I like and I hate the International Break. It’s awesome cause I get to watch all sorts of footy that I may not normally get the chance to do so. But this International Break has been especially cruel as the Colorado Rapids are coming off a shit-tastic performance against Minnesota United FC that is still sticking in my craw. To make matters worse, it is a three-week break for us since the Rapids game vs FC Dallas was moved to October.
Le Sigh....oh well, at least there is plenty of football this weekend to keep us occupied.
Major League Soccer
Toronto and Sporting have the look and feel of two teams that will be involved in November and both sit on five points after a month. You wonder how tired both teams will be with Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore and Graham Zusi representing the USMNT (well done Lads) this past International Break. Regardless, this feels like a good match and one not to miss.
Minnesota United FC vs Real Salt Lake—Saturday, 6:00 PM MDT
Honestly, this match looks like one to forget. Minnesota sucks more than most things suck in this life, and RSL, well they are RSL—one of the most unlikeable franchises ever to set foot on planet Earth. (OK, the Dodgers are worse than that, but in soccah—RSL is the worst.) But this one is intriguing for some reason. Real just hired Mike Petke (who got SCREWED in 2013 for MLS Coach of the Year) and I feel like he is the right person for the job in Sandy. He has the skill and temperament to succeed there and I think FSL will give him that shot. Minnesota is so bad that they are due right? Right? I don’t know, but this one will at least be interesting.
United Soccer League
Charlotte Independence vs Charleston Battery—Saturday, 5:00 PM MDT
Hell yeah, the Independence are BACK! They are not quite at their new home in Matthews, NC (side note, I saw the new facility last week) and opening at UNC-Charlotte. The Independence are playing the first game of their season and will be looking to build upon a solid season that ended in a playoff berth. Rapids defender Dennis Castillo was sent on loan to Charlotte this season and they take on a Battery team that started the season with a 2-1 win at home against FC Cincinnati. #COYJ
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC vs OKC Energy FC—Saturday, 6:00 PM MDT
Well, the opening week for the Switchbacks did not go quite as planned as they were smoked 4-1 on the road. But they return home to the Springs where they are incredibly difficult to play against (6,000 feet ASL helps). OKC is coming off a 3-1 drubbing on the road, so there are points that are here for the taking for the Switchbacks.
English Premier League
Burnley FC vs Tottenham Hotspur—Saturday, 8:00 AM MDT
Yes, I know Burnley is my team (if you want to know why Burnley is my team—ask, don’t assume—it’s a great story—think pubs, beer, and London). And yes, I know I have a bias towards them, but this is a big match for both teams. Spurs need this victory if they are going to continue to put pressure on Chelsea in the Premier League, and Burnley would like a result to help solidify their battle for Premier League Survival.
England League Two
Hartlepool United vs Portsmouth—Saturday, 8:00 AM MDT
Did you know that Portsmouth won the FA Cup in 2008? Yet somehow in the years since they have been relegated to the point that they almost fell out of the Football League. That is an amazing achievement…you have to try to be that bad, and yet Pompey somehow managed it. They are currently sitting third in the League Two table which is an automatic promotion spot and could achieve their first promotion in a decade. They take on Hartlepool who are battling to stay in the Football League themselves. This should be a fun one at the Northern Gas and Power Stadium.
What are you excited to watch this weekend?