Monday, July 10, 2006

US soccer fans, time to keep the fun rolling

After a month of watching the best of the world play, you might be facing some serious withdraw symptoms. But fear not, there is still plenty of quality soccer for fans in the US to watch.

This Saturday, July 15th, the US Women get back to action against Sweden. The game takes place in Blaine, Minn., and will also air on ESPN2 at 6pm ET. The US is trying to finish their rebuilding ahead of next summers World Cup in China. Sweden is one of the best teams in the world, so this should be a terrific match (tickets).

Saturday, August 5th, the MLS All-Stars will take on Chelsea, the champions of the English Premier League, in Chicago. Chelsea will use this match as one of their final warm-ups for their season. Chelsea is full of players that had pitch time in Germany and are always capable of making something great happen. On the other side of the ball, you'll have the best our domestic league has to offer. It should make for good view. The game starts at 6:30pm ET and will air on ESPN. If you live in the Chicago area, this will be a match you do not want to miss (tickets).

Talking about MLS, the champion will be decided in Dallas on Sunday, November 12th. The game will are at 3:30pm ET on ABC. Obviously we do not know who will be in it yet, but it should be a good end to the season (ticket application).

Looking ahead to next year, the US, Mexico, Costa Rica and the rest of CONCACAF will take part in the 2007 Gold Cup. This is a tournament similar in structure to the World Cup the pits the best of our region against one another along with a few invited guessed from other parts of the world. The winner of this Cup will get to face the winners of other confederations in the 2009 Confederations Cup in South Africa.

The Gold Cup will be played in various locations around the US. If you one is near you and you want to experience some of the fun that was the World Cup, I very much encourage you to do so.

These are just the bigger events coming up. There are plenty of MLS and USL games taking place that will be entertaining to watch. So watch a few games on TV (ESPN2, Fox Soccer Channel), and take a few hours to go see a match in person. You will be very happy will what you find.


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