June 16/17: What to watch, where to go

June, 16, 2012
6/16/12
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SATURDAY, JUNE 16
  • TELEVISION
WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY
United States at Sweden
Universal Sports Network, 7 a.m.

The three-nation Volvo Winners Cup serves as an Olympic tuneup for the Yanks, Swedes and 2011 Women's World Cup champion Japan, which takes on the U.S. on Monday.

2012 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
Czech Republic at Poland
ESPN and ESPN Deportes, 11:30 a.m.
All four teams remain alive heading into the Group A finales, but only one of these Central European neighbors can push through to the final eight. And if this finishes in a tie and Greece upsets Russia, it's possible neither moves on.
Also
Greece vs. Russia, ESPN2, 11:30 a.m.; ESPN Deportes, 2 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
FC Dallas at Houston Dynamo
ESPN2, 4:30 p.m.
It's the only battle of Texas in MLS this year, unless both teams make it to the final, and that doesn't look likely, at least for Dallas. El Capitan, a 19th century replica cannon, goes to the victor. Replay: ESPN Deportes, 6 p.m.
Also
Colorado Rapids at Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS Direct Kick, 4 p.m.
D.C. United at Philadelphia Union, Univision Deportes, 4 p.m.
Seattle Sounders at Montreal Impact, MLS Direct Kick, 4:30 p.m.
Columbus Crew at New England Revolution, MLS Direct Kick, 4:30 p.m.
Toronto FC at Sporting Kansas City, MLS Direct Kick, 5:30 p.m.
Real Salt Lake at Chivas USA, Prime Ticket, 7:30 p.m. and midnight; KWHY/Channel 22, 7:30 p.m.

URUGUAYAN LIGA PROFESIONAL DE PRIMERA DIVISION
Defensor Sporting at Nacional
GolTV, 4:30 p.m.
Uruguay's top clubs battle, possibly for the title. They're calling it a semifinal, but Nacional will claim its second successive championship with a victory.
Argentine Primera B Nacional
River Plate at Patronato, GolTV, 11 a.m., 6:30 p.m. and midnight
Copa Libertadores Sub-20
Sporting Cristal (Peru) vs. Cerro Porteņo (Paraguay), Fox Deportes, noon
Boca Juniors (Argentina) vs. America Mineiro (Brazil), Fox Deportes, 2 p.m.
Alianza Lima (Peru) vs. Blooming (Bolivia), Fox Deportes, 11 p.m.
Brazilian Brasileirão
Botafogo at Internacional, GolTV, 2:30 p.m.
Charity match
Copa Mundo Maya: Messi All-Stars vs. Mexico All-Stars, Fox Soccer Channel, 5 p.m.
  • ON LOCAL FIELDS
BEACH SOCCER
Copa Cabana Santa Monica
Santa Monica Pier, 9 a.m.

Thirty-eight divisions of men, women, boys and girls on 30 fields next to the pier, with action continuing until about 5 p.m. and finals on Sunday.

USL PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE
FC Tucson at Ventura County Fusion
Ventura College, 7 p.m.

The streaking Fusion and first-year Arizonans battle for the Southwest Division lead. Both are 6-1-1 -- no other team in the division has more than three wins -- and the Fusion are counting on a potent attack (led by Travis Bowen and Francisco Lopez) and a defense bolstered by UCLA's Earl Edwards in the nets.
Women's Premier Soccer League
Beach FC at Ajax America, Nansen Field (Rolling Hills Estates), 3:30 p.m.
National Premier Soccer League
Fullerton Rangers at FC Hasental, Rancho Santa Susana Community Park (Simi Valley), 5 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Real Salt Lake at Chivas USA
Home Depot Center (Carson), 7:30 p.m.
The Goats posted a win and three ties against four of the best teams in MLS before the three-week break, and they take on perhaps the best of the bunch. RSL is atop the Supporters' Shield standings, could have Javier Morales back from injury, and will be looking to settle things after falling to Chivas in Utah back in March.
TV: Prime Ticket (English, also midnight) and KWHY/Channel 22 (Spanish).

SUNDAY, JUNE 17
  • TELEVISION
2012 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
Portugal vs. Netherlands
ESPN and ESPN Deportes, 11:30 a.m.

Nobody expected the Dutch to be in the shape they're in, winless after two Group B games (despite leading the competition in shots) and requiring a two-goal victory -- plus a German triumph over the Danes -- to reach the quarterfinals. Cristiano Ronaldo looks to prod Portugal into the knockout phase.
Also
Denmark vs. Germany, ESPN2, 11:30 a.m.; ESPN Deportes, 2 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
New York Red Bulls at Chicago Fire
NBC Sports Network, 2 p.m.
The Red Bulls had won five in a row and then tied Chivas USA before heading into the minibreak, and they head into the weekend just a point behind Eastern Conference leader D.C. United, which has played two more games. Thierry Henry (calf) and Rafa Marquez (thigh) are not available for the New York.
Also
Portland Timbers at Galaxy, KDOC/Channel 56, 4 p.m.; KWHY/Channel 22, 5 p.m.

ARGENTINE PREMIER LEAGUE
Arsenal de Sarandi at Boca Juniors
GolTV, 3 p.m.
With two games left, mighty Boca is atop the standings, just one point ahead of Tigre and Arsenal. Replay: 6 p.m.
Copa Libertadores Sub-20
Atletico Madrid (Spain) vs. River Plate (Argentina), Fox Deportes, noon
Corinthians (Brazil) vs. Junior (Colombia), Fox Deportes, 2 p.m.
Universitario (Peru) vs. Union Espaņola, Fox Deportes, 11 p.m.
  • ON LOCAL FIELDS
BEACH SOCCER
Copa Cabana Santa Monica
Santa Monica Pier, 9 a.m.

The big beach bash concludes, with the big finals set for 1:10 and 2 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Portland Timbers at Galaxy
Home Depot Center, 4 p.m.

The Galaxy haven't won in their last eight games, seven of them in league, since goalkeeper Josh Saunders took his stress break. Now he's back, and L.A. needs to turn things around quickly.
TV: KDOC/Channel 56 (English) and KWHY/Channel 22 (Spanish, 5 p.m.).

USL PRO
Dayton Dutch Lions at L.A. Blues
Titan Stadium, Cal State Fullerton, 5 p.m.
The Blues finally, after 14 months, collected their first win at CSUF in Friday's meeting, thanks to a brilliant Bright Dike goal, and look to sweep the season series.

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