Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

It was a little less than one year ago when Borussia Dortmund broke Real Madrid’s hearts by knocking them out of the UEFA Champions League. Now, Los Blancos are ready for some revenge.

The two clubs meet on Wednesday at the Santiago Bernabeu in the Champions League quarterfinals for the first time since their epic two-legged dual in last year’s semifinals, with Real Madrid looking the stronger side from a year ago. The additions of Gareth Bale, Isco, and Asier Illarmendi have paid dividends this season while Dortmund have struggled to overcome serious injuries and the loss of Mario Götze to Bayern.

Still, Dortmund will be hoping to for another positive performance at the Bernabeu.

Meanwhile in France, Paris Saint-Germain look to prove their Champions League credentials when they face Jose Mourinho and English Premier League leading Chelsea. Mourinho knows all too well the threat of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who played for Mourinho at Inter Milan.

Elsewhere in action on Wednesday, AS Roma take on Parma in an early Serie A match, the Copa Libertadores continues with Atletico Nacional hosting Gremio, and the night finishes with the U.S. Men’s National Team taking on Mexico in Phoenix in a friendly match.

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 schedule is after the jump):

12pm – Roma vs. Parma – beIN Sports USA

2:45pm – Paris Saint-Germain vs. Chelsea – Fox Sports 1

2:45pm – Real Madrid vs. Borussia Dortmund – Fox Sports 2/Fox Deportes/Fox Soccer Plus

7:15pm – River Plate vs. Newell’s Old Boys – GolTV USA

9pm – Atletico Nacional (Colombia vs. Gremio – Fox Deportes

11:15pm – USA vs. Mexico – ESPN/UniMas

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72 Responses to Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

  1. Jack Del says:

    So much good soccer today.

    How will I ever finish this project? Interns. :)

  2. Jake.... From State Farm says:

    Does anybody know if Julian Greem made the trip to the US after the Bayern game yesterday?

    • WhiteHart says:

      I’m not sure if that was sarcasm or an attempt at a joke — always tough to tell on the internet.

      If it wasn’t, he is in Arizona. He wasn’t in the matchday squad, and likely won’t be for the rest of the season.

    • bryan says:

      for real?

    • SBI TroII says:

      Leave the troIlin’ to me, rook?

    • malkin says:

      I think he did. Long flight. I’m still shocked Bayern had the nerve to bench him for declaring allegiance to the United States.

    • Nic D "the TX 2 Stepper" says:

      What are you wearing “Jake” from “State Farm”?

      Your soccer analysis is hideous

  3. shawn says:

    Not this crap again. Real Madrid cannot get for anything on Fox Sports 1. Comcast doesn’t even have Fox Sports 2.

  4. biff says:

    Would love to see Dortmund escape Madrid today with a draw or maybe a one-goal loss, but am fearing a massacre. Dortmund has been running hot and cold all season, dropping points against several lower tier Bundesliga teams. If today is one of their bad days, could get ugly.

    • Jack Del says:

      UCL is about all Madrid has left to play for. Think they come out like a bat out of hell.

      • bryan says:

        still have the Copa del Rey final against Barca and the league is not over yet!

        • Jack Del says:

          You are one true optimist, sir.

          • Nate Dollars says:

            barca-atleti still have to play each other, at the camp nou. if real madrid win out (yeah, i know), all they have to hope is that the other two drop a couple more points along the way. pique’s out, valdes is out, and costa (for now) is out. real madrid’s still got a fighting chance.

    • Increase0 says:

      Lewandowski, GUndogan, Schmelzer, Bender, Blaszczykowski, Subotic all out. Poor Dortmund. It’s just brutal how many they have out. I didn’t know Lewandowski was injured though… but hes not there.

  5. Jack Del says:

    Wow, and the decline of the Chicago Fire continues. It’s like they want to be the worst.

    Trading Chris Rolfe to DC United for allocation dollars. What a slap in the face for a guy that’s a fan favorite and club legend. And they still have that DP forward, no? Anonongogognongon?

    Yallops is turning the Chicago Fire into San Jose 2.0. Long ball and have large strong forwards run onto the ball.

  6. Bac says:

    Off Topic:
    Did anyone listen to the espn podcast yesterday with Twellman, Lalas, Ley, & Darke?

    The closer we get to the Cup, the more Lalas sounds like a bitter jealous Klinsmann hater. In all seriousness I can’t tell if he just dislikes everything, if he thinks his role is to stir the pot, or if he’s just flat out clueless.
    BTW… Ian Darke awesome

    • malkin says:

      Didn’t listen to the podcast, but if ya ask me he’s always sounded like a bitter Klinsmann hater. But no question about it he certainly gets off on stirring the pot a bit.

    • Brett says:

      Lalas thinks every US team should play the same style and have the same core attitude.

  7. Increase0 says:

    hmmm, not yet but I will on the drive home. Lalas says stuff just to be negative or contrary.

