Three of the U.S. national team's most valuable players are in action on Tuesday as they aim to close out their respective seasons in good form before joining training camp later this month ahead of friendlies and World Cup qualifiers.
Michael Bradley's Chievo Verona held AS Roma to a 0-0 draw under a downpour and on a waterlogged pitch in Italy, with the American emerging unscathed after turning in a productive 79-minute shift that included a number of pivotal passes that ultimately did not end up leading to goals.
Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard take center stage with the later games, as both look to maintain their teams' presence in the top 10 of the Premier League table. Dempsey has done just about everything for Fulham this season, scoring 22 goals in all competitions, but he'll try to guide the Cottagers to their first-ever win at Anfield when they take on Liverpool. Fulham can pull even with Liverpool on points for eighth place in the Premier League with a win.
Howard and Everton, meanwhile, are enjoying their typical late-season surge, going 5-1-2 over their last eight games to move into seventh place. The Toffees bring that run of form into a match at Stoke City.
If you will be watching any of Tuesday'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):
TUESDAY'S SOCCER ON TV
12 p.m. – Fox Soccer Channel/ESPN3.com – Chievo Verona vs. Roma
12 p.m. – ESPN3.com/ESPN Deportes – Granada vs. Espanyol
2 p.m. – GOLTV – Sporting Gijon vs. Villarreal
2:45 p.m. – Fox Soccer Channel – Stoke City vs. Everton
2:45 p.m. – ESPN2/ESPN3.com/ESPN Deportes – Liverpool vs. Fulham
2:45 p.m. – Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer2Go – Heart of Midlothian vs. Motherwell
2:45 p.m. – Fox Deportes/ESPN3.com – Napoli vs. Palermo
3 p.m. – FoxSoccer2Go – Montpellier vs. Evian Thonon Gaillard
You mean if someone says stupid things it is refreshing or something like that. Watch the 3 stooges movie for more high brow comedy!
Being a great player doesn’t make you a great commentator. Just look at how English fans view Alan Shearer the pundit or Joe Morgan the baseball commentator.
There is no English equivalent to the vapid Lalas. He can’t hold a candle to Macca in just about any way.
Macca is very opinionated, is willing to say what he thinks and does not give a damm what anyone thinks. You may not agreee with him but there is at least a basis for what he says.
Look up his record sometime; Macca has Champion’s league winner’s medals and played with some of the best players the game has ever seen. He gets paid well to do things just about everyone on this blog would kill for a chance to do.
We should all be so dumb.
BMG are called the Foals.
Agree with sam, I think Macca and Darke are a great pair. Darke being kind of a traditional, conservative commentator, with Macca adding color and not afraid to speak his mind (whether I agree or disagree).
Had to use the Google to get the reference, but +1 for a great joke.
that’s actually why I like Lalas too. Even if what they’re saying is dumb, it’s refreshing when a commentator or analyst isn’t afraid to say something.
MB gets a 6.5 in the Cheivo v Roma report card. Second to Cruzado’s 7.0 top rating.
I quite like the two of them.
Well at least it’s over. Good for Fulham, at least.
This is horrible soccer. Liverpool gets a free kick at the time and the official lets them have it. Instead of waiting for players to get into the box, a Liverpool player inexplicably takes the kick when nobody is paying attention and just lofts it into an almost empty box where it’s just cleared out.
Woefully bad free kick. Maybe 10 yards over the net? Yikes.
Dempsey just raised his arm as if he was calling for a sub. I hope he’s not injured.
He considered to be one of the most exciting prospects in England.
Okay this 17 year old is lightening quick.
He doesn’t score goals any more because he has been converted from a support striker to a box to box midfielder. He focuses more on maintaining possession and winning the ball back so Fulham are able to play Dempsey, Ruiz, Duff, Frei, etc can focus more on attacking.
He’s definitely smooth on the ball. But he’s a bad teammate, doesn’t play defense, and is consistently in poor positions. I can think of so many times when Dempsey was through on goal or in a lot of space where he just ignored him.
I’m going to disagree with you there. This guy is really smooth and to me, at least, he’s getting better with his passing and positioning.
But he MAY have those pictures because they do fawn over him, at bit.
Does Dembele have naked photos of all EPL commentators?
I’m sorry but I do not see this incredible talent people speak about. And they just quickly dismiss the fact that he doesn’t score any goals as if it’s just a minor segment of the match.
They act like he’s a world beater and I just don’t recall ever hearing him criticized.
Clint was so close!!!!! f*ck!!!!!!!
Amazing save denies Deuce a goal.
Pool is putting a 17 year old kid on the pitch. And I mean kid, he can’t be more than 5’5, 140.
Now that I can agree with Macca on. There is little quality in this match, it’s painful.
John R Riise taking a 45 yard shot on the run and almost hitting the corner flag is painful.
I think both ‘Pool and Chelsea would like redo’s on their respective deals. Newcastle are the only ones happy withe their end of the respective deals
Liverpool has to be feel really poorly done by that they have Carrol instead of Torres for money in similar ball parks.
Maybe John Henry is a fan.
Couldn’t disagree more about Macca. He’s articulate, funny, doesn’t overtalk, expresses clear opinions, and doesn’t just regurgitate conventional wisdom. He and Darke are a terrific team.
Wow they are playing Warren G at Anfield.