WATCH: Full 2014 TV schedule for Major League Soccer on NBC Sports

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Okay folks, we are just a few days away from the 2014 Major League Soccer season getting underway, as North America’s top domestic league is ready to roll.

NBC Sports Group, in its third season of its partnership with Major League Soccer, will air 41 regular-season games across NBC and NBCSN in the 2014 season. NBC will present three regular-season games, and NBCSN will air 38.

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The 2014 MLS season kicks off this Saturday, March 8, on NBCSN with a monster matchup between the Seattle Sounders and the 2013 MLS Sporting Kansas City at CenturyLink Field, Seattle.

Below is the full list for every single live MLS game we will be showing across NBC’s platforms, so make sure you bookmark this link to keep up to date with which games are live each weekend.

MLS on NBC is almost here. Get Excited.

FULL TV SCHEDULE – MLS 2014 SEASON

Sat., March 8, Seattle Sounders FC vs. Sporting Kansas City, NBCSN, 3 p.m. ET*

Sat., March 15, New York  Red Bulls vs. Colorado Rapids, NBCSN, 4 p.m. ET*

Sat., March 22, Real Salt Lake vs. LA Galaxy, NBCSN, 4 p.m. ET*

Sat., March 29, D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire, NBCSN, 4 p.m. ET*

Sat., April 5, Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders FC, NBCSN, 3 p.m. ET*

Sat., April 12, D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls, NBCSN, 2 p.m. ET*

Sat., April 19, Chicago Fire vs. New England Revolution, NBCSN, 4 p.m. ET*

Sun., May 4, Sporting Kansas City vs. Columbus Crew, NBCSN, 4 p.m.

Sun., May 11, Portland Timbers vs. LA Galaxy, NBCSN, 2:30 p.m. ET*

Fri., June 27, Portland Timbers vs. Sporting Kansas City, NBCSN, 11 p.m. ET

Sat., June 28, San Jose Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy, NBCSN, TBD

Fri., July 4, Houston Dynamo vs. New York Red Bulls, NBCSN, 8:30 p.m. ET

Fri., July 4, LA Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers, NBCSN, 11 p.m. ET

Fri., July 11, San Jose Earthquakes vs. D.C. United, NBCSN, 11 p.m. ET

Fri., July 18, Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids, NBCSN, 11 p.m. ET

Wed., July 23, San Jose Earthquakes vs. Chicago Fire, NBCSN, 11 p.m. ET

Fri., Aug. 1, Sporting Kansas City vs. Philadelphia Union, NBCSN, 8 p.m. ET

Sat., Aug. 2, Portland Timbers vs. LA Galaxy, NBC, 2:30 p.m. ET*

Sat., Aug. 2, MLS Breakaway, NBCSN, TBD

Sat., Aug. 2, San Jose Earthquakes vs. Seattle Sounders FC, NBCSN, 10:30 p.m. ET

Fri., Aug. 8, LA Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes, NBCSN, 10:30 p.m. ET

Fri., Aug. 15, Houston Dynamo vs. Philadelphia Union, NBCSN, 9 p.m. ET

Sat., Aug. 16, Real Salt Lake vs. Seattle Sounders FC, NBCSN, 2:30 p.m. ET*

Fri., Aug. 22, FC Dallas vs. Real Salt Lake, NBCSN, 9 p.m. ET

Fri., Aug. 29, Sporting Kansas City vs. Houston Dynamo, NBCSN, 8 p.m. ET

Sun., Aug. 31, D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls, NBCSN, 2:30 p.m. ET*

Fri., Sept. 5, LA Galaxy vs. Colorado Rapids, NBCSN, 10:30 p.m. ET

Fri., Sept. 12, Seattle Sounders FC vs. Real Salt Lake, NBCSN, 10:30 p.m. ET

Sat., Sept. 13, Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls, NBCSN, 3 p.m. ET*

Fri., Sept. 19, Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado Rapids, NBCSN, 10 p.m. ET

