This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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Whether you want to see relegation-threatened teams fight for survival or clubs attempting to win a title, this weekend should have just what you're looking for and then some.

There are several quality games to watch, starting with the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Liverpool on Saturday afternoon. The two English clubs will be battling to salvage some pride after enduring disappointing campaigns, and both need to appease foaming-at-the-mouth fans.

Then there's the matches with relegation implications, including Bolton Wanderers' game against West Bromwich Albion. Tim Ream is sure to start for Bolton in a match the club needs a result in if they have any hope of avoiding the drop.

In MLS, this weekend brings us the only meeting of the regular season between the Los Angeles Galaxy and the New York Red Bulls. The star-studded yet disappointing Galaxy will aim to bounce back from Wednesday's defeat to the Seattle Sounders versus a visiting Red Bulls side that is going to get a taste of just how well they can cope without the injured Thierry Henry.

Here is this weekend's soccer on TV:

FRIDAY

2:45 p.m. - Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer2Go – Blackpool vs. Birmingham City

11 p.m. - ESPN Deportes/ESPN3.com – Chivas USA vs. Chicago Fire

SATURDAY

7:45 a.m. - ESPN Deportes/ESPN2/ESPN3.com - Arsenal vs. Norwich City

7:45 a.m. - Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer2Go - Rangers vs. Motherwell

9:30 a.m. - ESPN Deportes/ESPN3.com – Borussia Dortmund vs. SC Freiburg

9:30 a.m. – GolTV – FC Cologne vs. Bayern Munich

11:30 a.m. – GolTV – Mainz vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach (Delayed)

12 p.m. – Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer2Go – Lecce vs. Fiorentina

12 p.m. – ESPN Deportes – Werder Bremen vs. Schalke 04

12:15 p.m. - Fox Soccer Channel/Fox Deportes – Liverpool vs. Chelsea

2:45 p.m. – Fox Soccer Channel/ESPN3.com – Roma vs. Catania

3 p.m. – ESPN3.com – Atletico Madrid vs. Malaga

3 p.m. – GolTV – Granada vs. Real Madrid

3 p.m. – DirecTV – Sporting Gijon vs. Real Betis

3:30 p.m. – ESPN3.com – FC Porto vs. Sporting CP

4:30 p.m. – MLS Direct Kick - Toronto FC vs. D.C. United

4:30 p.m. – NBC Sports – Seattle Sounders vs. Philadelphia Union

5 p.m. – ESPN Deportes – Atletico Madrid vs. Malaga (Delayed)

5:15 p.m. – GolTV – River Plate vs. Gimnasia Jujuy

7 p.m. – MLS Direct Kick – Vancouver Whitecaps vs. San Jose Earthquakes

7 p.m. – Telefutura – America vs. Pachuca

7 p.m. - USLLive.com – Rochestor Rhinos vs. Charlotte Eagles

7:30 p.m. – USLLive.com – Dayton Dutch Lions vs. Richmond Kickers

7:30 p.m. – USLLive.com – Orlando City vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds

8 p.m. – ESPN/ESPN Deportes/ESPN3.com – Los Angeles Galaxy vs. New York Red Bulls

8:30 p.m. – MLS Direct Kick – Sporting Kansas City vs. Montreal Impact

9 p.m. - Azteca America – Monterrey vs. Tijuana

10:30 p.m. – MLS Direct Kick – Portland Timbers vs. Columbus Crew

SUNDAY

6:30 a.m. – Fox Soccer Plus/ESPN3.com – Siena vs. Parma

7:45 a.m. – FoxSoccer2Go – Dundee Unite vs. Celtic

8:30 a.m. – ESPN3.com – Heerenveen vs. Feyenoord

8:30 a.m. - Fox Soccer Channel/Fox Deportes – Newcastle United vs. Manchester City

9 a.m. -ESPN3.com – Bologna vs. Napoli

9 a.m. – ESPN3.com – Atalanta vs. Lazio

9 a.m. - ESPN3.com – Aston Villa vs. Tottenham Hotspur

9 a.m. – FoxSoccer2Go – Bolton Wanderers vs. West Bromwich Albion

9 a.m. – FoxSoccer2Go – Fulham vs. Sunderland

9 a.m. – Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer2Go – Queens Park Rangers vs. Stoke City

