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Friday’s Soccer on TV


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The United States-France friendly is sure to capture the attention of American soccer viewers, but it's a big day around the soccer world as a whole, with 2012 European championship playoffs, World Cup qualifiers and other friendlies taking center stage.

Some of the more intriguing matchups of the day include the first leg of the Turkey-Croatia Euro playoff series, the Uruguay-Chile South American World Cup qualifier and the Mexico-Serbia nightcap. MLS fans will want to keep an eye on the Estonia-Republic of Ireland Euro playoff, which could feature New York Red Bulls midfielder Joel Lindpere and Los Angeles Galaxy forward Robbie Keane.

There are a number of college soccer matches of great importance as well. The conference tournaments are winding down, and the semifinals for perhaps the top two conferences in the country — the Big East and Atlantic Coast Conference — are slated for Friday evening.  

Here is the viewing schedule for Friday's matches:


2 p.m. – Deportes – Bosnia & Herzegovina vs. Portugal

2:05 p.m. – – Turkey vs. Croatia

2:15 p.m. – – Czech Republic vs. Montenegro

2:30 p.m. – – Netherlands vs. Switzerland

2:45 p.m. – – Ukraine vs. Germany

2:45 p.m. – – Estonia vs. Republic of Ireland

2:45 p.m. – Fox Soccer Channel – Cambridge United vs. Wrexham (FA Cup)

3 p.m. – ESPN2/ – France vs. United States

3 p.m. – DirecTV/Dish Network – Argentina vs. Bolivia

5 p.m. – DirecTV – Suriname vs. El Salvador

5 p.m. – DirecTV/Dish Network – Uruguay vs. Chile

5 p.m. – CBS Sports Network – Connecticut vs. Louisville

5:30 p.m. - – North Carolina vs. Virignia

7 p.m. – DirecTV – Antigua & Barbuda vs. Haiti

7 p.m. – DirecTV/Dish Network – Colombia vs. Venezuela

7 p.m. – DirecTV/Dish Network – Paraguay vs. Ecuador

7:30 p.m. – CBS Sports Network – Villanova vs. St. John's

7:30 p.m. - – Boston College vs. Duke

9:10 p.m. – Univision – Mexico vs. Serbia


  1. Exactly, any significant audience in America is going to watch the US game. Those more interested in Euro 12… can watch all 4 at once through ESPN3… there’s only so many channels to go around and their diluting their own viewership if they show a Euro qualifier during a USMNT match.

  2. Probably because they all played at about the same time and it’s the same time slot as the US game. They probably figure one game at a time is the limit for American viewers. Hopefully that will change in the years to come.

  3. cause ESPN hates soccer, and I hope they always stay away from it. They give it no love and treat it as if it was some disease or something. If youre not going to respect the greatest game, dont talk about it at all.

  4. wow I can not believe that ESPN is not showing any of the Euro 12 playoofs on their multiple station. Anybody know the reason behing just using ESPN 3?


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