Red Bulls face Fire as MLS matches heat up before playoffs

New York Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry The 2012 MLS regular season is winding down, and, with less than a month left to play, teams are scrambling for a spot in the playoffs.

Sporting KC lead the Eastern Conference, followed closely by New York Red Bulls and Chicago Fire. However, the table is close, and the next month could offer some surprises. Even first-year team Montreal Impact is within reach of a playoff spot.

The Western Conference contenders, on the other end, are all-but set. Qualifying teams include the usual suspects Real Salt Lake, LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders. The last games of the season will determine seeding and which team gets to claim home field advantage during the playoffs.

Conference winners play for the league title in the 2012 MLS Cup championship game on December 1.

New York Red Bulls vs Chicago Fire – Saturday, October 6 at 3:30p (NBC)
LA Galaxy vs Real Salt Lake – Saturday, October 6 at 9p (NBC Sports Network)
Chivas vs FC Dallas – Sunday, October 7 at 7p (Galavision)
Seattle Sounders vs Portland Timbers – Sunday, October 7 at 9p (ESPN, ESPN Deportes)

Soccer on TV this week –

Where to watch the best soccer games on US television networks, including ESPN, Fox Soccer and Telefutura. All times Eastern.

FRIDAY, OCT 5

TimeLeague or CompetitionTeamsNetworkLive or Replay?
12:00aUEFA Europa LeagueNewcastle United vs. Girondins de BordeauxFox Soccer PlusReplay
3:00aUEFA Champions LeagueFC Nordsjaelland vs. ChelseaFox SoccerReplay
3:00aArgentine Primera DivisionBoca Juniors vs. San Martin de San JuanGolTVReplay
4:00aUEFA Europa LeagueBorussia Monchengladbach vs. Fenerbahce SKFox Soccer PlusSame-day Tape
6:00aSpanish Primera DivisionGetafe CF vs. RCD MallorcabeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
6:30aItalian Serie AFC Inter Milan vs. ACF FiorentinabeIN SPORTReplay
8:00aUEFA Champions LeagueManchester City vs. Borussia DortmundFox Soccer PlusReplay
8:00aMexican Primera DivisionMonarcas Morelia vs. Jaguares de ChiapasESPN DeportesReplay
10:00aUEFA Europa LeagueClub Atletico de Madrid vs. Viktoria PlzenFox SoccerReplay
10:00aUEFA Champions LeagueSL Benfica vs. BarcelonaFox Soccer PlusReplay
12:00pUEFA Europa LeaguePSV Eindhoven vs. NapoliFox Soccer PlusTaped
1:00pUEFA Champions LeagueAFC Ajax vs. Real Madrid CFFox SoccerReplay
1:00pUEFA Europa LeaguePSV Eindhoven vs. NapoliESPN DeportesReplay
2:30pGerman BundesligaFC Augsburg vs. SV Werder BremenGolTVLive
2:40pScottish Premier LeagueInverness Caledonian Thistle vs. Ross CountyFox Soccer PlusLive
2:40pFrench Ligue 1AS Saint-Etienne vs. AS Nancy-LorrainebeIN SPORTLive
4:00pItalian Serie AParma vs. AC MilanbeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
5:45pSpanish Primera DivisionReal Madrid vs. Deportivo La CorunabeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
7:00pCollege SoccerVirginia at MarylandFox SoccerLive
9:00pScottish Premier LeagueInverness Caledonian Thistle vs. Ross CountyFox Soccer PlusReplay
9:00pMexico Ascenso DivisionEstudiantes Tecos vs. CorrecaminosGolTVLive

 

