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Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Good morning everybody. Today should be an entertaining day in the soccer world, with matches throughout the day and night on TV, including the season-opening weekend in MLS. Whether you are a Eurosnob or Ameri-snob, there is something for you.

There is the Fulham-Derby match, otherwise known as the ‘Americans soon to be relegated’ derby, at 11am on Fox Soccer Channel. There is also the MLS Cup rematch between Houston and New England tonight, also on FSC.

Here are today’s games for those of you who missed yesterday’s Soccer on TV post:

  • 10:30am- GolTV- Bayern Munich at Nuremburg
  • 11am- FSC- Fulham at Derby.
  • 12:30pm- GolTV- Eintracht Frankfurt at Bayer Leverkusen
  • 1pm- FSC- Aston Villa at Manchester United.
  • 3pm- GolTV- Barcelona at Real Betis
  • 3:30- FSC- Inter Milan at Lazio.
  • 5pm- GolTV- Atletico Madrid at Villarreal.
  • 7:15pm- GolTV- Millonarios at Nacional.
  • 7:30pm- FSC- Houston at New England.
  • 9:30pm-  FSC- Los Angeles Galaxy at Colorado Rapids

A side note for those of you who will post on today’s action. I will be having a separate MLS-only Your Running Commentary posted later in the afternoon. This way we can keep the Euro and MLS talk in their own sections.

You know the routine. If you are watching matches today please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and even some play-by-play on today’s action in the comments section below.

Enjoy the soccer.

126 comments
  • j1

    Well fulham is officially going down no matter how many games are left they just aren’t good enough.

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  • Spencer

    Man U is the best team in the world no doubt. They put on a clinic and show you what it takes to have a great team. Excellent defending with forwards even helping out and then more than enough attacking power. Ronaldo is a beast what else to say he can’t be touched. I’m not sure why Ives didn’t put ManU on the top 5 to watch. Best soccer i’ve watched in a long time.

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  • Seisco

    Fulham is awful. I want them to stay up as much as anyone, but they deserve to go down. They couldn’t even get a win against one of the worst EPL teams EVER. Hodgsons also got to go. How do you keep Dempsey, your leading scorer, on the bench!?

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  • Chase

    Villa back four are getting absolutely destroyed right now, it seems Manure have kicked it up a notch, hard to see them not winning the title after a display like this…

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  • mgp

    That Fulham game depressed me.

    When did comments start appearing on multiple pages? I liked it better when they were all on one (not that my opinion matters).

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  • Louis

    I agree mgp. I like the old comment system better. Maybe the new one could be better if it had page numbers.

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  • TK

    I’m actually feeling sorry for EJ.

    He’s been pampered and catered to his whole soccer life. He’s been told time and again that he’s the goods. Excuses made beyond description.

    He looks so over his head. So harmless. So out of it.

    Welcome tot he real world Eddie.

    If this kid doesn’t buck up he isn’t gonna make it in the CCC either. Very, very sad.

    Only the most optimistic, Yank rose colored glasses people, or immediate family can be still making excuses or keeping up hope for this kid.

    He is a mental midget when it comes to soccer. Clueless. I’m talking special needs.

    MLS made out like bandits on this deal.

    Just very sad.

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  • TK

    I’m actually feeling sorry for EJ.

    He’s been pampered and catered to his whole soccer life. He’s been told time and again that he’s the goods. Excuses made beyond description.

    He looks so over his head. So harmless. So out of it.

    Welcome tot he real world Eddie.

    If this kid doesn’t buck up he isn’t gonna make it in the CCC either. Very, very sad.

    Only the most optimistic, Yank rose colored glasses people, or immediate family can be still making excuses or keeping up hope for this kid.

    He is a mental midget when it comes to soccer. Clueless. I’m talking special needs.

    MLS made out like bandits on this deal.

    Just very sad.

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  • TK

    I’m actually feeling sorry for EJ.

