5 to Watch This Weekend
Kick off Your Weekend Watching with U.S.-Guate
Carry over the celebration of America’s independence into the weekend. There’s plenty of U.S.-centric soccer action to enjoy. Here’s your curated guide for this weekend’s action.
July 05, 2013
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United States vs. Guatemala
11:00 p.m. (all times Eastern)
NBC Sports Network, UniMas
It’s been eight months since the U.S. last faced Guatemala. A 3-1 victory at Sporting Park sent the Yanks through to the Hex atop their group. The two will rekindle their rivalry in San Diego Friday night. According to Jurgen Klinsmann, the starting lineup for tonight’s dress rehearsal is likely to be lineup for the beginning stages of the Gold Cup. As if you needed a reason to stay up past your bedtime.
Houston Dynamo vs. Philadelphia Union
The man of the moment, Jack McInerney, is away with the national team, but don’t think the ASN crush on the Philadelphia Union has subsided. Promising production from Amobi Okugo, Danny Cruz, and Sheanon Williams has propelled the Union to third in the Eastern Conference. A trip to Houston will test the promise of this young American trio in Week 19.
Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Seattle Sounders
NBC Sports Network
A capacity crowd of 53,679 watched a wild affair between Seattle and Vancouver in Week 15. Lamar Neagle earned his spot into the ASN 100 by drawing a penalty and scoring the game-winning goal in the 3-2 victory. This weekend, Vancouver looks to return the favor at BC Place.
Chicago Fire vs. Sporting Kansas City
Mike Magee failed to score for the first time in a Fire uniform on Thursday. It only took him seven weeks. That blazing production allowed the forward to jump 10 spots to No. 40 in July's ASN 100. But if the 28-year-old veteran and his team hope to jump into the Eastern Conference playoff picture, a win over Kansas City is of the utmost importance.
Los Angeles Galaxy vs. FC Dallas
How good was the previous meeting between the Galaxy and FC Dallas? Good enough for George John to be pelted by a beer bottle after netting a game-winner in the 87th minute. Oh, and it was by his own fans. So, grab ahold of your favorite brew—responsibly—and prepare for another wild affair between these two Western Conference powers.
BEST OF THE REST
NWSL: FC Kansas City vs. Western New York Flash
(4:10 p.m., Sunday, YouTube)—Two points separate the two teams. Kansas City will look to solidify its position in the standings with a win on Sunday.
NO U.S. ANGLE BUT...
Gold Cup: Mexico vs. Panama
(8:00 p.m., Sunday, Fox Soccer, UniMas)—This isn’t the Gold Cup match you’ve been waiting for, but it’s always wise to keep an eye on the United States' arch rival.
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 (@Mendez_FC a>) is a writer based in Brooklyn and an ASN contributor.