World Football Update
Jon Forget
Oct 8th 2013
World Football Update
Feature Matches

A bit of magic, that would be an appropriate way to describe the Colorado Rapids demolition of the Seattle Sounders this past Saturday.  The Rapids came out flying, and before the Sounders knew what hit em, the hometown boys had built an insurmountable lead.  Adding insult to injury Colorado's designated player, Gabriel Torres, finished the match with a brilliant strike.  Now it's off to San Jose to drive a dagger into the heart of the Earthquakes!  San Jose still cling to the hopes that a late run will see them into the playoffs, but they are meeting Pareja's inspired Rapids at just the wrong time.   A win here and the Rapids can book a 2013 postseason berth.  The match kicks off live at 8:30pm, but get in early to check out some other MLS action.  We will also be giving away tickets to the final home match (10/19), and raffling a signed Rapids soccer ball at halftime (to benefit Connect for Health Colorado).  Don't miss an incredible night of domestic football at the Lions this Wednesday!

The final window for World Cup Qualifying opens up on the weekend, with a bundle of great matches slated for Friday!  The action starts in Europe mid day, with Germany v Ireland and England v Montenegro headlining.  CONMEBOL and CONCACAF action begins in the afternoon, with Honduras v Costa Rica at 3pm, leading into USA v Jamaica at 4:30pm.  The U.S. has climbed to 13th in FIFA's World rankings, and only a spot in the top eight will get them a seeded spot in Brazil.  That may be impossible, but the only way to have a chance is to dominate their final two matches.  Even if the USA don't get a top seed, winning the CONCACAF Hex will be a big statement for Klinsmann's side.  To finish the evening we have a fight to the death between Mexico and Panama.  Both teams sit fourth in the Hex standings, and are tied on points and goal differential.  The loser of this match will find themselves on the outside looking in, with little hope of Qualification with only one matchday left.

We have two other highlights of note this weekend.  Saturday night the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Japan will be featured on the balcony of the Pub, with a 12am start time.  We had an awesome crew in last week, and we're looking forward to hosting another great night of F1 action!  Sunday evening we are featuring a huge Cascadia Cup clash, as Portland host Seattle at 7pm.   The outcome will have huge implications of how the final standings in the Western Conference will pan out.


On the Horizon

Next week we have the final day of World Cup Qualification to look forward to, with plenty of meaningful matches on tap.  On the weekend European Club football returns, and the Rapids take on Vancouver at home in the first installment of a home and away to finish the season.

This Week's Football

 
Tuesday October 8th
Leafs v Avalanche 5pm (NHL)
Sabres v Lightning 5:30pm (NHL)
 
Wednesday October 9th
Houston v Sporting K.C. 6:30pm (MLS)
Seattle v Vancouver 8pm (MLS)
San Jose v Colorado 8:30pm (MLS)

Thursday October 10th
Bruins v Avalanche 5pm (NHL)
Sabres v Blue Jackets 5pm (NHL)
 
Friday October 11th
Croatia v Belgium 10am (WCQ)
Germany v Ireland 12:45pm (WCQ)
Sweden v Austria 12:45pm (WCQ)
England v Montenegro 1pm (WCQ)
Spain v Belarus 2pm (WCQ)
Ecuador v Uruguay 3pm (WCQ)
Honduras v Costa Rica 3pm (WCQ)
USA v Jamaica 4:30pm (WCQ)
Argentina v Peru 5pm (WCQ)
Mexico v Panama 7:30pm (WCQ)
Venezuela v Paraguay 8pm (WCQ Delayed)
Colombia v Chile 8pm (WCQ Delayed)
 
Saturday October 12th
Montreal v New England 12:30pm (MLS)
D.C. United v Philadelphia 5pm (MLS)
Capitals v Avalanche 5pm (NHL)
Blackhawks v Sabres 6pm (NHL)
Dallas v Chicago 6:30pm (MLS)

Sunday October 13th
Broncos v Jaguars 2pm (NFL)
Portland v Seattle 7pm (MLS)

Connect for Health Colorado Ticket Giveaway:  This Wednesday night during the Colorado v San Jose match, Connect for Health Colorado will be giving away free tickets to the Rapids final home match of the season (Vancouver 10/19).  They are also raffling a signed Rapids soccer ball, to be given away at halftime.  Connect for Health ColoradoTM is a new online health insurance marketplace for individuals, families and small employers. For more info go to connectforhealthco.com.
 
American Outlaws: The British Bulldog is proud to be the home of the USMNT's official supporters group, the American Outlaws! If you are loud and proud in support of USA soccer, join us at the Bulldog for every match, and sing with the Outlaws. The British Bulldog will be hosting a street party for both of the upcoming USA Qualifiers (Oct. 11th and 15th)! Don't miss the fun, as we ramp things up in anticipation of Brazil 2014!
 
Three Lions Fantasy Football League: Test your mettle against other football fanatics by playing the 2013/14 Barclay's Premier League Fantasy Football Game. To join the Three Lions league go to http://fantasy.premierleague.com/ , sign up, create your squad, and click on join league. The game will prompt you to enter a code to join our private league. The code is 191924-53115. Playing fantasy Prem is a great way to learn about different teams and players in the Premiership, and after the initial set up only takes five or ten minutes each week to adjust your squad.
 
Three Lions Formula 1 Club: Come down and enjoy food & beer specials whilst hanging out with other fans of Formula 1! Next up the Korean Grand Prix featured live at 12am (yep midnight) on Sunday October 6th!
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