World Football Update

Jon Forget
Mar 23rd 2016

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Feature Matches
This week Club football takes a break, as we turn our attention to International Friendlies and World Cup Qualification matches! The action starts Thursday, with Italy facing Spain in a warm up match for Euro 2016. CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers start at 2pm, with Bolivia v Colombia, followed by Ecuador v Paraguay, and later in the evening Peru v Venezuela! Those of you who are wondering about the Chile v Argentina match scheduled for Thursday evening, it will not be televised till Saturday night at 9pm (or Sunday morning at 7:30am). BEIN Sports has decided to revert back to the PPV route on some of their bigger South American Qualifiers, which is a step backwards for soccer fans in the States. I encourage any or all of you to reach out to them, and let them know what a terrible idea this is!

Friday is a huge day for the United States program, with both the U-23's and the full Men's National Team in action! The USA U-23's are in a home and away playoff with Colombia to qualify for this Summer's Olympic games. Their first match falls Friday afternoon, with the second leg scheduled for Tuesday evening next week! The USMNT travel to Guatemala for a Friday night prime time kick off! This is never an easy match, and will be the first WCQ for both sides this Spring. The Rapid's Marco Pappa will be suited up for the Guatemalans, and this is one game this season we will not be pulling for him to do anything.

On the weekend England battle Germany Saturday afternoon, and Spain face Romania Sunday, as warm up matches continue for Euro 2016!
On the Horizon
Next week we have another International day, with World Cup Qualifiers, and International Friendlies! Highlights include Germany v Italy, England v Netherlands, USA v Guatemala, and the USA U-23's v Colombia! Club football returns on the weekend, highlights include Liverpool v Tottenham, Barcelona v Real Madrid, Colorado Rapids v Toronto at home, and Manchester United v Everton Sunday morning!
This Week's Football
Thursday March 24th
Italy v Spain 1:45pm (International Friendly)
Bolivia v Colombia 2pm (WCQ)
Ecuador v Paraguay 3pm (WCQ)
Peru v Venezuela 8:15pm (WCQ)
Friday March 25th
Sudan v Ivory Coast 11am (ACNQ)
St. Vincent v Trinidad & Tabago 1:30pm (WCQ)
Netherlands v France 1:45pm (International Friendly)
Colombia v USA 3pm (Olympic Qualifier Playoff Leg 1)
Haiti v Panama 6pm (WCQ)
Brazil v Uruguay 6:45pm (WCQ)
Guatemala v USA 8pm (WCQ)
Canada v Mexico 8pm (WCQ)
Saturday March 26th
Cameroon v South Africa 8:30am (ACNQ)
Cape Verde v Morocco 11am (ACNQ)
New York City v New England 1pm (MLS)
Germany v England 1:45pm (International Friendly)
D.C. v Dallas 3:30pm (MLS)
Vancouver v Houston 9pm (MLS)
Chile v Argentina 9pm (WCQ Replay)
Sunday March 27th
Chile v Argentina 7:30am (WCQ Replay)
Romania v Spain 12:45pm (International Friendly)
Tuesday March 29th
Sudan v Ivory Coast 11am (ANCQ)
Germany v Italy 12:45pm (International Friendly)
England v Netherlands 1pm (International Friendly)
Colombia v Ecuador 3:30pm (WCQ)
USA v Guatemala 6pm (WCQ)
Argentina v Bolivia 6:30pm (WCQ)
Panama v Haiti 8:30pm (WCQ)
Costa Rica v Jamaica 9pm (WCQ)
Mexico v Canada 9pm (WCQ)
Guatemala v USA: The USA has a pair of World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala in the March international break. American Outlaws Denver will be at the British Bulldog & the Three Lions to watch the game & cheer the boys on. Kick-off is just after 8pm. The U-23s will have the first leg of their home & home Olympic play-off away to Colombia earlier in the day at2:30pm. Details >>
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