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I mean, you guys were wondering what the UEFA Nations League is about...

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We’ve been having daily open threads for the MLB Playoffs, but with the Rays out to a 3-0 series lead in the ALCS, and the Braves up 2-0 in the NLCS... well, let’s open things up a bit and bring in the sheer weirdness that is the UEFA Nations League.

This was a point of discussion in the comments yesterday, and I am here to explain to you what is going on here. Between World Cups, international soccer is limited to continental competitions in addition to the qualification process for the next World Cup. But with more international breaks in club seasons than there are World Cup qualifiers for many national teams, UEFA has gotten creative and replaced international friendlies (a fancy word for exhibition games) with something called the UEFA Nations League, which apparently also plays into the qualification process for the UEFA competition.

Anyway, it seems a bunch of those games are on ESPN+, with Italy-Netherlands on ESPN2 at 1:30 PM CT, and a couple of matches as early as 11 AM. So if you want an open thread for weird international soccer matches, here it is.

The “official” schedule of games:

5:00 PM CT: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Atlanta Braves (FS1)

Yeah, Kyle Wright is pitching in this one for the Braves, who are two games away from the franchise’s first World Series appearance since 1999.

6:30 PM CT: Coastal Carolina at UL Lafayette (ESPN)

Wednesday night college football? Wednesday night college football.

7:30 PM CT: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Houston Astros (TBS)

Yeah, the Astros are one game away from getting swept in the ALCS, which I am sure will make some of you happy, but Zack Greinke will be starting this one so you might have to wait.