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Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary


Domestic cup games overseas resume on Wednesday, with a few United States men's national team players potentially seeing the pitch.

Eric Lichaj is starting but Brad Guzan has surprisingly given way to Brad Friedel for Aston Villa's Carling Cup match against Burnley. Elsewhere in the UK, Maurice Edu's Rangers will face Kilmarnock in the Scottish Cup. Both of those games kick off at 2:45 p.m.

In Spain, Jozy Altidore's Villarreal takes on Club Polideportivo Ejido in the first leg of their Copa del Rey tie (3 p.m.), and in Germany, Michael Bradley's Borussia Monchengladbach meets Bayer Leverkusen in a DFB Pokal second-round match (2:30 p.m.).

If you will be watching any or all of Wednesday's games via Internet feed, please feel free to share any thoughts, opinions and play-by-play in the comments section below. Enjoy the action!


  1. Back to back goals in the BMG game. First Leverkusen score in like the 108th and then BMG come back a minute later to level it. I think Bradley started the sequence that led to the BMG goal with a cross into the box.

  2. That rule change has been in effect for awhile? I didn’t see the play but youall’s comments appear to correct. Marco Etchevery used to throw his arms out like an airplane and run out of the box to emphasize to the ref’s that he was Not involved in the play, when caught in an off-side position.

  3. Ah, I missed that. The stream was skipping, didn’t see Bedtner take out anyone. Thanks.

    I’m still a bit confused about why the announcers were going on about a rule change though? It seems like this was a missed call–it should’ve been dissallowed–not a new interpretation of things?

  4. Vik’s report is what I read as well. Bendtner effectively blocked a newcastle player off his run.

    Otherwise you would be correct. A player in an offside position when a ball is played should not necessarily be flagged for it.

  5. I think it’s because Bendtner took out a defender as Walcott was bursting free, so he would be either “interfering” with the play or just plain outright fouling another player; both calls would have preceded the goal.

  6. Question regarding the offside rule:

    I was under the impression that a player could be in an offside position as long as he does not play the ball or interfere with play. So Player A could be in an offside position while Player B scores and the goal would stand as long as Player A never became active during the goal scoring sequence.

    Is that correct? And if it is, is that a new interpretation of the rule or something? Because the announcers in the Arsenal-Newcastle game keep howling about a rule change and how Arsenal’s second goal (Walcott, who scored, was onside; Bendtner, who did not touch the ball, was miles offside) would not have stood before the rule change and it’s an outrage and etc. I was hoping someone could clarify things for me.

  7. Via BBC:
    Steve Sidwell races into the box to get on the end of Eric Lichaj’s cross but it skims off his head and out for a goal-kick – if he’d been a couple of inches taller, that could’ve been the opener at Villa Park.

  8. Marca says goal for Jozy!

    Poli Ejido – Villarreal
    Villarreal GOOOOOOOLLL in Santo Domingo. Altidore goal after a move to Jefferson Montero has put the ball in the U.S. for the 0-1 mark

  9. Stream options today are horrible. The BMG game is on, but Aston Villa and Villareal cup games are nowhere to be found. Are they being televised at all?

  10. Hope Jozy gets some action!
    Glad that both Bradley and Edu are starting today, as well as Lichaj. Great news. Wish ESPN had them gamecasted though…

  11. wtf? Espn has Friedel starting. Is Guzan injured?

    Or far less likely, is this the beginning of Guzan seeing league minutes come Saturday?


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