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Clint Dempsey will look to build on his two-goal performance from last week against a familiar face who won't make finding another goal easy.

Dempsey and Fulham take on Brad Friedel and Aston Villa in a battle of mid-table Premier League clubs. Both teams are on 12 points coming into the match. Dempsey has four goals in his past six matches, but he takes on a Villa side which, led by Friedel, has allowed just one goal in three matches.

Friedel isn't the only American goalkeeper with a tough assignment today, with Tim Howard's Everton taking on upstart Blackpool in a battle of clubs on 13 points and Marcus Hahnemann and Wolves trying to slow down red-hot Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez.

The MLS playoffs resume today, with Colorado facing Columbus and Real Salt Lake taking on FC Dallas (SBI will have live commentaries on both matches so stay tuned for those).

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 schedule is after the jump):


10:30am– Borussia Moenchengladbach vs. Bayern Munich

11am– Fox Soccer Channel- Manchester United vs. Wolverhampton

11am– Fox Soccer Plus/ Fulham vs. Aston Villa

11am– Birmingham City vs. West Ham United

11am– Blackburn vs. Wigan

11am– Blackpool vs. Everton

11am– Sunderland vs. Stoke City

1pm– Fox Soccer Plus/ Bologna vs. Lecce

1pm– Fox Soccer Channel- Sunderland vs. Stoke City (Delayed)

1:20pm– Derby County vs. Portsmouth

2pm– Sochaux vs. Auxerre

2pm– Arles vs. Caen

2pm– Bordeaux vs. Valenciennes

2pm– Saint Etienne vs. Lorient

3pm– GolTV- Real Sociedad vs. Racing Santander

3pm– Fox Soccer Plus- Derby County vs. Portsmouth (Delayed)

3:45pm– Fox Soccer Channel- Inter Milan vs. Brescia

4pm– Stade Rennes vs. Lyon

4pm– Telefutura- Columbus Crew vs. Colorado Rapids

5pm– DirecTV- Espanyol vs. Malaga

5pm– Fox Soccer Plus- Blackpool vs. Everton (Delayed)

6pm– Fox Soccer Channel- AFC Wimbledon vs. Ebbsfleet United (FA Cup, Delayed)

6:30pm– Azteca America- Jaguares vs. Atlas

7pm– Telefutura- San Luis vs. Santos Laguna

7:30pm– GolTV- Once Caldas vs. America de Cali

9pm- Telemundo- Chivas de Guadalajara vs. Cruz Azul

9pm– Telefutura- Pachuca vs. Queretaro

9:30pm– GolTV- Millonarios vs. Deportes Tolima

10pm– Fox Soccer Channel- Real Salt Lake vs. FC Dallas

11pm– Telemundo- Atlante vs. Club America

1am– Fox Soccer Channel- Sydney FC vs. Newcastle Jets


  1. His position in the middle of that mess that is ‘Gladbach requires an epic amount of running. I don’t think it was aimless as much as covering areas. For instance on Lahm’s goal, he had to cover for an out of position defender, then close down the ball above the box, DID that, and the aimless ball played in bounced off a defender and fell to Lahm. It seems to me that ‘Gladbach’s probs are due to formation.

  2. are the rumors of Rooney to Portland true? Football transfer record broken as Wayne Rooney decided to be a DP with the new MLS club. Transfer estimated to be 200 million dollars.

  3. Bradley was quite good. Kept pushing forward into the game. He’s 1 of the few BMG players that can actually score a goal and yeah their defense is horrendous. They need a new fullback and centerback. Maybe also a striker.

    what happened to Rob Friend?

  4. that’s interesting. amazing that players think they can get away with that these days with all the cameras and whatnot. about the only thing you can get punished for after the fact!

  5. He stomped on Elmander’s midsection.

    Huddlestone was jumping around Elmander’s tackle, looked down, and stomped out at Elmander on the ground. Hit him somewhere in the midsection and just walked off. It was clearly intentional, considering that he kicked out a good foot or two from where his feet were landing.

    Ian Darke’s first words were, “he will be banned by the FA”.

  6. some nice little stats for ya here: This is Brad Freidel’s 100th start with Villa and his 400th in English League Football. Cheers, Brad!

  7. Sorry to hear that. The Englishmen doing the Tottenham-Bolton game this morning on ESPN were marvelous. Made me realize what we miss when we have to listen to Dellacameran (sp?) and Harkes whiny voices

  8. Fulham-Villa has had a very entertaining 1st half. No goals yet, but lots of attacking, few fouls, and a spirited crowd.

    Deuce starting and getting some great play, hasn’t gotten it past Freidel yet, though!

  9. Morning Brent. Missed a corker of a game with Bolton doubling Tottenham 4-2. Stu was sharp. Nothing much in the ManU game yet but Wolves are playing as well as they can.

  10. Reason #638 to detest English soccer announcers: Vidic makes a sweet block in the box and it deflects wide. The color-man’s take was that Vidic came inches from scoring an own goal.

    Typically negative, suck-the-joy-out-of-the-game commentary.

    It was a good block.

  11. Good day for Holden, played very well today vs. Spurs.

    MB is playing a lot better today vs. Bayern. He has held some possession in the first half. The defense on ‘Gladbach is so bad it’s amazing.


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