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Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

European continental action headlines the soccer slate on Thursday.

The UEFA Europa League returns with continued round of 16 action in the mid-late afternoon, as leg two of all eight matches take place with teams seeking to book their places in the quarterfinals. Manchester United will hope to distance themselves at Old Trafford as they enter even on aggregate with Rostov at 1-1. Elsewhere, Roma will try to come back against Lyon while down 4-2 after leg one.

Later in the day, Copa Libertadores group stage action continues. The road back from tragedy continues for Chapecoense as they face Lanus in the first game on Thursday evening, while Brazilian side Santos close out the day against The Strongest.

If you will be watching today’s action, please feel free to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Today’s TV schedule below):


2 p.m. – Fox Sports 2 – Krasnodar vs. Celta Vigo

2 p.m. – Fox Sports 1 – Besiktas vs. Olympiakos

2 p.m. – ESPN3/Fox Soccer 2Go – Genk vs. Gent

4:05 p.m. – Fox Sports 1 – Manchester United vs. Rostov

4:05 p.m. – Fox Soccer 2Go – Anderlecht vs. APOEL

4:05 p.m. – Fox Sports 2 – Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Schalke 04

4:05 p.m. – ESPN3/Fox Soccer 2Go – Roma vs. Lyon

4:05 p.m. – ESPN3/Fox Soccer 2Go – Ajax vs. Copenhagen


6:30 p.m. – Fox Soccer 2Go – Chapecoense vs. Lanus

8 p.m. – Fox Soccer 2Go – Penarol vs. Atletico Tucuman

8:45 p.m. – Fox Soccer 2Go – Santa Fe vs. Sporting Cristal

8:45 p.m. – Santos vs. The Strongest


  1. If Fabian is out is there time to replace him on the roster? Maybe arriola or green, how does the FIFA rules work on something like this

    • Yes a player can be replaced up to I think 24 hours in advance. It’s not like the WC or Copa were a roster is locked in.

    • Maybe a little hyperbole but it would be a huge blow. His skillset will be hard to replace with the roster we have. It’s not a stretch when I say he is one of our most important players in what are essentially must win games.

    • FJ is one of our better players but if slotted on the wing is in one of our deeper positions. Could postpone a possible move by CP inside. Nagbe or Pulisic can play LW, even Wood has played there for US and Morris for Sounders. Replacement if needed could point to where CP is going to play if it’s Green or Arriola look for him inside if it’s Kljestan or Benny he’ll be outside. Lletget could also replace FJ. Disappointing but hardly seems devastating. Unless he was secretly going to play FB then the roster still looks week at that position.

  2. Why did Fabian come off in the 16th minute? How serious is the injury? That could be devastating to our upcoming qualifiers.


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