It’s Friday, you’re heading home from the office and the moment you’ve been looking forward to all week has arrived.
Premier League action on NBC Sports is upon us my friends.
On Saturday title contenders Manchester City kick things off with a tricky home match against in-form Southampton, which you can watch live on NBCSN at 7:45 a.m ET. Then we switch to the North East, a Newcastle host Manchester United in a massive game at St. James’ Park which you can watch live on NBCSN at 10 a.m. ET. To round off Saturday in style, Chelsea host Stoke City live on NBC at 12:30 p.m. ET as the Blues need a win to stay in the hunt for the PL title.
Sunday sees two big clashes at the top, as Everton host Arsenal at 8:30 a.m. ET on CNBC with a place in the top four up for grabs at Goodison. Then Liverpool head to West Ham on NBCSN at 11 a.m. ET, as Brendan Rodgers’ side aim to stay top of the standings. Finally, on Monday Tottenham host Sunderland live on NBCSN at 3 p.m. ET with both teams badly needing a win to get out of a slump.
You can watch NBC Sports Group for our feature games and watch every single second of every single game live this season online via NBC Sports Live Extra and the NBC Sports Live Extra App.
Via your TV you can watch the games live on Premier League Extra Time. Here’s your full TV schedule for the coming days. Enjoy.
FULL TV SCHEDULE
7:45 a.m. ET: Manchester City vs. Southampton – NBCSN
10 a.m. ET: Newcastle United vs. Manchester United – NBCSN
10 a.m. ET: Hull City vs. Swansea City – Premier League Extratime
10 a.m. ET: Cardiff City vs. Crystal Palace – Premier League Extratime
10 a.m. ET: Norwich City vs. West Bromwich Albion – Premier League Extratime
10 a.m. ET: Aston Villa vs. Fulham – Premier League Extratime
12:30 p.m. ET: Chelsea vs. Stoke City – NBC
8:30 a.m. ET: Everton vs. Arsenal – NBCSN
11 a.m. ET: West Ham vs. Liverpool – CNBC
3 p.m. ET: Tottenham vs. Sunderland – NBCSN
Another Yank youngster has landed in Germany.
Weston McKinnie, 18, has starred for the United States U-20 team as well as FC Dallas’ Academy, and has been in demand.
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The club is Schalke, a Bundesliga outfit which has had an exceptional offseason. McKinnie joins the U-19 side, and is billed by Schalke as a midfielder who “can be deployed as part of a two-man central midfield or in the number 10 role.”
“He’s a player who convinced us with his robustness and game awareness,” said academy director Oliver Ruhnert. “In the US he is one of the best footballers for his age. He is also a youth national team player and has also captained his team. He brings a lot of qualities with him, especially to the mental side of his game. We are therefore convinced that Weston is capable of becoming a professional footballer. The transfer therefore makes a lot of sense.”
McKinnie, if you haven’t read his name before, is absolutely one to remember. The Schalke man joins a club with a good track record for Americans. Chad Deering, Thomas Dooley, and David Wagner have also represented the United States for the Miners.
Deadline Day was kinda nuts, am I right?
There’s a lot to digest, and we’ve covered a lot of it in this space.
But in case you need more — and who doesn’t want a bit more Premier League? — we’ve got a stream of Wednesday’s TV show covering the deadline, and the 2 Robbies talking transfers.
LISTEN: The 2 Robbies Transfer Deadline Day podcast
REWATCH: Wednesday’s Deadline Day show
Now onto the business of the Premier League’s nascent season. Who was boosted by today’s moves? Who took a hit?
She has the seventh-most caps and the sixth-most assists in United States women’s national team history, and she’s also calling it a day.
Excelle Sports is reporting that Heather O’Reilly is retiring at the age of 31. The FC Kansas City player will likely play her final match in September, as the 2015 champs have all-but been eliminated from the playoffs.
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O’Reilly had 230 caps, 46 goals, and 54 assists for the USWNT team. She’s one of only a few players to have more than 45 goals and 50 assists (Julie Foudy, Tiffeny Milbrett, Shannon MacMillan, Abby Wambach, Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly).
One of many successful products of Anson Dorrance’s UNC program, “HAO” spent her club career with New Jersey Wildcats, Sky Blue FC, and Boston Breakers before joining FCKC.
O’Reilly was left off the Olympic roster this summer, named as an alternate. She could’ve been useful — of course hindsight is 20/20 — and it’ll be odd watching more USWNT matches without HAO.
Two mainstays of the international game are done with that part of their career following shutout wins on Wednesday, just two of several friendlies early in this international break.
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Germany 2-0 Finland
Max Meyer picked up from his remarkable Olympics by firing home, and Mesut Ozil also scored for the Germans in a match that was not about the winner. Bastian Schweinsteiger called it a day on his international career in the win, his 121st cap. The Manchester United man finishes his career with 24 goals, a World Cup title and a EURO runner-up finish. Not too shabby.
Ireland 4-0 Oman
ROI all-time leading scorer Robbie Keane fittingly ended his tenure as an international player with yet another goal, bringing his career tally to 68 goals in 146 caps. Stoke City’s Jon Walters scored twice for the Boys in Green, and Robbie Brady (Norwich) also netted in the win.
Denmark 5-0 Liechtenstein
It took the hosts a half-hour to break down the visitors, but a pair from Feyenoord striker Nicolai Jorgensen opened the floodgates and Andreas Cornelius, Viktor Fischer and Jens Stryger Larsen finished the scoring in a blowout at the CASA Arena in Horsens. It was Larsen’s first cap.
Turkey 0-0 Russia
Albania 0-0 Morocco
Estonia 1-1 Malta
Norway 0-1 Belarus
Lebanon 1-1 Jordan