SOCCER ON THE BOX: Soccer on TV this Weekend

SOCCER ON THE BOX: Soccer on TV this Weekend

Tons of World Cup tune-ups on the box this weekend, but don’t bother looking for the Ireland v Algeria match on the ‘ol Box, because you won’t find it.

Why didn’t any network pay for the rights to show American fans a rare glimpse an unknown Group C team? Plus, I just want to see Ireland play, stupid Thierry Henry. Very frustrating.

Other tune-ups include the US v Turkey on Saturday in a match that not only will be the last on American soil until after the World Cup, but it will be the first time we might see the United States play at ‘Fully Armed and Operational’ levels.

On Sunday England takes on Japan on Fox Soccer Channel. Yet another chance to see England and still na-da for Algeria.

Undoubtedly the Major League Soccer match of the week has to be Columbus v Los Angeles at Crew Stadium. Hard to believe that FSC picked the Houston v Philadelphia match over the Crew v Galaxy, after all it has all the trappings.  Except for the two missing LA stars, of course.

Speaking of players missing for International Duty, AC Milan’s all-star collection of cast-offs will be at Toyota Park on Sunday with fox Soccer channel providing a nice 30-minute pregame. Nice.

ALL TIMES EASTERN

MATCHES OF NOTE IN BOLD

SATURDAY
10 am England playoff, Millwall-Swindon, FSP
Noon Friendly, Spain-Saudi Arabia ESPN Deportes
2 pm Friendly, USA-Turkey ESPN2, Galavision
2 pm Friendly, Hungary-Germany ESPN Deportes
5:30 pm Brazil, Flamengo-Gremio GolTV
7:30 pm MLS, D.C. United-Chivas USA MLS DK
7:30 pm MLS, Columbus-Los Angeles MLS DK
8 pm MLS, New England-New York Galavision
8:30 pm MLS, Houston-Philadelphia FSC
9 pm MLS, Colorado-Seattle MLS DK
9 pm MLS, Real Salt Lake-Kansas City MLS DK
10 pm MLS, San Jose-Toronto MLS DK

SUNDAY
8 am Friendly, England-Japan FSC
10 am England playoff, Dagenham-Rotherdam FSP
11 am Friendly, Mexico-Gambia Telemundo
3 pm Brazil, Corinthians-Santos GolTV
4 pm Friendly, Chile-Northern Ireland ESPN Deportes
6 pm WPS, Washington-Philadelphia FSC
8 pm Friendly, Chicago-AC Milan FSC

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