  8. Nate Dollars says:

    “I can’t tell if he just dislikes everything, if he thinks his role is to stir the pot, or if he’s just flat out clueless.”

    yeah, i think it’s a little bit of all 3, although i might not agree wholly with any one of those. he’s definitely carved a niche for himself where he’s the hyper-critical super-fan analyst; i actually think he’s pretty media-savvy.

    • Nate Dollars says:

      sorry, meant to be a reply to Bac above.

    • Bac says:

      Yea I’ve always thought so ( like many have commented)… but he was like Lalas on Bill Walton steroids yesterday.. irked me more than usual

      • Fredo says:

        Go Bruins!

        • seeing red (bulls) says:

          my favorite bill Walton snippet of commentary was back when he used to do the nationally televised NBA games on NBC, speaking of the league he referred to it as:

          “a truly egalitarian meritocracy”

  9. Fredo says:

    Go Alexi! Go Zlatan!

  10. Jack Del says:

    Ramires is a thug.

  11. Pete says:

    Chelsea look the better team

  12. Jack Del says:

    Gary Neville should not be allowed to commentate on games involving English teams.

    • Increase0 says:

      He is a massive homer. He likes to be horribly biased then give backhanded compliments to the non-English team as a method of being even handed.

    • Increase0 says:

      Now, he is whining about netting. Which is there to keep things from being thrown and you can barely see anyway but whatever.

  13. Jack Del says:

    Don’t go anywhere near Oscar, Hazard or Ramires. They’ll be on the ground in a second.

  14. Increase0 says:

    Lucky for Chelsea. It wasn’t a dive but it wasn’t really a foul by Cahill. They both kind tried to occupy the same space.

  15. Jack Del says:

    Seriously, Gary Neville is getting outright offensive. Calling that a dive?

    He’s beyond biased, he’s outright delusional.

    • Increase0 says:

      I know. He acts like Cahill’s leg wasn’t somehow between Cavani’s legs. I don’t think it was a pen. But a dive?

  16. NATO says:

    what are we going to do about JOZY?

    he needs to score goals in Brazil or he won’t be getting any good club offers this season?

    come on guys. He’s only 24 and will be our no 1 striker for at least the next 5 years

  17. Gerard D. says:

    Neville is the most pathetically biased and xenophobic announcer I’ve ever had the displeasure of listening to.

    This is making the game unwatchable.

  18. Bobs Burger says:

    Fox should hook Neville from the booth before the second half kick off. He actually just called that a dive? And then said it shouldn’t be a penalty because although Cahill pushed Cavani down and hit him it was only because Cahill was slipping.

  19. Jack Del says:

    Madrid are doing bad things to Dortmund.

  20. biff says:

    Dortmund generally look like boys going up against men. Only guys looking good are Weidenfeller and Hummels. Mikhitarian is awful form, maybe nerves on the big stage. Bale looks like he has finally bounced back to the level he was at Tottenham. But that elbow in the belly/chest he gave to the kid, I think Durm, was pretty dirty.

    Madrid vs Bayern in the semis would be awesome to behold.

    • Increase0 says:

      I didn’t want to watch it. Dortmund are just too beat up and It would be depressing. Mikhitarian isn’t very impressive as something just doesn’t work with him.

  21. Chris says:

    Oscar took a dive.

    And this English homer announcer is annoying as hell.

  22. Jack Del says:

    Not sure how Ramires just avoided a red card there.

    • Increase0 says:

      He could have earned one. If nothing else then for persistent infringement. Give him time he is trying!

  23. reignman says:

    Good work from Luiz there, gives away a silly free kick and then scores an OG off that freekick, ha

  24. Pete says:

    Ibra with a pulled hamstring possibly

  25. bryan says:

    Agudelo came on with 72 minutes left. Utrecht win 1-0.

  26. Pete says:

    Cavani has been pretty poor

    • Jack Del says:

      He’s blown it.

    • NATO says:

      Has a pretty good goal to game ratio but considering his form the past 3 seasons in Italy, he’s been pretty poor indeed. Playing on the wing is not for him.

    • Increase0 says:

      His touch is off, passing off… I don’t think he has taken a shot….. Not a good game.

  27. NATO says:

    is it me or does Ronaldo score in every match for Madrid these days?

  28. Jack Del says:

    No way PSG doesn’t regret Cavani blowing everything that comes to him.

  29. Jack Del says:

    A shoving match broke out immediately in front of Mourinho and he didn’t shank someone. He gets a medal.

  30. Jack Del says:

    Simply astounding moment of incredible individual brilliance!

    Once in a life time goal from Pastore. Goal of the year candidate without question.

  31. ben says:

    Wow. amazing dribbling there. Pretty weak effort by Cech though.

  32. Gerard D. says:

    Goal of the year? That was ridiculous.