The Soccer Report

Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid Houston clash part of weekend summer friendlies

Tickets still remain for FC Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid. Credit: ICC2019

The Africa Cup of Nations remains as the only major international championship left to decide this summer as the focus turns to preseason in European soccer. This week's schedule has plenty of friendlies with one of those taking place in Houston.

AFC Africa Cup of Nations

The Africa Cup of Nations is down to the final two teams. Manchester CIty's Riyad Mahrez and Algeria will vie for the trophy against Senegal and Liverpool's Sadio Mane. The final will take place on Friday while Tunisia and NIgeria fight for third place on Wednesday.

International Champions Cup

European clubs are advancing their preseason preparations all over the world and some of them are coming to the states to do so. The slate of U.S. Tour games has kicked off with Premier League club Arsenal defeating sister club Colorado Rapids (MLS) 3-0 on Monday night.

Two of the bigger clubs in Europe face off when 28-time Bundesliga Champions Bayern Munich take on 33-time Spanish Champions Real Madrid on Saturday night at NRG Stadium. The two have faced off on several occasions in the UEFA Champions League, a rivalry that is considered a European Classic.

Major League Soccer

East top seven: 1. Philadelphia (36), 2. D.C. United (32), 3. NY Red Bulls (31), 4. Atlanta (30), 5. Montreal (30), 6.NYCFC (29), 7. Toronto (26)

West top seven: 1. LAFC (46), 2. Seattle (35), 3. LA Galaxy (34), 4. Minnesota (33), 5. San Jose (31), 6. Real Salt Lake (29), 7. Dallas (29)

Scoring leader: 19 - Carlos Vela (LAFC)

Assists leader: 12 - Carlos Vela (LAFC) / Maxi Moralez (NYCFC)

National Women's Soccer League

Standings: 1. North Carolina Courage (22), 2. Portland Thorns (22), 3. Reign FC (20), 4. Washington Spirit (18), 5. Utah Royals (17), 6. Chicago Red Stars (17), 7. Houston Dash (13), 8. Orlando Pride (8), 9. Sky Blue FC (8)

Scoring leader: 9 - Sam Kerr (Chicago)

Assists leader: 4 - 5 players tied

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Upcoming Matches (All Times CT):

Tuesday, July 16

1:30 p.m. - [Friendly] Dynamo Dresden vs. PSG (beIN SPORTS)

8:00 p.m. - [International Champions Cup] Fiorentina vs. Chivas (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes)

Wednesday, July 17

12:00 p.m. - [Friendly] PSV vs. Wolfsburg (ESPN3)

2:00 p.m. - [Africa Cup of Nations 3rd place] Tunisia vs. Nigeria (beIN SPORTS)

6:00 p.m. - [MLS] Atlanta United vs. Houston Dynamo (KUBE57/Telexitos 47.2)

8:00 p.m. - [International Champions Cup] Arsenal vs. Bayern Munich (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes)

Thursday, July 18

11:00 a.m. - [Friendly] - Ajax vs. Watford (ESPN3)

7:00 p.m. - [MLS] Cincinnati vs. DC United (ESPN)

9:00 p.m. - [MLS] Portland vs. Orlando (ESPN)

Friday, July 19

11:00 a.m. - [Friendly] - Everton vs. Monaco (ESPN3)

2:00 p.m. - [Africa Cup of Nations Final] Algeria vs. Senegal (beIN SPORTS)

7:00 p.m. - [Friendly] Liverpool vs. Borussia Dortmund (TNT)

7:00 p.m. - [Liga MX] Puebla vs. Tijuana (Univision Deportes)

9:00 p.m. - [MLS] LA Galaxy vs. LAFC (ESPN, ESPN Deportes)

Saturday, July 20

1:30 a.m. - [Friendly] Vissel Kobe vs. Barcelona (ESPN2)

6:30 p.m. - [MLS] Toronto FC vs. Houston Dynamo (KUBE57/Telexitos 47.2)

7:00 p.m. - [International Champions Cup] Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes)

Arsenal are back in good spirits after first win in 10 matches. Credit: Adidas

Action rolls in Europe after a weekend that featured the Manchester Derby, only to be followed by the end of the UEFA Champions League group stage and a pre-El Clasico La Liga weekend. This week also features the start of the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup.

Off the field, the draw to determine the quarterfinal matchups of the 2020 Concacaf Champions League took place in Mexico CIty on Monday night. The tournament will kick off in February and crown a new champion in May to determine the region's representative in the 2020 Club World Cup.

Major League Soccer clubs in the CCL will begin their preseason on January 11, one week before the rest of the league.

English Premier League

Top six: 1. Liverpool (46), 2. Leicester City (38), 3. Man City (32), 4. Chelsea (29), 5. Man Utd (24), 6. Wolves (24)

Bottom three (relegation): 18. Southampton (15), 19. Norwich City (11), 20. Watford (9)

Scoring leader: 16 - Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)

Assists leader: 9 - Kevin De Bruyne (Man City)

Spanish La Liga

Top six: 1. FC Barcelona (34), 2. Real Madrid (34), 3. Sevilla (31), 4. Real Sociedad (27), 5. Getafe (27), 6. Athletic Bilbao (26)

Bottom three: 18. Celta Vigo (13), 19. Leganes (9), 20. Espanyol (9)

Scoring leader: 12 - Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona)

Assists leader: 6 - Rodrigo (Valencia)

German Bundesliga

Top six: 1. Monchengladbach (31), 2. RB Leipzig (30), 3. Dortmund (26), 4. Schalke 04 (25), 5. Freiburg (25), 6. Bayer Leverkusen (25)

Bottom three: 16. Fortuna (12), 17. Paderborn (8), 18. Cologne (8)

