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June 29/30: What to watch, where to go

6/29/2012

FRIDAY, JUNE 29

  • TELEVISION

COPA SUDAMERICANA

2012 Tournament Draw

Fox Deportes, 10 a.m.


Defending champion Universidad de Chile, fresh off a semifinal run in the Copa Libertadores, learns its path in South America's No. 2 club tournament. Other big names in the field: São Paulo, Botafogo, Independiente, Estudiantes, Nacional, Millonarios, Deportivo Quito, Olimpia, Cerro Porteño, and U de Chile's Clasico Universitario rival Universidad Catolica.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Chicago Fire at Sporting Kansas City

MLS Direct Kick, 5 p.m.

Chicago has a dynamic if inconsistent attack that's capable of some incredible things. Sporting is one of the best teams in the league, but it's coming off a 4-0 debacle against lowly Philadelphia. A key clash in the Eastern Conference race.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

USL PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE

Ogden Outlaws at L.A. Misioneros

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


The Misioneros, who have a mix of hopeful pros and young amateurs, have been playing some of their best soccer the last couple of weeks. Utah's Outlaws are the surprise of the Southwest Division, with a winning record and sitting third in the standings, above traditional powers Orange County Blue Star and Fresno Fuego.

Also

Pali Blues at Southern California Seahorses, Biola University (La Mirada), 7 p.m.

USL W-League

Vancouver Whitecaps at L.A. Strikers, Occidental College (Eagle Rock), 7 p.m.

SATURDAY, JUNE 30

  • TELEVISION

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Galaxy at San Jose Earthquakes

ESPN and ESPN Deportes, 7 p.m.


The Galaxy are back, but the Quakes are the best team in MLS after winning last weekend at Real Salt Lake. They've got the league's top scorer (Chris Wondolowski, with 13 goals -- that's 47 over 2½ seasons) and a knack for pulling out tight games at the finish, like in L.A. last month, when San Jose overcame a two-goal deficit to beat the Galaxy on former L.A. favorite Alan Gordon's stoppage-time goal. The game, at Stanford University's 50,000-seat stadium, is a sellout.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

NATIONAL PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE

FC Hasental at FC Santa Clarita

Canyon High School (Canyon Country), 5 p.m.


Santa Clarita needs to win to stay alive for an NPSL playoff berth. Thousand Oaks' Hasental looks to play spoiler as it nears the finish of a disappointing campaign.

USL Premier Development League

BYU Cougars at L.A. Misioneros, Carver Middle School (Los Angeles), 6 p.m.