5 to Watch This Weekend
Howard and Guzan Enter, One Goalkeeper Leaves
The American No. 1 and No. 2 face off against each other in an English Premier League fixture; Jose Torres battles the American trio in Tijuana; Timmy Chandler leads Nuremberg.
BY Jon Arnold PostedMost Americans will watch at least one game of football this weekend, but we know you crave more than just going along with the crowd. We’ve got the matches you’ll want to watch involving USMNT players and they come with a guarantee they’ll be better than any NFL pregame show yuckfest you could be watching. SATURDAY Everton v. Aston Villa 10 a.m. (All times Eastern) Streaming on Fox Soccer 2 Go, tape delayed at 2:30 on Fox Soccer American keeper versus American keeper in the Premier League. If you’re ever going to root for a 0-0 draw, this might be the match to do it in with Tim Howard between the sticks for Everton and Brad Guzan across the pitch from him for Aston Villa. Villa’s struggles continued into the new year and Howard will look to keep them going in February before he heads for Honduras. Tigres v. Tijuana 8 p.m. Univision Week five in Liga MX sees the two remaining undefeated teams square off and both typically start at least one American player. Jose Torres has been averaging 70 minutes a match since joining Tigres during the winter break. Meanwhile, left back Edgar Castillo, who could see time for the USMNT with injuries affecting fullbacks, and Joe Corona are regular starters for Tijuana. It’s still early, but it’s always a good idea to tune in for a 1 vs. 2 match-up, especially with Univision being a bit more accessible than some of the other networks broadcasting Liga MX in the U.S. SUNDAY Nuremberg v. Moenchengladbach 9:30 a.m. GolTV Admit it. You’ve been avoiding Timmy Chandler. You couldn’t take falling in love with the fullback knowing there was still the possibility he’d spurn Jurgen Klinsmann’s advances and run into Germany’s arms. Well, texts have been exchanged and it sure seems like Chandler will be cap-tied next week. You need to make up for lost time and catch up on Chandler’s game. His Nuremberg team is hovering just above the drop zone while the visitors are sitting right outside the European places. Anderlecht v. Standard de Liege 11:40 a.m. Streaming This is just genius. The Jupiler Pro League has set up a free, legal stream of their matches for those of us living in a country without a Belgian League TV deal. They’re publicizing it through an English-language blog dedicated to Belgian soccer, and it’s through UStream, so it’s mobile compatible. Why aren’t more leagues doing this? As far as the match, Anderlecht are on an 11-match winning streak in league matches, as American midfielder Sacha Kljestan and team march toward another Belgian championship. Pumas v. Santos 12:30 p.m. Univision Herculez Gomez and Oribe Peralta are national team rivals with important matches coming next week, but they form one of the most entertaining strike partnerships in Liga MX when they’re playing with Santos. The Guerreros go on the road this week looking to start their first winning streak of the young season after a 2-0 result against León last weekend. BEST OF THE REST Premier League: West Brom v. Tottenham Hotspur (8:30 a.m., Sunday, Fox Soccer)—Clint Dempsey and Spurs head to West Brom. It’ll be Dempsey’s last match before he joins the USMNT for an important Hex match. Liga MX: Puebla v. Monarcas (1 p.m., Sunday, ESPN Deportes)—How will DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Orozco Fiscal and Puebla recover from a 4-0 beatdown administered by Cruz Azul? Returning to the Estadio Cuauhtémoc won’t hurt anything. Liga Ascenso: Lobos v. La Piedad (5 p.m., Friday, GolTV)—Marco Vidal, y’all. The former FC Dallas and Indios player graces American screens for the second time this year! Premier League: Arsenal v. Stoke City (10 a.m., Saturday, Fox Soccer Plus)—Brek Shea won’t be ready for a debut just yet, but Geoff Cameron will try to shut down the Gunners’ attack. NO U.S. ANGLE BUT... Bundesliga: Bayer Leverkusen v. Borussia Dortmund (11:30 a.m., Sunday, GolTV)—Two entertaining title contenders go head to head in a 2 vs. 3 Bundesliga match-up. La Liga: Valencia v. Barcelona (1 p.m., Sunday, beIN Sport)— Last time these two met, Barcelona thumped Valencia, but the match at the Mestalla should be more competitive. 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. Jon Arnold (@ArnoldcommaJon) is a writer based in Arizona and ASN’s CONCACAF correspondent.
February 01, 2013
February 01, 2013