Red Bulls face Fire as MLS matches heat up before playoffs

New York Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry The 2012 MLS regular season is winding down, and, with less than a month left to play, teams are scrambling for a spot in the playoffs.

Sporting KC lead the Eastern Conference, followed closely by New York Red Bulls and Chicago Fire. However, the table is close, and the next month could offer some surprises. Even first-year team Montreal Impact is within reach of a playoff spot.

The Western Conference contenders, on the other end, are all-but set. Qualifying teams include the usual suspects Real Salt Lake, LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders. The last games of the season will determine seeding and which team gets to claim home field advantage during the playoffs.

Conference winners play for the league title in the 2012 MLS Cup championship game on December 1.

New York Red Bulls vs Chicago Fire – Saturday, October 6 at 3:30p (NBC)
LA Galaxy vs Real Salt Lake – Saturday, October 6 at 9p (NBC Sports Network)
Chivas vs FC Dallas – Sunday, October 7 at 7p (Galavision)
Seattle Sounders vs Portland Timbers – Sunday, October 7 at 9p (ESPN, ESPN Deportes)

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FRIDAY, OCT 5

Time League or Competition Teams Network Live or Replay?
12:00a UEFA Europa League Newcastle United vs. Girondins de Bordeaux Fox Soccer Plus Replay
3:00a UEFA Champions League FC Nordsjaelland vs. Chelsea Fox Soccer Replay
3:00a Argentine Primera Division Boca Juniors vs. San Martin de San Juan GolTV Replay
4:00a UEFA Europa League Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Fenerbahce SK Fox Soccer Plus Same-day Tape
6:00a Spanish Primera Division Getafe CF vs. RCD Mallorca beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
6:30a Italian Serie A FC Inter Milan vs. ACF Fiorentina beIN SPORT Replay
8:00a UEFA Champions League Manchester City vs. Borussia Dortmund Fox Soccer Plus Replay
8:00a Mexican Primera Division Monarcas Morelia vs. Jaguares de Chiapas ESPN Deportes Replay
10:00a UEFA Europa League Club Atletico de Madrid vs. Viktoria Plzen Fox Soccer Replay
10:00a UEFA Champions League SL Benfica vs. Barcelona Fox Soccer Plus Replay
12:00p UEFA Europa League PSV Eindhoven vs. Napoli Fox Soccer Plus Taped
1:00p UEFA Champions League AFC Ajax vs. Real Madrid CF Fox Soccer Replay
1:00p UEFA Europa League PSV Eindhoven vs. Napoli ESPN Deportes Replay
2:30p German Bundesliga FC Augsburg vs. SV Werder Bremen GolTV Live
2:40p Scottish Premier League Inverness Caledonian Thistle vs. Ross County Fox Soccer Plus Live
2:40p French Ligue 1 AS Saint-Etienne vs. AS Nancy-Lorraine beIN SPORT Live
4:00p Italian Serie A Parma vs. AC Milan beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
5:45p Spanish Primera Division Real Madrid vs. Deportivo La Coruna beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
7:00p College Soccer Virginia at Maryland Fox Soccer Live
9:00p Scottish Premier League Inverness Caledonian Thistle vs. Ross County Fox Soccer Plus Replay
9:00p Mexico Ascenso Division Estudiantes Tecos vs. Correcaminos GolTV Live

 

