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USMNT weekend viewing guide: hope you’ve got five bucks

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There’s a lot of action, just not much on broadcast TV

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We’ve got good news and we’ve got bad news. The good news is that with the different platforms, there are a bunch of matches you can catch this weekend, a full slate of Bundesliga action, and some EPL sprinkled in as well. The bad news is that if you haven’t already ponied up for the streaming services, your options for the weekend are limited to domestic options on Saturday and what looks like a pretty dreadful Fulham team on Sunday. Here’s what we’ve got:

Friday

Bupkis.

Saturday

Orlando City SC v New York Red Bulls - 4:30p on Fox

The majority of the action on Saturday is behind the ESPN+ and NBC paywalls but there is some MLS action on big Fox featuring Chris Mueller and Daryl Dike looking to score some goals for Orlando City against Aaron Long and the NYRB defense. Orlando City were winners of three straight before their scoreless draw with FC Dallas their last time out and currently sit in fourth place. Meanwhile, the Red Bulls are coming off back to back 4-1 wins over the Montreal Impact and Inter Miami CF. The team has climbed to 7th place in the Eastern Conference, well within the playoff race.

Other Notes:

  • Ventura Alvarado and Atlético San Luis face off against Tigres UANL at 8p on ESPN Deportes looking for their first win in four matches and just their second in the past nine.
  • Utah Royals FC and Portland Thorns FC face off at 10p on CBSSN in some NWSL nightcap action.

Looking through the paywall:

  • Chelsea and Crystal Palace meet at 7:30a on Peacock with Christian Pulisic declaring himself “very ready to play”
  • Giovanni Reyna and Borussia Dortmund face Freiburg at 9:30a on ESPN+. Reyna has started every league game for BVB thus far, but came off the bench in the club’s German Super Cup loss to to Bayern Munich.
  • Timothy Chandler’s Eintracht Frankfurt play Hoffenheim at 9:30a on ESPN+. Unfortunately, Chandler has seen just 2’ of action so far this season.
  • Josh Sargent has started regularly for Werder Bremen, who are coming off a 3-0 win over Schalke and looking for a second straight result against newly promoted Arminia Bielefeld who have managed a win and a draw in their first two matches.
  • RB Leipzig face Schalke 04 Saturday at 12:30p on ESPN+. Tyler Adams has been a fixture for Leipzig thus far. Meanwhile, Schalke have sacked David Wagner after an embarrassing start to the season.
  • At least for now, DeAndre Yedlin remains with Newcastle United, who face Burnley at 3p on Peacock. Newcastle are coming off a 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur and currently sit in 10th.

Sunday

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Fulham FC - 9a on NBCSN

We’ve got more good news and bad news. This time, the good news is that Tim Ream and Antonee Robinson both play for EPL side Fulham. The bad news is a bit more “robust”... Fulham look to be an EPL side in name only. They’ve been soundly defeated in their first three matches and look destined for relegation, the owner has specifically called out the centerbacks as an area needing to be upgraded (look out Timmy), and Robinson has yet to see a minute of EPL action, though he was in the side for a 3-0 loss to 10th place Championship side Brentford FC in Carabao Cup play. This pretty much sums up Fulham these days: even the good news is bad news.

Looking through the paywall:

  • Timothy Weah and Lille face Strasbourg at 9a on beIN Sports Connect. Weah has seen regular but limited minutes off the bench for Lille thus far.
  • John Brooks and Wolfsburg meet Augsburg at 9:30a on ESPN+. Wolfsburg have two draws thus far while Augsburg have won their first two matches, including last weekend’s 2-0 upset of Borussia Dortmund.
  • At this point, we still need to mention Bayern Munich facing Hertha Berlin at Noon on ESPN+ as Chris Richards continues to make the matchday squad and has made the field twice in three matches across all competitions.
  • We’re not missing it two weeks in a row: Weston McKennie and Juventus meet Napoli on Sunday at 2:45p on ESPN+ looking to bounce back from their 2-2 draw with Roma against league leading Napoli.
  • We can’t believe this is actually a thing but apparently we’ll need to keep an eye on Barcelona moving forward. Sergiño Dest has just joined the club and seems unlikely to appear already on Sunday when the team faces Sevilla at 3p on beIN Sports, but this is certainly something we’ll be keeping an eye on moving forward.