This Weekend’s Soccer on TV (and SBI’s Top 10 Matches to Watch) | Soccer By Ives

Call it Derby Weekend, with arch-rivals facing off in leagues all over the world.

Roma takes on Lazio, Real Madrid faces Atletico Madrid and FC Porto battles nemesis Benfica in just a few of the juicy match-ups on the schedule this weekend.

You know its a loaded weekend when Liverpool-Chelsea doesnt get top billing.

Then you have the MLS playoffs, with three cant-miss second-leg battles, including the highly-anticipated Real Salt Lake-FC Dallas clash, and the LA Galaxy taking on the Seattle Sounders.

Heres a rundown of This Weekends Soccer on TV, as well as SBIs Top Ten Matches to Watch:

SBIs TOP TEN MATCHES TO WATCH

1. Roma vs. Lazio. The Rome Derby always tops this list, no matter the state of the clubs, but this time around Lazio is in first-place against a dangerous Roma side.

2. Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid. Nobody has been able to stop Real Madrid, but maybe their neighbors can, with Sergio Aguero and Diego Forlan in attack.

3. Real Salt Lake vs. FC Dallas. Defending MLS Cup champions in a must-win home game against a team that rattled off a 19-match unbeaten streak during the season? Dont miss it.

4. Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders. The Galaxy had an easy time posting a 1-0 win in the first leg in Seattle, but as we saw with San Joses upset of New York, a first-leg road win doesnt guarantee a series victory.

5. Liverpool vs. Chelsea. Can the Reds build in their mid-week rout of Napoli against a seemingly unstoppable Chelsea side?

6. Fulham vs. Aston Villa. Not a natural rivalry, but when you have Clint Dempsey facing Brad Friedel, its a match American fans will want to see.

7. Columbus Crew vs. Colorado Rapids. The Rapids dominated the first leg, but the Crew will be at home and desperate to avoid a second-straight first round exit.

8. FC Porto vs. Benfica. The Portuguese powerhouses face off in what should be one of the more entertaining battles of the weekend.

9. Villarreal vs. Athletic Bilbao. Might seem like an odd choice, but with Jozy Altidore getting more and more minutes, this could be a match where he makes a difference in a La Liga match.

10. Cardiff City vs. Swansea City. Not familiar with this Welsh Derby? You better learn about it.

THIS WEEKENDS SOCCER ON TV

SATURDAY

8:45am- ESPN2- Bolton vs. Tottenham

9:30am- GolTV- Schalke 04 vs. St. Pauli (Replay)

10:30am- ESPN3.com- Borussia Moenchengladbach vs. Bayern Munich

11am- Fox Soccer Channel- Manchester United vs. Wolverhampton

11am- Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer.tv- Fulham vs. Aston Villa

11am- FoxSoccer.tv- Birmingham City vs. West Ham United

11am- FoxSoccer.tv- Blackburn vs. Wigan

11am- FoxSoccer.tv- Blackpool vs. Everton

11am- FoxSoccer.tv- Sunderland vs. Stoke City

1pm- Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer.tv- Bologna vs. Lecce

1pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Sunderland vs. Stoke City (Delayed)

1:20pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Derby County vs. Portsmouth

2pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Sochaux vs. Auxerre

2pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Arles vs. Caen

2pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Bordeaux vs. Valenciennes

2pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Saint Etienne vs. Lorient

3pm- GolTV- Real Sociedad vs. Racing Santander

3pm- Fox Soccer Plus- Derby County vs. Portsmouth (Delayed)

3:45pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Inter Milan vs. Brescia

4pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Stade Rennes vs. Lyon

4pm- Telefutura- Columbus Crew vs. Colorado Rapids

5pm- DirecTV- Espanyol vs. Malaga

5pm- Fox Soccer Plus- Blackpool vs. Everton (Delayed)

6pm- Fox Soccer Channel- AFC Wimbledon vs. Ebbsfleet United (FA Cup, Delayed)

6:30pm- Azteca America- Jaguares vs. Atlas

7pm- Telefutura- San Luis vs. Santos Laguna

7:30pm- GolTV- Once Caldas vs. America de Cali

9pm- Telemundo- Chivas de Guadalajara vs. Cruz Azul

9pm- Telefutura- Pachuca vs. Queretaro

9:30pm- GolTV- Millonarios vs. Deportes Tolima

10pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Real Salt Lake vs. FC Dallas

11pm- Telemundo- Atlante vs. Club America

1am- Fox Soccer Channel- Sydney FC vs. Newcastle Jets

SUNDAY

6:30am- Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer.tv- Fiorentina vs. Chievo Verona

7am- FoxSoccer.tv- Southport vs. Sheffield Wednesday (FA Cup)

