El Clásico returns Sunday with Real Madrid hosting Barcelona in the 2nd leg of their home-and-away series. It’s Week 29, the last ten games of the season approach and Barca are four points back of Real Madrid (table below). This game could decide who will take home the title of La Liga BBVA’s 83rd season.
Real Madrid will seeks revenge after a disappointing defeat in the first leg at Camp Nou-2 to 1. Neymar and Alexis Sanchez scored for the “Cules” while Jesse Rodriguez scored for the “Merengues”. This is the second time that Carlo Ancelotti and Gerardo Martino square off. Both managers are in their first seasons with Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively. Check out 5 Things To Know About the Clasico
There’s a “behind the scenes” video produced by Barca available below for a sense of the drama involved in this competition.
|La Liga Standings|
USL PRO announced its 2014 regular season format in late January, with each of the 14 clubs playing a 28-game regular season schedule opening on March 22 and lasting through September 7. The 2014 season also marks the second season of the USL PRO’s partnership with Major League Soccer, as every USL PRO squad will play a pair of regular season games against MLS Reserve teams.
The first games of the season are Saturday. I’m adding every game to my Soccer on TV calendar so check back regularly.
If you’re looking for a favorite, LA Galaxy II have just signed former SLU Goalkeeper Nick Shackelford and there’s a possibility Indiana/SLUH grad Tommy Meyer may get some minutes playing in front of him. Still speculation at this point. For more on USL Pro, check out this article on it’s place in the development pyramid .
|USL PRO TV|
|Sat 3/22||7:30 PM EDT||Orlando City SC||Charleston Battery|
|Sat 3/22||10:30 PM EDT||Orange County Blues FC||LA Galaxy II|
|Sat 3/29||7:30 PM EDT||Richmond Kickers||Charleston Battery|
|Sat 3/29||7:30 PM EDT||Pittsburgh Riverhounds||Orlando City SC|
|Sat 3/29||10:30 PM EDT||Sacramento Republic FC||LA Galaxy II|
“We are excited that all 2014 USL PRO regular season and playoff matches will be featured on NSCAATV, adding to the already strong audience the league enjoys for its live matches,” USL President Tim Holt said. “This will allow even more fans to enjoy the highest level of men’s professional soccer below and in support of Major League Soccer (MLS).”
Three new teams have joined USL PRO in 2014: the LA Galaxy II, OKC Energy FC and Sacramento Republic FC.
The 2014 USL PRO Playoffs will include the top eight finishers in the table, with the quarterfinals (No. 1 vs. No. 8, No. 2 vs. No. 7, etc.) set for the weekend of September 12-14. The semifinals featuring the four remaining teams will be played the following weekend, with the 2014 USL PRO Championship set for the weekend of September 26-28.