OK soccer fans, today is going to be insane, so you're definitely going to need a game plan. Euro 2016 is here, Copa Centenario is still rolling along, and there are other matches you'll want to keep your eyes on today. It's a lot to take in, really, but if we prepare, we can maximize our Sensational Soccer Saturday.
Hopefully you're reading this during halftime of the Albania-Switzerland match on ESPN, coverage of which started an hour before this story dropped. Just relax for now and enjoy the rest of the game. There's an hour break afterwards, so you can get a few things done before Wales-Slovakia starts at noon (all times herein are ET). I'll provide the TV listings in a separate list below, so don't think you have to take notes as I walk you through this.
As soon as Albania-Switzerland ends, you should have roughly an hour to get whatever household chores or prep done. Throw in a load of laundry, load the dishwasher, get the car washed...whatever it is you absolutely need to get done. You might need to run to the store to get a few things to throw in your slow cooker so that you don't have to waste time preparing meals later. Or you can just order in, which is always a good option on days like this.
As I mentioned, Wales and Slovakia coverage starts on ESPN at noon. That will be followed at 3 p.m. by England and Russia, and you don't even need to change the channel.
At 5 p.m., fire up YouTube. Orlando City B is playing at Charleston at 5 p.m. The young Lions hit the road in need of a win after falling 4-3 to Louisville City while up a man for more than a half last weekend. This game is going to take you right up to the start of the evening Copa America matches.
At 7 p.m., grab your laptop or tablet and keep YouTube going because the Orlando Pride and Western New York Flash starts then, along with the USMNT and Paraguay match on FOX Sports 1. I'll have the tablet streaming the Pride with the USMNT on the big screen. Chances are I'll be doing a bit of live tweeting from the Mane Land account during the Pride, so you can always keep track that way if you're engrossed in the Copa match.
Coverage of both matches should be wrapped up around 9, which is when you'll flip over to FOX Sports 2 for Colombia-Costa Rica. That's seven matches -- three Euro, two Copa, one USL and one NWSL -- and a full day of soccer bliss.
If you use your slow cooker today, you can pull out food during halftime. Or use one of those newfangled apps on your phone to order food for delivery. Try to time it out so your pizza (or other food) arrives during the break. It's a challenge but you can do this.
Must-See Soccer TV and How to Watch:
- 9 a.m. (in progress) -- Albania vs. Switzerland: ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Watch ESPN
- 12 p.m. -- Wales vs. Slovakia: ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Watch ESPN
- 3 p.m. -- England vs. Russia: ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Watch ESPN
- 5 p.m. -- Orlando City B at Charleston, YouTube or OrlandoCitySC.com/live
- 7 p.m. -- USMNT vs. Paraguay: FOX Sports 1, Univision, FOX Soccer 2GO, fuboTV
- 7 p.m. -- Orlando Pride at Western New York Flash: YouTube or OrlandoCitySC.com/live
- 9 p.m. -- Colombia vs. Costa Rica: FOX Sports 2, Univision, FOX Sports 2GO, fuboTV
Look for a more complete "How to Watch" piece on the USMNT match later today by our Daniel Byrd, and Jeff Milby will supply an OCB preview/How to Watch this afternoon. Good luck!