8/21/20 – Champions League Final Sun 3 pm TUDN, CBS Sports Network, CBS All Access, Europa League Final Fri 3 pm CBS Sports Network, El Traffico Sat 6 pm Fox, MLS Rivalry weekend, Indy 11 at Louis Wed.

Champions League Bayern Munich vs PSG 3 pm Sunday TUDN, CBSSN

I have heard a bunch of people say these Champions League Quarterfinal games have been among the best and most exciting ever with the one game knockout style of play.  We got great upsets as Lyon bested Man City and RB Leipzig knocked out Atletico and Atalanta was minutes away from deposing of PSG.  But honestly back to back 3-0 yawners is what we got for the Semi-Finals as both PSG and then Bayern Munich – absolutely dominated play and each won 3-0 in games that had little excitement – and were blowouts.  Its why I think NCAA hoops is great – but rarely does the best team really win. The thing about Champions League with a game in each team’s home stadium – is normally the better team wins. If they somehow tie or lose on the road they come home for what is normally a stirring win to close things out.  Not always – but normally the Champions League Final 4 are very competitive games.  Either way we do have a competitive final as Bayern Munich will face a PSG that has spent millions trying to get past the Quarterfinals and finally has a chance to lift the trophy.  Two powerhouse teams with world class strikers in Mbappe and Neymar for PSG and Lewandowski, Mueller and Gnabry for Bayern.  Both have great keepers in Nuerer, and Navas (if he’s healthy to return) – it should be one heck of a game Sunday at 3 pm on CBS Sports Network (why not CBS? Who knows – Andy Griffin shows to air I am sure). PSG has won nine of the last 10 French league titles, but the European Cup is the trophy it really wants. Neymar, Kylian Mbappé, Mauro Icardi and all the team’s other stars were signed to bring the prize to Paris — and the club’s Qatari owners — for the first time ever.  While PSG is the nouveau riche, Bayern is European royalty. The eight-time reigning German champions have won the European Cup five times, most recently in 2013. And as Alphonso Davies, Thomas Müller and prolific scorer Robert Lewandowski have shown, they don’t mind steamrolling every team in their path. Bayern have scored 15 goals over their last three games, highlighted by the historic 8-2 demolition of Barcelona.  Great Preview Stories below on the Ole Ballcoach !  I like Bayern 3-2.

Europa League Sevilla vs Inter 3 pm Friday TUDN, CBS All Access

Sevilla will look for their 6th Europa league trophy vs a resurging Inter Milan on Friday at 3 pm on TUDN and CBS Sports Network and of course (streamed on CBS all-access).  Sevilla slipped by Man United 2-1 to slide into their first final since winning 3 straight times from 2014-2016.  For Inter Milan its their first final since 1998.  Sevilla is aiming for its sixth Europa League title, and it would be the third with the club for captain Jesús Navas.  Inter hasn’t won a trophy of any kind since the 2011 Club World Cup despite its status as an Italian heavyweight. This squad has the firepower to do it in playmaker Lautaro Martínez and striker Romelu Lukaku, who has four goals in his last three games.  Also huge news that CBS All Access will be showing the Women’s Champions League Finals starting this Saturday – see details on the Ole Ballcoach. 

UCL round of 16 hits U.S. viewer high

Saturday’s FC Barcelona-Napoli UEFA Champions League round of 16 match averaged 1.1 million viewers on Univision and TUDN, the largest audience on record for the round of 16 on U.S. television. Meanwhile, Manchester City-Real Madrid averaged 571,000 on UniMas and TUDN Friday, ranking sixth all-time for the round.English-language coverage aired on CBS Sports Network, which is not Nielsen-rated.

MLS on Fox Sat 6 pm El Traffico

Rivaly Weekend starts – and there won’t be any fans in the stands to watch, but there will be a big TV stage on Saturday at 6 pm on FOX for Carlos Vela’s return to LAFC after he skipped the MLS tournament to be with his pregnant wife. The stage will be big for Diego Rossi, too, after he was the MLS summer tournament’s top scorer.  Unfortunately, Galaxy star forward Javier Hernández is out injured (right calf), but fellow Mexican headliner Jonathan dos Santos (groin) will play. Sunday night 10 pm we get the Cascadia Cup with Portland hosting Seattle on Fox Sport 1.  It’s one thing to watch sports in empty stadiums, but a Cascadia Cup game at an empty Providence Park will be truly surreal. No game in MLS is more defined by its raucous atmosphere. So the players will have to create their own fireworks, especially Portland playmakers Diego Valeri and Sebastián Blanco, and Seattle forwards Jordan Morris and Raúl Ruidíaz.

