This weekend is loaded with matches on Saturday all across Europe and North America. Sunday isn't as enticing, but there's still plenty of soccer for you to take in. If you're trying to decide where to turn your attention, these seven matches are good places to start. <br Note: Eastern times listed.
Manchester United vs. Leicester City - Saturday, 7:30 am
Manchester United have hit a rough patch, if you hadn't heard. They're terrible and Jose Mourinho is awful and the players are revolting. That is if you believe every piece of the English tabloids, which is probably not a wise thing to do. Still, there is no doubting that the Red Devils have struggled and need to beat Leicester City if they want to bring some much-needed calm to Old Trafford.
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Hertha Berlin - Saturday, 9:30 am
Don't expect many goals in this one. Neither team has shown that they have much going forward, but Eintracht have been one of the best defensive teams this season and Hertha was one of the best defensive teams last season. They also happen to be fourth and fifth in the league, which, if they can hold onto, will leave them in a fight for the Champions league place.
Sporting Gijon vs. Barcelona - Saturday, 10:15 am
Barcelona will be without Lionel Messi for at least three weeks. How will they set up without their superstar and how will teams defend them with one less threat on the pitch? It's time to find out.
Arsenal vs. Chelsea - Saturday, 12:30 pm
Arsenal and Chelsea have both looked pretty good this season and given their fans reason for optimism. But they've also had one awful match each, dropped some points and shown signs of weakness. Both will probably end up in the fight for a top four spot, so taking three points off the other could be huge later in the season.
Napoli vs. Chievo - Saturday, 2:45 pm
Napoli are second in Serie A, as expected. But checking in one spot behind them is surprising Chievo. Long known for dour soccer, Chievo have taken a slight step up this season and its paid off. They haven't kept a clean sheet since the opening match of the season, which will probably be a problem against Napoli's explosive attack.
Club America vs. Pumas UNAM - Saturday, 10 pm
Club America aren't have a disastrous season by any stretch. After all, they sit fifth in the Apertura table, which is good enough to get them in the Liguilla. But embarrassing losses to Chivas and Leon cost Ignacio Ambriz his job and now Ricardo La Volpe steps in. He's not an especially inspired hire, but he should do fine for the rest of the season. He'll have to get off to a quick start, too. America are only in a Liguilla spot by three points and Pumas UNAM will be desperate for a result on Saturday, sitting just two points clear of missing the playoffs themselves.
LA Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders - Sunday, 4 pm
The Sounders just won't go away. Left for dead after an awful start to the season, Seattle have slowly moved their way up the table ever since Brian Schmetzer took over as manager and now they sit just five points out of a playoff spot with two matches in hand. That still doesn't leave them with much room for error, which makes a trip to the StubHub Center daunting. The Galaxy have yet to lose at home this season.