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What to Watch this Weekend

The Return of MLS Brings New TV-Viewing Options

With exactly 100 days remaining before the U.S. plays Ghana in the 2014 World Cup, all eyes should be on national team candidates looking to make the roster. Here is our curated guide to soccer on TV.
BY Christopher McCollum Posted
March 08, 2014
7:58 AM
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER IS BACK, and so are some of the top U.S. national team players (who seem to have conspired to make this season more entertaining than ever during the World Cup year). In addition to resumed domestic play, there’s also a good selection of European action with Geoff Cameron, Juan Agudelo, and John Brooks hitting American television.


Norwich City vs. Stoke City
10:00a.m. (all times Eastern)
NBC Sports Live Extra

Geoff Cameron didn’t play great against Ukraine. But then again, hardly anyone else did either. Will he bounce back against Norwich City and continue his strong club form? Probably, but we'll be tuning in to be sure.

PSV vs. Utrecht
2:45 p.m.

Juan Agudelo has been in and out of the lineup after his strong debut for Utrecht. How will he fare against title favorites PSV Eindhoven?

Seattle Sounders vs. Sporting Kansas City
3:00 p.m.
MLS Live

If there was ever any question about Matt Besler and Graham Zusi’s importance to the national team, there isn’t anymore. (Bold prediction: Chance Myers is also looking more and more like he might have to be an option going forward this summer.) And what about Clint Dempsey’s form? There’s talk that he should be benched, but clearer minds know that he just needs to settle back into a stable, healthy situation. Watch for him to break out of his slump early this season.

Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake
10:30 p.m.
MLS Live

After the Ukraine game, we were all asking what Landon Donovan is up to these days. In what could be his final few months with the national team, 2014 should prove to be an interesting year for the United States' all-time leading scorer. Before too long he should also establish himself as MLS's all-time scorer. Can a Jason Kreis-less Real Salt Lake keep Donovan off the scoresheet?


Mainz 05 vs. Hertha Berlin
If you need a reminder about how good John Brooks can be, you should watch him paired up with a central defender who complements his skills—not another six-foot-four athlete with limited pursuit speed. The twin tower approach to center defense rarely works without wing backs fully devoted to providing recovery speed, something that was overlooked in most criticism of Brooks' performance against Ukraine. Brooks, finally fully healthy again, should continue to show his worth in Bundesliga play, beginning in this game.

So what are you watching this week? Let us know in comments section below.

Christopher McCollum is a New York City based writer and an ASN contributor.

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