SATURDAY, OCT 6 – Chicago Fire at New York Red Bulls

Time League or Competition Teams Network Live or Replay?
1:30a Italian Serie A Inter Milan vs. Fiorentina beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
3:00a College Soccer Virginia at Maryland Fox Soccer Replay
3:00a Mexico Ascenso Division Estudiantes Tecos vs. Correcaminos GolTV Replay
3:15a Spanish Primera Division Sevilla vs. Barcelona beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
6:00a Spanish Primera Division Celta Vigo vs. Sevilla beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
7:30a English Premier League Manchester City vs. Sunderland AFC ESPN2, ESPN Deportes Live
7:40a Scottish Premier League Celtic vs. Heart of Midlothian Fox Soccer Plus Live
8:00a Spanish Primera Division Real Madrid CF vs. Barcelona beIN SPORT Replay
8:00a Clasico de America Argentina vs. Brasil beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
9:53a English Premier League Wigan Athletic vs. Everton Fox Soccer Plus Live
9:55a English nPower Championship Birmingham vs. Huddersfield beIN SPORT Live
9:55a Spanish Primera Division Rayo Vallecano de Madrid vs. Deportivo La Coruna beIN SPORT Espanol Live
10:00a English Premier League Chelsea vs. Norwich City Fox Soccer Live
11:00a UEFA Europa League PSV Eindhoven vs. Napoli ESPN Deportes Replay
11:55a Italian Serie A AC ChievoVerona vs. UC Sampdoria beIN SPORT Live
12:30p English Premier League West Ham United vs. Arsenal Fox Soccer Live
1:55p Spanish Primera Division Real Valladolid vs. RCD Espanyol beIN SPORT Espanol Live
2:00p UEFA Europa League Atletico Madrid vs. Viktoria Plzen ESPN Deportes Replay
3:00p Italian Serie A Genoa CFC vs. US Citta di Palermo beIN SPORT Live
3:30p English Premier League Swansea City AFC vs. Reading Fox Soccer Same-day Tape
3:30p MLS Soccer Chicago Fire at New York Red Bulls NBC Live
3:55p Spanish Primera Division Real Betis vs. Real Sociedad beIN SPORT Espanol Live
5:00p Spanish Primera Division Real Zaragoza vs. Getafe CF beIN SPORT Live
5:25p Futbol Brasileno Serie A Fluminense vs. Botafogo ESPN Deportes Live
5:30p English Premier League West Bromwich Albion vs. Queens Park Rangers Fox Soccer Same-day Tape
5:30p Mexican Primera Division America vs. Chivas de Guadalajara Univision Live
6:15p Italian Serie A Genoa CFC vs. Palermo beIN SPORT Espanol Live
6:45p French Ligue 1 Toulouse vs. Valenciennes beIN SPORT Live
7:00p Scottish Premier League Celtic vs. Heart of Midlothian Fox Soccer Plus Replay
8:00p English Premier League Chelsea vs. Norwich City Fox Soccer Replay
8:00p Mexican Primera Division Pachuca vs. Leon Telefutura Live
9:00p English Premier League Wigan Athletic vs. Everton Fox Soccer Plus Replay
9:00p UEFA Europa League Liverpool vs. Udinese Calcio ESPN Deportes Replay
9:00p MLS Soccer Real Salt Lake at Los Angeles Galaxy NBC Sports Network Live
11:00p English Premier League West Ham United vs. Arsenal Fox Soccer Replay

 

