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The final group stage matches in the FIFA Under-20 World Cup headline a Soccer Saturday that finishes up with a full slate of Major League Soccer action.

The action in Turkey begins with Group F, where first-place Uzbekistan will be looking to hold onto a top spot against a tough Uruguay squad. Uruguay is one of several third-place nations on the bubble for a knockout round and is coming off a 2-0 win. Croatia has a great chance to lock down a place in the next round in a match against winless New Zealand.

England is another one of those bubble teams in the competition, and a win on Saturday would ensure its spot in the bracket. The young Three Lions, who have drawn their first two matches, will take on winless Egypt in Group E action. The top two teams in that group, Chile and Iraq, will battle for a higher seed in their match.

Several U-20 squads, including Mexico, and their fans will have their eyes on these final four group stage matches as the results will determine their fate in the final 16.

If you will be watching today’s action, 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):

11am – ESPN3 – Uzbekistan vs Uruguay – U20 World Cup

11am – ESPN3 – Croatia vs New Zealand – U20 World Cup

1pm – MLS Direct Kick – Toronto vs Real Salt Lake

2pm – Univision/ESPN3 – Iraq vs Chile – U20 World Cup

2pm – ESPNU – Egypt vs England – U20 World Cup

5:30pm – NBC Sports Network – Philadelphia Union vs Dallas

7pm – MLS Direct Kick – Montreal Impact vs Colorado Rapids

7pm – MLS Direct Kick – DC United vs Vancouver Whitecaps

8:30pm – MLS Direct Kick – Sporting KC vs Columbus Crew

10:30pm – MLS Direct Kick – SJ Earthquakes vs LA Galaxy

10:30pm – MLS Direct Kick – Chivas USA vs New England Revolution


  1. Wow. Our team might have had a rubbish defense. And we might have been outscored 9-3. But boy am I glad we’re not England. What a hopeless group, from the FA to the coach to the players. Not a bit of confidence in the bunch. They are decades away at this point.

    • Keep in mind that England isnt playing some of their best U20’s in the cup.

      Ox and Sterling being 2 of them.

      Wilfried Zaha technically could be a U20 as well….

      born in november 1993

      the FA has no clue

      • I didn’t see Ox or Sterling on this games roster…

        which in of itself is a problem.

        I used to work with a couple of English guys. Their affection for their team is basically mania.

        For the Euros They said things like “Now that we now we will do badly, we have a chance to do well. Our problem is that our expectations are too high.”

  2. Man, if Egypt could only score 2 more than they would have to draw lots with Ghana to see who advances. Don’t think I’ve seen that before.

    • to bring it back to soccer.. I saw Sarah Palin down at the Football Factory once, she was watching Norwich vs Stoke. Said she was interested in Brek Shea and Geoff Cameron’s progress

  3. Senate Republicans sent a letter to all major sports leagues telling them it would be bad for business to help spread information about how Obamacare works. All leagues but one. It would be pretty funny for MLS to take the lead on this just to introduce themselves.

    • Unfortunately, it does not work and 60% of the country either want to repeal it completely or repeal parts of it. If this were done as a marketing move, it would be a pretty stupid one.

      • without getting into politics on SBI…that is very misleading. the only part that has less than 50% support is the individual mandate. no matter if you do or don’t support ACA, are we really encouraging ignorance? in either scenario, i think understanding it would help you argue for or against.

        of course, the GOP reaction is because Obama is essentially trying to get those leagues to promote Obamacare, not just explain it. simply promoting the benefits of health insurance is a good thing, so hopefully that’s what will happen.

      • What is also misleading is that there is a substantial portion of the “against” crowd that doesn’t like it because it doesn’t go far enough. (I count myself as one of them.) You look at the polls you’ll see that the majority supports it or wanted a more liberal version.

      • I am of the mind that all insurance companies should be non-profits. However, I know that’s not ever gunna happen. I won’t get into the reasoning for this opinion.

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