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This Weekend’s Soccer on TV


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For the U.S. men's and women's national teams, it's a big weekend.

The women kick off their qualifying campaign for the 2012 Olympics Friday night in Canada, going up against the Dominican Republic. Just a couple of days later, Pia Sundhage's charges are at it again, facing Guatemala and hoping to secure maximum points before a final group showdown with Mexico.

As for Jurgen Klinsmann's men, they'll kick off 2012 in Arizona, taking on Venezuela Saturday night as part of the culmination of January training camp.

Across Europe there are plenty of entertaining matches as well, with some of the top teams in England going head-to-head. Arsenal-Manchester United and Manchester City-Tottenham provide two of the more high-profile club games of the weekend. One of the more entertaining bouts, though, could take place in the Netherlands, where Jozy Altidore's AZ Alkmaar and Ajax continue their escalating rivalry with a league match on the heels of their pitch-invader-induced Dutch Cup replay.

Here is this weekend's soccer on TV:



8 p.m. – GOLTV – Altamira vs. Universidad Guadalajara

8 p.m. – stream – Mexico vs. Guatemala (Women's Olympic qualifying)

9 p.m. – Azteca America – Morelia vs. San Luis

9 p.m. – Galavision – Estudiantes Tecos vs Club America

10 p.m. – Universal Sports Network/ stream – USA vs. Dominican Republic (Women's Olympic qualifying)


7:45 a.m. – ESPN2/ – Norwich City vs. Chelsea

9:30 a.m. – – Schalke vs. VfB Stuttgart

10 a.m. – Fox Soccer Channel – Everton vs. Blackburn

10 a.m. – Fox Soccer Plus/ – Fulham vs. Newcastle

10 a.m. – – Queens Park Rangers vs. Wigan Athletic

10 a.m. – – Stoke City vs. West Brom

10 a.m. – – Sunderland vs. Swansea City

10 a.m. – – Wolverhampton vs. Aston Villa

10 a.m. – – Coventry City vs. Middlesbrough

12 p.m. – Fox Soccer Plus/ – Roma vs. Cesena

12 p.m. – GOLTV – Racing Santander vs. Getafe

12 p.m. – – Espanyol vs. Granada

12:30 p.m. – Fox Soccer Channel – Bolton vs. Liverpool

1:55 p.m. – – Corinthians vs. Mirassol

2 p.m. – GOLTV – Real Sociedad vs. Atletico Madrid

2:45 p.m. – Fox Soccer Channel – Atalanta vs. Juventus

4 p.m. – Deportes – Real Betis vs. Sevilla

6 p.m. – Azteca America/ESPN Deportes – Cruz Azul vs. Pachuca

6 p.m. – Galavision – Queretaro vs. Atlas

6 p.m. – Telefutura – Monterrey vs. Pumas UNAM

8 p.m. – Telemundo – Chivas de Guadalajara vs. Tijuana

8 p.m. – Telefutura – Santos Laguna vs. Jaguares

8 p.m. – stream – Haiti vs. Costa Rica (Women's Olympic qualifying)

9 p.m. – Galavision/ – USA vs. Venezuela

10:30 p.m. – stream – Canada vs. Cuba (Women's Olympic qualifying)


1 a.m. – Fox Soccer Channel – Sydney FC vs. Gold Coast United

6:30 a.m. – Fox Soccer Plus/ – Bologna vs. Parma

8:30 a.m. – Fox Soccer Channel – Manchester City vs. Tottenham

8:30 a.m. – Deportes – AZ Alkmaar vs. Ajax

9 a.m. – Fox Soccer Plus/ – Novara vs. AC Milan

9 a.m. – – Palermo vs. Genoa

9:30 a.m. – – Hamburg SV vs. Borussia Dortmund

10 a.m. – GOLTV – Rayo Vallecano vs. Mallorca

10 a.m. – – Lucon vs. Lyon

11 a.m. – Fox – Arsenal vs. Manchester United

12 p.m. – GOLTV – Malaga vs. Barcelona

1 p.m. – Fox Deportes/Azteca America – Puebla vs. Atlante

1 p.m. – Univision – Toluca vs. Tigres UANL

1:15 p.m. – – Porto vs. Vitoria Guimaraes

1:45 p.m. – DirecTV – Levante vs. Real Zaragoza

2:45 p.m. – Fox Soccer Channel – Inter Milan vs. Lazio

3:30 p.m. – Deportes – Real Madrid vs. Athletic Bilbao

5 p.m. – stream – Mexico vs. Dominican Republic (Women's Olympic qualifying)

7:30 p.m. – Universal Sports Network/ stream – United States vs. Guatemala (Women's Olympic qualifying)


  1. There was a peak around 6-8 years ago when every US game was being shown on some form of English language TV. This recent pattern of hugely important qualifiers (Honduras) on PPV/unavailable, or no English TV (this week), is a regression, not paradise. Sorry dude.

    And I get a little miffed when ESPN sets themselves up to bank on the Euros and World Cup and whatnot, calls themselves a bigtime soccer network, and then starts parsing between US games they’ll carry and not carry, such that our choice is the internet or Spanish language telecasts. FWIW, there was a time when a game like this would at least be on Classic. Maybe it’s that this next World Cup will be Disney’s last FIFA tourney til 2022, now that Fox won the rights?

