Rowe and UCLA young guns lift Bruins to NCAA Tournament success | Soccer By Ives

Photo by Don Liebig, UCLA Photography


The 2010 season for the UCLA Bruins was supposed to be a season involving the most feared words for the storied program, a rebuilding year.

However, the youthful Bruins sit just a victory away from earning their 13th appearance in the College Cup Semi-finals. Much of the reason for that rapidascensionhas been the play of midfielder Kelyn Rowe and a bevy of young talent.

The freshman from Federal Way, Washington has taken the Pac-10 by storm as a member of UCLAs young core. Rowe was a steady starter for UCLA and lead the Bruins in assists with seven, was second on the club in points with 21 en route to numerous honors including Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and a First team All-Pac-10 selection.

[Rowe] has tremendous pace and runs very well with the ball which is a unique skill among the top players here atUCLAor those around the country, said head coach Jorge Salcedo. Hes becoming a complete player by improving his ability to defend and make differences in the overall game, maybe not those that end up in the stat sheet, but help us win.

Rowe is just one of the young talent players that the Bruins possess. In the Bruins 2-1 overtime victory over Dartmouth, Rowe and the rest of UCLAs bright young talent was on display as ten of the 13 players to take the field for the Bruins were underclassmen. Throughout the Bruins run to the Quarterfinals, underclassmen have taken a huge role in leading UCLA. In addition to Rowe, freshman forwards Victor Chavez, Reed Williams and Chandler Hoffman were the Bruins main offensive contributors.

The contribution among the underclassmen was so great that 31 of the 34 goals that UCLA scored in 2010 were by underclassmen and 26 by freshmen. One of the veterans on the field for the Bruins has been Eder Arreola, the scorer of both goals against Dartmouth and the lone upperclassmen in the UCLA midfield. For Arreola, a junior, his young teammates entered the school eager to join UCLAs tradition.

Our young players are very talented and came in eager to learn about the team, said Rowe. Even though they dont have the experience that the previous players, we trust that they can develop into something special for us.

The development as a players like Rowe have come under Salcedos latest revival that was instigated by losing four starters to the MLS SuperDraft and five players overall. This season, the Bruins core waspredominantlyled by seven underclassmen (five freshmen and two sophomores) in UCLAs main starting line-up. In recent years, UCLA has produced MLS ready talent like Michael Stephens and Ameobi Okugo, who were able to produce for their MLS clubs in their rookie season.

Players like Rowe, Chavez, and other members of the Bruins young roster are already being scouted as potential MLS draft picks either in 2011 or 2012. While the constant lure of MLS is there, Salcedo hopes that none of his young freshman talent like Rowe follow the example of last years Pac-10 freshman of the year Okugo and leave after only one season.

Rowe and the young guys are very talented and theyre people that we hope to keep for longer than just a year or a couple of years, said Salcedo. These guys are freshmen in terms of their year and status, but theyve played 19 or 20 games in hostile environments and in NCAA tournament matches so Im pleased with their growth and development

The precocious Bruins face their biggest test of the year in their next match in the Quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament as they travel to take on the No.1 ranked Louisville Cardinals. The veteran Cardinals are undefeated in 2010 boasting a 21 match unbeaten streak and will be the favorites to advance to Santa Barbara on Saturday.

For a UCLA squad that was expected to be mired in the rebuilding process after 2009, a match with Louisville is just another hurdle to overcome. After the match with Dartmouth, Rowe displayed youthful exuberance that has helped the Bruins get to only one win away from Santa Barbara and the College Cup Final Four.

To be honest, I dont know much about Louisville other than the fact that theyre seeded number one, said Rowe. All that I need to know is that we can play our game and we can be successful.


Europa League Rewind | Soccer By Ives


The good news for Liverpools Europa League campaign is that the club is undefeated in group play and has qualified for the knockout stage. The bad news for the Reds is that theyve managed only two wins to go with three draws against less-than-stellar competition in Group K.

Liverpool let another game slip through its fingers, or more accurately Pepe Reinas, against Steaua Buchurest in Romania on Thursday. The goalkeeper mishandled Eder Bonfims headed shot in the 61st minute to negate his clubs early lead. The Reds were actually lucky to escape with a point intact, as their first-half goal from Milan Jovanovic proved to be their only shot on target in the match.

