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May 11/12: What to watch, where to go

5/11/2012

FRIDAY, MAY 11

  • TELEVISION

COPA LIBERTADORES

Internacional (Brazil) at Fluminense (Brazil)

Fox Deportes, 1 p.m.


The series heads to Rio for the second leg, on a delayed telecast from Thursday, after a 0-0 draw in the first leg, in Porto Alegre. A quarterfinal berth in South America's club championship, against Boca Juniors or Union Española, awaits the victor.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

USL PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE

Fresno Fuego at Orange County Blue Star

Concordia University (Irvine), 5 p.m.


Blue Star has had double-digit the past two seasons with UC Irvine's Amani Walker and UCLA's Chandler Hoffman, both now playing at higher levels. Will UCLA's Reed Williams step in line? Fresno is 3-0-0 after winning the Southwest Division with a 13-0-2 mark last year.

SUEÑO MLS

Sueño MLS Finalists vs. Galaxy Academy

Home Depot Center Field 7, 5 p.m.

First of two games involving 18 finalists from Major League Soccer's “Sueño” talent search. Five of the competitors are from Southern California, among a half dozen selected from Chivas USA's tryouts.

SATURDAY, MAY 12

  • TELEVISION

SPANISH LA LIGA

Barcelona at Real Betis

ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 12:55 p.m.


The Catalans have two games left this season: this La Liga finale and the May 25 Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao. Always worth a watch, even when the game means nothing, as this one does. Replay: ESPN Deportes, 6 p.m.

Also

Valencia at Real Sociedad, ESPN Deportes, 10:50 a.m. and 4 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Galaxy at Montreal Impact

KDOC/Channel 56 and KWHY/Channel 22, 1 p.m.

L.A. has absorbed back-to-back shutout losses and needs a positive result to find its way to appropriate form. The Impact have won back-to-back MLS games (last weekend's at Sporting Kansas City), both by shutout, and are demonstrating that, expansion team or not, they're going to battle everyone they face. Should make for an interesting first trip to Quebec.

Also

D.C. United at Houston Dynamo, NBC Sports Network, 1:30 p.m.

Vancouver Whitecaps at New England Revolution, MLS Direct Kick, 4:30 p.m.

FC Dallas at Columbus Crew, MLS Direct Kick, 4:30 p.m.

Sporting Kansas City at Chicago Fire, MLS Direct Kick, 4:30 p.m.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION

America at Monterrey

Univision (KMEX/Channel 34), 6:55 p.m.

The first leg finished 0-0 at Azteca, which gives the Rayados the advantage in this semifinal finale. A draw sends the higher seed (Monterrey) to the final, where Santos Laguna or UANL Tigres will await.

Liga de Ascenso

UAT Correcaminos at Leon, Fox Deportes, 6 p.m.

Uruguayan Liga Profesional de Primera Division

Rampla Juniors at Nacional, GolTV, noon and 8:30 p.m.

Argentine Primera B Nacional

River Plate at Atletico Tucuman, GolTV, 2:30 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Real Salt Lake at Seattle Sounders

MLS Direct Kick, 7 p.m.

The Sounders are starting to look scary, with Mauro Rosales healthy and Fredy Montero rounding into best form. They're already MLS's deepest team. And RSL is back on top of the Supporters' Shield standings, with 23 points from 12 games. As good as it gets in MLS.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

SUEÑO MLS

Sueño MLS Finalists vs. Galaxy Academy

Home Depot Center Field 7, 9 a.m.


Second of two games involving 18 finalists from Major League Soccer's “Sueño” talent search, and what occurs will have a big say in who wins the competition.

NATIONAL PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE

Sacramento Gold at FC Hasental

Rancho Santa Susana Community Park (Simi Valley), 5 p.m.

The NPSL's Western Division's first crossover weekend, with NorCal sides taking on the SoCal clubs, brings the Gold -- the top team in the Northern Conference -- down to face Los Conejos, who have built a liottle, three-game unbeaten streak after dropping their first two games to the top two teams in the South.

USL PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE

FC Tucson at Pali Blues

Palisades High School (Pacific Palisades), 7 p.m.

The Blues' home opener comes against a new PDL club with big aspirations -- and, it appears, some quality. The Arizonans nearly took a point from their debut at defending Southwest Division champ Fresno.