Watch These Matches for the Week of 8/20

Looking at the upcom­ing week, here are the soc­cer match­es I am most excit­ed to watch:

Wed. Aug. 22

  • AJAX vs. Dynamo Kyiv (Europa Cup) — It’s hard for me to watch mid­week games, and hon­est­ly I don’t watch much of the Europa cup until the final rounds. But this match jumped out at me and I am going to try and catch it.
  • New York City vs. New York Red Bulls (MLS) — I’m a suck­er for a derby and this one looks to be a good one. #2 vs #3 in the east!

Fri. Aug. 24

  • Bayern Munich vs. Hoffenheim (Bundesliga) — Bundesliga is kick­ing off and the first match are the Munich jug­ger­nauts fac­ing Hoffenheim, who fin­ished last sea­son in 3rd.
  • Atlanta United vs. Orlando City SC (MLS) — The rival­ry of the south, the enmi­ty of these two teams rivals Seattle and Portland’s, sadly this match is like­ly to be a bit lop­sided. But I’ll tune in regard­less.
  • Los Angeles Galaxy vs. LA FC (MLS) — As above, a good cross town rival­ry though the teams are not quite per­form­ing at the same level as our NYC derby.

Sat. Aug. 25

  • Arsenal vs. West Ham United (EPL) — Both London teams are win­less thus far into the EPL sea­son, but one or both of them will leave this match with at least a point.
  • Juventus vs. Lazio (Serie A) — Ronaldo is still set­tling into his new team, and I am eager to see how this week goes.
  • Seattle Reign vs. North Carolina Courage (NWSL) — I am ardent fan of women’s soc­cer whether it is on the inter­na­tion­al stage or at the NWSL here in the US. North Carolina Courage just proved them­selves to be the best women’s soc­cer team in the world, and they are pulling a Bayern on the NWSL as they run away with the league’s record. That said, the Seattle Reign are sec­ond in the league and will be eager for a rematch after their 4 – 1 loss against the Courage in June.

Sun. Aug. 26

  • Girona vs. Real Madrid (La Liga) — I have to admit, even as I mod­er­ate­ly fol­low La Liga, I knew almost noth­ing about Girona. They fin­ished mid‐table last sea­son. This isn’t about them, it’s about the new Real Madrid with­out Zidane and Ronaldo and watch­ing how the team evolves.
  • Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders (MLS) — The unques­tion­ably best rival­ry in MLS, play­ing in the best atmos­phere in MLS, between two teams that are run­ning very well right now. Sounders are on an unprece­dent­ed win­ning streak, Portland is play­ing very well, and this one should be an absolute­ly clas­si­cal match for the his­to­ry books.
  • Santos Laguna vs. Cruz Azul (Liga MX) — Number 1 vs. 2 in Liga MX, should be an enter­tain­ing match! Liga MX is a league I rarely watch so I don’t have more to add, but I have faith this one will be enter­tain­ing.

Published by Trick Jarrett

Sounders fan. Spurs fan. Reign fan. Barcelona fan. Soccer fan.

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