Other big clubs securing passage into the Europa Leagues knockout stage this week included Manchester City, which defeated Red Bull Salzburg 3-0 in Group A, and Paris St. Germain, whose 4-2 victory over Sevilla set up a winner-take-all round 6 match between Sevilla and Borussia Dortmund in Group J later this month.

Not all of the tournaments famous names have advanced, however. Italian giants Juventus Europa League run is over after the club managed only a draw at Polish club Lech Poznan on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Russian clubs Zenit St. Petersburg and CSKA Moscow remained the only perfect sides in the group stage, notching wins over Belgian side Anderlecht (3-1) and Swiss club Lausanne Sports (5-1), respectively. Both clubs are former winners of the competition formerly known as the UEFA Cup, and if they keep playing the way they have in this seasons edition, it will be tough to bet against either of them in the knockout stages.

Here is a rundown of all the scores from this weeks Europa League matches:


Lech Poznan 1, Juventus 1

Manchester City 3, Red Bull Salzburg 0


Atletico Madrid 2, Aris 3

Rosenborg 0, Bayer Leverkusen 1


Gent 1, Levski Sofia 0

Sporting Lisbon 1, Lille 0


PAOK 1, Club Brugge 1

Villarreal 3, Dinamo Zagreb 0


BATE Borisov 1, Dynamo Kiev 4

Sheriff Tiraspol 1, AZ Alkmaar 1


CSKA Moscow 5, Lausanne Sport 1

PAlermo 2, Sparta Prauge 2


Hajduk Split 1, AEK Athens 3

Zenit St. Petersburg 3, Anderlecht 1


Odense BK 1, Getafe 1

Young Boys 4, VfB Stuttgart 2


Metalist Kharkiv 2, Debrecen 1

Sampdoria 1, PSV Eindhoven


Borussia Dortmund 3, Karpaty Lviv 0

Paris St. Germain 4, Sevilla 2


FC Utrecht 3, Napoli 3

Steaua Bucurest 1, Liverpool 1


CSKA Sofia 1, Besiktas 2

Rapid Vienna 1, FC Porto 3

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead | Soccer By Ives


Playing time has been hard to come by this season for Jonathan Spector, but after his Carling Cup heroics, he might just see the field for West Ham for a second straight game.

Spector made a strong case for more minutes with his brace in the 4-0 win over Manchester United in the quarterfinals of the Carling Cup on Wednesday, and that performance could bear fruit when the Hammers visit Sunderland. Whether hed resume his usual right back role or continue to see time as a defensive midfielder is uncertain, but at the very least, Spectors showing against his former club should see him make the bench.

Also looking to build off his recent goal-scoring performance, Clint Dempsey will aim to help end Fulhams flirtation with relegation when the Cottagers take on third-place Arsenal. Dempsey has five goals in the Premiership campaign, and one against Arsenal would bring him within one of his career-high with more than half a season to play.

One player looking to prevent goals rather than score them will be David Yeldell, whose five clean sheets have helped MSV Duisburg to second place in 2. Bundesliga. Yeldell and Duisburg battle FSV Frankfurt on Friday.

Here is a rundown of who the Americans Abroad play this weekend:


David Yeldelland MSV Duisburg play FSV Frankfurt.

Quentin Westbergand Evian Thonon Gaillards game against Stade Laval has been postponed.


Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnsonand Fulham play Arsenal.

Marcus Hahnemannand Wolverhampton Wanderers play Blackburn Rovers.

Tim Howardand Everton play Chelsea.

Stuart Holdenand Bolton Wanderers play Manchester City.

Conor Doyleand Derby County playZak Whitbreadand Norwich City. (Whitbread is out injured.)

Frank Simek, Mike Grellaand Carlisle United play Leyton Orient.

Jemal Johnson and Milton Keynes Dons playAnton Peterlin and Plymouth Argyle.

Oguchi Onyewuand AC Milan play Brescia.

MichaelBradleyand Borussia Moenchengladbach playSteve Cherundolo, DaMarcus Beasleyand Hannover 96.

Ricardo Clarkand Eintracht Frankfurt play Mainz.

Daniel Williamsand SC Freiburg play Hamburg SV.

Jermaine Jonesand Schalke 04 play Bayern Munich.

Charlie Daviesand Sochaux play Valenciennes.

