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Ticket prices skyrocket for Lisbon final
by Paul Kennedy, May 18th, 2014 5:16PM

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[THIS WEEK IN SOCCER: May 19-25] Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid head over to Lisbon to square off in the UEFA Champions league. Ticket prices for the first final between city rivals have topped $10,000 online in the buildup to Saturday's final at the Estadio Da Luz. Two days earlier, Lisbon's Estadio do Restelo will be the site of the UEFA Women's Champions League final between defending champion Wolfsburg and Tyreso featuring Americans Christen Press, Whitney Engen and Meghan Klingenberg.

WEDNESDAY, May 21:
The LA Galaxy looks to get out of the Western Conference basement when it hosts FC Dallas. The Galaxy is tied for last in MLS with just eight goals in eight games, all but three of them scored by Robbie Keane.

-- Halfway through the U.S. national team training camp at Stanford University, ESPN airs at 7 p.m. ET Episode 2 of its six-part series, “Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil,” the never-before-seen perspective from inside the training camp as the USA prepares for the World Cup.

THURSDAY, May 22:
Americans Christen Press, Whitney Engen and Meghan Klingenberg go for European glory as Swedish club Tyreso faces defending champion Wolfsburg in the final of the UEFA Women's Champions League in Lisbon.

SATURDAY, May 24:
Real Madrid goes for its record 10th European title as it faces city rival Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final in Lisbon. The final is the first for Atletico in 40 years. It will likely be without Brazilian-born star Diego Costa, who limped off midway through the first half of its 1-1 tie at Barcelona on Saturday that clinched La Liga championship.

-- The second weekend of MLS play without World Cup-bound players features a Cascadia Cup match between Vancouver and Seattle, the early leader in the Supporters' Shield race, at B.C. Place. In the Eastern Conference, first-place New England goes for five wins in a row when it hosts D.C. United.

-- The documentary series To the Contrary with Bonnie Erbé, which airs on local PBS stations,  examines the hyper-masculine, hyper-violent culture of Rio’s 's favelas and follows the work of NGO Promundo, which offers free membership in an amateur soccer league as long as men attend regular workshops or therapy sessions.  “Becoming Papa” chronicles how formerly violent men have become loving caregivers of their children, partners and wives.

SUNDAY, May 25:
The Seattle Reign FC begins the week with a perfect 7-0-0 record, After traveling to FC Kansas City on Wednesday, the Reign with Sydney Leroux, Hope Solo and Kim Little return to face Abby Wambach, Carli Lloyd and the Western New York Flash.


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