Best Bets Aug. 17/18: What to watch, where to go

August, 17, 2011
8/17/11
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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 17

  • TELEVISION

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
FC Zurich (Switzerland) at Bayern Munich (Germany)
Fox Soccer Channel, 11:30 a.m.

Germany's biggest club always faces expectations any other club would think unreasonable, and not getting to the CL's group stage would be beyond disastrous. A big win in the first leg pf the playoffs will help. Replays: Fox Soccer Plus, 2 p.m. and 1 a.m.; Fox Deportes, 5 p.m.
Also
Villarreal (Spain) at Odense (Denmark), Fox Deportes, 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, 2 p.m.; Fox Soccer Plus, 9 p.m.
Malmö (Sweden) at Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia), Fox Soccer Plus, 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, 1 p.m.
Copa Sudamericana
Yaracuyanos (Venezuela) at Liga de Quito (Ecuador), Fox Deportes, 3 p.m.
San Jose (Bolivia) at Nacional (Paraguay), Fox Deportes, 11 p.m.

SPANISH SUPERCOPA
Real Madrid at Barcelona
ESPN Deportes and GolTV, 2 p.m.
An invigorating first leg finished 2-2, so the giants rample on to the Nou Camp to battle for the Spanish season's first trophy. Replay: GolTV, 5 p.m.

UEFA U-20 WORLD CUP
Mexico vs. Brazil
ESPNU, 5:45 p.m.
Two second-half goals by Edson Rivera knocked out host Colombia and sent the Mexicans into a semifinal showdown with Brazil, which needed penalty kicks to conquer Spain in the most scintillating of the quarterfinals.
Also
Portugal vs. France, ESPNU, 2:45 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Portland Timbers at Sporting Kansas City
MLS Direct Kick, 5:30 p.m.
Sporting finally lost at home, victim to two Seattle stoppage-time goals a week and a half ago, but remain in the thick of the Eastern Conference race after rallying from a poor, road-heavy start to the season. The Timbers are good one week, not so good the next.
Also
Houston Dynamo at New England Revolution, MLS Direct Kick, 5 p.m.
Women's Professional Soccer
Boston Breakers at magicJack, Fox Soccer Channel, 4:30 p.m.

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
FC Dallas at Pumas UNAM (Mexico)
Fox Soccer Channel, 9:30 p.m.
The Hoops head to Mexico City to open their CCL group campaign, and if they're a favorite to reach next year's knockout stage from Group C, then so are the Cats. Mexico's reigning champ is atop the standings after five games in the Primera Division's fall Apertura.
Also
Isidro Metapan (El Salvador) at Colorado Rapids, Fox Soccer Channel, 7 p.m.




  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

COLLEGE MEN
California at Cal State Fullerton
Titan Stadium (Fullerton), 7 p.m.

The Titans, a regional and burgeoning national powerhouse in the 1990s, is looking to return to the top tier in the Big West, and their path this season begins with an exhibition against one of the West Coast's top programs.







THURSDAY, AUG. 18

  • TELEVISION

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
APOEL (Cyprus) at Wisla Krakow (Poland)
Fox Deportes, noon

The world's greatest club competition will soon be down to the big boys and a few wanna-bes, but it's the depth of the participation pool -- with clubs from every country -- this early in the season that makes the CL so special. Replays: Fox Soccer Channel, 3 p.m.; Fox Soccer Plus, 6 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Also
Racing Genk (Belgium) at Maccabi Haifa (Israel), Fox Deportes, 8 a.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, 1 p.m.

COPA SUDAMERICANA
Universidad de Chile (Chile) at Fenix (Uruguay)
Fox Deportes, 3 p.m.
Eduardo Vargas
' second-half strike lifted the Chileans in their home leg of this first-stage series in South America's No. 2 club competition. Hold on, and they'll get another, better, foe from Montevideo -- powerhouse Nacional -- in next month's second stage.
Also
Juan Aurich (Peru) at La Equidad (Colombia), Fox Deportes, 5:30 p.m.

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Toronto FC at Tauro (Panama)
Fox Soccer Channel, 5 p.m.
The Reds might as well be at season's start, given the massive roster rollover during Aron Winter's first season in charge, but that's not a bad thing. Canada's top club looks like it's securing a foothold, for the first time in its five years, and it might give the favored Panamanians a battle. Replay: midnight.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
D.C. United at Chicago Fire
ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 6 p.m.
Dwayne De Rosario
's arrival is transforming D.C. into -- dare we say it -- a title contender, and although it sits sixth in the Eastern Conference (and out of MLS's playoff zone), Columbus and Philadelphia need be wary. If this ends even, the Fire sets an MLS mark for ties, with their 15th (in 24 games).

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