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Clint Dempsey has been on a roll lately, and he will look to keep his recent hot streak going for Fulham against Sunderland.

Today's slate of soccer matches on TV isn't confined to ones featuring Americans Abroad, though Dempsey and Tim Howard will both be playing matches on TV today. The day's schedule also features some of the world's best rivalries, including Roma-Lazio and Nacional-Penarol.

If you are a fan of the women's game, then you will want to see the NCAA College Cup Final between unbeaten Stanford perennial power North Carolina.

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 schedule of matches is after the jump):


9am- FSC/RAI- Genoa vs. Parma

9:30am- ESPN2- Notre Dame vs. North Carolina (Women's College Cup, REPLAY)

10am- Setanta USA- Fulham vs. Sunderland

11am- DirecTV- Espanyol vs. Racing Santander

11am- DirecTV- Mallorca vs. Real Zaragoza

11am- DirecTV- Malaga vs. Osasuna

11am- FSC- Everton vs. Tottenham

11:30am- ESPN Deportes- Schalke 04 vs. Hertha Berlin

1pm- GolTV- Villarreal vs. Getafe

1pm- Telemundo- Toluca vs. Monterrey

1pm- ESPN2- Stanford vs. North Carolina (NCAA Women's Final)

2pm- GolTV- Flamengo vs. Gremio

2:45pm- FSC/RAI- AS Roma vs. Lazio

3pm- ESPN Deportes- Athletic Bilbao vs. Valencia

3pm- Setanta USA- Lille vs. Lyon

5pm- FSC- Velez Sarsfield vs. River Plate (Delayed)

5pm- GolTV- Nacional vs. Penarol (Delayed)



  1. You are gesticulating prematurely. Arranging these games isn’t just a matter of calling up Russsia and saying “Can Guus come out and play”? If you read Ive’s post on the topic, our European players won’t be available in January, so this is primarily for all those other fringe guys and may be their last chance to impress. Given that after January there will be three months left until the rosters have to be submitted, even this glorified scrimmage is vital. Honduras is a WC team and by definition is one of the best 32 teams in the world.

  2. I’m looking at all these people talking about friendlies and I wonder what USSF is thinking. In 2002 our friendlies were against Italy, Ecuador, Mexico, Germany, Mexico, Ireland, Uruguay and the Netherlands. We also had our most successful World Cup ever. In 2006 we played Canada, Norway, Morocco, Latvia, Germany, and Venezuela. We need to play strong opponents and Honduras just isn’t cutting it. Can someone give me some perspective on Northern Ireland too? I’m just feeling that any non world cup team outside of the top 30 won’t do. We should just schedule Russia.

  3. Brazilian league is featuring very good players and its a very competitive league, unlike in Europe where its always the same teams that win the championship…

    I saw todays game in GolTv and Maracana stadium was packed, very nice.. showed the passion for Soccer that Brazilians have! Not the best game, but for a “final” was the expected!

  4. Really, the last thing the US needs, I would think, is to play more Concacaf teams in the US. That’s the one thing we do well.

  5. Amazing how nobody has said any word about Flamengo being Champion in Brazil, the best soccer country in thw World, by far…

  6. For me, the point is that their on-field chemistry sucks. I don’t know if they don’t respect each others’ games, or just don’t like each others’ personalities. Either way, the team is suffering for it.

  7. 2 friendlies announced, or leaked today which is good. We’re going to need all the minutes we can get to work out the kinks and define some roles on this team. From what i read on the bbc, it seems like its as close to a done del as you can get. It’ll be interesting to see where they play the game. Northern Ireland it seems, is open to even playing it in england.

  8. anyone hear about this emergency USSF meeting they are having today in New York? Must be a NASL and USL thing I am guessing….


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