SATURDAY, OCT 6 – Chicago Fire at New York Red Bulls

TimeLeague or CompetitionTeamsNetworkLive or Replay?
1:30aItalian Serie AInter Milan vs. FiorentinabeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
3:00aCollege SoccerVirginia at MarylandFox SoccerReplay
3:00aMexico Ascenso DivisionEstudiantes Tecos vs. CorrecaminosGolTVReplay
3:15aSpanish Primera DivisionSevilla vs. BarcelonabeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
6:00aSpanish Primera DivisionCelta Vigo vs. SevillabeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
7:30aEnglish Premier LeagueManchester City vs. Sunderland AFCESPN2, ESPN DeportesLive
7:40aScottish Premier LeagueCeltic vs. Heart of MidlothianFox Soccer PlusLive
8:00aSpanish Primera DivisionReal Madrid CF vs. BarcelonabeIN SPORTReplay
8:00aClasico de AmericaArgentina vs. BrasilbeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
9:53aEnglish Premier LeagueWigan Athletic vs. EvertonFox Soccer PlusLive
9:55aEnglish nPower ChampionshipBirmingham vs. HuddersfieldbeIN SPORTLive
9:55aSpanish Primera DivisionRayo Vallecano de Madrid vs. Deportivo La CorunabeIN SPORT EspanolLive
10:00aEnglish Premier LeagueChelsea vs. Norwich CityFox SoccerLive
11:00aUEFA Europa LeaguePSV Eindhoven vs. NapoliESPN DeportesReplay
11:55aItalian Serie AAC ChievoVerona vs. UC SampdoriabeIN SPORTLive
12:30pEnglish Premier LeagueWest Ham United vs. ArsenalFox SoccerLive
1:55pSpanish Primera DivisionReal Valladolid vs. RCD EspanyolbeIN SPORT EspanolLive
2:00pUEFA Europa LeagueAtletico Madrid vs. Viktoria PlzenESPN DeportesReplay
3:00pItalian Serie AGenoa CFC vs. US Citta di PalermobeIN SPORTLive
3:30pEnglish Premier LeagueSwansea City AFC vs. ReadingFox SoccerSame-day Tape
3:30pMLS SoccerChicago Fire at New York Red BullsNBCLive
3:55pSpanish Primera DivisionReal Betis vs. Real SociedadbeIN SPORT EspanolLive
5:00pSpanish Primera DivisionReal Zaragoza vs. Getafe CFbeIN SPORTLive
5:25pFutbol Brasileno Serie AFluminense vs. BotafogoESPN DeportesLive
5:30pEnglish Premier LeagueWest Bromwich Albion vs. Queens Park RangersFox SoccerSame-day Tape
5:30pMexican Primera DivisionAmerica vs. Chivas de GuadalajaraUnivisionLive
6:15pItalian Serie AGenoa CFC vs. PalermobeIN SPORT EspanolLive
6:45pFrench Ligue 1Toulouse vs. ValenciennesbeIN SPORTLive
7:00pScottish Premier LeagueCeltic vs. Heart of MidlothianFox Soccer PlusReplay
8:00pEnglish Premier LeagueChelsea vs. Norwich CityFox SoccerReplay
8:00pMexican Primera DivisionPachuca vs. LeonTelefuturaLive
9:00pEnglish Premier LeagueWigan Athletic vs. EvertonFox Soccer PlusReplay
9:00pUEFA Europa LeagueLiverpool vs. Udinese CalcioESPN DeportesReplay
9:00pMLS SoccerReal Salt Lake at Los Angeles GalaxyNBC Sports NetworkLive
11:00pEnglish Premier LeagueWest Ham United vs. ArsenalFox SoccerReplay

 