Marcus Tracy, Chris Rolfeand Aalborg BK play Odense BK. (Tracy and Rolfe are out injured.)


Jonathan Spectorand West Ham United play Sunderland.

Jozy Altidoreand Villarreal play Sevilla FC.

Amaechi Igweand FC Ingolstadt 04 play FC Erzgebirge Aue. (Igwe is out injured.)

Luis Roblesand Karlsruhe play Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Kenny Cooperand TSV 1860 Munich play Hertha Berlin. (Cooper is out injured.)

Carlos Bocanegraand St Etienne play Bordeaux.

Sacha Kljestanand RSC Anderlecht play Zulte-Waregem.

Michael Parkhurstand FC Nordsjaelland play AC Horsens.


Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan, Eric Lichajand Aston Villa play Liverpool.

Do you think Spector deserves to start against Sunderland? At what position should he play if he does see the field? How will Dempsey and Fulham fare against third-place Arsenal? Starting to think Yeldell deserves a call-up to the U.S. national team?

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Fantasy Premier League: Matchweek 16 | Soccer By Ives


Kudos to you if you stuck with Dimitar Berbatov through his slump.

After going nine matches without scoring a goal, Berbatov put up an insane five-spot against Blackburn last weekend, tallying 25 fantasy points in the process (50 if he was somehow your captain). Who are some other breakout-game candidates? Look no further:

Wayne Rooney, Manchester United Desperately seeking a multi-goal game to restore his confidence, Rooney matches up against Blackpool this weekend. (UPDATED: The game has been postponed due to the pitch at Bloomfield Road being frozen)Darren Bent, Sunderland Yes, West Ham looked pretty stellar mid-week, but Bent hasnt posted a true monster of a game in some time, he thrives at home and he scored last week in his second game returning from injury.Fernando Torres, Liverpool Decent, but not lethal, since his return to the lineup, Torres could capitalize against an Aston Villa defense that yielded four goals last weekend.Florent Malouda/Didier Drogba, Chelsea With no goals in his last six matches and only one in his last 10, Malouda is a powder keg waiting to burst. Same goes for Drogba, who hasnt scored in his last eight matches. Its no coincidence that their and Chelseas dips in form are happening at the same time, and all are due for an upward spike.

Here are a few more Fantasy Premier League notes along with our captain pick of the week and an SBI league standings update:


Stuart Holden was a late scratch last week with a thigh injury and is a big question mark ahead of Boltons match with Manchester City. Although hed undoubtedly like to show up the City midfield (most notably Nigel de Jong), he may have to wait for the second matchup of the season to do so.

Clint Dempsey scored another monster goal for Fulham last weekend, giving him five on the Premier League campaign. He faces a daunting task against Arsenals midfield at The Emirates this weekend, though.

Marcus Hahnemann is no longer the starter at Wolverhampton, meaning he can probably be transferred out of your team. Brad Friedel and Tim Howard each had forgettable matches last week, and both are on the road against Liverpool and Chelsea, respectively. If you had to pick one out of the bunch to start, its Friedel.

Jonathan Spectors mid-week brace against Manchester United in the Carling Cup was quite the feat, but dont jump the gun and pick him up just yet. West Ham is still at the bottom of the table, and Spector has only played in one league match all year. If he starts to get playing time in the midfield, though, he might be worth a speculative add.


Rafael Van der Vaart is slated to miss the next four weeks with a hamstring injurySteer clear of Van der Vaarts teammate, Younes Kaboul, who was injured in Spurs victory over LiverpoolSpeaking of the Reds, Jamie Carragher has been ruled out for the next three months, leaving a hole in Liverpools defense. Greek international Sotirios Kyrgiakos a bonus-point maven, but a card liability, when he gets the chance to play could be worth a lookCesc Fabregas is due to miss another match for Arsenal, making Samir Nasri a more important figure in the midfield. Nasri, too, is dealing with a knock, but hes expected to suit up against Fulham.


Dimitar Berbatov, Manchester United (252=50 points)


Darren Bent, Sunderland, £8.5

As stated above, Bent is back to full fitness and scored in his second game back from injury last weekend. With the emergence of Danny Welbeck up top for the Black Cats, defenses can no longer focus solely on Bent when game-planning for Sunderland. Add in Bents spot-kick duties and the fact that he gets to face last-place West Ham at home, and the England international sure seems poised for a break-out game this weekend.

