WEDNESDAY, OCT. 5
Velez Sarsfield (Argentina) at Universidad Catolica (Chile)
Fox Deportes, 3 p.m.
Velez is the No. 1 seed for South America's No. 2 club competition after winning the Argentine title. Catolica has lost just twice at home in 2011.
Vasco da Gama (Brazil) at Aurora (Bolivia), Fox Deportes, 5:30 p.m.
Akron at UC Santa Barbara
Fox Soccer Channel, 7 p.m.
The defending NCAA champs visit Goleta, where awaits a huge crowd and the struggling Gauchos, who are coming off back-to-back losses to fellow UCs Riverside and Irvine. Replay: Midnight
ON LOCAL FIELDS
UC Irvine at Cal State Fullerton
Titan Stadium (Fullerton), 7 p.m.
The OC rivals meet in a can't-lose (although a tie might be workable) showdown in just the second week of the Big West? That's what surprise losses in conference openers will do, although the No. 7 Anteaters bounced back to win at UC Santa Barbara.
Vanguard at Concordia (Irvine), 3 p.m.
Cal Lutheran at Occidental (Eagle Rock), 4 p.m.
Whittier at Pomona-Pitzer (Claremont), 4 p.m.
Caltech at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Claremont), 7 p.m.
La Verne at Redlands, 7 p.m.
Hope International at Biola (La Mirada), 7 p.m.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Chapman (Orange), 5 p.m.
Occidental at Cal Lutheran (Thousand Oaks), 7 p.m.
Pomona-Pitzer at Whittier, 7 p.m.
Redlands vs. La Verne at Damien High School (La Verne), 7 p.m.
THURSDAY, OCT. 6
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Real Salt Lake at Vancouver Whitecaps
MLS Direct Kick, 6:30 p.m.
RSL has lost three in a row but seems unlikely to lose its hold on the No. 3 spot in the West, especially with a win over the lowly 'Caps. Question is: Does RSL really want to finish third? That means Seattle in the playoffs. Dropping to fourth would add one must-win game to the schedule, but the Eastern Conference bracket will be much more pliable.
Portland at BYU
Fox Soccer Channel, 6 p.m.
The Pilots, a struggling-at-the-moment national powerhouse, welcomes BYU to the West Coast Conference. Replay: midnight
ON LOCAL FIELDS
San Diego at Pepperdine
Tari Frahm Rokus Field (Malibu), 3 p.m.
The eighth-ranked Waves are unbeaten heading into their West Coast Conference schedule, thanks to stingy defense and the play up front of Fresno-area products Anisa Guajardo and Lynn Williams.
UC Davis at UC Riverside, 7 p.m.
Caltech at La Sierra (Riverside), 7 p.m.