OK, here’s my first soccer on TV post in a while, and I am going to try to make these much shorter than I used to, just pointing to what I think are the best games of the weekend.
Remember: CSN=Comcast Sports Network; GTV=GolTV; NBCSN=NBC Sports Network;
EPL=English Premier League; GBL=German Bundesliga; MLS=Major League Soccer (USA)
Home teams listed first.
Friday Sep 19
9:30-11:30. NBCSN. MLS. Real Salt Lake v Colorado Rapids. Just an appetizer for your weekend. This may be Colorado’s last chance to make the playoffs, but RSL would love to prevent their Rocky Mountain rivals from doing so.
Saturday Sep 20
9-11am. NBCSN. EPL. Aston Villa v Arsenal. After 4 games there are three undefeated teams left in the EPL. Chelsea is one, and these are the other two. But Arsenal has 1 win and 3 ties, while Aston Villa (with American keeper Brad Guzan) have 3 wins and 1 tie. Can Arsenal turn their season around, or can Guzan and co. keep Arsenal mired in mediocrity.
6-8pm. CSN. MLS. Philadelphia Union v Houston Dynamo. This is a huge one. Philadelphia are currently in 6th place, just outside of a playoff spot on goal difference only. The Dynamo are 5 points back, but they do have a game in hand. But if they’re to make the playoffs they have to stop the rot. Can Houston’s excellent midfield make up for a weak center defense and less-than-impressive forwards?
6:30-9pm. NBCSN. MLS. New York Red Bulls v Seattle Sounders FC. Seattle are flying high, first in the West and first to guarantee a spot in the playoffs. New York are third in the East, but they’ve been slipping a bit and will need to put together a complete game to avoid dropping one to Seattle, and dropping out of the playoff zone.
Sunday Sep 21
8:30-11:30am. GTV. GBL. Hamburger SV v Bayern Munich. Bayern Munich visits the team the lent out young American phenom Julian Green to. I don’t know if he is allowed to play (many loan deals prevent this) but it will be interesting if he can; he’ll want to show Bayern what they were missing.
10am-12pm. NBCSN. EPL. Manchester City v Chelsea FC. The defending champs (who are struggling a bit this year)against the team many expect to win this year (and the only team remaining with a perfect record after 4 games). A huge early test.
There are many other games this weekend, but these are my favorites.