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Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

Good afternoon everybody. Today is busy day in international soccer, with World Cup qualifying take place around the globe. Between qualifiers (such as the USA-Cuba tilt in D.C.) and MLS action, there is more than enough soccer to keep fans happy today.

I am in Washington D.C. today for the USA-Cuba match and will provide full coverage from that match. Thanks go out to the crew that covered for me on SBI on Friday. Along with the USA-Cuba coverage, there will also be MLS-specific posts later today as the playoff picture starts to get clearer.

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

Enjoy the action.


  1. with a win, Szetela, davies and Orozco are most likely going to be brought back, with maybe Perkins as backup to Guzan??

    lets not worry, we expected BB to start a large number of regulars for this game… remember it is still a needed win so that we can try out some new faces in the last 2 games…

  2. -Left-

    *Defender Jay DeMerit (hamstring)

    *Forward Charlie Davies (undisclosed knock)

    *Goalkeeper Troy Perkins

    *Defender Michael Orozco

    *Midfielder Danny Szetela

    well as far as davies goes, it claims he’s been knocked, my guess is during practice…

    Szetela will be in the next games, but i agree with eric, that he wouldnt have played any tonight…. with faces like Torres, Adu, Jozy and Edu more likely to get a look, i dont see where Szetela would have fit into the subs list ATM….

    USA LINEUP: Howard; Cherundolo, Onyewu, Bocanegra, Pearce; Dempsey, Bradley, Kljestan, Beasley; Donovan, Ching. Subs: Guzan, Califf, Hejduk, Edu, Adu, Torres, Altidore.

    same lineup as T&T…

  3. That’s fine, Szetela was never going to see the field today anyways, and it’s more important to see Altidore and Adu. You already knew you were going to see Donovan, Dempsey, and Ching featured in the attack. It’s still qualifying, not a PS3 game.

  4. well, peru played well at home to tie argentina 1-1 and then is horrible on the road losing 3-0. they sit in last place and there is no way they qualify this year. sorry ives.

  5. 87th minute- Russia hit the post!! Denisov ran at a loose ball and ended up getting a foot onto it, sending a ball in from the right side of goal, beating the keeper, but hitting the opposite post!

  6. 81st minute- Arshavin takes a shot that deflects off a German defender and right into Adler! He had another shot a minute earlier that missed closely.

    Frings is getting ready to come for Germany.

  7. 74th minute- Arshavin and Berezutsky both go for a ball, and Arshavin takes a tumble in the penalty area. Arshavin tripped, and to his credit didn’t look around appealing for a penalty.

  8. 71st minute- Pogrebniak gets off a header that forces a save, but is called for offsides. This one was clearly the right call.

    German sub: Gomez comes in for Klose.

  9. 66th minute- offsides call on Pogrebniak, who was alone in the center of the penalty area. He looked like he was played on by a defender, so I think it was a bad call. Still, he missed terribly on the shot he ended up getting off.

    69th minute- yellow card to Berezutski, 2nd of the match (1st was given back in the 15th to Zurianov).

  10. 55th minute- A scramble in the penalty area after a corner kick nearly led to a goal, but the German keeper fell onto the ball before any Russian player could get off a shot.

  11. 51st minute- GOAL RUSSIA!!!

    Arshavin taps in an attempted shot/pass from Aniukov, who worked hard to win a ball back that he lost after 2 blocked crosses, and it was his work that led to the goal.

    2-1 Germany.


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