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Week's Best in Soccer

7/1/2010

2010 WORLD CUP: We're done with the preliminaries, down to just 10 teams (and two more will be gone on Tuesday morning). The quarterfinals are where the World Cup begins for real, at least among the teams that count, and we've got giant showdowns coming Friday (Holland-Brazil) and Saturday (Argentina-Germany. If you like dark horses, there's Ghana and maybe Japan, although the Blue Samurai need to get past Paraguay first. (And for Fourth of July, ESPN Classic offers up an old favorite.) The final four begins next week. Times below are game times. Most broadcasts will begin a half-hour to an hour earlier with analysis and such. (And we trust the semifinal will be on ABC or ESPN, but no announcement yet from Bristol.)

Tuesday

Round of 16: Paraguay vs. Japan at Tshwane/Pretoria, 7 a.m. TV: ESPN, ESPN Deportes and Univision (KMEX/Channel 34), 7 a.m.; ESPN Classic, delayed, 3 p.m.; TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), delayed, 7 p.m.; ESPN2, delayed, 11 p.m.

Round of 16: Spain vs. Portugal at Cape Town, 11:30 a.m. TV: ESPN, ESPN Deportes and Univision (KMEX/Channel 34), 11:30 a.m.; ESPN Classic, delayed, 5 a.m.; Galavision, delayed, 9:30 p.m.; ESPN2, delayed, 1 a.m. (Tuesday)

Friday

Quarterfinal: Netherlands vs. Brazil at Port Elizabeth, 7 a.m. TV: ESPN, ESPN Deportes and Univision (KMEX/Channel 34), 7 a.m.

Quarterfinal: Uruguay vs. Ghana at Johannesburg, 11:30 a.m. TV: ESPN, ESPN Deportes and Univision (KMEX/Channel 34), 11:30 a.m.

Saturday

Quarterfinal: Argentina vs. Germany at Cape Town, 7 a.m. TV: ABC (KABC/Channel 7, ESPN Deportes and Univision (KMEX/Channel 34), 7 a.m.

Quarterfinal: Paraguay/Japan vs. Spain/Portugal, 11:30 a.m. TV: ABC (KABC/Channel 7, ESPN Deportes and Univision (KMEX/Channel 34), 11:30 a.m.

Sunday

2002 World Cup: United States vs. Mexico. TV: ESPN Classic, 4 p.m.

Next Tuesday

Semifinal: Netherlands/Brazil vs. Uruguay/Ghana, 11:30 a.m. TV: ESPN Deportes and Univision (KMEX/Channel 34); ESPN Classic, delayed, 3 p.m.

U.S. OPEN CUP: The Galaxy and Chivas enter America's oldest soccer competition in the third round, and they're both home on Tuesday night. Doubleheader? Nah, Chivas is playing in Fullerton.

Tuesday

Galaxy vs. AC St. Louis, Home Depot Center (Carson), 7:30 p.m.

Chivas USA vs. Austin Aztex, Titan Stadium/Cal State Fullerton (Fullerton), 7:30 p.m.

WOMEN'S PROFESSIONAL SOCCER: Abby Wambach and Marta picked sides, in the old schoolyard fashion, for WPS's second All-Star Game. Three local products will play: Chino Hills' Karen Bardsley, Redondo Beach's Shannon Boxx, and Lake Forest's Amy Rodriguez.

Wednesday

WPS All-Star Game at Kennesaw, Ga. TV: Fox Soccer Channel, 5 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER: A rare weekend when Chivas USA and the Galaxy are home. The Goats' best chance to end their losing streak is Saturday night against expansion Philadelphia, which has as many (or as few) points as the Western Conference's bottom club. The Galaxy return home for the first time since the World Cup break -- will Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle suit up? -- in their annual Fourth of July fireworks spectacular. Seattle is Sunday night's opponent.

Thursday

Houston at Toronto FC. TV: ESPN and ESPN Deportes, 4 p.m.

Friday

New England at Real Salt Lake. TV: MLS Direct Kick, 7 p.m.

Saturday

Chicago at Columbus. TV: Fox Soccer Channel, 5 p.m.; Fox Sports en Español, delayed, 9:30 p.m.

Kansas City at FC Dallas. TV: MLS Direct Kick, 5:30 p.m.

D.C. United at San Jose. TV: MLS Direct Kick, 7 p.m.

Philadelphia at Chivas USA, Home Depot Center (Carson), 7:30 p.m. TV: Fox Soccer Channel, 7:30 p.m.; Fox Sports en Español, delayed, 5 a.m. (Sunday)

Sunday

New York at Colorado. TV: MLS Direct Kick, 6 p.m.

Seattle at L.A. Galaxy, Home Depot Center (Carson), 7:30 p.m. TV: FSN West, 7:30 p.m.

CRUZ AZUL'S PREPARATION: The Mexican Primera Division's Apertura season is on the horizon, and Mexico City giant Cruz Azul is coming to Ventura to start preparations. See them against the defending USL Premier Development League champ.

Thursday

Ventura County Fusion vs. Cruz Azul, Ventura College (Ventura), 7 p.m.

W-LEAGUE: Pali Blues are reeling, with three straight losses (after none in their first 32 games). They'll look to put things right Thursday in Pacific Palisades and Monday in Santa Clarita.

Thursday

Pali Blues vs. Colorado Force, Palisades High School (Pacific Palisades), 7 p.m.

Saturday

Santa Clarita Blue Heat vs. Colorado Force, College of the Canyons (Santa Clarita), 7 p.m.

Monday

Santa Clarita Blue Heat vs. Pali Blues, College of the Canyons (Santa Clarita), 7 p.m.

PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE: Orange County Blue Star are one of three unbeaten teams in the national amateur/semipro league -- the others are in Portland and Baton Rouge -- and the club will take on its closest pursuers in the PDL's Southwest Division Friday night in Irvine and Saturday night in Ventura.

Friday

Orange County Blue Star vs. Hollywood United Hitmen, Concordia University (Irvine), 5 p.m.

Saturday

Southern California Seahorses vs. L.A. Legends, Biola University (La Mirada), 5 p.m.

Ventura County Fusion vs. Orange County Blue Star, Buena High School (Ventura), 7 p.m.

All times Pacific