    He’s been pampered and catered to his whole soccer life. He’s been told time and again that he’s the goods. Excuses made beyond description.

    He looks so over his head. So harmless. So out of it.

    Welcome tot he real world Eddie.

    If this kid doesn’t buck up he isn’t gonna make it in the CCC either. Very, very sad.

    Only the most optimistic, Yank rose colored glasses people, or immediate family can be still making excuses or keeping up hope for this kid.

    He is a mental midget when it comes to soccer. Clueless. I’m talking special needs.

    MLS made out like bandits on this deal.

    Just very sad.

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  • DCM

    So much for FREE Direct Kick today. Comcast’s website says free preview on April 7th while other sites say free preview for opening weekend.

    There went my plans for the next several hours. I guess I’ll just wait for the excitement of NCAA & MLS (on FSC) to take up my pic-in-pic later on today.

    Oh well!! ~ sigh

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  • Cory

    i have comcast right now and the mls direct kick is working…you just have to look for the sports channels titled team 1-9…that is where the peview is showing

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  • Ives

    Sorry folks, not sure why the comments on one page thing changed. It wasn’t my doing (at least not intentionally). I’m trying to figure out how to change it back.

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  • Cory

    its free, normally with comcast you hav to call to order packages, it worked instantaneously…plus the commentators were talking about this weekend being the weekend for the free preview

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  • DCM

    Just talked with Comcast here in Indy and the free preview is not until “middle of April” here. Odd time to do it I think, but being outside of a MLS teams immediate area might be the reason for it.

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  • kpugs

    Eddie Johnson WAS fouled in the box. Could have been a penalty.

    However he was obviously looking for a penalty and not a goal. I’m willing to be that’s why he didn’t get the call. If he stays on his feet there and tries to get a shot off, maybe he either gets a goal or a penalty call.

    But when you are LOOKING to go down in the box, you’re almost never going to get the call, even if you are fouled.

    And the guys saying he’s not good enough to play in England are idiots, who know nothing about transitioning into a new league. He’s better than all of Fulham’s strikers aside from Dempsey and McBride. But the other strikers have been playing in the league much longer, and are obviously acclimated.

    Give the guy a season or two before you decide his career is over.

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  • TK

    kpugs,

    The guy has not learned one new thing since he was 17. He scores in the same fashion. Easily stopped at high levels.

    He doesn’t see the field.

    Can’t pass.

    Can’t take a guy on one on one.

    This open up into space for his teammates.

    Can’t turn with the ball.

    He has no clue. None.

    If I knew you and we could wager I would love to. Any amount.

    I’m not happy about it. I’m just not blind.

    If you think this kid has shown anything in his career that could make him an effective striker at the EPL level I feel for you. The angry insult aleady shows the frustration you feel down deep. It ain’t gonna get better.

    He is not going to get the patience or be coddled in England.

    He is gonna have to do all the things he hasn’t done his whole career. He is gonna start at 24? They are gonna have the patience.

    IF he gets a backbone, big IF, he could do OK in the CCC. IF.

    If running at goal without the ball until it gets served right to you, facing goal, with no defenders in your way to get by, is the main way you score…you are in trouble.

    An “idiot” who has followed the kid since early teens, pays attention to actual ability and what he actually does on the field, who doesn’t wear rose colored/hopefull/look for anything positive, while ignoring everyhting else, because he is a Yank can only come to one conclusion. Idiots don’t use facts and reality.

    People who hurl angry insults because a player they want to succeed doesn’t have the ability, and has never really shown it at a very good level, may fit your descriptionn better.

    IOW’s…got a mirror?

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  • Hedji

    Fulham Sucks…Haha, i said they were going down. You miserable chumps. They can’t manage to win during the whole season and you think they will claw their way out of relegation this late in the season. Where is their Tevez? And Dempsey is not better than Bouazza, they’re clearly different types of players. You people need to learn more about the game before you start running your mouth.

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