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Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary


The Italian Serie A and French Ligue 1 titles have already been decided, but the Spanish La Liga race continues to go down to the wire.

Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid all kick off on Saturday. Los Blancos arguably face the toughest task this weekend, playing Real Sociedad on the road.

In England, Arsenal-Norwich City takes center stage, with both sides needing all three points for different reasons. The Gunners are trying to keep their UEFA Champions League qualification spot, while the Canaries need points to avoid relegation.

Seattle Sounders-Columbus Crew and Fort Lauderdale Strikers-Tampa Bay Rowdies headline matches Stateside.

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):


4 p.m. — MLS Live — Montreal Impact vs. Colorado Rapids

4 p.m. — YES Network/MLS Live — New York City FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps

4 p.m. — MLS Live — Seattle Sounders vs. Columbus Crew

4 p.m. — MLS Live — Philadelphia Union vs. San Jose Earthquakes

5 p.m. — CSN Chicago/MLS Live — Chicago Fire vs. D.C. United

7:30 p.m. — MLS Live — New England Revolution vs. Orlando City SC

9:30 p.m. — MLS Live — Real Salt Lake vs. Houston Dynamo


2 p.m. — WatchESPN/ESPN3/NASL Live — Ottawa Fury vs. Miami FC

7 p.m. — One World Sports/WatchESPN/NASL Live — Fort Lauderdale Strikers vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies

8 p.m. — beIN Sports USA/beIN Sports Connect/WatchESPN/NASL Live — Rayo OKC vs. Indy Eleven


10 a.m. — NBCSN/NBC Sports Live Extra — Everton vs. Bournemouth

10 a.m. — NBCSN/NBC Sports Live Extra/NBC Deportes en Vivo Extra — Stoke City vs. Sunderland

10 a.m. — USA Network/NBC Sports Live Extra/NBC Universo/NBC Deportes en Vivo Extra — Newcastle United vs. Crystal Palace

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

10 a.m. — NBC Sports Live Extra — West Bromwich Albion vs. West Ham United

12:30 p.m. — NBC/NBC Sports Live Extra/NBC Universo/NBC Deportes en Vivo Extra — Arsenal vs. Norwich City


10 a.m. — beIN Sports USA/beIN Sports en Español/beIN Sports Connect — Real Sociedad vs. Real Madrid

12:15 p.m. — beIN Sports USA/beIN Sports en Español/beIN Sports Connect — Atlético Madrid vs. Rayo Vallecano

2:30 p.m. — beIN Sports USA/beIN Sports en Español/beIN Sports Connect — Real Betis vs. Barcelona

4:05 p.m. — beIN Sports en Español/beIN Sports Connect — Granada vs. Las Palmas


9:30 a.m. — Fox Sports 2/Fox Sports Go/Fox Soccer 2Go — Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach

9:30 a.m. — Fox Soccer Plus/Fox Soccer 2Go — Borussia Dortmund vs. VfL Wolfsburg

9:30 a.m. — Fox Deportes/Fox Soccer 2Go — Darmstadt 98 vs. Eintracht Frankfurt

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

9:30 a.m. — Fox Soccer 2Go — Hannover 96 vs. Schalke 04

9:30 a.m. — Fox Soccer 2Go — Mainz 05 vs. Hamburg SV

12:30 p.m. — Fox Sports 1/Fox Sports Go/Fox Deportes/Fox Soccer 2Go — Bayer Leverkusen vs. Hertha Berlin


Noon — beIN Sports Connect/RAI International — Udinese vs. Torino

2:45 p.m. — beIN Sports Connect/RAI International — Chievo Verona vs. Fiorentina


11 a.m. — beIN Sports Connect — Saint-Étienne vs. Toulouse


1:30 p.m. — Univision Deportes — FC Porto vs. Sporting CP


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

8 p.m. — Univision Deportes — Tigres UANL vs. Veracruz

9:06 p.m. — NBC Universo/NBC Deportes en Vivo Extra — Club León vs. Pachuca

9:30 p.m. — Azteca America — Morelia vs. Santos Laguna


7:30 a.m. — beIN Sports USA/beIN Sports Connect — Bolton Wanderers vs. Hull City


11:45 a.m. — beIN Sports Connect — Grasshopper vs. Young Boys


  1. In what many would consider bad news, Ventura Alvarado went 90 minutes for Club America and Edgar Castillo saw his first action in sometime subbing in at halftime for Monterrey apparently recovered from his toe injury.

  2. I can see why Klinsmann wants guys going to Europe if for no other reason then it makes his job easier. Trying to pick a group of MLS players seems so hard because everyone is so streaky. I watch nearly every match and have less and less of idea what teams are good much less what players. Possession actually seems to hurt some sides rather then help them. It’s interesting and fun but just seems so random at times.

    • i think the “parity” thing in mls might have something to do with that, both in perception and reality.

      take our bundesliga players, for example: morales has played way more games than pulisic and is considered one of the leaders of the team. however, (one of the reasons) that pulisic is considered a lock for the copa america roster while morales is not, is that ‘everyone knows’ that dortmund is way better than ingostadt (although they’re only separated by 7 places in the table atm), and so pulisic’s accomplishments are considered more impressive.

      with mls, since talent is spread relatively evenly throughout the league, (a) it’s harder to get on a roll against a string of pushover opponents, and (b) an observer doesn’t have the benefit of an obvious hierarchy.

      • Well, the thing about that comparison is that Morales hadn’t seen the field as much recently, while Pulisic’s appearances–fewer as they may be–were, until a week ago, all more recent.

      • he was injured, but again, that was just an example; i think the perception would be the same even had morales been playing those games.

  3. Morales went 90 again for Ingolstadt today…given that we’re in the market for a #6 post-Beckerman/Jones shouldn’t we be seeing more of him? Yes I know he hasn’t impressed with the national team in the past but he only has 12 caps and would be in his prime (28) at the next WC.

      • for the record, i think williams might be able to do a job as cam against a middling 2nd division team like pne. however, this would not be the game i’d choose to defend ‘outside-the-box’ lineups (i understand your comment was in jest–just saying): from the match reports and blogs, it apparently was the worst they’ve looked all year, and williams in particular was poor–just a whole lot of aimless running out of him with no end product, and the midfield was weak as a result of him being too far up the field.

    • Decent enough. The goal did slip in under his elbow as he was going down for the save, but not necessarily his fault. Might have been a foul by the offense a couple passes before the goal, which had all the Everton players a little miffed.

  4. only caught the second half of stoke-sunderland (god damn you geoff cameron), but yedlin looked good. didn’t get forward too much, but very solid on defense. he really has made great progress this season.

    • Yes. His defending is noticeably better compared to earlier in the season. And he still has the pace on the wing to come up when needed. Wonder where he will be next season?

  5. Arriola, Moreno, Requejo, and Orozco all started for Tijuana last night. I believe it was Moreno’s first start and Requejo’s first minutes of any kind.this season.

  6. So Bayern can win the league today and against an American field player and Fox doesn’t at least put that on FS1? Instead they are showing replays of racing. They sure are trying to maximize their investment into the Bundesliga.


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