Nov 152012
 

Things are getting real as the Dynamo are only one game away from a repeat trip to the MLS Cup final.  Here’s the info on that and what else is worth watching this weekend and next week.


Saturday Nov 17

6:45-9am. ESPN2. EPL. Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs sit one point and one place ahead of Arsenal, making this North London derby match one of the more important for Arsenal in recent memory.

Sunday Nov 18

3-5:30pm. NBCSN. MLS. Eastern Conference Finals, Second Leg. DC United v Houston Dynamo. After DC took an early lead in Houston, the Dynamo stormed back with 3 goals.  Can DC overcome their two-goal disadvantage?  They are a good team, playing at home, but they are wracked with injuries possibly compounded in the first leg here in Houston.  Will their players recover in time to make a difference?  Can Houston hold on to the 2-goal lead and advance to the final?  You best be watching!

8-10pm. ESPN. MLS. Western Conference Finals, Second Leg. Seattle Sounders FC v Los Angeles Galaxy. LA won the home leg by an impressive 3-0 scoreline.  Can Seattle take their impressive home crowd and overcome a 3 goal disadvantage?  If they do it will certainly be a game for MLS Playoff lore.  Unfortunately for the Galaxy, they’ve been on the losing side of amazing MLS playoff comebacks several times in the past.  Can they keep history from repeating itself and return to the final?  If Houston wins the East then whoever wins the West will be the host of the final.

Tuesday Nov 20

11am-1pm. FSC. UCL. Spartak Moscow (Russia) v FC Barcelona (Spain). Barcelona lost at Celtic last week, a major upset that has blown the group open a bit and left Spartak with some hope of advancing to the next round, but they must win against a Barcelona team that will be anxious to show they’re still the best in Europe.

1-4pm. FSC. UCL. Juventus (Italy) v Chelsea (England). Juventus’s dismantling of Nordsjaelland last week has left them in third place but only a point behind the group leaders, so this match will be huge. Kickoff at 1:30; re-airs at 8pm.

4-6pm. FSC. UCL. Galatasaray (Turkey) v Manchester United (England). Man U had quite a scare at home against Braga last week, but managed to rally for the last-minute win and maintain their perfect record thus far.  Galatasaray is in second place on a tie-breaker, and will want to be the first to gain at least a point off the Red Devils this round.

6-8pm. FSC. UCL. Benfica (Portugal) v Celtic (Scotland). Celtic will be riding high after last week’s shock 2-1 win over Barca, but a win could see Benfica edge past Celtic for second in the group.

11-11:30pm. FSC. UCL Highlights show. Catch all the goals and more in half an hour.

Wednesday Nov 21

8-10am. FSC. UCL. Valencia CF (Spain) v Bayern Munich (Germany). These two teams are tied on points and nearly tied on goal differential at the top of the group.  Bayern won the home game, now Valencia will feel it’s their turn.  A win for either team guarantees passage to the next round.

11am-1pm. FSC. UCL. Zenit St. Petersburg (Russia) v Malaga (Spain). Malaga have been one of the surprises of the tournament so far, undefeated in four games and needing only a point to guarantee advancement to the next round.  Perhaps with his team in such good shape, American defender Onyewu can add to the one minute of Champion’s League play he’s had thus far.  Zenit, meanwhile, are in last place but a win could see them move as high as second.

1-4pm. FSC. UCL. Manchester City (England) v Real Madrid (Spain). Manchester City are in desperate position, 5 points behind Real Madrid in second place and advancement to the elimination rounds.  But a win at home against an underwhelming Madrid could position them for a surprise move.  A loss or tie, however, will see them eliminated. Kickoff at 1:30; re-airs at 8pm.

4-6pm. FSC. UCL. Arsenal (England) v Montpellier (France). Montpellier are all but eliminated, but Arsenal still have plenty to fight for as they are only 1 point ahead of third-place Olympiacos.

6-8pm. FSC. UCL. RSC Anderlecht (Belgium) v AC Milan (Italy). A win at home could see Anderlecht leapfrog Milan into second place, having already leapfrogged Zenit last week on the strength of a single goal, assisted by American midfielder Sacha Klestjan.

11-11:30pm. FSC. UCL Highlights show. Catch all the goals and more in half an hour.

Thursday Nov 22

9-11am. FSC. UCL. AFC Ajax (Netherlands) v Borussia Dortmund (Germany). Ajax are fighting to get back into second-place after a bad loss to Real Madrid last week.

12-2pm. FSC. UEL. Lazio (Italy) v Tottenham Hotspur (England). Lazio will look to get the win and clinch advancement.

2-4pm. FSC. UEL. Liverpool (England) v BSC Young Boys (Switzerland). In a thus-far pretty disappointing season Liverpool will be looking for the win to put some space between them and Young Boys, sitting in third behind Liverpool on goal difference.

4-6pm. FSC. UEL. AIK (Sweden) v SSC Napoli (Italy).

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