SUNDAY, OCT 7 – Portland Timbers at Seattle Sounders

TimeLeague or CompetitionTeamsNetworkLive or Replay?
12:00aMLS SoccerReal Salt Lake at Los Angeles GalaxyNBC Sports NetworkReplay
2:00aAustralian A-LeaguePerth Glory vs. Brisbane RoarFox SoccerLive
4:00aUEFA Europa LeagueNewcastle United vs. Girondins de BordeauxFox Soccer PlusReplay
6:25aDutch EredivisieAjax vs. UtrechtESPN DeportesLive
7:00aSpanish Primera DivisionFC Barcelona vs. Real MadridbeIN SPORTReplay
7:00aSpanish Primera DivisionReal Madrid CF vs. BarcelonabeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
8:00aEnglish Premier LeagueWigan Athletic vs. EvertonFox Soccer PlusReplay
8:25aEnglish Premier LeagueSouthampton vs. FulhamFox SoccerLive
8:55aItalian Serie AAC Siena vs. JuventusbeIN SPORTLive
9:53aEnglish Premier LeagueLiverpool vs. Stoke CityFox Soccer PlusLive
10:25aDutch EredivisieTwente vs. AZESPN DeportesLive
10:30aEnglish Premier LeagueNewcastle United vs. Manchester UnitedFox SoccerLive
10:55aFrench Ligue 1FC Lorient vs. Olympique LyonnaisbeIN SPORTLive
11:00aSpanish Primera DivisionLevante UD vs. Valencia CFbeIN SPORT EspanolTaped
12:00pEnglish Premier LeagueTottenham Hotspur vs. Aston VillaFox Soccer PlusTaped
1:00pUEFA Europa LeagueNeftci PFK vs. Inter MilanESPN DeportesReplay
1:00pMexican Primera DivisionPumas de la U.N.A.M. vs. MonterreyUnivisionLive
1:30pWomen’s College SoccerFlorida at Texas A&MESPNULive
1:45pSpanish Primera DivisionFC Barcelona vs. Real Madrid CFbeIN SPORTLive
3:00pEnglish Premier LeagueSouthampton vs. FulhamFox SoccerReplay
3:00pEnglish Premier LeagueManchester City vs. Sunderland AFCESPN DeportesReplay
3:30pItalian Serie AAC Milan vs. Inter MilanbeIN SPORTLive
4:00pAustralian A-LeaguePerth Glory vs. Brisbane RoarFox Soccer PlusReplay
5:00pFrench Ligue 1Olympique de Marseille vs. Paris Saint-GermainbeIN SPORTLive
5:55pMexican Primera DivisionJaguares de Chiapas vs. San LuisESPN DeportesLive
6:00pEnglish Premier LeagueWest Ham United vs. ArsenalFox SoccerReplay
6:45pSpanish Primera DivisionAthletic Club vs. CA OsasunabeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
7:00pMLS SoccerFC Dallas at Club Deportivo Chivas USAGalavisionLive
8:00pEnglish Premier LeagueTottenham Hotspur vs. Aston VillaFox Soccer PlusReplay
9:00pMLS SoccerPortland Timbers at Seattle SoundersESPN, ESPN DeportesLive

 

MONDAY, OCT 8

TimeLeague or CompetitionTeamsNetworkLive or Replay?
12:00aEnglish Premier LeagueLiverpool vs. Stoke CityFox Soccer PlusReplay
2:30aItalian Serie AAC Siena vs. JuventusbeIN SPORTReplay
3:00aEnglish Premier LeagueSwansea City AFC vs. ReadingFox SoccerReplay
4:00aUEFA Europa LeagueNeftci PFK vs. Inter MilanFox Soccer PlusReplay
8:00aUEFA Champions LeagueCFR Cluj vs. Manchester UnitedFox Soccer PlusReplay
10:00aUEFA Champions LeagueValencia CF vs. LOSC Lille MetropoleFox SoccerReplay
11:00aScottish Premier LeagueInverness Caledonian Thistle vs. Ross CountyFox Soccer PlusReplay
12:30pSpanish Primera DivisionFC Barcelona vs. Real MadridbeIN SPORTReplay
12:30pItalian Serie AAC Milan vs. Inter MilanbeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
1:00pUEFA Champions LeagueFC Spartak Moscow vs. CelticFox SoccerReplay
1:00pMexican Primera DivisionCruz Azul vs. AtlanteESPN DeportesReplay
3:00pUEFA Champions LeagueFC Zenit St. Petersburg vs. AC MilanFox Soccer PlusReplay
3:00pFrench Ligue 1Olympique de Marseille vs. Paris Saint-GermainbeIN SPORTReplay
3:00pItalian Serie AGenoa CFC vs. PalermobeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
5:00pEnglish Premier LeagueWest Bromwich Albion vs. Queens Park RangersFox SoccerReplay
5:00pItalian Serie AAC Siena vs. JuventusbeIN SPORTReplay
5:00pSpanish Primera DivisionCelta Vigo vs. SevillabeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
7:00pThe FA Classic CollectionChelsea vs. Manchester UnitedFox SoccerReplay
8:00pEnglish Premier LeagueNewcastle United vs. Manchester UnitedFox SoccerReplay
9:00pUEFA Europa LeaguePSV Eindhoven vs. NapoliFox Soccer PlusReplay
9:30pSpanish Primera DivisionFC Barcelona vs. Real MadridbeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
11:00pUEFA Champions LeagueFC Nordsjaelland vs. ChelseaFox SoccerReplay
11:00pSpanish Primera DivisionFC Barcelona vs. Real MadridbeIN SPORTReplay

