WFC’s Weekend Catch: Choice Matches For 14-15 May, 2011

Both Barcelona and Manchester United should wrap up their respective titles this weekend, each needing just a point to do so. Yet neither are in our global cornucopia of matches. Strangely enough, their local rivals are. This week, we bring you two cup finals, two sets of playoff semi-final ties, a match which will crown a league champion one way or the other, one of the most passionate derbies in the world and any number of struggles for European contention and top flight survival. We dare you to read it all!

CONCACAF Champions League Final – Monterrey Extend Mexico’s Dominance

Real Salt Lake failed to take advantage of two away goals, their home ground’s altitude and cold weather, as well as the scheduling advantages they were afforded in taking it on the chin in the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League Final.

WFC’s Weekend Catch: The World’s Best Fixtures For 23-24 April, 2011

Things are getting tight everywhere in the football world, except, of course, the USA. One MLS side, Real Salt Lake, are even getting a pass on early games as they pursue the CONCACAF CL Final. Everywhere else, seasons are winding down. Bolton and Arsenal look to turn around recent adversities against each other on Sunday, Marseille look for a trophy in the Coupe de la Ligue on Saturday, Real Madrid play another match at the Mestalla, this time against Valencia, Feyenoord look for 10 goals worth of pay back against PSV and QPR seek a win against Cardiff that, barring the intervention of the FA, will have them planning for a Premier League season in August.

Enjoy!

CONCACAF Champions League Final: Real Salt Lake Halfway Home

Monterrey are struggling through a heavily backloaded schedule in the Mexican Clausura run-in as they battle a well rested Real Salt Lake, whose early season matches are being rescheduled by the league to keep them fresh as they seek to become the first American champions of CONCACAF in eleven years. So a two-goal home draw in a tie which applies the away goal rule is concerning, especially as they must play at nearly 5,000 feet in the second leg, with less than 72 hours to acclimate themselves. On the other hand, RSL will be without the heart of their squad, Kyle Beckerman, through suspension. Here’s a look at how things stand between the two legs of the CONCACAF Champions League Final.

CONCACAF Champions League Semi-Final Wrap

The CONCACAF Champions League final is set and for the first time in over a decade, an MLS side, Real Salt Lake, is there. As well, Cruz Azul’s very Arsenal-like run of futility continues, sending Monterrey to its first ever regional final.

WFC’s Weekend Catch – Choice Fixtures For 9-10 April, 2011

There are some intriguing matchups across the globe this weekend. The Championship features a showdown between two newly promoted sides in the hunt to repeat the feat this year, the first edition of the Felix Magath Derby takes place on Saturday, Real Madrid and Inter head into tough games with something to prove, the run-in of the Libertadores Group Stage begins and the best sides in both the Mexican Clausura and MLS face off. No matter where you are, there’s entertainment to be had. Enjoy!

CONCACAF Champions League Semi-Finals First Leg Review

The opening matches of the CONCACAF Champions League semi-finals took place this week and the home sides each left the visitors with work to do in the return legs.

The Next Step In The American Dream: The 2011 Major League Soccer Preview

With two new teams in the Pacific Northwest, the MLS has expanded to 18 teams, a 34-game schedule, a 10-team playoff and instantly added a six-pack of intense derby matches which could make 2011 a very interesting season.

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