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June 17/18: What to watch, where to go

6/17/2012

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 EspaƱola, 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 38 divisions for men, women, boys and girls. 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.

MONDAY, JUNE 18

  • TELEVISION

WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY

United States vs. Japan

Universal Sports, 10 a.m.


Another rematch of last year's Women's World Cup final, this time in a three-nation Olympic tuneup in Sweden. Diamond Bar's Alex Morgan looks to add her her 2012 total of 15 goals.

2012 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

Croatia vs. Spain

ESPN and ESPN Deportes, 11:30 a.m.


The top two teams in Group C face off for the top spot. One of them in guaranteed a quarterfinal berth, and the other could go through, too, depending on what happens in the Italy-Ireland game. Replay: 5 p.m.

Also

Italy vs. Ireland, ESPN2, 11:30 a.m.; ESPN Deportes, 2 p.m.

Copa Libertadores Sub-20

Real Espport (Venzuela) vs. America (Mexico), Fox Deportes, 2 p.m.

Blooming (Bolivia) vs. Defensor Sporting (Uruguay), Fox Deportes, 4 p.m.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

MLS RESERVE LEAGUE

Portland Timbers at Chivas USA

Home Depot Center Traack and Field Stadium (Carson), 11 a.m.


One of the best things about watching the Goats' reserves is getting to see 17-year-old Home Grown signing Marky Delgado, who won't be eligible for the first team for another couple of months. A victory here sends the Goats atop the West Division standings.

USL PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE

FC Tucson at L.A. Misioneros

Carver Middle School (Los Angeles), 7:30 p.m.


Misioneros claimed a 1-1 draw Thursday in Arizona and look to reach .500 with a victory in the return game. Tucson is second in the Southwest Division after Saturday's draw at Ventura County.