Consider the return of Champions League play -- and the return of really high-quality soccer -- just the salve needed to soothe the sting of Kansas City’s MLS-playoff failure.
Okay, it probably isn’t enough of a salve, but it is a step in the right direction.
Today features the best game of the round, I’ll let you guess which one. (Hint: It’s not Marseille vs. Zilina.)
• Spartak Moscow vs. Chelsea, 11:30 a.m., DirecTV
• Sporting Braga vs. Partizan, 1:45 p.m., DirecTV
• Arsenal vs. Shaktar Donetsk, 1:45 p.m., Fox Sports Network
• Real Madrid vs. AC Milan, 1:45 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel
• AS Roma vs. FC Basel, 1:45 p.m., DirecTV
• Ajax vs. Auxerre, 1:45 p.m., Fox Soccer Plus
• Marseille vs. MSK Zilina, 1:45 p.m., DirecTV
• Bayern Munich vs. CFR Cluj, 1:45 p.m., DirecTVCONCACAF Champions League
• Toronto FC vs. Arabe Unido, 7 p.m., FSC
• Santos Laguna vs. Municipal, 7 p.m., Telefutura
• Real Salt Lake vs. Cruz Azul, 9 p.m., FSC, Galavision