The summer gets very interesting for soccer fans in the United States this week. The Opening Ceremony for the upcoming London Summer Olympics may not take place until this weekend, but Olympic soccer kicks off this Wednesday. The 2012 Major League Soccer All-Star Game, a match that features Chelsea as opponents, takes place on that same day. Other international friendlies will also occur during the midweek, giving you many reasons to consider sneaking a TV into the office (if necessary, of course). ESPN3/Watch ESPN once again offers games that aren't showing on TV in the States.
All times listed below are ET
Live soccer games on US TV for July 23
No live games will air on US TV this coming Monday. Devote the day to other matters, as you'll be plenty busy with live soccer games throughout the rest of the week.
Live soccer games on US TV for July 24
ESPN Deportes: Your Tuesday begins with an afternoon friendly. FC Schalke 04 play against AC Milan, and that game takes place at 12:55 pm. That match will also be available via the ESPN3/Watch ESPN service. ESPN3/Watch ESPN will show the LA Galaxy vs. Tottenham Hotspur match live at 10:30 pm.
Univision Deportes: Tune into Univision Deportes for a duo of evening contests. Querétaro vs. Correcaminos UAT begins at 8:00 pm. Toluca vs. Lobos Buap immediately follows at 10:00 pm.
FOX Deportes: FOX Deportes will show two live Copa Sudamericana games on Tuesday. Danubio will play against Olimpia at 6:00 pm. Tacuarí vs. Cobréloa is set to begin at 8:30 pm.
Live soccer games on US TV for July 25
FOX Soccer: FOX Soccer joins the fun on Wednesday with a morning match-up. Shanghai Shenhua will play against Manchester United, and that game kicks off at 8:00 am. This match will also air on FOX Deportes.
MSNBC: Let the Games begin! Great Britain take on New Zealand in Women's soccer action at 11:00 am. Columbia take on North Korea at 2:30 pm. That match will also show on the "Olympic Soccer station" that may/may not have popped up via your TV provider over this past weekend. Check local listings for information regarding this station. Sweden vs. Russia begins at 4:30 pm.
NBC Sports Network: Coverage of the USA vs. France Women's soccer match begins at noon. This game will also air on your special "Olympic Soccer station." NBC Sports Network will show Cameroon vs. Brazil at 1:45 pm. Japan take on Canada at 4:00 pm.
ESPN: ESPN has a soccer doubleheader on Wednesday. Liverpool play against Roma at 6:30 pm. The MLS All-Stars will then take on Chelsea at 8:30 pm. Both matches are also available via ESPN3/Watch ESPN.
FOX Deportes: Tune into FOX Deportes at 8:30 pm for another Copa Sudamericana contest, as Dep. Táchira will play against Barcelona.
Univision Deportes: Univision Deportes will show three live games on Wednesday. Pumas Morelos take on Club San Luis at 5:00 pm. UDG vs. Pachuca starts at 8:00 pm. Atlante vs. La Piedad follows at 10:00 pm.
GolTV: GolTV will show three live games on Wednesday. B. Monchengladbach vs.1860 Munich starts at noon. Fenerbahce vs. Wisla Krakow follows at 2:00 pm. Gremio take on Fluminense later that night, and that game starts at 8:45 pm.
Live soccer games on US TV for July 26
Telemundo: According to the NBC Olympics TV schedule, Telemundo will have Men's soccer action from 6:30 am until 5:00 pm.
NBC Sports Network/Olympic Soccer network: Both NBC Sports and the previously mentioned Olympic Soccer station will show Honduras vs. Morocco at 7:00 AM. Mexico vs. South Korea follows that match on both stations. United Arab Emirates vs. Uruguay will air next on both stations. Great Britain vs. Senegal starts on the Olympic Soccer network at 2:00 pm. Coverage of that same match starts at 3:00 pm on NBCSN. NBC Sports will also have Belarus vs. New Zealand at 4:45 pm.
MSNBC: Spain will take on Japan at 9:45 am. Gabon vs. Switzerland follows at 11:45 am. Egypt vs. Brazil starts at 2:45 pm.
ESPN Deportes: ESPN Deportes has a single evening contest. Atletico MG play Santos FC at 8:00 pm. This match will also be available via ESPN3/Watch ESPN.
FOX Deportes: FOX Deportes gives you two more Copa Sudamericana matches on Thursday evening. Guaraní vs. Oriente Petrolero starts at 6:00 pm. O'Higgins vs. Cerro Porteño begins at 8:30 pm.
As always, check your local listings for channel availability and for any scheduling conflicts. For example, the Women's and Men's Olympic matches may be airing on different channels and at different times in your area depending on your location and/or TV provider.