Greetings from Minnesota!
Yep! I am in the Land of 10,000 Lakes enjoying some time away from Colorado and perhaps a soccer game on Sunday.
Last week I said the sky was not falling, but is it now? Are we ready to jump out of the basement window? Are you ready to sell your season tickets? Are you giving up on this season?
There is plenty of time to right this ship and all is not lost. I get the frustration from some that we should have done more in the off-season to shore up our depth (we should have).
But again, there is still time. I bleed burgundy and that is not going to change.
With that in mind, what am I watching this weekend?
Major League Soccer
The only two unbeaten teams in Major League Soccer? Sign. Me. Up.
A lot has been said about the Rapids and the Loons and it really feels like these are two teams that are heading in opposite directions. And don’t think for one moment that Sam Cronin and Marc Burch don’t have this one circled. This one is all about formation and tactics. Get it right, and you win. Will the Rapids get it right?
UEFA Women’s Champions League
Manchester City (England) vs Olympique Lyonnais (France)—Saturday, 7:00 AM MDT
This is the first leg of a two-legged tie between two of the powers in women’s soccer in Europe. But more importantly, it features USWNT stars Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan. Both players are fixtures on the USWNT, but we don’t often get to see them play against each other. If you have the twitter, this would be one to follow.
Football Association Cup
Now isn’t this interesting. Two clubs that are 1 and 2 in the EPL table square off in a match that has zero implications for the title, but should give the winning team a mental edge. If the Spurs can knock off the Blues, more doubt creeps in. But if Chelsea is able to exert their will on Tottenham, the title may be over. Don’t underestimate the mental aspect of this one.
Arsenal FC vs Manchester City—Sunday, 8:00 AM MDT
This one is interesting to me as Arsenal is going to miss out on their 4th place trophy this season, so this may be it for them. And City will want this one as this season has not gone quite to plan.
United Soccer League
Saint Louis FC vs Charlotte Independence—Saturday, 6:30 PM MDT
The Independence make their way to Saint Louis in desperate need of a win. They have yet to take all three points in any match this season and are dead last in the Eastern Conference table. It is early, but this season has not started the way that the Jacks would have wanted. STLFC is a full 8 points ahead of them in the table. This one could be ugly.
Reno 1868 FC vs Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC—Saturday, 8:00 PM MDT
The Switchbacks recorded a massive victory over SLC2 last weekend and find themselves just two points out of first in the Western Conference. The boys are full of confidence as they take on new boys Reno 1868 FC in Reno, Nevada. Reno is predictably bad (they are an expansion team after all) and this presents a good opportunity for the Switchbacks to pick up three points on the road.
So that is a pretty full soccer weekend. What is on tap for you?