SUNDAY, OCT 7 – Portland Timbers at Seattle Sounders

Time League or Competition Teams Network Live or Replay?
12:00a MLS Soccer Real Salt Lake at Los Angeles Galaxy NBC Sports Network Replay
2:00a Australian A-League Perth Glory vs. Brisbane Roar Fox Soccer Live
4:00a UEFA Europa League Newcastle United vs. Girondins de Bordeaux Fox Soccer Plus Replay
6:25a Dutch Eredivisie Ajax vs. Utrecht ESPN Deportes Live
7:00a Spanish Primera Division FC Barcelona vs. Real Madrid beIN SPORT Replay
7:00a Spanish Primera Division Real Madrid CF vs. Barcelona beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
8:00a English Premier League Wigan Athletic vs. Everton Fox Soccer Plus Replay
8:25a English Premier League Southampton vs. Fulham Fox Soccer Live
8:55a Italian Serie A AC Siena vs. Juventus beIN SPORT Live
9:53a English Premier League Liverpool vs. Stoke City Fox Soccer Plus Live
10:25a Dutch Eredivisie Twente vs. AZ ESPN Deportes Live
10:30a English Premier League Newcastle United vs. Manchester United Fox Soccer Live
10:55a French Ligue 1 FC Lorient vs. Olympique Lyonnais beIN SPORT Live
11:00a Spanish Primera Division Levante UD vs. Valencia CF beIN SPORT Espanol Taped
12:00p English Premier League Tottenham Hotspur vs. Aston Villa Fox Soccer Plus Taped
1:00p UEFA Europa League Neftci PFK vs. Inter Milan ESPN Deportes Replay
1:00p Mexican Primera Division Pumas de la U.N.A.M. vs. Monterrey Univision Live
1:30p Women’s College Soccer Florida at Texas A&M ESPNU Live
1:45p Spanish Primera Division FC Barcelona vs. Real Madrid CF beIN SPORT Live
3:00p English Premier League Southampton vs. Fulham Fox Soccer Replay
3:00p English Premier League Manchester City vs. Sunderland AFC ESPN Deportes Replay
3:30p Italian Serie A AC Milan vs. Inter Milan beIN SPORT Live
4:00p Australian A-League Perth Glory vs. Brisbane Roar Fox Soccer Plus Replay
5:00p French Ligue 1 Olympique de Marseille vs. Paris Saint-Germain beIN SPORT Live
5:55p Mexican Primera Division Jaguares de Chiapas vs. San Luis ESPN Deportes Live
6:00p English Premier League West Ham United vs. Arsenal Fox Soccer Replay
6:45p Spanish Primera Division Athletic Club vs. CA Osasuna beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
7:00p MLS Soccer FC Dallas at Club Deportivo Chivas USA Galavision Live
8:00p English Premier League Tottenham Hotspur vs. Aston Villa Fox Soccer Plus Replay
9:00p MLS Soccer Portland Timbers at Seattle Sounders ESPN, ESPN Deportes Live

 

MONDAY, OCT 8

Time League or Competition Teams Network Live or Replay?
12:00a English Premier League Liverpool vs. Stoke City Fox Soccer Plus Replay
2:30a Italian Serie A AC Siena vs. Juventus beIN SPORT Replay
3:00a English Premier League Swansea City AFC vs. Reading Fox Soccer Replay
4:00a UEFA Europa League Neftci PFK vs. Inter Milan Fox Soccer Plus Replay
8:00a UEFA Champions League CFR Cluj vs. Manchester United Fox Soccer Plus Replay
10:00a UEFA Champions League Valencia CF vs. LOSC Lille Metropole Fox Soccer Replay
11:00a Scottish Premier League Inverness Caledonian Thistle vs. Ross County Fox Soccer Plus Replay
12:30p Spanish Primera Division FC Barcelona vs. Real Madrid beIN SPORT Replay
12:30p Italian Serie A AC Milan vs. Inter Milan beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
1:00p UEFA Champions League FC Spartak Moscow vs. Celtic Fox Soccer Replay
1:00p Mexican Primera Division Cruz Azul vs. Atlante ESPN Deportes Replay
3:00p UEFA Champions League FC Zenit St. Petersburg vs. AC Milan Fox Soccer Plus Replay
3:00p French Ligue 1 Olympique de Marseille vs. Paris Saint-Germain beIN SPORT Replay
3:00p Italian Serie A Genoa CFC vs. Palermo beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
5:00p English Premier League West Bromwich Albion vs. Queens Park Rangers Fox Soccer Replay
5:00p Italian Serie A AC Siena vs. Juventus beIN SPORT Replay
5:00p Spanish Primera Division Celta Vigo vs. Sevilla beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
7:00p The FA Classic Collection Chelsea vs. Manchester United Fox Soccer Replay
8:00p English Premier League Newcastle United vs. Manchester United Fox Soccer Replay
9:00p UEFA Europa League PSV Eindhoven vs. Napoli Fox Soccer Plus Replay
9:30p Spanish Primera Division FC Barcelona vs. Real Madrid beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
11:00p UEFA Champions League FC Nordsjaelland vs. Chelsea Fox Soccer Replay
11:00p Spanish Primera Division FC Barcelona vs. Real Madrid beIN SPORT Replay

