With a thrilling week of World Cup qualifying action behind us, international club soccer will once again take center stage this weekend as players change their focus from national teams to club teams.
There is no shortage of marquee match-ups, whether in England, Spain or MLS, which is winding up its regular season with some crucial playoff-impacting tilts.
The weekend's top tilts feature Chelsea against Brad Friedel and Aston Villa, as well as FC Barcelona taking on Valencia.
Here is a rundown of this weekend's soccer on TV, along with the Top Ten Matches to Watch:
This Weekend's Top 10 Matches to Watch
1. Aston Villa vs. Chelsea. Villans looked good in draw vs. Manchester City before international break, but Chelsea will provide a stiffer test.
2. Valencia vs. Barcelona. Can the Davids, Silva and Villa, slow down Barca? Will Thierry Henry be out to prove something amid all the Robinho talk? Expect goals galore.
3. Juventus vs. Fiorentina. Juve struggled before the international break and gets a tough challenge right off the bat from Gilardino and the 'Viola'.
4. Hamburg vs. Bayer Leverkusen. The top two teams in the Bundesliga square off, with Hamburg the favorites to knock off the surprising squad from Leverkusen.
5. Houston Dynamo vs. Los Angeles Galaxy. This battle for first place in the MLS Western Conference should be played in front of a packed crowd at Robertson Stadium as Stuart Holden and Landon Donovan battle.
6. FC Dallas vs. Colorado Rapids. The red-hot squad from Dallas can move closer to a playoff berth with a win against Conor Casey and the Rapids.
7. Fulham vs. Hull City. Can Jozy Altidore keep the momentum going from his impressing showing against Costa Rica at mid-week? Will Clint Dempsey be back from his shoulder injury?
8. Genoa vs. Inter Milan. Inter leads Serie A but Genoa has title aspirations that will make knocking off Jose Mourinho's men vital.
9. Palmeiras vs. Flamengo. First-place Palmeiras take on Adriano and Flamengo in what should be an entertaining clash.
10. New England Revolution vs. Chicago Fire. The Fire look to build some momentum heading into the playoffs while the Revs try and stop an awful late-season slide that could cost them a playoff spot.
This Weekend's Soccer on TV
7:30am- ESPN2- Aston Villa vs. Chelsea
9:30am- Setanta USA- Manchester United vs. Bolton
10am- FSC- Sunderland vs. Liverpool
10am- ESPN360.com- Blackpool vs. Plymouth Argyle
10- Fox Sports Espanol- Portsmouth vs. Tottenham
Noon- FSC- Juventus vs. Fiorentina
Noon- ESPN360.com/Setanta USA- Nottingham Forest vs. Newcastle United
12:30pm- GolTV- Hamburg vs. Bayer Leverkusen
12:45pm- ESPN360.com- Ajax vs. Willem II
2:30pm- FSC- Montreal Impact vs. Vancouver Whitecaps
2:40pm- FSE/RAI- Genoa vs. Inter Milan
3pm- Setanta USA- Lille vs. Rennes
4pm- GolTV- Valencia vs. Barcelona
4pm- Direct Kick- Toronto FC vs. Real Salt Lake
5pm- ESPN Deportes- FC Twente vs. AZ Alkmaar (Delayed)
6pm- FSC- New England Revolution vs. Chicago Fire
6pm- Azteca America- Cruz Azul vs. Tecos
8pm- Direct Kick- D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew
8pm- Azteca America- Indios vs. Atlante
8pm- Telemundo- Monterrey vs. Jaguares
8:30pm- Direct Kick- Kansas City Wizards vs. Seattle Sounders
8:30pm- Direct Kick- FC Dallas vs. Colorado Rapids
8:30pm- Setanta USA- Arsenal vs. Birmingham (Delayed)
9:45pm- Telemundo- Atlas vs. Queretarao
10pm- Telefutura- San Luis vs. UNAM Pumas
10:15pm- Setanta USA- Everton vs. Wolves (Delayed)
10:30pm- Direct Kick- Chivas USA vs. San Jose Earthquakes
2am- FSC- Gold Coast United vs. Perth Glory
6am- Setanta USA- Lokomotiv Moscow vs. Spartak Moscow
8am- Setanta USA- Blackburn vs. Burnley
9am- FSC/FSE- Lazio vs. Sampdoria
11am- FSC/FSC- Wigan vs. Manchester City
1pm- Telemundo- Toluca vs. Tigres
1pm- FSE- Morelia vs. Pachuca
2:45pm- FSC/RAI- AC Milan vs. AS Roma
2:45pm- Setanta USA- Toulouse vs. Paris St. Germain
3pm- GolTV- Osasuna vs. Atletico Madrid
3pm- Telefutura- Houston Dynamo vs. LA Galaxy
5pm- Univision- Club America vs. Puebla
5pm- FSE- Huracan vs. River Plate
5pm- GolTV- Palmeiras vs. Flamengo (Delayed)
3pm- ESPN2- Fulham vs. Hull City
8pm- Telefutura- Santos Laguna vs. Chivas de Guadalajara
Which matches are you most looking forward to watching? Think Aston Villa can knock off Chelsea? Who do you see winning the Galaxy-Dynamo tilt?
