World Cup Playoffs Plus Scotland vs USA and England vs Chile: Open Thread

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Get your snacks and drinks ready, your fingers warmed up and your TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones fired up. This afternoon features seven important matches, most of which are being televised concurrently. And then one match later in the day to help us recover from our Friday soccer high.

If you live in the United States, here’s today’s schedule of matches on TV and Internet:

Iceland vs Croatia (World Cup playoff match, 1st leg), 2pm, WatchESPN.com
Portugal vs Sweden (World Cup playoff match, 1st leg), 2:45pm, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN.com
Ukraine vs France (World Cup playoff match, 1st leg), 2:45pm, WatchESPN.com
Greece vs Romania (World Cup playoff match, 1st leg), 2:45pm, ESPN3.com
Italy vs Germany (friendly), 2:45pm, Univision Deportes
Scotland vs USA (friendly), 3pm, ESPN2, UniMas and WatchESPN.com
England vs Chile (friendly), 3pm, FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes and FOX Soccer 2GO
Argentina vs Ecuador (friendly), 7:55pm, beIN SPORTbeIN SPORT Espanol and DishWorld

Read: World Cup playoffs preview.

Four of the matches are crucial World Cup playoff games. Take your pick from Iceland-Croatia, Portugal-Sweden, Ukraine-France and Greece-Romania. All four tell their own story and are worthy of standing alone. But I’m sure that many of us will have our eyes glued to more than one of these matches live, at the same time.

Tip: If you watch the game on WatchESPN.com, you can use the mosaic feature to watch all four games at once on one screen. Prescription glasses are not included.

And if you’re an USMNT or England fan, that adds even more complexity. While you always want to watch your national team play, you also want to keep focused on the World Cup playoff matches. However, I would add that I don’t expect any of the four World Cup playoff matches today to be barnstormers. They’re more likely to be nervy, low-scoring matches — perhaps all four of them could end up being draws, or 1-0 victories — in the lead-up to Tuesday’s finale (where we again have the added complexity of England and USA playing their own friendlies too).

Ah the tough life of being a soccer fan!

To make sense out of all of this chaos, join us in the comments section before, during and after the matches. If you’re watching a game that we should tune in to, let us know in the comments section below. We’ll try to help you out too if we see a fascinating development.

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12 Responses to World Cup Playoffs Plus Scotland vs USA and England vs Chile: Open Thread

  1. Ivan says:

    Dear ESPN, thank you for making sure that the European playoffs are not readily available on TV this time around.

    You are awful!

    • KapUSMC says:

      How nice would something like the Red Zone channel for the NFL be right now? I’m at work and can’t do the watchespn website for firewall reasons, but I have a TV so I get US/Scotland only.

  2. KapUSMC says:

    The US looks pretty sluggish so far. No real sense of urgency in attacking 1/3rd. Defense and midfield have been adequate, but not impressive. Hopefully Jurgen fires them up at halftime.

  3. Christopher Harris says:

    Just got home from going to Miami to pick up media credentials for tomorrow’s Brazil-Honduras game, so I was listening to talksport in the car.

    How aggravating that was. 1) It was as if no World Cup playoffs were being played today. The amount of coverage or even a passing mention of Iceland-Croatia, Portugal-Sweden, Greece-Romania and France-Ukraine was almost non-existent. Embarrassing. 2) Commentators taking England-Chile friendly too seriously. Friendlies are meant to try new players and tactics on the pitch, but the commentators keep on focusing how “England only have 2 games left after this one” before the World Cup, as if this game is going to make a difference.

    • KapUSMC says:

      Agreed for the most part, although I do look at friendlies right before and right after qualification before the world cup as having some importance vice being almost meaningless the other 3 years of a cycle.

    • Dust says:

      Friendlies are serious now, esp in the eyes of FIFA, Switzerland are seeded because the FIFA rankings take them into consideration.

      Plus there are only 3 games before the WC, the fact Roy didn’t qualify well enough means he has to use these games to give “new faces” a go.

      Roy has made a pigs ear of the whole thing. He just isn’t the right guy for the job. As if bringing on Defoe, Henderson & playing Glen Johnson ahead of Micah Richards isn’t enough evidence lol, Defoe a player that can’t do it against BPL defenses any more is expected to do it @ itnl level.

      What a joke…

  4. Christopher Harris says:

    Ukraine vs France is end-to-end action. 2-0 to Ukraine so far. That 0-0 draw that England got in Ukraine is looking pretty good in comparison right now.

  5. Ivan says:

    2:0 Ukraina!!! Couldn’t be happier!
    The cheating French are all but done!!!

    Even more reason for that prostitute Platini to seek expansion of the World Cup pool once he takes over from you know who; let’s get about 80 countries in next time around…that’s a 50-50 chance that France will qualify next time around! But then again, they could distribute the new spots to Jordan, New Zelanad, Qatar, Tahiti, North Korea, etc. FIFA has to make everyone happy so that the bribes keep coming…

    Ribery is in the running for the Golden what now?

    Ronaldo has delivered for Portugal…hopefully the Croats will put 3 past the ski people on Tuesday as well.

  6. Daniel Feuerstein says:

    I thought Greece Vs Romania was end to end excitement as well. That was a surprising result, but entertaining.

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