As for the FA Cup, at 4:30 a.m. Saturday there’s Arsenal-Everton on Fox Sports 1, while at 9 a.m. Sunday the Manchester City-Wigan Athletic clash is on Fox Sports 2.
Three things to know this weekend:
- The Galaxy play their first preseason game at 6 p.m. Saturday at StubHub Center against reigning Armenian champions FC Shirak. Tickets start t $17, while parking is free. The game will be televised on Time Warner Cable Deportes.
- The indoor Ontario Fury wrap up their season Sunday against the Las Vegas Legends.
- If the EPL is your thing, note that fourth-place Liverpool hosts first-place Arsenal at 4:45 a.m. Saturday on the USA Network because the Winter Olympics is hogging the airtime over at NBCSN. Click here to find your EPL game this weekend. And click here for a comprehensive preview of all the weekend games.
Stay inside and watch Cardiff City-Liverpool (live at 4:45 a.m. Saturday on NBCSN) and see if striker Luis Suarez is worth $400,000 (or thereabouts) a week or Fulham-Manchester City (live at 7 a.m. Saturday on NBCSN).
Of course, the game of the “weekend” is undoubtedly Arsenal-Chelsea (live at noon Monday on NBCSN).
A full preview of all the Barclay Premier League games is here.
It’s been a busy day for soccer news. Here’s what else has fallen through the cracks lately:
- The Galaxy’s open house from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday is all about selling fans a season ticket, but there’s lots of cool, free stuff going on, too, including a town hall meeting with Galaxy exec Chris Klein and playmaker Landon Donovan, on field coaching clinics and stadium tours. Full details here.
- Former AEG president Tim Leiweke, now trying to resurrect Toronto, has returned to his old stomping grounds and scooped up Galaxy Academy U-14 coach Greg Vanney as assistant general manager and Academy defender, replacing former Chivas USA coach Thomas Rongen in that post.
- U.S. Soccer is asking fans to vote on the best male and female players for the all-time U.S. teams. Details here.
- There’s some big games in the EPL this weekend with the pick of them seeing league leaders Arsenal visiting Manchester City (4 a.m. NBCSN). A complete preview is here.
- UniMás’ broadcast of MLS Cup outdrew ESPN by 14 percent, drawing 514,000 total viewers.
- College seniors with local ties invited to the annual MLS Combine as announced today are UCLA’s Victor Chavez from Fontana and his Bruin teammate midfielder Victor Munoz, who is from Spain.
- Former U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra is a guest at 12:30 p.m. Friday on Fox Soccer Daily (Fox Sports 1). He will break down the U.S. World Cup draw with former U.S. forwards Brian McBride and Cobi Jones.
The Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton gets the weekend’s games under way at 4:45 a.m. on NBCSN (ulp), title contenders Arsenal face Southampton at 7 a.m., while at 9:30 a.m. on NBC it’s West ham united taking on Chelsea.
At 5:30 a.m. Sunday it’s Manchester City-Spurs, while Cardiff City-Manchester United follows at 7 a.m. Both games are on NBCSN.
Preview every game this weekend here.
Somehow I doubt that fans of Manchester United, one of the world’s best supported teams, will embrace the club over Red Bull New York.
Sound familiar Chivas USA/CD Guadalajara fans?
What do you think?
A few links for today:
*With neither of tonight’s playoff games on free TV (yup, including Thierry Henry and the New York Red Bulls), we may as well look forward to the Real Salt Lake-Galaxy game where the home team is looking for penetrating passes and a goal or two to overcome their 1-0 first leg deficit.
*Guess which former Galaxy defender is the new Columbus Crew coach?
*Here’s your weekend EPL preview. The slate of games includes an 8 a.m. Sunday Manchester United-Arsenal encounter on NBCSN.
EPL ratings, led by the 852,000 viewers who watched Sunday’s Manchester United-Manchester City derby on NBCSN — making it the second most-watched EPL game on cable television ever, — are again fast outpacing MLS.
Still, MLS games, Soccer America reported, are getting a modest lift from EPL coverage and are now averaging 142,000 per game, up 60 percent.
The bottom line for NBC, according to a news release today:
The 27 English-language games on NBC, NBCSN and CNBC drew a total of 9.1 million viewers – up 92% from the 4.8 million total for the first five weeks of live action on ESPN and Fox Soccer last year. In addition, NBCSN’s Premier League telecasts are averaging 391,000 viewers – a 70% jump over the average posted by ESPN, ESPN2 and Fox Soccer after five weeks last year (230,000).
The Galaxy will face the Vancouver Whitecaps at 6 p.m. Saturday at sold-out B.C. Place live on Time Warner Cable with the Canadian team acutely aware of their opponents’ propensity for scoring lots of goals — and giving up plenty, too.
Chivas USA plays joint Eastern Conference leaders Red Bull New York at 2 p.m. Sunday at StubHub Center (live on Unimas), but the MLS game of the weekend is undoubtedly the Pacific Northwest derby between Portland and the Sounders (live at 7 p.m. on ESPN2) with a capacity 67,000-plus crowd on hand in Seattle for Clint Dempsey’s home debut against their regional rivals.
A full run-down of the weekend’s EPL action on NBC is here. The pick of the games though is Monday when Manchester United faces Chelsea at noon live on NBCSN
NBC’s soccer team: Hosts Rebecca Lowe, Kyle Martino, Robbie Earle, Robbie Mustoe have replaced Fox’s Rob Stone, Eric Wynalda, Warren Barton and Brian McBride presenting the English Premier League. (Photo courtesy NBC).
New EPL season, new channel, new presenting team.
The EPL on NBC cranks up Tuesday meaning soccer fans have a whole new set of channels to get used to seeing their favorite teams on.
I wrote about the basics earlier this week in my weekly column.
But the trickiest part will be finding out where and how to watch games initially.
NBC has set up this website to help soccer fans find out what’s on where and when.
NBC says subscribers of nine of the 10 largest cable and satellite TV providers including DirecTV, DISH and AT&T U-verse are all set to go. Judging by the list I saw, Time Warner Cable subscribers are going to be disappointed.
Here’s more from NBC:
For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.
Events airing on:
- NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
- NBC Sports Network will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.