Other options: Arsenals Samir Nasri, Andrey Arshavin and Marouane Chamakh (vs. Fulham); Chelseas Didier Drogba and Florent Malouda (vs. Everton); Manchester Citys Carlos Tevez (vs. Bolton); Tottenhams Gareth Bale (at Birmingham); Liverpools Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres (vs. Aston Villa); Newcastles Andy Carroll (at West Brom)

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AboveTheAverage (96 points)

-Cech(2)-Ridgewell(2)-K. Toure(2)-L. Young(0)Arshavin(13)Nani(12)Malouda(5)Bale(2)-Berbatov(C-50)Carroll(6)Anelka(2)-

Who are you making your captain this week? Did you have Berbatov as your captain last week? Whats your lineup looking like?

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NCAA Elite Eight preview | Soccer By Ives


For the eight remaining teams in the 2010 NCAA Tournament, only one win seperates them from a berth in the College Cup in Santa Barbara, Calif, next weekend.

Its been a tournament relatively free surprises, as seven of the top eight seeds have advanced to the Elite Eight. Only No. 10 Michigan, which upset No. 7 South Carolina to extend its winning streak to eight games, crashed the party.

In the first game of the weekend, No. 4 North Carolina welcomes No. 5 Southern Methodist on Friday night. Despite their lofty seed and advancement in the tournament, the Tar Heels are struggling, winning both of their games via penalty kicks. An offense that managed more than a goal and a half per game has scored just one in its last three matches. Senior Michael Farfan is still working back to full strength after a midseason injury.

It isnt all bad news for the regular-season Atlantic Coast Conference champion. The defense, led by possible first-round draft pick Jalil Anibaba, has made up for the offensive woes by allowing only three goals in the last eight games. Enzo Martinez, who equalized with nine seconds left inregulation in the third round against Michigan State, has been clutch late in the season, while Scott Goodwin has quietly become one of the better goalkeepers in the ACC.

Southern Methodist is a team flying well under the radar. With no standout prospects, coach Tim McClements has racked up a 16-2-1 record, and the Mustangs are a legitimate threat to break into the Final Four. SMUs offensive attack, which has racked up 43 goals this season, is led by Juan Castillo and Arthur Ivo, who have 10 and nine goals, respectively.

The Mustangs defense is allowing well over a goal per game, though. The Mustangs have gone into overtime six times this season and have won all six, including a penalty-kick victory over No. 12 Creighton last Sunday.

No. 8 UCLA will take its abundance of young talent on the road to take on still-undefeated No. 1 Louisville on Saturday. The Cardinals have been perhaps the surprise of the season, capturing the Big East title and rising to the top of the rankings after a preseason ranking of No. 20. Louisvilles strength can be chalked up to its diversity in scoring threats, with 42 goals coming from 12 players. Dylan Mares, the only freshman in the starting lineup, is Louisvilles top scorer with eight goals. The defense has been stout as well, conceding just 13 times this year.

An exciting attackingphilosophy and a lineup peppered with several exciting underclassman has made UCLA one of the most appealing, yet at times inconsistent, teams in the nation. Freshman attackers Victor Chavez, Kelyn Rowe and Reed Williams are a potent offensive trio, combining for 20 goals. Sophomore Matt Wiet and freshman Joe Sofiahas anchor the Bruins back line. UCLAs youth and inexperience was put on full display with a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Indiana in September, but a couple of three-goal victories over Oregon State showed the kind of offensive potential this team has. UCLA is riding an eight-game win streak, but it will be interesting to see how the team deals with the cross-country journey.

Pre-season favorite No. 3 Akron welcomes No. 6 California, the Pac-10 champion and another West Coast traveler. Its a matchup with plenty of future Major League Soccer talent on the field, with nine players on SBIs Big Board participating. The Zips were unbeatable early in the season, dispatching Tulsa, North Carolina, Creighton and Michigan with relative ease, but a draw to Ohio State and a loss to Cleveland State raised questions of Caleb Porters side.

