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Jozy Altidore's quest for playing time at Villarreal continues today as the Yellow Submarine faces Espanyol in Spanish First Division action.

The young U.S. national team striker made the decision to stay with Villarreal and battle for minutes rather than leaving via transfer this summer, so today's match should give us a sense of whether the decision is panning out.

Today's slate of soccer action features plenty of Serie A and La Liga action, as well as some good Mexican league action.

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 s schedule is after the jump):


9am- Catania vs. Parma

9am- Fox Soccer Channel/FSE- Juventus vs. Palermo

9:30am- Mainz 05 vs. Kaiserslautern

11am- Fox Soccer Channel/FSE- Birmingham City vs. Liverpool

11am- DirecTV- Sporting Gijon vs. Mallorca

11am- Real Zaragoza vs. Malaga

12:30pm- Fox Soccer Plus- Wigan vs. Sunderland (Delayed)

1pm- FSE- Morelia vs. Club America

1pm- Telemundo- UNAM Pumas vs. San Luis

1pm- GolTV- Villarreal vs. Espanyol

2:45pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Napoli vs. Bari

3pm- GolTV- Botafogo vs. Sao Paulo

3pm- Sevilla vs. Deportivo La Coruna

3pm- Fox Socer Plus- Marseille vs. Monaco



  1. Charlie Davies brother scored a game winner for Boston College the other night… i’m surprised you haven’t called for him to see USMNT action yet.

  2. Jozy”s fine. Hull gave him games, but didn’t help further him along as a striker. He’s better off at Villarreal, starting a whole bunch of games or not. It wasn’t as if Brian McBride was burning up La Liga at 19-20 years old either. Perspective people…

  3. I agree with you to a certain extent – Jozy’s not going to crack the starting lineup for Villarreal anytime soon. And he’s going to have to show a lot more even to get some playing time. But at his age, that might not be the end of the world. Maybe he could use a reminder that just because he’s an automatic choice for the US team, that doesn’t mean anything overseas and he’s going to have to fight for everything he gets. It could help him in the long run to battle for a place.

  4. Good grief, dude. It’s the second game of the season. While I am not on the Villareal coaching staff, I’m pretty sure he hasn’t played himself out of any possible playing time for the rest of the season. As bunkel wrote above, he’ll be fighting all season and hopefully improving to the point that he sees some game action.

  5. He was given time, and he played himself out of any possible playing time.

    He was given all the chances in the world to do something, and he was terrible.

  6. I’m pretty happy about Jozy’s situation this season, actually. He’s only 20, got some good experience last season at Hull (even if his numbers were less than great), and now is fighting it out for time on a good team in La Liga. If he cracks the lineup he’ll be getting some good service up front, unlike if he were loaned out to another bottom feeder. We’ve got 4 years till the next WC, hopefully he can take his time and find some stability.


    anyone know how Goodson is viewed in Norway? Is he like 1 of the best defenders in the league? I know Gooch was like the best defender in Belgium before he left.

  8. Jozy is on a top5 La Liga team. Competition is fierce and he is the only Yank to play in an outfield position in LA LIGA.

    Plus Jozy has scored in both La Liga and Premier League. No other yank has.

  9. I’ll agree that Jozy only getting 10 minutes isn’t the most optimal situation, but you have to look at it with some perspective, he’s still only 20 years old, and it’s not like he’s being benched for some half rate forwards, he’s competing for time with Rossi and Nilmar, two players who see significant minutes with Italy and Brazil

  10. Sad that as American soccer fans we’re reduced to hoping for 10 minutes of playing time for the USMNT #1 striker. And we wonder why the US team can’t take the next step in international soccer?

  11. Liverpool backline looks shaky and Lucas looks like a wet piece of spaghetti getting disposed… Uggghhh. They are lucky Birmingham isn’t up 1 or 2 goals.

  12. Im hopeful Sevillia can bounce back strongly from their Champions League loss. It looks like La Liga may actually be a bit more open this year.

  13. does anyone remember that american player who signed with AC Milan a few years back? what was his name- Obafumi Onyewuchi or something like that?


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