Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Games to Watch: Premier League title race, UEFA Champions League semifinals

Plus the weekend's nationally-televised MLS action.

Games to Watch: Premier League title race, UEFA Champions League semifinals

Sporting Kansas City at Los Angeles Galaxy

10:30 p.m. Saturday (NBC Sports Network)

Two of Major League Soccer’s powerhouses meet in a potential title game preview. The spotlight will shine brightest on a pair of American stars, Kansas City’s Graham Zusi and Los Angeles’ Landon Donovan.  

Portland Timbers at San Jose Earthquakes

11:00 p.m. Sunday (UniMás)

These two teams met in a testy affair in Portland last weekend. Now the scene shifts to the Bay Area. San Jose’s forward tandem of Chris Wondolowski and Steven Lenhart is one of MLS’ most dangerous.  

Aston Villa at Manchester United 

2:55 p.m. Monday (ESPN2) 

After a draw at West Ham on Wednesday, Manchester United could get within a game of the Premier League title with a win this weekend. The Red Devils have a 13-point lead over city rivals Manchester City with five games to go in the season. Villa is just one game above the relegation zone, and needs all the help it can get to stay up.

Chelsea at Liverpool 

10:30 a.m. Sunday (Fox Soccer Channel)

Chelsea is holding on for dear life to fourth place in the Premier League, which would get the Blues into next season’s Champions League. Liverpool would like nothing more than a win over Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez, who used to coach the Reds. 

Barcelona at Bayern Munich

2:30 p.m. Tuesday (Fox Soccer Channel) 

Perhaps the best UEFA Champions League semifinals in the tournament’s history begin in Munich. Barcelona and Bayern are loaded with attacking stars, from Barça’s Lionel Messi and Xavi Hernandez to Bayern’s Thomas Müller and Franck Ribéry.

Both teams have steamrolled almost all of their opponents this season. Now one of them has to lose. 

Real Madrid at Borussia Dortmund 

2:30 p.m. Wednesday (Fox Soccer Channel) 

The second Champions League semifinal is also a Spain vs. Germany matchup. Real Madrid is led by superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, while Dortmund have young phenoms Mario Götze and Marco Reus. Dortmund’s raucous fans will also play a big role as the reigning German champions try to beat the reigning Spanish champions. 

Monterrey at Santos Laguna 

10:00 p.m. Wednesday (Fox Soccer Channel, UniMás) 

The CONCACAF Champions League final is a rematch of last year’s encounter between two Mexican powerhouses. Santos is led by U.S. national team forward Hérculez Gómez. Reigning champion Monterrey is led by Chilean forward Humberto Suazo – the Mexican league’s most expensive player.

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