FRIDAY, SEPT. 16
VfB Stuttgart at SC Freiburg
ESPN Deportes, 11:25 a.m.
Papiss Cisse has four goals in five games for Black Forest club Freiburg, which hasn't turned the production into points, with just four so far. Stuttgart is off to a 2-2-1 start.
UEFA Europa League
FC Vaslui (Romania) at Lazio (Italy), 1:30 p.m.
New Mexico at Akron
Fox Soccer Channel, 4 p.m.
Reigning NCAA champ Akron is young and talented, ranked fourth at 3-0-1, and needs a little more season to become what it will. No. 16 New Mexico is off to a 5-0-1 start, plus an impressive preseason victory over Tulsa.
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
New England Revolution at Portland Timbers
Fox Soccer Channel, 8 p.m.
The expansion Timbers are looking like a real postseason contender, and winning games such as this one -- at home against a struggling side headed nowhere -- is an absolute must. Replay: Fox Deportes, 11 p.m.
ON LOCAL FIELDS
UC Santa Barbara at UCLA
Drake Stadium (Westwood), 7 p.m.
The Bruins and Gauchos annually meet in the game of the year around these parts, and UCLA's back-to-back wins last weekend after an 0-2-1 start adds some glitter to the showdown. UCSB is 5-0-0.
San Jose State at Loyola Marymount (Westchester), 3 p.m.
Cal State Stanislaus at Cal State L.A. (University Heights), 4:30 p.m.
UNLV at UC Riverside, 7 p.m.
Cal State San Bernardino at Cal Poly Pomona, 7 p.m.
Chico State at Cal State Dominguez Hills (Carson), 7 p.m.
Point Loma Nazarene vs. Marymount, Home Depot Center Field 5 (Carson), 7 p.m.
St. Mary's at UC Irvine
Anteater Stadium (Irvine), 7 p.m.
UC Irvine dropped from 11th to 15th in the rankings after tying Santa Clara and losing to Stanford, now the nation's No. 1 team. Our favorite Anteater: All-American CoCo Goodson, a standout in the back or up top.
Cal State San Bernardino at Cal Poly Pomona, 4:30 p.m.
Chico State at Cal State Dominguez Hills (Carson), 4:30 p.m.
Point Loma Nazarene vs. Marymount, Home Depot Center Field 5 (Carson), 5 p.m.
Cal State Stanislaus at Cal State L.A. (University Heights), 7 p.m.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 17
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Newcastle United at Aston Villa
Fox Soccer Channel, 7 a.m.
Heading into Birmingham won't scare the Magpies, who already have won (at Fulham) and tied without conceding (at QPR) in a quick run to No. 4 in the EPL standings.
Arsenal at Blackburn, ESPN2, 4:30 a.m.; ESPN Deportes, 4:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Wigan at Arsenal, Fox Deportes, 7 a.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, 2 p.m.
Norwich City at Bolton, Fox Soccer Channel, 9 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers at Wolverhampton, Fox Soccer Plus, 9:55 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion at Swansea City, Fox Soccer Plus, 11 a.m.
Derby County at Nottingham Forest, Fox Soccer Plus, 4:55 a.m.
SPANISH LA LIGA
Osasuna at Barcelona
ESPN Deportes, 10:55 a.m.
The mighty Catalans have merely tied their last two -- in league at Real Sociedad, at home against AC Milan in the Champions League -- and now comes news that world's-best-player candidate Andres Iniesta will be out a month with a hamstring injury. Cause for panic? Uh, no. Replay: 6 p.m.
Real Sociedad at Sevilla, GolTV, 1 p.m.
Cologne at Bayer Leverkusen, ESPN Deportes, 6:45 a.m.
Mainz 05 at Kaiserslautern, GolTV, 9:30 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Italian Serie A
Novara at Cagliari, Fox Deportes, 9 a.m.; Fox Soccer Plus, 11:55 a.m. and 1 a.m.