Indy 11 at Louisville Wed

Our Indy 11 get a much needed break this weekend after disposing of Pittsburgh last weekend 1-0 at the Luke.  The Eleven travel to Louisville for a 7 pm match on Wish TV+ ESPN+ Wednesday before returning home Sat Sept 5 for a repeat again them at 7 pm at the Luke.

CHS Girls Invitational

The 2nd ranked Carmel Greyhoud ladies with plenty of former Carmel FC players including all-state Goalkeeper Erin Baker are off to a good start after posting 2 victories this week – they travel to 17th ranked Guerin Catholic in Westfield on Sat night before hosting 2 of the top ranked teams in the state the following Sat, Aug 29 as they host 13th ranked Avon at 9 am and 12th ranked Fishers at 7 pm at home. 

Story Behind the Legendary Champions League Anthem
The Champions League anthem which debuted in 1992 is one of the most iconic anthems in all of sports.  I thought I would dive in a bit to its history and how it was done.  The UCL anthem has words in French, German and English – below are the actual words. 

English version of what is sung

They are the best teams
They are the best teams
The main event
 
The master
The best
The great teams
The champions
 
A big meeting
A great sporting event
The main event

The master
The best
The great teams
The champions
 
They are the best
They are the best
These are the champions
 
The master
The best
The champions

GAMES ON TV 

Fri, Aug 21 

3 pm TUDN, CBSSN                     Europa League Finals  Inter vs Seviilla

Sat, Aug 22

3 pm beIN Sport                           Lille vs Rennes – Ligue 1 Starts

6 pm Fox                             LAFC vs LA Galaxy – MLS

7 pm ESPN+                                    Atlanta vs Nashville

8 pm ESPN+                                    Miami vs Orlando

Sun, Aug 23

3 pm TUDN,  CBSSN      Champions League Finals PSG vs Bayern Munich

10 pm FS1                                    Portland Timbers vs Seattle Sounders MLS

Wed, Aug 26

10 pm ESPN+                                 LA Galaxy vs  Seattle Sounders MLS

7 pm ESPN+ , WishTV                      Louisville FC vs Indy 11

Sat, Aug 29

11:30 am ESPN+                           Arsenal vs Liverpool – Comm. Shield

11 am beIN Sport                         Rennes vs Montpellier

8 pm FS1                                          NE vs NY Red Bulls

10 pm ESPN+                                 Atlanta vs Orlando MLS

Sun, Aug 3010 pm FS1                                        Seattle vs LAFC 

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Story behind the Champions League Anthem
Video Story behind the Champions League Anthem
Champions League Anthem with words on screen
A Superclub UCL Final With All the Fixins–Even the Ugly Ones
Champions League final 2020: Comparing Bayern’s treble-winning class to today’s crop
PSG stars’ unity pledge in Verratti’s restaurant takes them to UCL final
Bayern must tighten defence against PSG in Champions League final, warns Flick
Against Bayern You Can’t Miss your Chances Lyon – SI
Neymar and attacking stars align for PSG in pursuit of Champions League glory
Gnabry’s stirring display is perfect Euro recipe for Bayern Munich

Champions League run weakens German resistance to ‘proud’ RB Leipzig
Numbers: Di Maria level with Messi; free-scoring PSG equal Real Madrid


Barca’s humiliation was their own fault, yet they didn’t see it coming
4dGraham Hunter

Gnabry and Lewandowski fire ruthless Bayern into Champions League final

American Tyler Adams scores winning goal in the 88th minute for RB Leipzig to beat Atletico Madrid

USMNT’s Adams helps Leipzig upset Atletico late

Is Guardiola’s UCL drought a sign he’s no longer a genius?

