1. New York City FC vs. Sporting Kansas City – MLS
The only MLS game on tap for this date, and it’s a fine one. 2nd in the East vs. The Management favorite #3 in the West.
B. Miami FC vs. New York Cosmos – NASL
Miami is the class of the NASL. A likely win at home over the Coz gives them a stranglehold on 1st place over the three teams vying three points behind them.
A reminder to check out the latest edition of D-Twosday interviews! Edmonton head coach Colin Miller brings the heat out of the Canadiaian cold.
3. Harrisburg City Islanders vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies – USL
TB leads a gaggle of teams for the last two playoff spots in the Eastern Division. Harrisburg City stinks. But we thank them for reminding us they are a city. Just “Harrisburg” might’ve left us thinking they were a continent or planet.
<— Tampa Bay Rowdie midfielder
4. Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 vs. Tulsa Rednecks – USL
This mirrors the above game. Tulsa is in 5th , with many teams very close behind. Vancouver 2 is ungood.
5. Sarmiento de Junin vs. Sacachispas – Copa Argentina
The Round of 32 in this one-off tournament features a middle Sacachispas team from the -fourth- tier of league system. The name is taken from a team out of the 1948 movie Pelota de Trapo (“Ragged Football”). They’re the equivalent perhaps of NHL’s Mighty Ducks.
6. Huachipato vs. Universidad Catolica – Copa Chile
Hauchipato is the lesser team here, but the UC hasn’t been as strong this Clausura as in their Apertura.
Hauchipato are “The Steelers”. Noob enjoys the NFL Pittsburghy-logo.
7. Mash’ Al Mubarek vs. Navbahor Namangan – Oliy Liga
Let’s all go to Uzbekistan! Or at least let Noob introduce you to their league, since we don’t have so many “big league” matchups to savor.
Mubarek is a city of maybe 25,000. It means “gracious”. These two teams are middling in the league.
8. FK Dinamo Samarkand vs. Kokand 1912 – Oliy Liga
Noob would feel better if he knew how to pronounce this league name. Only four letters, yet I am stumped.
Samarkand is perhaps the oldest inhabited city in central Asia, with proof of humans living there dating back to the Paleolithic era.
Haz with a Z. Samarkand often has a Q for the K. Fun with alphabetness.
9. Obod Tashkent vs. Sogdiana Jizzakh – Oliy Liga
There are four top-flite teams based in Tashkent. FC Obod is the worst. But they are better than Sogdiana Jizzakh.
10. Neftchi Fergana vs. Bukara – Oliy Liga
Neftchi is one of the two traditional powers in Uzebistan. But they are slogging along in 15th place currently. American musician Fergie is a bigtime supporter.
Shoosh, crazy fact checker-lady.