Oct 202012

The international break is over, and the club games are back on!

Competitions: CCL= CONCACAF Champions League; EPL=English Premier League; FL1=French Ligue 1; MLS=Major League Soccer; SLL=Spanish La Liga; UCL=UEFA Champions League; UEL=UEFA Europa League

Channels: BeIS=BeIn Sports; FCS=Fox Soccer Channel; Gala=Galavision (Spanish); NBCSN=NBC Sports Network

Saturday Oct 20

9-11am. FSC. EPL. Manchester United v Stoke City. Maurice Edu and Geoff Cameron got it done for the US last week, now they need to travel to the defending champions and get it done for Stoke.

11:30am-1:30pm. FSC. EPL. Norwich City v Arsenal.

5:30-8pm. FSC. Women’s International Friendly. USA v Germany. The Olympics victory tour continues with a tough opponent.

Sunday Oct 21

9:30-11:30am. FSC. EPL. Queens Park Rangers v Everton. QPR have spent a fortune on players ever since being purchased by a foreign investor a year ago.  They currently sit in last place—not much return on that investment.  Everton will look to add to their best start in decades.

6-8pm. Gala. MLS. San Jose Earthquakes v LA Galaxy. A win will guarantee San Jose the Supporter’s Shield, the trophy for the best regular-season record.  They will also earn home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, including the final, along with a spot in the 2013 CONCACAF Champions League.  But all of that will mean less for San Jose and their fans than just beating LA.  And how badly would LA like to help deny these rewards to their most bitter rival? These two teams do not like each other.

6:30-8:30. NBCSN. MLS. Houston Dynamo v Philadelphia Union. The Dynamo are fighting for their playoff lives.

8-10pm. ESPN. MLS. Seattle Sounders v FC Dallas. Dallas will be fighting for their last chance to make the playoffs, while Seattle push for home-field advantage.

Tuesday Oct 23

11am-1pm. FSC. UCL. Spartak Moscow (Russia) v SL Benfica (Portugal). Can Moscow earn their first points at home against a struggling Benfica?

1:30-4pm. FSC. UCL. Manchester United (England) v SC Braga (Portugal). The Portuguese have already earned a shock win on the road, so Man U will have to be careful.

4-6pm. FSC. UCL. FC Barcelona (Spain) v Celtic FC (Scotland). After Rangers suffered financial crisis and were ejected from the top tier in Scotland, some wondered whether Celtic would suffer in the Champions League due to having no competition in their domestic league.  So far they are undefeated, but away to Barca will be their sternest test.

7-9pm. FSC. CCL. Houston Dynamo (USA) v Olimpia (Honduras). A tie or win and the Dynamo advance to the quarterfinals.

9-11pm. FSC. CCL. Real Salt Lake (USA) v Herediano (Costa Rica). Salt Lake are a little less secure, as only a win will see them through to the quarters.

Wednesday Oct 24

12:30-2:30am. FSC. UCL. Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) v Chelsea FC (England). The two group leaders face off in Donetsk, Ukraine.  One of the stories of this year’s Champions League is the number of former Eastern Bloc teams to have made it to the groups stage, but Shakhtar are one of the only two teams doing well so far.  Can they keep it up against the defending European Champs?

9-11am. FSC. UCL. LOSC Lillie (France) v FC Bayern Munich (Germany). Bayern were surprised  to lose comprehensively in Belarus and will be looking to regain top spot in the group against a struggling French side.

11am-1pm. FSC. UCL. FC Zenit St. Petersburg (Russia) v RSC Anderlecht (Belgium). Sacha Klestjan finally got some time for the US team last week.  Can he help Anderlecht on the road in Russia?

1:30-4pm. FSC. UCL. AFC Ajax (Netherlands) v Manchester City (England). Both teams will be looking to boost their struggling seasons.

4-6pm. FSC. UCL. Borussia Dortmund (Germany) v Real Madrid (Spain). Can the German champs hold off the Spanish champs and take control of the group?

7-9pm. FSC. CCL. Santos Laguna (Mexico) v Toronto FC (Canada). Expect a free-flowing attacking game, as Toronto must win and win big to advance, while Santos will look to counter as Toronto pushes forward.  Santos’ American striker Herculez Gomez loves to score against Toronto.

7:30-9:30. NBCSN. MLS. Sporting Kansas City v Philadelphia Union. Will Kansas City get a chance to be playing for the Supporter’s Shield?  Or just protecting their Eastern

9-11pm. FSC. CCL. Seattle Sounders (USA) v Marthon (Honduras). In a game that doesn’t matter (Seattle have already advanced) expect to see the Sounders’ youngsters get blooded.

Thursday Oct 25

12:30-2:30am. FSC. UCL. Arsenal (England) v FC Schalke (Germany). #2 at #1.  Can American Jermain Jones help Schalke get a surprise result in London?

9-11am. FSC. UCL. Malaga CF (Spain) v AC Milan (Italy). Malaga are probably the biggest shock team in the tournament thus far, earning a Champions League spot due to massive Arab investment, but expected to flounder after selling players when that investment left as quickly as it came.  American defender Oguchi Onyewu will get to face his former team, Milan, for the first time.

12-2pm. FSC. UEL. NK Maribor (Slovenia) v Tottenham Hotspur (England). Tottenham have underwhelmed with two ties thus far.  Can Dempsey spur them on? Re-airs at 7pm.

2-4pm. FSC. UEL. Liverpool (England) v FC Anzi Makhachkala (Russia). Anzi are another of these money-rich clubs, having hired superstar coach Gus Hiddink and former Barca star forward Samuel Eto’o.  Their reward? 1st place in the group, while Liverpool are struggling in 3rd.

9-11pm. FSC. CCL. Isidro Metapan (El Salvador) v LA Galaxy (USA). The Galaxy are already through so don’t expect to see Beckham or their other stars here.

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