June 26/27: What to watch, where to go

June, 25, 2012
6/25/12
8:29
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TUESDAY, JUNE 26

  • TELEVISION

COPA LIBERTADORES SUB-20
River Plate (Argentina) vs. America Mineiro (Brazil)
Fox Deportes, 6 p.m.

The Buenos Aires giant posted the best record during group play in the second edition of South America's under-20 club championship, staged this year in Lima, Peru. America also is among six unbeatens heading into the quarterfinals.
Also
Cerro Porteño (Paraguay) vs. Corinthians (Brazil), Fox Deportes, 3:30 p.m.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

U.S. OPEN CUP
Charlotte Eagles at Chivas USA
Titan Stadium, Cal State Fullerton, 7:30 p.m.

The Goats have survived tough battles with two lower-division teams to reach the quarterfinals in the 99th edition of America's biggest knockout soccer tournament, and a semifinal against MLS rivals San Jose or Seattle awaits if they're victorious. Charlotte, a Christian club from the third-tier USL Pro, has a long, successful tradition and a local partner: Southern California Seahorses, from La Mirada, which neighbors Fullerton to the west.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27

  • TELEVISION

2012 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
Portugal vs. Spain
ESPN and ESPN Deportes, 11:30 a.m.

Spain's patient possession game hasn't been conquered, yet, but the reigning champions -- of the World Cup, too -- can figure on a severe test from the Portuguese, especially with Cristiano Ronaldo, the other “world's best player,” in top form. The victor gets Germany or Italy in Sunday's final. Replay: ESPN Deportes, 5 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Toronto FC at Montreal Impact
MLS Direct Kick, 4:30 p.m.
Canada's eastern contingent are still trying to find themselves, and the expansion Impact seem much further along in the task. Paul Mariner's simplified approach could help Toronto, and with just one win in 15 league games, the Reds need all the help they can get.

COPA LIBERTADORES
Corinthians (Brazil) at Boca Juniors (Argentina)
Fox Deportes, 5:30 p.m.

Boca is in its 11th South American club championship final, and a triumph over two legs would enable it to pull even with countrymen Independiente with seven Libertadores trophies, five since 2000. São Paulo's Corinthians arrive in Buenos Aires aiming to become the ninth Brazilian club to win the title and with the defense required to do so: Timão have conceded just three goals in 12 games.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

USL PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE
Orange County Blue Star at Ventura County Fusion
Ventura College, 7 p.m.

The first meeting, not quite three weeks ago in Irvine, had the makings to be game of the year in the PDL's Southwest Division, but it was the first of five straight losses for Blue Star and FC Tucson has emerged as the Fusion's primary challenger for the divisional title.

USL W-LEAGUE
Vancouver Whitecaps at Pali Blues
Palisades High School (Pacific Palisades), 7 p.m.
The Blues might be the best women's team in the land ... and that includes the former WPS clubs fighting it out in the rival WPSL's Elite Division. Vancouver, a W-League final-four team the past two years, is the only team to take points off Pali, in last week's 0-0 draw.

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