The list of professional prospects is overwhelming. Freshman Darren Mattocks has scored 18 of the Zips 58 goals this season. The Jamaican freshman shares the field with possible top-pick Darlington Nagbe, Kofi Sarkodie, Michael Nanchoff, Perry Kitchen, Zarek Valentin and Anthony Ampaipitakwong. If Akron is to safely advance to its second-consecutive College Cup, itll need to get over its recent penchant for letting in second-half goals.

Californias strength lies in its stingy defense, which will have to be in top form to compete with Akron. Goalkeeper David Bingham and defender A.J. Soares are two highly sought-after prospects and are part of a unit allowed less than a goal per game (.740). Californias offense has four players with at least five goals, and Davis Paul leads the Golden Bears with eight. Coach Kevin Grimes likes to flood the box on corner kicks and set pieces, so California will have to be wary of the speedy Akron counterattack. California is also riding a six-game winning streak which includes four victories in overtime.

No. 2 Maryland faces off against No. 10 Michigan in an intriguing matchup between two red-hot teams. The Terrapins are winners of 15 straight thanks in large part to goalkeeper Zac MacMath. The 6-foot-2 Florida native has a .838 save percentage and has allowed only 12 goals this season in conjunction with a back line led by Ethan White and Taylor Kemp. A three-pronged offensive attack consisting of Casey Townsend, Jason Herrick and Matt Kassel has led Maryland to an NCAA-best 59 goals.

he only team perhaps hotter than Maryland is its opponent, Michigan. Breakout freshman star Soony Saad has led the Wolverines, a bubble team at the end of October, to a Big Ten championship and an upset of South Carolina in the last round.

Saad is second among the nations goal scorers to Penn States Corey Hertzog, tallying 19 goals in 22 games, helping the Wolverines offense rise to eighth in the nation. Despite its recent success, Michigans defense remains a huge question mark. The back line, which is ranked 125th, has kept a clean sheet only four times this season and surrendered seven goals to Akron earlier this season. Still, Steve Burns men are playing with a lot of confidence and the matchup looks poised to produce plenty of goals.

NCAA Elite Eight Schedule


No. 5 Southern Methodist at No. 4 North Carolina, 7 p.m.


No. 10 Michigan at No. 2 Maryland, 1 p.m.No. 6 California at No. 3 Akron, 4 p.m.No. 8 UCLA at No. 1 Louisville, 7 p.m.

What do you think of this weekends matchups? Think Michigan can upset Maryland? Excited about all the professional talent at Akron?

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Mid-Day Ticker: England bid chief speaks out, Santos wins first leg and more | Soccer By Ives


The adverse reactions to Thursdays decisions by FIFA havent lost any steam a day later, with the chief of Englands 2018 bid strongly speaking out against the worlds governing body of soccer.

Andy Anson expressed his opinions of FIFAs decision-making process, calling for reform in the aftermath of Englands first-round elimination in Thursdays vote during a press conference on Friday.

I would say right now dont bother (bidding) unless you know the process is going to change, Anson said. When there are only 22 guys that gives them too much influence.

He continued: When you have the best technical bid, fantastic inspection visits, the best economic report, and, from what people told us, the best presentation, its quite hard to stomach that all that seemed to count for absolutely nothing.

Here are a few more stories to carry you over to the weekend:


An own goal in the 86th minute by Duilio Davino snapped a 2-2 tie and handed Santos a 3-2 victory over Monterrey and the upper-hand after the first leg of the Mexican league championship Thursday night.

Santos twice took one-goal leads only to have the visitors battle back to level the score. Jorge Estrada and Darwin Quintero tallied goals for Santos, while Humberto Suazo and Neri Cardozo scored for Monterrey, which hosts the return leg on Sunday.


The Manchester United-Blackpool fixture slated for Saturday has been postponed on account of the pitch at Bloomfield Road being frozen.

So far, thats the only Premier League game in England that has been forced to be rescheduled, though six matches on the Scottish Premier League slate including Rangers match against Hearts of Midlothian have been postponed as well. It marks the second time in as many weeks that Rangers has had a league match rescheduled.

Many matches in the lower divisions of England and Scotland have also been pushed off.


The Houston Dynamo had their plan for a downtown stadium unanimously approved on Thursday, getting the green light from the Harris County-Harris Sports Authority to go forward with the project, which is expected to take 16 months to complete.

