Thursday, December 25, 2014

Games to Watch

United States under-20 men vs. Democratic Republic of the Congo

Games to Watch

United States under-20 men vs. Democratic Republic of the Congo

9:30 a.m. Saturday (beIN Sport)

The U.S. squad looks for its first win at the prestigious annual Toulon tournament, a showcase for youth national teams in the French city of the same name. This year’s edition is a warm-up for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup later this year in Turkey. Notable names on the U.S. squad include Columbus’ Will Trapp, Seattle’s Jordan Morris and Santos Laguna’s Daniel Cuevas. 

Bayern Munich vs. Stuttgart

1:45 p.m. Saturday (ESPN3.com)

After winning the Bundesliga and Champions League, Bayern Munich goes for the treble in the German Cup final. Stuttgart’s hopes of an upset rest with Bosnian forward Vedad Ibišević, who scored 15 goals in 30 league games this season. 

Grêmio at Santos

3:15 p.m. Saturday (ESPN3.com)

This will be Santos’ first home game since selling superstar forward Neymar to Barcelona. Santos still has a big name in midfielder Paulo Henrique Ganso, but Neymar will be impossible to replace in the short term. Then again, there’s a reason why Brazil is a soccer superpower: there’s always another top player coming down the line.

Gremio’s squad includes one-time wonderkid midfielder Elano and veteran forward Zé Roberto, who spent many years at Bayern Munich. 

Germany at United States

2:00 p.m. Sunday (ESPN2)

The U.S. Soccer Federation celebrates its 100th year with a glamor friendly against coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s home country. It’s the last game before the United States begins a crucial three-game World Cup qualifying stretch. 

Germany will be without big names from Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund who played in the Champions League final. But there will be plenty of familiar faces, including Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski and Lazio’s Miroslav Klose. 

United States women at Canada

4:30 p.m. Sunday (ESPNews) 

The stars will be out at BMO Field in Toronto for the first clash between these border rivals since last summer’s epic semifinal meeting at the Olympics. 

Canada - which will host the next Women’s World Cup in 2015 - is led by Christine Sinclair and Princeton product Diana Matheson. The U.S. will have Delran native Carli Lloyd back from injury, as well as superstar forwards Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach. 

Los Angeles Galaxy at New England Revolution 

4:30 p.m. Sunday (NBC Sports Network)

L.A. midfielder Robbie Rogers made history last weekend by becoming the first openly gay male athlete to play for a major professional sports team after coming out. Now Rogers can fully focus on helping the Galaxy continue their charge up the Western Conference standings. 

New England is led by Juan Agudelo, a former U.S. national team phenom whose career has hit the rocks. If he can return to his old form, the Revolution could challenge the Union for a playoff spot. 

Netherlands under-21 men vs. Germany 

2:15 p.m. Thursday (ESPNU, ESPN3.com)

One of European soccer’s great rivalries gets a new twist at the UEFA Under-21 championship in Israel. Yes, it’s just a youth tournament, but the Dutch in particular are stacked with top prospects. Among the best is Adam Maher, who plays with U.S. national team star Jozy Altidore at AZ Alkmaar. Germany’s squad includes Tottenham Hotspur’s Lewis Holtby.

Jonathan Tannenwald Philly.com
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