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Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

If you have a free Sunday to watch as much soccer as possible, then this Sunday is the perfect day for you.

Top match-ups from leagues all over the world headline a very attractive schedule of matches today, with powers in Mexico, France, Italy and Germany squaring off.

Lique 1 leaders Marseille take on defending French champions Paris St. Germain in what is arguably the match of the day. Marcelo Bielsa’s squad has enjoyed a dream start to the season, and can extend their lead on PSG to seven points with a victory. PSG won’t make that easy though, not with the likes Edinson Cavani and Lucas Moura to provide threats.

In Mexico, league leaders Club America take on second-place Toluca, while Fiorentina meets Napoli in Serie A and Borussia Dortmund meets Borussia Moenchengladbach in Germany.

In England, Sunderland looks to build some momentum off Monday’s win against Crystal Palace with a home win against Tim Howard and Everton. Jozy Altidore has been working off the bench this season, and could have a chance to take a few shots on Howard’s goal.

In MLS, the Los Angeles Galaxy play host to Real Salt Lake needing a win to advance to the Western Conference final. In the East, New England plays host to the Columbus Crew for the right to play the New York Red Bulls in the East final.

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 soccer TV schedule is after the jump):

TODAY’S SOCCER ON TV

7:30 a.m. – FOX Soccer Plus – Aberdeen vs. Celtic

8:30 a.m. – NBCSN – Sunderland vs. Everton

8:30 a.m. – Premier League Extra Time – Tottenham vs. Stoke City

8:30 a.m. – Premier League Extra Time – West Bromwich Albion vs. Newcastle

9 a.m. – beIN Sports USA – Juventus vs. Parma

9 a.m. – beIN Sports en Español – Palermo vs. Udinese

9:30 a.m. – GolTV USA – Wolfsburg vs. Hamburg

11 a.m. – NBCSN – Swansea City vs. Arsenal

11 a.m. – beIN Sports en Español – Espanyol vs. Villarreal

11:30 a.m. – GolTV USA – Borussia Dortmund vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach

12 p.m. – beIN Sports USA – Fiorentina vs. Napoli

1 p.m. – beIN Sports en Español – Valencia vs. Athletic Bilbao

1 p.m. – Univision – Toluca vs. Club America

3 p.m. – beIN Sports USA – PSG vs. Marseille

3 p.m. – beIN Sports en Español – Real Sociedad vs. Atletico Madrid

3 p.m. – GolTV USA – Nacional vs. Peñarol

3:15 p.m. – Univision Deportes – Estoril vs. FC Porto

4:30 p.m. – GolTV USA – Corinthians vs. Santos

5 p.m. – ESPN2 – New England Revolution vs. Columbus Crew

6 p.m. – UniMas – Chivas de Guadalajara vs. Tigres UANL

7:30 p.m. – ESPN2 – LA Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake

Comments

  1. Although starting Leo is scary, moving AJ to RB and having him commit to going forward was a genius move by Bruce. And, Landon Donovan was his awesome self. Fantastic game!

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  2. LA Galaxy: good things happen when you attack the penalty area and do everything you can to get bodies and the ball in the penalty area.

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    • +100000000

      No way LD is not and was not one of the 11 best, much less 23 best. JK could not put his ego aside to make the best decision for the team; terrible sign from a manager.

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    • The Donovan of November 9, 2014 would have really helped. The Donovan of April-July and October 2014 would have done nothing at all. Like I said above, I just hope that this Donovan lasts another two games.

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      • Everyone whose watched LD over the years knows he kind of decides when he wants to turn it on. Certainly a frustrating factor if you had to coach him.

      • Even an under performing LD is a better option then Wondo or Davis and at least as good as Bedoya or Zusi. When on form it’s no question, he still one of the best for the US. I’m not sure so sure we have anyone else that can score the second goal he did tonight.

      • Donovan has always been a big fish in the little pond kinda ruling his own domain…no coach is going to crush his ego….yeah that Donovan. He wrote his chapter in the history books, but oh what could it have been…career potential not met…Going off to Cambodia while the USMNT was playing WCQ games really did him in….maybe it’s meant to be..perhaps another Donovan will arrive and MAKE IT big time in Europe.

      • I’ve watched almost every single Galaxy game this year and that’s just not true. Like any player he has some hot and cold streaks, but right after he was cut from the USMNT in May he went out and scored in two out of the next three and was generally excellent until a couple of games at the end of the season where he kind of disappeared. But then, a lot of the team under performed during this time.

    • Even in this sensational form, I doubt LD would’ve made a lick of difference. The problem vs. Belgium could was not likely to be solved by any attacking mid or foward. The problem began way deeper, and it involved a defensive unit who played their socks off, but lacked the technical skill to play the ball out of their own end. I don’t care how good a counter-attacker is, he scarcely would’ve touched the ball. He would’ve ended up the same as Messi vs.Germany– totally unable to express his talent.

      Can we please bury this topic? Ever?

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  3. Where are the LA fans?

    Possibly Donovan’s last match ever and it looks like half the seats are empty along the sideline.

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  4. So, Tim Howard improvises, falling on a ball just outside the box…and somehow this is deemed OK? Even if his arm didn’t touch the ball, this seems the very definition of dangerous play.

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    • I thought it was pretty funny and creative. Other than putting himself in “danger,” I’m not sure what you expect the ref to do there.

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  5. Ayoze Perez had a great back heel flick for a goal in the Newcastle game, definitely worth a watch for people not watching the game, which I’m guessing is most of them.

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  6. To be totally fair,Sunderland are not nearly as horrible as some people would want us to believe.
    Their front line is non-existing but not for lack of midfield play. A couple of decent attackers should keep them away from relegation

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    • Wait a second, I thought Jozy wasn’t scoring goals due to a lack of service, but you’re telling a different story. Which is it?

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      • im pretty sure that by “service” people expect Jozy to stand in front of the goal scoring tap-ins. The midfield works fine. Sunderland brings the ball to the edge of the box plenty of times. Is that last line that’s nowhere to be found.
        Nothing that can’t be fixed by a couple of srikers with a scoring instinct.

    • I haven’t watched them at all this season however last year they were without a question horrible. One of the most frustrating sides I’ve seen. Zero creative play in the final third. Just guys having a go from 40 yards out over and over again, watching it go no where near target.

      Perhaps they’ve improved this year, I don’t know

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    • what the hell? their mid is horrible. the only way they’ll stay up this year is if fletcher stays healthy, because he can get on the end of headers and make something out of nothing.

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    • To be fair … Sunderland’s MF are significantly better than last season. They are carrying the ball through the MF, eschewing 30 and 50 yard long balls and getting the ball into passing lanes on the wings. That did NOT happen last season! Furthermore they are playing with 2 men up top. NEITHER OF THESE THINGS HAPPENED LAST SEASON.

      So yes, they are a better team. After making two MAJOR tactical changes I should hope so.

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    • Wow. Their midfield is abject rubbish, “anchored” by Lee Cattermole, a glorified rugby player who has spent his whole career wondering why he isn’t in the Championship. You don’t get beat 8-0 in the EPL because your midfield was doing a decent job.

      The only reason they *might* stay up is that they at least have some awareness of how terrible they are, and play unsophiscticated, “safety first” style that some teams like QPR simply refuse to resort to, even though they should if they want to survive.

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    • I was watching an assessment of what’s wrong at Tottenham on the Goal Zone show. I said it before but here goes, Tottenham have 50,000 world class managers in the stands every home match. That is the problem as they influence the club’s operations and they have no patience at all.

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