The stadium is scheduled to open ahead of the 2012 Major League Soccer season, and it will cost the Dynamo $76 million to build. The city of Houston and Harris County will reportedly own the stadium, and the Dynamo have agreed to lease the site for $65,000 a year, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Texas Southern University will also play its football games at the new venue, which will reportedly not cost taxpayers any money to have built.

What do you think of Ansons comments? Do you see Monterrey coming back to win the Mexican league final? Disappointed that many of the weekends games in the UK are being cancelled? Excited for the new stadium to open in Houston?

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Hermann Trophy semifinalists named | Soccer By Ives

The number of candidates for the MAC Hermann Trophy, college soccers top individual award, has dwindled down to 15, as the semifinalists were announced ahead of this weekends Elite Eight action.

The three finalists will be named next Friday, and the winner will be announced at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis on Jan. 7. Former Akron star and current Sporting Kansas City and U.S. mens national team forward Teal Bunbury won the award last year. Here are the semifinalists:

Will Bruin, F, IndianaTony Cascio, F, ConnecticutMichael Farfan, M, North CarolinaEthan Finlay, F, CreightonCorey Hertzog, F, Penn StateAntoine Hoppenot, F, PrincetonArthur Ivo, M, Southern MethodistMatt Kassel, M, MarylandRyan Kinne, M, MonmouthDarlington Nagbe, F, AkronColin Rolfe, F, LouisvilleKofi Sarkodie, D, AkronBen Sippola, M, ButlerA.J. Soares, D, CaliforniaAndrew Wenger, D, Duke

Surprised by any names on the list? Was there anybody who didnt make the semifinal cut that you think should have? Who do you think should win the award?

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This Weekend’s Soccer on TV (and SBI’s Top 10 Matches to Watch) | Soccer By Ives

So whats the best team in Europe you may not know much about? Unless youre a fan of Serie A, that team could be Lazio.

The Roman club boasts some of the best young talent in Europe, with players such as Brazilian playmaker Hernanes (pictured above) leading Lazio into the race for the Scudetto. Currently second to AC Milan in Serie A, Lazio has a chance to pull even with the leaders with a win today against struggling Inter Milan.

This weekends soccer action features several intriguing match-ups in the English Premier League, including Clint Dempseys visit to the Emirates to take on Andrei Arshavin, and Tim Howard leading struggling Everton against equally struggling Chelsea. Then you have Stuart Holden and Bolton taking on Nigel DeJong and Manchester City (assuming Holden can pass a fitness test on a nagging thigh injury).

If youd like to get a glimpse of the future of American Soccer this will be a good weekend. The U.S. Under-17 national team plays two games this weekend, including tonights match-up against Brazil.

Here is a rundown of This Weekends Soccer on TV, as well as SBIs Top Ten Matches to Watch:


1. Lazio vs. Inter Milan. Lazio can pull even with a win against Inter, while Rafa Benitezs men desperately need a win to still stay within striking distance of AC Milan.

2. Villarreal vs. Sevilla. Red-hot Giuseppe Rossi and the Yellow Submarine take the field in what should be an entertaining La Liga battle.

3. Arsenal vs. Fulham. Clint Dempsey is carrying Fulham, but that job will be even tougher at the Emirates.

4. Manchester City vs. Bolton. If Stuart Holden is healthy and can start, well finally get that Holden-Nigel DeJong reunion.

5. Real Madrid vs. Valencia. How will Real Madrid react after that ugly loss to Barcelona?

6. U.S. U-17 vs. Brazil. The future of American soccer is on display, you know you want to watch.

7. Chelsea vs. Everton. Can Tim Howard put together one of his trademark amazing performances at Stamford Bridge?

8. Monterrey vs. Santos Laguna. The second leg of the Mexican League Final should be an exciting affair.

9. Saint Etienne vs. Bordeaux. Carlos Bocanegra leads surprising Saint Etienne against talented but underperforming Bordeaux.

10. U.S. Under-17 vs. Turkey. Another chance to see the best young talent at the beginning of the U.S. national team pipeline.