AS Roma at Inter Milan, Fox Soccer Channel, 11:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 11:30 a.m.
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Chivas USA at Chicago Fire
Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46) and KDOC/Channel 56, 1 p.m.
The Goats desperately need to end a three-game losing streak -- and desperately need all three points -- to hold onto realistic playoff hopes. Chicago's in the same place, and in similar form.
Colorado Rapids at Toronto FC, MLS Direct Kick, 10:30 a.m.
Columbus Crew at Philadelphia Union, MLS Direct Kick, 4:30 p.m.
San Jose Earthquakes at Houston Dynamo, MLS Direct Kick, 5:30 p.m.
New York Red Bulls at FC Dallas, MLS Direct Kick, 5:30 p.m.
D.C. United at Seattle Sounders, MLS Direct Kick, 6 p.m.
Sporting Kansas City at Real Salt Lake, MLS Direct Kick, 6 p.m.
Vancouver Whitecaps at Galaxy, Prime Ticket, 10:30 p.m.
MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION
Cruz Azul at Monterrey
Telemundo (KVEA/Channel 52), 3 p.m.
The two best teams in Mexico? According to the percentage table, it's not close. The Cementeros and the Rayados are atop the list for points over the past two seasons-plus, and both expect to contend for the Apertura title.
America at Jaguares de Chiapas, Azteca America (KAZA/Chane; 45), 3 p.m.
Atlas at Pachuca, Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 5 p.m.
Puebla at Guadalajara, Telemundo (KVEA/Channel 52), 5 p.m.
Santos Laguna at San Luis, Galavision, 6:30 p.m.
UANL Tigres at Atlante, Telefutura (KFTR/Channe; 46), 7 p.m.
Liga de Ascenso
Merida at Irapuato, GolTV, 5 p.m.
Brazilian Brasileirão Petrobras
Ceara at Sao Paulo, GolTV, 3 p.m. and midnight
Colombian Liga Postobon
Itagüi Ditaires at America de Cali, GolTV, 7 p.m.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S FRIENDLY
Canada at United States
Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 4 p.m.
The U.S. women are in K.C. on their post-World Cup tour, even Hope Solo, who debuts Monday on “Dancing With the Stars.” But first she gets a love-rap from Sporting forward C.J. Sapong.
ON LOCAL FIELDS
UCLA at Loyola Marymount
Sullivan Field (Westchester), 1 p.m.
UCLA is 6-0-1 and up to No. 4 in the rankings. LMU is 6-1-1 and looking to crack the top 25.
Academy of Art at Cal Baptist (Riverside), 12:30 p.m.
Redlands at Cal Lutheran (Thousand Oaks), 1 p.m.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Occidental (Eagle Rock), 1 p.m.
Arizona Christian vs. Hope International at Fullerton College, 1 p.m.
Chapman at Whittier, 4 p.m.
Pomona-Pitzer vs. La Verne at Damien High School (La Verne), 7 p.m.
Vanguard at Chapman
Chapman Stadium (Orange), 7 p.m.
Four Orange County schools are unbeaten: UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton, Anaheim's Bethesda Christian and the Panthers, who have vaulted to No. 14 in the NCAA Division III rankings. Vanguard provides the next challenge.
La Verne at Pomona-Pitzer (Claremont), 11 a.m.
Occidental at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Claremont), 1 p.m.
Menlo at Biola (La Mirada), 3 p.m.
Academy of Art at Cal Baptist (Riverside), 3 p.m.
Arizona Christian vs. Hope International at Fullerton College, 3:30 p.m.
Caltech at Whittier, 7 p.m.
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Vancouver Whitecaps at Galaxy
Home Depot Center (Carson), 7:30 p.m.
The Galaxy are heavy favorites here, but the midweek CONCACAF Champions League encounter at Alajuelense is more important in the grand scheme, so no surprise if Bruce Arena rotates a few key players. The 'Caps have the makings for an offensive giant. Maybe next year.
TV: Prime Ticket, 10:30 p.m.