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Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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For many, Wednesday brings about the midweek blues. However, don’t fear, soccer fans, as there are a variety of games to keep your head on straight right in the middle of your work week.

Headlining Wednesday’s action is the most recent edition of European soccer’s biggest rivalry: El Classico. Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona , who currently sit second and third in La Liga, respectively, collide in Wednesday’s Copa del Rey final in what has a chance to be both clubs’ best chance at ending their 2013-14 campaign with a trophy. Barcelona enter the matchup having been upset in their last league game against midtable Granada. However, Real Madrid will be without Cristiano Ronaldo due to a nagging hamstring injury.

In England, the Premier League schedule features two of the five teams vying for Champions League qualification, as Manchester City takes on relegation-threatened Sunderland, while Everton hosts Crystal Palace. The Citizens, who were knocked off by league leaders Liverpool over the weekend, currently sit seven points back in third place with two games in hand on both Chelsea and the aforementioned Reds. Meanwhile, Everton will look to once again leapfrog Arsenal for the fourth and final Champions League qualification spot.

Back stateside, the New York Red Bulls look to pick up their first win of the 2014 season when they host the Philadelphia Union, who look to improve upon three draws from their last three outings.

In other action, Bayern Munich will take on second division side Kaiserslautern in the DFB Pokal semifinals, while AS Monaco faces Guingamp in the Coupe de France. Finally, a trio of Copa Libertadores rounds out the day’s action, as Lanus hosts Santos, Leon takes on Bolivar and Cruzeiro matches up with Cerro Porteño.

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):

2:30pm – Bayern Munich vs.Kaiserslautern –  ESPN3

2:45pm – Everton vs. Crystal Palace – NBC Sports Live Extra

2:45pm- Manchester City vs. Sunderland – NBCSN

3:30pm – Barcelona vs. Real Madrid – ESPN

6:00pm- Lanus vs. Santos Laguna – Fox Deportes

7:30pm – New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union – MLS Direct Kick

9:00pm – Leon vs. Bolivar – Fox Deportes



  1. And that’s why Tony Pulis will be named Manager of the Year. What a dream season for Crystal Palace! Smallest payroll in EPL now sits at 11th with dreams to crack into the top 10!

    • I just realized that they don’t really have any strong back up Left/Right backs either. How do you let a defense get that soft…. Oddly, I don’t think defense was the problem here. I feel like Real didn’t really play that well on the counter.(Except for Bale’s solo run.) A team like Dortmund would have Punished Barsca sooooo much more.

  2. So Neymar is in on goal inside the 18… referee decides he’s going to call offside from 15 seconds prior… but the linesmen never flagged for it, so he then turns it into a drop ball and makes Madrid kick it back to Barcelona.

    Either he is hallucinating or he just fixed the match when he thought Neymar was going to score.

    • It was so odd. Spanish Ref’s listen to players in La Liga.

      I won’t say a goal was going to happen or that it wouldn’t. It was kinda a flat moment. But the timing, position, everything was odd. I think he got confused by the fact that 2 Barsca players were in fact offside but not Neymar.

  3. I said after the weekend games that the race for CL was far from over in England. Arsenal have it in their hands and their schedule is soft, however today was proof that bottom table teams can be very dangerous late in the year.

  4. Connor Wickham just doubled Jozy’s Premiere League goal total for the season. Doesn’t bode well for him getting any remaining playing time this season.

    • (ok, so this is a little premature, but it will take a lot for them to make it now and they don’t look up to the task.)

  5. Is Sunderland attempting to obtain the record for the most outside the box shots taken in a season? Good gosh, they have no attacking third plan, crossing, etc.

  6. How do you even defend that tackle? Barely touches the ball. Left the ground with studs fully exposed and crunches through the upper ankle/shin.

    Lucky he didn’t get a red card. Commentator? “Derr, well he touched the ball so derrrr”

      • Yeah, I’m sitting there thinking woah, that’s a horrendous tackle–is his leg broken?

        Announcer, “that’s a good tackle, his coach would expect him to make that.”

  7. A little off topic but found this on the interwebs: “Melbourne Heart is changing its colors to sky blue so it’s the same as Manchester City, its parent club. The only problem? Sky blue is also worn by Melbourne Heart’s rival, Sydney FC, which has filed a complaint to Football Federation Australia.”

    Will be interesting to see what degree of influence Man City exerts on the NYC franchise.

    • Okay, thats kinda silly if someone is already wearing the same color. There aren’t exactly a lot of teams in that League…

    • Oh god, why do US fans always try to make americans be a victim of everything. So many of you act like sunderland fans love everybody but hate jozy. Sunderland fans hardcore hate on plenty of their players, especially fletcher. Stop acting like sunderland fans only hate on jozy

  8. Big crowd for the Manchester City v Sunderland match (sarcasm). The attendance looks similar to a NYRB home game.

  9. Off Topic, it shouldn’t be, but there is no where to type this.

    There is no coverage of the Toluca – Cruz Azul game ?
    Come on.

  10. Crystal Palace is going to be a tough match for Everton. Palace is in excellent form and could possibly break into the top ten.

    • And… they also could end up losing every game remaining and get relegated on the last day… They ought to be able to beat West Ham but if not then I doubt they will beat title pushing City and Liverpool… then on the last they have relegation threatened Fulham…

      They need a result today to ensure safety.

  11. Off Topic, but haven’t seen anything on SBI so….

    If you missed the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary film “Hillsborough” I highly recommend checking it out. Very, very powerful stuff.

    Re-airs this Sunday, ESPN2 at 10pm ET.

    • I thought I knew a lot about Hillsborough, but this blew me away. It was powerful, deeply moving and an incredible story. So many of the Liverpool fans should have been lauded as heroes, yet they were vsmeared in a pointless cover up. The scene at the 20th anniversary was astonishing. Absolutely see it.


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