April 14/15: What to watch, where to go

April, 14, 2012
4/14/12
1:04
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SATURDAY, APRIL 14
  • TELEVISION
ENGLISH F.A. CUP
Liverpool vs. Everton
Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 4:30 a.m.

Liverpool's clubs battle at Wembley in the first semifinal in the world's oldest soccer competition. Everton has the advantage, with the Reds are down to their No. 3 goalkeeper following suspensions to Pepe Reina and Doni. Replay: FSC, 5 p.m.
English Premier League
Manchester City at Norwich City, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 4:30 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers at West Bromwich Albion, Fox Soccer Plus, 6:55 a.m.
Blackburn at Swansea City, Fox Soccer Channel, 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Wolverhampton at Sunderland, Fox Deportes, 7 a.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, 2 p.m.

FRENCH COUPE DE LA LIGUE
Lyon vs. Olympique Marseille
TV5Monde, 11:55 a.m./Fox Soccer Plus, noon
Lyon hasn't won a trophy since winning the French double four years ago -- that was the end of a seven-year run as Ligue 1 champ -- and it'll have to beat the defending champions in France's No. 2 club competition to win this one.
German Bundesliga
Borussia Dortmund at Schalke 04, GolTV, 6:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Italian Serie A
Genoa at AC Milan, Fox Soccer Channel, 9 a.m. and midnight; Fox Deportes, 2 p.m.
Inter Milan at Udinese, Fox Soccer Channel, 11:30 a.m.

SPANISH LA LIGA
Barcelona at Levante
ESPN, 12:55 p.m./ESPN Deportes, 1 p.m.
Lionel Messi
has 39 league goals -- 61 in all competitions -- to pull within one of Cristiano Ronaldo's record set last year at Real Madrid. More important: Barca is four points from Real in the race. And Levante is two points outside a Champions League berth.
Also
Valencia at Espanyol, ESPN Deportes, 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Sporting Gijon at Real Madrid, GolTV, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Chivas USA at Toronto FC
Fox Sports West and KWHY/Channel 22, 1:30 p.m.
The Goats are brimming with confidence after a huge step forward in last weekend's victory at Portland, and they hope to take advantage of TFC's misery. The Canadians have won just once in eight games this season, and not at all in MLS.
Also
Columbus Crew at Philadelphia Union, NBC Sports Network, 12:30 p.m.
D.C. United at New England Revolution, MLS Direct Kick, 1 p.m.
Colorado Rapids at Seattle Sounders, MLS Direct Kick, 1 p.m.
San Jose Earthquakes at New York Red Bulls, MLS Direct Kick, 4 p.m.
Montreal Impact at FC Dallas, MLS Direct Kick, 5:30 p.m.
Real Salt Lake at Sporting Kansas City, MLS Direct Kick, 5:30 p.m.
Portland Timbers at Galaxy, KDOC/Channel 56 and KWHY/Channel 22, 7:30 p.m.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION
Santos Laguna at America
Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 2:55 p.m.
Torreon's team is ahead by two points in a fierce battle for the Clausura regular-season title, with Monterrey, Tigres and Morelia in close pursuit. America is just outside that group, in fifth, but hasn't been particularly effective at Azteca.
Also
San Luis at Gallos Blancos, Univision Deportes, 2:55 p.m.
Morelia at Pachuca, Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 4:55 p.m.
Guadalajara at UANL Tigres, Univision Deportes, 4:55 p.m.
Monterrey at Atlas, Galavision, 6:30 p.m.
Pumas UNAM at Atlante, Univision Deportes, 6:55 p.m.
Liga de Ascenso
Irapuato at Correcaminos, GolTV, midnight
Argentine Primera B Nacional
Huracan at River Plate, GolTV, 2 and 8 p.m.
  • ON LOCAL FIELDS
NATIONAL PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE
Phoenix Monsoon at FC Santa Clarita Storm
Canyon High School (Canyon Country), 6 p.m.

