This Week in Soccer

August, 3, 2010
8/03/10
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COPA SUDAMERICANA: South America's No. 2 club competition begins with first-stage, first-leg matches.
Tuesday
Olimpia (Paraguay) at Defensor Sporting (Uruguay). TV: Fox Sports en Espaņol, 3 p.m.
Wednesday
Atletico Mineiro (Brazil) at Gremio Prudente (Brazil). TV: Fox Sports en Espaņol, 3 p.m.
Universidad San Martin (Peru) at Deportivo Quito (Ecuador). TV: Fox Sports en Espaņol, 5 p.m.
Trujillanos (Venezuela) at Atletico Huila (Colombia). TV: Fox Sports en Espaņol, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday
Gremio (Brazil) at Goias (Brazil). TV: Fox Sports en Espaņol, 3:30 p.m.

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Toronto FC and Seattle are halfway to the group stage following 1-0 home wins in the first leg. And the Galaxy? They've got to overcome a 4-1 deficit at Puerto Rico. It won't be easy.
Tuesday
Toronto FC at Motagua (Honduras). TV: Fox Soccer Channel, 5 p.m. (replay, midnight)
San Francisco FC (Panama) at Cruz Azul. TV: Galavision, 5 p.m.
Seattle Sounders at Isidro Metapan (El Salvador). TV: Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision, 7 p.m.
Wednesday
L.A. Galaxy at Puerto Rico Islanders (USSF D2). TV: Fox Soccer Channel, 5 p.m. (replay, 8 p.m.); Galavision, 5 p.m.
San Juan Jabloteh (Trinidad & Tobago) at Santos (Mexico). TV: Galavision, 7 p.m.

COPA LIBERTADORES: U de Chile held Chivas to a 1-1 draw in Guadalajara, gaining an edge heading into the second leg of the semifinals. Internacional takes a 1-0 lead into its semifinal finale at Sao Paulo.
Tuesday
Guadalajara (Mexico) at Universidad de Chile (Chile). TV: Fox Sports en Espaņol, 6 p.m. (replay, 10 p.m.)
Thursday
Internacional (Brazil) at Sao Paulo (Brazil). TV: Fox Sports en Espaņol, 6 p.m. (replay, 10:30 p.m.)

SUPERLIGA: MLS clubs battle Mexican teams in the semifinals of the annual exhibition tournament.
Wednesday
Puebla (Mexico) at New England. TV: TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 4 p.m.
Thursday
Morelia (Mexico) at Houston. TV: TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 5 p.m.

SUMMER FRIENDLIES: Real Madrid plays two, the second against the Galaxy (the first, against Mexico City's Club America, will be televised on a two-day delay), and San Siro rivals Inter Milan and AC Milan also are in the U.S. for preseason preps.
Wednesday
Club America (Mexico) vs. Real Madrid (Spain) at San Francisco. TV: ESPN Deportes, delayed, Friday, 4 p.m.
Thursday
Inter Milan (Italy) at FC Dallas. TV: Fox Soccer Channel, 5:30 p.m. (replay, 9 p.m.)
Friday
AC Milan (Italy) vs. Panathinaikos (Greece) at Pontiac, Mich. TV: Fox Soccer Channel, 5 p.m. (replay, 8 p.m.); Fox Sports en Espaņol (replay, 10:30 p.m.)
Saturday
L.A. Galaxy vs. Real Madrid (Spain) at Pasadena. TV: Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en Espaņol, 7:30 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER: Chivas takes on Preki, its previous coach, in Toronto, but the big game this week pits New York (with new signings Thierry Henry and Rafa Marquez) against Chicago (with new signings Nery Castillo and Freddie Ljungberg) in a Sunday evening showdown on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.
Thursday
Columbus at Philadelphia. TV: ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 5 p.m.
Saturday
Chivas USA at Toronto FC. TV: TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46) and FSN Prime Ticket, 1 p.m.
D.C. United at New England. TV: MLS Direct Kick, 4:30 p.m.
Real Salt Lake at Kansas City. TV: MLS Direct Kick, 5:30 p.m.
San Jose at Colorado. TV: MLS Direct Kick, 6 p.m.
Sunday
Philadelphia at FC Dallas. TV: Fox Soccer Channel, 3 p.m. (replay, midnight) and Fox Sports en Espaņol, 3 p.m.
New York at Chicago. TV: ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 6 p.m.
Houston at Seattle. TV: MLS Direct Kick, 8 p.m.

