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Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Despite both sides performing below their usual standards this campaign, Everton and Manchester United have a chance to inch closer towards a title.

The Blues and Red Devils kick off at Wembley Stadium in the English FA Cup semifinals to headline action across the nation on Saturday.

Man United enters the contest in the better form, as Everton has not won a game in its previous six.

As the day goes by, Hertha Berlin-Bayern Munich, Atlético Madrid-Málaga, Barcelona-Sporting Gijón and Club América-Toluca are all matchups to keep an eye on.

Stateside, LA Galaxy-Real Salt Lake, Colorado Rapids-Seattle Sounders and Minnesota United FC-New York Cosmos headline a packed Saturday schedule.

If you will be watching today’s soccer, 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 below):

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

4 p.m. — YES Network/MLS Live/MLS Direct Kick — Philadelphia Union vs. New York City FC

4 p.m. — MLS Live — Montreal Impact vs. Toronto FC

5:30 p.m. — MLS Live — D.C. United vs. New England Revolution

7:30 p.m. — MLS Live — Columbus Crew vs. Houston Dynamo

9 p.m. — MLS Live — Colorado Rapids vs. Seattle Sounders

10:30 p.m. — MLS Live — LA Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake

10:30 p.m. — MLS Live — Vancouver Whitecaps vs. FC Dallas

NASL

7 p.m. — WatchESPN/ESPN3/NASL Live — Fort Lauderdale Strikers vs. Jacksonville Armada

7:30 p.m. — beIN Sports USA/beIN Sports Connect/WatchESPN/ESPN3/NASL Live — Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Carolina RailHawks

8 p.m. — WatchESPN/ESPN3/NASL Live/One World Sports — Minnesota United vs. New York Cosmos

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

7:45 a.m. — NBCSN/NBC Sports Live Extra/NBC Universo — Manchester City vs. Stoke City

10 a.m. — NBCSN/NBC Sports Live Extra — Liverpool vs. Newcastle United

10 a.m. — NBC Sports Live Extra — Bournemouth vs. Chelsea

10 a.m. — NBC Sports Live Extra — Aston Villa vs. Southampton

ENGLISH FA CUP

Noon — Fox Sports 2/Fox Sports Go/Fox Deportes/Fox Soccer 2Go — Everton vs. Manchester United

ENGLISH LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP

7:30 a.m. — beIN Sports USA/beIN Sports Connect — Derby County vs. Sheffield Wednesday

SPANISH LA LIGA

10 a.m. — beIN Sports USA/beIN Sports Connect — Rayo Vallecano vs. Real Madrid

12:15 p.m. — beIN Sports USA/beIN Sports Connect — Atlético Madrid vs. Málaga

2:30 p.m. — beIN Sports en Español/beIN Sports Connect — Barcelona vs. Sporting Gijón

4:05 p.m. — beIN Sports en Español/beIN Sports Connect — Eibar vs. Deportivo La Coruña

ITALIAN SERIE A

2:45 p.m. — beIN Sports Connect — Inter vs. Udinese

GERMAN BUNDESLIGA

9:30 a.m. — Fox Sports 2/Fox Sports Go/Fox Deportes/Fox Soccer 2Go — Hertha Berlin vs. Bayern Munich

