Saturday, December 27, 2014

Games to Watch: Liga MX, Major League Soccer, UEFA and CONCACAF Champions Leagues

Club América at Monarcas Morelia

Games to Watch: Liga MX, Major League Soccer, UEFA and CONCACAF Champions Leagues

Club América at Monarcas Morelia 

8:25 p.m. Friday (ESPN News in English, WZPA-33 and ESPN3.com in Spanish)

ESPN recently struck a deal with Spanish-language network Azteca America for English-language rights to select games from the Mexican league. If you haven’t watched Liga MX before, you’ll quickly find out why it’s North America’s best league.

This game features Club América, Mexico's equivalent of the Cowboys or Lakers. Las Águilas spend lots of money and have a huge fan base, but they haven't won a championship since 2005.

WZPA is Azteca America’s affiliate in Philadelphia. Check your cable or satellite system for the specific channel where you live, or watch over the air on channel 33. 

New England Revolution at Chicago Fire

7:30 p.m. Saturday (NBC Sports Network)

Chestnut Hill Academy product Jeff Larentowicz anchors a strong Fire midfield. Though Chicago got blown out by Los Angeles last weekend, there were signs that Larentowicz can work well with Joel Lindpere and forwards Chris Rolfe and Sherjill MacDonald.

New England is led by forward Jerry Bengtson, who scored for Honduras in last month’s World Cup qualifier against the United States. 

Chelsea at Manchester United 

12:00 p.m. Sunday (Fox Soccer Channel)

I know some of you hold your noses when these two teams get together, but it's hard to deny they're giants of the sport. This weekend, they meet in the sixth round of the FA Cup.

United will be looking to get back on track after being dumped from the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday. Chelsea could be playing to save the job of manager Rafael Benitez, who gets booed by his own team’s fans for not winning with enough style. 

FC Dallas at Chivas USA

5:00 p.m. Sunday (Uni Más)

 Chivas made headlines last weekend for all the wrong reasons. Its home opener reportedly drew fewer than 5,000 fans - and those who showed up watched their team suffer a 3-0 rout. Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy is one of MLS’ best, but he’ll be tested in this game by FC Dallas’ David Ferreira – a former MLS MVP – and Kenny Cooper. 

New York Red Bulls at San Jose Earthquakes 

10:00 p.m. Sunday (ESPN2) 

The best game of the weekend in Major League Soccer features two of the league’s best scorers: New York’s Thierry Henry and San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski. Both teams will be out for three points after failing to win last weekend.

New York's 3-3 draw at Portland was great entertainment for just about everyone except new Red Bulls coach Mike Petke. San Jose, meanwhile, was dealt a quite surprising 2-0 home loss by Real Salt Lake.

AC Milan at FC Barcelona

3:30 p.m. Tuesday (Fox Soccer Channel)

Barcelona comes home to the Camp Nou facing a 2-0 deficit after the first leg of this UEFA Champions League Round of 16 showdown. Lionel Messi and company started the season as big favorites to win the tournament. They’ll face elimiation if they don’t score early and often.

Houston Dynamo at Santos Laguna

8:00 p.m. Tuesday (Fox Soccer Channel)

Houston won the first leg of this CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series, 1-0, on home soil. Now the Dynamo travel south to Mexico hoping to upset one of North America’s perennial superpowers. If Brad Davis and his teammates can hold on, it would be an historic result not just for Houston but for all of Major League Soccer.

Jonathan Tannenwald Philly.com
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