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Tim Howard and Everton came into the 2014/2015 seasons with aspirations of cracking the Top Four in the English Premier League and if those aspirations are going to have any real chance of coming true, the Toffees will need a victory today against defending champion Manchester City.

The Citizens have their own goal, which is to catch runaway EPL leader Chelsea atop the standings, and a recent run of wins have Manchester City at least in shouting distance. A win at the Etihad today could pull City to within three points after Chelsea’s early-morning loss to Newcastle.

In Germany, Bayern Munich takes on Bayer Leverkusen in a clash of top teams in the Bundesliga. Bayern is still undefeated in league play, but will meet a Leverkusen side that has scored eight goals in their past two matches.

If you will be watching today’s action, or want to discuss the morning’s results, 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):


7:30 a.m. – Fox Soccer Plus – Motherwell vs. Celtic

7:45 a.m. – NBCSN – Newcastle vs. Chelsea

9:30 a.m. – GolTV USA – Stuttgart vs. Schalke

10 a.m. – beIN Sports USA – Elche vs. Atletico Madrid

10 a.m. – Fox Soccer Plus – Sheffield United vs. Plymouth

10 a.m. – NBCSN – Liverpool vs. Sunderland

10 a.m. – Premier League Extra Time – Hull vs. West Brom

10 a.m. – Premier League Extra Time – Stoke vs. Arsenal

10 a.m. – Premier League Extra Time – Tottenham vs. Crystal Palace

10 a.m. – Premier League Extra Time – QPR vs. Burnley

Noon – beIN Sports USA – Roma vs. Sassuolo

Noon – beIN Sports en Espanol – Athletic Club vs. Cordoba

12:30 p.m. – NBC – Manchester City vs. Everton

12:30 p.m. – GolTV USA – Bayern Munich vs. Bayer Leverkusen

12:30 p.m. – Fox Soccer Plus – Wrexham vs. Maidstone

2 p.m. – beIN Sports USA – Real Madrid vs. Celta de Vigo

4 p.m. – beIN Sports en Espanol – Dportivo La Coruna vs. Malaga

5 p.m. – ESPNU – NCAA Women’s – Virginia vs. Texas A&M

7 p.m. – ESPNU – NCAA Women’s – Florida State vs. Stanford


    • yes, the converse of that is that they’re only 2 points away from relegation, and that they’re on pace to get just 38 points this year, which is godawful.

      • hahaha i can’t believe that dennis tried to claim that Sunderland were average. 3 points out of 11th? thats terrible. glad someone used they’re own facts against them, nate. i never thought id see the day where someone was arguing how “avg” sunderland was…. they are quite below average.

  1. mourinho losing, stoke winning, sunderland sunderland-ing (while jozy puts in a decent shift)–not a bad morning at all.

  2. My (way too early) prediction/hope for our Gold Cup lineup:


    This only works of course assuming that Bradley comes back from the dead and returns to form. Also I could see Rubin playing further up, creating more of a 4-4-1-1 with Dempsey shading towards the middle as he usually does.

    • Have them play

      I’m not sure there’s much of a drop off from the first team to the third. Seems like we have a lot of guys at about the same level right now. Its just going to be about getting the pieces right.

      • I don’t know, if those 3 teams played each other I honestly have no idea who would win.

        Rubin has looked alright for the US, but isn’t really anymore proven then a Green or Gyau yet. AJ’s done well enough at AZ but Jozy did even better in his time there. Nguyen had a better season then Dempsey in the same league. Cameron and Jones don’t even play those positions for there club.

        I see why Klinsmann wants players to push themselves to that next level. At the moment his job is pretty tricky with a mass of players at a pretty similar level.

      • I agree that we have a lot of depth but no shining stars going into the cup this year. Just as an aside Cameron has been starting at D-mid for Stoke the past month or so.

  3. Jozy needs to get out of Sunderland and go where above average soccer skills are not required. As much as people like to believe otherwise he’s not any better than his teammates, as a matter of fact, he’s pobable the worst of the bunch.
    People falling all over themselves coming up with excuses for his lak of production are just pathetic. The guy is just not good enough for the EPL, no need to lie to ourselves.

  4. It would be nice if these “Your Running Commentary” threads would be posted earlier – and not, like, after more than half of the days matches have already finished. I enjoy reading others’ comments while the games are being played, it adds to the experience.

  5. Great day for Yanks abroad. Cameron goes the distance in a win, JAB starts again, Bedoya gets the start and scores, Jozy has a solid performance starting and Johansson looks to be fully recovered and is starting again today.

  6. Jozy started but didn’t score.

    obviously he’s the worst player in the world right? right?? right?!…………

    • Jozy started but didn’t score.
      Jozy didn’t start and didn’t score
      Jozy didn’t play and didn’t score
      Jozy did play but didn’t score.

      Obviously he’s not capable of scoring in this league. He didn’t score, right? right?? right?!…………

    • It is so blatantly clear that Sunderland are not set up to score goals in games like today’s. Poyet was more than happy with 0-0. Nothing new as today was Sunderland’s fifth 0-0 result of the season.

      Yet, there are some who insist that Jozy should accept the majority of the blame for not scoring goals when it is so obvious that there are just not any chances to take or even create.

      • In the many years I’ve been watching the EPL, I’ve yet to see the day Sunderland were “set up to score”. That’s why I hated the move when it happened, and why I hate it now.

        All that aside, I’d be more concerned if I were a hardcore Liverpool fan. Looking as toothless as they did at Anfield against a side like Sunderland won’t make anybody happy. Sunderland actually controlled play, which is a shame I wouldn’t wish on anybody.

      • Yeah the Cats really parked the bus today. Looked like 2014 Sunderland going forward. A lot of unforced turnovers by Seb, Johnno, and Gomez. Jozy actually looked the best of the bunch and was clean on the ball when he had any space but he never looked dangerous and there wasnt any help at all on this day.

      • imo, I’ve seen him play better, he had some good moments and a small number of bad moments, mostly when he had no where to pass and was surrounded by defenders, etc but still id like to see him cut those few bad moments out. all in all he played solid but nothing to “write home about”. to add, once the second half got going it seemed Sunderland was content to draw; not a bad plan vs liverpool. i surprisingly saw they had slightly better possession at the half, not sure the full time stats.

        side note, when you have deemed 2 main strikers(wick ham, fletcher) and a third oft-used sub (jozy), why not play a 2 ST formation? wick ham has had to adjust to basically playing a LW/LM all season in the 433 poet uses now. he only has one (real) goal this season and i wonder if going back to a 442 of sorts would help. johsnon/buckley as RM, Larson/alvarez at LM, gomez/Giacc at Cam and cattermole/bridcutt at cdm. blah blah blah…

    • I watched the game (which wasn’t much of a spectacle). Jozy was okay, but certainly looked the part of a guy who hadn’t had much consistent game time. I’m a Jozy fan, and I was glad to see Sunderland are at least putting him in the shop window.


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