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March 22/23: What to watch, where to go

THURSDAY, MARCH 22

  • TELEVISION

SPANISH LA LIGA

Espanyol at Real Betis

ESPN Deportes, 11:55 a.m.

Espanyol, Barcelona's No. 2 club, responded to a five-game winless streak by scoring five on Rayo Vallecano and three on Racing Santander, and it sits just one point out of a Europa League berth.

Also

Sevilla at Racing Santander, GolTV, noon

Italian Coppa Italia

Siena at Napoli, GolTV, 2 p.m. and midnight

COPA LIBERTADORES

Deportivo Quito (Ecuador) at Velez Sarsfield (Argentina)

Fox Deportes, 3:30 p.m.

The top two teams in Group 7 face off in Buenos Aires just two weeks after Ecuador's champs romped, 3-0, in the first meeting. It's key for Guadalajara, which is even on points with second-place Deportivo.

Also

Juan Aurich (Peru) at Santos (Brazil), Fox Deportes, Fox Deportes, 6 p.m.

CONCACAF OLYMPIC QUALIFYING

United States vs. Cuba

Mun2 and Universal Sports Network, 6 p.m.

The U.S. takes its first step toward London in a Group A opener in Nashville, Tenn. The Americans and Mexico are favored to grab the region's two berths.

Also

Canada vs. El Salvador, Mun2, 3:30 p.m.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION

Pachuca at Jaguares

Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54), 6:55 p.m.

The Clausura is starting to level out, with a solid first four, a solid second four, and seven others in striking distance for a playoff berth. Sixth-place Pachuca is among three clubs with just one loss in 11 games. Chiapas' Jaguares are in good form, with just one loss in their last four, and sit four points outside the postseason.

FRIDAY, MARCH 23

  • TELEVISION

GERMAN BUNDESLIGA

Hamburger SV at VfL Wolfsburg

GolTV, 12:30 p.m.

Hamburg's biggest club is trying to stave off relegation. HSV is only two points above the drop after four one-sided losses in its last five games.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION

America at Morelia

Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54), 5:55 p.m.

The combined record of the third-place Monarcas and second-place Aguilas? Try 13-3-6. Replay: Fox Deportes, 7 p.m.

Copa Libertadores

Godoy Cruz (Argentina) at Atletico Nacional (Colombia), Fox Deportes, 1 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Houston Dynamo at Seattle Sounders

NBC Sports Network, 7 p.m.

The Sounders romped in their MLS opener last week as former UCLA star David Estrada netted a hat trick. Houston is 2-0 after two 1-0 victories.

CONCACAF OLYMPIC QUALIFYING

Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago

Telemundo (KVEA/Channel 52), 8:30 p.m.

The Mexicans failed to claim an Olympic berth four years ago, which led to Hugo Sanchez's dismissal as national team coach. They're favored to reach London, but top Tri coach Jose Manuel de la Torre is running the team, although not in name, to be certain.

Also

Honduras vs. Panama, Mun2, 6 p.m.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

CONCACAF OLYMPIC QUALIFYING

Group B doubleheader

Home Depot Center (Carson), 6 p.m.

Honduras and Panama meet in a group opener, with Mexico and Trinidad & Tobago tangling in the 8:30 nightcap.