[THIS WEEK IN SOCCER: April 14-20]
Only four weeks remain before MLS players learn whether they've been invited to the U.S. World Cup camp that begins May 14 at
TUESDAY, April 15:
-- ESPN Films’ 30 for 30: Soccer Stories begins with “Hillsborough”
(ESPN, 8 p.m. ET) on the 25th anniversary of the tragedy that kills 96 fans during an FA Cup semifinal match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at the
Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England. The powerful documentary explores what happened leading up to disaster and features first-hand accounts of fans in attendance as well as police officers,
many speaking on camera for the first time. The film also explores the tragedy through the experiences of families who lost their loved ones and sought justice that is still ongoing.
-- For the fifth time in six years, the Concacaf Champions League final
is an all-Mexican affair. Toluca visits Cruz Azul at the Estadio Azul in the first
leg (live on Fox Sports 2 at 8 p.m. ET) WEDNESDAY, April 16:
-- The announcement that Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur
Blank will be awarded an MLS expansion franchise in Atlanta is schedules for 5 p.m. ET at Ventanas on Baker Street in downtown Atlanta. The invitations in red with white letters and orange trim give a
clue to the new club's colors. The team won’t begin play until 2017 when the new $1.2 billion downtown stadium is scheduled to open.
-- Spain's Clasico series moves to Valencia as
Real Madrid plays Barcelona in the final of the Copa del Rey
(kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET). Real Madrid, which trails Atletico Madrid by three points in La Liga and
must prepare for a semifinal date against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League, is likely to be without Cristiano Ronaldo. For Barca, third in La Liga and already eliminated from the Champions
League, the Copa del Rey is its best hope for a major title this year. SATURDAY, April 19:
-- Real Salt
in a rematch of the 2013 MLS Western Conference finalists. RSL comes into the game unbeaten at 2-0-4, while the Timbers are winless
(0-2-4) in their first six games. Following its first loss of the season, FC Dallas, which leads Colorado, Seattle and RSL by three points, looks to get back on the winning track against Toronto FC,
which is second in the Eastern Conference.
-- Americans Christen Press
, Whitney Engen
and Megan Klingenberg
continue their quest for a trip to Lisbon and the UEFA Women's Champions League final on May 22 as their Swedish club, Tyreso, travels to Birmingham
City Ladies in the first leg of the semifinals. In the other semifinal, Turbine Potsdam opens at home against defending champion Wolfsburg. SUNDAY, April
-- David Moyes
returns to Goodison Park on Easter for the first time since his move to Manchester United as Everton hosts United. Everton
begins the week in fourth place in the EPL while United is seventh with little hope of playing in the UEFA Champions League next season.