[THIS WEEK IN SOCCER: June 3-8] The USA wraps up its send-off series Saturday when it goes for three wins in a row with a match against Nigeria in Jacksonville, Florida. The game will just one of seven World Cup warm-ups played Friday and Saturday in the United States as teams get their final work in before heading to Brazil.
TUESDAY, June 3:
-- All eyes will be on Goiania, where World Cup host Brazil plays its first warm-up match against Panama. Two warm-ups
will be played in the United States: Mexico-Bosnia-Herzegovina in Chicago and Greece-Nigeria at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.
Viewing: Episode 5 of
ESPN's “Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil” airs on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. ET. The series, produced by Jonathan Hock and Roger Bennett, will
conclude with the final two episodes on back-to-back nights, June 10 and June 11, on the eve of the start of the World Cup.
England plays the first of two games at Sun Life Stadium in Miami when it faces Ecuador. Heavy rains forced the English to practice indoors on
Monday, and rain is in the forecast for the rest of the week.
The Canadian representative in the 2014-15 Concacaf Champions League is decided as the Montreal Impact hosts Toronto FC at
the Stade de Saputo in the second leg of the Amway Canadian Championship. The first leg in Toronto ended in a 1-1 tie,
FRIDAY, June 6:
Mexico concludes its three-game swing of the United States in preparation for the World Cup when it faces Portugal at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. Other World Cup warm-ups on tap in the United States include Greece-Bolivia at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., and
Japan-Zambia in Tampa.
SATURDAY, June 7:
The USA goes for a sweep in its three-game send-off series when
it faces Nigeria at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida (live at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN, WatchESPN and Univision).
-- World Cup champion Spain wraps
up its week in Washington when it faces El Salvador in a friendly at FedExField in Landover, Md. Other World Cup warm-ups include England vs. Honduras and Costa Rica-Ireland, which will be
played in Foxboro.
-- D.C. United, last in MLS in 2013 with just three wins, can take the temporary lead in the Eastern Conference when it hosts
the Columbus Crew. The six-game MLS slate ends in the evening with Real Salt Lake at home against Portland in a rematch of the 2013 Western Conference final.
-- Americans Tobin Heath and Lindsey Horan represent Paris St. Germain as it faces Lyon in the final of the French Women's Cup at the
MMArena in Le Mans. After the final, Heath will return to NWSL champion Portland, while Horan will join the U.S. U-20s as they prepare for their world title defense in Canada.
SUNDAY, June 8:
MLS's Week 14, the last full week before the league breaks for the World Cup group stage, ends when Eastern
Conference leader New England hosts 2013 regular-season champion New York and the LA Galaxy plays Chivas USA in their SuperClasico.