[THIS WEEK IN SOCCER: April 28-May 4] Seattle Sounder fans hoping to see Clint Dempsey will get to see red-hot Deuce one of the last two times before he heads off to the World Cup when the Sounders host Philadelphia on Saturday. In midweek, the UEFA Champions League semifinals conclude with the return legs in Munich and London.
TUESDAY, April 29:
Can Real Madrid hold on to its 1-0 lead over Bayern Munich in Munich and qualify for the UEFA Champions League final for the first time since 2002? Real Madrid promises not to sit back and will have its two attacking stars,
Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, both available.
-- ESPN Films’ 30 for 30: Soccer Stories series continues on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET with “The
Myth of Garrincha” (examining the legend of Mane Garrincha, who ranks up with Pele as the most idolized player in Brazilian history) followed by “Ceasefire Massacre” (on the death of six fans killed by a Protestant terror group in a Northern Ireland bar as they were watching the 1994 World Cup match between Ireland and Italy
at Giants Stadium).
WEDNESDAY, April 29:
Chelsea got the result it wanted when it held Atletico Madrid to a
0-0 draw in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semifinal series, but the impetus will be for Chelsea to attack at home in the second leg. It found a way to overcome a 3-1 deficit to Paris
St. Germain in the quarterfinals with a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge in the second leg, but Jose Mourinho's team has been all about defending, as it showed in the 2-0 win over Liverpool on Sunday.
SATURDAY, May 3:
Seattle fans hoping to see red-hot Clint Dempsey better get out to the match against Philadelphia as it will be one of
two last times Deuce could in town until mid-July. It's the Sounders' next-to-last home game before he heads off to World Cup training. (They also face FC Dallas on May 7.) Their next MLS home game
after the resumption of play from the World Cup break: July 13 against Portland -- the day of the World Cup final. Also worth watching: Columbus, first in the Eastern Conference, travels to Sporting
Kansas City, one point back in a four-way logjam in second place.