Your Running Commentary

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

 Stuart Holden (ISIPhotos.com)

It may be hard to believe, but Stuart Holden and Bolton are currently sitting in fifth place in the English Premier League, and could move into with a win against Blackpool today.

Bolton currently sit ahead of the likes of Tottenham (on goal differential) and Liverpool, and are doing so playing attractive soccer. Holden has become a key figure in the Wanderers attack as they look to stay ahead of Tottenham for fifth, and put pressure on Manchester City for fourth place.

Holden is one of several U.S. national team players in action. Clint Dempsey will look to help Fulham move further away from the relegation zone with a win against Birmingham City, while Tim Howard and Everton take on West Brom.

The biggest match involving an American team will take place at Toyota Park today, where the U.S. women's national team takes on Italy in the second leg of their World Cup playoff series. The Americans can clinch a World Cup berth with a win or a tie after beating the Italians on the road.

Wondering why Soccer Saturday was posted at 3:30am this morning? The Los Angeles Galaxy take on the Australian side Newcastle Jets in an exhibition in Australia airing live on Fox Soccer Channel at 3:30am.

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).


3:30am– Fox Soccer Channel- Newcastle Jets vs. Los Angeles Galaxy (Exhibition)

7:45am– ESPN2- Aston Villa vs. Arsenal

10am– Fox Soccer Channel- Manchester United vs. Blackburn

10am– Fox Soccer Plus- Stoke City vs. Manchester City

10am– FoxSoccer.tv- Bolton vs. Blackpool

10am– FoxSoccer.tv- Everton vs. West Bromwich Albion

10am– FoxSoccer.tv- Fulham vs. Birmingham City

10am– FoxSoccer.tv- West Ham United vs. Wigan

Noon– Fox Soccer Plus- Sampdoria vs. AC Milan

Noon– Fox Soccer Channel- Fulham vs. Birmingham City (Delayed)

Noon– GolTV- Real Zaragoza vs. Villarreal

12:20pm– FoxSoccer.tv- Burnley vs. Derby County

12:30pm– ESPN3.com- Borussia Moenchengladbach vs. Borussia Dortmund

1pm– FoxSoccer.tv- Brest vs. Lens

1pm– FoxSoccer.tv- Olympique Marseille vs. Montpelier

2pm– ESPN3.com- USA women's national team vs. Italy (World Cup playoff)

2pm– ESPN3.com- Sevilla vs. Getafe

2pm– GolTV- Defensor Sporting vs. Nacional

2:45pm– Fox Soccer Channel- Juventus vs. Fiorentina

4pm– ESPN3.com- Atletico Madrid vs. Espanyol

4:15pm– ESPN3.com- Sporting Lisbon vs. FC Porto

6:20pm– GolTV- Santa Fe vs. Atletico Huila

2am– Fox Soccer Channel- North Queensland Fury vs. Perth Glory


  • Barcafan

    You’re still not drawing a connection here bud.

    In fact, you’re not saying anything other than that you don’t like me.


  • Eric

    Ya and Blackburn scored to make it look less fixed. Teams lose confidence when they go down a goal in the 2nd minute. To say that that game was fixed is idiotic.



    Damn Berbatov. He had a hat trick against my REDs like 2 months ago and has been quiet until today. You know I’d start him and Hernandez and bring Rooney as a super-sub with say 35mins a game. But that wouldn’t work of course cause he’s Rooney. anyway

    gotta give props to the Bulgarian.

    My man Deuce is man of the match. You just know it.


  • Eric

    He lost the ball at midfield and fouled the guy to keep Birmingham from breaking. You could tell he had some tired legs.


  • GTV

    No Gooch on the bench for Milan. If he does go back to Liege, I sure hope he gets plenty of PT.


  • Tony in Quakeland

    And they do! Congrats!

    PS – People who don’t watch high level women’s soccer are missing out on a highly techincal, tactically astute version of the game. I’ve coached both high level girl’s and boy’s soccer, and what I love about the girl’s game is that they have to play the game right, whereas boys try to over power everything. Both games are fun, but the women’s game maybe a “purer” form.


  • flagermunsen

    This may be very true, but you can’t be talking about our WNT. They have played like tactical neophytes from the first time Anson Dorrence coached and all they had to do was overrun the other team’s midfielders with players like Michelle Akers, who was off the charts athletically. Twenty years later, they still have no ideas when it comes to breaking down a tactically sound midfield and defense.


  • Brian

    Marcus was great last season. Hennessey definitely isn’t any better, but yeah Wolves are for sure going down and Hennessey is only 23. Looks like Marcus will probably be heading to MLS then.


  • GeorgeGunner

    @Brent McD.

    You don’t know what your talking about!!

    Both goals today weren’t scored on the break so how do you figure we were open in the back?

    First goal was down to poor marking because Clichy had to choose between picking up the man with the ball and watching young on the wing, while the two center-halfs didn’t close down in time, granted the goal shouldn’t have counted anyway. The second goal was scored from a corner kick.

    Both goals had nothing to do with being left open in the back.

    This is the Arsenal!!


  • Bradicus

    Enjoyable match, LA vs Newcastle.

    Enjoying the commentary, too, not sure who these two guys are though. Especially appreciate the bits of love for the US national team.


  • Brent McD.

    I beg to differ. How many Arsenal games have you seen? How many times have they dropped points by failing to hold second half leads? Yes, the 2 goals today were not on the counterattack. But Villa did generate plenty of chances because Arsenal were pushing too many men forward, as usual.

    Believe me I appreciate how the Gunners play, but I also think with the way they pass and possess the ball, they should be able to close out games more effectively.


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