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This weekend’s Soccer on TV

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It's a great weekend to be an English Premier League fan.

A handful of juicy match-ups headline the EPL schedule, and therefore lead the way in soccer viewing options for this weekend. Tottenham-Manchester United, Manchester City-Arsenal and Fulham-Everton will have American fans watching in big numbers.

Prefer La Liga? Barcelona faces feisty Getafe in a clash that is unlikely to be boring. Like Serie A? Napoli-Genoa is a must-see affair.

Then you have MLS, where the Houston Dynamo and Columbus Crew will battle in a match-up of the top two teams in MLS and winners of the past three MLS Cup titles.

Here are this weekend's Top 10 matches to watch, as well as the full weekend TV schedule:

Top Ten Matches to Watch

1. Tottenham vs. Manchester United. Spurs cominto the match with a perfect record, but must defeat the defending champions to prove they are for real.

2. Manchester City vs. Arsenal. Injuries to key stars have dimmed the spotlight on this key early-season clash, but you still can't miss it.

3. Getafe vs. Barcelona. Europe's champs take on a team that has given them trouble through the years. Expect plenty of offense. 

4. Genoa vs. Napoli. Whether or not you follow Serie A closely, you will want to see these two underrated teams clash. They're not as high-profile as the Milan clubs, but Genoa and Napoli boast some of the best young talent in Europe.

5. Fulham vs. Everton. Clint Dempsey vs. Tim Howard? You can't miss that battle of Americans, can you?

6. Columbus Crew vs. Houston Dynamo. Say it with me: MLS Cup Final Preview.

7. Wolfsburg vs. Bayer Leverkusen. Last year's Bundesliga champs take on the unbeaten and first-place club from Leverkusen. If you're trying to get into German soccer, you can do worse than watch this game.

8. Belenenses vs. Benfica. Will Freddy Adu play? U.S. fans will be anxiously awaiting Adu's debut with his new club. It will come this weekend, right? 

9. D.C. United vs. Seattle Sounders. A U.S. Open Cup Final rematch just a week after the original. Both teams are in dire need of three points to help their playoff chances.

10. Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich. Two teams American fans don't mind hating face off in a battle of surprising Bundesliga strugglers. 

This Weekend's Soccer TV Schedule


8pm– FSC- Charleston Battery vs. Miami FC

11pm– FSC- UC-Santa Barbara vs. Rutgers


9:30am– GolTV- Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich

9:30am– ESPN Deportes/ESPN360- VFL Wolfsburg vs. Bayer Leverkusen

10am– ESPN2- Liverpool vs. Burnley

10am– FSC- Stoke City vs. Chelsea

10am– Setanta Sports USA- Manchester City vs. Arsenal

Noon– GolTV- Getafe vs. Barcelona

Noon-ESPN360-Livorno vs. AC Milan

12:30pm– FSC- Tottenham vs. Manchester United

12:45pm– ESP360- Roda JC vs. PSV Eindhoven

1pm– Setanta Sports USA- Lyon vs. Lorient

2pm– ESPN Deportes/ESPN360-Espanyol vs. Real Madrid

2:30pm- FSC– Lazio vs. Juventus

3pm– Setanta Sports USA- Bordeaux vs. Grenoble

5pm– FSC- Sunderland vs. Hull City (Delayed)

5:55pm– Telemundo- Monterrey vs. Atlante

6pm– ESPN Deportes/Azteca- Jaguares vs. Puebla

6:45pm– Setanta Sports USA- Wigan Athletic vs. West Ham United

7pm– GolTV- Atletico Madrid vs. Racing Santander (Delayed)

7:30pm– Direct Kick- DC United vs. Seattle Sounders

7:30pm– MSG/Direct Kick- New York Red Bulls vs. Kansas City Wizards

8pm– Telefutura- San Luis vs. Chivas de Guadalajara

8pm– Fox Sports Espanol- Indios vs. Toluca

9pm– FSC/FSE-Real Salt Lake vs. Chicago Fire

10:15pm– Setanta Sports USA- Portsmouth vs. Bolton (Delayed)

