Around the Leagues: Holiday Weekend Hosting Great Games
The festive season is in full swing and so are the colossal holiday clashes in global soccer.
While the Major League Soccer season came to a close over a week ago, some clubs have still been competing in the Concacaf Champions League.
On Tuesday, LAFC met Tigres U.A.N.L. in the CCL Final and despite taking a 1-0 lead in the second half, the SoCal club fell 2-1 to the Liga MX-side. In the 61st minute, Diego Rossi netted the first goal of the game before Tigres' Hugo Ayala and Andre-Pierre Gignac found the back of the net to ensure their club was headed home with silverware.
Next season, LAFC will be joined by Austin FC as an expansion club in MLS - taking the league total up to 27 teams.
In Europe, Christmas Eve features fixtures from a pair of big European league in the Turkish Super Lig and the Israeli Premier League.
While the rest of the world takes Christmas Day off from competing, Bolivia's top tier of professional soccer - Bolivian Liga Profesional - offers four fixtures including one team competing on Friday by the name of Club Always Ready.
Saturday marks a special day in United Kingdom - Boxing Day - which is always celebrated the day after Christmas and is loaded with action from all leagues across England, Wales and Scotland.
Boxing Day kicks off with a mouthwatering matchup when second-place Leicester City host third-place Manchester United early Saturday morning. A few hours later, Arsenal will hope to get their season back on track when London rivals Chelsea - led by USMNT star Christian Pulisic - host the Blues at the Emirates.
Up north in the Scottish Premiership, Rangers will hope to build on its massive lead at the top of the table when Hibernian visit Glasgow on Saturday. Second-place Celtic need a positive result hours later when the legendary Scottish-side visit Hamilton Academical.
The following day in EPL play, league leaders Liverpool host West Bromich Albion who recently fired manager Slaven Bilic just over a week ago. Sunday's showcase also sees Wolverhampton Wanderers host sixth-place Tottenham Hotspur to close out the weekend fixtures in England's topflight.
The world's game starts to slowly return globally on Sunday as well as the Portuguese Liga, Spanish Copa del Rey, Dutch Eredivisie, Brazilian Serie A and Argentina Liga Profesional de Futbol all host a slew of league showdowns in each of their respective countries around the world.
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