Thursday, October 18, 2007

Games on TV this Weekend

European club football recommences this weekend after domestic leagues were put on hold this past week for the international break. With a full slate of games on TV, U.S. Soccer Global breaks down the ones that feature our guys:

(All times are ET)


7:40 am: Everton v. Liverpool (Setanta) – What better way to start out the weekend than by watching one of the most hotly contested games in world football? The 204th edition of the Merseyside Derby will be played at Goodison Park, where Tim Howard and Everton will look to improve on their current position of 10th in the table. Timmy talked to Everton’s website about playing in the derby. You can read the full interview here.

4:30 pm: Blackburn v. Reading (FSC, delayed) – In a battle of U.S. international goalkeepers past and present, Brad Friedel and Blackburn take on Marcus Hahnemann and Reading at Ewood Park. Rovers have been steadily climbing the table this year and currently sit in sixth place, tied with three teams on 15 points. Meanwhile, Reading have gone a long way towards reversing their poor start to the season and have clawed their way to 12th in the table on 10 points. Bobby Convey is an injury doubt for the Royals, but Hahnemann, who contributed 45 minutes to Wednesday’s clean sheet against Switzerland, will likely get the nod for Steve Coppell’s side.

3 am: Fulham v. Derby Country (Setanta, delayed) – Nothing seals the deal like a nightcap of soccer. At least that’s what we’ve always thought here at the blog. Maybe that explains something. Regardless, if you’re up late, be sure to catch the re-run of this game which could feature five American national team players. For the Cottagers, Kasey Keller, Carlos Bocanegra and Clint Dempsey could all see time for a Fulham side in need of a positive result. Coincidentally, Derby County needs the exact same thing, as they currently prop up the table with only five points. For the Rams, Eddie Lewis and Benny Feilhaber could both have a part to play.


8 am: Hannover v. Wolfsburg (Gol TV) – Change pace a bit with the Bundesliga, where Hannover take on Wolfsburg from the AWD-Arena. Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96 currently lie sixth in the table, after back-to-back wins have significantly improved their position.

11 am: West Ham v. Sunderland (FSC) – Finally, Jonathan Spector and West Ham United play host to Sunderland in this brunch-time kickoff. West Ham have solidified their spot in midtable, but losses in their last two games have their demanding fans on edge again. For Sunderland and Roy Keane, any point will do. Spector spoke to West Ham United's website about getting his chance in the starting XI. You can read the interview here.

As always, keep refreshing U.S. Soccer Global all weekend long. We’ll try to bring you updates, videos and news as they happen around the continent.

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