5 to Watch This Weekend
Have TV, Will Watch Soccer: Your Curated Guide
Massive points are on the line Friday in Kingston. The women of the NWSL are chasing an all-important victory. And then there's MLS. Here’s your curated guide for this weekend’s action.
BY Eduardo Mendez PostedFRIDAY Jamaica vs. United States 9:30 p.m. (all times Eastern) beIN Sport No more friendlies. No more speculation. This one counts. The United States can deliver a crushing blow to Jamaica’s World Cup dreams with a victory. It’s time for the Stars and Stripes to take care of business in The Office for the first time in history. SATURDAY Sky Blue FC vs. Western New York Flash 7:00 p.m. YouTube A pair of Alex Morgan goals led the Portland Thorns to a 4-3 win over FC Kansas City on Thursday. The Thorns are now tied for first with Sky Blue FC, but Christie Rampone and company can reclaim the top spot this Saturday. A victory over the Flash won’t come easy, though. An Abby Wambach game-winner lifted the Flash to a 2-1 victory the last time these two met in May. D.C. United vs. New England Revolution 7:30 p.m. Univision Deportes Juan Agudelo wasn’t named to the provisional Gold Cup roster, but he’s found a new home in New England. The No. 36-ranked player in the ASN 100 has scored in two of his last three matches. He’s now one goal shy of matching his 2012 total. Don’t be surprised if that goal comes in Week 15 against the last-place team in MLS—D.C. United. Real Salt Lake vs. Los Angeles Galaxy 9:30 p.m. MLS Live Omar Gonzalez was sorely missed in the Galaxy’s 5-0 loss to New England last week. Unfortunately for Los Angeles, it doesn’t get any easier this weekend. A trip to Rio Tinto Stadium awaits the defending champions. All eyes will be on Landon Donovan—the No. 5-ranked player in the ASN 100—but keep an eye out for Luis Gil. There’s a reason he captains the U.S. U-20s. Seattle Sounders vs. Vancouver Whitecaps 10:30 p.m. NBC Sports Network More than 50,000 tickets have been sold for this week’s match between Seattle and Vancouver. It will be the fifth-largest home crowd in Sounders history, but that’s not the only storyline surrounding this Cascadia showdown. Temporary grass will be installed ahead of Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier between the United States and Panama. American soccer fans will be eager to see how the surface plays. Consider this a dress rehearsal, Seattle. The real work comes Tuesday. BEST OF THE REST MLS: Portland Timbers vs. Chicago Fire (8:30 p.m., Saturday, MLS Stream of the Week)—It’s been a dream start in Chicago for Mike Magee. The true test comes this weekend when the Fire travel to Portland. NO U.S. ANGLE BUT... World Cup Qualifying: Panama vs. Mexico (10:00 p.m., Friday, Telemundo)—It never hurts to pay attention to your arch rival. Especially when they sit atop the Hexagonal. So what are you watching this weekend? Which matches did we miss that we should tune in for? Let us know in the new and improved comments section. Eduardo Mendez is a Brooklyn-based writer and an ASN contributor.
June 07, 2013
June 07, 2013