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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)

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