 

TUESDAY, OCT 9

Time League or Competition Teams Network Live or Replay?
12:00a English Premier League Liverpool vs. Stoke City Fox Soccer Plus Replay
12:00a Italian Serie A AC Siena vs. Juventus beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
1:00a Italian Serie A AC Milan vs. Inter Milan beIN SPORT Replay
3:00a English Premier League Southampton vs. Fulham Fox Soccer Replay
3:00a Italian Serie A AC ChievoVerona vs. UC Sampdoria beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
4:00a UEFA Europa League Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Fenerbahce SK Fox Soccer Plus Replay
4:00a French Ligue 1 Toulouse vs. Valenciennes beIN SPORT Replay
6:00a French Ligue 1 FC Lorient vs. Olympique Lyonnais beIN SPORT Replay
7:00a Spanish Primera Division Real Valladolid vs. RCD Espanyol beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
8:00a UEFA Champions League Valencia CF vs. LOSC Lille Metropole Fox Soccer Plus Replay
9:00a Italian Serie A AC ChievoVerona vs. UC Sampdoria beIN SPORT Replay
9:00a Spanish Primera Division Rayo Vallecano de Madrid vs. Deportivo La Coruna beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
11:00a Scottish Premier League Celtic vs. Heart of Midlothian Fox Soccer Plus Replay
12:30p Italian Serie A AC Milan vs. Inter Milan beIN SPORT Replay
12:30p Spanish Primera Division FC Barcelona vs. Real Madrid beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
1:00p English Premier League Chelsea vs. Norwich City Fox Soccer Replay
3:00p UEFA Champions League Manchester City vs. Borussia Dortmund Fox Soccer Replay
3:00p UEFA Europa League AC Sparta Praha vs. Athletic Bilbao Fox Soccer Plus Replay
3:00p Spanish Primera Division FC Barcelona vs. Real Madrid beIN SPORT Replay
3:00p Italian Serie A AC Siena vs. Juventus beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
7:00p College Soccer Creighton at Princeton ESPNU Live
8:00p English Premier League West Ham United vs. Arsenal Fox Soccer Replay
9:00p UEFA Europa League Newcastle United vs. Girondins de Bordeaux Fox Soccer Plus Replay
9:30p French Ligue 1 Olympique de Marseille vs. Paris Saint-Germain beIN SPORT Replay
10:00p Italian Serie A AC Milan vs. Inter Milan beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
11:00p UEFA Champions League AFC Ajax vs. Real Madrid CF Fox Soccer Replay

 

WEDNESDAY, OCT 10

Time League or Competition Teams Network Live or Replay?
12:00a English Premier League Wigan Athletic vs. Everton Fox Soccer Plus Replay
3:00a English Premier League West Bromwich Albion vs. Queens Park Rangers Fox Soccer Replay
4:00a UEFA Champions League FC Nordsjaelland vs. Chelsea Fox Soccer Plus Replay
4:00a Italian Serie A AC ChievoVerona vs. UC Sampdoria beIN SPORT Replay
6:00a Spanish Primera Division Real Zaragoza vs. Getafe CF beIN SPORT Replay
6:00a Spanish Primera Division Athletic Club vs. CA Osasuna beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
8:00a UEFA Champions League FC Spartak Moscow vs. Celtic Fox Soccer Plus Replay
10:00a UEFA Champions League FC Porto vs. Paris St-Germain Fox Soccer Replay
11:00a English Premier League Wigan Athletic vs. Everton Fox Soccer Plus Replay
12:30p Spanish Primera Division Celta Vigo vs. Sevilla beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
1:00p English Premier League Newcastle United vs. Manchester United Fox Soccer Replay
2:30p The FA Classic Collection Chelsea vs. Manchester United Fox Soccer Plus Replay
3:00p UEFA Europa League Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Fenerbahce SK Fox Soccer Plus Replay
3:00p Italian Serie A AC Milan vs. Inter Milan beIN SPORT Replay
3:00p 2014 FIFA World Cup, Qualifier Uruguay vs. Ecuador beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
5:00p English Premier League Swansea City AFC vs. Reading Fox Soccer Replay
5:00p 2014 FIFA World Cup, Qualifier Paraguay vs. Venezuela beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
8:00p English Premier League Chelsea vs. Norwich City Fox Soccer Replay
8:00p The FA Classic Collection Chelsea vs. Manchester United Fox Soccer Plus Replay
9:00p UEFA Europa League Neftci PFK vs. Inter Milan Fox Soccer Plus Replay
10:00p Spanish Primera Division FC Barcelona vs. Real Madrid beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
11:00p UEFA Champions League SL Benfica vs. Barcelona Fox Soccer Replay

