The final places in the Euro 2012 semifinals will be booked this weekend, with four teams aiming to join Portugal and Germany as the final four left vying for the continent's crown and a place in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.
The most anticipated matches of the quarterfinal round take place Saturday and Sunday, when defending champion Spain looks to thwart France's tournament run and set a date with Cristiano Ronaldo & Co., while England and Italy prepare for what should be a hard-fought battle for the right to face the Germans.
MLS has a pair of headliner matches on Sunday night, with the renewal of the Cascadia rivalry between the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders taking center stage, while the latest edition of the heated New York Red Bulls-D.C. United rivalry at a sold-out Red Bull Arena has implications atop the Eastern Conference standings.
Games flying a bit under the radar as a result of the rivalry bouts include Montreal hosting Houston with the memories of the preseason Brian Ching saga still lingering; the Los Angeles Galaxy going for three wins in a row while hosting the Vancouver Whitecaps; and Real Salt Lake looking to bounce back from their midweek collapse against the Galaxy by taking on a never-say-die San Jose Earthquakes side with first place in the Western Conference on the line.
And for those with a U.S. men's national team itch, Clint Dempsey, Carlos Bocanegra and Jozy Altidore are slated to be part of the World Soccer Masters star-studded exhibition match Saturday night in Miami, one headlined by Lionel Messi and Didier Drogba.
Here is this weekend's soccer on TV:
THIS WEEKEND'S SOCCER ON TV
2:45 p.m. – ESPN2/ESPN3.com – Spain vs. France
5:30 p.m. - MLS Live/Direct Kick – Toronto FC vs. New England Revolution
7 p.m. – Fox Soccer Channel – World Soccer Masters
7 p.m. - MLS Live/Direct Kick – Philadelphia Union vs. Sporting Kansas City
7:30 p.m. - MLS Live/Direct Kick – Montreal Impact vs. Houston Dynamo
8:30 p.m. - MLS Live/Direct Kick – Chicago Fire vs. Columbus Crew
9 p.m. – Galavision – FC Dallas vs. Chivas USA
9 p.m. – MLS Live/Direct Kick – Real Salt Lake vs. San Jose Earthquakes
10:30 p.m. – MLS Live/Direct Kick – Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Vancouver Whitecaps
2:45 p.m. – ESPN – England vs. Italy
5 p.m. – ESPN/ESPN3.com – Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders
7 p.m. – NBC Sports Network – New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United