Top Stories

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

DavidMoyesManchesterUnited1-Tottenham2013 (Getty)


Fresh off of a 3-0 trouncing at the hands of Liverpool, David Moyes and Manchester United will have to erase a 2-0 deficit when they host Olympiacos Wednesday afternoon.

It’s been a tumultuous year to say the least for Moyes’ United. The reigning Premier League champions currently find themselves sitting in seventh, 12 points behind the all-important Champions League qualification that comes with fourth place. However, United have an ever greater task at hand when it comes to staying alive in this season’s competition, as the Red Devils will need at least two goals at Old Trafford to survive. Olympiacos’ 2-0 win in the first leg, which saw goals by Alejandro Dominguez and Joel Campbell, has crippled United. Moyes may be fighting for much more than advancement, however, as a loss to Olympiacos may just be the final nail in the coffin in the eyes of United brass.

Elsewhere in Europe, Borussia Dortmund will take a 4-2 advantage back to the Westfalenstadion when they take on Zenit St. Petersburg. BVB, who trail German rivals Bayern Munich by a whopping 23 points in the Bundesliga, will have the benefit of four away goals when they host their Russian opposition, who currently sit second in the Russian Premier League. Zenit made headlines just yesterday when they announced the hiring of former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas.

Back in the states, the CONCACAF Champions League continues with a pair of contests involving MLS teams. The San Jose Earthquakes will travel to Mexico to take on Toluca after drawing 1-1 at Buck Shaw Stadium. Meanwhile, Sporting KC will look to avoid the fate of fellow MLS side LA Galaxy when they take a 1-0 lead to Estadio Azul to take on Liga MX leaders Cruz Azul.

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):

3:45pm – Manchester United vs. Olympiacos – Fox Sports 1

3:45pm – Borussia Dortmund vs. Zenit St. Petersburg – Fox Sports 2

8:00pm – Toluca vs. San Jose Earthquakes – Fox Sports 2/ Univision Deportes

9:00pm- Leon vs. Emelec- Fox  Deportes

10:00pm – Cruz Azul vs. Sporting Kansas City – Fox Sports 2/Galavision



  1. My Spanish is rusty but it sounds like the talking heads on Univision are saying that the MLS teams have gotten much more competitive versus the Mexican teams

  2. Not much attention seems to be paid to MLS being two weeks in to their season.Liga MX is two months into theirs.

      • It’s a draw right now. Equal amounts of away and home goals.
        A goal by SJ would pretty much end it.

      • To eleborate more… Toluca scored one against SJ when SJ was home and now SJ has scored one against Toluca when they are home.

        SJ 1-1 Toluca
        Toluca 1-1 SJ
        Equal amounts of away and home goals

      • My error. I thought SJ won at home 1-0 on a late goal. Thanks for the correction. I just watched Shea Salinas hit the post and send SJ packing.

  3. If San Jose manages to go through, they will play Arabe Unido or Alajualense, not nearly as bad as playing xolos, SKC, or cruz azul

  4. I didn’t think it was possible but damn MAN U

    RVP you might just be the best striker in the world right now. Though Suarez and Ibra might be upset

    • and messi, and ronaldo, and costa, and jonathan soriano, and alfred finnbogason, and………… ..etc…..there are a few forwards that might be upset………..just look around a bit…..

  5. What a “Manchester United” ending with 5 minutes of added time taken up by a Van Persie ‘injury’ and then a good 2 minutes taken for 2 corner kicks… and then the referee has the nerve to blow the game as Olympiakos are surging forward well before the minimum amount of added time is up.

    Yeah, real legit.

  6. Fellaini has done well, earning 2 corners and a free kick to waste time.

    I’m sure more than a few comments about him finding his level will be made.

    Whistle blows, Man United into the quarters, and the best moment of Moyes` tenure, possibly his only moment depending on the rest of the season.

  7. Nonsensical ending with the referee blowing time dead a good 15 second before the minimum added on time that included the 4 minute Van Persie injury.

  8. So there was supposed to be 5 minutes of added time and they stopped it early even with the delays on the corner kicks? Makes perfect sense.

  9. RVP is down after a knee to back of knee shot.

    Fellaini coming on for him. Olympiacos not impressed with the delay, 1 yellow for dissent, 1 for a bit of pushing.

  10. Valencia might as well be wearing an eyepatch for as little as he can see with that swelling.

    Ashley Young in, Valencia out. So a diver in for a boxer, it’s an Olympic substitution, considering the opponents.

  11. Keeper should have done a lot better on that free kick, he was leaning the wrong way for no reason, wasn’t a particularly good free kick at all.

  12. Rooney is feisty, Olympiacos puts free header wide on a counter, a Man United free kick is in!!!

    RVP hat trick, 3-2 aggregate, keeper didn’t move, must have gotten screened.

  13. PSA to the NorCal folks:

    The USMNT/Azerbaijan Pre-sale started today on Ticketmaster.

    If you need tickets, here is the presale code:


    See you there!!

  14. Da Gea is man of the match in that first half.

    How in the world did he ever keep those out? That was a stunning display of top class goalkeeping.

  15. If people think la liga is boring b/c it is usually just 2 teams fighting for the title, well olympiakos has won the league all but 2 times since 1997

  16. RVP again, Giggs with a perfect ball to Rooney, slides it to Van Persie who gets ahead of his defender and smashes it in.

    The last kick of the half (basically) evens up the aggregate 2-2.

  17. WOW. Double kick save from De Gea, second better than the first. That will be worth a look.

    After the ensuing corner Valencia went down in the box, fans shout for a penalty but ref says no.

  18. Evra with a glancing, loopy header that required a good save to keep out. Would’ve been an absurd goal to concede.

  19. Penalty for Man United, RVP bundled into trying to trap a crossed ball.

    I think Van Persie might have been slipping, but that was a lot of needless contact by the defender.

    Penalty tucked away, 1-2 aggregate, game on.

      • Increase0, you said on an earlier thread that Klinsmann specifically mentioned in a short interview that he is not planning on taking Green to Brazil.

        Would you please let me know where I can find that interview?

        Thank you.

      • Thanks Increase0. I looked everywhere and couldn’t find it.

        On the Klinsmann interview Ives put up, Klinsi said, very softly I might add: “We’re not only looking at Julian for this summer, (pause) summer’s workouts, (then louder) but also………….(where Klinsi went into the future, Olympics and so forth.

      • So good to have you on-board the Julian Green World Cup band wagon slowleftarm.

        I must say, although I questioned you before I can now say that I respect you more than you will ever know. Keep up the good work and, no matter what, no matter what others, myself included, say to you, please slow, don’t ever change.

  20. Rooney with a snap header which bounced off the post and right into the six yard box,but not a single attacker following up and it gets booted clear.

  21. Valencia took a headbutt and looks like he just came from a 12 round fight.

    Man United very direct but looking very adventurous early. 3 yellows already, 2 for Olympiacos and 1 for Man United.


Leave a Comment