Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

Lionel Messi

By IVES GALARCEP

Lionel Messi and Argentina are one of the favorites to win the 2014 World Cup and today will offer our last chance to see them in action before the big tournament gets underway on Wednesday.

Argentina faces Slovenia in one of the day’s tune-up matches for world powers as Messi, Sergio Aguero and Argentina’s other stars look to avoid the recent injury bug plaguing world soccer stars.

Defending champion Spain is also in action, taking on El Salvador. The reigning World Cup champs should have a good chance to flash their trademark skill against an overmatched El Salvador side still rebuilding after having several national team players banned for match-fixing.

Looking for a match-up featuring two World Cup teams? Look no further than today’s England-Honduras clash. The Catrachos haven’t had the best run of form leading up to the World Cup, and they will look to knock off an England side looking for a good test to get them ready for their eventual World Cup group stage clash against Costa Rica.

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

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

TODAY’S SOCCER ON TV

2:45pm – Argentina vs. Slovenia – BeIN SPORTS USA/BeIN Sports en Español

4pm – Spain vs. El Salvador – Univision

4pm- Toronto FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes- MLS Direct Kick

4:45pm – England vs. Honduras – BeIN Sports USA

6 p.m. – USA vs. Nigeria – ESPN/UniMas

6:30pm – D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew - MLS Direct Kick

7pm – Philadelphia Union vs. Vancouver Whitecaps - MLS Direct Kick

8:30pm – F.C. Dallas vs. Colorado Rapids - MLS Direct Kick

8:30pm – Chicago Fire vs. Seattle Sounders - MLS Direct Kick

10pm – Real Salt Lake vs. Portland Timbers – MLS Direct Kick/Univision Deportes

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30 Responses to Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

  1. Baptista says:

    Lionel is not starting today.

  2. bryan says:

    sick goal from Argentina

  3. Ronaldo Messi says:

    Argentina will be champions. This is going to be Messi’s WC.

  4. Mitchell Northam says:

    Diego Costa, Juanfran & Xabi Alonso all in the starting lineup for Spain today.

  5. Does anyone know if any of these friendlies have a legitimate, free streaming source? I can find them in the less-legitimate ways but prefer not.

  6. I found Belgium-Tunisia. The first thing I saw was a bunch of official-looking gentlemen in suits gathered around another guy in the middle of the pitch holding a golf ball-sized hailstone in his hand.

  7. argh says:

    top scorer at the world cup?

    For me it’ll be Suarez or Cavani

    any chances a US player scores more than 1 goal?

    • Baptista says:

      Jozy, 4
      Green, 2
      Yedlin, 2
      Davis, 2

    • BookNerd says:

      Honestly, I think it will be Neymar, but I don’t think Brazil will win the World Cup. As for Americans, well, I am not sure. I think Dempsey, or Aron, could definitely score more than one. Mix seems to always find the goal. Altidore can always surprise, but it is really a coin toss.

    • Brett says:

      El Kun will win the golden boot.

      Julian Green will score the USA’s only two goals.

      • Hogatroge says:

        Which they’ll use to beat Ghana & Germany 1-0 apiece. 0-0 draw with Portugal to top group.

      • JakeTheSnake says:

        This is a strange comment. First, you’re saying that USA will only score two goals…have you watched us in the last year? Second, apparently a kid who won’t start will be the line goal scorer?

    • Yusef says:

      I think Fred will score the most goals in the World Cup. Altidore will get at least 2 goals.

  8. argh says:

    when are we gonna get friendlies in Africa or ASIA? i’d love to see the USA play South Korea or Japan away. like maybe for Veteran’s Day. Use the cash and match to honor the troops.

    • Drewbles says:

      Why would you subject your players to that kind of time-zone switch for a friendly?

  9. Baptista says:

    Has he USMNT coach announced his line-up?

  10. dan says:

    I’ll be more impressed if the TEAM scores, let alone an 18 year old.

  11. Berti Vogts friend or foe says:

    There is a post on the USMNT to use Nigeria friendly as dry-run thread saying that Klinsmann’s special advisor Berti Vogts in a German newspaper interview said he fully supports Germany at the World Cup and that he will be sitting in the stands in Brazil and will not celebrate if the USMNT scores a goal against Germany.

    link to rp-online.de

    • bryan says:

      so? he was brought in as a consultant. the man is a professional and will scout/consult appropriately. in other words, he’ll do his job. who he cheers for personally is irrelevant and i would assume he would cheer for Germany. how is that surprising?

  12. Baptista says:

    Viva “La Selecta.”

    Welcome to CONCACAF, Spain.

    Btw, that was not a PK.

  13. JakeTheSnake says:

    Brazil vs Belgium in the WC final. Brazil wins 2-1.

  14. KC says:

    Bein Sports has to be the most unprofessional sports broadcasting company. What a joke! Audio going in and out.

    • Astorian says:

      Also it seems like their main camera is set up in the last row of the upper deck. The players look like they’re miles away.

  15. Zack says:

    I’ve watched a lot of soccer, this is, so far, as bad as I have ever seen the national team play.

  16. Zack says:

    Jozy scores! Thank goodness I said “so far”.

  17. Jack says:

    Players getting hit with beer cans, sounds like England had a fun day in Concacaf.