THE WEEK IN SOCCER
Elche at Atlético Madrid
2:30 p.m. Friday (beIN Sport)
Spanish league leaders Atlético lead rival Real Madrid by three points and Barcelona by four. They'll need everything they can get out of star striker Diego Costa, who's expected to be healthy after gashing his leg on a goalpost last weekend.
New England Revolution at Chicago Fire
4 p.m. Saturday (NBCSN)
New England's attack is loaded with young talent. Playmakers Kelyn Rowe and Diego Fagundez back up a forward line led by Teal Bunbury, Jerry Bengston, and Council Rock North product Steve Neumann. Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson, a one-time U.S. national team prospect, has his work cut out for him.
Manchester United at Everton
11 a.m. Sunday (NBCSN)
United manager David Moyes returns to Goodison Park for the first time since leaving Everton last summer. Wayne Rooney, a former Everton standout, is struggling with a toe injury, but Mexican star Javier "Chicharito" Hernández is a capable backup. The Toffees' Romelu Lukaku, on loan from Chelsea, has been one of the league's most prolific strikers.
Chelsea at Atlético Madrid
2:45 p.m. Tuesday (Fox Sports 1)
The first UEFA Champions League semifinal features teams already in a contentious battle off the field. Atlético goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is on loan from Chelsea and the deal reportedly required a big payment if he plays against the London club. But UEFA said the agreement was not valid and Madrid manager Diego Simeone confirmed he will play. There's a bit of history here for Chelsea forward Fernando Torres: He rose to stardom with Atlético from 2001 through 2007.
Bayern Munich at Real Madrid
2:45 p.m. Wednesday (Fox Sports 1)
The second Champions League semifinal matches up two teams that have combined to win 14 European Cups - nine for Real and five for defending champion Bayern. No team has ever won back-to-back titles, but Arjen Robben and Bayern look strong. Cristiano Ronaldo and company will pose their toughest test yet.
Cruz Azul at Toluca
8 p.m. Wednesday (Fox Sports 2, UniMás)
The CONCACAF Champions League final is an all-Mexico affair. After a scoreless draw in the first leg on Cruz Azul's home turf, Toluca, with the Mexican league's top scorer, Pablo Velázquez, is favored to win the title. But Cruz Azul has one of country's most dynamic attackers in Marco Fabián - and down the bench a ways, former Union midfielder Michael Farfan.
- Jonathan Tannenwald