was not an easy shot at all.

              • Maykol says:

                Where did i say it was easy?
                Not difficult means a doable shot, how are you guys honestly interpretating that as easy?

    • brian I says:

      Jozy’s run was to narrow, but the pass wasn’t great either. It took away any shooting angle he had.

      • kimo says:

        The run appeared narrow because the midfielder held onto the ball way too long. An early through ball would have made the angle look correct.

    • JH says:

      Yeah he did alright, but he needs to show more drive. Jogging around is not going to win you a starting spot. I know he can run faster.

    • DR7_Liverpool_ says:

      They were already in the lead, why take a shot and give away possession in the injury time (against a team fighting to be 1st place) when you can hold and secure the lead. JA made the correct choice.

  42. Increase says:

    Jose seems… not to be angry with Poyet. I’m sure he will say all sorts of mean garbage in the Press Conference but oddly on the field not seething. It’s really kinda an act from him.

  43. Maykol says:

    Ahh so on the penalty jozy steps on azi’s legs and slips

  44. FRANK says:

    JOZEY BEAT CHELSAE GOOD JOB JOZEY

  45. fischy says:

    What bothers me is that Jozy is not making any friends with his flopping — and he’s getting a terrible reputation. Yeah, he did what he had to do to get the win, but it’s not fair and in the end, it will work against Jozy.

    • Since 82 says:

      It was a foul. Plain as day.

    • Paul6 says:

      Hopefully as well as it’s helped Luis Suarez!

    • kimo says:

      LOL … did you even watch the replay? The guy took out Jozy’s left peg.

      • fischy says:

        I did watch the replay. The guy missed Jozy’s left leg — and Jozy quickly reacted by throwing his left leg into hte defender’s sliding legs and then fell down.

      • Maykol says:

        No, jozy stepped on his leg

      • A says:

        Jozy pretty clear went out of his way to hit the defender and then just collapsed to the ground.

        Why defend it?

        • Gary Page says:

          Jozy was running at full speed and looking at the goal keeper and the defenders while seeing if any teammates were in the box. And you think he had time to deliberately get in the way of a diving Azpilicueta? Nobody thinks that fast. Maybe it wasn’t a penalty, but it was no dive. You must be so anti-Jozy as to be delusional.

          • Chris says:

            Don’t argue the delusional. He’s already made up his mind. If Jozy pulls it back and rockets it upper 90 he would still complain about how it could have been done better.

            • A says:

              He didn’t do that though.

              “Controversial penalty call helps Sunderland beat Chelsea”

              link to ftw.usatoday.com

              Vine of the dive in that clip too. Jozy very clearly sticks his left leg WAY out into the defender and just goes down.

              It’s a blatant dive. Quit being a d*mn homer.

              • Will Smith says:

                About ten people had slipped in that part of the field–including the slip that Jozy took advantage of. It looked to me like he slipped, then stepped on the foot. Not a dive. Probably not a foul. And given it was also flagged by the linesman not a perfect but not a horrible call. Stuff like this happens.

              • Jimmy says:

                Too me the vine shows that it was not a dive. I think he was getting close to the touchline and stuck out his leg to block off the defender from the ball

              • beachbum says:

                @ Will Smith, agreed…stuff like this happens but it wasn’t a dive

    • GW says:

      I can see how badly guys like Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo, Dempsey, Neymar, and for that matter Klinsmann, suffer for their diving.

      Do you really think anything other than results matter to these guys?

      That is what they get paid to produce NOT adhere to some allegedly moral standard than is poorly defined and subjective in the extreme.

      In case you were not aware JK practically re- introduced diving as an art form to the British back in 1994 when he joined Spurs. He has never apologized for his attitude on that and never will. Perhaps you don’t understand just how much he wants to win.
      And this is the man who is in charge of the immortal,moral soul of the USMNT.

      • Increase0 says:

        Defenders play dirty too. Someone mentioned Crouch getting a letter on his Jersey pulled off earlier. The game isn’t clean and isn’t played by the rules but its on both sides of the ball. I still hate it but I don’t think its cheating.

        • GW says:

          There are people here who seem to think Jozy intentionally stepped on the defender’s leg. I don’t see how you can prove “intent”. When you can’t see the defender coming, that is giving an awful lot of credit to Jozy’s speed of thought.

          What you give Jozy credit for is the aggression to go in and what you blame the defender for is letting Jozy past him in the FIRST place so that he has to go to ground to stop him.

          When that happens in the penalty box then the defender should not be surprised if he has to pay for it.
          .

          • GW says:

            The point is as long as you have refs having to make instantaneous decisions on high speed situations where his view may or may not be excellent then you will get controversy.

            The only way to avoid this is to introduce instant replay into it and good luck with that.

