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Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

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This weekend on TV: It's a big weekend for soccer, with RSL-Seattle at the top of the list

Saturday's Major League Soccer game between Real Salt Lake and Seattle Sounders FC is NOT in the evening. It's a 12:30 p.m. game.

It's also not on local TV because (gasp!) it's on a national outlet - the NBC Sports Network. That's Channel 695 on Comcast; Channel 220 on DirecTV; and Channel 159 on Dish.

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And, by the way, this is a Really Big Game. The winner will be in first place in the Western Conference. If Seattle wins, it will maintain its lead in the overall standings; if RSL wins, it will be at least tied for first in the overall standings.

By the way, this is a big weekend for soccer. The English Premiere League opens play for the 2014-15 season, and NBC Sports will either telecast or stream every game.

Here's this weekend's EPL schedule (all Mountain Daylight times):

SATURDAY

5:45 a.m.- Manchester United vs. Swansea City (NBCSN)

8 a.m. - Leicester City vs. Everton (NBCSN)

8 a.m. - Stoke City vs Aston Villa (Premier League Extratime - streaming)

8 a.m. - Queens Park Rangers vs. Hull City (Premier League Extratime - streaming)

8 a.m. - West Brom vs. Sunderland (Premier League Extratime - streaming)

8 a.m. - West Ham vs. Tottenham (Premier League Extratime - streaming)

10:30 a.m. - Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace (NBC/Ch. 5)

SUNDAY

6:30 a.m. - Liverpool vs. Southampton (NBCSN)

9 a.m. - Newcastle United vs. Manchester City (NBCSN)

MONDAY

1 p.m. - Burnley vs. Chelsea (NBCSN)

Friday on TV ...

The Knick (8, 9 and 10 p.m., Cinemax): Thackery orders the hospital superintendent to round up more cadavers.

Girl Meets World (7:45 p.m., Disney): Riley tries to help Maya mend her relationship with her mother.

Saturday on TV ...

Doctor Who: The Ulimate Companion (7 p.m., BBC America): A look back at the history of "Doctor Who."

Outlander (7, 8 and 9 p.m., Starz): Claire is introduced to the laird.

The Real History of Science Fiction (8 p.m., BBC America): A look at time travel in science fiction includes "The Time Machine," "The Grandfather Paradox," "The Butterfly Effect" and "Doctor Who."

Hell On Wheels (10 p.m., AMC): Cullen goes back to work on the railroad.

Saturday on TV ...

Big Brother (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Nominations for eviction are announced.

Rising Star (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): It's the semifinals.

The Musketeers (7 p.m., BBC America): The Musketeers are attacked when they try to get Queen Anne back to Paris.

The Witches of East End (7 and 9 p.m., Lifetime): Joanna and Alex try to find the Mandragora.

The Last Ship (7 and 9 p.m., TNT): Crew members are asked to volunteer for trials of Rachel's vaccine.

Unforgettable (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The investigation into the death of a college dropout takes an unexpected turn.

Wipeout (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): A dozen former couples compete.

The Lottery (8 p.m., Lifetime): The President announces the 200 lottery finalists.

Falling Skies (8 and 10 p.m., TNT): Tom and a team track the Volm.

Reckless (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Roy defends his high school sweetheart against murder charges.

True Blood (10 p.m., HBO): Bill pushes Sookie away.

Ray Donovan (10 p.m., Showtime): Ray makes contact with Volcheck to seek his help in taking down Cochran.

The Leftovers (11 p.m., HBO): Meg loses her cool during an encounter with Matt.

Masters of Sex (11 p.m., Showtime): Hendricks bans Masters from using black participants in his study.



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