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Seven hot matches

Major League Soccer adds another jewel to its crown of soccer-specific venues as the Houston Dynamo christen BBVA Compass Stadium.

Seven hot matches

D.C. United at Houston Dynamo

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

Major League Soccer adds another jewel to its crown of soccer-specific venues as the Houston Dynamo christen BBVA Compass Stadium. A sea of orange will be on hand to welcome reigning MLS MVP Dwayne De Rosario, a former Dynamo star who now leads a resurgent D.C. squad.

Queens Park Rangers at Manchester City

9:30 a.m. Sunday (ESPN2; ESPN3.com)

On the final weekend of a thrilling English Premier League season, all 10 games kick off simultaneously at 10 a.m. City needs only to win at home over one of the Premier League's worst teams to clinch its first championship since 1968. But this most star-crossed of English clubs could still slip up - and against former City manager Mark Hughes, no less.

If City loses or ties, Manchester United would win the league with a better result at Sunderland (9:30 a.m., FX).

QPR-City will be part of a doubleheader on ESPN2. The network will cut right from Manchester to PPL Park and start its broadcast of the Union-New York Red Bulls game at 12:15 p.m. 

Arsenal at West Bromwich Albion

9:30 a.m. Sunday (Fox Sports Net; FoxSoccer2Go.com pay-per-view)

Perhaps the most dramatic Premier League race is for third place, and the guaranteed UEFA Champions League spot that comes with it. Arsenal has it right now with 67 points, and is one of three teams chasing the prize. The fourth-place team would be knocked out of next year's Champions League if Chelsea beats Bayern Munich in this year's final.

To cover all of Sunday's action, Fox is broadcasting nine games across seven of its cable channels and its website. Although neither Comcast SportsNet nor the Comcast Network will air Arsenal-West Brom live, other Fox Sports Net affiliates will, and the game will be streamed online at FoxSoccer.com. CSN will air the game tape-delayed at 2 p.m. Sunday.*

* - If you saw this in print Friday, it said neither CSN nor TCN will air the game at all. That isn't true anymore. 

Fulham at Tottenham Hotspur

9:30 a.m. Sunday (Fox Soccer Channel)

Tottenham currently holds fourth place with 66 points. That means its destiny is controlled not just by archrival Arsenal, but by Chelsea as well. This could be American star Clint Dempsey's last game with Fulham before moving to a bigger team during the summer. A big performance here would be quite a way to go out. 

Newcastle United at Everton

10 a.m. Sunday (FoxSoccer.com, free of charge)

Newcastle has been one of the most surprising teams of the season. Led by hot-shooting Senegal forward Papiss Demba Cissé, who has scored 13 goals in 12 games since joining the club in January, the Magpies have rocketed up to fifth place in the Premier League.

They can clinch a Europa League place - and perhaps more - with a result against Everton and the Toffees' American goalkeeper Tim Howard.

Although Fox usually charges for its live web streaming, this game will be streamed free of charge outside of the FoxSoccer2Go package. 

Inter Milan at Lazio

2:45 p.m. Sunday (Fox Soccer Channel; ESPN3.com)

Juventus wrapped up the Serie A title last week, but the fight for Italy's remaining European places is still going strong. Fourth-place Lazio and sixth-place Inter can jump up to third place - and a UEFA Champions League spot - with a win and some help. Berths in the Europa League, which go to the fourth- and fifth-place finishers, are also up for grabs.

Chivas USA at San Jose Earthquakes

7 p.m. Sunday (Galavisón)

San Jose's Chris Wondolowski is Major League Soccer's two-time reigning top scorer, and he hasn't let up this year. Although the Union kept him out of the box score last month, Wondolowski has scored 11 goals in 10 games this season.

Jonathan Tannenwald Philly.com
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