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Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

  LionelMessi (Reuters)

For the first time in a long time, neither FC Barcelona or Real Madrid is in first or second place in the Spanish First Division, something both Barca and Madrid will try to change with wins today.

Barcelona is currently sitting in fourth place after four matches, and faces a stiff test against Atletico Madrid today, while Real Madrid tries to climb out of seventh place after some recent disappointing results.

In England, Arsenal will try to halt its own slow start against a tough Bolton side, while Chelsea faces Swansea in what might wind up being a tougher test than people expect.

Tonight's slate of MLS matches feature a plethora of playoff race-deciding tilts, including New York-Portland and D.C. United-Real Salt Lake.

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):


7:45 a.m. - ESPN2/ Deportes - Manchester City vs. Everton

9:30 a.m. - GOLTV - Mainz 05 vs. Borussia Dortmund

10 a.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - Arsenal vs. Bolton

10 a.m. - Fox Soccer Plus/ - Chelsea vs. Swansea City

10 a.m. - Deportes - Liverpool vs. Wolverhampton

10 a.m. - - Newcastle vs. Blackburn

10 a.m. - - West Brom vs. Fulham

10 a.m. - - Wigan Athletic vs. Tottenham

12 p.m. - Fox Soccer Plus/ - Bologna vs. Inter Milan

12 p.m. - GOLTV - Sevilla vs. Valencia

12 p.m. - DirecTV - Athletic Bilbao vs. Villarreal

12:30 p.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - Stoke City vs. Manchester United

12:30 p.m. - - Bayern Munich vs. Bayer Leverkusen

1 p.m. - - Evian Thonon Gaillard vs. Caen

1 p.m. - - Lille vs. Lorient

1 p.m. - - Lyon vs. Bordeaux

1 p.m. - - Nice vs. Dijon

1 p.m. - - Toulouse vs. Nancy

1 p.m. - - Valenciennes vs. Marseille

2 p.m. - GOLTV - Real Madrid vs. Rayo Vallecano

2:45 p.m. - Fox Soccer Channel/ - AC Milan vs. Cesena

2:45 p.m. - - Napoli vs. Fiorentina

2:45 p.m. - - Ajax vs. FC Twente

3 p.m. - - Montpellier vs. Paris-St. Germain

4 p.m. - Deportes - Barcelona vs. Atletico Madrid

4 p.m. - Telefutura - FC Dallas vs. Houston Dynamo

5 p.m. - GOLTV - Flamengo vs. America de Natal

6 p.m. - Telefutura - Queretaro vs. Monterrey

6 p.m. - Azteca America/ESPN Deportes – Cruz Azul vs. Chivas de Guadalajara

7 p.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - Notre Dame vs. Louisville

7:20 p.m. - GOLTV - Real Cartagena vs. Millonarios Bogota

7:30 p.m. - MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live - Columbus Crew vs. Los Angeles Galaxy

7:30 p.m. - MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live - New York Red Bulls vs. Portland Timbers

7:30 p.m. - MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live - D.C. United vs. Real Salt Lake

8 p.m. - Telefutura - Pachuca vs. San Luis

8 p.m. - Telemundo - Tigres UANL vs. Jaguares

8 p.m. - Galavision - Estudiantes Tecos vs. Pumas UNAM

9 p.m. - GOLTV - Dorados vs. Veracruz

9 p.m. - MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live - Colorado Rapids vs. San Jose Earthquakes

9:45 p.m. - Telefutura - Atlas vs. Atlante

10:30 p.m. - MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live - Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Seattle Sounders

10:30 p.m. - MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live - Chivas USA vs. Toronto FC



  1. Did Torres not play at all for Pachuca today? I never heard any calls for gringo nor did I see his number on the field and the game is about 80 minute in. In any case, he did not start. I am sort of surprised since I thought he had a decent game last week. Is he injured?

  2. Indeed. Being a poor man’s Cesc Fabregas is no shame. And if he’s a little tougher, he might be more of what Arsenal needs than Fabs.

  3. Eh, he’s 27. He could well be back on the upswing. That isn’t to say that he will reach his previous heights, but he’s far from ready for the glue factory.

  4. “I read he was making $40 K a month So just under half a million. Not bad but a lot less than he was payed for coaching the Nats.”

    I’m not sure that’s right. I looked at the USSF financial forms and he was making like 400k guaranteed (~36k per month), with performance bonuses.

  5. On a supporters bus headed north bound on The Five to watch the Sounders clinch Cascadia Cup against Whiteca(r)aps. 3 points and a whole lot of singing ahead when we cross the border #EBFG.On a supporters bus headed north bound on The Five to watch the Sounders clinch Cascadia Cup against Whiteca(r)aps. 3 points and a whole lot of singing ahead when we cross the border #EBFG.

  6. Positive sings from the Gunners. Arteta looks like he is taking command of that midfield. He adds a tough mindedness that I haven’t seen there for the Gunners since Viera. The center back duo also seemed much more in synch today. They came out at the half looking sharp and hungry even before the Bolton red card. (And I think Wolcott had a great chance of making it 2-0 if he’s not fouled.) Dare I say…they may be turning a corner?

  7. Thanks for the info. He did play left back in the Europa game (the LB Schulz was injured). According to the report from the game he did get beat once. The Stuttgart game it looked like he got a cut below his right eye.

    The funny thing is that last week when I was trying to find why he was on the bench, Hannover’s website listed him as the probable starter (So könnten sie spielen) for the Dortmund game and then he didn’t start.

    Hoping he’s back of the bench soon.

  8. He has done some ridiculous or petulant things, but I’d say fewer than his many detractors will insinuate.

    He is only 21 years old and also had to endure all manner of racist b.s. while playing in Italy and now is trying to work hard (Mancini says so himself) and make the first team at City, but no one gives him a chance to redeem himself.

    The second he steps on the pitch, the commentators start to talk about his attitude and pick apart every gesture and facial expression. I see people get on him for not celebrating after goals, as if that points to some kind of personality flaw.

    I don’t deny that he still could grow up a bit, but I take issue with all the knee-jerk reactions and reliance on tired conventional wisdom about him. Give the kid a chance.


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