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July 8/9: What to watch, where to go

7/8/2012

SUNDAY, JULY 8

  • TELEVISION

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Galaxy at Chicago Fire

ESPN and ESPN Deportes, noon


L.A. has lost back-to-back games after winning three in a row, and they travel to take on a dynamic Fire team in great form -- without suspended David Beckham. The MLS All-Star First XI, sure to include Beckham, will be announced at halftime.

Also

Toronto FC at Philadelphia Union, MLS Direct Kick, 1 p.m.

New York Red Bulls at New England Revolution, MLS Direct Kick, 4 p.m.

Columbus Crew at Montreal Impact, MLS Direct KIck, 4 p.m.

2012 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

Italy vs. Spain

ESPN Deportes, 2 p.m.

We're going to play spoiler here and acknowledge the mastery of the Spaniards, who captured their third straight major title with a surprisingly one-sided romp over the Azzurri a week ago. Here's a replay.

Brazilian Brasileirão

Gremio at Cruzeiro, GolTV, noon

Mexican Primera Division

Santos Laguna vs. Leon, Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54), 5 p.m.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION

Santos Laguna vs. Leon

Home Depot Center, 5 p.m.


L.A. fan favorite Herculez Gomez returns to Home Depot Center with Mexico's reigning champion, which takes on Mexico's other reigning champion -- Leon, rejoining the top division after capturing the second-tier Liga de Ascenso crown -- in a preseason friendly.

USL PRO

Orlando City SC at L.A. Blues

Titan Stadium, Cal State Fullerton, 5 p.m.

The Blues have lost four in a row and are dropping down the third-division league's standings, and they lost star forward Bright Dike in Friday's defeat to the Floridians, who have lost just one league game all year.

USL W-League

Colorado Rush at Pali Blues, Cal State Fullerton, noon

NATIONAL PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE

San Diego Boca at Fullerton Rangers

Santa Ana Stadium, 5:30 p.m.

As long as FC Santa Clarita doesn't upset the San Diego Flash on Saturday, Fullerton is playing for a playoff berth here -- and it needs a victory.

Women's Premier Soccer League

Beach FC at San Diego SeaLions, Cathedral Catholic HS (San Diego), 2 p.m.

L.A. Vikings at Ajax America, Nansen Field (Rolling Hills Estates), 3:30 p.m.

MONDAY, JULY 9

  • TELEVISION

CONCACAF FUTSAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Costa Rica at Guatemala

Univision Deportes, 5 p.m.


All four semifinalists won berths for the FIFA Futsal World Cup, which will be played in Thailand in November. This game decides the regional champion, with host Guatemala looking to repeat their 2008 title.

Also

Third place: Panama vs. Mexico, Univision Deportes, 3 p.m.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

USL W-LEAGUE

Colorado Rapids at L.A. Strikers

Patterson Field, Occidental College (Eagle Rock), 6 p.m.


The Strikers played the Rush -- Colorado's best W-League team -- to a 1-1 draw on Friday night, and now they look for three points as the Rapids close their three-game Southern California trip.