Before we get to my brief dissertation on the goings-on at Wembley today, let’s note that The Deuce has deigned to show Arsenal v. Norwich City this morning, to the delight of sleep-deprived Gooners and Canaries everywhere.
So, either Chelsea or Liverpool will lift some hardware today. It’s quite interesting to me that the managers of both clubs need this cup win badly to keep their bosses from being overly upset about the mediocre league results. Two teams hoping the shiny glare of the FA Cup will make up for the other unpleasantness. King Kenny is hoping two cups will be enough to distract John Henry and co. from the fact that Liverpool will not take any part in European competition next season, and may well finish the year a spot below derby rivals Everton. Meanwhile, for Roberto Di Matteo, this is Phase 1 of his “Coffee is for Closers” plan to convince Roman Abramovich that he’s a winner who deserves to still have a job at the end of this month. Phase 2 will roll out in Munich later this month.
More match listings (including MLS!) after the jump.
7:45 Arsenal v. Norwich City (ESPN2)
12:15 Chelsea v. Liverpool (FSC)
4:30 Seattle Sounders v. Philadelphia Union (NBC Sports)
4:30 Toronto FC v. DC United
7:00 Vancouver Whitecaps v. San Jose Earthquakes
8:00 LA Galaxy v. NY Red Bulls (ESPN)
8:30 Sporting KC v. Montreal Impact
9:00 Real Salt Lake v. New England Revolution
10:30 Portland Timbers v. Columbus Crew