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Landon Donovan is coming off an outstanding match in Everton's 1-1 draw vs. Aston Villa last week, and he will look to post an even better performance against struggling Blackburn today.

Donovan will look to jump-start an offense that has has its share of struggles, but an offense that could have a field day against struggling Rovers.

In Mexico, Jose Torres and Pachuca look to continue their hot sreaks against a dangerous Cruz Azul side, while Pumas and Monterrey collide in another quality scrimmage.

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/ - Norwich City vs. Chelsea

9:30 a.m. - - Schalke vs. VfB Stuttgart

10 a.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - Everton vs. Blackburn

10 a.m. - Fox Soccer Plus/ - Fulham vs. Newcastle

10 a.m. - - Queens Park Rangers vs. Wigan Athletic

10 a.m. - - Stoke City vs. West Brom

10 a.m. - - Sunderland vs. Swansea City

10 a.m. - - Wolverhampton vs. Aston Villa

10 a.m. - - Coventry City vs. Middlesbrough

12 p.m. - Fox Soccer Plus/ - Roma vs. Cesena

12 p.m. - GOLTV - Racing Santander vs. Getafe

12 p.m. - - Espanyol vs. Granada

12:30 p.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - Bolton vs. Liverpool

1:55 p.m. - - Corinthians vs. Mirassol

2 p.m. - GOLTV - Real Sociedad vs. Atletico Madrid

2:45 p.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - Atalanta vs. Juventus

4 p.m. - Deportes - Real Betis vs. Sevilla

6 p.m. - Azteca America/ESPN Deportes - Cruz Azul vs. Pachuca

6 p.m. - Galavision – Queretaro vs. Atlas

6 p.m. - Telefutura – Monterrey vs. Pumas UNAM

8 p.m. - Telemundo - Chivas de Guadalajara vs. Tijuana

8 p.m. - Telefutura – Santos Laguna vs. Jaguares

8 p.m. - stream - Haiti vs. Costa Rica (Women's Olympic qualifying)

9 p.m. - Galavision/ - USA vs. Venezuela

10:30 p.m. - stream - Canada vs. Cuba (Women's Olympic qualifying)



  1. JFT looks good. Pachucha #10 Cejas continues to hurt the team. Perhaps his suspension will improve the side.

    TJ Castillo playing well at LB.

  2. It’s not completely up to Clint. Someone has to be willing to buy him for Fulham’s asking

    price and Fulham have to be willing to sell.

    If he was 24 it’s completely different. At 28 though this may be his best year ever and it may be downhill after that. Which means, if you are some CL club do you want to pay Clint for what he has done for Fulham?

    If he was going to move last year would have been the year but we will see.

  3. I don’t know… he’s had tons of chances, been in tons of dangerous spots… they just aren’t rattlin’ in like they used to,.

  4. “He would benefit from going at players more, ”

    What makes you say that?

    Every once in a while it might be a good thing but generally it isn’t.

    Most modern managers and this includes JK, talk about playing at a very high tempo, one touch play and quick interpassing in tight spaces.

    Taking a guy on and trying to dribble past him slows the game down and screws up ball movement, badly. When Dempsey did that US fans would blast him for being selfish. If you are Zidane or Messi that is one thing but most guys are not.

    It screws up the quick movement of the ball and timing of your teamates who are trying to anticipate your moves.

    Donovan has generally been like this his entire career. Whether that is because he can’t beat you one on one or whether he prefers to pass his way past you I don’t know. I do know that it is more in keeping with what most managers see as possesion football. Can’t see your way through? Pass the ball to a teamate and reset.

    Donovan has played three or four games with these guys. He is trying to keep it basic and simple and give them what they need; at this point that is possession of the ball in the final third and good chances on goal, not showing off his fancy one on one moves, if he has any.


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