OK Parents, time for some soccer homework! Here’s my picks for the best games of the weekend.
Friday Sep 26
7-9:30pm. NBCSN. MLS. Sporting Kansas City v New England Revolution. KC have been the class of the East for several years now, but this year they’ve stumbled a bit, while New England and DC seem to be taking up the mantle of elite teams in the East. Adding to this sense of changing destinies are their recent records: KC is 1-4 in the last five, NE is 4-1. This battle of #2 vs #3 has playoff implications, as the top 3 teams in each conference earn a bye to the conference semifinals. This should be a good one.
Saturday Sep 27
6:45-8:45am. NBCSN. EPL. Everton v Liverpool. The Liverpool derby! 14th place Everton and 11th place Liverpool may not have had the best start to their respective seasons, but a win over their local rivals would help. Can American ‘keeper Tim Howard keep Mario Balotelli from scoring his first league goal for Liverpool? This should be a great one.
8:55-10:55am. BIS. SLL. Villareal CF v Real Madrid CF. Real Madrid have been very disappointing thus far in the season, currently sitting 5th. Can they kickstart a climb up the table with a win at 7th-place Villareal?
Sunday Sep 28
2-4pm. UniMas. MLS. Houston Dynamo v Chicago Fire. The Dynamo are 7 points out of a playoff spot, but with a game in hand. If they don’t win, that might be the realistic end of their hopes. Chicago may seem an easy target, sitting 2 points behind the Dynamo, but a win won’t be easy. Chicago has already tied the record for most ties in a season, 16 out of 28 games played to date. Can the Dynamo keep them from breaking that record this day, and keep their playoff hopes alive?
1:55-4pm. BIS. FL1. Olympique de Marseille v AS Saint-Etienne. #1 hosts #3 in the French league.