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USMNT Weekend TV Guide & Open Thread (3/3-3/5)

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MLS back.

MLS: Portland Timbers at Seattle Sounders FC Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

It’s the time of the year again. Everyone’s favorite American top flight soccer league is back! Major League Soccer returns for its 22nd season. Like any 22-year-old, they’re starting to mature and learn from their past mistakes. This offseason saw the league acquire much younger players in lieu of the bigger named players who are only there to sell merchandise. There’s still a long ways for MLS to go, but it’s slowly but surely changing for the better.

Week 1 offers some interesting match-ups. I’m going to be biased because I’m a Managing Editor and pick Atlanta United vs. New York Red Bulls as your match to watch. There’s always Sacha Kljestan to keep an eye on. He’s fighting to keep his USMNT spot heading into March. But just on a pure soccer level, these two teams match-up well with their high pressing styles. It could be a really fun match to watch.

Here’s the full slate of matches available on TV or online this weekend:

*All times Eastern Time

Friday, March 3rd

Darlington Nagbe: Portland Timbers vs. Minnesota United, 9:30 p.m., FS1

Paul Arriola, Joe Corona, Michael Orozco, Omar Gonzalez: Club Tijuana vs. Pachuca, 10:00 p.m., Azteca America

Saturday, March 4th

Christian Pulisic: Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayer Leverkusen, 9:30 a.m., FS2

Aron Johannsson, Terrence Boyd: Werder Bremen vs. Darmstadt, 9:30 a.m., FOX Soccer 2Go

Alfredo Morales: Hoffenheim vs. Ingolstadt, 9:30 a.m., FOX Soccer 2Go

Geoff Cameron, Brad Guzan: Stoke City vs. Middlesbrough, 10:00 a.m., PL Extra Time

Fabian Johnson: Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Schalke, 12:30 p.m., FOX Soccer Plus

Jermaine Jones, Gyasi Zardes, Kellyn Acosta, Walker Zimmerman: LA Galaxy vs. FC Dallas, 4:00 p.m., Univision

Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Nick Rimando: Real Salt Lake vs. Toronto FC, 4:30 p.m., MLS Live

SheBelieves: USWNT vs. England, 5:00 p.m., FOX

Steve Birnbaum, Graham Zusi, Matt Besler: D.C. United vs. Sporting KC, 7:00 p.m., MLS Live

Clint Dempsey, Jordan Morris: Houston Dynamo vs. Seattle Sounders, 8:30 p.m., MLS Live

Sunday, March 5th

Cameron Carter-Vickers: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Everton, 8:30 a.m., NBCSN

Timmy Chandler: Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Freiburg, 9:30 a.m., FS1

Lynden Gooch: Sunderland vs. Manchester City, 11:00 a.m., NBCSN

Bobby Wood, John Brooks: Hamburg vs. Hertha Berlin, 11:30 a.m., FOX Soccer Plus

Sacha Kljestan: Atlanta United vs. New York Red Bulls, 7:30 p.m., FS1

Kekuta Manneh, Alejandro Bedoya: Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Philadelphia Union, 9:30 p.m., MLS Live