MLS Playoffs sees the conclusion of the conference semifinals! And into the week we get another international break (although it doesn’t really begin in earnest until the 14th).
As always, BIS=beIN Sports; EPL=English Premier League; FL1=French Ligue 1; GTV=Gol TV; NBC=our channel 2 affiliate; NBCSN=NBC Sports Network; SEC=Southeastern Conference Channel; SLL=Spanish La Liga; WCS=Women’s College Soccer
Friday Nov 7
3:30-5:30. SEC. WCS. Texas A&M v South Carolina. Watch for the Aggies, watch for the chance to see the future stars of women’s soccer—either the US team or foreign teams.
Saturday Nov 8
6:45-9am. NBCSN. EPL. Liverpool v Chelsea. Liverpool were flying high last year, but this year are 7th. If they want to prove they can play with the big boys, they will need a result against 1st place Chelsea, undefeated in ten games this season.
1-3pm. BIS. SLL. Real Madrid v Rayo Vallecano. While this may not be the Madrid Clasico, it is a Madrid Clasico.
1:30-4pm. NBC. MLS Playoffs. DC United v New York Red Bulls. The second leg of the first Eastern Conference semifinal series sees DC returning home with their tails between their legs after a thorough 2-0 loss at New York. They have 90 minutes to save their season. Can they do it against their most bitter rivals?
Sunday Nov 9
2-4pm. BIS. FL1. Paris-St. Germain v Olympique Marseille. This is the big rivalry in France. Capital vs Province (Provence), North vs South. On top of that you have the fact that PSG, while, undefeated, is only in 2nd place due to tying half their games. In 1st place? Marseille. This should be a good one.
4-6:30pm. ESPN. MLS Playoffs. New England Revolution vs Columbus Crew. The Eastern conference gets it done early with their series done before the West starts theirs. If DC are in trouble, Columbus are in crises mode after having been absolutely destroyed 4-2 at home, and now they must find a way to get make up the 2-goal deficit on the road. The one beacon of hope? It could have been worse but for the late penalty they earned last week. (And if you want to see how completely New England dominated the first game, Univision Deportes 2 will be showing a repeat at noon on Saturday).
6:30-9pm. ESPN. MLS Playoffs. Los Angeles Galaxy v Real Salt Lake. A 0-0 tie in the last game means that whoever wins this game advances. And the away goals rule means that any tie besides 0-0 sees RSL advance. Will the Galaxy rue their inability to score in Utah? Or will historically huge playoff performers Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane find what it takes to advance?
Monday Nov 10
9:30pm-12am. NBCSN. MLS Playoffs. Seattle Sounders FC v FC Dallas. Dallas kept their hopes alive with the 1-1 tie at home last week, but it seems a win on the road against Seattle’s vaunted attack might be a bit too much to hope for. But then again… there’s a reason these games are actually played, right?
Wednesday Nov 12
1:30-3:30. ESPN. International Friendly. Netherlands v Mexico. Mexico will be looking to avenge their World Cup loss to Arjen Robben Netherlands. Expect to hear cries of “No era penal!”.
3-5pm. BIS. International Friendly. Argentina v Croatia.
Thursday Nov 13
5-7pm. GTV. International Friendly. Uruguay v Costa Rica.