8:10am- FoxSoccer.tv- Cardiff City vs. Swansea City

8:30am- Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer.tv- Arsenal vs. Newcastle United

8:30am- ESPN3.com- Utrecht vs. PSV Eindhoven

9am- ESPN3.com- AS Bari vs. AC Milan

9am- Fox Soccer Channel- Lazio vs. Roma

9:30am- ESPN3.com- Hannover 96 vs. Borussia Dortmund

10am- FoxSoccer.tv- West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester City

10:30am- Fox Soccer Plus- Blackburn vs. Wigan (Delayed)

11am- Fox Soccer Channel- Liverpool vs. Chelsea

11am- GolTV- Villarreal vs. Athletic Bilbao

11am- DirecTV- Real Zaragoza vs. Mallorca

11am- DirecTV- Osasuna vs. Hercules

11am- ESPN3.com- Levante vs. Deportivo La Coruna

11am- FoxSoccer.tv- Lens vs. Montpellier

11am-FoxSoccer.tv- Lille vs. Brest

11am-FoxSoccer.tv- Nancy vs. Monaco

11am-FoxSoccer.tv- Nice vs. Toulouse

11am-FoxSoccer.tv- Burton Albion vs. Oxford United (FA Cup)

12:30pm- Fox Soccer Plus- Cardiff City vs. Swansea City (Delayed)

1pm- Azteca America- Puebla vs. Monterrey

1pm- Telemundo- UNAM Pumas vs. Necaxa

1pm- ESPN3.com- Getafe vs. Barcelona

1pm- GolTV- VfB Stuttgart vs. Werder Bremen

2:45pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Palermo vs. Genoa

3pm- GolTV- Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid

3pm- Fox Soccer Plus- Paris St. Germain vs. Olympique Marseille

3:15pm- ESPN3.com- FC Porto vs. Benfica

5pm- Fox Soccer Channel- West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester City (Delayed)

9pm- ESPN- Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders

Which matches are you most looking forward to? Which ones will you be sure not to miss?

Share your thoughts below.

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Friday college roundup: Butler drawn, Maryland rolls and more | Soccer By Ives

By JOHN BOSCHINI

Its a good thing for the countrys top teams that Cleveland State probably wont be headed to the NCAA tournament this season.

A week after handing then No. 1 Akron its first loss of the season, the Vikings held No. 6 Butler to a scoreless draw in front of a scant 138 fans in Indianapolis. The Bulldogs remain one of only two undefeated teams in Division 1 but miss out on a perfect record in the Horizon League. Butler held a 28-6 shot advantage, forcing seven saves from Celveland State keeper Brad Stuver.

In the ACC, No. 3 Maryland flexed its offensive strength with a 5-0 thrashing of Coastal Carolina on senior night in College Park. Matt Kassell, Paul Torres, Helge Leikvang, Karou Forbes and senior Billy Cortes scored for the Terrapins. Zac MacMath tallied his third consecutive shutout for Maryland, upping his season total to 11.

No. 4 North Carolina secured the ACC regular-season title with a 2-0 victory over Clemson. Senior Michael Farfan marked his return to the field with a penalty kick. Farfan had not played since Oct. 19 due to an ankle injury. Robbie Lovejoy added an insurance goal for the Tar Heels in the 73rd minute.

In the Big East, No. 9 Connecticut easily dispatched DePaul 2-0 in the first round with two second-half goals. A DePaul own goal opened the scoring in the 53rd minute and Tony Cascio added an insurance goal eight minutes later. With the win, UConn goalkeeper Josh Ford becomes the winningest keeper in school history.

Check out the rest of Fridays action after the jump:

No. 11 Monmouth 2, Mount St. Marys 2 (2OT): Goals from Ryan Clark and Kevin Davis gave Monmouth the lead but Mount St. Marys came from behind twice to earn a draw.

No. 21 Duke 2, Wake Forest 1: Goals from Christopher Tweed-Kent and Cole Grossman gave the Blue Devils a victory in their ACC finale.

No. 5 Southern Methodist 2, Florida International 1 (OT): The Mustangs wrapped up regular-season play with a golden goal from T.J. Nelson

No. 18 Charlotte 2,Massachusetts0: The 49ers secured the Atlantic 10 regular-season title with goals from Donnie Smith and Will Mayhew.

No. 20 Boston College 3, Virginia Tech 1: Kyle Bekker broke a 1-1 tie and Sacir Hot added an insurance goal.

No. 24 Tulsa 1, Central Florida 1 (2OT): Kyle Cummings scored for Tulsa while Christian Eissele equalized for UCF.

No. 12 UCLA 1, Washington 0: Chandler Hoffman scored just after the hour mark to secure a win for the Bruins.