 Europa League

Sevilla vs Inter Preview
Inter are ready for greatness – Lautaro Martinez
Inter breeze past Shakhtar to set up UEL final vs. Sevilla
Future uncertain but Conte within sight of Inter silverware
Sevilla knock Man United out of Europa League
Solskjaer on Europa exit: Manchester United “will have to learn”

Inter’s ‘LuLa’ partnership fired up to end wait for trophy

Lukaku, Lautaro lead Inter back among the European elite

‘Records there to be broken’ as Lukaku extends run

De Gea shrugs off criticism, says he is still safe pair of hands

 USA

Its Ok to be Excited About this current US Team – Doug Mcintyre
• USWNT’s Lavelle joins Man City
US Coronvirus leads to UNWNT Players leaving NWSL for Europe
Ream, Berhalter react to USMNT back Robinson’s possible Fulham 
Official: Antonee Robinson signs with Fulham
Weston McKennie: USMNT star holding out for PL move

Breaking down the USMNT’s World Cup qualifying schedule

USMNT’s Berhalter on World Cup qualifying, player transfers

US could open WCup qualifying in Trinidad, site of ’17 loss
US Players On TV this WEekend

Goalkeeping

Top Saves UCL Round of 16 + 8

Best Saves of the QuarterFinals – Europa League

Best Saves in MLS History

Spurs sign Hart on free transfer

WORLD

• Koeman to coach Barca, Messi staying
• Sources: Arsenal agree €22m Gabriel deal
Spurs sign Hart on free transfer
Lazio: Lost respect for David Silva

Will Koeman’s dream job be a nightmare assignment? 2hGraham Hunter
‘Return of a legend’ – Koeman officially named new Barcelona coach

Barcelona sack Setien, Koeman favourite to take charge

Koeman downplays need for Barca ‘revolution’

Will Messi leave Barcelona? If so, would he leave for Argentina, MLS or a team with Ronaldo?
Where could Messi Go ?  

INDY 11

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MARTIN RENNIE VOTED CHAMPIONSHIP’S COACH OF THE MONTH
INDY ELEVEN BRINGS HOME POINT FROM 1-1 DRAW AT LOUISVILLE CITY FC

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Sevilla – Inter Milan: How to watch, start time, odds, prediction

icholas MendolaNBC Sports•August 19, 2020

Sevilla – Inter Milan is a story of silverware seekers, as the Serie A side seeks its first trophy since the 2011 Coppa Italia while their La Liga rivals aim for a sixth UEFA Cup this century.

Team news: Sevilla – Inter Milan

A report in Italy says Antonio Conte will not change his Starting XI for the fifth-straight match, as the red-hot Serie A side bids for a first trophy since 2011.

Sevilla is healthy and primed as well after beating Manchester United despite providing plenty of work for goalkeeper Bono. The Spanish side dismissed another Premier League side, Wolves, in the quarterfinal round.

What they’re saying

Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui on facing Inter: “Inter will force us to play an extraordinary game. They are a team of a magnificent level, a team made to play in the Champions League who finished one point behind Juve in Serie A and has magnificent players and an experienced coach.”

Inter boss Antonio Conte on the task at hand“We have to play with the desire to win and bring the trophy back to Italy and to bring a trophy back to Inter. Sevilla will have the same idea, so we have to show that we’re the better team. For me, it’s always important to be able to say to the lads, at the end of the game, that we don’t have any regrets. If we’re the better side, we’ll lift the trophy. If not, we’ll have given our all, and we’ll applaud our opponents.”

Odds: Sevilla – Inter Milan – Full UEL, UCL odds

Sevilla is +235 to win the match, with Inter Milan a bit ahead at +125.

Prediction

Sevilla has a lot of weapons but Inter Milan has the star power at striker and hunger to end a relatively-long trophy drought for a club of its ilk. Look for Christian Eriksen and Romelu Lukaku to be celebrating silverware after a 3-1 win sends silverware to Milan.

Inter Milan vs. Sevilla Europa League final: Players to watch and tale of the tape ahead of Friday’s matchup Here’s what to know about each team entering the final in Cologne, Germany

By Roger Gonzalez   6 hrs ago2 min read CBS Sports Network

Two teams remain in the UEFA Europa League, and they’ll meet in the final on Friday as Inter Milan take on Sevilla. Inter were one of the favorites to win the competition after entering in the round of 32 following their elimination from the UEFA Champions League. Don’t discount Sevilla, who are five-time champions and not afraid of playing the big dogs, proving so in their semifinal win over Manchester United.But how did each team get here, how do they line up, who should you keep an eye on, and who has the edge? Let’s have a look. 

How they got here

With Europa League play picking back up in August, Sevilla beat Roma (3-0), Wolverhampton (1-0) and Manchester United (2-1) to make the final. Meanwhile, Inter Milan beat Getafe (2-0), Bayer Leverkusen (2-1) and Shakhtar Donetsk (5-0). 

