With today’s Copa del Rey wrapping League play in Europe, the focus will turn to the European Championships. On this continent, it is World Cup Qualification that will hold our attention. The weekend offers plenty of both as the following list attests! My favorite place to enjoy a game in Springfield is Farmer’s Gastropub but they will be closed Sunday-Monday for Memorial Day.
U.S. Men vs. Scotland
EverBank Field; Jacksonville, Fla.
May 26, 2012 @ 7 p.m. CT
NBC Sports Network, Galavision
The final 23-man travel roster that will compete in the upcoming five matches that include three friendlies and the start of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying has been named. Graham Zusi is not part of the team, unfortunate for him but Sporting KC will be happy to have him back. Closer to home I know there is a Springfield coaching contingent in Jacksonville that will be part of the record-breaking Florida crowd, preparing to support Scotland. Can you guess who that might include?
U.S. Women vs. China PR Women
May 27, 2012 @ 6 p.m. CT
The U.S. Women’s National Team will be playing in front of a capacity crowd at PPL Park in Chester, PA with the 18,500-seat stadium to reach full capacity. The stadium is the home of Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union. No live coverage indicated however
U.S. Men vs. Brazil
FedExField; Landover, Md.
May 30, 2012 @ 7 p.m. cT
ESPN2, ESPN3, TeleFutura
ESPN3 has a full roster of International Friendlies, some of which may also be seen on ESPN Desportes. I’ve also added GolTV and Univision games. Note all times Eastern and games are Friday – Monday and more!
5/25 9:00 PM EDT Costa Rica vs. Guatemala (Español-ESPN Desportes)
5/26 10:00 AM EDT Denmark vs Brazil (GolTV)
5/26 10:00 AM EDT Ireland vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina (ESPN Desportes)
5/26 12:00 PM EDT Spain vs. Serbia (ESPN Desportes)
5/26 2:00 PM EDT Netherlands vs. Bulgaria
5/26 2:45 PM EDT Norway vs. England (ESPN Desportes)
5/26 6:00 PM EDT Wales vs Mexico (Univision)
5/27 3:00 PM EDT France vs. Iceland (ESPN Desportes)
5/28 1:55 PM EDT Ucrania vs. Estonia
5/30 2:00 PM EDT Spain vs Korea Republic (ESPN2)
The Guardian offers their take on 3 not to be missed including the French match. I’ll be tuned into this key match, at least for a Norwegian bachelor farmer in Florissant. Do you have any favorites going into the European Championships?