Mexico shocks USA women in World Cup qualifying | Soccer By Ives

While changes to CONCACAFs World Cup Qualifying format could keep the United States from facing Mexico on the mens side, the rivalryhas reached a new levelin the womens game.

Mexico pulled off arguably the biggest upset in womens soccer history on Friday night, recording a 2-1 victory against the United States that clinched a place in the 2011 Womens World Cup.

The Americans are left with the task of having to beat Costa Rica in a CONCACAF Third-Place game before taking on Italy in a two-game play-in series.

That road should be manageable for the defending Olympic champions, but then again so should have beating Mexico. The United States had beaten Mexico in their past four meetings by a combined score of 26-0. That was before Friday night.

What do you think of this upset? Do you see the U.S. women rebounding and clinching their place in the 2011 World Cup?

Share your thoughts below.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary | Soccer By Ives

Clint Dempsey will look to build on his two-goal performance from last week against a familiar face who wont make finding another goal easy.

Dempsey and Fulham take on Brad Friedel and Aston Villa in a battle of mid-table Premier League clubs. Both teams are on 12 points coming into the match. Dempsey has four goals in his past six matches, but he takes on a Villa side which, led by Friedel, has allowed just one goal in three matches.

Friedel isnt the only American goalkeeper with a tough assignment today, with Tim Howards Everton taking on upstart Blackpool in a battle of clubs on 13 points and Marcus Hahnemann and Wolves trying to slow down red-hot Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez.

The MLS playoffs resume today, with Colorado facing Columbus and Real Salt Lake taking on FC Dallas (SBI will have live commentaries on both matches so stay tuned for those).

If you will be watching todays action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Todays TV schedule is after the jump):

TODAYS TV SCHEDULE

10:30am- ESPN3.com- Borussia Moenchengladbach vs. Bayern Munich

11am- Fox Soccer Channel- Manchester United vs. Wolverhampton

11am- Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer.tv- Fulham vs. Aston Villa

11am- FoxSoccer.tv- Birmingham City vs. West Ham United

11am- FoxSoccer.tv- Blackburn vs. Wigan

11am- FoxSoccer.tv- Blackpool vs. Everton

11am- FoxSoccer.tv- Sunderland vs. Stoke City

1pm- Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer.tv- Bologna vs. Lecce

1pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Sunderland vs. Stoke City (Delayed)

1:20pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Derby County vs. Portsmouth

2pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Sochaux vs. Auxerre

2pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Arles vs. Caen

2pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Bordeaux vs. Valenciennes

2pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Saint Etienne vs. Lorient

3pm- GolTV- Real Sociedad vs. Racing Santander

3pm- Fox Soccer Plus- Derby County vs. Portsmouth (Delayed)

3:45pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Inter Milan vs. Brescia

4pm- FoxSoccer.tv- Stade Rennes vs. Lyon

4pm- Telefutura- Columbus Crew vs. Colorado Rapids

5pm- DirecTV- Espanyol vs. Malaga

5pm- Fox Soccer Plus- Blackpool vs. Everton (Delayed)

6pm- Fox Soccer Channel- AFC Wimbledon vs. Ebbsfleet United (FA Cup, Delayed)

6:30pm- Azteca America- Jaguares vs. Atlas

7pm- Telefutura- San Luis vs. Santos Laguna

7:30pm- GolTV- Once Caldas vs. America de Cali

9pm- Telemundo- Chivas de Guadalajara vs. Cruz Azul

9pm- Telefutura- Pachuca vs. Queretaro

9:30pm- GolTV- Millonarios vs. Deportes Tolima

10pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Real Salt Lake vs. FC Dallas

11pm- Telemundo- Atlante vs. Club America

1am- Fox Soccer Channel- Sydney FC vs. Newcastle Jets

MLS Playoffs: Crew vs. Rapids (Match Day Commentary) | Soccer By Ives

A place in Major League Soccers final four, and a chance to host the Eastern Conference Final are on the line today at Crew Stadium as the Columbus Crew takes on the Colorado Rapids in the second leg of their first-round MLS playoff series (4pm, Telefutura).

The Rapids posted a 1-0 victory against the Crew in the first leg, but Columbus has the home edge tonight and needs to win by multiple goals to win the series, or a one-goal victory to force overtime and potentially penalties.

I will be providing commentary on todays match so please feel free to follow along here. As always, you are welcome to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Commentary is after the jump):

FINAL- The Rapids win and will face San Jose in the Eastern Conference Final in Colorado next week.

Thats all for me. Thanks for following along and be sure to follow SBI for tonights Real Salt Lake-FC Dallas match.

Feel free to share your post-match thoughts in the comments section below.

FINAL- In the end, Columbus paid the ultimate price for not doing more with the first 25 minutes of the game when the Rapids were clearly overwhelmed. Colorado missed chances as well, but stayed in the game and Casey gave them life.

