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By JUSTIN FERGUSON
The English Premier League and La Liga return to action today with a packed viewing schedule for soccer fans here in the United States.
One of the day’s most intriguing matchups will take place at Old Trafford, where Manchester United will welcome Southampton. The defending champions have trudged out to ninth place to start David Moyes’s first season in charge, five places behind a surprising Saints squad that has not allowed a goal in its last six matches across all competitions.
Saturday’s EPL action starts at St. James’ Park as an up-and-down Newcastle United team hosts second-place Liverpool. The Reds are undefeated away from home this season, and their hosts have not exactly performed well in front of their fans so far, winning just one of their first three home matches.
In Spain, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid look to stay perfect through their Saturday road trips. Barca visit an Osasuna team that has played close with other Spanish powers this season while Atletico travel to Espanyol, who are desperate to snap a three-match losing streak after such an impressive start to the season.
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):
4:45am – Brisbane Roar vs. Sydney FC – Fox Sports 2
7:30am – Hibernian vs. Celtic – Fox Soccer Plus
7:45am – Newcastle United vs. Liverpool – NBC Sports Network
9am – Mexico vs. Nigeria (U-17 World Cup) – Univision Deportes
9:30am – Bayern Munich vs. Mainz 05 – GolTV USA
10am – Manchester United vs. Southampton – NBC Sports Network
10am – Chelsea vs. Cardiff City – NBC Sports Live Extra
10am – Arsenal vs. Norwich City – NBC Sports Live Extra
10am – Everton vs. Hull City – NBC Sports Live Extra
10am – Stoke City vs. West Bromwich Albion – NBC Sports Live Extra
10am – Swansea City vs. Sunderland – NBC Sports Live Extra
10am – Real Madrid vs. Malaga – beIN Sport USA/beIN Sport en Español
10am – Aberdeen vs. Dundee United – Fox Soccer Plus
11am – Paris Saint-Germain vs. Bastia – beIN Sport Play
12pm – Valencia vs. Real Sociedad – beIN Sport en Español
12:30pm – West Ham United vs. Manchester City – NBC
12:45pm – Go Ahead Eagles vs. Feyenoord – GolTV USA
2pm – Montreal Impact vs. Philadelphia Union – MLS Direct Kick
2pm – Osasuna vs. Barcelona – beIN Sport USA/beIN Sport en Español
2:30pm – FC Dallas vs. Seattle Sounders – NBC
2:45pm – AC Milan vs. Udinese – beIN Sport Play
2:45pm – Twente vs. Ajax – ESPN3
3pm – Colorado Rapids vs. Vancouver Whitecaps – MLS Direct Kick
3pm – Fluminense vs. Ponte Preta – GolTV USA
4pm – Espanyol vs. Atletico Madrid – beIN Sport en Español
6pm – Veracruz vs. Morelia – Univision Deportes
6pm – Cruz Azul vs. Club America – Univision
7:30pm – New England Revolution vs. Columbus Crew – MLS Direct Kick
8pm – Tigres UANL vs. Atlante – ESPN Deportes/Univision Deportes
8:30pm – Chicago Fire vs. Toronto FC – MLS Direct Kick/TSN2
10pm – Chiapas vs. Pumas UNAM – Univision Deportes
10:30pm – Portland Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake – MLS Direct Kick
Deshorn Brown, your ROTY, with his 10th goal.
I would give it to Irwin myself, but between Brown, Irwin, Powers, and Klute a Rapids player should definitely win it.
I don’t think Irwin or Klute (or O’Neill) are eligible. I could be wrong, though… Think Brown’s strong finish couple with Powers’ injury at the end have probably sealed it up.
You are right. Irwin still deserves the recognition.
Oh yeah about all he can get, the way he came on out of nowhere like that and has done so well! Very consistent.
Good for Old Man Hyndman.
U-17 World Cup: Mexico-Nigeria 1-6
mexican drug program is now a rehab program
looks like is infectious!
At least they are there. Where is US U17?
