It has the makings of a strange weekend. It is as if the party really got going and suddenly the power got cut.
The domestic European leagues are in full swing, the battle for places in MLS play-offs is down to the last few games, CONCACAF Champions League group play has only one round left and the UEFA Champions League has already completed match-day 1 and 2.
Now we have the vast majority of games being played today with the traditional Saturday schedule being limited to one Euro ’12 qualifier (Liechtenstein v Scotland), a USA v Honduras friendly and a couple of MLS games (New England Revolution vs San Jose Earthquakes and Seattle Sounders v Philadelphia Union).
What’s more of the four MLS teams in action only one – the Philadelphia Union – is still fighting to decide its play off fate. New England and San Jose are out and Seattle is definitely through.
The most interesting action is likely to be around the final round of qualifying for the African Cup of Nations. There are a number of countries with “reputations” who are on the verge of being knocked out while a host of smaller countries are poised to qualify. The BBC had a good article yesterday on the last weekend of qualifying.
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