Rapids convert all five PKs and will now host the Eastern Conference final next Saturday against San Jose.

PENALTIES- CARROLL MISSED IT!!!!!!!!!!

COLORADO WINS IN PKS!!!!

Brian Carroll skied his kick Baggio style.

PENALTIES- GOAL RAPIDS and Baudet converts it.

PENALTIES- GOAL CREW and its BRUNNER HIGH to the right.

PENALTIES- GOAL RAPIDS and its Lopez with a blast.

PENALTIES- GOAL CREW and its Gaven with the conversion.

PENALTIES- GOAL RAPIDS, Larentowicz goes low left.

PENALTIES- GOAL CREW and Jason Garey goes high to the right.

PENALTIES- GOAL RAPIDS and Kandji gets away with a bad penalty. Greunebaum got his hand on it, but couldnt keep it out.

PENALTIES- GOAL CREW and its Schelotto hard left.

PENALTIES- GOAL RAPIDS, Casey makes it to his left.

PENALTIES- Conor Casey up first for Colorado.

END OF REGULATION- Crew 2, Rapids 1. Series is tied 2-2 and were not heading to penalty kicks.

Who do you have winning in kicks? Rapids have their starting keeper in place. If Will Hesmer were in goal Id go Crew, but it will be tough. Can Greunebaum be the hero?

122nd Minute- Announced attendance for tonights match: 10,322. Disappointing.

120th Minute- OT stoppage time. Cant be much.

Two minutes left.

Schelotto still trying to play, but clearly can barely move.

119th Minute- Schelotto is back on the field, were down to the final few minutes.

116th Minute- Schelotto is down. Hes cramping up and laying down. No more subs so hell have to gut it out until PKs.

114th Minute- Wow, the replay shows just how close Lenhart was on his shot. Does the Crew have any chances left?

112th Minute- LENHART HIGH!!! Wow, nice turn and run by the big man, but his blast zooms over the crossbar. Great chance off a nice back-heel pass from Schelotto.

107th Minute- Were underway here and still looking for a goal.

Kandji with a shot saved by Gruenebaum. Wasted look.

OVERTIME HALFTIME- Still tied. Weve got another 15 minutes and, if no goals are scored, weve got penalty kicks.

105th Minute- Wow, Kevin Burns had a great look in the area, somehow keeps possession and earns a shot from 15, but hooks it wide right. What a chance.

103rd Minute- Cummings shakes loose in the area and sends a pass in, but Francis steps up with a clutch tackle to get the ball away from Lopez.

102nd Minute- Casey is down, but the Crew wont be waiting for him to get up.

Still no goals in OT. Three minutes left in the first half of OT.

99th Minute- Crew look better right now but those missed looks are getting more and more troublesome.

96th Minute- CREW COMES SO CLOSE!! Pickens pounces on a dangerous ball. Hejduk will have nightmares about the open look he just missed.

95th Minute- Crew had a quick start to OT, but couldnt put a shot on frame. Now here comes the Rapids.

93rd Minute- Crew on the attack, with Schelotto pumping balls into the area. Lenhart got his head on one, but it goes over the bar by a good margin.

91st Minute- Overtime is underway.

END OF REGULATION- Crew 2, Rapids 1. Series is tied 2-2 and were heading for a 30-minute mini-game to decide the series winner. No golden goal, full 30, and if its still tied we go to penalty kicks.

94th Minute- Were almost done here for regulation.

93rd Minute- Rapids free kick and Lopez is lining it up.

91st Minute-Three minutes of stoppage time.

90th Minute- Crew is taking on too much pressure late. Rapids look good for a series winner before long.

Steven Lenhart replaces Rogers.

87th Minute- Were looking like were headed for a 30-minute mini-game to decide this if no other goals are scored in regulation (Jinx Attempt).

84th Minute- GOAL RAPIDS!!!! And its Conor Casey with the finish. Cummings with the cross in and Casey beats Brunner to the ball to slot it home. WOW. Series is TIED 2-2!!

82nd Minute- Claudio Lopez is in the match now, replacing Kimura (with Smith sliding to right back). Does he have some magic left in those old boots?

81st Minute- Smith goes wide with a long-range shot. Teed it up from distance but didnt have the accuracy.

Kevin Burns comes in for Ekpo.

76th Minute- Wynne with a surging run forward but you just knew it would end badly.

Schelotto shanks a clear look from the top of the box. What a chance, surprised to see him miss that so badly.

75th Minute- Cummings sends another good look wide. Wasted chance there.

Mac Kandji comes on for Brian Mullan.

71st Minute- What a great long-range pass from Ekpo to find Rogers streaking down the right. Rogers beats Wallace easily and finishes perfectly. Crew up 2-1 on the series now. Rapids had better wake up.