Scoring leader: 16 - Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

Assists leader: 9 - Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich)

Italian Serie A

Top six: 1. Inter Milan (38), 2. Juventus (36), 3. Lazio (33), 4. Cagliari (29), 5. Roma (29), 6. Atalanta (28)

Bottom three: 18. Genoa (10), 19. SPAL (9), 20. Brescia (7)

Scoring leader: 17 - Ciro Immobile (Lazio)

Assists leader: 11 - Luis Alberto (Lazio)

French Ligue 1

Top four: 1. PSG (39), 2. Marseille (34), 3. Lille (28), 4. Rennes (27)

Bottom three: 18. Metz (15), 19. Tolouse (12), 20. Nimes (12)

Scoring leader: 11 - Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco)

Assists leader: 7 - Islam Slimani (Monaco) / Yoann Court (Brest)

Liga MX Playoffs

Monterrey and Club America each punched their ticket to the Liga MX Apertura 2019 final over the weekend. The two will have to wait until Monterrey are done with the FIFA Club World Cup participation to resume the playoffs on Dec. 26.

Quarterfinal results:

  • Club Leon 4-5 agg. Monarcas Morelia
  • Queretaro 2-6 agg. Necaxa
  • Santos Laguna 3-6 agg. Monterrey
  • Club America 2-4 agg. Tigres UANL
Semifinal results:
  • Necaxa 1-3 agg. Monterrey
  • Club America 2-2 agg. Monarcas Morelia, America advance on higher seed tiebreaker
Final schedule:
  • First leg: Dec. 26 at Estadio BBVA, Monterrey
  • Second leg: Dec. 29 at Estadio Azteca, Mexico

Liga MX Femenil Final

Monterrey's female team, "Rayadas," lifted their first Liga MX Femenil title after a 1-0 win over rivals Tigres UANL in the second leg of the final, 2-1 on aggregate. The series drew an attendance of 41,615 in the first leg on Nov. 29 and 38,251 in Sunday's second leg.

TV listings (All Times CT):

Tuesday, December 10

11:55 a.m. - [UEFA Champions League] RB Salzburg vs. Liverpool (TNT, UniMas, TUDN)

11:55 a.m. - [UEFA Champions League] Napoli vs. Genk (Galavision)

2:00 p.m. - [UEFA Champions League] Inter Milan vs. FC Barcelona (TNT, UniMas, TUDN)

2:00 p.m. - [UEFA Champions League] Ajax vs. Valencia (Galavision)

Wednesday, December 11

11:30 a.m. - [FIFA Club World Cup / Playoff] Al Sadd vs. Hienghène (FS2, FOX Deportes)

11:55 a.m. - [UEFA Champions League] Dinamo Zagreb vs. Man City (TNT, UniMas, TUDN)

11:55 a.m. - [UEFA Champions League] Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Atalanta (Galavision)

2:00 p.m. - [UEFA Champions League] Brugge vs. Real Madrid (UniMas, TUDN)

2:00 p.m. - [UEFA Champions League] Bayer Leverkusen vs. Juventus (TNT, Galavision)

Thursday, December 12

11:55 a.m. - [UEFA Europa League] Standard Liege vs. Arsenal (UniMas)

11:55 a.m. - [UEFA Europa League] APOEL vs. Sevilla (TUDN)

11:55 a.m. - [UEFA Europa League] LASK vs. Sporting CP (Galavision)

2:00 p.m. - [UEFA Europa League] Manchester United vs. AZ Alkmaar (UniMas)

2:00 p.m. - [UEFA Europa League] Wolves vs. Besiktas (TUDN)

2:00 p.m. - [UEFA Europa League] Porto vs. Feyenoord (Galavision)

Friday, December 13

1:30 p.m. - [Bundesliga] Hoffenheim vs. FC Augsburg (FS2, TUDN)

2:00 p.m. - [La Liga] Alaves vs. Leganes (beIN SPORTS en Español)

Saturday, December 14

6:30 a.m. - [Premier League] Liverpool vs. Watford (NBC Sports)

8:00 a.m. - [FIFA Club World Cup / Quarterfinal] Al-Hilal vs. ES Tunis (FOX Soccer Plus, FOX Deportes)

8:30 a.m. - [Bundesliga] Bayern Munich vs. SV Werder Bremen (FS1)

8:30 a.m. - [Bundesliga] Mainz 05 vs. Borussia Dortmund (FS2, TUDN)

9:00 a.m. - [Premier League] Chelsea vs. Bournemouth (NBC Sports)

9:00 a.m. - [La Liga] Real Sociedad vs. FC Barcelona (beIN Sports)

11:30 a.m. - [FIFA Club World Cup / Quarterfinal] Monterrey vs. Al Sadd or Hienghène (FS2)

11:30 a.m. - [Premier League] Southampton vs. West Ham (NBC)

1:30 p.m. - [La Liga] Atletico Madrid vs. Osasuna (beIN SPORTS)

Sunday, December 15

8:00 a.m. - [Premier League] Wolves vs. Spurs (NBC Sports)

8:30 a.m. - [Bundesliga] Wolfsburg vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach (FS1)

10:30 a.m. - [Premier League] Arsenal vs. Manchester City (NBC Sports)

11:00 a.m. - [Bundesliga] Schalke 04 vs. Eintracht Frankfurt (FS1)

2:00 p.m. - [La Liga] Valencia vs. Real Madrid (beIN SPORTS)

Monday, December 16

6:00 a.m. - Draw for UEFA Champions League and Europa League knockout stage (UEFA.com, B/R Live)

2:00 p.m. - [Premier League] Crystal Palace vs. Brighton (NBC Sports)

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