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LA Galaxy-Tijuana tops MLS-Liga MX battles
by Paul Kennedy, March 9th, 2014 6:29PM

TAGS:  concacaf champions league, mls, u-17 women's world cup, women's national team


[THIS WEEK IN SOCCER: March 10-16] The USA-Mexican soccer rivalry moves to the club level with three games in the Concacaf Champions League headlined by an LA Galaxy-Tijuana match. MLS's Week 2 features Seattle-Toronto FC involving MLS's two big spenders. There's also the second leg of the UEFA Champions League and second week of big women's tournaments in Portugal and Cyprus.

MONDAY, March 10
The USA, whose 43-game unbeaten streak was snapped on Friday when it lost to Sweden, closes out group play at the Algarve Cup against Denmark.

TUESDAY, March 11
-- San Jose Earthquakes-Toluca (live on FOX Sports 2 at 10 p.m. ET) is the first of three USA-Mexico showdowns in the Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals.

-- The UEFA Champions League resumes with two games -- Atletico Madrid-AC Milan and Bayern Munich-Arsenal -- in which the home team won the first leg. The same goes for Wednesday's two games in the second leg of the round of 16 -- Barcelona-Manchester City and Paris St. Germain-Bayer Leverkusen.

-- LA Galaxy-Tijuana (live on FOX Soccer Plus at 10 p.m. ET)  is as close it gets to a USA-Mexico derby at the club level. In this season's Torneo Clausura, Xolos has used six Americans, including teen star Paul Arriola, whom it recruited from the Galaxy academy. Earlier in the evening, Sporting Kansas City-Cruz Azul pits the defending MLS champion against the current Liga MX leader Cruz Azul (live on FOX Sports 2 at 8 p.m. ET).

-- The Algarve Cup concludes with six placement games in Portugal. The USA's 1-0 loss to Sweden means that it will not play in the placement game for the second time in the last three years after reaching the final the previous nine years. The Cyprus Cup, the other big women's tournament, also concludes with six placement games.

SATURDAY, March 15
-- Michael Bradley and Jermaine Defoe are slated to make their Toronto FC debuts as it travels to Seattle on MLS's Week 2 (live on NBCSN at 4:30 p.m. ET). Pablo Mastroeni makes his MLS coaching debut as Colorado plays at New York, while San Jose, the third team idle in Week 1, opens at home against Real Salt Lake.

-- The Under-17 Women’s World Cup opens in Costa Rica. The USA is absent from the 16-team tournament following its shootout loss to Mexico in the Concacaf qualifying tournament. There will be an American presence at tournament, though. The Mexico squad features seven players based on American youth clubs.

SUNDAY, March 16
-- Among English soccer's biggest rivalries are Manchester United-Liverpool and Tottenham-Arsenal. Liverpool and Arsenal, tied for second in the EPL, need wins to stay within striking distance of leader Chelsea, while United and Spurs need home wins to keep their hopes alive of catching the top four.

-- Chivas USA-Vancouver suddenly is a big game to conclude MLS's Week 2. It's the only meeting of teams that both won on the opening week of play.

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