Games to Watch: MLS, EPL, Serie A, Ligue 1, CONCACAF Champions League

UPDATE: beIN Sport decided at the last minute to show PSG-Monaco live at 3:00 p.m., instead of Milan-Napoli. That game will now be aired on tape-delay at 5:00 p.m., which had been the originally scheduled slot for PSG-Monaco.

Colorado Rapids at Portland Timbers

10:00 p.m. Friday (NBCSN)

Portland’s dynamic duo of Diego Valeri and Darlington Nagbe face a Colorado team led by young phenoms Dillon Powers and Deshorn Brown. It’s a big game in the Western Conference playoff race, with these two teams among eight clubs fighting for five postseason berths.

Seattle Sounders at Los Angeles Galaxy

10:30 p.m. Saturday (NBCSN)

For the first time since he joined Seattle, Clint Dempsey faces U.S. national team star Landon Donovan. The Sounders have surged to first place in the west, but the Galaxy are the two-time defending MLS champs. They won’t give up their crown without a fight.

Stoke City at Arsenal

8:30 a.m. Sunday (CNBC and mun2)

New Arsenal star Mesut Özil makes his home debut against a Stoke team that features Americans Geoff Cameron and Brek Shea.

Lazio vs. Roma

9:00 a.m. Sunday (beIN Sport)

The Rome Derby is one of Italian soccer’s signature games, with sights and sounds in the stands as vibrant as the action on the field. Roma will be without injured American star Michael Bradley, but Kevin Strootman and Adem Ljajić are formidable attackers. Lazio are led by seemingly immortal German forward Miroslav Klose.

Manchester United at Manchester City

11:00 a.m. Sunday (NBCSN and Telemundo)

The last two Premier League champions face off – and it so happens that they’re crosstown rivals. United forwards Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie starred in a midweek Champions League win over Bayer Leverkusen. City are led from midfield by stars Yaya Touré and David Silva.

Monaco at Paris Saint-Germain

3:00 p.m. Sunday (beIN Sport and Univision Deportes)

It’s worth waiting to watch this clash between two of the world’s wealthiest clubs. In just the last two years, they’ve revolutionized French soccer and the game worldwide with their big spending. Among the biggest stars to watch are Monaco’s Radamel Falcao and João Moutinho, and PSG’s Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimović.

W Connection at Houston Dynamo

8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Fox Sports 2 and Univision Deportes 2

Brad Davis and the Dynamo can take a big step towards reaching the CONCACAF Champions League knockout rounds with a home win. For the tournament to become a big deal in the United States, MLS teams have to take it seriously - even if fans haven’t heard of many of the opposing teams or players.