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Soccer on TV: Fresh off a Union contract extension, Andre Blake leads Jamaica in the Gold Cup

He helped shut out Suriname on Monday, and on Thursday the Union announced a new deal that runs through 2024 with a club option for 2025.

Andre Blake in action for Jamaica in their Gold Cup opener, a 2-0 win over Suriname.
Andre Blake in action for Jamaica in their Gold Cup opener, a 2-0 win over Suriname.Read moreJohn Raoux / AP

Guadeloupe vs. Jamaica

Friday, 6:30 p.m. (FS1, UniMás, TUDN)

Andre Blake has been on a roll lately. He helped Jamaica shut out Suriname in its Gold Cup opener Monday, and the Union announced Thursday that their No. 1 goalkeeper had signed a contract extension through 2024 with a club option for 2025. Blake can keep the good times going with a win over what should be an overmatched opponent in this game.

Also Friday: Suriname vs. Costa Rica, 9 p.m. (FS1, UniMás, TUDN)

Atlanta United vs. New England Revolution

Saturday, 5 p.m. (ESPN, ESPN Deportes)

It’s bad enough that Atlanta hasn’t won since May 15, a stretch of seven games. Now here comes the top team in the Eastern Conference, led by outstanding playmaker Carles Gil. And to make matters worse, Atlanta star striker Josef Martínez has been sidelined by manager Gabriel Heinze, for reasons Heinze won’t discuss publicly.

“He doesn’t have any kind of fitness problem. It’s my decision that he train away from the team,” Heinze told reporters Thursday. “He’ll continue to train on his own. ... I have my reasons, and I’m very clear on those reasons.”

Toronto FC vs. Orlando City, and Club de Foot Montréal vs. FC Cincinnati

Saturday, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN+)

With the Canadian border finally open again, Toronto and Montreal get to play home games for the first time since last year. They’ve been playing so far this year in Florida, and the players, staffs, and their families have understandably wanted to go home. But only in the last few days has the Canadian border opened to the point that it’s been possible.

For Toronto, it will be the first game at BMO Field since Sept. 7, 2020, and the first in front of home fans since March 7, 2020. Capacity will be 7,000 fans to start at the 30,000-seat stadium

Montreal will have 5,000 seats open at 20,801-capacity Stade Saputo. The team hasn’t played at home since Sept. 9, 2020, and in front of home fans since March 10, 2020.

Grenada vs. Qatar

Saturday, 7:30 p.m. (FS1, Univision, TUDN)

Qatar made quite an impression in its Gold Cup debut, playing Panama to an entertaining 3-3 tie. The host of next year’s World Cup would clinch a berth in the knockout stages with a win here.

Panama vs. Honduras

Saturday, 10 p.m. (FS1, Univision, TUDN)

Here’s a great chance to scout two of the teams the U.S. men will face in the final round of World Cup qualifying.

United States vs. Canada

Sunday, 5 p.m. (Fox, Univision, TUDN)

It’s no surprise that these are the top two teams in Group B, and that they’ve both beaten Haiti and Martinique so far. But it’s notable that Canada enters the group stage finale in first place on the second tiebreaker of total goals scored. Both teams have a +6 goal differential, but Canada’s margin is with 8 scored and 2 conceded to the Americans’ 7-1 margin. That means the U.S. must win this game to win its group. If it’s a tie, Canada finishes first.

Mexico vs. El Salvador

Sunday, 10:15 p.m. (FS1, Univision, TUDN)

Mexico’s attack came to life Wednesday in a 3-0 win over Guatemala. El Salvador has been the most head-turning team in the Gold Cup so far, with confident 2-0 wins over Guatemala and Trinidad & Tobago.

Also Sunday: Martinique vs. Haiti, 5 p.m. (FS2, Galavisión); Guatemala vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 10:15 p.m. (FS2, Galavisión)