World Football Update - Mar 12th 2013

Jon Forget
Mar 12th 2013

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Feature Matches
     UEFA Champions League takes center stage again today and tomorrow, with four massive fixtures kicking off in the late afternoon.  The start time for the matches has changed to 1:45pm MST, due to daylight savings kicking in stateside.  Barcelona face an uphill battle against a stingy AC Milan, as they try to overcome a two goal deficit.  With no away goals from their trip to Italy two weeks ago, they will have to score three and concede none.  A tall order, but if Barca manages to pull it off they would earn a date with Real Madrid in the Quarterfinals.  Milan are without striker Giampaolo Pazzini, as he picked up an injury in League play last week.  Leo Messi has scored in seventeen consecutive League matches, but was held scoreless by Milan in the first leg.  Milan know they must deny the Argentinian magician any space, or it could have devastating consequences for their Quarterfinal hopes.  Galatasaray take on Schalke 04 in our second Champions League fixture of the afternoon.  The first leg ended in a 1-1 draw, giving the Germans the away goal advantage as they return home for this clash.  Schalke will be without Klaas Jan Huntelaar's services up front; however, they are coming off a huge derby win over Dortmund on the weekend.  The Turks have every reason to be confident, with the experience of Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneidjer at their disposal.  Both players have tasted Champions League glory in the last few years, and they will be hungry to advance.  Tomorrow's action will be no less enticing, with Bayern Munchen set to host Arsenal.  Bayern hold a 3-1 aggregate advantage over the Gunners, which means Arsenal must score four goals to even think about advancing.  Bayern has the extra motivation of coming within inches of hoisting the trophy last year, while the Wilshere-less Gunners would be happy to save face by putting up a decent fight.  In our other Wednesday fixture Malaga are at home to Porto.  The Portugese side hold a 1-0 aggregate advantage, and managed to deny the Spaniards an away goal in the first leg.  This bodes well for them, despite Malaga having a very strong home record.  At the end of the day Wednesday, the Quarterfinals will be set!
     On the domestic front, it is Derby week for Major League Soccer, with twelve regional rivals set to clash!  Saturday has four big MLS derby matches of note:  Sporting K.C. v Chicago, Montreal v Toronto, Salt Lake v Colorado, and Seattle v Portland.  Our match of the day is the first installment of the Rocky Mountain Cup series between Salt Lake and our Colorado Rapids!  This is an early start time (4pm), and the Pub will be hosting an away game viewing party, which falls directly into our Happy Hour!  In addition we will be serving a healthy plate of Corned Beef and Cabbage for only $9.99 all day!  The Rapids are still looking to put their first points of 2013 on the board, and what better time to get it done than against their rivals?  A third loss this early in the campaign will make it a very difficult climb for Coach Pareja's Rapids moving forward, particularly with the following week's away match against defending Champions L.A. Galaxy.  If that won't be enough drama for you, stick around to enjoy the Pacific Northwest derby, between Seattle and Portland, directly following the Rapids game.  If there is one match in MLS that rivals the intensity of the Rocky Mountain Cup games, it is this battle. 
 On the Horizon
     Next week the USMNT pays a visit to DSG to take on Costa Rica in World Cup Qualifying!  This match and many more WCQ's and Friendlies are on tap, as well as domestic MLS action, including the Rapids away at Los Angeles!
This Week's Football 
Tuesday March 12th
Barcelona v AC Milan 1:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Schalke v Galatasaray 1:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Tigres v Seattle 8pm (CONCACAF Champions League)
Wednesday March 13th
Bayern Munchen v Arsenal 1:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Malaga v Porto 1:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Santos Laguna v Houston 6pm (CONCACAF Champions League)
L.A. Galaxy v Herediano 8pm (CONCACAF Champions League)
Thursday March 14th
Inter v Tottenham 12pm (Europa League)
Newcastle v Anzhi 2:05pm (Europa League)
Chelsea v St. Bucharest 2:05pm (Europa League)
San Jose v Millonarios 6:30pm (Copa Libertadores)
Friday March 15th
Deportivo v Celta Vigo 2:45pm (La Liga)
Saturday March 16th
Everton v Manchester City 6:45am (EPL)
Southampton v Liverpool 9am (EPL)
Swansea v Arsenal 9am (EPL)
New York v D.C. United 10:30am (MLS)
Manchester United v Reading 11:30am (MLS)
Real Madrid v Mallorca 1pm (La Liga)
Sporting K.C. v Chicago 1pm (MLS)
Montreal v Toronto 2pm (MLS)
Philadelphia v New England 3pm (MLS)
Columbus v San Jose 3:30pm (MLS)
Salt lake v Colorado 4pm (MLS)
Seattle v Portland 6pm (MLS)
Sunday March 17th
Sunderland v Norwich 7:30am (EPL)
Tottenham v Fulham 9am (EPL)
Chelsea v West Ham 10am (EPL)
Dallas v Houston 11am (MLS)
Barcelona v Rayo Vallecano 2pm (La Liga)
L.A. Galaxy v Chivas 3pm (MLS)

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