Los Angeles Soccer: World Cup

WORLD CUP: U.S. makes its point

June, 12, 2012
6/12/12
9:26
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The U.S. settled for a point in its second World Cup qualifier after watching a late lead disappear in a 1-1 draw in Guatemala.

Chicago Fire star Marco Pappa's free kick toward the upper-right corner in the 83rd minute left goalkeeper Tim Howard rooted to his spot, enabling the Chapines (0-1-1) to claim a point in their Group A home opener.

Clint Dempsey scored near the end of the first half for the Americans (1-0-1), who are atop their semifinal group on goal difference over Jamaica (1-0-1), which played a scoreless draw at Antigua & Barbuda (0-1-1).

ELSEWHERE: Hector Moreno nodded home a misplay by Salvadoran goalkeeper Benji Villalobos in the 82nd minute to lift Mexico to a 2-1 triumph in San Salvador. In the other Group B game, Real Salt Lake's Alvaro Saborio scored a hat trick to lead Costa Rica past Guyana, 4-0. ... Canada gained a point in Toronto, playing Honduras to a scoreless draw in Group C. Panama is atop the group after beating Cuba, 1-0, on Nelson Barahona's second-half strike.
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2014 WORLD CUP QUALIFYING
CONCACAF
Third round
Tuesday's results


GROUP A
Guatemala 1 (Pappa 83), United States 1 (Dempsey 40)
Antigua & Barbuda 0, Jamaica 0

Standings
1. United States 1-0-1 (4-2 GF-GA) 4 points
2. Jamaica 1-0-1 (2-1) 4
3. Guatemala 0-1-1 (2-3) 1
4. Antigua & Barbuda 0-1-1 (1-3) 1

GROUP B
El Salvador 1 (Pacheco 65), Mexico 2 (Zavala 60, Moreno 82)
Guyana 0, Costa Rica 4 (Saborio 20, 26, 52, Campbell 77)

Standings
1. Mexico 2-0-0 (5-2) 6
2. Costa Rica 1-0-1 (6-2) 4
3. El Salvador 0-1-1 (3-4) 1
4. Guyana 0-2-0 (1-7) 0

GROUP C
Canada 0, Honduras 0
Panama 1 (Barahona 58), Cuba 0

Standings
1. Panama 2-0-0 (3-0) 6
2. Canada 1-0-1 (1-0) 4
3. Honduras 0-1-1 (0-2) 1
4. Cuba 0-2-0 (0-2) 0

WCQ: Bocanegra equals Balboa in win

June, 8, 2012
6/08/12
10:16
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Carlos BocanegraAndy Mead/Icon SMIAlta Loma's Carlos Bocanegra scored the first goal for the U.S. on Friday night.


The U.S. opened its World Cup campaign with a tighter-than-desired 3-1 victory over rising Caribbean minnow Antigua & Barbuda, and Carlos Bocanegra made one of the deepest impressions.

The American captain, 33, scored the first goal and gave a solid performance at left back, his former position -- and a problem spot for the U.S., at least on this occasion.

Bocanegra, circling to the far post, knocked home the remains of a Landon Donovan corner kick to give the U.S. and eighth-minute lead. It was the 13th international goal for the former UCLA star from Alta Loma, equaling Hall of Famer Marcelo Balboa's U.S. mark for defenders.

Balboa, from Cerritos, starred for the U.S. at the 1990 and 1994 World Cups, was part of the 1998 team and made 128 appearances in a 12-year national team career. Bocanegra, who plays for Rangers in Scotland, has played 105 internationals since debuting for the U.S. in 2001.

Bocanegra is a center back who started his career as a left back, and he moved to the flank Friday when Jose Francisco Torres -- employed on the left with Fabian Johnson and Edgar Castillo unavailable because of injury -- went down with an ankle injury in the 54th minute.

If Johnson can't return from a calf injury in the next few days, Bocanegra is likely to start on the left in Tuesday's qualifier at Guatemala.

Donovan, the Galaxy captain from Redlands, set up two goals -- he also drew the foul for Clint Dempsey's penalty just before halftime -- in an otherwise quiet performance, and former Galaxy star Herculez Gomez netted the third goal for the U.S.