 

THURSDAY, OCT 11

Time League or Competition Teams Network Live or Replay?
12:00a English Premier League Tottenham Hotspur vs. Aston Villa Fox Soccer Plus Replay
12:00a 2014 FIFA World Cup, Qualifier Uruguay vs. Ecuador beIN SPORT Replay
12:00a 2014 FIFA World Cup, Qualifier Peru vs. Argentina beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
2:00a Italian Serie A AC Siena vs. Juventus beIN SPORT Replay
2:00a Italian Serie A AC Milan vs. Inter Milan beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
3:00a English Premier League West Ham United vs. Arsenal Fox Soccer Replay
4:00a UEFA Champions League AFC Ajax vs. Real Madrid CF Fox Soccer Plus Replay
4:00a College Soccer Creighton at Princeton ESPNU Replay
4:00a 2014 FIFA World Cup, Qualifier Paraguay vs. Venezuela beIN SPORT Replay
4:00a 2014 FIFA World Cup, Qualifier Honduras vs. Cuba beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
6:00a Italian Serie A Genoa CFC vs. US Citta di Palermo beIN SPORT Replay
6:00a Spanish Primera Division Rayo Vallecano de Madrid vs. Deportivo La Coruna beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
8:00a UEFA Champions League Arsenal vs. Olympiacos Fox Soccer Plus Replay
8:00a Italian Serie A AC Milan vs. Inter Milan beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
9:30a 2014 FIFA World Cup, Qualifier Chile vs. Colombia beIN SPORT Replay
10:00a UEFA Europa League Club Atletico de Madrid vs. Viktoria Plzen Fox Soccer Replay
10:00a FIFA Copa Mundial 2014, Clasificatoria Honduras vs. Cuba beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
12:30p 2014 FIFA World Cup, Qualifier Uruguay vs. Ecuador beIN SPORT Replay
12:30p 2014 FIFA World Cup, Qualifier Peru vs. Argentina beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
3:00p UEFA Champions League Arsenal vs. Olympiacos Fox Soccer Replay
3:00p 2014 FIFA World Cup, Qualifier Honduras vs. Cuba beIN SPORT Replay
3:00p Spanish Primera Division FC Barcelona vs. Real Madrid beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
5:00p English Premier League Southampton vs. Fulham Fox Soccer Replay
5:00p Spanish Primera Division FC Barcelona vs. Real Madrid beIN SPORT Replay
5:00p 2014 FIFA World Cup, Qualifier Chile vs. Colombia beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
7:00p The FA Classic Collection Chelsea vs. Manchester United Fox Soccer Plus Replay
7:00p 2014 FIFA World Cup, Qualifier Paraguay vs. Venezuela beIN SPORT Replay
7:00p 2014 FIFA World Cup, Qualifier Uruguay vs. Ecuador beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
8:00p Women’s College Soccer Rice at Memphis Fox Soccer Live
9:00p 2014 FIFA World Cup, Qualifier Peru vs. Argentina beIN SPORT Replay
9:30p 2014 FIFA World Cup, Qualifier Paraguay vs. Venezuela beIN SPORT Espanol Replay
11:00p UEFA Champions League CFR Cluj vs. Manchester United Fox Soccer Replay

 
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