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There are few teams in the world playing better soccer than AC Milan and few players enjoying finer form than Ronaldinho.

The Brazilian star and the club David Beckham now calls home will look to keep their hot streak going today against the cellar-dwellars from Siena.

If mismatches aren't your style, then Napoli-Palermo and Bordeaux-Marseille can offer better match-ups for your viewing pleasure. Lastly, River Plate-Independiente can help satisfy the craving for a top-notch rivalry.

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 soccer TV schedule is after the jump):


8:30am- Setanta USA- Aston Villa vs. West Ham

9am- FSC- AC Milan vs. Siena

9am- Chievo Verona vs. Juventus

10:30am- GolTV- Schalke 04 vs. Nuremberg

11am- FSC- Bolton vs. Arsenal

11am- ESPN Deportes- Deportivo La Coruna vs. Mallorca

11am- DirecTV- Almeria vs. Tenerife

11am- DirecTV- Racing Santander vs. Valladolid

11am- DirecTV- Malaga vs. Getafe

1pm- Setanta USA- Lille vs. Paris St. Germain

1pm- GolTV- Atletico Madrid vs. Sporting Gijon

1pm- Telemundo- UNAM Pumas vs. Atlas

1pm- FSE- Puebla vs. Tigres

1:15pm- No TV- Cameroon vs. Zambia (African Cup of Nations)

2:30pm- FSC- Napoli vs. Palermo

2:55pm- Setanta USA- Bordeaux vs. Marseille

3pm- ESPN Deportes- Villarreal vs. Valencia

5pm- FSC_ Blackburn vs. Fulham

8pm- FSE- River Plate vs. Independiente



  1. i don’t think it was a full out ACL tear. trainers can immediately tell if the ACL is blown out because they can literally feel the tear in the knee. if anyone watches american football wes welker knew his season was over right after his injury because the trainer told him he knew from feeling that the ACL was out. hopefully this is a good thing for deuce because it doesn’t seem like that happened

  2. If he could walk off the pitch, could it really be a complete tear of the ligament then?

    can the body support all that weight if 1 of the 4 ligaments is completely severed?

    gooch couldnt even come close to standing, so thats how you know it was bad.
    but dempsey walked off just kind of limping. that said, the PCL apparently doesnt heal on its own, so a tear could still require surgery if he cant play without it bothering him.

    hope not tho, he’s improved so much since the last world cup. Im too excited to see what he could do this time around

  3. Even if Dempsey is back in time for the World Cup, if he faces a long layoff it might take a while for him to get back in shape and find his form. Our chances just took a major hit.

  4. Very difficult to injure the PCL without hurting some other stuff along the way. Really, though, the only prognosis that would keep him out of the World Cup is an ACL tear. Those require surgery and 6-9 months. A sprain of a ligament can heal with rest/rehab, and a meniscus tear can be repaired surgically with just 6 weeks out. An ACL almost always is easy to spot, as the knee takes undue pressure to the inside. A doctor can tell fairly soon if an ACL is the problem as the knee feels loose when pulling. Did anyone see how he got hurt? Did his knee ‘dip’ in or was it a twist or hyperectension?

    After 4 knee surgeries myself, I certainly hope this is not needed for Deuce. Its just never the same.

  5. Apparently PCL tear is very, very rare and there’s a lot of controversy among medical professionals about how to treat. Great link here:

    “Injuries to the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) are rare, accounting for only about 5% of all knee ligament injuries. There is disagreement among physicians over which patients with isolated PCL ruptures (that do not have any other ligament damage) should have surgery and which patients should not have surgery – and for those who need surgery, just how to perform it to achieve the best results. The problem is that these injuries can either not cause many problems, or they can be disabling and cause considerable problems with sports and, in some cases, regular activities of daily living.”

  6. Of course no one has to bow down to the English. But I feel like when people get really worked up about English words ‘infecting’ the way Americans talk, we’re just showing how incredibly insecure we are about our place in this game. Sort of like how the French are so insecure about English/American words infecting their language. If the word’s a good one and people will understand you, use it. If you don’t like the word, don’t use it. Enough with the policing.

  7. Hodgson said: “Clint will be scanned tomorrow but we feel it might be a posterior cruciate knee ligament which would be very bad for us and he would be out for a while.

    So PCL gives some hope for a return for the world cup.

  8. Losing Dempsey would be a major blow, but losing Donovan to a long-term injury would be the “worst thing that could happen” to the USMNT…

  9. it’s not 2 ladies, it’s a guy a lady. And it’s the Kappa logo:

    “Known as the Omini, is a silhouette of a man (left) and woman (right) sitting back to back in the nude. Created in 1969 by mere accident. After a photo shoot for a bathing suit ad, a man and a woman were sitting back-to-back, naked, with the outlines of their bodies traced by the back lighting. The photographers knew they had something and the idea grew into what is now the logo for Robe di Kappa, or the Kappa brand which was later attributed to the active and sports wear. Symbolizes the mutual support between Man and Woman, and their completion.”

  10. I blew up my ACL in College and I was able to walk (albeit with a major limp) off the field so although its good he didn’t have to be stretchered off…it is by no means an indication of potential severity

  11. I’ve had 3 knee surgeries and know a little about this subject, if he tore a cruciate ligament then he’s done for 6 to 9 months

  12. Wait for the doctors before leaping to conclusions. But, if Dempsey is gone the USMNT is so screwed. Personally I think you play all of Bradley, Clark and Edu or Jones if ever available and get ready to bunker down rather than adding a poor attacker.

  13. From BBC:

    Fulham boss Roy Hodgson on injured forward Clint Dempsey: “The initial prognosis for Clint is not good. It looks like cruciate knee ligament damage and if it is it will keep him out for a while.”

  14. Did I really just read a spat between posters about sports vernacular?

    The English established the rules and made them uniform, so I don’t see a reason not to use their words to describe their game.

    When the NFL comes to the UK, I doubt they say things like “the 49ers are taking the pitch” or “the quartreback gets the pass out with pace”.

    With the trivial stuff out of the way.. When can we expect an update on Deuce? We can’t afford to lose another talented player for any extended period.

  15. That’s always a good sign. Gooch’s was a 6-month lay-off and he had to be stretchered off. Maybe Clint’s looking at a tweak and a few weeks as a precaution….anything worse will be a baaad thing.

  16. I crack up everytime I see the first guy when I read blogs. The joke is always inevitably on the people who get pissed off and can’t help but respond. One of the internetz phenomenon. Funny stuff!

  17. Aris FC wins 1-0

    Eddie Johnson came on in the 79 minute

    Adu did not play.

    After the delay Aris got defensive and bunkered down, thus Johnson didn’t do much.

  18. Ronaldinho lit it up today with a hat trick! Should’ve had 5 + 3 assists. Beginning to look like his old form. The goals will boost his confidence for the upcoming matches with Inter and Man U. Watch out, Rossoneri coming at you full throttle!!


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