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Weekend Commentary Thread
   April 26, 2013 (9:08 PM) by David     Email This Post Email This Post
 

Welcome to the Weekend Commentary Thread

Crunch Time Part 4:  The amount of time and number of matches is shrinking rapidly, no time for a bump in the road, its win and go forward. In the EPL, Manchester United have won the league with games to spare, Manchester City look like a lock for one of the remaining UCL spots. Everton seemed to be faltering, so the European slots are being contested by London’s Big Three. Separated by two points London’s giants Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are battling it out. Arsenal and Chelsea play Sunday, so Clint Dempsey and Co. have an opportunity to pass them both. Sounds good, with the opposition, Wigan, being  a bottom three team, easy win huh! Not so fast Wigan are the perennial survivalists, and never a walk over at the DW Stadium. But Tottenham should do Brad Guzan and Aston Villa a favor. One to watch. Tim Howard will lead Everton out to face Fulham and although mathematically still in the hunt for a Europa League spot, one game and five points behind Tottenham, Everton will have a tough task to make it.  Stoke and Norwich round out our Saturday EPL action in a game that has little meaning, both teams would like the points and move a little higher, realistically neither are in relegation trouble, and have very little to play for. Aston Villa play Monday, against a resurgent Sunderland (2W-2L-1D in the last five) in what’s best described as season defining.

With just two weeks left in the Championship, Cardiff, have the first automatic promotion spot to the EPL locked up. Jozy Altidore’s old club Hull and Watford are vying for the other automatic spot. Hull have the edge by one point with a game in hand. Positions four through nine are separated by just six points (position three through six enter the promotion playoff’s). From a US Overthere perspective, Bolton are #6 and Leicester #7, separated by one point. Bolton have the edge with an extra game, but find themselves away to leaders Cardiff, who will be wanting to celebrate promotion at home – tough nut for Bolton this weekend. It looks like it will all come down to next weekend’s final Championship matches to decide the final playoff spots.

In Germany, the Bundesliga has four weeks left. Bayern Munich are the champions, with Dortmund and Leverkusen looking to be the other two automatic UCL representative’s from Germany in the UCL. Jermaine Jones and Schalke, currently in the UCL qualifiers spot, do not seem to be hitting form at the right time, and sit just one point ahead of the pack, for the final spot and chance at UCL soccer. Realistically Hannover at #9 could catch them, if the stars are aligned correctly, as only five points separate #4 Schalke from #9 Hannover, so its up for grabs and Schalke’s to lose. At the bottom half of the table Hoffenheim are at home to Nurnberg and Tim Chandler. On Sunday Mainz will face off against Frankfurt. Mainz are mathematically still in the Europa League hunt, but with four games left and six points behind Frankfurt it realistically is a slim chance.

On Sunday, Michael Bradley and Roma will do all they can to entrench themselves in the Europa League hunt as one of Italy’s Serie A representatives. Currently out point out of the EL spot, they face relegation battling Siena, Roma should get the three points from this game. Nothing for us this weekend, in Holland, as AZ played at Heerenveen Friday, with Jozy Altidore scoring  two and setting up a third in a 4-0 win. AZ are now six points out of a Europa League place with two games left, but it would seem unlikely that they will make it. In Austria, #3 Rapid face #2 Salzburg, with the expected return of Terrence Boyd, who missed last week’s action with a suspension (yellow card accumulation). Rapid need some points from this game to maintain their lead of Sturm Graz who are three behind. A massive game for Anderlecht and Sasha Kljestan as they face nemesis Club Brugge on Sunday. In the wacky world of Belgium playoffs, Anderlecht have now slipped from their #1 spot and now have a battle on their hands to make the UCL from a charging Standard Liege. Not often mentioned, Tony Taylor and Estoril are knocking on the door for a Europa League place in Portugal. They won 2-1 against #4 Sporting Braga on Friday and now hold the #5 final spot, with three weeks left.

So there you have it, the major leagues in Europe as they approach their final few games. Of course this weekend we have many other games to follow, in Scandinavia, the lower European leagues and elsewhere around the world. So join me on the thread, rant and rave, discuss and debate or just make a comment, but join in, its what makes it fun.

Following last weekend I am assured by Comcast that the Internet will be available in Washington DC this weekend :) so join me Saturday Morning for all the games you can handle.

 
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186 Responses to “Weekend Commentary Thread”

  1. David says:

    Jason Seabrook is on for VPS (69)

    VPS 0 – 0 Honka (73)

  2. David says:

    Molde have announced their team for today’s game Vs Stromsgodset in Norway

    Josh Gatt starts for Molde

  3. David says:

    Kick Off in Norway

    Molde 0 – 0 Stromsgodset (1)

  4. David says:

    In Mexico;

    DeMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco start for Puebla as they host Atlas

    Puebla 0 – 0 Atlas (2)

  5. David says:

    In Denmark;

    Thomas Delaney is on the bench for Kobenhavn as they host Aarhus

    Kobenhavn 0 – Aarhus (2)

  6. David says:

    OK that’s the last game started for us today
    Let’s do a Scores Update

    Schalke 4 – 1 Hamburg (80)

    Kobenhavn 0 – 0 Aarhus (6)

    KuPS 0 – 1 Mariehamm (82)
    VPS 0 – 0 Honka (83)

    Puebla 0 – 0 Atlas (8)

    Rosenborg 0 – 1 Sandnes (53)
    Sarpsborg 1 – 0 Honefoss (53
    Molde 0 – 0 Stromsgodset (9)