Tactical breakdown

Inter like to line up in a 3-5-2 with wing backs, meaning their back line can shift from three to five at any moment. That wing back formation gives them a ton of width, and they love playing crosses into the box. The stars of the team are strikers Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez, who combined for over 50 goals this season. They both scored twice in the semifinal win over Shakhtar. Sevilla are a side that typically use a 4-3-3 formation and are more compact in the middle. They do get wide in attack with fullbacks in Jesus Navas and Sergio Reguilon who love to get forward, allowing their attackers to stay more centrally. They use quick passes and their speed to create havoc in attack, while also possessing creativity in the middle in Ever Banega. 

Player to watch

For Sevilla, it’s probably Banega. This will be his last match for the club, and he’s the engine in the middle. He not the player he once was, but his ability to shield off defenders buys him time to ping clever balls forward. Inter’s is Lukaku because of his scoring threat. His first touch may be questionable at times, but he can score in a variety of ways and matches up well with the physical backline of Sevilla. 

Who has the edge?

Goalkeeper: Sevilla’s goalkeeper, Bono, is a fantastic, underrated shot-stopper. He saved some many golden chances against Manchester United, but Samir Handanovic of Inter is a star. He’s experienced as he approaches 300 matches with the Italian side and will be as motivated as ever to win his first major trophy. He’s just so sturdy in goal. Edge: Inter Milan

Defense: Both clubs have strong defenses, and while Sevilla are quicker and younger, Inter are more experienced. In a major final, give me experience with Diego Godin leading the way. Edge: Inter Milan

Midfield: They’re so different, but both have some ballers who can take over a game. Don’t discount the lesser known names in the middle of the park for Sevilla. Joan Jordan is a fantastic player who is only getting better, while Inter have Christian Eriksen off the bench. Edge: Tie

Forwards: This is the easiest one. One of these teams has Lautaro and Lukaku, and the other doesn’t. Lucas Ocampos is a fine player who has made a name for himself, but the combo of speed and size of Inter’s attack is just so superb. Edge: Inter Milan

Manager: Antonio Conte is the more experienced and successful manager, but Julen Lopetegui has fit in so well at Sevilla. While Conte has a loaded team, Lopetegui has done more with less, making this quite even. Edge: Tie.

PSG – Bayern Munich: How to watch UCL final, start time, team news, odds

Andy EdwardsNBC SportsAug 20, 2020, 2:38 PM

Bayern Munich – PSG looks set to be a thrilling UEFA Champions League final matchup on Sunday (start time, 3pm ET), featuring the “been there, done that” five-time European champions from Germany and the big-spending have-nots with all the French glory they could ever want but nothing from Europe’s biggest stage.Bayern were most recently crowned champions of Europe in 2013, when they topped fellow Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium. Perhaps no side has been as dominant, or made it look so easy, as Bayern have done since the knockout rounds resumed two weeks ago. Whether they were embarrassing Barcelona 8-2 in the quarterfinals, or hammering Chelsea and Lyon, no side has finished a game or a two-leg tie fewer than three goals down.Not only have PSG never won the Champions League or the old European Cup, but they had never even been to the semifinal final round of Europe’s preeminent competition prior to knocking off RB Leipzig on Tuesday. Sunday’s showdown in Lisbon is set to be the culmination, in victory or defeat, of eight years of obscene investment by owners Qatar Sports Investment for the express purpose of winning the Champions League.Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Bayern Munich – PSG, including how to watch on TV in the USA and how to follow all of the action live.

How to watch, stream Champions League: Leipzig – PSG

Date: Sudnay, August 23, 3pm ET kick off
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
How to watch: CBS Sports Network
Live updates: UCL here at NBCSports.com

What they’re saying: Bayern Munich – PSG

Bayern manager Hansi Flick on needing to improve defensively: “Lyon fought hard and made things hard for us, we know PSG have quick players and we will have to organize our defense differently. Paris are a great team, they fought their way into the semi-final and then reached the final. We know they have quick players, but we know our biggest strength is putting our opponents under pressure.”

PSG winger Angel di Maria on the historic occasion: “We’re very happy. It’s a first for the club. We worked hard and played a great game. We want to make history for the club. We succeeded tonight and we’re in the final, that’s very important. We have to continue like tonight to make our dream come true.”