U.S. grades can be found here.

2014 WORLD CUP QUALIFYING
CONCACAF
Third round
Group A
United States 3 (Bocanegra 8, Dempsey 44, Gomez 72), Antigua & Barbuda 1 (Byers 65)
Jamaica 2 (Phillips 40, Johnson 46), Guatemala 1 (Pezzarossi 92+)

Group B
Mexico 3 (Salcido 11, G. Dos Santos 15, og Rodrigues 51), Guyana 1 (og Moreno 62)
Costa Rica 2 (Saborio 10, Campbell 15), El Salvador 2 (Gutierrez 23, Romero 54)

Group C
Cuba 0, Canada 1 (Occean 54)
Honduras 0, Panama 2 (Perez 64, 80)

CHIVAS: Agudelo dropped by U.S.

May, 25, 2012
5/25/12
10:29
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Chivas USA's young new star has returned the club after he was dropped from the U.S. national team roster for the “five-game tournament” that begins with Saturday's friendly against Scotland in Jacksonville, Fla., and wraps up with next month's World Cup qualifiers against Antigua & Barbuda and Guatemala.

Juan Agudelo, a 19-year-old, Colombian-born striker acquired eight days ago in a trade from the New York Red Bulls, has been a regular for the U.S. under Jurgen Klinsmann, but his failure to make the cut from 27 to 23 players was not all that surprising. He has just returned from a knee injury and is still seeking his best form, having made only his second start of the season in his Chivas debut in last weekend's SuperClasico victory over the Galaxy.

Agudelo returned to the Goats on Thursday, is scheduled to train Friday morning and be available for Saturday's night's Major League Soccer game against the Seattle Sounders at Home Depot Center.

Also trimmed from the camp roster were Sporting Kansas City midfielder Graham Zusi and two German-born players, Hertha Berlin defender Alfredo Morales and 1899 Hoffenheim midfielder Danny Williams.

Agudelo was the only one of seven forwards in the Orlando, Fla., camp who did not make the roster for three friendlies -- the U.S. plays Brazil on Wednesday in Landover, Md., and Canada next Saturday in Toronto -- and for the qualifiers June 8 against Antigua in Tampa, Fla., and June 12 at Guatemala. The forwards on the list: Galaxy captain Landon Donovan, San Jose's Chris Wondolowski, Herculez Gomez from Mexican champion Santos Laguna, and European-employed Jozy Altidore, Terrence Boyd and Clint Dempsey.

Donovan (Redlands/Redlands East Valley HS) is five local players on the roster. The others are Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando (Montclair/Montclair HS and UCLA), Rangers defender Carlos Bocanegra (Alta Loma/Alta Loma HS and UCLA), Chievo Verona midfielder Michael Bradley (Manhattan Beach), and Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu (Fontana/Etiwanda HS). Two San Diegans -- veteran Hannover 96 defender Steve Cherundolo and Club Tijuana midfielder Joe Corona -- also made the cut.

Here's the full U.S. roster for the five games:

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Donovan: 'I have to go and prove myself'

May, 21, 2012
5/21/12
12:08
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CARSON -- Landon Donovan trained with the U.S. national team Monday for the first time in nearly nine months after joining preparations in Orlando, Fla., for three friendlies -- the first Saturday against Scotland -- in advance of next month's World Cup qualifying openers.


The Galaxy's captain and, with Clint Dempsey, the Americans' biggest star (he's played in three World Cups, has 138 caps and is the all-time U.S. leader for goals (46) and assists (47)) has played just twice under Jurgen Klinsmann, in the German legend's debut with the national team last August against Mexico and in the Home Depot Center loss to Costa Rica last September. He has since pulled out of three camps or trips because of injury or illness, most recently missing February's victory over Italy in Genoa.

Donovan, at 30, remains pivotal for the U.S. even as Dempsey's star ascends -- the Texan scored 23 goals in 46 games for English Premier League side Fulham this season -- and a new generation of talent, including Chivas USA newcomer Juan Agudelo and several German-born sons of servicemen, begin to assert themselves.

