ESPN/FSC Weekend Line-Up

U.S. preseason tours hit full swing as Tottenham, Manchester United and Celtic all begin playing stateside this weekend.

All times Central.

FRIDAY

Celtic F.C. vs. Manchester United – 6 p.m. – ESPN2

Two of the more storied clubs in Europe kick off their American tours in Toronto Friday night. Man U is coming off a season that saw them finish one point behind Chelsea for the Premier League title. Celtic is also coming to North America after finishing second place to arch rival Rangers F.C.

SATURDAY

Tottenham Hotspur vs. San Jose Earthquakes – 3 p.m. – ESPN

The Spurs begin their preseason tour having secured the coveted fourth spot in the Premiership, beating out Manchester City by three points. The Earthquakes currently sit fourth in the Western Conference and seventh overall and have leveled off after an impressive start to the 2010 campaign.

USA Women’s National Team vs. Sweden – 6:30 p.m. – FSC

After tying Sweden in Omaha earlier this week, the #1-ranked U.S. women will take on Sweden again on Saturday in East Hartford, Conn. Sweden is currently ranked #4 in the world.

SUNDAY

Celtic F.C. vs. Seattle Sounders – 2 p.m. – ESPN

Celtic will continue their American tour and be introduced to one of the best home crowds that the U.S. can offer in Seattle. The Sounders are amid a disappointing season, but after the turnouts that they drew in European friendlies last season, it might present a pretty healthy atmosphere for soccer.

Boston Breakers vs. Washington Freedom – 4:00 p.m. – FSC

I’ll admit that I don’t exactly watch the WPS much, but the Breakers, who sit sixth in the league, will try to regain some ground on the pack against the Freedom, who currently sit fourth in the seven-team league.

D.C. United vs. Los Angeles Galaxy – 6:30 p.m. – FSC

On paper, this looks like a real mismatch as L.A. currently leads the table by six points, and D.C. is separated from last place by a single point. It might set up to be one of the more interesting match-ups this weekend. On the L.A. side you can watch World Cup hero Landon Donovan and goal-scoring star Edson Buddle, but the D.C. side has one of the best young players in the league in Honduran Andy Najar. The 17-year old has already dazzled in his short time with D.C., and he has U.S. fans desperately wanting him to gain American citizenship. It could still be a Galaxy-administered ass-kicking, but Najar and D.C. have played much better in recent weeks, so that’s at least worth noting.

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