Soccer on US TV: 8/22-8/24

Friday, August 22

2:30 PM: Evian vs. Paris Saint-Germain, BeIn Sport

4:30: Atletico Madrid vs. Real Madrid,, ESPN Deportes

The first leg of the Spanish Super Cup was deemed worthy of television, but ESPN has decided otherwise for the second leg. Atletico managed a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu in the first leg, and so they have the edge heading into the second.

8:30: Morelia vs. Tigres, ESPN Deportes, Azteca America (Spanish)

9:00: FC Dallas vs. Real Salt Lake, NBCSN

RSL just needs a point to go atop the Supporters’ Shield race, but it won’t be easy in Dallas. The hosts have won five of their last six in MLS, and haven’t lost since before the World Cup break.

Saturday, August 23

7:10 AM: Ipswich Town vs. Norwich City, BeIn Sport

7:45: Aston Villa vs. Newcastle United, NBCSN

10:00: Chelsea vs. Leicester City, NBCSN, Mun2

Leicester began their Premier League campaign with a hard-fought draw, but Stamford Bridge is probably too much to ask. Jose Mourinho certainly doesn’t mind that his side’s season begins with two newly-promoted clubs.

12:30 PM: Everton vs. Arsenal, NBC, Mun2

When these two sides met at Goodison Park last season, Everton won 3-0 and seemed to have the edge in the race for the final Champions League spot. But the Toffees stumbled down the stretch, and as usual, Arsenal finished 4th. How important my this match be in this year’s race?

3:00: Sevilla vs. Valencia, BeIn Sport

5:00: Almeria vs. Espanyol, BeIn Sport

6:00: Cruz Azul vs. Queretaro, Univision (Spanish)

6:00: Veracruz vs. Guadalajara, Univision Deportes (Spanish)

8:00: Monterrey vs. Puebla, Univision Deportes (Spanish)

9:00: Pachuca vs. Atlas, Telemundo (Spanish)

10:00: Jaguares vs. Club America, Univision Deportes (Spanish)

Sunday, August 24

8:30 AM: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Queens Park Rangers, CNBC

Spurs needed a stoppage-time winner to deal with West Ham last week, and yesterday came from behind in a Europa League playoff in Cyprus. On Sunday, they have another London derby, this time against their former manager Harry Redknapp and QPR.

11:00: Sunderland vs. Manchester United, NBCSN, Telemundo

United lost the first game of the Louis van Gaal era, last week against Swansea. They’ll be hoping for better against relegation candidates Sunderland.

1:00 PM: Pumas vs. Tijuana, Univision (Spanish)

1:00: Eibar vs. Real Sociedad, BeIn Sport

3:00: Barcelona vs. Elche, BeIn Sport

Barcelona begin their season with a new manager, new talent brought in before the transfer ban, and a highly-priced striker who cannot play until October. Expectations are as high as ever, and they’ll have to come home with more silverware than last season.

5:00: Levante vs. Villareal, BeIn Sport

5:00: Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes

These two rivals meet for the third and final time this season. Some of Portland’s squad made a mid-week trip to Guyana as the club began its first-ever Champions League campaign. Seattle, meanwhile, managed only a draw at home against San Jose on Wednesday. Despite just 4 points from their last five games, the Sounders still hold the best record in MLS. The Timbers will need to finish better than they did against New England as they try to climb into the playoffs.

8:00: San Jose Earthquakes vs. Philadelphia Union, Univision Deportes



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