Whittle away those anxious days and hours before Seattle-L.A. with the return of domestic action to the weekend watch.
Portland Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake, Major League Soccer, Friday at 7 p.m.
The Sounders may have ironically put the nail in their rival’s coffin in defeat last weekend, as Vancouver’s 1-0 upset win gave it pole position for the final playoff spot in the West. RSL, meanwhile, looms as a potential Western Conference semifinal opponent.
Manchester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur, English Premier League, Saturday at 4:45 a.m.
If City isn’t careful, Chelsea is going to run away with the title before Christmas. The future Fightin’ DeAndre Yedlins, meanwhile, want to keep the Champions League places in their sights.
A.S. Roma vs. Chievo Verona, Italian Serie A, Saturday at 9 a.m.
At the end of a trying week, a meeting of the two clubs with which Michael Bradley has proven doubters wrong before: Chievo helped him put a rough spell with Aston Villa behind him and a spell with Roma showed that Bradley could play at the highest level.
Barcelona vs. Eibar, Spanish Primera, Saturday at 11 a.m.
Barca has had a nearly flawless start, having taken 19 of its first 21 possible points. Eibar is off to a dream start itself – the tiny Basque club has more than held its own during its first-ever first-division season and currently sits in the top half of the table in 10th.
America vs. Monterrey, Mexican Liga MX, Saturday at 3 p.m.
One versus three in Mexico as the Apertura turns for the home stretch. America is looking to bounce back from a 4-0 humbling against Cruz Azul to solidify its hold on top spot.