    Bryne 0 – 0 Bodo/Glimt (54)
    Mjondalen 0 – 0 Ham-Kam (54)

  7. David says:

    Bryne have scored (53)

    Bryne 1 – 0 Bodo/Glimt (54)

    Bryne score again (56)

    Bryne 2 – 0 Bodo/Glimt (60)

  8. David says:

    In Germany, Mass subs by Schalke

    Off: Huntelaar, Jones, Bastos

    Jermaine Jones gets 81 minutes in today

    Schalke 4 – 1 Hamburg (90)

  9. David says:

    Ham-Kam open the scoring (62)

    Mjondalen 0 – 1 Ham-Kam (62)

  10. David says:

    All over in Germany

    Schalke with a great result to help their UCL chances

    Jermaine Jones 81 minutes

  11. David says:

    Not a good day for US Players in Scandinavia today – all their teams losing – DRAT! :(

  12. David says:

    VPS 0 – 0 Honka Final

    Karsten Smith goes 90, picks up a yellow card for VPS
    Jason Seabrook comes on in minute 69, gets 21 minutes for VPS

  13. David says:

    Oh Dear! more problems for a US Players team

    Rosenborg are a man down following a straight Red Card. The good news Sandnes MISSED the ensuing PK

    Rosenborg 0 – 1 Sandnes (68)

  14. David says:

    KuPS 0 – 1 Mariehamm FINAL

    After losing a man to a red card KuPS were a man and a goal down- tough day for Etchu Tabe who went 90 mins for KuPS

  15. David says:

    Ham-Kam double their lead (71)

    Mjondalen 0 – 2 Ham-Kam (71)

  16. David says:

    Bryne keep scoring (72)

    Bryne 3 – 0 Bodo/Glimt (72)

  17. David says:

    Mikel Diskerud is subbed out (tactical)following red card loss

  18. David says:

    Honefoss tie things up (74)

    Sarpsborg 1 – 1 Honefoss (74)

  19. David says:

    Stromsgodset go 1 up on Molde (31)

    Molde 0 – 1 Stromsgodset (31)

  20. David says:

    Scores Update;

    Kobenhavn 0 – 0 Aarhus (36)

    Puebla 0 – 0 Atlas (35)

    Rosenborg 0 – 1 Sandnes (80)
    Sarpsborg 1 – 1 Honefoss (80)
    Molde 0 – 1 Stromsgodset (36)

    Bryne 3 – 0 Bodo/Glimt (81)
    Mjondalen 0 – 2 Ham-Kam (81)

  21. David says:

    Half Time Update;

    Kobenhavn 0 – 0 Aarhus

    Puebla 0 – 0 Atlas

    Molde 0 – 1 Stromsgodset

  22. David says:

    Sarpsborg 1 – 1 Honefoss FINAL

    Steve Clark (GK) goes 90 min
    Kenneth di Vita Jensen comes on at 90+2 (as a time waste)

  23. David says:

    Bryne 4 – 0 Bodo/Glimt FINAL

    Bodo/Glimt absolutely thumped by Bryne with 4 2nd half goals

    Zak Valentine went the full 90 minutes for Bodo/Glimt

  24. David says:

    Mjondalen 0 – 2 Ham-Kam FINAL

    Jonathon Barrajo went 90 minutes for Mjondalen

  25. David says:

    Rosenborg 0 – 1 Sandnes FINAL

    Absolutely miserable day for Rosenborg who are hit with 2 RED CARDS, and lose two players for next week.

    Mikel Diskerud was subbed out (tactical) at minute 61 following the first Red Card

  26. David says:

    Molde go down by 2 (55)

    Molde 0 – 2 Stromsgodset (55)

  27. David says:

    Scores Update;

    Kobenhavn 0 – 0 Aarhus (65)

    Puebla 0 – 0 Atlas (67)

    Molde 0 – 2 Stromsgodset (66)

  28. David says:

    So with the day running down, the last 3 games we are following entering their final minutes, time to look back.

    Today we only were able to add 1 goal;
    Andrew Stadler scored for Sandvikens in Sweden Division 1

    We can add that to the weekend goal tally and things are not bad at all – starting with Jozy Altidore on Friday and ending with Andrew Stadler today. Add a few assists and its been a pretty successful weekend for US Players OverThere.

  29. David says:

    Molde have used all their subs so Josh Gatt will go the 90 today

  30. David says:

    Atlas have opened the scoring late in Puebla (82)

    Puebla 0 – 1 Atlas (82)

  31. David says:

    Molde score (83)

    Molde 1 – 2 Stromsgodset (84)

  32. David says:

    Puebla tie things up (85)

    Puebla 1 – 1 Atlas (85)

  33. David says:

    All over in Mexico

    Puebla 1 – 1 Atlas

    DeMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco both go 90 minutes for Puebla

  34. David says:

    In Denmark its a final score

    Kobenhavn 0 – 0 Aarhus

    Thomas Delaney never got off the bench

  35. David says:

    And Finally: In Norway its a final score of Molde 1 – 2 Stromsgodset

    Josh Gatt went the 90 minutes and picked up a yellow at 90+3

  36. David says:

    Its been a long day – made harder by the terrible results for US Players teams in Scandinavia today. Next week we will ‘kill it’

    Soft finish for a good weekend that starting with Jozy’s brace on Friday.

    OK I am out of here. Thank You for your participation this weekend, and I look forward to next weekend when we do it again, as the tension rises all over the world as seasons reach there closure.

    Don’t forget, you can get highlights and news of our boys Overthere from SoccerOverThere.com all week long so check back often.

    Look for you next weekend

    Cheers

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