What 2 Watch – 8/15/17 – UEFA Champions League Playoff Round First Leg, US Open Cup Semifinals, Copa MX Group Stage, NASL

Be sure to stay tuned to our Twitter (@wft_podcast) for live commentary, thoughts and analysis on tons of games throughout the season. Each matchup links to Live Soccer TV’s listings for these matchups in the USA and around the world.

*All times Eastern Standard Time

12:00 p.m. – UEFA Champions League Playoff Round First Leg – Qarabag vs Kobenhavn – Tofiq Bahramov Stadium, Baku

Where: fuboTV, Fox Sports 2 USA, Fox Sports Go, Fox Deportes, Fox Soccer Match Pass

The first Champions League Playoff Round matchup will take place in Azerbaijan. Slight favorites Qarabag overcame Sheriff Tiraspol on 2-1 aggregate, while Kobenhavn overcame Vardar on 5-2 aggregate.

2:45 p.m. – UEFA Champions League Playoff Round First Leg – APOEL vs Slavia Praha – Neo GSP Stadium, Nicosia

Where: fuboTV, ESPN3 USA, Fox Sports Go, WatchESPN, MSG Plus, Fox Sports West, Fox Sports Detroit, Fox Sports Midwest, Fox Sports Ohio, Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Southwest, Fox Sports Tennessee, MASN, MASN2, Fox Sports Ohio 2, Fox Sports Carolinas, Fox Soccer Match Pass, AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh

The bookies have this first leg almost right down the middle as miniscule favorites APOEL are coming off of a 4-1 aggregate win over FC Vitorul. Slavia Prague is entering this phase after eliminating BATE on away goals, 2-2.

2:45 p.m. – UEFA Champions League Playoff Round First Leg – Sporting CP vs Steaua Bucuresti – Estádio José Alvalade, Lisabon

Where: fuboTV, Fox Soccer Plus, ESPN Deportes USA, ESPN3 USA, ESPN Deportes+ USA, Fox Sports Go, WatchESPN, Fox Soccer Match Pass, ESPN Deportes Radio

Heavy favorites Sporting entered into this round after their final league position in Liga NOS last season. On the other end, Bucuresti are fresh off of a 6-3 aggregate win over Plzen.

2:45 p.m. – UEFA Champions League Playoff Round First Leg – Hoffenheim vs Liverpool – Wirsol Rhein-Neckar Arena, Sinsheim

Where: fuboTV, Fox Sports 1 USA, Fox Sports Go, Fox Deportes, LFCTV Go, Fox Soccer Match Pass

Liverpool are slight favorites coming into this road contest as both teams entered into this round and is by far the most high-profile matchup in this round.

2:45 p.m. – UEFA Champions League Playoff Round First Leg – Young Boys vs CSKA Moskva – Stade de Suisse, Bern

Where: fuboTV, Fox Sports 2 USA, Fox Sports Go, Fox Soccer Match Pass

Swiss side Young Boys come into this first leg as slight favorites after overcoming Dynamo Kiev on away goals, 3-3. Moscow sent AEK Athens to the Europa League Playoff Round after shutting them out on aggregate, 3-0.

7:30 p.m. – NASL Fall Season – North Carolina vs Miami – WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary

Where: fuboTV, ESPN3 USA, WatchESPN, Eleven Sports Network, This TV Jacksonville – WJXT

North Carolina and Miami kick off the fourth round of games in the NASL Fall Season. Miami was the only team in the league to win last round, scoring a 3-1 win over Indy Eleven. North Carolina is coming off a 2-2 draw with Jacksonville Armada.

8:00 p.m. – U.S. Open Cup Semifinals – Cincinnati vs New York RB – Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati

Where: USsoccer.com

Cincinnati FC will welcome an incredible crowd as they can do the unthinkable and reach the Final of the U.S. Open Cup for the first time. They are the last non-MLS side in the competition and have been impressive throughout. Djiby Fall is currently tied atop the scoring charts in the tournament for Cincinnati with four goals. The Red Bulls can achieve just their second Finals appearance, with the only other coming in a loss in 2003. The winner will face Sporting Kansas City in the Final.

8:00 p.m. – Copa MX Apertura Round 4 – Celaya vs Monterrey – Estadio Miguel Alemán Valdés, Celaya

Where: fuboTV, Univision Deportes USA

The group stage is halfway complete as Celaya and Monterrey meet for the second time. In the first meeting Monterrey easily won, 3-0. They currently have a two-point lead over Pumas.

8:06 p.m. – Copa MX Apertura Round 4 – Queretaro vs Pachuca – Estadio La Corregidora, Querétaro

Where: fuboTV

Queretaro and Pachuca will face in a crucial match to decide who wins Group 8. Both are currently tied atop the group with 4 points and they held each other to a scoreless draw in the last round.

10:00 p.m. – Copa MX Apertura Round 4 – Cruz Azul vs Zacatepec – Estadio Azul, Mexico City

Where: fuboTV, Univision Deportes USA

Zacatepec will look to keep their strong start to the group stage going as they take on the team chasing them for first place, Cruz Azul. In their first meeting, they drew 1-1.

 

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