The Weekend: Live Commentary

Already off to a positive start

MLS in full swing…and Brek Shea.

EPL starts.


Suarez tallies.

Dempsey at left mid for Fulham

…and Keiron Dyer already injured.

53 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Antonio H. on 2011/08/13 at 6:10 AM

    Everyon v Spurs was cancelled. It’s Villa(!) v Fulham


  2. Posted by dth on 2011/08/13 at 6:40 AM

    Borussia Dortmund, people.


    • Posted by crow on 2011/08/13 at 10:36 AM

      Is there a link to stream their games? I’m so glad in a way I cancelled DIRECTV- too much money just to watch soccer. But I am missing GolTV and all their other channels.

      I have always been anti-“front runner” (Is that even a term?) my entire life, but I fell in love with Dortmund last year. I’ve never seen an atmosphere anywhere in sports like their home stadium, and it just made me a fan. My dream for 50 years from now is for Philly Union home games or USMNT games to have the same atmosphere as Dortmund home games.

      And they play an attractive style of football.


      • Posted by dth on 2011/08/13 at 11:24 AM

        I just use for all my streaming needs.

        Sadly Dortmund fell 1-0 to Hoffenheim today. A bit unlucky–I thought they were basically equal in the first half.


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/08/13 at 7:58 PM

      Guess who just bought tickets to Bayern Munich vs Bayer Leverkusen on 24th Sept?

      Get. In. There.


  3. Posted by Jen on 2011/08/13 at 6:49 AM

    Hannover up 1-0 on Nurnberg, 16th minute. Chandler’s playing, Dolo’s on the bench.


  4. Posted by Ufficio on 2011/08/13 at 9:39 AM

    Terrence Boyd and Andrew Wooten each have ten goals in their last thirteen games for their respective reserve teams. It will be interesting to see whether either can get a shot at a higher level soon.


    • Posted by Sean on 2011/08/14 at 10:58 AM

      From what I understand, Boyd is highly rated in Germany, and has no plans to play for the US. This is from Brian Sciaretta, who I call an expert for young Germans.


      • Posted by Sean on 2011/08/14 at 11:08 AM

        Nevermind, different player I was thinking of.


        • Posted by consult on 2011/08/14 at 3:01 PM

          Out of curiosity, who were you thinking of? Is there a german dual-national we’re at risk of losing? Huerzler? (sp?)


      • Posted by dth on 2011/08/14 at 11:13 AM

        Yeah, Boyd played for our u-20s, if briefly.

        Boyd’s problem is that he’s playing at Borussia Dortmund. Granted, if you were going to break in anyway it’d be the comparatively weaker forward position…but still.


  5. Posted by scweeb on 2011/08/13 at 10:31 AM

    Did you guys do another fantasy league?


  6. Posted by crow on 2011/08/13 at 10:39 AM

    Well Wolves is tied for first so you can throw that EPL preview out the window. I don’t think they will have much trouble hanging on for the next 9 months.:)


  7. Posted by crow on 2011/08/13 at 10:40 AM

    So, Guzan is just going to be the backup again this year at Villa? And Lichaj didn’t even make the bench. Are either of those guys going to be transferred?


  8. Posted by crow on 2011/08/13 at 10:43 AM

    Bolton would like to welcome QPR to the EPL. Wow. I am afraid that Bolton won’t be the same this year, though, even when Holden gets back. I’m sad they lost that Korean winger and Elmander.


  9. And Joey Barton’s lunacy is in midseason form! Then again, form is temporary…class is permanent.


  10. Posted by John on 2011/08/13 at 1:15 PM

    Whitbread went off a 71 minutes in his game as well incidentally.


  11. Posted by dth on 2011/08/13 at 3:44 PM

    Luis Gil gets his second straight start for RSL at the #10 position.


  12. Posted by dth on 2011/08/13 at 5:03 PM

    BIDDING WAR: Egypt v. Red Bulls for the services, sweatpants of one Robert Bradley.


    • Posted by Paula on 2011/08/13 at 6:21 PM

      Is that true? Would be interesting. I thought Egypt was already looking for other candidates because Bradley’s initial asking price is too high.


      • Posted by dth on 2011/08/13 at 9:54 PM

        No, I was joking and speculating about the Red Bulls–Hans Backe doesn’t seem secure in any way.

        And while it was reported Egypt thought Bob Bradley was asking for too much $$$, I think it’s all contract posturing until proven otherwise.


        • Posted by Paula on 2011/08/14 at 12:10 AM

          Someone warn Bob — khakis would be cooler in that part of the world than sweats.

          If this deal goes through, I predict Bob will get his team to the World Cup (beating Algeria?) and the USMNT will be drawn in the same group. SECURE THE RIGHTS NOW, HOLLYWOOD.


