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This Weekend’s Soccer on TV (and Top 10 matches to watch)

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Arsenal has been on Chelsea's trail through the Premier League season, but the Gunners could surpass the suddenly struggling Blues with a win this weekend against Tottenham in a vital London Derby.

Chelsea can hold onto first place with against Birmingham, while Manchester United could pull even with Chelsea with a win and Chelsea loss.

For American soccer fans, MLS Cup will be the headlining event, but the U.S. women's national team are also playing a crucial match, the first of two against Italy for a place in the World Cup.

MLS teams aren't the only ones featuring Americans in a playoff. Herculez Gomez, Jose Torres and Marco Vidal will be a part of Pachuca's attempt to knock off Monterrey in the second leg of their series.

Here is a rundown of this weekend's soccer on TV, as well as SBI's Top Ten Matches to Watch:



1. Arsenal vs. Tottenham. London Derby should be dynamic attacking display (at least we hope for a match this early).

2. FC Dallas vs. Colorado Rapids. Two MLS originals vie for their first MLS title.

3. AC Milan vs. Fiorentina. Milan looks to hold on to first place.

4. Bayer Leverkusen vs. Bayern Munich. Bayern is in dire need of three points, but second-place Leverkusen won't make it easy.

5. Monterrey vs. Pachuca. Pachuca tied the first leg, but now needs a victory in the second leg to advance in the Mexican League playoffs.

6. Fulham vs. Manchester City. Clint Dempsey just had a son born this week so he could be ready to do the rockabye baby goal celebration against struggling Manchester City.

7. Ajax vs. PSV Eindhoven. This Dutch clash is usually one of the more entertaining in Europe, with Luis Suarez the star of the show.

8. Bolton vs. Newcastle. Stuart Holden is coming off his best game for Bolton, and will now face off against England starlet Andy Carroll.

9. Schalke vs. Werder Bremen. Jermaine Jones and Schalke are in the Bundesliga relegation zone and need a win against mid-table Bremen.

10. USA Women vs. Italy. The USA Woman are in must-win mode in the first leg of this two-leg playoff for a World Cup berth.




7:45am– ESPN2/ Arsenal vs. Tottenham Hotspur

9:30am– GolTV- Schalke 04 vs. Werder Bremen

9:30am– Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Mainz

10am– Birmingham City vs. Chelsea

10am– Blackpool vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers

10am– Bolton vs. Newcastle United

10am– Fox Socer Channel- Manchester United vs. Wigan Athletic

10am– West Brom vs. Stoke City

10:30am– USA women vs. Italy

12pm– Fox Soccer Plus/ Roma vs. Udinese

12:20pm– Sheffield United vs. Crystal Palace

12:30pm– Fox Soccer Channel- Liverpool vs. West Ham United

12:30pm– Bayer Leverkusen vs. Bayern Munich

1pm– Rennes vs. Brest

2pm– GolTV- Penarol vs. Defensor Sporting

2:45pm– Ajax vs. PSV

2:45pm– Soccer Channel- A.C. Milan vs. Fiorentina

3pm– Nice vs. Montpellier

4pm– GolTV- Real Madrid vs. Athletic Bilbao

6pm– Azteca America- Cruz Azul vs. Pumas

6:15pm– GolTV- Deportes Tolima vs. Santa Fe Bogota

8pm– Telefutura- America vs. San Luis

8:30pm– GolTV- La Equidad Bogotá vs Atlético Huila

11pm– Fox Soccer Channel- Sydney FC vs. Perth Glory


6:30am– Genoa vs. Juventus

8:30am– Soccer Plus- Blackburn vs. Aston Villa

9am– Verona vs. Inter Milan

9am– Parma vs. Lazio

9:30am– GolTV- Stuttgart vs. Cologne

11am– Fox Soccer Channel- Fulham vs. Manchester City

11am– DirecTV- Osasuna vs. Sporting Gijon

11am– DirecTV- Espanyol vs. Hercules

11am– DirecTV- Levante vs. Racing Santander

1pm– GolTV- Sevilla vs. Mallorca

2:45pm– Soccer Channel- Napoli vs. Bologna

3pm– GolTV- Real Sociedad vs. Atletico Madrid

3pm– Lens vs. Lyon

5pm– Telemundo- Monterry vs. Pachuca

7pm– Telefutura- Santos Laguna vs. Jaguares

8:30pm– ESPN- Colorado vs. FC Dallas




  1. Sagna is 1 heck of a player

    BTW watching the BMG-Mainz match.

    Pretty stale atm but fun to watch the Bundesliga. Even a USA flag by the sidelines. Bradley got a Yellow in the 22nd for a challenge on a player who had the ball near the touchline. But the thing is Bradley actually was gunning for the ball.

  2. Watching M’Gladbach vs Mainz on ESPN3. Running this through the XBox360 onto the big screen and it really looks great. Impressed with the technology.