He's one of 27 players on Klinsmann's initial list for games against the Scots in Jacksonville, Fla., Brazil on May 30 in Landover, Md., Canada on June 3 in Toronto and qualifiers for 2014 against Antigua & Barbuda on June 8 in Tampa, Fla., and at Guatemala on June 12. That list will be trimmed Friday to 23, and Donovan is certain to be on that list.

Donovan spoke to media about his return to the national team following the Galaxy's SuperClasico defeat Saturday night to Chivas USA:

You haven't spent much time in camp with Klinsmann.

Yeah, it’s been a long time for me and I’m excited. I’m excited to see the guys, and excited to be a part of what they’re doing there. It’s hard when you’re looking from the outside in for so long, so I’m excited to get there. As always when you do this, you’ve got to refocus quickly and be ready, because no one cares what’s happening here [with the Galaxy's struggles], they care what’s happening there.

You've been away so long. Will it require some reintegration?

I know Jurgen well, and I know the guys well, so it’s not -- there’s maybe a few new players but I think it’ll be pretty seamless, and it’s not my first camp, so I’ll be fine. But it’ll take a little bit of time to understand ideas and philosophy and those kind of things, but I think Jurgen and I see the game the same way, so it’ll be pretty easy.

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GALAXY: No Donovan for U.S.? Well ...

May, 15, 2012
5/15/12
1:44
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Jurgen Klinsmann has started unveiling the names of those with whom he's ready to head into his first World Cup qualifying campaign, and Landon Donovan's name is nowhere to be found.

Has the Galaxy captain, who has played in just two of 10 U.S. national team games under Klinsmann after pulling out of three call-ups because of injury, fallen out of favor with the German legend? Ha!

No, Klinsmann has a reputation for doing things differently, and he's living up to it in announcing the most important roster of his 9½-month tenure as U.S. coach. It's coming in waves, with the names of the first 16 of “as many as” 29 players for a camp that begins Tuesday in Orlando, Fla., released by U.S. Soccer.

More names -- Donovan's included, to be sure -- are scheduled to be announced Sunday, and the 23-man roster for three friendlies (against Scotland, Brazil and Canada), the June 8 qualifying opener against Antigua & Barbuda and the June 12 qualifier at Guatemala will be selected May 25.

Only two Major League Soccer players were among the first 16: Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando (Montclair/Montclair HS and UCLA) and midfielder Kyle Beckerman. RSL is the only MLS club with a bye this weekend.

Donovan's last game before departing for camp figures to be Saturday's SuperClasico against Chivas USA at Home Depot Center. While with the national team, he will miss only three games: May 23 against San Jose, May 26 at Houston and the May 29 U.S. Open Cup third-rounder. MLS is virtually taking off the first two weekends in June, with just one game each week.

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Bradley wins first with Egypt

February, 27, 2012
2/27/12
9:25
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Bob Bradley's tenure as Egypt's national coach reached an important first Monday: victory.

The Pharaohs routed Kenya, 5-0, in a friendly in Doha, Qatar, their first match since the Feb. 1 tragedy in Port Said, Egypt, in which 74 were killed at the end of a soccer match in what many in Egypt declared a massacre meant to punish fans of powerhouse Al-Ahly, whose hardcore supporters played a vital role in last year's revolution.

Bradley, who won worldwide praise after attending memorial protests in Cairo the day after the tragedy, is holding a camp in Doha in advance of Egypt's World Cup qualifying campaign. He had no players from Al-Ahly and was missing a couple of major figures who play in Europe.

A moment of silence was observed before kickoff.

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12 for '12: The best of what's ahead

January, 1, 2012
1/01/12
10:07
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Soccer in Southern California?

It's the Galaxy and Chivas USA, the L.A. Blues, lots of national-teamers (and nearly every head coach in the modern era), the best youth soccer in the country, a deep minor-league system, and about 70 colleges and universities -- several of them perennially chasing championships.

It's Landon Donovan and, we hope, David Beckham, but that's just a start. Hundreds of players from here have gone on to bigger things, and our fields are filled every weekend with youngsters carrying huge hopes.

It's one of the richest landscapes for adult soccer -- competitive, recreational, wholly casual and everything in between -- with hundreds of leagues from Ventura to Victorville.

