If you missed Clint Dempsey’s double for Tottenham yesterday, despair not. There are plenty of chances to see U.S. men’s national team types on TV this weekend, from points here and abroad.
The list is here from U.S. Soccer; I’ll supply the highlights:
- Herculez Gomez has been a busy, busy man lately. He was front and center over two legs as Santos Laguna eliminated Seattle from CONCACAF Champions League semifinal play. As the U.S. striker went a full 90 in Tuesday’s second leg, it’s hard to say how much of a role Gomez will play Friday night as Santos hosts mid-table Toluca at Estadio Corona. Santos is currently fourth in the 18-team Liga MX table. The match kicks off Friday at 8:30 p.m. ET on Univision Deportes.
- If Tim Howard (pictured) and Everton has any hope of moving into Champions League spot, winning Saturday against Queens Park Rangers is an absolute must. QPR is already essentially relegated; not officially, but if Harry Redknapp’s team escapes the dreaded drop, the church is likely to classify it as an actual, documented “miracle.” Saturday’s match will be shown on Fox Soccer Channel at noon ET.
- Brad Guzan and Aston Villa can take a big leap toward relegation safety Saturday by grabbing all three points when Fulham (safe in the middle of the pack in England’s top tier table, unlikely to make a move into high ground or low ground on the table) visits Villa Park. It’s an morning EPL match (well, you know, “morning” here) but will be shown on delay at 2 p.m. ET on Fox Soccer Channel.
- Landon Donovan is no longer by himself when it comes to big-timers from the U.S. national team who make their living with the LA Galaxy. Omar Gonzalez now belongs in that category. FC Dallas hosts the LA Galaxy at 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday on the NBC Sports Network. (Watch for a CONCACAF Champions League hangover from the Galaxy – although Bruce Arena has done this before, and the Galaxy manager knows his way around these potential trip wires.)
- While Geoff Cameron got right into the Stoke City lineup upon arrival at the Britannia, former FC Dallas man Brek Shea has been able to gain a regular place. Either way, Stoke City hosts a big one, facing mighty Manchester United at 9 a.m. ET Sunday on Fox Soccer Channel.