Saturday, March 27, 2010

Football Saturday: March 27, 2010

The last Saturday of March 2010 is shaping up to be a big day of football across the globe. The first matches in England kick off a little before 10:00 central time this morning, with Chelsea hosting Aston Villa on ESPN Classic, Birmingham hosting Arsenal on Fox Soccer Plus, and Tottenham Hotspur hosting Portsmouth on Fox Soccer Channel. The West Ham United - Stoke City match kicks off at the same time but is not televised live in US.

The match with probably the biggest table implications in Europe this weekend kicks off in the Eternal City at 11:55 am central time as Roma hosts Inter. While a Roma victory won't push them into first place in Italy, it will put them only 1 point behind Inter. It's not clear if Inter has pulled out of the draw mode they had been in for several weeks, but they've had some solid victories against Chelsea and Livorno; however, Roma, coming off a strong victory at Bologna on Wednesday, have won 12 of their 15 matches at home this season. While Mourinho would surely love to prevail over Ranieri, he still has to look ahead to his team's Champions League match with Red Army Moscow on Wednesday. The match will be live on Fox Soccer Plus. Today's other Serie A match, Palermo hosting Bologna, will be on Fox Soccer Channel at 2:30 central time this afternoon.

This is also the first Saturday of the 2010 MLS season and Telefutura will be treating us to the Texas Derby at 3:00 central time this afternoon as FC Dallas hosts Houston Dynamo. The new RedBull Arena will get its MLS debut at 6:00 central on ESPN when New York hosts Chicago, and Fox Soccer Channel will have a double header tonight featuring Real Salt Lake at the San Jose Earthquakes at 8:00 central and the LA Galaxy hosting New England Revolution at 10:00 central.

Down in Mexico, Pachuca hosts Morelia tonight at 8:00 central on Telefutura while Chivas and Santos will be on Telemundo.

So, football fans in the United States have plenty of opportunities for watching the beautiful game, live, today.

Here's a few little videos to enjoy before the matches get started:

A video Roma fans made to chronicle Lazio's bad season:

Move over U2, Ireland has a new super group - here's Crystal Swing from their performance on RTE One's The Late Late Show:

Fox Soccer Channel Preview of the 2010 Houston Dynamo:

Never too early to get ready for the World Cup Finals in South Africa:

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