Odds and ends – Full Champions League odds

Unsurprisingly, Bayern are favorites for the final (+105), but it’s hardly expected to be a landslide with PSG checking in at +230. The draw (+285) is the greatest outlier amongst the odds, with the expectation that someone will be crowned champions of Europe after 90 minutes.

Prediction

If ever we are to be treated to an exciting final with the potential for goals galore, Bayern Munich – PSG must be the one. Bayern have scored 15 goals in three games since the UCL resumed play, and PSG are as attack-happy as any side in the world. As the kids are saying these days, the sides have no chill. This feels like Bayern 3-2 PSG.   Massive, massive advantage to Bayern.

A Superclub Champions League Final With All the Fixins–Even the Ugly Ones

Bayern Munich and PSG are two rich and powerful star-laden clubs that have dominated their domestic competitions and have similar vulnerabilities. The connection, particularly PSG’s, to Qatar’s sportswashing cannot be forgotten amid the fanfare, though.JONATHAN WILSONAUG 20, 2020   SI 

The Champions League final will be a meeting of two superclubs, both of which have a very superclub way of playing. Both are used to dominating: Bayern Munich has won a domestic double, winning the Bundesliga and DFB Pokal titles. Paris Saint-Germain has won a domestic treble, claiming the Ligue 1 title and Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue trophies. Both are superb on the ball. Both attack with abandon. And both, unused to being properly and regularly tested, are defensively vulnerable. In that sense, this is the perfect modern final.But Bayern and PSG are not the same. Bayern has won five European Cup/Champions League titles before. It has won eight Bundesliga titles in a row. It has won more Bundesliga titles than every other German club put together. It is a club that represents pure capitalism, ruthlessly exploiting its dominant market position to the extent that when it pillages its rivals for their best players, the reaction tends to be little more than weary resignation at the natural order of things.PSG, though, represents something far more sinister. Founded in 1970 to try to give the French capital a team to compete with the might of Saint-Etienne, Marseille and Reims, it was taken over in 2011 by Qatari Sports Investments. It’s a subsidiary of the Qatari Investment Agency, the body established by the Qatari state in 2005 to manage the emirate’s sovereign wealth fund. No less than Manchester City, PSG is nakedly an agent of soft power, part of a broader attempt to popularize and enhance the image of the state through sport–of which hosting the 2022 World Cup is the centerpiece. https://tpc.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

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Barcelona’s Jennifer Hermoso (10) led Spain’s national team against the United States at last year’s World Cup, and battled Tobin Heath (17) in this year’s SheBelieves Cup.

Sevilla vs. Inter Milan

Friday, 3 p.m. (CBS Sports Network, UniMás, TUDN)

The spotlight shifts to the men Friday afternoon for the Europa League final in Köln, Germany. Sevilla is aiming for its sixth Europa League title, and it would be the third with the club for captain Jesús Navas.

Inter hasn’t won a trophy of any kind since the 2011 Club World Cup despite its status as an Italian heavyweight. This squad has the firepower to do it in playmaker Lautaro Martínez and striker Romelu Lukaku, who has four goals in his last three games.

Saturday, 2 p.m. (CBS All Access)

This is the most intriguing of the four women’s Champions League quarterfinals.

Arsenal has an outstanding attack with prolific Dutch striker Vivianne Miedema, Dutch playmaker Daniëlle van de Donk and English striker Beth Mead. Miedema — who has 60 goals over the last two years for Arsenal — and van de Donk also starred on the Netherlands squad that played the U.S. in last year’s World Cup final.

PSG forward Marie-Antoinette Katoto is one of France’s most underrated players, despite having scored 68 goals over the last three seasons for the club. She’s flanked by compatriot Kadidiatou Diani and two promising young Canadians, Ashley Lawrence and Jordyn Huitema. The midfield is anchored by Brazilian legend Formiga, who’s still great at age 42.

Vivianne Miedema, right, has scored 60 goals for Arsenal and 18 goals for the Netherlands over the last two years.
TESS DERRY / PA VIA AP Vivianne Miedema, right, has scored 60 goals for Arsenal and 18 goals for the Netherlands over the last two years.

Lyon vs. Bayern Munich

Saturday, 2 p.m. (CBS All Access)

Lyon, the biggest team in women’s club soccer, is the overwhelming favorite to win a historic fifth straight Champions League title. No team in the world has more stars on its roster, from towering French centerback Wendie Renard to German playmaker Dzsenifer Marozsán to Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg. Then there’s England’s Lucy Bronze, Japan’s Saki Kumagai, France’s Amandine Henry … and the list keeps going.