It's also soccer in Mexico: Several clubs have huge followings in So Cal, every top-tier game is on television and Club Tijuana is a short drive south. It's big-name teams, such as Real Madrid and Manchester City, making summertime visits, but others, too -- the Ventura County Fusion always has a few foreign clubs on its slate.

Here are a dozen things we're looking forward to, strictly as a fan, in L.A. soccer this year:

1. Can the Galaxy repeat?: Whether it's Beckham or Frank Lampard in midfield -- or somebody else -- L.A. will be seeking an unprecedented third straight Supporters' Shield and to become the third club to win back-to-back MLS Cups. So many players had career-best seasons in 2011; can they be replicated?

2. World Cup qualifying: The U.S. games begin in June, with a half-dozen against Jamaica, Guatemala and Antigua & Barbuda on the schedule through mid-October, and the top two teams -- one, presumably, will be the Yanks -- advancing to next year's CONCACAF hexagonal final. Best thing about Caribbean opponents: Better likelihood of a qualifier coming here.

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SUNDAY, DEC. 25
  • TELEVISION
CHRISTMAS FARE
Championship Roundup
ESPN Deportes, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Who wouldn't want to be glued to the set all day watching 2011's title showdowns? With Spanish-language commentary? Perfect with eggnog. Here's the seven-game full slate:
English F.A. Cup
Manchester City vs. Stoke City, 7 a.m.
Copa Libertadores
Santos (Brazil) vs. Peñarol (Uruguay), 9 a.m.
Copa Sudamericana
Universidad de Chile (Chile) vs. LDU Quito (Ecuador), 11 a.m.
UEFA Champions League
Barcelona (Spain) vs. Manchester United (England), 1 p.m.
English F.A. Community Shield
Manchester City vs. Manchester United, 3 p.m.
UEFA SuperCup
Barcelona (Spain) vs. FC Porto (Portugal), 5 p.m.
FIFA Club World Cup
Barcelona (Spain) vs. Santos (Brazil), 7 p.m.

AUSTRALIAN A-LEAGUE
Brisbane Roar at Gold Coast United
Fox Soccer Channel, 12:30 a.m. (Monday)
The Roar were cruising atop the A-League when November ended, but four straight losses has dropped them to third, six points off the lead. Gold Coast is in last, but at least it has won this month. Replay: Fox Soccer Plus, 5 a.m. (Monday)

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SATURDAY, DEC. 24

No events scheduled

SUNDAY, DEC. 25


  • TELEVISION
CHAMPIONSHIP ROUNDUP
Christmas Fare
ESPN Deportes, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Who wouldn't want to be glued to the set all day watching 2011's title showdowns? With Spanish-language commentary? Perfect with eggnog. Here's the seven-game full slate:
English F.A. Cup
Manchester City vs. Stoke City, 7 a.m.
Copa Libertadores
Santos (Brazil) vs. Peñarol (Uruguay), 9 a.m.
Copa Sudamericana
Universidad de Chile (Chile) vs. LDU Quito (Ecuador), 11 a.m.
UEFA Champions League
Barcelona (Spain) vs. Manchester United (England), 1 p.m.
English F.A. Community Shield
Manchester City vs. Manchester United, 3 p.m.
UEFA SuperCup
Barcelona (Spain) vs. FC Porto (Portugal), 5 p.m.
FIFA Club World Cup
Barcelona (Spain) vs. Santos (Brazil), 7 p.m.
>FRIDAY, DEC. 23, AND SATURDAY, DEC. 24

No events scheduled

SUNDAY, DEC. 25


  • TELEVISION
CHAMPIONSHIP ROUNDUP
Christmas Fare
ESPN Deportes, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Who wouldn't want to be glued to the set all day watching 2011's title showdowns? With Spanish-language commentary? Perfect with eggnog. Here's the seven-game full slate:
English F.A. Cup
Manchester City vs. Stoke City, 7 a.m.
Copa Libertadores
Santos (Brazil) vs. Peñarol (Uruguay), 9 a.m.
Copa Sudamericana
Universidad de Chile (Chile) vs. LDU Quito (Ecuador), 11 a.m.
UEFA Champions League
Barcelona (Spain) vs. Manchester United (England), 1 p.m.
English F.A. Community Shield
Manchester City vs. Manchester United, 3 p.m.
UEFA SuperCup
Barcelona (Spain) vs. FC Porto (Portugal), 5 p.m.
FIFA Club World Cup
Barcelona (Spain) vs. Santos (Brazil), 7 p.m.
SUNDAY, DEC. 18
  • TELEVISION
FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP
Barcelona (Spain) vs. Santos (Brazil)
Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 2:30 a.m.

