By ADAM TROXTELL
Steven Gerrard is three FA Cup wins away from ending his Liverpool career on a high.
The path to Wembley continues today for the Reds with a quarterfinal match against Championship team Blackburn Rovers. A seventh win in eight games will take Liverpool one step closer to the final, which happens to occur on the birthday of the exiting Gerrard.
It was 2012 when the teams last met and Liverpool triumphed 3-2 as Blackburn slid toward relegation from the English Premier League. Though Rovers sit in the middle of the Championship table, the second-tier team has eliminated Swansea and Stoke City already from cup contention.
Barcelona can retake the top of the Spanish Primera Division with a win against Rayo Vallecano. Yesterday’s loss by Real Madrid leaves the Catalans just two points behind their El Clasico rivals. Later, third place Atletico Madrid hosts fourth place Valencia.
After wins against Cuba and Guatemala, the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team sets its sights on hosts Honduras in group lay of the CONCACAF U-17 Championships.
In MLS action, expansion clubs Orlando City and New York City FC begin their inaugural seasons against each other. That match is the first of three nationally televised games to round out the opening weekend.
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Enjoy the action (today’s soccer on TV schedule after the jump):
7 a.m. — beIN Sports USA — Barcelona vs. Rayo Vallecano
10 a.m. — beIN Sports en Espanol — Empoli vs. Genoa
10 a.m. — beIN Sports USA — Chievo vs. Roma
Noon — Fox Sports 1 — Liverpool vs. Blackburn
Noon — beIN Sports USA — Real Sociedad vs. Espanyol
2 p.m. — beIN Sports en Espanol — Villarreal vs. Celta de Vigo
2 p.m. — Univision — Pumas vs. Morelia
3:45 p.m. — beIN Sports USA — Napoli vs. Inter Milan
4 p.m. — beIN Sports en Espanol — Atletico Madrid vs. Valencia
5 p.m. — ESPN2 — Orlando City vs. New York City FC
7 p.m. — Fox Sports 1 — Sporting Kansas City vs. New York Red Bulls
7 p.m. — Univision Deportes — Universidad Guadalajara vs. Tigres
9:30 p.m. — Fox Sports 1 — Seattle Sounders vs. New England Revolution
10 p.m. — Fox Soccer Plus — U.S. U-17s vs. Honduras U-17s