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The international break is in full swing, with qualifying rounds of multiple international tournaments dominating this Sunday’s action.

But fans of Major League Soccer need not worry, because the night will still end with a Soccer Sunday showdown in Columbus.

Today, watch the Netherlands travel to Turkey in a must-win match. After a disappointing 1-0 home loss to Iceland on Thursday, Danny Blind’s side needs three points to remain in third place and have a chance to qualify for Euro 2016.

In the evening, tune in as the Columbus Crew host FC Dallas in the day’s only MLS match. Greg Berhalter will be hoping Federico Higuain and company can extend their winning streak to three matches at MAPFRE Stadium. Meanwhile, Oscar Pareja and FC Dallas will push for a much needed road result after losing three of their last four games. It doesn’t look good for Dallas, though, as five players are out on international duty and Mauro Diaz is suffering an injury setback.

Enjoy the action (today’s soccer on TV schedule after the jump):


9 a.m. — beIN Sports Connect — Zimbabwe vs. Guinea

9:30 a.m. — beIN Sports en Español — Lesotho vs. Algeria

9:30 a.m. — beIN Sports USA — Chad vs. Egypt

10:30 a.m. — beIN Sports USA — Gambia vs. Cameroon

11 a.m. — ESPN3 — North Carolina vs. USC

Noon — Fox Soccer 2Go — Latvia vs. Czech Republic

Noon — ESPN2/ESPN Deportes TV — Turkey vs. Netherlands

Noon — Fox Sports 2/Fox Soccer 2Go — Wales vs. Israel

Noon — Fox Soccer 2Go — Malta vs. Azerbaijan

Noon — ESPN3/WatchESPN — Norway vs. Croatia

1 p.m. — beIN Sports USA — Libya vs. Cape Verde Islands

2:45 p.m. — Fox Soccer 2Go — Iceland vs. Kazakhstan

2:45 p.m. — Fox Sports 2/Fox Soccer 2Go — Bosnia and Herzegovina vs. Andorra

2:45 p.m. — ESPN3/WatchESPN — Cyprus vs. Belgium

2:45 p.m. — ESPN Deportes TV/ESPN3 — Italy vs. Bulgaria

4 p.m. — ESPN3/WatchESPN — Edmonton vs. Minnesota United

7 p.m. — Fox Sports 1/Fox Sports Go/Fox Deportes — Columbus Crew vs. FC Dallas


  1. Berhalter lost this game tonight when he put on Saied for Speas. We were literally living down in Dallas’ half – he should have brought on Shoenfeld for Wahl. Every single cross was going over JacMac’s head, put in Shoenfeld to at least knock it down to give him opportunities. No need for slow mo Wahl on the breaks

    We lead the league in crosses, but JacMac is not a head the ball in type of forward. We needed both him and Shoenfeld up there. Saied is a good player, but we already were dominating, and didn’t need another passer. We needed a scorer.


  2. Really enjoy watching Wil Trapp’s game. So tactically sound. Never out of position. Always available for a pass. Calmly maintains possession while building from the back.

  3. Italia up on Bulgaria 1:0 courtesy of a shocking penalty from a clueless Russian referee.

    Then the same referee went on to give a Bulgarian player a non-existent red card…disturbing. Who let this mistake of nature referee such an important game?

      • De Rossi got a red, a deserved one.

        Micanski got a red as well for the same incident, never card.

        This Italian national team is the worst I’ve ever seen, and I have been watching the game in 30 + years…I know, the Italians are sleep walking through qualifiers, but they worse off than last summer.

  4. Mix gets a pass because he’s been around so long that we tend to forget he never lived in the US until joining NYCFC, and because Bradley brought him in so that makes him automatically ok with the crowd that dismisses the German players.

    • Also I think it’s because he’s just one Norwegian outlier. It’s not like with the German-Americans where you could probably have an entire starting 11.

      However I’m starting to wonder if Mix wasn’t pretty over rated for just playing in Europe. Even if that league isn’t so strong.

  5. Comprehensive win by Turkey-Holland on the brink to miss on the Euros.

    Norway over Croatia 2:0 and making things interesting in that group.

    Another great day of Euro qualifying.

  6. I wonder if the Icaman rejects his decision now that Iceland seems to be an emerging team and will qualify for the Euros. Also add to the fact that he’s been a bench player for the U.S. so far.

      • Iceland was doing pretty well at the time Aron chose the US. Nearly qualified for the World Cup last time around, it seems to be the golden generation of Icelandic Soccer. Funny how few people complain about him being a dual national (one with the least American cred, being born in the US while his parents were students in the states and leaving at age 3), wonder whats different about him than say Chandler, Green, or Brooks.

      • You know, I have brought that up to. Every other dual nationAL has at least 1 American parent except AJ. He was simply born here while his parents were graduate students – very tenuous at best. My thing is it might be primarily German raised players because Mixx doesn’t get it, but Morales does.

      • Nice job throwing out totally unfounded racism accusations. As I said when he committed, AJ playing for the US was pure opportunism – hoping to get himself on the field in Brazil to help with his club career. He has zero connection here other than being born during the year or two his parents were studying in Alabama. Ironically, his club career has taken off anyway despite lackluster performances for the USMNT.

      • You can make a slight case for the US having a hand in Johansson’s development, as he did spend some time at Bradenton. I don’t think it was long so it’s not a strong case but there’s a bit of a connection to US soccer anyway.

      • If only the U.S. Department of State and constitution agreed with you about the “zero connection” thing, then you could be happy.

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