9:30 a.m. — Fox Soccer 2Go — VfB Stuttgart vs. Borussia Dortmund

9:30 a.m. — Fox Soccer 2Go — VfL Wolfsburg vs. FC Augsburg

9:30 a.m. — Fox Soccer 2Go — FC Ingolstadt vs. Hannover 96

9:30 a.m. — Fox Soccer 2Go — Cologne vs. Darmstadt 98

12:30 p.m. — Fox Soccer 2Go — Schalke 04 vs. Bayer Leverkusen

FRENCH LIGUE 1

11:30 a.m. — beIN Sports Connect — Toulouse vs. Lyon

FRENCH COUPE DE LA LIGUE

2:45 p.m. — beIN Sports USA/beIN Sports Connect — Paris Saint-Germain vs. Lille

MEXICAN LIGA MX

6 p.m. — Univision Deportes/Univision — Club América vs. Toluca

8 p.m. — Azteca America — Santos Laguna vs. Tigres UANL

8 p.m. — Univision Deportes — Monterrey vs. Querétaro

9:06 p.m. — NBC Universo — Pachuca vs. Guadalajara

10 p.m. — ESPN Deportes — Dorados vs. Morelia

SCOTTISH LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP

7:30 a.m. — Fox Soccer 2Go — Rangers vs. Alloa Athletic

Comments

    • Arena has played him in the midfield as well. He’s only been able to really play up top when Keane has been out. He can play a little more forward with LA because they usually have better possession than the the other teams in MLS which isn’t the case with Nats always. Not sure Gyasi is great in a two man front, but he seems to do better in a three man or one striker with two advanced wingers.

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      • Yeah I know he has played him in the midfield but I just don’t think he or LA has played as well when he’s there. LA won MLS Cup with him playing beside Keane. They stumbled and were knocked out early last year when he played much more in the midfield. idk just my take.

      • I agree he’s better there, I think its just hard to play him there with the other pieces they have when Keane is healthy. I think it would be hard to play him there for the Nats if everyone is available as well.

  1. Good to hear Zelalem went the full 90 as Rangers clinched the title to gain promotion. Reports said he had a chance in the 90th minute but put it over the bar.

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  2. Too bad writers at this site don’t think an American coach leading a Ligue 2 team battling for promotion is newsworthy.

    For those interested, Bradley’s boys have suffered a setback and missed opportunity, last week getting schooled at home by 2nd-place Nancy, with other results knocking them from 3rd (last promotion spot) to 5th. This week they could only manage a draw on the road against relegation-fodder Evian, but stil managed to move up to 4th when the teams around them choked worse.

    Next week (36th of 38), Le Havre have a good chance to jump back into 3rd, with a home match against 12-place Nimes, while currently-3rd Metz plays away at 1st-place Dijon.

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  3. Lichaj with an assist (don’t get excited it doesn’t matter he’s not being brought in), Ream and Hyndman the two lowest rated Fulham players.

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  4. He may eventually crush CONCACAFF, but do not forget he will be playing on pitches that are like nothing in Europe. He will also be playing against the refs and some of their idiotic calls in this group. In the home games on solid fields he will shine south of the boarder will be difficult for this cycle.

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    • If he eventually becomes the talisman player for the U.S., he will also deal with bone crushing tackles and constant baiting with little ref protection, especially in away fixtures.

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      • Annointing Pulisic the future talisman is a little premature. He’s played well enough to warrant a look for the Copa. Let him learn how to be a pro first. He still has play a full season of club football and adjust to playing twice a week, flying across the Atlantic for internationals, and the hype train. Pulisic is off to a great start but please dial down the hype.

  5. For those wondering, Pulisic started on the LW and then in the second half moved to RW. If you are unhappy with Bedoya or Zusi on RW then he could be the guy to win that spot.

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  6. Announcers just said Pulisic is the youngest player to score two goals in the Bundasliga. He also dribbled around two defenders outside the 18 to start the sequence that led to Dortmunds third goal.

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  7. Was hoping we might see Matt vs Bournemouth today. I think a side like Bournemouth or Crystal Palace would be a good spot for Miazga next year if he won’t be a regular at Chelsea, like Yedlin’s transfer this season.

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    • i think miazga’s going to have to improve a lot if he wants to claim a roster spot at chelsea, but he’s got to be better at centerback than mikel is, who’s been a disaster at the back–not sure what hiddink’s trying to prove by pushing him back there.

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      • I would doubt he does too, but mostly wanted to avoid the “why do you hate MLS stars so much” rants that would have followed.

  8. Cameron playing decent for Stoke today (although they are down 2-0) and Pulisic making his 3rd straight league start. It’s a good morning so far. Hopefully Pulisic can add to his solid performances of recent.

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