Friday, February 12, 2016

Seven Hot Matches

Here's a look at some of the best games in MLS and around the world over the seven days.

Seven Hot Matches

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Here's a look at some of the best games in MLS and around the world over the next seven days.

FC Dallas at D.C. United

7:30 p.m. Friday, NBC Sports Network

Two Major League Soccer MVPs face off in Washington, as 2010 winner David Ferreira and FC Dallas face reigning title-holder Dwayne De Rosario and D.C. United. But the key player in this game could be new Dallas signing Ricardo Villar, who has two goals through three games this year.

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Sunderland at Manchester City

9:55 a.m. Saturday, ESPN2/ESPN3.com

The English Premier League title race is down to a head-to-head battle between crosstown rivals. Manchester City takes the stage first this weekend, hosting a Black Cats squad that has played some of England's best soccer since Martin O'Neill became manager last December.

New England Revolution at Los Angeles Galaxy

11 p.m. Saturday, NBC Sports Network

Whether you love them or hate them, the star-laden Galaxy are must-see viewing when it comes to MLS. Expect David Beckham, Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane and the rest of the Los Angeles stars to have an easy time with a team that won just once on the road last season.

United States women at Japan

6:30 a.m. Sunday, ESPN2/ESPN3.com

Most international friendlies don't carry high stakes, but this one does. The U.S. women have lost their last two games against Japan, and they've been big: the championship game of last year's World Cup and the semifinal of this year's Algarve Cup. This matchup is a rare meeting on Japanese soil, with Brazil also set to face both teams in a round-robin.

Napoli at Juventus

2:30 p.m. Sunday, Fox Soccer Channel

Juventus, the grand dame of Italian soccer, is in second place behind AC Milan in Serie A. Napoli's attacking trio of Edinson Cavani, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Marek Hamsik is one of the most entertaining not just in Italy, but anywhere in the world. Expect plenty of fireworks on the field and in the stands.

Manchester United at Blackburn Rovers

2:55 p.m. Monday, ESPN2/ESPN3.com

United is at the top of the pack in the Premier League most years. But for much of this season it has been the pursuers. The 19-time champions edged in front of Man City on Monday, and now legendary Red Devils manager Sir Alex Ferguson can do what he does best: pile up the pressure on United's "noisy neighbors."

AC Milan at Barcelona

2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Fox Soccer Channel

This is the decisive second leg of the most glamorous of the four UEFA Champions League quarterfinal series. Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of only a few players worldwide who can rival Barcelona's Lionel Messi for star power and attacking prowess.

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