70th Minute- GOAL CREW!!!! And its Robbie Rogers WITH THE FINISH!!! Crew 2, Rapids 1.

66th Minute- Good job by the Crew all on that free kick, blocking it.

Crew trying to counter but cant quite find a rhythm. Schelotto struggling to find the ball now.

65th Minute- ANother yellow for the Crew, thats four, and its on Francis. Dangerous free kick for the Rapids. Mendoza comes out for Jason Garey.

62nd Minute- Colorado looks fresher right now, but they lack a playmaker to help organize and create. Rely too much on long balls and Cummings speed.

60th Minute- Right now I just think Columbus doesnt have the gas tank to keep attacking and you wonder if they can find that early-game gear again. Might need some subs soon if things dont pick up.

56th Minute- Yellow card for Carroll. Ugly tackle there. Rapids on the front foot now.

55th Minute- Columbus comes out flat to start this half. Didnt see that coming, but it could lead to a Rapids goal pretty soon.

52nd Minute- Rapids FK goes begging but they come right back and send a shot wide. Colorado looks ready to attack this half.

Yellow card for Ekpo for a tackle on Larentowicz.

50th Minute- Rapids with a free kick from distance.

46th Minute- Were back.

HALFTIME- If youre following along with the commentary, please let me know in the comments section, and let me know where youre following from.

HALFTIME- Crew 1, Rapids 0. And were tied 1-1 in the series. Columbus with all the action in the first 20-25 minutes, but managed just one goal. Colorado got more involved late, but has relied on set pieces and long-range blasts to test the Crew.

45th Minute- DOUBLE SAVE by Gruenebaum. Stops a long-range blast from Larentowicz and a short-range rebound. Nice work by the back-up GK

43rd Minute- Colorado slowly gaining a foothold and controlling the match now, but still not doing enough with possession.

41st Minute- Cummings with a look and a bad shot. Were clearly seeing bad Omar Cummings right now.

38th Minute- Mullan with a yellow card for a pulldown foul on Rogers. Colorado having some success on set pieces, but were still waiting for that offense to show something.

37th Minute- Hey, its Omar Cummings, with a header high on a corner kick. His first legit involvement and he skies a header.

34th Minute- The Crews torrid start has subsided and now weve got an even game. Still waiting for the Rapids attack to do anything in the run of play.

32nd Minute- Schelotto avoids a yellow (or even red) card after a slide tackle on Moor. Couldnt see him getting the boot (well, if Kevin Stott were the ref maybe).

29th Minute- Will the Rapids start to find the game when Columbus inevitably slows down? Crew cant keep up that early pace.

28th Minute- Rapids OFF THE POST!! Larentowicz with the free kick blast. Gruenebaum knew nothing about that one from 30.

26th Minute- Crew is still on the front foot and Colorado has nobody stepping up to try and slow things down and keep the ball. Where are Mastroeni and Larentowicz.

22nd Minute- GOAL CREW and its Gaven, finishing off a loose ball from close range to punish an AWFUL-looking Rapids defense. Crew 1, Rapids 0, series tied.

21st Minute- OFF THE LINE, Wynne SAVES a goal. WOW.

18th Minute- SAVE PICKENS!! And its an Ekpo shot that forces a fingertip save from Pickens. Long-range blast.

14th Minute- Schelotto is doing well to find the game, Crew getting him the ball. Still waiting for Rapids to do the same with Cummings.

11th Minute- Nothing from the Rapids attack yet. Still waiting for an Omar Cummings sighting.

For Columbus, Andres Mendoza is looking good early.

10th Minute- Columbus is out to a flying start and early on the Crew is dominating the wings. Kimura and Wallace had better get their acts together.

7th Minute- ROGERS WIDE!! Wow, Columbus comes close again and misses again. Colorado cant be happy with this start, but the Crew has to realize these chances wont keep coming.

5th Minute- ANd here comes Columbus again, with Mendoza missing wide on a good look. Columbus is on the attack, but missing some good chances.

4th Minute- WOW, Gaven hits the left post. SO CLOSE for the Crew.

3rd Minute- No offense to the Crew commentators but Ive settled on watching the Telefutura feed. Just a better game call (if you know Spanish). Actually, I just want to hear Fernando Clavijo talk about the Rapids.

2nd Minute- And the crowd can be heard singing We Love Ya. Is there a team in MLS whos fans dont sing that song? Wish we could get some variety in supporter songs.

1st Minute- And were off.

PRE-GAME- Its sunny and very chilly at Crew Stadium. Field is in good shape, good day for a game.

PRE-GAME- If you have DirecTV and the Sports Package, and dont want to watch the match in Spanish, you can turn to channel 662 for the Columbus Crew home feed of the match.

