This Weekend’s Soccer on TV (& SBI’s Top Ten Matches to Watch)

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It is no longer a battle between championship contenders, but Manchester United's battle against Arsenal this weekend will still make for great theatre.

Arsenal has dropped points in recent weeks and has fallen behind Chelsea in the Premier League standings, meaning this weekend's showdown vs. Manchester United will be more about pride than trying to win a title.

Chelsea still has a legitimate chance of catching Man Utd, but the Blues will need to beat London rival Tottenham to do so.

The MLS schedule is loaded this weekend, with Real Salt Lake visiting Portland as it tries to erase the memories of the CONCACAF Champions League Final, while FC Dallas takes on Los Angeles without injured star David Ferreira.

Here is this weekend's Soccer on TV:

SBI'S TOP TEN MATCHES TO WATCH

1. Arsenal vs. Manchester United. The title won't be on the line, but there's enough quality and bad blood to make this must-see TV.

2. Chelsea vs. Tottenham. London rivals square off with each needing the three points badly. Blues still have title hopes while Tottenham try to stay in race for fourth place.

3. Sao Paulo vs. Santos. Brazilian powerhouses collide in a match-up featuring plenty of young stars.

4. Portland Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake. The best team in MLS travels to face arguably the toughest home crowd to play in front of. Will RSL feel a CONCACAF hangover and drop points for the first time this season?

5. Bayern Munich vs. Schalke 04. Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer takes on the team most likely to sign him in the summer. Bayern needs this one badly.

6. FC Dallas vs. Los Angeles Galaxy. No David Ferreira, so how will Dallas deal with the surging Galaxy? Not sure, but it should be fun to watch.

7. Chivas Guadalajara vs. Monterrey. The newly-crowned CONCACAF champions face Chivas in a must-win game to keep its Mexican playoff hopes alive. Nothing wrong with watching to root against them.

8. New York Red Bulls vs. Sporting Kansas City. Want a game sure to have some goals? This is your best bet. It would be a miracle if we don't see at least four goals in this one.

9. Manchester City vs. West Ham United. West Ham looks destined for relegation, but an upset of City could breath some life into a dying survival challenge.

T10. Houston Dynamo vs. D.C. United. Charlie Davies will look to add to his league-high goal tally against a stingy Dynamo defense.

T10. UNAM Pumas vs. Club America. Much like Monterrey, Club America needs a win against first-place Pumas to boost its flagging playoff hopes.

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THIS WEEKEND'S SOCCER ON TV

FRIDAY

2:30pm- ESPN3.com- Werder Bremen vs. Wolfsburg

8:30pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Houston Dynamo vs. D.C. United

9:10pm- Galavision- Estudiantes Tecos vs. Santos Laguna

SATURDAY

7:45am- Fox Soccer Plus- Leeds United vs. Burnley

9:30am- GolTV- Borussia Dortmund vs. Nurnberg

10am- FoxSoccer.tv- Blackpool vs. Stoke City

10am- ESPN2- Sunderland vs. Fulham

10am- Fox Soccer Channel- West Bromwich Albion vs. Aston Villa

10am- Fox Soccer Plus- Wigan vs. Everton

Noon- ESPN3.com- Real Madrid vs. Real Zaragoza

Noon- Fox Soccer Plus- AC Cesena vs. Inter Milan

12:30pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Chelsea vs. Tottenham

12:30pm- ESPN3.com- Bayern Munich vs. Schalke 04

1pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Lens vs. Lorient

1pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Lille vs. Arles

1pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Stade Rennes vs. Bordeaux

1pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Sochaux vs. Nancy

2pm- GolTV- Real Sociedad vs. Barcelona

2pm- Fox Soccer Plus- Blackpool vs. Stoke City (Delayed)

2:45pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Napoli vs. Genoa

3pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Paris St. Germain vs. Valenciennes

4pm- ESPN3.com- Deportivo La Coruna vs. Atletico Madrid

4pm- Direct Kick- Philadelphia Union vs. San Jose Earthquakes

4pm- GolTV- Sao Paulo vs. Santos (Delayed)

5pm- Fox Soccer Channel- AC Cesena vs. Inter Milan (Delayed)

7:20pm- GolTV- Envigado vs. Millonarios

7:30pm- MSG- New York Red Bulls vs. Sporting Kansas City

7:30pm- Direct Kick- Columbus Crew vs. Vancouver Whitecaps

8pm- Telemundo- Chivas Guadalajara vs. Monterrey

8pm- Galavision- Pachuca vs. Necaxa

9pm- Direct Kick- Colorado Rapids vs. Chicago Fire

9:45pm- Telefutura- San Luis vs. Cruz Azul

10pm- Direct Kick- Seattle Sounders vs. Toronto FC

10pm- Galavision- Atlante vs. Toluca

10:30pm- Direct Kick- Portland Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake

10:30pm- Direct Kick- Chivas USA vs. New England Revolution

SUNDAY 

7am- Fox Soccer Channel- Liverpool vs. Newcastle United

7am- Fox Soccer Plus- Birmingham City vs. Wolverhampton

8:30am- ESPN3.com- Heerenveen vs. Ajax

9am- Fox Soccer Plus- AC Milan vs. Bologna

9am- ESPN3.com- Catania vs. Cagliari

9am- Fox Soccer Channel- Arsenal vs. Manchester United

11am- GolTV- Almeria vs. Sevilla

11am- DirecTV- Levante vs. Sporting Gijon

11am- ESPN3.com- Racing Santander vs. Mallorca

11am- FoxSoccer.tv- Marseille vs. Auxerre

11am- FoxSoccer.tv- Montpellier vs. Brest

11am- FoxSoccer.tv- Nice vs. Caen

11am- FoxSoccer.tv- Toulouse vs. Lyon

11:10am- Fox Soccer Channel- Manchester City vs. West Ham United

1pm- GolTV- Villarreal vs. Getafe

1pm- Azteca America- Puebla vs. Morelia

1pm- Telemundo- UNAM Pumas vs. Club America

1pm- Fox Soccer Plus- Blackburn vs. Bolton (Delayed)

2:45pm- Fox Soccer Channel- AS Bari vs. AS Roma

3pm- DirecTV- Osasuna vs. Valencia

3pm- Fox Soccer Plus- Saint Etienne vs. Monaco

3:15pm- ESPN3.com- Vitoria Setubal vs. FC Porto

6pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Boston Breakers vs. Sky Blue FC

7pm- Galavision- FC Dallas vs. Los Angeles Galaxy

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Which match-ups will you be watching this weekend?

