Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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The Week in Soccer

The Week in Soccer

Manchester City at Arsenal

1:30 p.m. Saturday (NBC-SN)

Arsenal's last two Premier League games have been arguably their most embarrassing of the season: a 6-0 blowout loss at Chelsea and a 2-2 home draw with Swansea City. With the Gunners' title hopes in tatters, Olivier Giroud and company host a City squad that's still in the thick of the fight, with midfielders Yaya Toure and David Silva both in form.

Chicago Fire at D.C. United

4 p.m. Saturday (NBC-SN)

The buzz for this game should be about the matchup between two American scoring stars, the Fire's Mike Magee and United's Eddie Johnson. Instead, it's a must-win for a pair of winless teams. United need a result to take some pressure off D.C. coach Ben Olsen.

Tottenham Hotspur at Liverpool

11 a.m. Sunday (NBC-SN)

Liverpool hasnn't been champion of England since 1990, before the Premier League as we know it was even founded. But the partnership of strikers Luis Suárez and Daniel Sturridge (48 goals in 31 games) has fans dreaming. The battered Spurs are hoping to get Emmanuel Adebayor back.

Bayern Munich at Manchester United

2:45 p.m. Tuesday (FS1)

Wayne Rooney and Manchester United have struggled in the Premier League, but they've managed to reach the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals. The Red Devils' run might not last much longer, though. Bayern Munich, with Arjen Robben, Thomas Müller, and Franck Ribéry, is a European powerhouse and the reigning champ.

Mexico at United States

11 p.m. Wednesday

(ESPN, UniMás)

Time is running out for U.S. players to make their case to be on the World Cup squad. What better way to prove a point to Jurgen Klinsmann than in a test against America's fiercest rival? Expect the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., to be packed with fans of both teams, creating a big-time atmosphere. Among the players with the most to prove is Union midfielder Maurice Edu. His ability to play multiple positions on defense could get him a spot on the plane to Brazil. Also watch for 18-year-old Bayern prospect Julian Green, who switched to the United States after growing up playing in Germany's youth system.

- Jonathan Tannenwald

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