PRE-GAME- How about Fernando Clavijo serving as a studio analyst for this match. That has to be some sort of jinx for Colorado, right?

PRE-GAME- As I stated above, the winner of this match will host the Eastern Conference final against the San Jose Earthquakes.

PRE-GAME- For Colorado, the key will be staying compact defensively and getting Omar Cummings involved going at a Crew defense that had no answers for him in the first game. His ability to float around can disrupt the Crews defensive organization.

PRE-GAME- The key for the Crew will be finding room for Schelotto to operate. Larentowicz and Mastroeni will look to smother him and limit his options, but the Argentine star is smart and crafty when it comes to finding the gaps in a defense. Rogers and Gaven need to take advantage of space created when defenders squeeze Schelotto.

PRE-GAME- Here are the starting lineups:

CREW

Mendoza

Rogers-Schelotto-Gaven

EkpoCarroll

FrancisMarshallBrunnerHejduk

BENCH- Harrison, Iro, Padula, Burns, Moffat, Garey, Lenhart

RAPIDS

CummingsCasey

SmithMastroeni-LarentowiczMullan

Wallace-WynneMoore-Kimura

Pickens

BENCH- Joyce, Palguta, Baudet, Lopez, Thompson, Amarikwa, Kandji

MLS Playoffs: Real Salt Lake vs. FC Dallas (Match Night Commentary) | Soccer By Ives

The first spot in the Western Conference final will be clinched tonight when Real Salt Lake faced off against FC Dallas at Rio Tinto Stadium tonight (10pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

RSL will be looking to erase a 2-1 deficit from the first leg, with FC Dallas coming in confident after Eric Avilas late goal at Pizza Hut Park.

Both teams will be missing key players, with Javier Morales suspended for Real Salt Lake and suspended Atiba Harris and injured Heath Pearce and Milton Rodriguez missing for FC Dallas. RSL did get some good news with Alvaro Saborio, who is healthy enough to start.

I will be providing commentary on tonights match throughout the night so please feel free to follow along here. As always, you are welcome to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Tonights commentary is after the jump):

FINAL- Thats all for me tonight. Thanks for following along and please feel free to share your post-game thoughts on tonights match in the comments section below.

Good night.

FINAL- Several key performances tonight for Dallas. David Ferreira was all over the field and George John was crucial to helping Dallas withstand the RSL onslaught. Man of the Match has to go to Hartman though.

RSL gave a brave effort, but wasted too many chances and ended up being punished for giving up an early goal.

FINAL- Its ALL OVER. FC Dallas WINS THE SERIES!!! FC Dallas 1, Real Salt Lake 1. And FC Dallas takes the series, 3-2, on aggregate. A well-deserved win and WHAT A GAME from Kevin Hartman tonight. Clutch performance.

94th Minute- Wow, what a clearance by Ihemelu to clear a dangerous cross.

Jair Benitez is down after clashing heads with Olave.

93rd Minute- Two minutes to go. RSL has two minutes to find one more goal. Dramatic end to this one.

91st Minute- SAVE HARTMAN!!! Stops a Williams blast. WOW.

And George John with a vital header away.

91st Minute- Four minutes of stoppage time.

90th Minute- SAVE RIMANDO, stops a Luna breakaway, and here comes RSL again. Some great back-and-forth action.

89th Minute- WOW, what a dangerous cross from Warner, but nobody can get a head onto it. RSL with a corner.

88th Minute- Findley with a header wide of goal. Another decent look for RSL.

Eric Alexander preparing to come in for FC Dallas.

86th Minute- Four minutes plus stoppage left for RSL. Do they have another goal in them?

84th Minute- Loyd got a yellow for time wasting.

Dallas tries to compose itself after a heavy RSL onslaught.

83rd Minute- This game is wide-open right now and Dallas is holding on for dear life. RSLs subs have made an instant impact for Jason Kreis. The RSL attack looks completely different.

82nd Minute- Williams has stepped his game to a new level tonight. He has that look right now.

81st Minute- Weve got a game now. Should be an amazing last ten minutes. Also, keep an eye on Hartman, who looks hobbled.

80th Minute- GOAL REAL SALT LAKE!!! And its Robbie Findley with the finish. Were tied and Dallas leads 3-2 on the series.

79th Minute- Warner draws a free kick in a dangerous spot on the left wing and Hartman is hobbled. He doesnt look fully healthy, favoring his knee.

77th Minute- SAVE HARTMAN!! Stops a Warner shot from close range after a sweet give-and-go.

Ruben Luna replaces Cunningham

75th Minute- FINDLEY HEADS IT HIGH!! He could have done better than that, but hes not exactly known for his heading ability.

74th Minute- Borchers with a header in front of goal, but cant put in on net. Another chance.

SAVE HARTMAN, punches away a Johnson shot. Great night from Hartman.