 

TUESDAY, OCT 9

TimeLeague or CompetitionTeamsNetworkLive or Replay?
12:00aEnglish Premier LeagueLiverpool vs. Stoke CityFox Soccer PlusReplay
12:00aItalian Serie AAC Siena vs. JuventusbeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
1:00aItalian Serie AAC Milan vs. Inter MilanbeIN SPORTReplay
3:00aEnglish Premier LeagueSouthampton vs. FulhamFox SoccerReplay
3:00aItalian Serie AAC ChievoVerona vs. UC SampdoriabeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
4:00aUEFA Europa LeagueBorussia Monchengladbach vs. Fenerbahce SKFox Soccer PlusReplay
4:00aFrench Ligue 1Toulouse vs. ValenciennesbeIN SPORTReplay
6:00aFrench Ligue 1FC Lorient vs. Olympique LyonnaisbeIN SPORTReplay
7:00aSpanish Primera DivisionReal Valladolid vs. RCD EspanyolbeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
8:00aUEFA Champions LeagueValencia CF vs. LOSC Lille MetropoleFox Soccer PlusReplay
9:00aItalian Serie AAC ChievoVerona vs. UC SampdoriabeIN SPORTReplay
9:00aSpanish Primera DivisionRayo Vallecano de Madrid vs. Deportivo La CorunabeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
11:00aScottish Premier LeagueCeltic vs. Heart of MidlothianFox Soccer PlusReplay
12:30pItalian Serie AAC Milan vs. Inter MilanbeIN SPORTReplay
12:30pSpanish Primera DivisionFC Barcelona vs. Real MadridbeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
1:00pEnglish Premier LeagueChelsea vs. Norwich CityFox SoccerReplay
3:00pUEFA Champions LeagueManchester City vs. Borussia DortmundFox SoccerReplay
3:00pUEFA Europa LeagueAC Sparta Praha vs. Athletic BilbaoFox Soccer PlusReplay
3:00pSpanish Primera DivisionFC Barcelona vs. Real MadridbeIN SPORTReplay
3:00pItalian Serie AAC Siena vs. JuventusbeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
7:00pCollege SoccerCreighton at PrincetonESPNULive
8:00pEnglish Premier LeagueWest Ham United vs. ArsenalFox SoccerReplay
9:00pUEFA Europa LeagueNewcastle United vs. Girondins de BordeauxFox Soccer PlusReplay
9:30pFrench Ligue 1Olympique de Marseille vs. Paris Saint-GermainbeIN SPORTReplay
10:00pItalian Serie AAC Milan vs. Inter MilanbeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
11:00pUEFA Champions LeagueAFC Ajax vs. Real Madrid CFFox SoccerReplay

 

WEDNESDAY, OCT 10

TimeLeague or CompetitionTeamsNetworkLive or Replay?
12:00aEnglish Premier LeagueWigan Athletic vs. EvertonFox Soccer PlusReplay
3:00aEnglish Premier LeagueWest Bromwich Albion vs. Queens Park RangersFox SoccerReplay
4:00aUEFA Champions LeagueFC Nordsjaelland vs. ChelseaFox Soccer PlusReplay
4:00aItalian Serie AAC ChievoVerona vs. UC SampdoriabeIN SPORTReplay
6:00aSpanish Primera DivisionReal Zaragoza vs. Getafe CFbeIN SPORTReplay
6:00aSpanish Primera DivisionAthletic Club vs. CA OsasunabeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
8:00aUEFA Champions LeagueFC Spartak Moscow vs. CelticFox Soccer PlusReplay
10:00aUEFA Champions LeagueFC Porto vs. Paris St-GermainFox SoccerReplay
11:00aEnglish Premier LeagueWigan Athletic vs. EvertonFox Soccer PlusReplay
12:30pSpanish Primera DivisionCelta Vigo vs. SevillabeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
1:00pEnglish Premier LeagueNewcastle United vs. Manchester UnitedFox SoccerReplay
2:30pThe FA Classic CollectionChelsea vs. Manchester UnitedFox Soccer PlusReplay
3:00pUEFA Europa LeagueBorussia Monchengladbach vs. Fenerbahce SKFox Soccer PlusReplay
3:00pItalian Serie AAC Milan vs. Inter MilanbeIN SPORTReplay
3:00p2014 FIFA World Cup, QualifierUruguay vs. EcuadorbeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
5:00pEnglish Premier LeagueSwansea City AFC vs. ReadingFox SoccerReplay
5:00p2014 FIFA World Cup, QualifierParaguay vs. VenezuelabeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
8:00pEnglish Premier LeagueChelsea vs. Norwich CityFox SoccerReplay
8:00pThe FA Classic CollectionChelsea vs. Manchester UnitedFox Soccer PlusReplay
9:00pUEFA Europa LeagueNeftci PFK vs. Inter MilanFox Soccer PlusReplay
10:00pSpanish Primera DivisionFC Barcelona vs. Real MadridbeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
11:00pUEFA Champions LeagueSL Benfica vs. BarcelonaFox SoccerReplay

