Saturday Live Commentary: Get Some..

Back in full effect next week.

In fact a piece on the Euro 2012 draw out later today.

Best game to watch today? Newcastle vs. Chelsea? Close. Barca vs. top-table wannabee Levante? Not quite.

Inter vs. Udinese? Not bad, but…

The correct answer? Stateside…UCLA battle Lousville for the right to move on to the semis of the College Cup. The storylines can be found here.

Louisville's Nick DeLeon, rows instead of dreds, spanks home a UCLA folly earlier this year...

29 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by GeorgeCross [@BhasViswanathan] on 2011/12/03 at 5:47 AM

    I hope everybody has worked off the extra calories consumed last week.

    Thought this woild be of interest: http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/blog/2011/dec/02/mls-epl-brek-shea-arsenal-everton?INTCMP=SRCH

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  2. Posted by GeorgeCross [@BhasViswanathan] on 2011/12/03 at 5:56 AM

    If the ref deems that a foul, surely it has t be red? Last man, and Cech would not have collected the ball. Who scouted / bought Luiz?

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  3. Posted by GeorgeCross [@BhasViswanathan] on 2011/12/03 at 6:03 AM

    I must admit, I was a little critical of Krul in the past, but what a season he’s having so far.

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  4. Posted by dth on 2011/12/03 at 8:00 AM

    Dortmund–Monchengladbach, people. Did we all see the rumors from Honigstein that Dortmund is making a move for Reus (in the summer)? That would be straight nasty, friends.

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    • Posted by dth on 2011/12/03 at 8:34 AM

      Dortmund up 1-0. They could absolutely win the league. Crazy to contemplate given Bayern’s absurd start to the season, but true.

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    • Posted by GeorgeCross [@BhasViswanathan] on 2011/12/03 at 10:41 AM

      You’re assuming that they could afford him [if rumours areto be believed, there is talk about some big money for him from Europe’s biggest clubs]. Plus is Gotze is going to stick around?

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      • Posted by dth on 2011/12/03 at 11:23 AM

        (according to Honigstein) Gotze and his family are inclined to stick around another year, which certainly makes sense. Dortmund’s a really good team, Klopp’s a really good coach, and they’ll probably be in the Champions League again, especially since the Bundesliga gets four spots.

        In terms of Reus: it depends on how much of a homebody he is. A lot of Germans don’t particularly care to leave the country, and a lot of German clubs don’t want to sell to Bayern. My impression of Dortmund is that they’re more fiscally prudent than without resources, as they had some fiscal straights in the early aughts, IIRC. At any rate, because they sell out a 90k stadium every matchday, and should benefit from two years of Champions League payouts, they might just be able to afford an outlay. The idea was that they’d use this year to consolidate before getting more ambitious in 2012-13.

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  5. Posted by dth on 2011/12/03 at 8:05 AM

    In terms of Euro 2012…I actually like that there’s a Group of Death. That’s the essence of the Euros–the absolute stackedness of the tournament–and it’s disappointing they’re diluting the tournament.

    I suppose the depth crown will now fall to Copa America, unless they decide to let in CONCACAF for the cash money.

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    • Posted by Berniebernier on 2011/12/03 at 9:53 AM

      Obviously it depends on how they do it but inviting CONCACAF to the Copa America would make it even stronger. As it is there were U-23 teams last year. Replace Mexico U-23 with Mexico senior team and get rid of Costa Rica u23 with the USMNT and the tournament just got a lot stronger.

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      • Posted by Ufficio on 2011/12/03 at 10:32 AM

        The plan I’ve seen floated would allow in six CONCACAF teams to push total participation up to 16.

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        • Posted by dth on 2011/12/03 at 11:27 AM

          Right, that’s what I’ve seen. Adding U.S., Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras, Canada and Jamaica (we’ll say) would certainly dilute the tournament but not (IMO) that ridiculously. I’m sure South Americans would have a different opinion.

          Anyway, I’m sure it’ll happen because there’s just too much potential money involved. They’ll eventually put it in the U.S., too. Could you imagine the revenue possibilities from BRAZIL-ARGENTINA…IN THE ROSE BOWL.

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          • Posted by Berniebernier on 2011/12/03 at 4:32 PM

            The last two adds say Jamaica and Canada are a step up from the two U23 teams (makes it stronger) So adding US and Mexico clearly strengthen the tournament IMO. Honduras and costa rica probably weaken it. That said getting rid of the spot for the third place team in the group stages makes the group stage more intense IMO.

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            • Posted by Jared on 2011/12/03 at 7:25 PM

              Costa Rica doesn’t weaken it at all. They are better than either Jamaica or Canada. The Costa Rican U23 did a decent job of being respectable last summer.

