Matchday: 8-15

Football - Everton v Arsenal Barclays Premier League

Today is a big day in the world of soccer as the English Premier League kicks off. The EPL's start date features some intriguing matches including Everton vs. Arsenal (11:30 a.m. on FSC) and Hull City vs. Chelsea (6:40 a.m. on ESPN2). Now, normally I wouldn't include the Chelsea - Hull match in my list of games to watch, but I'm interested to see the Worldwide Leader make its Premier League broadcasting debut.

Not to be forgotten with the start of the Premier League are the German Bundesliga or France's Ligue 1 -- both of which will be entering their second week of matches.

But just because the European leagues are getting underway doesn't mean you should forget about good ol' MLS. If you're interested in getting a look at the Fire's next opponent watch the Galaxy host the Sounders (10 p.m. on Direct Kick) and if you want to see an Eastern Conference battle -- that has some ramifications for the Fire too -- check out D.C. against Toronto (3 p.m. on TeleFutura).
So, just out of curiosity, I was wondering what your interest level is for the Premier League/all the other European leagues. I'm thinking I'll give the European leagues a decent amount of coverage (especially in the MLS offseason...) but I want to know what you want in terms of coverage of the European leagues so share your thoughts below. Oh, and feel free to mention any favorite teams/players too...

And, as always, feel free to share any thoughts you have on the day's action in the comments section below.


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  • As someone who doesn't have Setanta or Fox Soccer, I am totally psyched about this.

    I was a bit disappointed that ESPN lost the rights to the Champions League, but this will be a first step towards having the network redeem themselves.

    I also like that ESPN has the really early games on Saturdays--it will give me an excuse to get up early (or not go to bed on Fri. night!)

    I caught a bit of the Liverpool-Spurs game online today--I'm a Liverpool supporter, but was impressed by the Spurs tenacity. Torres looked like crap.

    Who are the ESPN EPL announcers...please don't say "Onion Bag" Smythe is part of the crew.........

  • Roti, it was the UK feed so it was not Tommy Smyth, thankfully. The game was in full HD and perfect. Im hoping that the ratings were up to par with what ESPN was hoping for so they continue to keep trying to get these games. You cant blame them for not throwing all this money at marketing for the MLS if nobody is going to watch it. I can only watch the Fire play, otherwise I would go out to my local high school and watch that. But from the looks of it ESPN has 1 or 2 games a week and hopefully its in full HD like Saturday. They have the Saturday morning games and Monday afternoons if im not mistaken.

    This is the schedule through September:

    Sat. 7:40 a.m. Chelsea vs. Hull City
    Sat., Aug. 22, 9:55 a.m., Wigan Athletic vs. Manchester United
    Mon., Aug. 24, 2:55 p.m. , Liverpool vs. Aston Villa
    Sat., Aug. 29, 7:40 a.m., Chelsea vs. Burnley
    Sat., Sept. 12, 9:55 a.m., Liverpool vs. Burnley
    Sat., Sept. 1, 7:40 a.m, Burnley vs. Sunderland;
    Sat., Sept. 26, 7:40 a.m., Portsmouth vs. Everton
    Mon., Sept. 28, 2:55 p.m., Manchester City vs. West Ham

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