So of course Lyon is favored to win this game. But keep an eye on Bayern’s 21-year-old German midfielder Giulia Gwinn. She’s a rising star who’s already a major national team player.

USMNT weekend viewing guide: rivalries and returns

Ligue 1 returns along with a full slate of MLS action.

By jcksnftsn  Aug 21, 2020, 7:00am PDT

MLS returns in earnest with a rivalry weekend, which should lead to some entertaining matchups. Ligue 1 kicks off their 2020-21 season as well this weekend, which could lead to the long awaited return of Timothy Weah to the field with Lille. Here’s what you can catch this weekend:

Friday

Given the amount of MLS teams with at least one potential USMNT connection following all the games behind the paywall (literally every MLS game that’s not on network TV) is a bit more than we can bite off, so we won’t be regularly running down all these games. However, since all of Friday’s action is on ESPN+ (free trial here if you need it), here’s a quick look (all times Eastern):

Looking through the paywall:

  • FC Cincinnati v D.C. United at 7:30p on ESPN+. Bill Hamid is the most likely USMNT candidate in the short term playing for either team, but D.C. United’s Ben Olson has indicated that he may rely a bit more on young players such as Moses Neyman and Griffin Yow this season.
  • Minnesota United v Sporting Kansas City at 7:30p on ESPN+. Gianluca Busio saw some minutes in the MLS is Back tournament for Sporting Kansas City, while Chase Gasper was a surprise at LB for Minnesota and Mason Toye also saw some time.
  • Houston Dynamo v FC Dallas at 8p on ESPN+. FC Dallas have quite the group of potential USMNT players to watch, including Reggie CannonPaxton PomykalJesus Ferreira, Ricardo Pepi, Tanner Tessman, and Edwin Cerrillo, but the team is off to a slow start with a loss and a scoreless draw against Nashville in their opening two matches.
  • Toronto FC v Vancouver Whitecaps at 8p on ESPN+. Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley and Marky Delgado started Toronto’s midweek 3-0 win over Vancouver. Ayo Akinola who was a bright spot in the tournament missed the match with a hamstring injury.

Saturday

Lille v Rennes – 3p on beIN Sports

Timothy Weah, who had a nightmare start to his time with Lille, is reportedly nearing his long-awaited return, though there are still questions about what role, if any, he will play this weekend. Weah suffered an injury just two matches into the 2019-2020 season and attempted a return in February, only to again be taken down by a hamstring injury just ten minutes into his time on the field. It’s been a hard year for Weah, but he appears to have maintained a positive attitude and a hunger to get back out on the field.

Lille will be facing a Rennes side that finished the abbreviated season in fourth place. Theoson Jordan Siebatcheu, who remains eligible to play for the United States (though there have been no real signs of bringing him in), played just 65 minutes for Rennes in their last 13 matches of the season.

Other Notes:

  • Ajax play a friendly against Red Bull Salzburg at 10a on ESPN Deportes. Sergiño Dest remains with the club and will likely see roughly 45 minutes.
  • PSV Eindhoven and Eintracht Frankfurt also have a friendly scheduled at noon on ESPN Deportes. Timothy Chandler may see the field for Frankfurt, while Richie Ledezma and Chris Gloster have yet to break through for PSV.
  • Los Angeles Football Club and the LA Galaxy meet in the latest edition of El Tráfico at 6p on Fox. The Galaxy will be looking to avoid a repeat of their embarrassing 6-2 loss to LAFC in the MLS is Back tournament. 19-year-old Julian Araujo is the most interesting player to keep an eye on, though Sebastian Lletget is probably closer to a USMNT call-up.
  • Sebastian Saucedo and Pumas UNAM face Tigres UANL at 8p on ESPN Deportes. Saucedo started Pumas UNAM’s most recent match, a scoreless draw with Mazatlan.

Sunday

Portland Timbers v Seattle Sounders – 10p on FS1

MLS is Back champions Portland Timbers face the Sounders late on Sunday in what should be an entertaining match. Jeremy Ebobisse and Eryk Williamson were key players for Portland throughout the tournament, with Ebobisse scoring four goals to pair with an assist and Williamson seemingly popping up all over the place. The Sounders were easily handled by LAFC in the first round of elimination games, but Jordan Morris did pickup a goal and two assists in the group stages.

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