  46. arsenal says:

    Good for Jozy earning a penalty. But, it definitely wasn’t a penalty. Jozy stepped on the defender and fell down.

    • Cory M. says:

      Spot on……But good things happen to those that attack the box. The rest is up to the referee

      • Maykol says:

        +1, wasnt a penalty, but there is never a call if jozy dosent take advantage of the defenders mistake and runs into the box

  47. Maykol says:

    Pretty much everyone in the world, minus sunderland and some guys on this page, agrees its not a penalty

    • kimo says:

      everyone in the world … what did you take a poll?

    • John says:

      You forgot Liverpool fans

    • Nate Dollars says:

      haven’t seen a replay, but if it’s indeed how it’s being described on here (azpili slides in, doesn’t get ball, his sliding foot causes jozy to slip), then it could very easily be a legitimate penalty.

      for it *not* to be a penalty, the ref would have to judge that jozy intentionally stepped on azpili’s sliding leg. if that wasn’t the case, then it’s still a matter of a defender impeding the run of an attacker, and it should be a penalty.

      • fischy says:

        You’re right in your analysis, but, as you say, you haven’t seen a replay. To me, it looks as if his trailing leg might have entirely missed or just clipped Jozy’s lead foot — and then Jozy deliberately picks the foot up reaches that foot out to come down on the defender’s leg and then falls back on his arse.

        • fischy says:

          Happens very fast and looks like ref was screened by the defender’s backside.

        • Nate Dollars says:

          just saw a replay, and…well, i don’t actually know what to think. it looks more like jozy slips first, which is why his foot goes out so far and lands on the defender’s. so if i was a ref, i think it’d be a no-call for me; but i’m still not sure he actually got it wrong.

          i think it ends up being one of those situations where you say the defender, by recklessly sliding in the box, is taking the risk that something bad could happen.

    • TomG says:

      If you step on the leg of the defender who slide tackles you its a penalty. Duh. Also every commentator in the match and post match said it’s a clear penalty.

      • Maykol says:

        Both things you said are false. Jozy is the one who makes the contact and slides off the defender, azi’s tackle never touched altidore until he stepped on him

        • AMPhibian says:

          I don’t understand how so many people are saying this penalty wasn’t drawn intentionally. He clearly steps out unnaturally onto the leg of the defender who is sliding by, almost two feet away from him.

          As much as I dislike diving, I can’t be mad at Jozy. It was quick thinking, and the rewards far outweighed the risks. He needed it, his club needed it. At least he went down from contact. Some people are throwing stones from glass houses, and it makes it feel like their dislike of Jozy goes deeper than this one incident.

          • Jake Claro says:

            This whole “Jozy intentionally steps on the defender” stuff is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. It’s the equivalent of when punching someone saying you threw your face onto my fist. It’s a bang bang play and the defender goes to ground in the box–he’s responsible for whatever contact he makes in the path of his slide; that’s the risk that any defender takes and knows they are taking if they go to ground in the box.

            Honestly, really dumb stuff being said about intentionally stepping on his leg–laughably so.

        • TomG says:

          If a guy slides under you and contact is made it is a penalty.

          • Maykol says:

            Yeah especially when the one being fouled steps on the other guys leg huh?

            • Jake Claro says:

              and that other guy is recklessly sliding on the ground behind you. Amazing the stupidity being shown about this call, and for what, to uphold some ideological notion that Jozy isn’t any good?

              • Maykol says:

                He slides to stop the cross? and not sure how debating it wasnt an actual foul describes whether a player is good or not, what kind of logic is that??? You say my stance on the penalty is stupid when obviously its not clear and because i dont agree its a foul you think im saying altidore is a bad player? haha yeah im the stupid one.

              • Jake Claro says:

                No, what I’m calling stupid is your description of the play. Jozy stepping on a players leg makes it sound like the other guy was just mind his own business and Jozy ran onto his leg and fell. It completely misses the context of the play. Slides to stop the cross? What are you implying? Why he slid is irrelevant. At a fundamental level, the defender is obviously sliding for a reason, a defensive reason. But the question is does he execute the intent? And the simple answer is no. He doesn’t get ball and he clips the offensive player from behind…in the box no less which any defender knows is an even greater risk.

  48. Big Red says:

    Jozy owns Chelsea. What’s that, two goals and two penalties earned in his career?

  49. fischy says:

    One thing I’ll say about Sunderland is that by point differential they wouldn’t be in the bottom 3. If they can get 3 more points than Norwich the’ll stay up.