9 a.m. – FoxSoccer2Go – Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Everton

11 a.m. – FoxSoccer2Go – Lyon vs. Brest

11 a.m. – Fox Soccer Channel/Fox Deportes – Manchester United vs. Swansea City

11 a.m. – FoxSoccer2Go – Evian Thonon Gaillard vs. Ajaccio

11 a.m. – GolTV – Atletico Bilbao vs. Getafe (Delayed)

11:30 a.m. – ESPN Deportes – Aston Villa vs. Tottenham Hotspur (Delayed)

1 p.m. – Fox Deportes – Cagliari vs. Juventus

1 p.m. – GolTV – Valencia vs. Villarreal

2:45 p.m. – Fox Soccer Channel/Fox Deportes/ESPN 3 – Inter Milan vs. AC Milan

2:55 p.m. – ESPN Deportes – Guarani vs. Santos FC

3:15 p.m. – Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer2Go – Valenciennes vs. Paris Saint-Germain

6:15 p.m. – GolTV – Atletico Rafaela vs. Boca Juniors

7 p.m. – Galavision – FC Dallas vs. Colorado Rapids

8 p.m. – USLLive.com – Los Angeles Blues vs. Wilmington Hammerheads

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8 Responses to This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

  1. Ryan says:

    The Fa Cup final is at 11:30 eastern. Not 12:15

  2. huhe888 says:

    Correct kickoff time is 12:15pm Eastern.

    FOX Soccer has a bloated pre-game show starting at 11:30am Eastern. Too many talking heads as usual.

    Franco left out the other 3 Mexican League quarterfinals. Saturday 9pm ET on UDN, Sunday 7pm ET on UDN, Sunday 9pm ET on Azteca America.

  3. eddie says:

    LA will be defeated again. So much for the over hyped star studded aged players who can’t produce wins. I think this is a wake up for MLS to rely more on youth academy development within MLS and young overseas talent pool for results. The clock has ticked and it’s now time to bring in the technical skills from the youth.

  4. ben in el cajon says:

    Um, you’re sort of right, but it doesn’t make sense to say that after 8 games, the Galaxy show that DPs are useless, especially since they won the freaking trophy last year. Post again when the Galaxy has been terrible for two consecutive years.

  5. K-To says:

    Wow, Chivas wasn’t even televised on local TV.

    Where are the Friday night games MLS???

  6. Jake says:

    It’s a shame Red Bull has so many players out. They should have scheduled this after the break when reinforcements arrive for both clubs. They are still the most exciting teams in the States.

  7. huhe888 says:

    The Chivas USA-Chicago match was a one-time Friday night special for ESPN Deportes only. Exclusive presentation in Spanish. No English-language broadcast. No local broadcast.

    The agreement between ESPN, Inc. and SUM allows ESPN Deportes to have 1 exclusive Spanish-language broadcast each season.

  8. biff says:

    +1 I have commented on this theme several times. I think the DP is a flawed business model. 1) No one can convince me that paying aging ex stars millions like Rafa Marquez actually increase MLS revenue. I will not believe this until someone can cite a scientifically based study that confirms this. 2) Likewise, I am skeptical that bringing in the old stars increases the quality of MLS soccer. Actually, probably even reduces the quality for various reasons. 3) By wasting millions on old f&rts, you have to cut wages for a lot of grunts to levels that do little to encourage young athletes to choose soccer, not mention that the highly paid DPs probably is not good for the morale of the guys on the team sweating their butts off and making in the mid 5-figures.

    I truly believe more fans would buy tickets to see guys like Tim Chandler or Fabian Johnson or Michael Bradley than guys like Torsten Frings or Thierry Henry or even David Beckham. Why not use that money to bring in younger talent. MLS needs to seriously rethink the business model. They are are stuck in a we’ve-always-done-it-that-way rut.