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Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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Grab a seat and get comfortable, because there's plenty of quality soccer to watch tonight.

Between Seattle and Dallas vying for places in the CONCACAF Champions League group stage, some intriguing MLS matchups, the FIFA Under-20 World Cup and a friendly involving FC Barcelona, Wednesday night promises to be an action-packed one.

There's a full slate of games south of the border as well, some of which involve Americans looking to make an impression on U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Herculez Gomez' Estudiantes Tecos takes on Edgar Castillo's Club America, while Jose Francisco Torres' Pachuca meets Cruz Azul.

If you will be watching any of Wednesday night's matches, please feel free to share any thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below. Enjoy the action (TV schedule is after the jump):

WEDNESDAY'S SOCCER ON TV

6 p.m. – ESPN3.com – Ecuador vs. Spain (U-20 World Cup)

6 p.m. – ESPN3.com – Saudi Arabia vs. Guatemala (U-20 World Cup)

8 p.m. – Fox Soccer Channel – FC Dallas vs. Alianza FC (CCL)

8 p.m. – ESPN2/ESPN3.com/Galavision – Barcelona vs. Chivas de Guadalajara (WFC)

8 p.m. – Telefutura – Club America vs. Estudiantes Tecos

8:30 p.m. – MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live – Sporting Kansas City vs. Real Salt Lake

9 p.m. – MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live – Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union

9 p.m. – ESPN3.com – Australia vs. Costa Rica (U-20 World Cup)

9 p.m. – ESPN3.com – Croatia vs. Nigeria (U-20 World Cup)

10 p.m. – Fox Soccer Channel – Seattle Sounders vs. San Francisco (CCL)

10 p.m. – Telemundo – Pumas UNAM vs. Monterrey

10 p.m. – Telefutura – Olimpia vs. Santos Laguna (CCL)

10:30 p.m. – Galavision – Pachuca vs. Cruz Azul

10:30 p.m. – ESPN2/ESPN3.com – Portland Timbers vs. Los Angeles Galaxy

Comments

  1. Dude, I say this all the time. I love going to watch live soccer (headed to the Barca game Saturday) but I hate driving an hour and a half to do it. Cowboys stadium is 25 minutes from my house.

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  2. Twellman was right…LA’s wide midfielders were pathetic. They should have pushed Frnaklin up like they did the last game. Franklin is struggling defensively

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  3. Juninho is their D-Mid…they made the mistake of plaing the awful D-Mid Birchell and the defensive Stevens on the wings.

    3 D-Mids…sad

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  4. to take tonight’s performance to bash on Jaqua but say nothing of Montero’s woeful finishing is laughable. At least Jaqua got “stonewalled”. All Montero did was endanger fans behind the net

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  5. I have only seen the first half, but Barcelona should have been up 3-0 at halftime. Great win for Chivas. Second half coming up.

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  6. Yeah, I wouldn’t have played them wide either. To be honest, the LA Galaxy doesn’t have a single steorotypical winger on the whole squad. They did have Tristan Bowen, but he was traded. I just find it funny that the Galaxy have gone this long without one. I really think they need a typical wide midfielder, for width.

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  7. Not in the slightest. Ultimately San Francisco’s lack of initiative proved more problematic than the Sounders’ lack of finishing; that doesn’t mean it was a good match for Seattle. Also, did you miss Jaqua getting stonewalled near the end of regulation when it was just him and the keeper?

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  8. Holy God. That was a TERRIBLE match. No initiative from San Francisco; no finishing from the Sounders; no integrity from the ref. I’m not an Adrian Hanauer hater, but I REALLY hope he signs a second forward before the transfer window closes; Jaqua proved tonight that he ain’t cuttin’ it.

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  9. The problem is that the gap in quality between Beckham, Donovan, Juninho and the rest of the team is massive. As wingers, Stephen’s touch is too poor, and Birchall’s a bit too slow.

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  10. Franklin busy not helping his chances of a call-up, there, in Portland’s 3rd goal. Perfect response by Brunner after that nasty foul from LD.

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  11. Kenny Cooper is really doing quite well tonight. I’ve never seen him use his body to hold the ball up as well as he’s done in this game, or at all for that matter. Hopefully he keeps it up.

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  12. You wont see Sounder type finishing unless you go to a pub league. A great sequence where Jaqua kicks the ball into the goalie, stops, throws his hands in the air as the ball caroms around in the box, but he decides to stop playing, yikes.

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  13. Went to the Group C U20 WC games in Manizales tonight. Spain is looking strong, and could have a long run if they keep it up (6 goals scored, 1 allowed in 2 games). Australia and Costa Rica delivered an exciting game won by the Ticos 3-2. Nigeria has scored 10 and allowed 2 goals, 5 of them coming against the Guatemala team that knocked the US out of qualifying for this tournament.

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  14. I’ve typically never liked Cooper, mostly BECAUSE he really didn’t show the willingness as to play like a target. He was technically gifted, but not tactically beneficial – not good when we face sides who are more technically gifted than us.

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  15. Taylor Twellman is a great guy, but the guy has barely any understanding of tactics…

    Glen Davis: I think the idea behind Beckham being central is so he can mix up his passes, as he IS a good passer.

    Twellman: Yeah, but have you seen him cross the ball?! If I’m Juan Pablo Angel, I want him wide.

    David brings more than just crossing the ball – he’s one of the best passers of the ball around, even at his age. He can help the Galaxy dictate the pace of the game.

    The problem I saw was that with the Galaxy playing two central midfielders up against the Timber’s two, they’re directly matched up there, meaning they can’t pass around them in the midfield, meaning less posession. The wide midfiedlers didn’t come inside to offer a third or fourth player in the center to pass around the opponent in the midfield.

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  16. Is it just me, or is Kenny Cooper ACTUALLY trying to play like a target? He’s holding the ball up, fighting aerially, bringing players into the game with his back to goal. This is kind of what’s missing from his game, and it isn’t too much to say there might be a correlation between it and Portland’s two-nil lead.

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  17. Are you seriously gonna try and convince me that DAVID F***ING BECKHAM and JUNINHO are DEFENSIVE MIDIELDERS? The LA are playing a 4-4-2 anyways, so they’re not even playing three in the middle.

    Learn some soccer tactics and then comment.

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  18. That Barca – Chivas game was entertaining. Lots of opportunities for both teams, and both teams played good possession game.

    …but most importantly….FCD!!!!!!!

    BRING ON PUMAS!

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  19. Birchell and Stephens on the wings…let me go puke now. Typical Arena ball.

    LA could be so world-class with just a couple more good players and a better coach/gm.

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  20. I got an idea stop the clock everytime the ball goes out of play or theres a foul. Add a couple minutes of extra time depending on any error the ref could have made in regards to time. That would help all the time wasting and faking injuries.

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  21. +1. Fabian’s second bicycle kick goal was classic. If this wasn’t a meaningless preseason game it would rank over Rooney’s. The Goats are making Barca look bad.

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  22. FC Dallas vs. Alianza FC
    Alianza is a poor side. Luna and the officials kept them in the game. There must have been 4-5 elbows to the face that the official didn’t call. Dallas is lucky to finish without major injuries. CONCACAF the refs that sent Guatemala to the 20’s WC. How’s that working out?

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