Share your thoughts below.
For the 02 worldcup I used the Ives west coast technique all tournament. Now I’m on the flip side.. New baby wakes at 5am I act the hero “I got it babe”.. Head downstairs for the feeding and 2nd half.. win.win
^^^^ hilarious (i live in Cali) the last hour is the toughest. it’s a cake walk until then. and all of a sudden you wake up and the counter reads 5am and u realize u missed the first half, then next thing you know you find urself walking up again and you’re sprawled over the couch drooling on some throw pillows until the 7am games. damn! oh and ur not in the cheeriest of moods until about 7pm later that night…
“7:30am- ESPN2- Aston Villa vs. Chelsea”
So that’s like 4:30 am in California? Eff that, lol.
(SBI-Just hit the club/bar really hard, get some post-party grub, then watch Villa-Chelsea before passing out. It works out pretty well actually (so I’ve heard).
U-20’s WC, Ghana beat Brazil on penalty kicks. Although Brazil had man advantage for 70 minutes they often played 7 or 8 back, very unlike Brazil. Great win for Ghana.
Soccer from 7:30am till 4 am that is awesome.
Any chance we could get some live blogging of some of these important last few weeks MLS games?
Can’t Wait for that Gold Coast United Versus Perth game… It’s gonna be mental!
Visca el Barça! Hope to see the Blaugrana pick up where they left off in La Liga
I’m pretty sure Milito is hurt for awhile, so I’d imagine he won’t be playing against Genoa…
wtf. the madrid game isn’t on? not even on 360?! a tape delay? anything?!?!
i expect to be chastised for this but im looking forward to watchin the newcastle v forrest tilt! espn360 is my savior so i can watch my pathetic but resurgent magpies!
According to dcunited.com
Deportivo Toluca F.C. vs D.C. United
Tue, October 20, 2009 – 08:00 PM ET
* Fox Soccer Channel
(SBI-Yes, that game is Tuesday. My mistake.)
Diego Milito against his former team. Also, as a Liverpool fan I have to say its a big 5 game, 17 day stretch that, dare I say it, could define their season. At Sunderland and home to Man U with Lyon in between coming to Anfield. Then 2 consecutive away matches at Fulham and Lyon. We’ll find out if we’ll see they are contenders or pretenders on all fronts. Especially without Torres and Gerrard, at least for Saturday, in a must win game to keep pace. These are the times I need an extra set of nails
It’s a big game but I think the Chi-NE will make for poor TV. Small crowd (shoved on one half of the stadium, I hate that!), cold, rainy, NFL lines. Ughh. Almost glad I don’t have FSC.
It’s all about Villa and Chelsea. Should be a great battle, but I think Chelsea just has too much firepower, even for Villa’s revamped and much improved back line. FINALLY ESPN has a good weekend EPL matchup.
Hey I really like the top ten games to watch with a bit of background.
As much as I love soccer, it is very hard to keep up with all the different leagues. Thanks for staying on top of things.
Come on Jozy, I am rooting for you. Not sure why you are still in the States, but get your ass over to England and get on to that pitch Monday night.
I hope for nothing more out of this weekend from US players other than Jozy gets to play and scores a goal.
Where’s the Sunday ESPN La Liga game?