Recently the quarterfinal draw for the UEFA Champions League was released. Here are the pairings (home team for the first leg listed first):
1. Bayern Munich (Germany) v. Manchester United (England)
2. Lyon (France) v. Bordeaux (France)
3. Arsenal (England) v. Barcelona (Spain)
4. Inter Milan (Italy) v. CSKA Moscow (Russia)
The first legs are March 30-31 and the second legs are April 6-7.
The winners from the first and second quarterfinals listed will play each other in the semis (April 20-21 and April 27-28). The same goes for the winners of the third and fourth quarters.
But the biggest deal for Sounders FC fans involves the final, played the afternoon of May 22. One quick glance at your pocket schedule for the 2010 season shows a home game against San Jose on the same day at noon.
I’ve already received a number of emails/comments from concerned fans wondering why the games have to be scheduled for the same time. The answer I suggested was pretty simple, the Mariners play a home game against San Diego that evening across the street.
The world of scheduling is an extremely complex one. With the Sounders FC it might be even worse than the average team, having to work around the Mariners and Seahawks schedules — who share the same neighborhood, if not the same building.
Unfortunately, I have a feeling some Sounders FC fans (and a new beat writer) wanting to watch both the UCL final and Quakes game isn’t enough to get MLS and MLB to change their finalized schedules.
It’s probably just going to be one of those inconveniences that can’t be solved. Though DVR/Tivo is a good place to start…
Let’s get to some links:
- I guess to be fair, here’s a link to the Europa League quarterfinal draw too.
- A couple Sounders FC related bits: here’s the team’s preview on Goal.com and ex-USL Sounder and former trialist Josh Gardner is back in Carolina, and had an assist recently.
- Some links from around the league: here’s a satire on how the CBA news affected the Pardon The Interruption show on ESPN, New England Revolution coach Steve Nicol had some choice words for his ex-club Liverpool, German legend Franz Beckenbauer lauded Red Bull Arena, and, finally, Costa Rican Alvaro Saborio (once linked to Seattle) is making an early impact for Real Salt Lake.
- On the national team front, here’s a profile on Jozy Altidore, and Maurice Edu played a part in Rangers’ Scottish League Cup win.
- Finally, West Ham already has an eye on signing David Beckham once he heals.
Our daily video feature none other than Leo Messi again, who had his second hat-trick in a week on Sunday. He had the first three goals (the second one was especially amazing) in a 4-2 win against Zaragoza.
How glad are you that he came to Seattle? And played? Unlike a certain Brazilian star in New York over the weekend.