              I’d pick the U23 teams of Costa Rica and Mexico as stronger than Jamaica and Canada.

    • Posted by GeorgeCross [@BhasViswanathan] on 2011/12/03 at 10:36 AM

      I remember when the EUROs was only 8 teams at the Finals – talk about every fixture being a heavy-weight match-up. With the fragmentation of Europe in the early 1990s, it was inevitable the number of participants would increase – and it did during EURO96 to 16 teams. But I personally think that is a good number when you consider the quality depth of UEFA. I 100% agree with DTH re. being against increasing the tournament numbers to 24 in 2016. Look at this tournament, the two hosts who would not even qualify for the tournament if they had to qualify, ad given top seeding, has really effed things up, by diluting the quality.

      The other thing I would mention is: the 4 best teams [Spain, Germany, Netherlands & Italy] wont match up in the knock-out until the SFs – you’d have to be brave to bet against them gettingout of their group.

      UEFA has two kids – the EUROs and CL – and I’d want to protect both kids [brands]. As it is, the CL is going to get stronger, whilst the EUROs is getting weaker prior to the QFs – because we’re going to have the likes of Hungary, Scotland and Slovakia ‘making up the numbers’.

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  6. Posted by Dylan on 2011/12/03 at 9:19 AM

    Announcers during the Chelsa game mentioned that Drogba may be heading to the Galaxy. That would be fun to see. I really like Keane, and I would think the signing would mean Beckham would be gone, but I’d like to see Beckham feeding Drogba next season. Any thoughts on wheter or not this would be a good move for the team, and/or MLS. Also like to see the Galaxy make a big push to win the Champions League

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    • Posted by John on 2011/12/03 at 9:58 AM

      Whether there is some behind the scenes contact or not, it DOES appear that it is Drogba’s agent that is starting these rumors. He admitted as such during an interview with SI.

      “At Didier’s age, he has nothing left to prove as a player. He will go where he is offered the most money.

      “It could be the United States, Russia, Qatar or somewhere else in Asia. Once you are well into your thirties you have to go to a club where you can be certain you’ll be able to pay your bills.

      “LA Galaxy are a possibility among many others. He has been linked with Anzhi Makhachkala in Russia, as they pay well. But neither Didier nor I have had an offer from them yet.”

      http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/soccer/11/29/drogba.chelsea/index.html#ixzz1fUXzMd42

      So when you hear those rumors take them with a grain of salt.

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    • Posted by dth on 2011/12/03 at 11:24 AM

      That said, would love to see Drogba in MLS. He’s still got something left in the tank,and is one of the few names recognizable to the casual sports fan in this country.

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      • Posted by Jared on 2011/12/03 at 2:29 PM

        Drogba would go full on beast mode in MLS. It wouldn’t even be fair. Did you see him chasing down Lovenkrands (I think) from behind for about 30 yards into Newcastle’s half? His header was all him as well because that cross had little power behind it.

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    • Posted by Excellency on 2011/12/04 at 8:05 PM

      Drogba would be great in Qatar.

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  7. Posted by John on 2011/12/03 at 11:28 AM

    For those not watching the United/Villa game, Javier Hernandez went down in a heap just inside the box (no contact) and was subbed out immediately. He was taken out on a stretcher with his left leg in a brace. He was clutching his ankle area.

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  8. Posted by Ufficio on 2011/12/03 at 11:39 AM

    Guzan on for Given.

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2011/12/03 at 11:48 AM

      what happened?

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    • Posted by Antonio H. on 2011/12/03 at 1:52 PM

      Pulled a leg muscle in the 38th. And re: your herd tweet, he was pretty pedestrian, not sure why Eck started him over Petrov given the opponent. Better as a RWB imo.

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  9. Posted by dth on 2011/12/03 at 5:29 PM

    It’s nice to see so many fans at the UCLA-Louisville game.

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    • Posted by dth on 2011/12/03 at 5:32 PM

      For all the faults of college soccer, I suspect the interest it generates in fans is a big plus for soccer in this country overall.

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  10. Posted by dth on 2011/12/04 at 11:31 AM

    JOLAZO: http://www.twitvid.com/690M6

    almost as impressed by the little first touch pass in the middle of the sequence as the goal.

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  11. Posted by dth on 2011/12/04 at 11:32 AM

    Also. Stanford women’s soccer is winning the run of play so far in their quest to finally win the College Cup, after four years of playing the game the right way (i.e. more Barcelona-esque).

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  12. Posted by David on 2011/12/04 at 6:38 PM

    Del Piero came off in the Juventus game gushing blood. He ended up with some stitches in his head, staying in the hospital overnight,

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