Sat., Sept. 20, New York Red Bulls vs. Seattle Sounders FC, NBC, 2:30 p.m. ET*

Sat., Sept. 20, MLS Breakaway, NBCSN, TBD

Sat., Sept. 20, Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps, NBCSN, 5 p.m. ET

Fri., Sept. 26, Sporting Kansas City vs. New England Revolution, NBCSN, 8 p.m. ET

Sat., Sept. 27, D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union, NBCSN, 3 p.m. ET*

Fri., Oct. 3, D.C. United vs. Sporting Kansas City, NBCSN, 8 p.m. ET

Sat., Oct. 4, New York Red Bulls vs. Houston Dynamo, NBCSN, 6 p.m. ET

Fri., Oct. 10, Seattle Sounders FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps, NBCSN, 10 p.m. ET

Fri., Oct. 17, Portland Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake, NBCSN, 10 p.m. ET

Sat., Oct. 18, Colorado Rapids vs. FC Dallas, NBCSN, 3 p.m. ET*

Fri., Oct. 24, Chicago Fire vs. Houston Dynamo, NBCSN, 8 p.m. ET

Sat., Oct. 25, Seattle Sounders FC vs. LA Galaxy, NBC, 2:30 p.m. ET*

*Indicates tentative

Mourinho: League Cup “important to” Man Utd, but asks if it’s necessary?

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Marcus Rashford‘s heroics helped Manchester United cruise past visiting Burton Albion, 4-1, in a League Cup third round match at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Mourinho said the League Cup is important to Manchester United because it’s an official tournament, and United wants to win everything it can as a club.

[ WATCH: Rashford’s sensational second ]

Yet he stopped short of endorsing the Cup’s long-term future, a tournament which his side won last season but is perhaps the major obstacle towards the Premier League joining other European leagues with winter breaks. From ManUtd.com:

“If the competition is an official competition then it is important for Manchester United and for me as a manager. If you ask me could the English football survive or even be better without this competition? Maybe, maybe we would be fresher for European competition for example. But we have this competition, we have to respect the sponsors, we have to respect the opponents and a lot of us are trying to do our best.”

[ MORE: Bundesliga wrap | La Liga | Serie A ]

United drew a trip to Swansea for the fourth round, and is certainly among the favorites to win the whole thing with their solid depth (See their Starting XI below).

Would you miss the League Cup if it went away?

Serie A: Mertens scores unreal goal; Napoli, Milan, Juve win (video)

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It’s early but signs of an actual title race in Italy are truly delightful.

Juventus and Napoli remain perfect, with the latter above the former in the Serie A table this early season following Wednesday wins.

[ MORE: Bundesliga wrap | La Liga | League Cup ]

Roma and Atalanta posted blowout wins, while AC Milan won a day after their Milanese rivals Inter needed a 77th minute penalty to draw at Bologna.

Lazio 1-4 Napoli

There were five goals in this one, but the only one you need to witness comes on this unreal shot from an odd angle by the world’s top under-appreciated scorer: Dries Mertens.

Juventus 1-0 Fiorentina

Mario Mandzukic scored the lone goal as The Old Lady slipped further behind Napoli in goal difference.

AC Milan 2-0 SPAL

I Rossoneri scored on a penalty in each half, with new boys Ricardo Rodriguez and Franck Kessie converting the chances.

Benevento 0-4 Roma

Edin Dzeko buried a pair of goals and the hosts gifted i Lupi a pair of own goals.