11pm– GolTV- Flamengo vs. Sport


8:30am– ESPN Deportes/ESPN360- Ajax vs. NAC Breda

9am– ESPN360- SIena vs. AS Roma

9am– FSC- Inter Milan vs. Parma

9:05am– ESPN360- Cardiff City vs. Newcastle United

9:30am– ESPN360- Werder Bremen vs. Hannover 96

11am– ESPN2/ESPN Deportes- Sporting Gijon vs. Almeria

11:15am– FSC- Fulham vs. Everton

11:30am– GolTV- Cologne vs. Schalke 04

12:55pmUNAM Pumas vs. Pachuca

1pm– ESPN Deportes/ESPN360- Real Valladolid vs. Valencia

1pm– Belenenses vs. Benfica

2:30pm– FSC- Genoa vs. Napoli

3pm– GolTV- Xerez vs. Athletic Bilbao

3pm– Telefutura- Chivas USA vs. New England Revolution

3pm– Setanta Sports USA- AS Monaco vs. Paris St. Germain

3pm- Azteca America- Morelia vs. Tigres UANL (Delayed)

5pm– Direct Kick- Columbus Crew vs. Houston Dynamo

5pm– Univision- Santos Laguna vs. Queretaro

5pm– FSC- Louisville vs. Illinois-Chicago

5pm– Setanta Sports USA- Birmingham City vs. Aston Villa

6pm– Telefutura- America vs. Tecos


Which matches are you looking forward to watching? How many matches do you think you can see this weekend? Who do you see winning the big EPL clashes?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Subotic was born in Bosnia to ethnically Serb parents, then forced by the war to move to Germany with his family. He was only in the US as a teen. I don’t want to speculate, but you can imagine how his Serbian identity might have become very important to him.

    Regardless, “hating” him (let along his entire team) for not playing for the US, despite his having been cut from the U-20 WC team, is a bit harsh.

  2. I believe it’s Subotics father who was born there. Either way once he was cut from U20 and moved to Germany his tie to the US was cut. I image1.jpgblame Rongren simply for cutting a kid that a few months later was solid in bundesliga2 and 20 months later was starting in the bundesliga.

    I bet Adu comes on in min 80

  3. I speculated about the Adu thing a couple weeks ago just because I know, for fact, that some loan contracts do prohibit the loaned player squaring up against his contract holder… apparently not in this case. Good for him, I only wish it actually mattered!

  4. I’m a huge US-MNT fan and a big BVB fan. Kind of pointless to “hate” Subotic, much less the whole club. He’s of Serbian extraction and doesn’t “owe” us anything. If he wants to choose the wrong country, that’s his business, and not for us to question. Maybe he did it for his family. Maybe the US Soccer reps treated him like crap. Who knows, but choosing another country (where you happen to have been born) is fine by me.

  5. Freddy has said on his blog there is NO prohibition on his playing for Belenenses vs Benfica. But I have read in Record that the Belenenses coach says Freddy is not yet in the mix because he is physically behind other players, due to his lack of a preseason. I couldn’t understand if this meant that he would not play at all or he simply would not start. He has played 45 mins in a couple friendlies.

    Benfica screwed him by dicking him around. They should have let him stay with the national team at least thru the end of the Gold Cup. He did not leave the team to train with Benfica. He was working with a personal trainer.

    I hope everyone does not start saying he is a loser if he does not play this week. But hoping for calm, clear thought from US soccer blog posters is a pipe dream.

  6. Amy – I thought this too. I don’t think you can play against the team that holds your contract if you are on loan. I’m pretty sure this is the case for the Champions League, and it seems like it ought to be the case everywhere!

  7. Is the Real Madrid match not being televised? And I heard a poster a while ago say that Freddy wouldn’t be able to play against Benfica because you aren’t allowed to play against your former team. Anyone know if this is true?

  8. “10. Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich. >Two teams American fans don’t mind hating< face off in a battle of surprising Bundesliga strugglers."


    (SBI-Dortmund=Subotic, Bayern=dumped Landon Donovan.)

  9. I’m definitely watching Tottenham vs Man U. Tottenham has been so fun to watch. Palacios is an absolute stud in the middle, and Lennon is a beast on the wing. It was also fun to see Crouch score that header the other day. Should be a good game.


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