The Storm debuted with a draw at San Diego Boca last weekend. They'll want more in their inaugural home game.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Portland Timbers at Galaxy
Home Depot Center (Carson), 7:30 p.m.
The Galaxy have never lost three in a row under Bruce Arena, and the club looking to deliver another defeat is in its own slump after conceding leads in home losses the past two weeks. A must-win encounter at a time in the season no game is must-win.
TV: KDOC/Channel 56 (English) and KWHY/Channel 22 (Spanish)

USL PRO
Rochester Rhinos at L.A. Blues
Titan Stadium, Cal State Fullerton, 7:30 p.m.
The Blues begin year two with a new look, a new team, a home of their own and a new attitude -- this group promises to be more resilient than last year's underachievers (and perhaps more talented, too).

SUNDAY, APRIL 15
  • TELEVISION
MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION
Cruz Azul at Toluca
Univision (KMEX/Channel 34), 9:55 a.m.

Disappointing campaigns for the Cementeros (4-4-6) and Diablos Rojos (5-6-3), who both sit three points off the top eight with three weeks left to choose playoff teams. Advantage: Cruz Azul. Toluca has lost three in a row and won just once in seven games.
Liga de Ascenso
Cruz Azul Hidalgo at Toros Neza, Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54), 11:55 a.m.
Brazilian Campeonato Paulista
Corinthians at Ponte Preta, GolTV, noon and midnight
Argentine Primera Division
Boca Juniors at Tigre, GolTV, 4 and 9 p.m.

ENGLISH F.A. CUP
Tottenham vs. Chelsea
Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 10 a.m.
The London rivals, separated by two points in fourth and sixth place in the Premier League standings, face off at Wembley in the semifinals. Tottenham hasn't won soccer's oldest trophy in 21 years; the Blues have captured three of the last five titles.
English Premier League
Aston Villa at Manchester United, Fox Soccer Channel, 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 8 a.m.
English Championship
Brighton & Hove Albion at West Ham United, Fox Soccer Plus, 7:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

SPANISH LA LIGA
Atletico Madrid at Rayo Vallecano
ESPN Deportes, 10 a.m.
The Madrid rivals are separated by two points (and four spots), not far outside the Europa League zone, but with time running out. Replay: 1 a.m.
Also
Mallorca at Athletic Bilbao, GolTV, 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Italian Serie A
Lazio at Novara, Fox Soccer Plus, 3:25 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Juventus at Cesena, Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 6 a.m.
Fiorentina at AS Roma, Fox Deportes, noon; Fox Soccer Channel, 2 p.m. and midnight
Dutch Eredivisie
AZ Alkmaar at PSV Eindhoven, ESPN Deportes, 6 a.m.
French Ligue 1
Paris Saint-Germain at Auxerre, Fox Soccer Plus, 11:55 a.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Houston Dynamo at Chicago Fire
Galavision, 4 p.m.
Both sides are coming off bye weeks -- the Dynamo are coming off two -- and hope they've found their attacks (each has two goals in three games) in the interim. Houston must overcome the loss of three starting midfielders, two to suspension.
  • ON LOCAL FIELDS
NATIONAL PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE
FC Hasental at Fullerton Rangers
Santa Ana Stadium, 5 p.m.

The Rangers' inaugural game was a success, a 3-0 win in Phoenix. Hasental, from Thousand Oaks, didn't fare so well -- 4-0 losers to the San Diego Flash. Both look for points in Fullerton's home opener.

CLASICO DE LEYENDAS
United States vs. Mexico
Home Depot Center (Carson), 6 p.m.
The legends of the past generation renew the region's greatest rivalry. A few of those involved: Cobi Jones, Jorge Campos, Alexi Lalas, Ramon Ramirez, Eric Wynalda, Claudio Suarez, Brian McBride, Alberto Garcia Aspe, Paul Caligiuri, Jared Borgetti, Thomas Dooley, Luis Hernandez.

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