European giants Inter Milan and Barcelona will meet in a UEFA Champions League semifinal second leg to determine which of the two will play Bayern Munich in the final at the Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid (2:30 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel). Inter has a 3-1 first leg advantage.
Whichever team advances will not have to face Bayern’s Franck Ribéry, who was suspended for the final this morning after receiving a three-match ban for his red card against Lyon.
In the USA, the U.S. Open Cup play-in matches continued on Tuesday with a convincing 2-1 win by a Red Bulls reserve side over the Philadelphia Union.
Philly manager Peter Nowak made his team run wind sprints after the game and had some choice words for his players.
Even more important than the Open Cup elimination was the fact that the Union’s attacking leader, Sébastien Le Toux, was stretchered off in the final 10 minutes with a reported MCL sprain. More tests will be conducted today.
After the match, Red Bulls coach Hans Backe called No. 2 overall draft pick Tony Tchani the “king.”
MLS teams will also be in action tonight in two separate cup competitions. D.C. United host FC Dallas in another single elimination play-in match of the USOC. The match will be streamed on DCUnited.com (7:30 p.m. ET) as both club seek their first win of the season in official competitions.
FC Dallas will likely join other MLS clubs which choose to field reserves for Open Cup matches.
Toronto FC host the Montreal Impact in what could be a preview of a Canadian derby in MLS. Tonight’s match (8 p.m. ET) is the opener of the Nutrilite Canadian Championship, which assigns the Canadian berth to the CONCACAF Champions League.
This year's CONCACAF Champions League winner will be decided tonight as Cruz Azul take a narrow 2-1 aggregate goal lead to Pachuca’s Estadio Hidalgo for the second leg (8 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel). American midfielder José Francisco Torres is expected to play for Pachuca.
Toronto's Director of Soccer Mo Johnston can enjoy reading the news this morning for a change. An ex-TFC employee comes to his defense: ex-head coach John Carver, who left the team suddenly last year.
No controversy in Columbus, where Crew left back Gino Padula says his knee injury is not serious.
While defending champion Real Salt Lake have to deal with an injury to Fabián Espíndola, head coach Jason Kreis is still trying to figure out why the team has collected so few points. The Seattle Sounders happen to be in the same boat.
Houston’s Dominic Kinnear confirmed the player who will be stepping into the role of attacking midfielder after Geoff Cameron was lost for the season.
The Galaxy announced an exhibition match-up against Boca Juniors. The legendary Argentine side are currently languishing at the bottom end of the Argentine table in 15th place.
Speaking of international soccer, one writer points out that Fenway Park may not be the best venue for the Old Firm derby for one chief reason: security.
That match would take place after the World Cup, where according to one statistical analyst, the USA should have no problem getting out of their group.
The World Cup is the only missing piece in this American player’s lengthy soccer resume.
The New York Times paints the picture of what it’s like to be England ahead of the World Cup opener against the USA on June 12.
Lastly, on a day which saw the Mexican National Team lose forward Miguel Sabah for the World Cup, the country’s club teams enjoyed mixed results in the Copa Libertadores second round first legs. Chivas Guadalajara recorded a convincing 3-0 home win vs. Vélez Sarsfield while San Luis lost 1-0 at home to defending Libertadores champs Estudiantes.
Three Brazilian clubs are in action today as the second round continues with Peru's Universitario vs. São Paulo (6:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports en Español) and Flamengo vs. Corinthians (8:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports en Español).