Evans with a week to forget. Skyed that volley all alone, wide on that perfect through ball from Dempsey.
I thought this was Dempseys best game with the Sounders, great touch and vision, and I didn’t see him miss a p@ss till the 72nd minute, and he was playing with a bum wing.. but shoulda been carded early for that retaliation….
But Flounders is an appropriate name.. no midfield except Rosales ( who keeps getting subbed off??)
That team looks lost and desperate
I know that makes a lot of people happy
Well at least Seattle has all those games in hand left.
Never get tired of that!
I missed it but Bedoya with a winner for Nantes in the 87th minute
Bedoya came on in the 81st minute and scored the lone goal of the game against Guillermo Ochoa.
I heard y’all like salt in your wounds, bro!
Bedoya heard that the Mexican players didn’t want to thank the USMNT so he decided to take 1 goal back
Good to hear… he didn’t stand out over the last 2 USMNT matches (and he was pretty bad at RB), but he definitely showed moments of flash during them, and certainly deserves to be in the 23 at the moment.
I hope to see more of him going forward.
I disagree that his spot in the final 23 is a given at this point. No one doubts his hustle, but it’s almost to the point of trying too hard. A couple of moments of flash, yes, but he slowed down too many counters against Panama. I think he’s one of the final cuts…again.
Fortunate for Bedoya JK sees it different, since the GC Bedoya has been starting over Zusi except for one game and that game (CR) Zusi looked overwhelmed, Bedoya even started in KC, Zusi’s home field.
Sounders have got some serious issue, if they somehow miss the playoffs Sigi should be fired before he even leaves the sidelines.
how much of an issue has the dempsey signing been? seems that is when their problems started and I can see how that would be a huge distraction/team chemistry killer
its just a general lack of continuity issue in large part. they have had a lot of injuries and callups. i dont know if they have started the exact same lineup twice this year
They actually started playing really well after the Dempsey signing. His first game was August 10 vs Toronto and the team went on a 6-1-2 stretch before dropping these last four games.
Ibra. What a stud.
Cavani’s slalom through the Bastia defense wasn’t too shabby, either.
LOL, YES, Dallas 2 nil…. LOL…. Sigi’s seat is getting warmer by the week…
where is the MLS running commentary??
COME ON Dallas hold the result over the flounders……
Flounders, you so original.
Dempsey puts Evans in with what should have been a sure goal. Missed. Still a little banged up but I think Clint has looked just fine today, its his teammates that have let the Sounders fans down.
Messi subs himself in….
Arsenal continues to be a club in crisis…
Yeah, they’ve been playing this well the entire trophyless period.
Wenger did what everyone said he needed to do for years, and it looks like it’s working out very well. That’s an indictment of Wenger, not vindication.
Or you can argue that he did what he could while the club recovered financially from the financial crisis, groomed and kept a core of terrific young players (Walcott, Wilshire, Ramsey, Gibbs, Chambelrin), spent more money than he people claim (50 million last year on Giroud, Corzola, Monreal, etc.) and then pulled the big trigger when they were finally in position to.
Is it frickin’ “Don’t Play a Yank Weekend?”
Cameron, D. Williams, Lichaj, Jones didn’t dress.
Bradley, Kljestan dressed but didn’t play (more understandable)
Altidore got garbage minutes off the bench with his side down 4 goals.
I’ve got a bad case of Premier League ennui since Dempsey left.
Arsenal is still fun to watch. They know how to move the ball around.
“They always try to walk it in.” — IT
You know what, managers have met someone where secretly and decided they will bench all the Americans on their roster, smh, lol.
Bale doing what he does best….Dive in the box.
Madrid could’ve bough a diver for way less than that.
Exactly what they (and Man United) deserve.
So, since I’m subscribed to GolTV for the month, to watch USOC final, I thought I’d check it out. PSG vs. SC Bastia, with PSG up 2-0. They deserve a lot of credit in being able to defend against a team wearing camouflage uniforms. Perhaps, they’re able to track them because of the white shorts. Is it Armed Forces Day in France?
