Another weekend brings another busy slate of soccer. There are rivalry clashes, relegation scraps and a whole lot more to look out for. Entering the weekend, what do you need to know?
Here are 7 things to keep an eye on:
MLS starts with a bang
Believe it or not, the 2017 MLS season is upon us and opening weekend does not disappoint. We'll get our first look at expansion side Minnesota United on Friday at 9:30 p.m. ET on FS1. They'll square off against the Portland Timbers at Providence Park. The other expansion team, Atlanta United, will make their bow against NY Red Bulls on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. ET. The best match of opening weekend, though? LA Galaxy vs. FC Dallas on Saturday. Don't miss that clash.
SheBelieves Cup rolls on
With a 1-0 win against Germany in the bag on Wednesday, the USWNT passed a stern test. England are next on the docket on Saturday at 5 p.m. ET on FOX. With Germany and France squaring off earlier in the day, the U.S. women will have a good idea of what kind of result they need in the round-robin tournament. A win is always ideal, of course. England, meanwhile, will be looking to bounce back after a late loss in their opener against France. It should be a good one out in New Jersey.
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The stakes are high for Everton and Tottenham
There's a whole lot at stake when Tottenham host Everton on Sunday. Down by 10 points to Chelsea, Spurs are still clinging to a fading title challenge. A loss would really put them behind the 8-ball on that front. Consequently, a win for the suddenly surging Everton put them back in the discussion for Europe. Throw in the fact that Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane are the frontrunners (along with Alexis Sanchez) for the Golden Boot and we've got ourselves a humdinger.
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Battle at the top of Liga MX
Liga MX starts off strong on Friday night as Club Tijuana host Pachuca. Xolos are atop the standings and have just one loss in their last seven. Third-place Pachuca, meanwhile could leapfrog the Xolos with an away victory. This one also pits the league's best attack, Tijuana, against the best defense, Pachuca.
Have Leicester turned the corner?
The Foxes caught a lot of heat for the way they came out and earned a win against Liverpool in the wake of Claudio Ranieri's firing. At this point, the past is the past. Leicester are still in the thick of a relegation battle and need to fight to stay alive, no matter who their coach is. A date against Hull at the KP Stadium is a match they should win, especially after surprising against Liverpool. Was last week a fluke? Or have the Foxes finally turned over a new leaf? We'll find out on Saturday.
La Liga title race heating up
Real Madrid's midweek slip against Las Palmas opens the door for Barcelona to turn up the heat on their bitter rivals. The Merengues are a point shy of Barca, but they do have a game in hand. Still, Real have an early match against Eibar on Saturday. Anything short of a win and Barcelona will surely smell blood in the water. Considering the Blaugrana rolled over Sporting Gijon on Wednesday, there's every reason to expect they'd keep rolling.
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Liverpool and Arsenal ready to go at it
With six teams fighting for four Champions League spots in England, every point is precious. Factor in Chelsea all but sewing one up, and that leaves five teams vying for three. Liverpool and Arsenal's title hopes are both quite dim, but securing victory would go a long way to their European hopes. The Reds suffered a loss to Leicester last time out and continue to drop points in 2017. They have fared much better against more talented competition, though. Will Arsenal be able to get a vital away win Saturday? If so, the pressure on Jurgen Klopp could become quite immense.