Share your thoughts below. 

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24 Responses to This Weekend’s Soccer on TV (& SBI’s Top Ten Matches to Watch)

  1. spencer says:

    The first time a Saturday game on ESPN2 is on at a decent hour and I have to take a test this is ridiculous. Good thing is none of these games can be any worse than the Barce Madrid game

  2. lurking says:

    KC vs. NY could be a goalfest.

  3. dan says:

    Agree on the goalfest for NY, but can’t see KC doing much.

  4. Tim F. says:

    Top 10 list?

    (SBI-On the way)

  5. Kasper says:

    MONDAY

    2:30pm-Fox Soccer Plus- Portsmouth vs. Norwich City

    Play Up Pompey!!!

  6. Erik says:

    I read somewhere that Dortmund could clinch the title this weekend, that should be one to watch. Germany knows how to celebrate when winning something.

    And just think how much more interesting the German league is. Last year Hanover almost got relegated. This year they were challenging for the Champions League.

    So the last 5 years champions could be…

    Dortmund
    Munich
    Wolfsburg
    Munich
    Stuttgart

    Much more interesting than the crud the EPL puts forth.

  7. John says:

    LA vs Dallas on Galavision? Does anyone even have that?

  8. Erik says:

    Maybe Comcast? DirectTV doesn’t.

  9. ... says:

    I don’t. Cablevision doesn’t carry Galavision. But since it’s a “national” channel, you can’t get it on MatchDay Live or Direct Kick, even if Galavision isn’t carried in your area. Not cool.

    (it makes me sad that of the ~30 Spanish-channel MLS games, about 20 are on Galavision and only about 10 are on Telefutura, which I do get).

  10. Monterrey says:

    “Chivas Guadalajara vs. Monterrey. The newly-crowned CONCACAF champions face Chivas in a must-win game to keep its Mexican playoff hopes alive. Nothing wrong with watching to root against them”

    Ha. have you all not learned no to root against us? We put ourselves in tough situations because that’s when we’re at our best.

    (SBI-It was a friendly jab. I’ve got utmost respect for Monterrey. They’re a worthy champion.)

  11. Monterrey says:

    I know. No offense taken. Much respect for RSL.

  12. Zach says:

    I don’t. Nor would I get that channel if my provider offered it, which it doesn’t.

    MLS will never break into the “big four” of American sports until it gets all its games on (at least) regional channels IN ENGLISH that can be picked up by DirecTV or whatever. Nothing wrong with simulcasting in spanish, but having games only on spanish-speaking channels is alienating many would-be viewers, no pun intended.

  13. Ryan says:

    I think it depends on the DirecTV package you have. I get Galavision with my DTV package. Sure, it’s in Spanish, but it’s better than nothing I guess…

  14. StevenG says:

    “The toughest home crowd to play against”? lol, come on Ives. Let them play more than two games at home before making proclamations like that.

    (SBI-What part of “Arguably” did you not comprehend, or did you just choose to ignore that?)

  15. Ezra says:

    Galavision is part of the basic cable package with TimeWarner here in Los Angeles. And I get Galavision in HD.

  16. Tim says:

    “Chivas Guadalajara vs. Monterrey. The newly-crowned CONCACAF champions face Chivas in a must-win game to keep its Mexican playoff hopes alive. Nothing wrong with watching to root against them”

    Che pendejo. Chivas is the epitome of evertything I hate about Mexican football. Vargas and and Justino Compean can suck it hard.

    Viva Nuevo Leon!

  17. camjam says:

    Sbi smackdown! Know your role and shut your……fingers!

  18. Andres says:

    No there not, flopping pansies are never worthy champions, but it seems that classless teams always win these days, I’m Brazilian and I know what felipe Melo did so that’s another thing. i’m not a huge fan of mexican futebol.

  19. JOMA says:

    Of course you’re not, Mexico beats Brazil nowadays more often than not! And as a Mexican fan who respects the MLS and tips his hat to RSL I find your comments immensely hypocritical. First of all the two players who according to you were flopping pansies were subbed because of injuries and the rest were not Mexican. That they were wasting time like it was no one’s business, thats another matter. I see it as respect for RSL, and what was at stake. Now go watch Dani Alves be an upstanding example of gallantry.

  20. John says:

    cablevision does carry galavision. its ch 198 i believe. i have cablevision and i get it. telefutura OWNS galavision, so if you have one, you have the other. do some research bro

  21. kev says:

    Dempsey with the hat-trick. I can see it now.

  22. Der_Amerikanische_Kaiser says:

    Clark went off in the 20th minute with a calf injury.

  23. Der_Amerikanische_Kasier says:

    They clinched. Dortmund ist Meister!

  24. Ivannomad says:

    I guess “goal fest” was an over estimation.

    (SBI-It was a reasonable prediction given the Red Bulls recent goal-scoring rate and Kansas City’s defensive record. Might have been one too if New York hadn’t wasted chances in the early part of the match.)