 

THURSDAY, OCT 11

TimeLeague or CompetitionTeamsNetworkLive or Replay?
12:00aEnglish Premier LeagueTottenham Hotspur vs. Aston VillaFox Soccer PlusReplay
12:00a2014 FIFA World Cup, QualifierUruguay vs. EcuadorbeIN SPORTReplay
12:00a2014 FIFA World Cup, QualifierPeru vs. ArgentinabeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
2:00aItalian Serie AAC Siena vs. JuventusbeIN SPORTReplay
2:00aItalian Serie AAC Milan vs. Inter MilanbeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
3:00aEnglish Premier LeagueWest Ham United vs. ArsenalFox SoccerReplay
4:00aUEFA Champions LeagueAFC Ajax vs. Real Madrid CFFox Soccer PlusReplay
4:00aCollege SoccerCreighton at PrincetonESPNUReplay
4:00a2014 FIFA World Cup, QualifierParaguay vs. VenezuelabeIN SPORTReplay
4:00a2014 FIFA World Cup, QualifierHonduras vs. CubabeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
6:00aItalian Serie AGenoa CFC vs. US Citta di PalermobeIN SPORTReplay
6:00aSpanish Primera DivisionRayo Vallecano de Madrid vs. Deportivo La CorunabeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
8:00aUEFA Champions LeagueArsenal vs. OlympiacosFox Soccer PlusReplay
8:00aItalian Serie AAC Milan vs. Inter MilanbeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
9:30a2014 FIFA World Cup, QualifierChile vs. ColombiabeIN SPORTReplay
10:00aUEFA Europa LeagueClub Atletico de Madrid vs. Viktoria PlzenFox SoccerReplay
10:00aFIFA Copa Mundial 2014, ClasificatoriaHonduras vs. CubabeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
12:30p2014 FIFA World Cup, QualifierUruguay vs. EcuadorbeIN SPORTReplay
12:30p2014 FIFA World Cup, QualifierPeru vs. ArgentinabeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
3:00pUEFA Champions LeagueArsenal vs. OlympiacosFox SoccerReplay
3:00p2014 FIFA World Cup, QualifierHonduras vs. CubabeIN SPORTReplay
3:00pSpanish Primera DivisionFC Barcelona vs. Real MadridbeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
5:00pEnglish Premier LeagueSouthampton vs. FulhamFox SoccerReplay
5:00pSpanish Primera DivisionFC Barcelona vs. Real MadridbeIN SPORTReplay
5:00p2014 FIFA World Cup, QualifierChile vs. ColombiabeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
7:00pThe FA Classic CollectionChelsea vs. Manchester UnitedFox Soccer PlusReplay
7:00p2014 FIFA World Cup, QualifierParaguay vs. VenezuelabeIN SPORTReplay
7:00p2014 FIFA World Cup, QualifierUruguay vs. EcuadorbeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
8:00pWomen’s College SoccerRice at MemphisFox SoccerLive
9:00p2014 FIFA World Cup, QualifierPeru vs. ArgentinabeIN SPORTReplay
9:30p2014 FIFA World Cup, QualifierParaguay vs. VenezuelabeIN SPORT EspanolReplay
11:00pUEFA Champions LeagueCFR Cluj vs. Manchester UnitedFox SoccerReplay

 
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