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Previewing MLS Round 2, with Russ Thaler and Arlo White

Colorado Rapids v Chicago Fire

BRIDGEVIEW, IL - AUGUST 27: Frank Klopas coach of the Chicago Fire gives the thumbs up sign to the fans before the game against the Colorado Rapids in an MLS match on August 27, 2011 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

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When I was a kid in the 80s, I got an hour of professional soccer a week. That’s it. PBS ran this quirky hour-long English First Division game of the week. And you know what? I was darn glad to have it.

Today, you can’t switch on the TV set without banging into a televised soccer match from somewhere in the world. And you know what? It is glorious!

This weekend, there are games from Mexico, England, Spain, Italy, France, Germany and elsewhere, depending on your system.

There are nine MLS games between Saturday and Sunday; The full weekend MLS TV schedule is here. All are available on the MLS Live online streaming match service. The partner TV package, Direct Kick, has them as as well, but plenty of matches are free.

Finally, speaking of free: I would have crawled through 500 yards of foulness you can’t even imagine, just like Andy Dufresne through the bowels of Shawshank, to have something like this every week: It’s Arlo White, breaking down the weekend’s matches alongside NBC Sports’ Russ Thaler.

I hope you doggone kids appreciate what you have.