Atlético Madrid vs. Barcelona
11:55 a.m. Saturday (ESPN3.com)
The Spanish league title race comes down to a winner-take-all clash between the top two teams. Diego Costa and Atlético look to claim the team’s first championship since 1996. Lionel Messi and Barcelona have had a roller-coaster season, but can put it all behind them with a win on home turf.
Arsenal vs. Hull City
12:00 p.m. Saturday (Fox29)
Arsenal is one of England’s true giants, but hasn’t won a trophy since 2005. The last nine years have been full of almosts and nearlies that would make a Philadelphia sports fan proud. Now, finally, the Gunners can end their drought. Olivier Giroud, Santi Cazorla and company are strong favorites to beat Hull in the FA Cup final.
Hull’s hopes of an upset lie with Croatia national team striker Nikita Jelavić. If the Tigers can keep the game close, expect lots of nerves at Wembley Stadium - and at soccer bars across the U.S. that will be packed with Arsenal fans.
Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich
1:55 p.m. Saturday (Univision Deportes, ESPN3.com)
The two most powerful teams in the Bundesliga contest the German Cup final at Berlin’s famed Olympic Stadium. Among the stars in the spotlight will be Dortmund forward Robert Lewandowski, who’s moving from Dortmund to Munich after this season. You’ll also see lots of German national team stars, such as Borussia’s Marco Reus and Bayern’s Mario Götze.
New York Cosmos at Tampa Bay Rowdies
7:30 p.m. Saturday (ESPN3.com)
A famous rivalry from the old North American Soccer League has gotten new life in the new NASL. The Cosmos don’t have big stars these days, but they do have Yardley native Jimmy Ockford and former U.S. national team midfielder Danny Szetela. The Rowdies’ roster includes former Union prospects Lucky Mkosana and Georgi Hristov, as well as University of Delaware product Evans Frimpong.
US Sassuolo Calcio at AC Milan
2:40 pm. Sunday (beIN Sport)
Manchester United isn’t the only European giant that has had an awful season. Despite a star-laden squad led by striker Mario Balotelli, AC Milan is in eighth place in Serie A. The rossoneri can still qualify for the Europa League, but barely. They have to win this game and hope the two other teams chasing sixth place, Torino and Parma, both lose.
Sporting Kansas City at Chicago Fire
3:00 p.m. Sunday (UniMás)
Defending Major League Soccer champion Kansas City is proving itself to be the Eastern Conference’s best team once again. But their strength will be tested over the next few weeks, as defender Matt Besler and do-it-all midfielder Graham Zusi head to the World Cup with the U.S. national team. There’s plenty of talent remaining, though, in brusing defender Aurélien Collin and playmaker Benny Feilhaber.
Chicago only got its first win of the season last Saturday. The Fire have the talent to do better, though, in reigning MVP Mike Magee and Rookie of the Year candidate Harrison Shipp.
You might remember Shipp from having led Notre Dame to the NCAA men’s soccer championship at PPL Park last December. It didn’t take him long to raise his game in the pros.