OT: Soccer Saturday Open Thread

Submitted by itsbigcat on March 18th, 2017 at 9:03 AM

Today’s Schedule:


2:00p       NYCFC v Montreal – Yes Network

4:00p       Atlanta v Chicago – Unimas

4:00p       Vancouver v Toronto- TSN1

7:00p       DC United v Columbus – MLS Live

7:30p       Orlando v Philadelphia – MLS Live

8:00p       Dallas v New England – MLS Live

8:30p       Sporting KC v San Jose – MLS Life

9:00p       Colorado v Minnesota – Altitude 2

9:30p       Real Salt Lake v LA Galaxy – MLS Live

10:30p    Portland v Houston – MLS Live


English Premier League

8:30a       West Brom v Arsenal – NBCSN

11:00a    Crystal Palace v Watford – NBCLiveExtra

11:00a    Everton v Hull City – NBCLiveExtra

11:00a    Stoke City v Chelsea – NBCSN

11:00a    Sunderland v Burnley – NBCLiveExtra

11:00a    West Ham v LCFC – NBCLiveExtra

1:30p       Bournemouth v Swansea - NBCSN


La Liga

8:00a       Eibar v Espanyol – BeinSportsConnect

11:15a    Athletic Bilbao v Real Madrid – BeinSports

1:30p       Alaves v Real Sociedad – BeinInEspanol

3:45p       Real Betis v Osasuna - BeinInEspanol


Serie A

1:00p       Torino v Inter – BeinSports

3:45p       AC Milan v Genoa - BeinSports


10:30a    Wolfsburg v Darmstadt 98 – Fox Soccer 2 Go

10:30a    Koln v Hertha Berlin – Fox Soccer 2 Go

10:30a    Augsburg v Freiburg – Fox Soccer 2 Go

10:30a    Werder Bremen v RB Leipzig – Fox Soccer Plus

10:30a    Hoffenheim v Bayer Leverkusen – FS1

1:30p       Frankfurt v Hamburger – Fox Soccer Plus


Ligue 1

12:00p    Nantes v Nice – BeinSportsConnect

3:00p       Nancy v Lorient – BeinSportsConnect

3:00p       Bordeaux v Montpellier – BeinSportsConnect

3:00p       Toulouse v Rennes – BeinSportsConnect

3:00p       Angers v Guingamp - BeinSportsConnect


Liga MX

7:00p       Cruz Azul v Tigres – Univision Deportes

7:00p       Queretaro v Pachuca – Not Televised

9:00p       Monterrey v Atlans – Galavision

9:00p       Leon v Toluca – Univision Deportes

11:00p    Necaxa v Chiapas – Not Televised

11:00p    Guadalajara v Veracruz – Univision Deportes



9:00a       Blackburn Rovers v Preston North End- Not Televised

9:00a       Nottingham Forest v Derby Co – BeinSports

11:00a    Birgmingham City v Newcastle – nufcTV

11:00a    Burton Albion v Brentford - Not Televised

11:00a    Cardiff City v Ipswich Town - Not Televised

11:00a    Fulham v Wolves - Not Televised

11:00a    Norwich v Barnsley - Not Televised

11:00a    QPR v Rotherham - Not Televised

11:00a    Wigan v Aston Villa - Not Televised

1:30p       Leeds United v Brighton Hove Albion – Sky Sports 1 UK



*If you don’t see a league or team listed that you want to follow and discuss, let me know and I’ll add it (within reason). I’m not going out of my way to make sure Scunthorpe or Drogheda United are covered here.

*All Time Eastern 

Enjoy, cheers, and Go Blue!





March 18th, 2017 at 11:05 AM ^

As much as it pains me to say this, I do think it's time for Arsene Wenger and Arsenal to part ways. I love Arsene and how he's built the club into an international powerhouse. However, it is clear that the club need some new blood in the coaching department.


March 18th, 2017 at 12:26 PM ^

Long-time Gunners fan, rapidly losing hope for this season, but suspecting that Wenger will be allowed to stay on for now (if he wishes), just to give him one last match at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-finals on April 23 against Manchester City. There will be no reason for him to stay on after the season ends.

It seems fairly clear that, based on their current form, Champions League 2017-18 will be out of Arsenal’s reach for the first time since the 1997-98 season. It’s likely that Manchester United, playing tomorrow against 19th place Middlesbrough, will pass Arsenal into fifth place and be two points up on the Gunners.  Everton, currently up 1-0 on Hull City, will tie Arsenal at 50 points with a win today, but Arsenal will have two games in hand on Everton.
Unless there’s a total collapse between now and the end of the regular season, Arsenal still should qualify for European competition next season.  We’ve seen how Chelsea (currently leading the EPL by ten points over Tottenham and Manchester City) has benefitted this season by not having to play any games in European competition. Chelsea lost nine of its first 16 EPL mtaches last season, then lost only four of its final 22 matches, but still finished in tenth place.  Arsenal's taking the opposite route this season in playing themselves out of Champions League competition with two wins and six losses in their most-recent EPL and Champions Leagues matches.
With the other FA Cup semifinalists, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City, likely to be in the Champions League next season, winning the FA Cup would give Arsenal the automatic spot in the Europa League.  If, as is likely, one of those other clubs wins the FA Cup, then the seventh place finisher in the EPL will get a spot in the third qualifying round of the Europa League for next season. Arsenal has seven points and two games in hand over West Browmich Albion for seventh place.


March 18th, 2017 at 11:15 AM ^

and the color guy's Scottist accent is so heavy I had to switch to CP/Watford.  Wow, I've never heard that accent to the point where it's a physical strain to understand.

A2 man

March 18th, 2017 at 1:52 PM ^

I enjoy watching soccer way more than any other sport on tv. Because there are no commercials (minus halftime). Seriously watching the uofm game was exhausting, with all the commercials. They won the game, but it was almost not worth watching. (OK yes it was), but my point is if uofm isn't playing I don't care because of how long it takes. Watching soccer is just so smooth, even when my teams aren't playing.