Barca looks to repeat as FIFA's club champion with a battle against Neymar and the South American champs in the title game. Replays: Fox Deportes, 6 a.m. and 2 p.m.; FSC, 4 p.m.

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Arsenal at Manchester City
Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 8 a.m.
EPL leader Man City looks to bounce back from elimination from the UEFA Champions League and a first league loss, last weekend against Chelsea. The fifth-place Gunners haven't lost in league play since Oct. 2.
Also
Manchester United at Queens Park Rangers, Fox Soccer Plus, 3:55 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Liverpool at Aston Villa, Fox Soccer Plus, 6 a.m.
Sunderland at Tottenham, Fox Soccer Channel, 2 p.m.
Championship
Southampton at Portsmouth, Fox Soccer Plus, 8 a.m.

ITALIAN SERIE A
Udinese at Lazio
Fox Soccer Plus, 2 p.m.
The Scudetto race, in a nutshell: Two teams with 30 points, two with 28, and a gap to everyone else. Rome's Lazio is one of the teams with 28. Udine's Udinese has 30.
Also
AS Roma at Napoli, Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 11:30 a.m.
Inter Milan at Cesena, Fox Soccer Channel, midnight
German Bundesliga
Mainz 05 at Borussia Moenchengladbach, GolTV, 8:30 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Spanish La Liga
Real Sociedad at Racing Santander, ESPN Deportes,10:40 a.m.
Malaga at Valencia, GolTV, 12:30 and 7 p.m. and midnight
French Ligue 1
Lille at Paris Saint-Germain, Fox Soccer Plus, 11:55 a.m.

COLOMBIAN LIGA POSTOBON
Once Caldas at Junior
GolTV, 2:30 p.m.
Junior, from Barranquilla, won the regular-season title and has weaved through the playoffs into the fall title series, where third-place Once Caldas', winner of the same competition last year, awaits. The second leg is Wednesday in Manizales.
  • ON LOCAL FIELDS
INDOOR SOCCER
Tacoma Stars at Anaheim Bolts
Anaheim Convention Center, 6 p.m.

The Bolts would be looking for their fifth straight win had they held on to a four-goal lead Friday night in Turlock. That they didn't makes this one all the more vital.

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SATURDAY, DEC. 17

  • TELEVISION

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Norwich City at Everton
Fox Soccer Channel, 7 a.m.

Here's a look at Landon Donovan's home away from home. Everton, which he'll join in just a couple of weeks, is struggling -- 12th place, at 5-8-1 -- and could use a win over the Canaries, who just beat Newcastle. Replays: Fox Deportes, 2 p.m.
Also
Swansea City at Newcastle United, ESPN Deportes, 6:55 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Bolton at Fulham, Fox Soccer Plus, 6:55 a.m.
Stoke City at Wolverhampton, Fox Deportes, 7 a.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, 2 p.m.
Chelsea at Wigan Athletic, Fox Soccer Channel, 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 9:30 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion at Blackburn, Fox Soccer Plus, 11 a.m.
Championship
Middlesbrough at Cardiff City, Fox Soccer Plus, 1 p.m.

GERMAN BUNDESLIGA
Werder Bremen at Schalke 04
ESPN Deportes, 1 p.m.
The best title race in Europe's big five always seems to belong to the Bundesliga, and the top five clubs are within five points just shy of the season's midpoint. Schalke is third and Werder fifth.
Also
Borussia Dortmund at Freiburg, GolTV, 6:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Italian Serie A
Cagliari at Chievo Verona, Fox Soccer Plus, 8:55 a.m.
Siena at AC Milan, Fox Soccer Plus, 11:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 11:30 a.m.