73rd Minute- Another RSL corner cant produce a real chance. They cant keep wasting those.

71st Minute- Paulo Araujo is preparing to come in for RSL. Hes quick and shifty. Makes things happen. Good late sub. He comes in for an ineffective Ned Grabavoy.

70th Minute- SAVE RIMANDO, stops a Cunningham shot after a mazy dribble. Dallas with a dangerous counter as RSL throws the kitchen sink at Dallas D.

69th Minute- RSL with good energy, but passing is still lacking. Grabavoy not having a good night.

67th Minute- Findley comes in for Saborio instead of Espindola.

RSL is on the attack.

64th Minute- Nice header by Ihemelu to clear a dangerous cross in.

And just as I mention Findley, he comes in for Espindola. Or is about to at some point.

63rd Minute- Pretty telling when Robbie Findley cant get into a game his team needs two goals in and barely-used rookie gets the call. Not saying its the wrong move, just a harsh reality for Findley.

60th Minute- Zach Loyd ready to come in for Dallas. He enters for Marvin Chavez. Loyd at right back, with Jackson at right wing.

58th Minute- Collen Warner coming in for Robbie Russell, totally attack-minded move. Warner is a dangerous midfielder. Will be interesting to see if Dallas can test three-man RSL back-line.

Warner gives a dynamic option in midfield for RSL.

56th Minute- Another nice long pass from Williams that finds Johnson, but he cant settle it.

55th Minute- You have to wonder when Kreis puts in Findley and/or Araujo to give the attack some extra speed. RSL doing much better, but forwards are lacking.

52nd Minute- Much better passing from RSL now, Midfield playing with more purpose now. RSL needs Williams to create.

51st Minute- RSL is on the front foot and really pressing hard. Dallas looks a bit shaken. Can RSL find a goal soon? They need one ASAP if this is going to be a game.

49th Minute- SAVE HARTMAN!!!! Wow, what a kick save after a BEAUTIFUL pass from Williams to Espindola. WOW.

47th Minute- Okay, its Saturday night, we might need a drinking game.

A drink for every Jeff Cunningham miss, Dallas corner kick, RSL turnover and every time Chris Sullivan says fantastic. Yes, its that kind of party.

46th Minute- Were back. Can RSL put pressure on early?

HALFTIME- If you are following the commentary tonight, please let me know and tell us where youre following from.

HALFTIME- RSL will have to think about inserting Robbie Findley into this match at halftime. Either Grabavoy or Williams has to go because RSL just hasnt been dynamic enough.

HALFTIME- FC Dallas 1, Real Salt Lake 0. RSL has had possession but FC Dallas has been much more dangerous and hold a deserving two-goal cushion in the series. RSL doesnt look like a good bet to erase that lead, but Jason Kreis still has 45 minutes to work with. Hell need to make some changes ASAP.

46th Minute- WOW, Johnson misses JUST WIDE. That was the chance RSL needed.

45th Minute- Chavez JUST WIDE!! Wow, RSL almost got torched on the counter and it was nearly 3-0 for the series.

Two minutes of stoppage time.

44th Minute- All credit to Dallas, troubling RSL all over the field with its speed.

42nd Minute- RSL needs a goal before halftime and right now it doesnt look good.

40th Minute- ESPINDOLA HIGH!!! Hartman saves Grabavoy blast and Espindola streaks in for a header, but sends it just over.

37th Minute- Better from RSL, with a pair of corner kicks as they try to pressure Dallas. Cant put a chance on goal though, still havent tested Hartman tonight.

36th Minute- Beckerman needs to get more involved in the attack and sending some good passes from deep. Right now Williams and Grabavoy arent getting it done.

34th Minute- Down two goals, RSL is definitely missing Javier Morales right now.

Borchers draws a yellow card for a foul on Cunningham.

32nd Minute- Dallas is just flat out-working Real Salt Lake. The visitors look like the tougher team right now, with RSL starting to look a bit frazzled.

31st Minute- Cunningham sails a free header wide. WHAT a look for him, but he couldnt put it on frame.

30th Minute- Ferreiras free kick is headed away by Saborio for a corner kick.

29th Minute- Shea gets behind the defense and draws a foul from Grabavoy, earning a free kick in the arc. Grabavoy gets the yellow card.

28th Minute- Chavez fouls Beltran to get his own yellow card.

26th Minute- Rimando gets lucky to get a hold on a spilled free kick from Ferreira.

25th Minute- Jamison Olave draws a yellow after fouling Chavez. His speed forced Olave to block him.

23rd Minute- RSL doesnt do well when trailing, and now the champions have two goals to make up. Conversely, FC Dallas is brutally tough to beat when holding an early lead.