    • John says:

      Sunderland has Cardiff, Man U, West Brom, Swansea, 3 of which are at home, while Norwich has Liverpool, ManU, Chelsea, Arsenal, just 2 at home, so it could be done

  50. fischy says:

    NBC commentators are whitewashing Jozy’s play, saying ti wasn’t a dive, even if not a penalty. I think Jozy knew exactly what he was doing.

    • John says:

      It was far from a dive where a player just runs into the box and his legs go out from under him. The question is does Jozy stick a foot out looking for the contact? It’s hard to say because Jozy has his back to the player sliding in. Perhaps it wasn’t a PK or a dive, but the ref made the call.

      • fischy says:

        There is definitely contact, but I do think Jozy made sure of it after it seems defender went to ground without making contact.

        • John says:

          perhaps but looks to me like Jozy’s eyes are on the ball the whole time, I don’t know, difficult call

    • TomG says:

      Yes fishy, he clearly used his mind control to force the defender into an ill advised slide tackle then used his mind control again to force the ref and all the commentators to see it as a penalty. Now he’s using it to influence all the pundits to also follow suit. Thank God the haters are immune to his pernicious influence.

      • fischy says:

        No, TomG — he was hoping to draw some contact and when he saw the defender sliding past him, he reacted by sticking his leg in and going down.

        He didn’t force anything — though he made it awfully tough on the referee, who was screened off by the defender’s backside.

        Wow. You’re being kind of a…well, it rhymes with sick.

        As for all those commentators – I’m not sure which ones you mean. If you mean the two during the game, who only had an instant to look at the only replay that shows what happened, then, yes, ALL the commentators agree with you. If you mean other commentators who had more time to review the replay after the game, then, no, you’re wrong. I haven’t heard one person after the game say it was a correct call.

  51. Chris says:

    Jozy goes to plant to pull the ball back and the defender, having slid under him, catches contact. That’s a penalty all day every day, boys. Azpi shouldn’t have gone to ground. Jozy haters need to get over it and admit he actually did something alright for once, but alas it’s impossible for those who refuse to view a player objectively.

  52. slowleftarm says:

    I’m glad just to see Jozy on the field. I think Sunderland are still going down though, which I’m rooting for because 1) it makes them more likely to sell Jozy and 2) it’ll be easier for Gooch to break into the first team in the Championship.

  53. Maykol says:

    No it was not a penalty, jozy steps amd sludes on defenders leg
    link to vine.co

    • Will Smith says:

      Why was the field so slippery?

    • Maykol says:

      *slides

    • Turgid Jacobian says:

      No, the tackle hit his plant foot and made him fall, with ball well clear of tackler. Foul in any league, really.

      • Maykol says:

        No jozy stepped on him

        • Turgid Jacobian says:

          I looked at the vine you linked. As someone wrote below: “The second replay shows how the defenders right leg bends back placing it behind jozy’s sliding plant foot.”

    • Byrdman says:

      Looks like JA’s plant foot starts to slip then the left foot of defender makes contact carrying jozy the rest of the way. Dont see how you can say it was a dive, may not have been a pk. But thats why you dont go to ground there.

      • Fair observer says:

        Exactly. Jozy might have fallen without the defender sliding in but the defenders right leg barely clipped jozy’s left leg as he was starting to slip. From the refs angle it probably looked like a clear penalty when it fact it was a slight penalty. Tough call but still the right call. Had the defender stayed up and jozy fallen would have been a no call

        • Maykol says:

          Wtf there was no clip. It was the assistant ref who called the penalty, and from his angle it looks like a clear foul, but nowhere does the defender clip jozy

          • Fair observer says:

            As defenders leg slides in his right leg folds back and crosses over jozy’s already sliding foot. With no defender near jozy may or may not have gone down on his own but the defender makes the slightest of contact. Watch the vine someone linked. In the first replay you see at the end jozy’s foot is caught between the defenders legs. The second replay shows how the defenders right leg bends back placing it behind jozy’s sliding plant foot. It’s all very subtle but the main point is the defender slid in, made a hair of contact, got no ball this a penalty. Again jozy may or may not have gone down anyways but the defenders contact ensure it this a penalty was called. I’ve seen worse penalties called in all honesty. The fact that it’s jozy makes this blog go nuts defendin or crying bad call. It happened moved on haha

            • Maykol says:

              You cant tell anything from the first replay, the second one looks like the bending leg was ahead of the leg jozy slipped on. None of us can be so sure that it clipped him, even though it looks to most people it didnt. We can all agree that he did slip on the leg though.
              And nah im not gonna move on from my opinion. If it benefits jozy you guys can say “oh yeah move on it happened” but if jozy gets fouled and no call, you guys would be crying non stop ” oh no wtf thats foul, american bias, sunderlsnd sucks, “

        • fischy says:

          “Had the defender stayed up and jozy fallen would have been a no call”

          I don’t know what to make of that statement. You mean if the defender had stayed up, the flop would have been more obvious? Duh.

