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

June, 13, 2012
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THURSDAY, JUNE 14
  • TELEVISION
2012 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
Spain vs. Ireland
ESPN and ESPN Deportes, 11:30 a.m.

Galaxy forward Robbie Keane and the Irish have the most difficult assignment in the tournament after falling in their opener against Croatia. The Spaniards are World Cup and European champs, and although they didn't look like it against Italy, they remain -- with Germany -- the favorite in Poland and the Ukraine. Replays: ESPN Deportes, 5 p.m.
Also
Italy vs. Croatia, ESPN and ESPN Deportes, 8:45 a.m.

COPA LIBERTADORES
Universidad de Chile (Chile) at Boca Juniors (Argentina)
Fox Deportes, 4 p.m.
Neither semifinalist has had an easy time of it in South America's club championship. U de Chile overcame a 4-1 first-leg defeat in the round of 16 and needed penalties to reach the final four. Boca beat top seed Fluminense, which twice beat the Buenos Aires club in group play, in the quarterfinals.

2014 WORLD CUP QUALIFYING
United States at Guatemala
ESPN Deportes, 7 p.m.
Tuesday's qualifier was available in the U.S. only on Pay-Per-View -- nobody was particularly happy about that -- but it makes its cable debut on a 48-hour delay. No spoilers, in case you've avoided the result so far.

FRIDAY, JUNE 15
  • TELEVISION
2012 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
Sweden vs. England
ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 11:30 a.m.

England did little more than get a result in its Group D opener, a 1-1 draw with France, but that's the strength of Roy Hodgson's approach with this bunch. They'll need more grit to get past the Swedes, who are in must-win mode after letting a lead disappear against Ukraine.
Also
Ukraine vs. France, ESPN and ESPN Deportes, 8:45 a.m.
2014 World Cup qualifying
Honduras at Canada, ESPN Deportes, 6:30 a.m.
Copa Libertadores Sub-20
America (Mexico) at Union Espaņola (Chile), Fox Deportes, 2 p.m.
Defensor Sporting (Uruguay) at Independence (Ecuador), Fox Deportes, 4 p.m.
Real Espport (Venezuela) at Universitario (Peru), Fox Deportes, 11 p.m.
  • ON LOCAL FIELDS
USL PRO
Dayton Dutch Lions at L.A. Blues
Titan Stadium, Cal State Fullerton, 7:30 p.m.

The Blues have been off since May 26, which has given them some time to get healthy and integrate Maykel Galindo into the side. Dayton offers an interesting challenge: The Lions are winless in 10 league games but have won all three of their U.S. Open Cup games, beating MLS's Columbus Crew, to reach the quarterfinals. Another meeting on Sunday.

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