Manchester United take on Aston Villa (12 p.m. Fox Sports Espanol) and Valencia takes on Real Madrid (3 p.m. ESPN Deportes and ESPN360.com) in two of the day's better games. The Barcelona derby is also today, with Messi, Ibrahmovic and co. taking on Espanyol (1 p.m. on GolTV).
On a complete side note, Fire forward Brian McBride was interviewed [for SI.com's inaugural soccer podcast yesterday afternoon](http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/soccer/12/11/soccer.podcast/index.html). McBride -- who joined the podcast -- at the 16 minute mark discussed (among other things) the Fire's head coaching search and the World Cup possibilities for the American team.
I've listed some of his more interesting quotes after the jump. > **Reaction to Bakary Soumare's desire for Chris Armas to be the Fire's next head coach:**
> "Chris would be a great coach. I think he's very analytical and he has strong opinions and those two things go hand in hand with a good coach. As far as who, or when, or how, or where I have no idea, I just hope that when it's done everybody's happy with the decision. Whoever they [hire] is who they want to lead the organization in the direction they want. Let's hope that's the right direction."
> **On his return to the Fire:**
> "I had a good sit down conversation with Javier Leon and Frank Klopas. A lot of things needed to be said and talked about and I was very happy with the direction that they wanted to take. [They want] the organization and some of the views of how things should be handled in more of an open way and one that benefits not only the Fire but the players and the staff. Hopefully we can do that this year and that'll push us along."
McBride also shot down any talk of him returning to the U.S. National Team, so don't get your hopes up regarding that.
I'll be back later on in the day with a post regarding a possible candidate for the Fire's head coaching job.