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It’s been a middling start to Real Madrid’s 2014-15 La Liga campaign, but the Spanish giants have a great opportunity to get back on track Tuesday against lower table squad Elche.

Real Madrid has come to regret selling off some of their midfield depth over the summer, but they should still be able to overpower Elche offensively as they did Deportivo La Coruña last weekend, when Cristiano Ronaldo netted a hat trick in an 8-2 thrashing.

There’s plenty of other compelling action today as well, with Arsenal hosting Southampton and Liverpool welcoming Middlesbrough to Anfield in League Cup action.

Elsewhere in Europe, Bayern Munich host a Bundesliga fixture against Paderborn. Both are involved in a four-way tie atop the table, and Tuesday’s match could provide at least a temporary league leader.

In Serie A action, AC Milan travels to Empoli in what should be a positive result for the Rossoneri.

Back in the United States, the Portland Timbers and Sporting Kansas City can both take control of their groups with a win in CONCACAF Champions League play.

Here’s a rundown of today’s action:

1 p.m. — beIN Sports Connect — Reims vs. Olympique Marseille

2 p.m. — GOLTV USA — Bayern Munich vs. Paderborn

2 p.m. — beIN Sports USA/beIN Sports en Español — Real Madrid vs. Elche

2:45 p.m. — beIN Sports Connect — Arsenal vs. Southampton

2:45 p.m. — beIN Sports Connect — Liverpool vs. Middlesbrough

2:45 p.m. — beIN Sports Connect — Empoli vs. AC Milan

4 p.m. — beIN Sports en Español/beIN Sports Connect — Celta de Vigo vs. Deportivo La Coruña

6 p.m. — Fox Sports Go/Fox Deportes — César Vallejo vs. Club Universitario

7:30 p.m. — ESPN3 — UConn vs. St. John’s (men’s soccer)

8 p.m. — Fox Sports 1 USA/Fox Soccer 2Go — Sporting KC vs. Real Estelí

8 p.m. — Fox Sports GO/Fox Deportes — Cerro Porteño vs. Independiente del Valle

10 p.m. — Fox Sports 1 USA/Fox Sports Go — Portland Timbers vs. Alpha United

Looking forward to any of these matches? If you’re watching, feel free to share some commentary and play-by-play below.


  1. I was just gonna make an arguement for why the u.s should adopt a formation/style where Altidore isn’t the starting the forward but no one will listen to me now lol.

    If you’re curious

    Chandler Gonzalez Brooks Johnson
    Diskerud Bradley Hyndmann
    Gyau Johannson Green

    Yes I know Johannson is injured I’m talking about the future

    • he’s fouled a couple times, won a couple fouls, scored a goal on a one touch-turn-shoot, and has played moderately well, persay.

  2. interesting moment. Nzonzi was grabbing Jozy, dribbled up field and was taken out by Rodwell (sticking up for his team mate). Nzonzi engages Rodwell forehead to forehead, Jozy comes flying in and shoves Nzonzi back 5 yards. i bet Nzonzi’s still angry about the redcard Jozy drew on him. haha Jozy 2 Nzonzi 0

    side note: good to see rodwell sticking up for his new clubmates, those things build chem when you know your teamate has your back

  3. ref carded rodwell for tackle and nzonzi for afters, but nzonzi hit/chocked rodwell pretty blatantly after the tackle. Yellow probably fair, but red for the choke wouldn’t have been unreasonable.

    • tru but it was only because Nzonzi was holding Jozy around his neck to get the ball. sticking up for his teammates, yet still a wreckless challenge. ive seen wayyyyy worse…. but you did say “this week” so it probably holds true

    • Wow, what a goal for Okazaki against Eintract….glad to see it wasn’t Chandler who was beat on that. I have no idea how Okazaki has bounced around the German league, his passion and style has to be valued and I would think he is a fan favorite everywhere he has played. The first goal for Mainz you could partially blame Chandler (mostly the CB though), however I thought the forward was offside…..

  4. Altidore getting the start against Stoke in the Capital One cup

    Andrew Wooten with a 90th minute winner against 1860 Munich today. 3rd goal this season.


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