2:45pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Lazio vs. Inter Milan

4pm- ESPN2- Notre Dame vs. Ohio State (NCAA Womens Soccer)

6:30pm- ESPNU- Stanford vs. Boston College

7pm- Fox Soccer Channel- USA Under-17 national team vs. Brazil


7:45am- Fox Soccer Channel- Ipswich Town vs. Swansea City

9:30am- GolTV- Eintracht Frankfurt vs. FSV Mainz 05

10am- Fox Soccer Channel- Arsenal vs. Fulham

10am- ESPN2- Chelsea vs. Everton

10am- Fox Soccer Plus- Manchester City vs. Bolton

Noon- GolTV- Levante vs. Atletico Madrid

Noon- Fox Soccer Plus- Chievo Verona vs. AS Roma

12:30pm- Schalke 04 vs. Bayern Munich

1:45pm- PSV Eindhoven vs. Heracles

2pm- Osasuna vs. Barcelona

2pm- Fox Soccer Plus- Blackburn vs. Wolverhampton (Delayed)

2:45pm- Fox Soccer Channel- AC Milan vs. Brescia

4pm- GolTV- Real Madrid vs. Valencia

5pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Birmingham vs. Tottenham (Delayed)

6:15pm- GolTV- Atletico Huila vs. Santa Fe

8pm- Fox Soccer Plus- Milwall vs. Scunthorpe United

11pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Wellington Phoenix vs. Adelaide United


9am- Fox Soccer Channel- Fiorentina vs. Cagliari

9am- Parma vs. Udinese

10:30am- Fox Soccer Plus- Wigan Athletic vs. Stoke City (Delayed)

11am- Fox Soccer Channel- Sunderland vs. West Ham United

11am- DirecTV- Getafe vs. Mallorca

11am- Almeria vs. Real Zaragoza

11am- GolTV- Espanyol vs. Sporting Gijon

11:30am- Nuremburg vs. Borussia Dortmund

12:30pm- Fox Soccer Plus- Doncaster Rovers vs. Barnsley (Delayed)

1pm- ESPN Deportes/ Villarreal vs. Sevilla

2pm- GolTV- Fluminense vs. Guarani de Campinas

2:45pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Catania vs. Juventus

3pm- DirecTV- Real Sociedad vs. Athletic Bilbao

3pm- Fox Soccer Plus- Saint Etienne vs. Bordeaux

4pm- GolTV- Bayer Leverkusen vs. FC Cologne

7pm- Fox Soccer Channel- USA Under-17 national team vs. Turkey

7pm- Telemundo- Monterrey vs. Santos Laguna

What matches will you be watching?

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Is it time for Torres to come home? | Soccer By Ives

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Jose Francisco Torres has seen his playing time at Pachuca diminish and it appears the U.S. national team midfielder ready to look at new opportunities, including a potential move to Major League Soccer.

Torres told that Pachuca has given him permission to find a move, and MLS is a definite possibility.

So where would Torres be a good fit? The Houston Dynamo make the most sense given the clubs need for some central midfield strength. Chivas USA will also be mentioned but you wonder if the presence of impressive rookie Blair Gavin would make Torres a less viable option.

While those two clubs make sense, there are plenty of other MLS teams who could use a player like Torres. Among them you have teams like Portland, Chicago, New England, Los Angeles, Seattle, Columbus and Philadelphia.

Is it time to leave Mexico? A move to MLS makes plenty of sense and there would be a long list of teams interested in a player with his qualities. Hes young, talented and already has a following in the United States. Hes marketable and could also develop into a player teams could sell. For Torres part, he knows he needs to be playing to stay in the U.S. national team picture so a move to MLS wouldnt exactly be a setback for him.

Where do I see him going? The Houston Dynamo definitely need help in central midfield and Torres is the type of marketable player the team can build around as it moves closer to opening a new stadium. It probably doesnt hurt that Torres is a Texas native (his hometown of Longview is about four hours away from Houston). Also, the Dynamo have seen plenty of him in CONCACAF Champions League play.

Dallas is the closest MLS team to Torres hometown of Longview (about two hours), but Dallas would need to find the money to squeeze him onto its salary budget, never mind the fact Dallas would have to trade with someone to move up the MLS Allocation order (unless Dallas made him a Designated Player, which wouldnt seem likely). He would be a perfect replacement for Dax McCarty, but Dallas has already pegged impressive rookie Eric Alexander for that role. No, Alexander isnt as good as Torres, but in the MLS world of limited salary resources, Alexanders value as a reasonably-priced option makes him a good option compared to a high-priced option like Torres.

Where would you like to see Torres wind up in MLS? Hoping he makes a move to Europe instead?

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