7 Hot Matches

Posted: March 09, 2012

Queens Park Rangers at Bolton Wanderers

7:45 a.m. Saturday (ESPN2)

In a battle of teams fighting to avoid relegation in the English Premier League. watch for Bolton defender Tim Ream, a U.S. national team prospect signed from the New York Red Bulls on a $3 million January transfer.

New York Red Bulls at FC Dallas

3 p.m. Sunday (NBC Sports Network)

The debut of MLS's new TV partner features a star-laden rematch from last year's playoffs. Dallas' Brek Shea lines up against New York's Thierry Henry, whose midwinter return on loan to English power Arsenal proved wildly successful.

Houston Dynamo at Chivas USA

7 p.m. Sunday (Galavision)

Houston forward Brian Ching had a bumpy offseason - taken by Montreal in the expansion draft, then traded back to the Dynamo. Now that he's settled, can he lead Houston back to the MLS Cup Final?

Newcastle United at Arsenal

3:55 p.m. Monday (ESPN2)

Both teams are fighting hard for fourth place in the Premier League, and the lucrative UEFA Champions League berth that comes with it. Arsenal forward Robin van Persie has scored 25 of his team's 55 league goals so far this season.

Olympique Marseille at Inter Milan

3:30 p.m. Tuesday (Fox Soccer Channel)

Inter Milan has fallen hard and fast since winning the Champions League in 2010. In order for the Nerazzurri to advance to the semifinals of this year's tournament, the Italian giants will have to overturn a 1-0 deficit against a fast and talented Marseille.

Everton at Liverpool

3:55 p.m. Tuesday (ESPN2)

One of English soccer's best rivalries is renewed at one of England's most famous stadiums. Everton's American goalkeeper Tim Howard will hope to silence the fans in the raucous Kop End, and keep controversial Liverpool forward Luis Suarez from scoring.

Seattle Sounders at Santos Laguna

8 p.m. Wednesday (Fox Soccer Channel)

After Seattle's 2-1 home win on Wednesday in the first leg of this CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal, the series shifts to Mexico. It's a matchup of former U.S. national team forwards, as Herculez Gomez (who scored Santos' goal) faces new Sounder Eddie Johnson.

- Jonathan Tannenwald

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