Elsewhere
Bologna 1-1 Inter Milan — Tuesday
Cagliari 0-1 Sassuolo
Genoa 1-1 Chievo
Verona 0-0 Sampdoria
Udinese 2-3 Torino

STANDINGS

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Napoli 5 5 0 0 19 3 16 2-0-0 3-0-0 15
 Juventus 5 5 0 0 14 3 11 3-0-0 2-0-0 15
 Inter Milan 5 4 1 0 11 2 9 2-0-0 2-1-0 13
 AC Milan 5 4 0 1 10 6 4 3-0-0 1-0-1 12
 Torino 5 3 2 0 10 5 5 1-1-0 2-1-0 11
 Lazio 5 3 1 1 10 8 2 1-1-1 2-0-0 10
 Roma 4 3 0 1 9 3 6 1-0-1 2-0-0 9
 Sampdoria 4 2 2 0 6 4 2 1-0-0 1-2-0 8
 Atalanta 5 2 1 2 9 7 2 2-0-1 0-1-1 7
 Fiorentina 5 2 0 3 8 7 1 1-0-1 1-0-2 6
 Cagliari 5 2 0 3 4 6 -2 1-0-1 1-0-2 6
 Chievo 5 1 2 2 5 8 -3 0-1-1 1-1-1 5
 Bologna 5 1 2 2 4 7 -3 0-2-1 1-0-1 5
 SPAL 5 1 1 3 3 8 -5 1-0-1 0-1-2 4
 Sassuolo 5 1 1 3 3 8 -5 0-1-1 1-0-2 4
 Udinese 5 1 0 4 7 10 -3 1-0-2 0-0-2 3
 Genoa 5 0 2 3 5 9 -4 0-1-2 0-1-1 2
 Verona 5 0 2 3 1 11 -10 0-1-2 0-1-1 2
 Crotone 5 0 1 4 1 11 -10 0-1-2 0-0-2 1
 Benevento 5 0 0 5 1 14 -13 0-0-3 0-0-2 0

History denied! Real Madrid loses, fails in bid to beat Pele-led record (video)

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Real Madrid did everything but score, and now find themselves denied a chance at unparalleled history and in a relatively deep early hole in La Liga’s table.

A stoppage time loss to visiting Real Betis ended the club’s 73-match run of matches with a goal, and it came on the day it could’ve passed Pele’s Santos for sole possession of the longest scoring streak in history.

[ MORE: Pulisic scores 10th BVB goal ]

Perhaps more important, Madrid now sits seven points back of first place Barcelona. Their eight points leave them sixth.

Real Madrid 0-1 Real Betis

The hosts looked so good, and so fluid… and provided any number of finishes which would’ve been goals on another day. Unfortunately for them, the only goal came from Paraguay’s Antonio Sanabria in the fourth minute of second half stoppage time.

That’s because Real Betis goalkeeper Antonio Adan was sensational, including a stunning stop on Gareth Bale‘s backheeled volley in the final quarter hour.

It could’ve gone worse for Madrid, as Mexico’s Andres Guardado had an assist called back for offside.

Before that, there was this from one of the best in history:

Athletic Bilbao 1-2 Atletico Madrid

Angel Correa and Yannick Carrasco helped the visitors go second in La Liga, as ex-Atleti midfielder Raul Garcia provided Athletic’s only goal deep into stoppage time.

Elsewhere
Leganes 0-0 Girona
Deportivo de la Coruna 1-0 Alaves
Sevilla 1-0 Las Palmas

League Cup draw: Spurs host Hammers; Everton off to Chelsea

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Sixteen teams are five wins from a berth in the Europa League following the fourth round draw for the League Cup.

Eleven of the 16 belong to the Premier League, leaving Leeds United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Norwich City, Bristol City, and Middlesbrough to dream of dream runs to Wembley Stadium.

[ MORE: Pulisic scores 10th BVB goal ]

There are only a trio of all-Premier League ties in the bunch, including a high-profile London clash between Spurs and West Ham.

Chelsea will host Everton, while Manchester United heads to Wales for a date with Swansea City.

All-in-all, we could have quarterfinals without a single Cinderella story.

Full draw
Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Ham United
Bristol City vs. Crystal Palace
Arsenal vs. Norwich City
Chelsea vs. Everton
Swansea City vs. Manchester United
Manchester City vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers
Bournemouth vs. Middlesbrough
Leicester City vs. Leeds United