  13. Posted by dth on 2011/08/13 at 5:09 PM

    Freddy Adu playing underneath Jack McInerney; not sure whether he’s supposed to be a Wayne Rooney-esque #10 in a 4-4-1-1, or a second striker.


    • Posted by dth on 2011/08/13 at 5:12 PM

      Looks like the former.


      • Posted by dth on 2011/08/13 at 5:31 PM

        Now switched to 4-4-2 with Freddy sliding to a left midfielder role. Longterm I hope they stick with their original idea.

        Anyway, Adu looks rusty.

        Shea looks lively and confident.


  14. Posted by Andy on 2011/08/13 at 6:07 PM

    Shea working on becoming appointment tv


  15. Posted by crow on 2011/08/13 at 6:14 PM

    And Valdes is involved in another ridiculous goal after a long throw-in. First the Colorado game the other week and now this. The Union couldn’t concede a goal in the first half of the season and now they are letting some real easy ones in.

    And just like the Colorado game, the Union give up a 2nd goal just as the half is about to end.

    And where is Danny Mwanga? He hasn’t been lights out this year, but he has looked good every single time I’ve seen him play. Same with Torres. Maybe even more so with Amobi Okugo. Piotr Nowak is really starting to get on my nerves. Thank goodness Nakazawa didn’t even make the bench today.


  16. Posted by crow on 2011/08/13 at 6:16 PM

    Pontius with two goals tonight. Matt will like that.


    • Posted by Matt Mathai on 2011/08/13 at 7:38 PM

      Yes, indeed. I liked it a lot. DC won 4-0 against a very weak Vancouver side (but we’d have lost to them last year, so it’s progress.)

      DeRosario, despite his outstanding recent form, missed a couple of sitters. Nolly looked indecisive in goal for Vancouver and let in a near-post shot by Najar.

      The biggest news for DC might have been the play of Willis, playing in place of the suspended Hamid. He looked calm and composed and made a couple of outstanding reflex saves while making all the routine ones.

      I was hoping to see more out of Hassli – I like how he plays, but McDonald and Jakovic, the DCU center backs, pretty much shut him down.

      We haven’t administered a beatdown in quite some time. I quite like it.


      • Posted by dth on 2011/08/13 at 7:52 PM

        I think the two best players in MLS this year have been Thierry Henry and Dwayne De Rosario. Crazy stuff–obviously neither will win the MVP.


  17. Posted by Gregorio on 2011/08/14 at 7:29 AM

    Lets Get Joey Barton to Tweet TSG!!!


  18. Posted by dikranovich on 2011/08/14 at 2:15 PM

    el clasico is in late season form in the bernabau. already two lead changes and a lot of consternation.


    • Posted by dikranovich on 2011/08/14 at 2:17 PM

      here comes xavi.


    • Posted by KickinNames... on 2011/08/15 at 8:47 AM

      It’s almost impossible but these games seem to exceed the hype from a quality of football and just sheer excitement standpoint. Even the awful tactics of last seaons Real Madmen vs Barcelona’s Drama Team was compelling theatre. Its become like an old school nfl football rivalry where the game seems to teeter on the brink of hard play vs intent to injure. And then as the nearly unlistenable (nay unintelligible?) Ray Hudson would overemote…Magic? Messi is a freaking beast. Bounces off two defenders without a thought for the PK dive and just powers his way through.
      BTW- I’d like to see Ray do a game with Steve McMenamin just to have Stevie call him ou t a few times on his nonsense. 15 mins in and he’s blowing Mourinho on the newly resurgent and totally dominant RM side and Barca doesn’t belong on the pitch. I mean Hindenburg disaster level drama. At 1-0 15 mins in on their home turf…it was embarrassing and I’m a neutral.
      Villa hits a bombaso and all is right in the world…I’d really like to see a neutral announcing team for one of those games to do it justice.


  19. Posted by dth on 2011/08/14 at 4:01 PM

    Robbie Keane officially to Galaxy, if all of the journalists on twitter are to be believed. You have to imagine Keane’s still got something in the tank, and if so you’d have to imagine it’s a big upgrade for LA. I mean, Chad Barrett is their best striker.


  20. Posted by dth on 2011/08/14 at 7:16 PM

    Thomas Dooley has an interesting interview here:

    One of the subjects he raises is that the young American players are missing out on experiences–not just the practice time, but watching the play of their betters on TV. At first, you think: oh, well, not so bad–there’s more soccer on TV every month, it seems. Then, second, you think: oh, no, that means substantial numbers of young Americans are learning the game from John Harkes.


  21. Posted by Ufficio on 2011/08/14 at 7:56 PM

    Once upon a time Kenny Cooper was able to put the ball in the back of the net, right? Or is my memory faulty?


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