SPANISH LA LIGA
Real Madrid at Sevilla
GolTV, 1 p.m.
Real lost its hold on first place with last week's loss to Barcelona, but Jose Mourinho believes the Merengues will be No. 1 again soon. “If we beat Sevilla, we will be leaders at Christimas,” he says. Replay: 5 p.m.
Also
Espanyol at Sporting Gijon, GolTV, 9 a.m.
Real Zaragoza at Athletic Bilbao, ESPN Deportes, 10:55 a.m. and 5 p.m.

FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP
Kashiwa Reysol (Japan) vs. Al-Sadd (Qatar)
Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 11:30 p.m.
Neither of Asia's representatives were expected to make it into the semifinals of FIFA's official club championship, but once there, neither figured to go any further. They didn't and meet for third place.

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FRIDAY, DEC. 16
  • TELEVISION
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Round of 16 draw
Fox Deportes, 6 a.m.

The group-play survivors are paired up for February's start to the knockout phase in the best club competition on the planet. The group winners, including stunning Cypriots APOEL, will be assigned a runner-up. The others in the mix: champions Barcelona, Real Madrid, Arsenal, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Bayern Munich and Benfica, and runners-up AC Milan, Bayer Leverkusen, Olympique Marseille, Lyon, Napoli, CSKA Moscow, Zenit St. Petersburg and FC Basel. Replay: Fox Soccer Channel, 8 a.m., 4 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.; Fox Deportes, 2 p.m.

GERMAN BUNDESLIGA
FC Cologne at Bayern Munich
ESPN Deportes, 11:25 a.m.
Is there any forward as hot as Bayern's Mario Gomez? The German sharpshooter has 22 goals in 22 matches this season, 15 in 15 in Bundesliga play.
Australian A-League
Sydney FC at Newcastle Jets, Fox Soccer Channel, 10:30 a.m.

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THURSDAY, DEC. 15

  • TELEVISION

FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP
Barcelona (Spain) vs. Al-Sadd (Qatar)
Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 2:30 a.m.

The Qataris stunned the African champs from Tunisia to reach the semifinals, where await the mightiest of all clubs -- and the defending champs. Winner gets Brazil's Santos in the final. Replays: Fox Deportes, 7 and 11 a.m., 2 and 6 p.m.; FSC, 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE
Stade Rennes (France) at Atletico Madrid (Spain)
GolTV, noon
A meaningless game between decent sides as Europe's No. 2 club competition wraps up the group phase. Atletico has already clinched a round-of-32 berth, and Rennes has been eliminated.
Also
Vorskla Poltava (Ukraine) at Hannover 96 (Germany), GolTV, 10 a.m.

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14

  • TELEVISION

FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP
Kashiwa Reysol (Japan) vs. Santos (Brazil)
Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 2:30 a.m.

The Copa Libertadores champs from Brazil take on the host country's champion, a surprise winner (on penalties) over Monterrey. The victor heads to the final. Replays: Fox Deportes, 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.; FSC, 5 p.m.
Also
Monterrey (Mexico) vs. Esperance (Tunisia), Fox Deportes, 5 and 9 a.m.; FSC, 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE
Athletic Bilbao (Spain) at Paris Saint-Germain (France)
GolTV, 10 a.m.
PSG has mighty aspirations -- that's what's behind the pursuit of David Beckham -- but its European campaign will be over unless it can do more against the Group F winners than Red Bull Salzburg manages against last-place Slovan Bratislava. Meaning it's likely over following this group finale in Europe's No. 2 club competition.
Also
Odense BK (Denmark) at Fulham (England), GolTV, noon

COPA SUDAMERICANA
LDU Quito (Ecuador) at Universidad de Chile (Chile)
Fox Deportes, 4 p.m.
La U is 90 minutes from their first South American trophy after winning last week's first leg, a 1-0 decision in Quito, on Eduardo Vargas' ninth goal of the tournament. A draw will be enough at home.
Colombian Liga Postobon
Millonarios at Junior, GolTV, 4 p.m. and midnight

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