          Yes. from the refs angle it looked like a penalty. I don’t fault the ref for the bad call. Leaving aside any personal disappointment with how Jozy plays at such moments, I am saying that Jozy is burning a lot of bridges. When you make a flop like that at such a big comment in such an important game, you cement your reputation as a diver. It won a game, but it will hurt Jozy and whatever teams he plays for down the road.

          • Fair observer says:

            Slipping and diving are two different things. Had the defender not slid it would be obvious jozy had slipped. Instead he went for the tackle and the ref thought there was some contact and called a penalty. That’s why they teach defenders to stay on their feet especially on the end line where the attacker has no where to go.

    • fischy says:

      Watching that link a few times, I may have been hasty in saying that it was deliberate on Jozy’s part — but the quality of the image there isn’t very good. It’s possible that Jozy’s awkward, lousy touch took the ball away from the goal and he was just trying to put the brakes on to go after the ball. However, when I watched in higher definition and in slower motion on TV, it looked like Jozy deliberately shoved his leg in the mix, stepping on the trailing leg and then falling backwards. What I’ll say about that is that sometimes the super slo-mo is deceiving because things look more controlled than at actual speed.

      • Fair observer says:

        Yea slow mo is tough to judge because te viewer has more time to make judgements based on events happening slower. Clear penalty? Not quite. Clear dive with no contact? Not really. Jozy was tryongto stop the ball and change direction, his left foot (plant foot) slipped a little. We’ll never know if he woul have fallen on his own but the defender slid (bad decision) and there most likely seems to be some SLIGHT contact. This contact ensured jozy could not regain his footing thy impeding the attackers movement. Inside the box- penalty called. The people saying he “deliberately stepped on the defenders foot” are wrong. He began to slip and th denfender grazed his foot ensuring he fell. 8/10 times that’s a called penalty. Either way it’s a tough call but that’s what the refs get paid to do. Make tough judgements

  54. Fair observer says:

    For what it’s worth I don’t know why poyet never played two strikers with jozy. Always made him the one striker. They switch to two and start getting points. For club and country jozy always plays better in a two striker formation. A lot of strikers play better with two strikers. Not saying jozy did anything amazing etc but he won a penalty that got a crucial win. Give him and the team credit for whatever it’s worth

    • beachbum says:

      many of us have wondered this throughout the year. they actually played some 2 striker systems for a while, in Cup games, and did OK too

      • Fair observer says:

        Yep. I don’t think the formation had anything to do with the penalty call etc but overall I think it has to do with wickham scoring and overall the team starting to have more of an attack etc

    • GW says:

      Who was he going to play with Jozy?

      Wickham only recently came back from loan, Fletcher was hurt and either out or hindered for most of the year, Scocco is apparently still adjusting to England. Borini seems to do better coming from deep.

      • Fair observer says:

        Borini…. The same striker playing as the second striker. Wickham and borini started the past two games…..

      • Fair observer says:

        To elaborate, IMO, their best lineup would have been to usually start jozy and borini up top. Giac wide left, AJ wide right. Then ki and bridcutt/cattermole I’m the central mid roles. Effectively a 4132 since their “1” usually sits right in front of the back four creating the illusion of a 533 essentially

  55. bryan says:

    i cannot believe this is leading to so many comments. get the F over it! move on.

    “it’s a PK!”

    “it’s not a PK!”

    (repeat all day)

    • Maykol says:

      One of the points of having comments is so people can debate buddy

      • bryan says:

        Problem is, the debate has turned into people going in circles and repeating the same thing over and over and over. So now it’s just annoying.

        • Fair observer says:

          Then stop reading if you’re annoyed. No one’s chained you to the computer….

          • bryan says:

            I did! and then I left my comment once I realized the conversation was going in circles.

            Bunch of sensitive people today.

  56. argh says:

    why didn’t he take the penalty?

    • Fair observer says:

      Jozy almost never takes penalties. Not sure what his career stats are but he doesn’t take penalties usually. He might have for AZ but not for usmnt or for sunderland. Borini has taken the majority this season that I’ve seen. This isn’t junior varsity where “the man fouled takes he pk” haha

    • Outlaw says:

      so he could fail it and get all the blame for ruining the best chance Sunderland had to stay in the PL?

  57. Darwin says:

    Is this right? Fredy Montero has scored 13 goals this season with 13 total shots??

    TEAM Competition GS SB G A SH SG FC FS YC RC
    Sporting Lisbon Liga 19 6 13 0 13 13 0 0 7 0

  58. Ali Dia says:

    Somebody needs to tell Robbie Russell where the camera is. What is he seeing up there?