EPL CURTAIN-RAISER: The F.A. Community Shield, this year again pitting English Premier League/F.A. Cup winners Chelsea against EPL runner-up Manchester United, is the traditional start to the English season. Fox Soccer provides some nifty teasers on Friday.
Friday
2010 F.A. Cup final: Chelsea vs. Portsmouth. TV: Fox Soccer Channel (repeat from May 15), 5 p.m.
2009 Community Shield: Chelsea vs. Manchester United. TV: Fox Soccer Channel (repeat from Aug. 9, 2009), 8 p.m.
Sunday
Chelsea vs. Manchester United at Wembley. TV: Fox Soccer Channel, 7 a.m. (replay, 8 p.m.); Fox Sports en Espaņol, 7 a.m. (replay, 8:30 a.m.)

DOWN UNDER: Australia's A-League kicks off a new season, and Fox Soccer will show one of the openers.
Saturday
Melbourne Victory at Sydney FC. TV: Fox Soccer Channel, delayed, 6 a.m. (replays, noon and midnight)

MEXICAN LEAGUE: A real sizzler in store with Saturday's Santos-Pachuca matchup: Santos has destroyed two foes, and Pachuca remained unbeaten in a tough test at Clausura champ Toluca. Guadalajara visits San Luis, America plays at Tigres, Morelia is home against Gallos Blancos, and UNAM tries to bounce back in a Mexico City showdown with Cruz Azul.
Friday
Puebla at Estudiantes Tecos. TV: Galavision, 6 p.m.
Saturday
Toluca at Jaguares. TV: Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54) and ESPN Deportes, 3 p.m.
Santos at Pachuca. TV: TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 5 p.m.
America at UANL Tigres. TV: Telemundo (KVEA/Channel 52), 5 p.m.
Necaxa at Atlas. TV: KWHY/Channel 22, 6:45 p.m.
Guadalajara at San Luis. TV: TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 6:45 p.m.
Monterrey at Atlante. TV: Telemundo (KVEA/Channel 52), 7 p.m.
Sunday
Gallos Blancos at Morelia. TV: Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54), 10 a.m.; and Fox Sports en Espaņol, 10 a.m. (repeat, 5 p.m.)
Cruz Azul at Pumas UNAM. TV: Telemundo (KVEA/Channel 52), 10 a.m.

PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE: The fourth tier of American soccer, USL's national amateur/semipro league, crowns its champion. Can host Portland Timbers U23 make history with a perfect season?
Saturday
Portland Timbers U23 or Reading United AC vs. Thunder Bay Chill or Baton Rouge Capitals at Portland, Ore. TV: Fox Soccer Channel, 4 p.m.

THE WOMEN'S GAME: Lake Forest's Amy Rodriguez is having an MVP kind of season for the Philadelphia Independence, who are running second to FC Gold Pride (with probable repeat MVP Marta) in Women's Professional Soccer. She leads the expansion Independence against the Boston Breakers, the team she played for (and struggled with) last year.
Sunday
Boston at Philadelphia. TV: Fox Soccer Channel, 5 p.m.


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  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

Only one game in town this week, but it's a big one, even if it counts for nothing. Real Madrid, one of the globe's true giants, takes on our Galaxy at the Rose Bowl. The teams met once before, in 2005 at Home Depot Center, with the Spaniards (including Zinedine Zidane and David Beckham) winning, 2-0, on goals by Michael Owen and Robert Soldado.

SATURDAY
Friendly:
L.A. Galaxy vs. Real Madrid (Spain), Rose Bowl (Pasadena), 7:30 p.m.

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