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Seven matches worth watching during the international break

Between World Cup qualifiers and international friendlies, it’s a great weekend for soccer.

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With just three MLS matches on the docket this weekend, you may need some help getting your soccer fix. But don’t worry—there’s still plenty of action to follow over the next six days.

Here are seven matches worth watching:

Thursday, June 8

U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Sweden
International friendly in Gothenburg, Sweden

Kick-off time: 1:30 p.m. ET
Broadcast: ESPN2

The U.S. and Sweden share a rich history, with Sweden coach Pia Sundhage—who coached the USWNT from 2008-2012—serving as the face of the rivalry. Sundhage has yet to lose to the U.S. since moving back to her native country; the last time the two teams met, Sweden beat the United States in penalty kicks, a match that eliminated the Yanks from the 2016 Summer Olympics. Can the U.S. finally take down Sweden?

U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Trinidad & Tobago
World Cup qualifier in Commerce City, Colo.

Kick-off time: 7:50 p.m. ET
Broadcast: FOX Sports 1, UniMas

After a brutal start to the final round of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying, the U.S. has started to right the ship under Bruce Arena’s leadership. But with six points separating the USMNT and first-place Mexico, there’s still plenty of work to be done. Arena’s side will look to stay on track against Trinidad & Tobago, who have gone 1-3 in this stage of qualification.

Friday, June 9

France vs. Sweden
World Cup qualifier in Solna, Sweden

Kick-off time: 2:45 p.m. ET
Broadcast: FOX Sports 2

In a competitive Group A of UEFA World Cup qualification, France (13 points) and Sweden (10 points) sit atop the table. France handed Sweden its lone loss of qualification in November, a 2-1 result in Saint-Denis, France. If Sweden wins the rematch, the underachieving Netherlands (seven points) may very well miss out on a trip to Russia.

Sunday, June 11

U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Norway
International friendly in Sandefjord, Norway

Kick-off time: 1:15 p.m. ET
Broadcast: ESPN2

The United States and Norway represent two of just four countries to win a Women’s World Cup. And on Sunday, the two nations will square off during a friendly in southern Norway. The hosts have historically had success when playing the U.S., winning 15 matches all-time, more than any other nation. But the last time the two teams met, Carli Lloyd helped erase a 1-0 halftime deficit, guiding the U.S. to a 2-1 win.

Iceland vs. Croatia
World Cup qualifier Reykjavik, Iceland

Kick-off time: 2:45 p.m. ET
Broadcast: FOX Soccer Plus

Iceland has never qualified for the World Cup. Yet after five UEFA qualification matches, the country has amassed an impressive 3-1-1 record, with its only loss coming to Croatia, the top team in Group I. With three points separating the two teams, a win would move Iceland even closer to Russia—either as the outright winner of the group, or as a contender in UEFA’s World Cup playoff.

U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Mexico
World Cup qualifier in Mexico City, Mexico

Kick-off time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Broadcast: FOX Sports 1

After playing Trinidad & Tobago on Thursday, the U.S. will visit Mexico at Estadio Azteca, where El Tri has earned a 40-2-7 all-time record. Arena’s side will have to overlook that stat on Sunday, as the U.S. desperately need a result against the leaders of CONCACAF qualification. Mexico took care of business in Columbus last year, claiming a 2-1 win. Can the Yanks flip the script?

Tuesday, June 13

Panama vs. Honduras
World Cup Qualifier in Panama City, Panama

Kick-off time: 9:35 p.m. ET
Broadcast: NBC Universo

Currently sitting in third place on the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying table, Panama (five points) has its sights set on Russia. To qualify, the team will need a strong second pass through the Hex, with the U.S. and Honduras (four points each) approaching quickly. On Tuesday, Panama has a chance to earn some breathing room from Honduras, when the two teams meet in Panama City.