20th Minute- Looking back on the goal, RSL left a gaping hole in its defense when Beckerman and Borchers got sucked into marking Cunningham, leaving McCarty all alone to race into the area and make himself available for the Shea chest pass. That one is on Beckerman.

18th Minute- GOAL DALLAS!!! And its McCarty with the finish, off a great chest pass from Shea, started by Ferreira. Dallas 1, RSL 0, and Dallas is up two goals in the series. WOW.

16th Minute- Espindola has been very active early, trying to work on Jackson on the left flank.

12th Minute- RSL on the attack early on, but not really testing the Dallas D, at least nothing at Kevin Hartman yet.

9th Minute- Slow start to the match, with neither team really forcing the issue early on.

6th Minute- Whats up with Schellas Hyndmans sideline wear? Is that a suede Members Only jacket? Maybe its his lucky jacket.

4th Minute- Brek Shea goal waived off for offside. Wow, what a close call, but he was just offside. Cunningham nearly unlocks the RSL defense.

2nd Minute- Chris Wingert is a late scratch for RSL with an injury. Will be interesting to see how Beltran does in such a big match.

1st Minute- Were off

PRE-GAME- Were about to kick off.

PRE-GAME- Will the crowd at Rio Tinto be ready to put the pressure on the visitors? Perhaps more importantly, how will Dallas deal with the altitude?

It is pretty interesting just how young the Dallas bench is. Aside from Sala, the rest of the FCD bench players could make up a U-23 team. RSL has the edge coming off the bench.

PRE-GAME- Here are the lineups:

REAL SALT LAKE

-EspindolaSaborio

Johnson-Williams-Grabavoy

-Beckerman

BeltranBorchersOlave-Russell

Rimando

BENCH- Reynish, Wingert, Alexandre, Gonzalez, Warner, Araujo, Findley

FC DALLAS

Cunningham

Shea-Ferreira-Chavez

-McCartyHernandez-

Benitez-Ihemelu-John-Jackson

-Hartman-

BENCH- Sala, Lloyd, Avila, Alexander, Guarda, Luna, Yeisley

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary | Soccer By Ives

If you want high-profile match-ups and fierce rivalries, this day is one of the best of the season.

Roma-Lazio, Real Madrid-Atletico Madrid and Liverpool-Chelsea are just three of the marquee battles on the schedule today.

Want to see some Americans in action? Jozy Altidores Villarreal is on TV, as is Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96.

MLS is also on the menu, with the Los Angeles Galaxy facing the Seattle Sounders with the final of the four conference final berths on the line.

If you will be watching todays action, please feel free to share your own thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Todays TV Schedule is after the jump):

TODAYS SOCCER ON TV

6:30am- Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer.tv- Fiorentina vs. Chievo Verona

7am- FoxSoccer.tv- Southport vs. Sheffield Wednesday (FA Cup)

8:10am- FoxSoccer.tv- Cardiff City vs. Swansea City

8:30am- Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer.tv- Arsenal vs. Newcastle United

8:30am- ESPN3.com- Utrecht vs. PSV Eindhoven

9am- ESPN3.com- AS Bari vs. AC Milan

9am- Fox Soccer Channel- Lazio vs. Roma

9:30am- ESPN3.com- Hannover 96 vs. Borussia Dortmund

10am- FoxSoccer.tv- West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester City

10:30am- Fox Soccer Plus- Blackburn vs. Wigan (Delayed)

11am- Fox Soccer Channel- Liverpool vs. Chelsea

11am- GolTV- Villarreal vs. Athletic Bilbao

11am- DirecTV- Real Zaragoza vs. Mallorca

11am- DirecTV- Osasuna vs. Hercules

11am- ESPN3.com- Levante vs. Deportivo La Coruna

11am- FoxSoccer.tv- Lens vs. Montpellier

11am-FoxSoccer.tv- Lille vs. Brest

11am-FoxSoccer.tv- Nancy vs. Monaco

11am-FoxSoccer.tv- Nice vs. Toulouse

11am-FoxSoccer.tv- Burton Albion vs. Oxford United (FA Cup)

12:30pm- Fox Soccer Plus- Cardiff City vs. Swansea City (Delayed)

1pm- Azteca America- Puebla vs. Monterrey

1pm- Telemundo- UNAM Pumas vs. Necaxa

1pm- ESPN3.com- Getafe vs. Barcelona

1pm- GolTV- VfB Stuttgart vs. Werder Bremen

2:45pm- Fox Soccer Channel- Palermo vs. Genoa

3pm- GolTV- Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid

3pm- Fox Soccer Plus- Paris St. Germain vs. Olympique Marseille

3:15pm- ESPN3.com- FC Porto vs. Benfica

5pm- Fox Soccer Channel- West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester City (Delayed)

9pm- ESPN- Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders