World Football Update
Jon Forget
Oct 13th 2015
World Football Update

Feature Matches

We kick things off this week with Euro 2016 and World Cup Qualification matches!  The Netherlands are in a must win situation against the Czech Republic, and they will need a loss from Turkey (versus Iceland) to avoid elimination from Euro 2016.  We'll have both matches simultaneously this afternoon.  The USMNT, reeling after their loss to Mexico, face regional rival Costa Rica in a Friendly this afternoon.  This is another great CONCACAF rivalry, and a match between the Tico's and the Stars & Stripes is always well contested. El Tri, after dominating the United States on Saturday, have a Friendly against Panama to close out their International window. The rest of the evening is devoted to South American World Cup Qualification matches, including Uruguay v Colombia, Paraguay v Argentina, and Peru v Chile!

Wednesday we focus on our domestic playoff battle in MLS, with three critical matches on the schedule.  Toronto are fighting to make the playoffs for the first time in years, as they face a New York Red Bulls side that wants to clinch the #1 seed in the East.  Dallas and Vancouver, having met only last week in a 0-0 draw, 
are battling for the top spot in the West.  The late kickoff pits Salt Lake against Portland, with both sides battling for their playoff lives.  A win for the Timbers, and they move into the sixth and final spot, a win for Real and they remain in the hunt.  MLS matches with playoff implications continue throughout the weekend, making this a great time to tune into our domestic league!

It will be a wild weekend at the Pub, with the Rugby World Cup Quarterfinals, and some terrific EPL matches on the schedule!  It's going to be a bit tight as we try to accommodate fans of both sports, so please be patient with us as we try to make sure all our guests are well taken care of.  The weekend kicks off with two big EPL matches, Tottenham v Liverpool and Manchester United v Everton!  About an hour into the latter match we'll have South Africa taking on Wales in the RWC!  This is a highly anticipated battle between one of the World's best Rugby sides, and a Welsh side that is poised for a huge upset!  It's Arsenal v Watford with the 10:30am kickoff, before we feature a rematch of the 2011 Rugby World Cup Final!  New Zealand battle France for a spot in the Semifinals of the RWC!  If any team can test the All Blacks, it is Le Bleu!

We finish the weekend with more RWC Quarterfinal action, as Argentina face Ireland and Australia take on Scotland!  We have only one EPL match Sunday morning, with struggling Newcastle facing Norwich City.  Later in the day we have the Broncos away to the Browns in American football, and we finish with plenty of MLS action!

On the Horizon

Next week Arsenal face Bayern Munchen, and PSG battle Real Madrid, in the UEFA Champions League.  The Colorado Rapids are away to Sporting K.C. on Wednesday evening.  The Rugby World Cup Semifinals fall Saturday and Sunday morning.  In the EPL, feature matches include West Ham v Chelsea, Arsenal v Everton, and Manchester United v Manchester City!

This Week's Football

Tuesday October 13th
Netherlands v Czech Republic 12:45pm (Euro 2016 Qualifier)
Turkey v Iceland 12:45pm (Euro 2016 Qualifier)
Belgium v Israel 12:45pm (Euro 2016 Qualifier)
Italy v Norway 12:45pm (Euro 2016 Qualifier)
Wales v Andorra 12:45pm (Euro 2016 Qualifier)
Ecuador v Bolivia 3pm (WCQ)
USA v Costa Rica 4:30pm (International Friendly)
Uruguay v Colombia 5pm (WCQ)
Paraguay v Argentina 6pm (WCQ)
Brazil v Venezuela 7pm (WCQ)
Mexico v Panama 8pm (International Friendly)
Peru v Chile 8:15pm (WCQ)
Wednesday October 14th
Toronto v NYRB 5pm (MLS)
Dallas v Vancouver 7pm (MLS)
RSL v Portland 7:30pm (MLS)
Friday October 16th
Mainz v Borussia Dortmund 12:30pm (Bundesliga)
Monaco v Lyon 12:30pm (Ligue 1)
Bristol City v Nottingham Forest 12:45pm (England Championship)
Orlando v NYC 5pm (MLS)
San Jose v Sporting KC 9pm (MLS)
Saturday October 17th
Sheffield Wednesday v Hull City 5:30am (England Championship)
Tottenham v Liverpool 5:45am (EPL)
Everton v Manchester United 8am (EPL)
Southampton v Leicester City 8am (EPL)
Manchester City v Bournemouth 8am (EPL)
Crystal Palace v West Ham 8am (EPL)
West Brom v Sunderland 8am (EPL)
Chelsea v Aston Villa 8am (EPL)
Real Madrid v Levante 8am (La Liga)
South Africa v Wales 9am (RWC)
Roma v Empoli 10am (Serie A)
Watford v Arsenal 10:30am (EPL)
Toronto v Columbus 12pm (MLS)
Barcelona v R. Vallecano 12:30pm (La Liga)
New Zealand v France RWC 1pm
Valencia v Malaga 2pm (La Liga)
New England v Montreal 5:30pm (MLS)
RSL v Dallas 7:30pm (MLS)
Sunday October 18th
Argentina v Ireland 6am (RWC)
Australia v Scotland 9am (RWC)
Newcastle v Norwich 9am (EPL)
Stuttgart v Inglostadt 9:30am (Bundesliga)
Broncos @ Browns 11am (NFL)
D.C. v Chicago 12pm (MLS)
Inter v Juventus 12:45pm (Serie A)
NYRB v Philadelphia 1pm (MLS)
Houston v Seattle 3pm (MLS)
L.A. Galaxy v Portland 5pm (MLS)
SNF 6:30pm (NFL)
Monday October 19th
Swansea v Stoke 1pm (EPL)
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