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Landon Donovan and the new-look Los Angeles Galaxy take the field today in one of the day's most anticipated matches.

There are some good European match-ups, including Liverpool's showdown vs. Brad Friedel's Aston Villa (noon on Fox Soccer Channel), but today's LA Galaxy-D.C. United tilt (3pm, Telefutura) is one fans throughout MLS will have an eye on (and not just for fantasy MLS purposes).

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

Enjoy the action.


  1. OT but the best GK in England is Van Der Sar with 18 cleansheets.

    Reina and Cech are both tied with 15.

    Suprisingly Schwarzer has 14 cleansheets. He must be Fulham’s Player of the Year.

    Howard and Almunia have 12 and Friedel has 11 cleansheets.

    It can be argued that both Friedel and Howard are among the top10 GK’s in the world.

    Why doesnt Guzan take a loan to a team like WBA or Stoke, they have terrible GK’s

  2. I for 1 hope Dempsey stays at Fulham for a few more years and carve out a little niche there. He’s for sure a starter and if he can keep to getting 6-7goals a season, not bad especially on a team like Fulham. Maybe around 2011 or 2012 he can move on up to a bigger club like AV or Everton.

    Now i wonder if Altidore has a great World Cup and i’m imagining a hat-trick, will he for sure secure a starting spot for Villarreal or will he be off to another big club?

  3. AV will trash Man U. They’re missing Rooney, Scholes and Vidic and Berbatov has an injury. Tevez hasn’t been as effective this season as last same as Ronaldo. Though AV will have Guzan in goal. Testimonal of Fire, come on AV. Crush Man U for Liverpool

    I hate to root against Dempsey and Fulham but Liverpool will tame that ass but hope Dempsey can get a goal in that game.

  4. @ mikeinnashville,

    No problem, trust me I would love Chelsea to play Man United again, if only. But United will miss Rooney, Scholes and Vidic to red cards, Berbatov is injured now, if only Liverpool had thrashed Middlesbrough, United would actually be behind even with a game in hand.
    The league is still open in my opinion; I had already said that if the title was not decided before the Liverpool United game, that would swing the pendulum either ways.
    Liverpool’s schedule looks easy, but that can be deceptive.

  5. dc line up via


    Jakovic – Janicki – Namoff

    Olsen – Simms

    McTavish – Wallace


    Pontius – Emilio

    Available subs:

    Kocic, Jacobson, Peters, Moreno, Burch, Khumalo, Doe

  6. If Gerrard can bring his blistering form to England, they will be even more perfect. Rooney, Lampard are all in top shape. England is back 😀

    But regardless either Spain or Argentina are gonna take the World Cup in 2010.

    Here’s hoping the USA can make it to the QF’s.

  7. 8games to decide the title. Liverpool is taking it with Man U 2nd. Chelsea will settle for 3rd. AV will fight for 4th with Arsenal but who knows.

    If Liverpool win both the league and the CL, Gerrard will get the Ballon D’or and FIFA World Player Of The Year award. Hands down

  8. Liverpool has beaten Chelsea and Man U and Real Madrid twice this season, home and away. That has to be quite a marvel. Even with Torres and Gerrard hurt quite a bit in the season, the team has surged. Here comes the title 😀

  9. duece- yeah they both play together. recently though gerrard had been injured so he wasn’t playing for a couple of friendlies.

  10. Gerrard now has 13goals and 7 assists in 23 games for Liverpool this season. This is his best season ever with 7goals in the CL. Gerrard is now tied with goals with Ronaldo even though Ronaldo has played more games.

    Best player in the world is Gerrard, hands down. Messi, Ibrahimovic, Eto’o, Villa, Torres come close but Stevie G is the BEST.

    If only Torres could score, i’m sure he will soon.

  11. @ mikeinnashville,

    Man United already played Chelsea twice. They tied 1-1 at Stamford Bridge and killed Chelsea 3-0 at Old Trafford. The Arsenal game at Old Trafford might be the deciding factor for the league title.

  12. OMG. Liverpool are on FIRE.

    Stevie G is the best midfielder in the world. Messi is the best player but Gerrard surely is in the top3 for consideration.

