[THIS WEEK IN SOCCER: Feb. 24-March 2]
The week begins with midweek UEFA Champions League action and ends Sunday with Jozy
in a Wembley Stadium final for the first time and Atletico Madrid-Real Madrid. In between, there are lots of MLS preseason games -- 22 in total -- at the four preseason tournaments
being held across the country. TUESDAY, Feb. 25
The second week of games in the first leg of the UEFA Champions
round of 16 kicks off with Zenit St. Petersburg against 2013 runner-up Borussia Dortmund (live on Fox Sports 1 at 12 p.m. ET) and Olympiakos against Manchester United (live on Fox Sports
1 at 2:30 p.m. ET). WEDNESDAY, February 26:
-- English and Spanish league leaders save it until last to resume play in
the UEFA Champions League as Chelsea
travels to Galatasaray (live on Fox Sports 1 at 2:30 p.m. ET) and Real Madrid
to Gelsenkirchen to face Schalke 04 (live on Fox Sports 2 and Fox Soccer Plus at 2:30 p.m. ET).
-- Eleven games are on tap at the four MLS preseason tournaments
being held in Charleston, S.C., Kissimmee, Fla., Portland, Ore., and Tucson, Ariz. Fans can watch the action of many of the games,
which will be streamed live online (schedule
). SATURDAY, March
-- The International Football Association Board
-- soccer's rules body -- holds its 128th annual general meeting at FIFA's headquarters in
Zurich. Proposals have been included for discussion only on the use of sin bins and video replays and the "triple punishment" (penalty, red card and automatic suspension). For approval at the amateur
and recreational level will be a proposal to allow re-entry.
-- The defending champion USA will learn its group opponents at the Under-20 Women’s
World Cup draw
at the historic Windsor Hotel in Montreal. The tournament will be held Aug. 5-24 at four cities in Canada. The USA is the defending champion. Other teams to watch: France, the
European champion, and South Korea, the Asian champion.
-- MLS preseason
wraps up at four tournament locations: Carolina Challenge Cup, Walt Disney
World Pro Soccer Classic, FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup and Rose City Invitational.
SUNDAY, March 2
American Jozy Altidore hopes to become the fourth American to play in the English League Cup final
as Sunderland faces
Manchester City at Wembley (live on beIN Sports at 6 a.m. ET). John Harkes, Kasey Keller and Brad Friedel won in the first of each's two appearances in the final of what is now known as the Capital
-- Losses by Atletico Madrid and Barcelona over the weekend allowed Real Madrid to open up a three-point league in La Liga heading into one of the season's most tantalizing
matchups: Atletico Madrid-Real Madrid
at the Estadio Vicente Calderon. Atleti made a statement with a 1-0 win at Real Madrid in their first meeting, but it has
begun to falter this winter, going 4-2-2 in its last eight games.