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With leagues coming off their winter breaks, and England diving into FA Cup action, today's slate of matches will give us the first good schedule of activity of the new year.

The Mexican League gets its Clausura season underway this weekend, as Herculez Gomez and Santos Laguna take on Jose Torres and Pachuca. Defending Apertura champions Tigres do battle against Cruz Azul in what should be another exciting clash.

Serie A kicks things off today, with Lazio and Inter Milan in action, while Portugal features the always-exciting match-up between Oguchi Onyewu's Sporting CP and Porto.

In FA Cup action, Bolton will look to hold off Macclesfield Town, while Aston Villa take on Bristol Rovers in another match-up of David vs. Goliath.

10 a.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - Macclesfield Town vs. Bolton

10 a.m. - Fox Soccer Plus/ - Fleetwood Town vs. Blackpool

10 a.m. - - Swindon Town vs. Wigan Athletic

12 p.m. - Fox Soccer Plus/ - Siena vs. Lazio

12 p.m. - - Levante vs. Mallorca

12 p.m. - DirecTV - Real Sociedad vs. Osasuna

12:30 p.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - Bristol Rovers vs. Aston Villa

2 p.m. - GOLTV - Real Madrid vs. Granada

2:45 p.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - Inter Milan vs. Parma

3:15 p.m. - - Sporting Lisbon vs. Porto

4 p.m. - GOLTV - Malaga vs. Atletico Madrid

6 p.m. - Galavision - Monterrey vs. Jaguares

6 p.m. - Telefutura - Queretaro vs. Club America

6 p.m. - Fox Deportes/Azteca America - Cruz Azul vs. Tigres UANL

8 p.m. - Telefutura - Santos Laguna vs. Pachuca

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

9:45 p.m. - Galavision - San Luis vs. Pumas UNAM



  1. Gringo Torres with good distribution even playing in players where they should be. The #10 for Pachuca, wide on the left was a black hole for attacks, often complaining to others when he messed up.

    Gooch was moving well, one time beating Hulk in 30 yard sprint for wide ball.

  2. One other observation is that he is very vocal and you can tell that the other players respect what he has to say. He dictates the pace very very well and most of the players differ decissions to him. I can see him becoming a captain of this team if he sticks around long enough.

  3. My dude JFT is looking sharp in the first half. Nice passing and decission making. Had a very nice backheel to spring a player early on. Doesn’t look 90 minute fit yet but it’s his first game back..My only criticism for him would be that i wish he would take some shots from outside the box.

  4. I understand that it isn’t easy to be the sole commentator for an entire match but the guy doing the Porto/Sporting match on ESPN3 really needs some help.

  5. garza looked intimidated as he came in late….i agree castillo looked surprisingly ok, but corona looked good. the better of the 3….when he moved to the right wing he wasn’t as effective but seemed like the team was constantly trying to get the ball to the colombian striker that had two lead feet and wanted to do nothing more than draw another penalty…

  6. What? No complaints from fans that they just couldn’t be bothered to travel 30 minutes from downtown Dallas to see a game? I’m stunned!

  7. Random thought based on the article photo: I wonder how much income the mexican sides get for all the adverts on their jersey’s and if they realize it gets a point where folks actually stop reading them… the hodgepodge kinda makes my ADHD go “hey look a squirrel…” I get one sponsor across the chest, but that’s a bit much for me. Wonder if anyone cares to agree or disagree?

  8. And this time hindsight is sweet. Other times it sucks even though I’ve shown restraint in not posting, I’m just as guilty for predicting Deuce goals in my mind.

  9. “David Moyes’s side could advance only with a goal from a corner and a controversial penalty as they struggled to break down a side 96 places beneath them in the football pyramid.”

    That’s from the Guardian. Tamworth is a non-league side and they played toe-to-toe with Everton. It was ugly.

  10. I didn’t see the game but the report said he assisted the first goal (took the corner), helped set up the second goal and later hit the cross bar.

  11. The Fulham site says he actually DID score a hat trick! They let him take a penalty and he actually made it. Definitely a reverse jinx since nobody demanded that he score a hat trick on SBI. Maybe that’s been the trick all along!

  12. and there goes his hattrick… Great day for Clint and Donovan with the assist on Everton’s lone goal so far. Whitbread and Norwish up 4-1…

  13. Saw that all three Yanks played for the Xolos against Morelia today. Castillo went the full 90″, Corona was a halftime sub, and Garza got ~17.”

    Anyone have any more insight on how they played?


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