The Week in Soccer
Brazil vs. Colombia
9 p.m. Friday (beIN Sport)
Union defender Carlos Valdes joins Real Madrid's James Rodriguez and Manchester United's Radamel Falcao on Colombia's squad for this glamorous friendly at Sun Life Stadium outside Miami. Brazil's squad is highlighted by big names from the World Cup, including Oscar, Neymar and Ramires.
Colorado Rapids at Los Angeles Galaxy
10:30 p.m. Friday (NBCSN)
The Galaxy are hitting their stride as Major League Soccer's playoff race heats up. Landon Donovan is leading the way, with three goals and five assists in his last five games. Colorado, meanwhile, has lost eight straight games. It's no coincidence that Dillon Powers, last season's rookie of the year, is scoreless during that streak.
Sporting Kansas City at New York Red Bulls
7:30 p.m. Saturday (NBCSN)
Thierry Henry and the Red Bulls need a win to get back on track in the playoff race and they aren't alone. Kansas City won just one of its five MLS games in August, giving up 13 goals. It's on veteran defenders Aurelien Collin and Matt Besler to step up.
Scotland at Germany
2:30 p.m. Sunday (Fox Sports 1)
Qualifying begins for the 2016 European Championships. After winning the World Cup in Brazil this summer, Germany's stacked squad takes aim at winning its continent's crown. Die Mannschaft's seemingly endless supply of talent is led by Mario Gotze and Thomas Muller. Scotland's scant hopes of an upset lie with Manchester United's Darren Fletcher and Everton's Steven Naismith.
San Jose Earthquakes at Portland Timbers
5 p.m. Sunday (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes)
Portland live-wire Darlington Nagbe has just five assists and no goals this year. The Timbers need Nagbe to start producing more than just fancy footwork to grab a playoff berth. San Jose's slim playoff hopes could get a boost from 19-year-old academy product Tommy Thompson, who has earned a place with the first team.
Netherlands at Czech Republic
2:30 p.m. Tuesday (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes)
Fresh off a 1-0 loss to the United States, Tomas Rosicky and the Czechs play the biggest game of the first round of Euro qualifying. The Dutch will feature new Manchester United signing Daley Blind and Galatasaray star Wesley Sneijder.
- Jonathan Tannenwald