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June 22/23: What to watch, where to go

6/22/2012

FRIDAY, JUNE 22

  • TELEVISION

2012 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

Germany vs. Greece

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


The Germans swept through the best of the first-round groups and now get a quarterfinal against the least of the final eight. These are not your father's Germans -- they're a thrilling, dynamic side that reflects the ethnic diversity of modern-day Germany, and there could be a title-game showdown with Spain in another week and a half. Replay: ESPN2, 3 a.m.

Copa Libertadores Sub-20

Real Espport (Venezuela) vs. Union EspaƱola (Chile), Fox Deportes, 4 p.m.

SATURDAY, JUNE 23

  • TELEVISION

2012 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

Spain vs. France

ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 11:30 a.m.


The Spaniards are looking for their third straight major championship, and they weren't expecting France this soon. Laurent Blanc's side had gone 23 games without a loss before it was outclassed by Sweden in the Group D finale, and if the effort's no better here, the French head home. Replays: ESPN2, 4:30 p.m. and 3 a.m.; ESPN Deportes, 6 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Chivas USA at FC Dallas

Galavision, 6 p.m.

The Goats have lost just once, to the best team in MLS, in its last eight games, and sits just one point out of the playoff zone after Juan Pablo Angel's header beat Montreal on Wednesday night. FC Dallas has been a dismal disappointment of injuries, red cards and ineptness and hasn't won in two months.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

San Jose Earthquakes at Real San Jose

MLS Direct Kick, 6 p.m.

The Quakes have a knack for late victories, and Real Salt Lake just squandered a second-half lead against the Galaxy. The top two teams in the Supporters' Shield standings are separated by two points, little else.

Also

New England Revolution at Toronto FC, MLS DIrect Kick, 1:30 p.m.

Sporting Kansas City at Philadelphia Union, MLS Direct Kick, 4 p.m.

Houston Dynamo at Montreal Impact, MLS Direct Kick, 4:30 p.m.

Columbus Crew at Chicago Fire, MLS Direct Kick, 5:30 p.m.

Vancouver Whitecaps at Galaxy, KDOC/Channel 56 and KWHY/Channel 22, 7:30 p.m.

Copa Libertadores Sub-20

Blooming (Bolivia) vs. Independiente (Ecuador), Fox Deportes, 8 a.m.

Alianza Lima (Peru) vs. Defensor Sporting (Uruguay), Fox Deportes, 10 a.m.

Corinthians (Brazil) vs. River Plate (Argentina), Fox Deportes, noon

Junior (Colombia) vs. Atletico Madrid (Spain), Fox Deportes, 2 p.m.

Argentine Primera B Nacional

Alminante Brown at River Plate, GolTV, 11 a.m., 3:30 and 8 p.m., and midnight

Charity game

World Soccer Masters, Fox Soccer Channel, 4 and 8 p.m.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

WOMEN'S PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE

San Diego SeaLions at Ajax America

Nansen Field (Rolling Hills Estates), 3:30 p.m.


The SeaLions have mauled nearly everybody in the Pacific-South, including longtime South Bay powerhouse Ajax, which is fighting to get into playoff contention. A win here helps but doesn't ensure anything.

NATIONAL PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE

San Diego Boca at FC Hasental

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

Thousand Oaks' FC Hasental hasn't won in a month, slipping down the Southern Conference standings. Boca has won just once in the span and sit one spot above Los Conejos, by one point. Fourth place is on the line.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Vancouver Whitecaps at Galaxy

Home Depot Center (Carson), 7:30 p.m.


The Galaxy are coming off back-to-back victories over Portland and, in a thrilling comeback, Real Salt Lake, and they believe they really are starting to get back to where they were last year. The 'Caps are one of the big stories in the league: 25 points and third in the West, ahead of Seattle, L.A., Colorado ...

TV: KDOC/Channel 56 (English) and KWHY/Channel 22 (Spanish)