Your Running Commentary

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary


The Birmingham Derby highlights another day of soccer around the world, as Brad Friedel and Aston Villa look to shut down Birmingham in a battle of teams looking to vault into the top half of the Premier League table.

Elsewhere in Europe, Italy's surprise table-leader, Lazio, looks to continue its winning ways at Palermo. In Germany, the top two teams in the Bundesliga, Mainz 05 and Borussia Dortmund, will do battle for league supremacy, with first place on the line in their crucial early-season matchup.

If you will be watching any or all of Sunday's games, please feel free to share any thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (TV schedule is after the jump):


3:00am– Fox Soccer Channel- North Queensland Fury vs. Gold Coast United

7:30am– ESPN3.com/Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer.tv- Palermo vs. Lazio

8:00am– FoxSoccer.tv- Aston Villa vs. Birmingham City

9:30am– Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer.tv- Newcastle United vs. Sunderland

10:00am– ESPN3.com- Brescia vs. Napoli

10:30am– ESPN3.com- Mainz 05 vs. Borussia Dortmund

12:00pm– Fox Soccer Channel- Bolton vs. Liverpool

12:00pm– GolTV- Sporting Gijon vs. Villareal

12:00pm– DirecTV- Malaga vs. Real Sociedad

12:00pm– ESPN3.com- Deportivo La Coruna vs. Espanyol

12:00pm– FoxSoccer.tv- Monaco vs. Bordeaux

2:00pm– Telemundo- Toluca vs. San Luis

2:00pm– Fox Deportes- Morelia vs. Monterrey

2:00pm– GolTV- Atletico Madrid vs. Almeria

3:45pm– ESPN3.com- Catania vs. Fiorentina

4:00pm– DirecTV- Athletic Bilbao vs. Getafe

4:00pm– GolTV- Hannover vs. Hoffenheim (Delayed)

4:00pm– Fox Soccer Plus- Montpellier vs. PSG

8:00pm– ESPN2/ESPN3.com- Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders FC

  • fischy

    I think Stuart has looked a step slow almost the whole game, especially on defense. Far too casually jogging around instead of sprinting to mark a guy…so, he keeps getting there after they’ve received the pass or made their won pass/shot. He needs to anticipate better and hustle to the spot….like what Skrtel did to deny him. He could be dominating this game, instead of chasing it.


  • jig

    Hes played backwards on many occasions today. Somehow I feel if it were someone else in the middle of the park, they’d be getting crucified.


  • bryan

    gonzalo taking villarreal out of the game…gives away a PK and then gets a second yellow.


  • Mig22

    his mindset and timing are clearly not that of a defensive player and you are right, he is slow to the ball. I think, however, that it’s not because he’s not working hard enough but instead his positional sense as a defender is not well defined. He’ll probably improve a bit.


  • Citronomics

    Cha Ching! There we go… finally a positive, cohesive sequence for Pool and finished off by Maxi.


  • ThaDeuce

    Good news for Jozy Altidore fans. He got 20 minutes today in the La Liga, and Gonzalo, a starting striker, got a red card. So Jozy may get a start for La Liga soon!
    Source, ESPN gamecast.


  • Ryan

    Definitely a positive week for Yanks Abroad. Playing time, goals, and away we go!! I want to see a few new faces in for the next international camp. Maybe Diskkerud and Grella. Lets just see what they got. Kljestan has turned his game up a notch!!


  • ThaDeuce

    I watched most of the 2nd half of this game and i still think Holden is a great central midfielder. I saw him take players on (and win, sometimes leaving his opponents on the ground), make great passes and crosses, and be constantly in the right place in the right time. Those are all offensive qualities, yes, but i didn’t notice the really bad defensive lapses.

    Your criticism sounds like similar criticism of Dempsey. That he doesn’t hustle, is lazy, etc. I don’t see it.


  • Supsam

    I know seriously?!? Wats with the man crush on Grella????? He cant even get decent minutes in League 1. I’d even prefer a healthy Cooper, Buddle, Wondo over Grella anyday.


  • Herm

    I agree Supsam but minus the Cooper inclusion. I’d just rather see Tristan Bowen ahead of Cooper rt now.


  • jig

    its just desperation from people who look at our lineup currently and think that there might be something better out there. Hint, there’s not. it’s depressing but it’s true.


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