Swansea are up 4-0 over Sunderland. What a joke. Altidore on for Fletcher now.
Scuffed a shot and headed a cross to no one.
Both those were passes to Aron Johannsson
lol @ Mourinho
Jozy Out-the-Door….no seriously, get out of there. Leave. Out!
Sunderland won’t make it to 10 points…Derby County’s record low of 11 points looks too far away.
Like clubs have lined up to sign him? Like he is in the Top 10 strikers on any top manager’s list. He ain’t going no where if no one wants him. What’s the rumor this time from his agent? Milan? Lol.
Shockingly, Sunderland’s still #### even without Jozy Altidore. That’ll be a shock to the “faithful.”
They look worse under the new manager.
Watched part of the Sunderland game. They are still bad.
Goal by Shawn Parker against Bayern Munich. Has be made a firm decision (or given a hint, at least) on his National Team allegiance?
unless germany NT stops calling him up it looks as if he wants to play for germany
Anyone having trouble DVRing games on the NBC extra live channels? 2nd time I’ve tried to record a Sunderland game only to find it doesn’t start recoding untiexploring the DVR menu.
*Until I start exploring
I’ve never been able to record them on Directv. My guess was you only could record them if you bought the package, as opposed to getting it extra.
I have been able to record the matches on DirecTV but they would record in six hours chunks and parts unplayable. I have to manually program the DVR to record at start the match and end at the approx end of the match. DirecTV usually designates a large block of the Extra Live channel to match.
Tim Ream starting for Bolton in D. Been out of the loop for a minute, is this a regular thing? Or did he recently get the start?
Widely considered one of their best players this season. He’s started consistently the entire season, but generally at D-mid.
Thanks for the info Khan(nnnn)
Wilsheres goal was a thing of beauty, some very tight flicks in the buildup
“…some very tight flicks in the buildup…”
I find that’s often the case.
I know it is only the Bristol Rovers in League 2 and no one cares but it is really great to see Will Packwood come back from his horrific injury and in the starting 11.
Southampton are pressing Man United tight, and players are not making themselves available for a pass.
Then again, it’s not like they have anyone on th he bench who would be able to do that, right?
Does that team miss Paul Scholes or what…
Not like anyone really cares
I know Carrick is highly rated, and Fellaini is a player… but I don’t see the two of them as a good midfield pairing…
It was annoying that they were always the tv game, but they were almost always worth watching in terms of their style of play.
Now, they are watchable for different reasons, of they are at all.
Dang. Tim Krul with a terrific save of Suarez’s free kick (which IMO should not have been given). Liverpool had several chances in the final 15 mins and didn’t convert and Newcastle didn’t just sit back so kudos to them for getting the tie.
FK’s are given for fouls, no matter what type of foul.
No Cameron, calf injury.
Jermaine Jones not in the 18 again. He should just bite the bullet and get that knee cleaned up now
Altidore on the bench
Probably because he played so much with the US. Hoping he makes a big impact when he comes on later.
yes, the sooner the better for Jones.
The best that Liverpool have played since before Torres left
Right on! Sturridge from Suarez. Common RedDragons let’s get the W.
good to see timmy chandler winning back his starting spot.
but no dolo in the 18 for hannover. kind of thought he was coming back this game.
come on Newcastle hold the result
Gerrard 100 PL goals now and that recent goal to grant ENGLAND pass to Brazil. what a beauty
Sigh. Your sentence. *shakes head
thanks your Highness. why not go contribute your attitude to starving kids in AMERICA?
Makes no sense.
Loaning out Borini was a mistake. He cant get a game and witjh Aspas out we have no senior backup striker. Either Sturridge or Suarez goes down. Bad day for us. We should still win though left back cover finally and glen jo back.
United has 4 senior strikers eventhough hernandez cant get a game. They will have a tight game against the saints. Scary team. Sorry Ill have to miss it.