    Maybe NBC will step into the breach once they have their MLS broadcast setup together. They already televise plenty of Telemundo soccer under the former Universal now Comcast umbrella.

  2. Literally any NCAA basketball game will rate higher than USA’s second team. This January camp is great for MLS players in the USA but no other country is really doing it. Don’t like that it’s not on, but can’t fault ESPN.

  3. »I guess I’ll have to violate SOPA…«

    Ha! Nice.

    To all of you bellyaching because this game or that isn’t on the channel you would like, imagine being a fan in 1995. There wasn’t sh-t on the TeeVee. And lots of soccer until the early Nineties had commercial interruptions. In 1993 I saw a US Nat game that had multiple interruptions for commercials. Even trying to watch the World Cup before 1994, like in 1990 or 1986 was a mess.

    Now it’s like paradise…so many options.

  4. BTW. I just learned that those 10am est saturday epl games are blacked out across England in order to preserve paid attendance. In Germany they just use low ticket prices to draw the biggest crowds in soccer.

  5. Hoffenheim isn’t even on ESPN3? I gues I’ll have to violate SOPA…Gyau has been called to the 1st team, may play this week. USA! USA! USA!

  6. hey ives i hope you respond to this post. I am glad you went to Don Mario’s. that place is legendary. the owners are chino-peruanos. plz tell me that you tried their seviche

  7. That was a hard game to watch. The DR team was not even on the level of your average high school team. The goalie was overweight, immobile, and couldn’t even take her own goal kicks. She got so frustrated that she started beating on her defenders. The kick to Krieger’s knee that looks likely to put her out of the Olympics was from pure lack of skill, not malice. The US shouldn’t have had to play a team of this calibre.

  8. 14-0 final score.

    Still no word on Krieger’s injury.

    Alex Morgan left (under her own power) with a right collarbone injury near the end, let’s hope it was just precautionary.

  9. The stream is good if you want a better feed. I think I’ve seen enough for one night, especially considering the time zone I’m in. You have to register for the streams, but it’s quick (and free).

  10. Krieger down just outside the box, looks to be in a great deal of pain. Got caught high around/above the knee studs up with a late challenge.

  11. And Wambach again. 5-0, 21 minutes. Oh dear.

    I felt bad for Haiti, who lost 6-0 to Canada, but that at least took until the 92nd minute. Even Mexico took 67 minutes to put 5 past Guatemala.

  12. USWNT 1-0 after about 30 seconds; Wambach with the header. I predict a rout.

    (Side note–why the heck don’t the streams give the time/score info?)

  13. Is this the first English language live broadcast of an EPL game on one of the Big Four networks? I know Fox has aired the Champions League Final live the past couple of years and has aired other EPL games on tape delay but have they aired a live EPL game before now?

  14. Great to see Arsenal vs ManU on live network television.

    Great to see Everton is on Fox Soccer Channel (not Plus) again.

    Sucks that the US team isn’t on English language television.

    Sucks that Hoffenheim isn’t at least available on ESPN3.

  15. College basketball RULES on Saturday nights on ESPN and ESPNU in January, but you already know that.

    ESPN2 has Australian Open tennis.

    ESPN Classic is reserved for re-runs of ESPN Films on Saturday nights now that the U.S. Justice Department has booted the big online poker rooms from the U.S. market. No more Saturday night poker re-runs.

  16. Hey Avi:

    You forgot about the Mexican matches on the Univision Networks:

    Friday 9pm ET – Estudiantes Tecos vs Club America – Galavision

    Saturday 6pm ET – Queretaro vs Atlas – Galavision

    Saturday 6pm ET – Monterrey vs Pumas – TeleFutura

    Saturday 8pm ET – Santos vs Jaguares – TeleFutura

    Sunday 1pm ET – Toluca vs Tigres – Univision

  17. ESPN2 has college basketball on Saturday night.

    NBC Sports Network doesn’t want junk games such as the January scrimmages.

    FOX no longer has a national TV contract with SUM. The tier 2 contract is now with Comcast (NBC and NBC Sports Network.)

  18. Universal Sports Network is NOT the NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus).

    Universal Sports is a network filled with Olympic sports. It is only available via digital cable and DIRECTV (Channel 625).

    NBC used to give away the channel on digital broadcast (i.e. channel 4.4 in NY and LA), but the free ride ended on December 31.

  19. Seroiusly – that’s sad. How do we not have the national team on TV – PATHETIC!

    I’ll be watching in Spanish or online – can’t keep me from watching my country’s team play, but this pisses me off to no end.

    What the hell is going to be on espn and espn2, espnU, espn, classic, etc. that ranks higher than US Soccer?????????


  20. Saw a vid where Moyes was asked to comment on Buddle’s trial at Everton, and Moyes came across very terse, saying he’d have something to say this weekend. I’m not sure that’s good or bad for Buddle.

  21. I have to stick up for my former subrub of residence. The USA-Venezuela game is in Glendale, not Phoenix. It’s a distinction with a tiny difference. Looking forward to the game tomorrow.


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