    Torres needs a hat-trick for Liverpool

    I’m praying he can score for Spain against Turkey and not get injured.

  13. i think anything is possible at this point. which ever club that can deal with the pressure, injuries, and who just wants it more will win.

    i just hope it stays close until the end for a great finish… you hear me liverpool?? 🙂 🙂

  14. Man U tried to stop liverpool and got destroyed. The only thing man u can do is hope to win out which is tough considering they still have to play chelsea and arsenal- and with rooney and scholes out maybe villa could get a surprise result. At this point, even with the game in hand, I’m not sure man u can hold on if liverpool continues this run of form.

  15. Arsenal fans new it wouldn’t last, people ride hype too much. I don’t even know how they performed as well as they did only relying on headers from crosses and set pieces.

  16. You gotta feel for Friedel because he didn’t commit and the Liverpool fans knew it was harsh. Still good to see Guzan get some minutes though

  17. if u r a villa fan, is embarrased the right word? or just resigned disappointment? and can anyone stop liverpool at this point?

  18. Way soft red for Friedel. Glad to see Guzan on, he’s a product of my school, but hate to see him come on in that situation.

  19. That was a harsh red card for friedel…but let’s see how guzan does against two of the best in the world trying to block a gerrard penalty in front of the kop.

    Poor kid. I hate to root against villa but I can’t have my gunners out of the top 4.

    Classy send off from the liverpool fans. That would have never happened at Old Trafford.

  20. holy crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! cannot believe that happened. i dont know what to feel. so cool brad gets to face a great club like liverpool yet it sucks cuz they are kickin butt.

    anyone else see torres smiling when brad was shown the red card??

  21. aston villa is getting whipped as badly as, well, real madrid and manchester united. HAHA. Not bad company to be in.

    Does Lampard or Gerrard start in midfield for the English National Team? I remember a few months back when it was said that they couldn’t play together and that the coach had to choose between them. Who won the starting role?

  22. Even though I’m happy with the score right now I wouldn’t count Villa out. They had many chances so the pool better be on their toes and not relent until the last whistle is blown.

    Hope the boy is cryin to his ronny puppet. 🙂 🙂

  23. Great weekend to be a gooner. Bring on Chelsea and ManU they can be beaten by an in-form Arsenal squad, especially with a midfield including fabregas, arshavin, nasri, and walcott.

    But Liverpool is downright SCARY. This villa team is class but they are being absolutely torn to shreds. Honestly, if they keep this up I’ll tip the reds to win the premier and champions leagues.

    And all north london loyalties aside, is there a better captain in the world than Stevie G? An amazing talent and an amazing leader- the soccer version of Brett Favre in his prime.

  24. By 2013 MLS will have 20teams and should cap itself at that. The 19th and 20th team should be St.Louis and either Miami or Atlanta just to give the Southeast a team to support.

    Now once we have that the officials should concentrate to strengthen the USL and turn it from a feeder system into a proper 2nd division. Surely teams could play in 10,000 seated stadiums. Probably expand it to 16teams by 2018.

    The next decade of MLS will be quite an experience.

  25. this villa-pool match is straight up excellent so far… it’s wide open and Reina has been forced to make some bad-ass saves

  26. I got a question. Will Portland and Vancouver both have a SSS by the time the 2011 season starts? I mean they have just 2 years, can it be done?

    Also. Any news about the KC, DC United, San Jose, Houston stadium news and drama?

  27. Off topic but i’ve been curious as of late. How come MLS star strikers like Twellman and Ching have never went abroad? I’m sure both would do great in 1 of the Scandinavian leagues. It has around the same style/skill as that of MLS. I could see Twellman being a star striker in Norway with like 14goals a season and Ching doing quite well in either league. Or they could be successful in Bundesliga 2.

    Another question is Twellman’s NT career over?

  28. Come on Liverpool. Man United opened the door lets barge on in. Lets cut this gap to 1. Have to a win here. No excuses. Time to put more doubt into Man United minds

  29. The fact that FSC has televised practically every Villa match this year has been wonderful for me as a Villa fan.

    I’m not sure I expect any kind of result today, though.


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