  3. It looked like Fabregas pulled Chamakh’s arm up when he raised his, rather than both of them independently raising their own arms. Still, it was weird. And stupid.

  4. Arsenal has nobody to blame but themselves, they threw that away. Although the ref did not help on that 2nd goal, not even close to a foul by song

  5. Well, looks like Gallas got the last laugh over Nasri. What a gritty performance by Spurs. Whether it remains number 1 remains to be seen, but it’ll be hard to top.

  6. A few things.

    Chamakh may score some goals, but he destroys more fast breaks than any player in recent memory. He single handedly ruined several almost sure goal opportunities today.

    Arshavin is done, he simply cannot compete anymore like he used to.

  7. “rob” (if I may call you that).

    You don’t know me. You don’t know where I’m from, where I live, where my loyalties lie, or why I like the things that I like.

    Don’t try and pretend as if you know me. You’ve already shown yourself to be a fool, speak again and remove all doubt.

  8. Ok folks, it’s not a matter of what players are better. Obviously any EPL match will feature better players top to bottom than the MLS cup game. The question of which game is the #1 or #2 game to watch is sort of an individual choice, yeah?

    I would watch the better teams and players over the MLS Cup because I don’t care about the teams in the final. Other people find MLS entertaining. Cool. Worldwide, more people will watch the Arsenal-Tottenham game, in the US it will be close.

    Don’t really need to fight about it.

  9. Nobody reasonable thinks that FCD or Colorado can beat a full-strength team from the Premier League. That’s obviously a laughable statement, and I’ve hinted at nothing of the sort in my post. Good job on tearing down that strawman Leo.

    However, you would have to be lying to yourself if you said that these teams are not fun to watch. There is plenty enough skill and talent in these teams’ rosters for fun, end-to-end action for ANY observer, neutrals included.

    Your reason for watching EPL games over MLS games is not merely for “entertainment,” as it rarely is for most Eurosnobs. There is more talent than there are resources and roster spots in the top teams in the top 4 leagues of the world. Plenty of fun games can be found anywhere else, including in MLS. Your reasons for zeroing in on a derby game in North London of all places are far more petty and childish, coming from a sense of entitlement and misunderstanding of what the sport is about. If you don’t feel a connection with teams in your own domestic league and don’t feel the need to watch the biggest game of the MLS season, I don’t know what else to say to you.

  10. Tell you what, moron. Why don’t you put the best XI from FCD and Colorado and put them up against the best from Arsenal and Tottenham.

    Afterwards, I’ll kindly invite you to shut up.

  11. Of course you don’t “care.” Anybody whose happiness is predicated upon other people’s judgments of them probably won’t ever be happy. Good for you.

    That said, such an attitude shouldn’t excuse you from being told that you are a foolish Eurosnob, that not wanting to see two quality, attacking teams full of talent in FCD and Colorado is definitely in poor judgment, and that most sane soccer fans in the United States who want to see the domestic league grow in strength hope you change your ways.

  12. I’m watching Arsenal – Tottenham right now.

    I probably won’t watch the MLS Cup final.

    Guess what? I don’t care if you don’t like that.

  13. I am going to challenge the statement that far more people will watch Arsenal-Spurs than MLS Cup final. I would guess that more people will watch the Cup, but if not then at least it will not be “far more” as you claim.

  14. You’re really gonna compare the N. London Derby with the MLS Final. I’m all for supporting our domestic league but we’re talking about one of the top rivalries in all of Europe pitting mega stars (vdv, bale, modric) vs mega stars (Cesc, Walcott, Nasri, Wilshere)…Gunners all the way!

  15. Would have been a classy move to put the MLS Cup first. You do claim to approach the game with an “American voice”. . . . I tend to favor championships over run-of-the-mill league games, even derbies.

    Madrid v. Bilbao should be a nice game. One of the more emotionally/politically charged contests each season.

  16. really depends on your perspective. personally if they were on at the same time i’d chose to watch the mls cup final but i cant speak for every living soccer fan in this country.

  17. It says a lot that a regular season fixture from a league across the Atlantic Ocean takes precedence over the Cup Final, the biggest game of the season in the domestic league.

    “The world of soccer with an American voice.”

    And I’m not even a FCD or Rapids fan.

  18. Geez, between this and the Arsene Wenger video, when did this site become filled with a bunch of sissy whiners? And Bob Bradley isn’t even involved!!

  19. Jermaine was kicked out of the lineup for Schalke due to poor form (read:insubordination), but I doubt it will be a snooze fest as both teams are in dire need of points.

  20. hmmm. a regular season premier league game beats out the mls cup, even on soccer by Ives. that’s gotta hurt a bit for some. but its’ true…

    (SBI- While we obviously factor in the American aspect of things, Arsenal-Tottenham is tough game to top. Let’s face it, far more people will watch Arsenal-Tottenham than Dallas-Colorado, but that doesn’t mean MLS Cup isn’t worth watching. I think it’s going to be very entertaining.)

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