Apr 042011

The biggest thing going on this week is still a bit of a mystery. That’s because the Tax-Time tournament has not released a schedule yet.  So far they say they plan on releasing it by Wednesday night.  So all I know so far is that they’ve guaranteed 4 games per team.  It seems likely then that there will be 2 games on Saturday, with 2 more on Sunday followed by a possible final, but I won’t know for sure until they release that schedule.  I know a number of you are uncertain about your sons’ availability for the tournament.  I plan to post the schedule as soon as it is released, and then you can figure out what works for your family.  We have already 4 players from other Express teams potentially interested in playing as guests so I’m not afraid that we won’t have enough players.

That said, here is the schedule as it currently stands.  I will update it when I get more info.  After the schedule you’ll find some information about Soccer on TV, as well.

Soccer on TV:

  • Tuesday night Real Salt Lake will travel to the intimidating confines of the Monster’s Cave, home of Saprissa (“The Purple Monster”) of San Jose, Costa Rica for the second leg of their semifinal series in the CONCACAF (North and Central America and the Caribbean) Champions League.  RSL won the first leg, 2-0, but Saprissa stadium is a very difficult place to play in, and Saprissa is the best team in Central America, having won the Champions League or Cup three times in the last 20 years, and finished 2nd twice more.  But Salt Lake, under the guidance of coach and former MLS great Jason Kreis, has taken this tournament more seriously than most MLS teams, and has built a team which is both tough and exciting to watch.  It should be a great match, both for the soccer and the fan passion (watch how the cameras shake when the fans get excited) and you can catch it on Fox Soccer Channel from 9-11pm.
  • Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon, the best soccer on the planet, the UEFA (European) Champions League resumes with the first legs of the quarterfinal round.  Watch Real Madrid host Tottenham Hostpur, Chelsea host Manchester United, Barcelona host Cinderella-team Shaktar Donetsk of Ukraine, and Inter Milan host Bayern Munich.  Check your listings and set your DVRs, there are also highlight shows.  Most of the games have interesting subplots, as well, including Chelsea who are looking unlikely to make up the 11 points they need to level with Man U for the English League title, with only 8 games remaining.  Eliminating Man U from the Champions League could go a long way towards making the club feel better about their season, and winning the whole thing may be the only thing that allows coach Ancelotti to save his job.
  • Sunday the 10th the Dynamo will host expansion team Vancouver Whitecaps at 6pm at Robertson Stadium (UH).  The game will also be aired on Galavision, KHOU 11.2, and Fox Sports Houston.  Although the Dynamo have had a fairly rough start to the season so far (0 wins, 1 loss and 2 ties), their ability to stay in the game and earn ties on the road shows a toughness that may serve the team well later in the season.

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