Best Bets Aug. 31/Sept. 1: What to watch, where to go

August, 31, 2011
8/31/11
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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 31
  • TELEVISION
COPA SUDAMERICANA
Godoy Cruz (Argentina) at Lanus (Argentina)
Fox Deportes, 5 p.m.

Lanus, which finished second in the spring Clausura, is making its seventh appearance in a South American club tournament since 2006. Mendoza's Godoy Cruz made their Copa Libertadores debut earlier this year. Now they play their first game in the continent's No. 2 championship.
  • ON LOCAL FIELDS
COLLEGE MEN
Whittier at Chapman
Wilson Field (Orange), 5 p.m.

The Panthers were disappointed not to receive an NCAA Division III postseason berth after a 10-7-2 campaign last fall. Returning all-region forwards Nick Echeverry and Mauricio Alfonso hope to lead Chapman into the tournament this year.
College women
Chapman vs. Hope International, Cal State Fullerton track and field stadium, 3 p.m.
Marymount at The Master's (Santa Clarita), 4 p.m.

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY
U.S. national team training session
Home Depot Center (Carson), 5 p.m.
New U.S. coach Juergen Klinsmann holds his first open training session -- with free attendance. U.S. Soccer is requesting that those planning to attend register by emailing rsvp@ussoccer.org.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 1
  • TELEVISION
2013 UEFA U-21 CHAMPIONSHIP
Azerbaijan at England
Fox Soccer Plus, 11:25 a.m.

They just crowned one UEFA U-21 champ (Spain) and determined Europe's entrants for next year's London Olympics, and now qualifying has started for the next tournament, with the English opening Group 8 play at Watford. Replay: 6 p.m.

COPA SUDAMERICANA
Velez Sarsfield (Argentina) at Argentinos Juniors (Argentina)
Fox Deportes, 4 p.m.
Velez won Argentina's Clausura title last spring and is a favorite to win South America's No. 2 club competition, although it will have to get past its cross-Buenos Aires rival in a home-and-home series to reach the group stage.
Also
Universitario (Peru) at Deportivo Anzoategui (Venezuela), Fox Deportes, 6 p.m.
  • ON LOCAL FIELDS
COLLEGE MEN
Cal State Northridge Labor Day Classic
Matador Soccer Field (Northridge), 4:30 and 7 p.m.

Reigning NCAA champion Akron, minus all those first-round MLS draft picks, takes on Cal State Fullerton in CSUN's tournament opener. The Matadors meet UNLV in the second game.
Also
St. Martin's (Wash.) at Cal State L.A. (University Hills), 4:30 p.m.
UC San Diego at Cal Baptist (Riverside), 4:30 p.m.
Rutgers-Newark at Pomona-Pitzer (Claremont), 5 p.m.
William Jessup at Vanguard (Costa Mesa), 6 p.m.
Sacramento State at UC Riverside, 7 p.m.
Colorado Mesa at Cal State Dominguez Hills (Carson), 7 p.m.
Carthage (Wis.) at Redlands, 7 p.m.

COLLEGE WOMEN
Grand Canyon at Cal Poly Pomona
Kellogg Field (Pomona), 11 a.m.
Former USC star and Canadian national-teamer Isabelle Harvey prodded her Broncos to a superb start last year, with just one loss in their first seven games, but five losses in their final half-dozen outings killed off their NCAA Division II tournament hopes. Cal Poly wants to start strong again, and it'll work on its finish.
Also
Dixie State (Utah) at Cal State San Bernardino, 11:30 a.m.
Northeastern State (Okla.) at Cal Baptist (Riverside), 2 p.m.
William Jessup at Concordia (Irvine), 2 p.m.
St. Martin's (Wash.) at Cal State L.A. (University Hills), 7 p.m.

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