Sunday, January 25, 2015

Games to Watch: MLS, Capital One Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Ligue 1 kickoff

Paris Saint-Germain at Reims

Games to Watch: MLS, Capital One Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Ligue 1 kickoff

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Paris Saint-Germain at Reims

2:25 p.m. Friday (beIN Sport) 

Zlatan Ibrahimović leads the two-time reigning French champions into their first game of the Ligue 1 season. It will also likely be the first game in Parisian colors for Brazilian defender David Luiz, who signed from Chelsea over the summer for a $84 million transfer fee. 

Luiz is capable of spectacular feats at both ends of the field - but also spectacular mistakes. How many of each he pulls off this season will have a big impact on PSG's attempt to three-peat. 

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San Jose Earthquakes at Los Angeles Galaxy

10:30 p.m. Friday (NBCSN) 

A good rivalry needs lots of history, and that can be hard to come by in Major League Soccer. These two teams, though, have plenty of it. Whether in the regular season or the playoffs, San Jose and L.A. always produce goals and controversy. 

More often than not, Landon Donovan has been in the middle of it. He played for the Earthquakes from 2001 to 2004, and has been with the Galaxy since 2005. Expect him to be in the spotlight again this time - especially after his announcement Friday that he'll retire at the end of the season.

Manchester City vs. Arsenal

9:30 a.m. Sunday (Fox Sports 1) 

The Community Shield, English soccer season's unofficial curtain-raiser at Wembley Stadium, features the reigning Premier League and FA Cup champs. City, led by Yaya Touré and Sergio Agüero, won their second league title in three years last spring. Arsenal ended a nine-year trophy drought by winning the FA Cup, then went out and signed Chilean national team star Alexis Sánchez after the World Cup. Expectations are high for both teams once again. 

Houston Dynamo at Seattle Sounders

10:30 p.m. Sunday (ESPN2) 

Seattle's Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins and DeAndre Yedlin return from the MLS All-Star Game to the team with the league's most wins. The Sounders are prime candidates to win the Supporters' Shield for having the best regular-season record. Houston, meanwhile, needs Brad Davis to spark a team that's currently five points out of a playoff spot. 

Real Madrid vs. Sevilla 

2:00 p.m. Tuesday (Fox Sports 1) 

The UEFA Super Cup is an all-Spanish affair, as Real Madrid won the Champions League and Sevilla the Europa League. Expect to see Real's newest superstar signing, Colombian playmaking wizard James Rodríguez. Sevilla are led by strikers José Reyes and Kévin Gameiro. 

AFC Wimbledon at MK Dons 

2:40 p.m. Tuesday (beIN Sport)

It's rare to get a rivalry game early in the Capital One Cup, but this one counts. If you remember the old Wimbledon team that won the FA Cup, that team is now MK Dons. The club relocated from Wimbledon to the newer London suburb of Milton Keynes in 2004. Fans in the club's old home area were so upset that they founded their own team in an amateur league and called it AFC Wimbledon.

The new club has moved up the leagues over the years, and is now just one division below MK Dons. But the old wounds still haven't fully healed.

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