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Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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By MICHAEL PENG

The Europa League field will be trimmed to 16 after Thursday with the second leg of the Round of 32 taking center stage of the soccer world.

Everton and Napoli each tallied four away goals in their respective first leg victories and are early favorites to move on, while other sides like Sporting CP and Olympiacos look to overcome two-goal deficits at home today.

In addition, both Liverpool and reigning champions Sevilla will look to hold onto 1-0 advantages as they head on the road to take on Besiktas and Borussia Monchengladbach, respectively.

Meanwhile, the CONCACAF Champions League will resume as well with the first leg match between DC United and Alajuelense scheduled for an 8 p.m. kickoff. Other items on the ledger include Copa Libertadores action featuring Boca Junior and Santa Fe.

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

12:00 p.m. ­— Fox Soccer 2Go — Dinamo Moskva vs. Anderlecht

12:00 p.m. ­— ESPN3/Fox Soccer 2Go — Zenit vs. PSV

1:00 p.m. ­— ESPN3/Fox Soccer 2Go — Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Sevilla

1:00 p.m. ­— Fox Soccer 2Go — Legia Warszawa vs. Ajax

1:00 p.m. ­— Sky Sports 1 — Dynamo Kyiv vs. Guingamp

1:00 p.m. ­— ESPN Deportes — Salzburg vs. Villarreal

1:00 p.m. — ESPN3/Fox Sports 1/Fox Soccer 2Go — Besiktas vs. Liverpool

1:00 p.m. — ESPN3/Fox Sports 2/Fox Soccer 2Go —Fiorentina vs. Tottenham Hotspur

1:00 p.m. — Fox Soccer 2Go —Internazionale vs. Celtic

3:05 p.m. — Fox Sports 1/Fox Soccer 2Go — Everton vs. Young Boys

3:05 p.m. — Sky Sports 1 — Club Brugge vs. AaB

3:05 p.m. — ESPN Deportes/Fox Soccer 2Go — Athletic Club vs. Torino

3:05 p.m. — Fox Soccer 2Go — Sporting CP vs. Wolfsburg

3:05 p.m. — Fox Soccer 2Go —Olympiacos vs. Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk

3:05 p.m. — ESPN 3/Fox Soccer 2Go — Napoli vs. Trabzonspor

3:05 p.m. — ESPN3/Fox Sports 2/Fox Soccer 2Go — Feyenoord vs. Roma

6:15 p.m. — Fox Sports GO/Fox Deportes — Boca Juniors vs. Wanderers

8:00 p.m. — Fox Sports 2/Fox Soccer 2Go — Alajuelense vs. DC United

8:30 p.m. — Fox Sports GO/Fox Deportes — Santa Fe vs. Colo Colo

Comments

  1. These Feyenoord fans are disgusting. Throwing a giant plastic banana on the pitch and tossing another one amongst themselves in the stands is beyond classless. It’s outright racism. They’ve Whistled and made obscene jestures when Gervinho touches the ball and to top it off they’ve repeatedly thrown objects on the pitch. The referee did right to suspend the match temporarily. It’s a crying shame this behavior goes on. UEFA must punish Feyenoord.

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  2. Bad day for Fox Soccer coverage ..

    Julie Stewart-Binks trying to trade insights with Warren Barton and Eric Wynalda was embarrassing and annoying for the way she kept getting in the way (She appears to be a smart broadcaster, but she’s not doing her career any good by sticking with a network that cares more about skirt length and other physical attributes).

    Stewart-Binks needs to learn a lot more about the game .. And maybe spend some time with Rebecca Lowe to find out how it is really done well.

    Equally bad was the commentary of the Everton v Young Boys game .. Dellacamera is a throw-back to the awful days when broadcasters felt e need to “explain the game to an assumed uninformed audience” … Cobi Jones seems compelled to just keep talking and yielded absolutely no value beyond simply describing what he was seeing.

    How bad were they? I was holding my breath, waiting for an explanation of the offside rule!

    Kudos to Fox for the volume of their coverage of Champions and Europa League .. But please, please .. Give it the commentary it deserves ..

    Question: What are the Dream Team doing these days .. I am talking about Ian Darke and Steve McManaman .. ?!

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