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French League leaders Lille will look to lock up the Ligue 1 title today in a home showdown against Paris St. German.

With the English Premier League, German Bundesliga and Serie A all having already decided their champions, Lille will look to be the next in line to lift a trophy (or drop one off a bus), but with PSG having its own European aspirations to fight for, it won't be a cakewalk for Eden Hazard and Co.

On the MLS front, the Houston Dynamo will look to knock off a Thierry Henry-less New York Red Bulls side, while San Jose will look to knock off New England at home to start up its own winning streak.

Apologies for the late posting of today's SS, but with so few morning options, we left it for later in the day. If you will be watching today's action, or would like to discuss today's earlier games, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Today's TV Schedule is after the jump):


2 p.m. - Deportes - Real Madrid vs. Almeria

2 p.m. - DirecTV - Hercules vs. Sporting Gijon

2:30 p.m. - - Schalke vs. MSV Duisburg (DFB Pokal final)

3 p.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - Lille vs. Paris-St. Germain

3 p.m. - Fox Soccer Plus/ - Lyon vs. Caen

3 p.m. - - Auxerre vs. Brest

3 p.m. - - Lens vs. Arles

3 p.m. - - Marseille vs. Valenciennes

3 p.m. - - Montpellier vs. Monaco

3 p.m. - - Nice vs. Lorient

3 p.m. - - Stade Rennes vs. Nancy

3 p.m. - - Sochaux vs. St. Etienne

3 p.m. - - Toulouse vs. Bordeaux

4 p.m. - DirecTV - Espanyol vs. Sevilla

4 p.m. - DirecTV - Osasuna vs. Villarreal

4 p.m. - Azteca America - Tijuana vs. Irapuato (Liga de Ascenso promotion final second leg)

4 p.m. - GOLTV - Real Sociedad vs. Getafe

4 p.m. - - Valencia vs. Deportivo La Coruna

4 p.m. - - Mallorca vs. Atletico Madrid

6 p.m. - GOLTV - America de Cali vs. Deportes Tolima (delayed)

8 p.m. - Galavision - Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire

8 p.m. - GOLTV - Levante vs Real Zaragoza (delayed)

8:30 p.m. - MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live - Houston Dynamo vs. New York Red Bulls

10 p.m. - ESPN2/ Deportes - Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Chivas USA

10 p.m. - MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live - Seattle Sounders vs. Sporting Kansas City

10:30 p.m. - MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live - San Jose Earthquakes vs. New England Revolution

11 p.m. - MLS Direct Kick/MatchDay Live - Portland Timbers vs. Columbus Crew



  1. Red bulls look disinterested, for what ever reason. They are giving the ball away like crazy and seem to be moving at half speed.

  2. I cannot wait until MLS gets control of the refs. I am sick of watching them blow calls all over the field.

    Oh and if Agudelo is so mad that he is coming off the bench (see articles in the NYpost and Wall st journal) he needs to go back and watch this first half. He is still way too raw. Immense talent, just needs a bit more time.

  3. Is Corona considered a genuine prospect? I know he’s pretty young as a 20 yr old but is he leaning toward mexico or usa?

  4. Scoring recap from Xolos vs Irapuato match:


    28′ Corona

    31′ Gerk

    37′ Molina (Own Goal)


    No question who the Man of the Match was: Joe Benny Corona. 1 goal, 1 assist.

    Let’s see if Franco P. continues to ignore Corona in his (Euro-centric) recap of Americans Abroad this week.

  5. Just a guess but I think all the games are taking place at the same time tomorrow. They do this so teams have to try and get points in their game instead of relying on another team’s result. Kind of like in the World Cup when they play the final group games and both kick-off at the same time.

  6. All EPL matches in the 38th round must kick off simultaneously to avoid collusion.

    Because no matches on Saturday at 1500 London Time can be televised in the UK (by law,) EPL always plays the 38th round on Sunday, with kickoff at 1600 London Time (11am New York.)

  7. Final: Xolos 2-1 Irapuato.

    Those of you in Southern California will be able to watch a Mexican First Division match in person without having to get on a plane.

    Bring your passport card (or passport book) and hop on a Mexicoach bus at San Ysidro.

  8. La Liga:

    Deportivo has been relegated, losing 2-0 to Valencia.

    Other final scores:

    Espanyol 2-3 Sevilla

    Mallorca 3-4 Atletico de Madrid

    Racing 1-2 Athletic Bilbao

    Levante 1-2 Zaragoza

    Osasuna 1-0 Villarreal

    Real Sociedad 1-1 Getafe Team Dubai

    Based on 3-way head-to-head, Atletico de Madrid finished 7th and will have to play in the UEFA Europa League 3rd qualifying round. Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao will play in the UEFA Europa League playoff round.

  9. Yes. First Leg ended 0-0 so the 2nd leg will be winner-take all. No away goals rule.

    30 minutes of extra time and penalties if necessary.

  10. La Liga relegation battle:

    Deportivo is in big trouble, down 1-0 at the half against Valencia.

    Other half time scores:

    Mallorca 0-2 Atletico

    Osasuna 1-0 Villarreal

    Levante 0-1 Zaragoza

    Real Sociedad 0-1 Getafe

    Getafe has the most to lose, as most suspect that the deal to sell the club to the Dubai group has a “no-relegation” clause.

  11. 38th minutes. Xolos 2-1 Irapuato.

    Game on again…

    Difference in TV rights fee between a bottom-feeding Mexican 1st Division team and a team from the Mexican Liga de Ascenso: about USD$8 million/year according to the Azteca America announcer.

    If you don’t have access to Azteca America, you can watch the stream from TVC Deportes of Mexico:

  12. 32nd minute. Xolos 2-0.

    Baja California is now less than and hour away from the Mexican First Division.

    You can bet the likes of Mexicoach will operate bus caravans from East Los Angeles when Chivas or Club America come to Tijuana next season…

    (Irapuato is without the injured Cuauhtemoc Blanco.)

  13. Lille v PSG is intense. Bodmer just ripped one into the net after jukin two Lille defenders to tie the match.

  14. 28 minutes. Xolos de Tijuana 1-0 Irapuato.

    Should have been 2-0 but ref missed the 1st one that went completely across the goal line after hitting cross bar.

    The goal that was allowed also hit the cross bar and landed completely across the goal line.

  15. Is it fairly common knowledge? I feel like I might be the last person to know. I mean it is kind of a useless fact, but for some reason I find it interesting.

  16. Yeah. I’ve known about it for a while. I think I heard about it when Ives and commenters get in discussions about who would win between a New Jersey-born, Texas-born or California-born team.

  17. I discovered something today that I was unaware of. Did anybody else know that Brede Hangeland was actually born in Texas. His parents were only in the country for two years before they went back to Norway.

  18. In the Barca-Malaga game, one of the commentators said there was a kid from California, who was signed to the Barca youth side. Any one have any info on that?


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