This Week in Soccer

September, 14, 2010
9/14/10
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  • ON TELEVISION

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group play starts in the best competition of them all, and thanks to the Fox channels, 10 of the 16 games will be on the tube -- not all of them live, of course. Man United-Rangers has the most compelling storyline, although we'll see if Rangers (with Fontana's Maurice Edu) can make a game of it. The game we're most interested in: AC Milan-Auxerre. But that's just us.
Tuesday
Inter Milan (Italy) at FC Twente (Netherlands). TV: Fox Soccer Channel, 11:30 a.m. (replay, 1 a.m.); Fox Sports en Espaņol, delayed, Thursday, 8:30 a.m.
Panathinaikos (Greece) at Barcelona (Spain). TV: Fox Sports en Espaņol, 11:30 a.m. (replay, 6 p.m.); Fox Soccer Channel, delayed, Wednesday, 6 p.m.
Rangers FC (Scotland) at Manchester United (England). TV: FSN West, 11:30 p.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, delayed, 2 p.m.; Fox Sports en Espaņol, delayed, 4 p.m. (replay, 8 p.m.)
Tottenham (England) at Werder Bremen (Germany). TV: Fox Sports en Espaņol, delayed, 2 p.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, delayed, Wednesday, 8 a.m.
Schalke 04 (Germany) at Lyon (France). TV: Fox Soccer Channel, delayed, 11 p.m.; Fox Sports en Espaņol, delayed, Thursday, 10 a.m.
Wednesday
Chelsea (England) at MSK Zilina (Slovakia). TV: Fox Soccer Channel, 11:30 a.m.; Fox Sports en Espaņol, delayed, Thursday, noon
Ajax Amsterdam (Netherlands) at Real Madrid (Spain). TV: Fox Sports en Espaņol, 11:30 a.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, delayed, 2 p.m.
Sporting Braga (Portugal) at Arsenal (England). TV: Fox Sports en Espaņol, delayed, 2 p.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, delayed, 4 p.m.
AS Roma (Italy) at Bayern Munich (Germany). TV: Fox Sports en Espaņol, delayed, 4 p.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, delayed, Thursday, 2 p.m.
Auxerre (France) at AC Milan (Italy). TV: Fox Sports en Espaņol, delayed, 6 p.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, delayed, 11 p.m.

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Seven of the week's eight group-stage games will be available on one channel or another, with, curiously, only Cruz Azul's clash with Panama's Arabe Unido not yet claimed. Check around the channels Wednesday night at 7, odds are it'll be somewhere. The highlight, at least north of the border: MLS rivals Real Salt Lake and Toronto FC tangling in Group A.
Tuesday
Joe Public (Trinidad & Tobago) at Columbus Crew (MLS). TV: Fox Soccer Channel, 5 p.m.
Marathon (Honduras) at Monterrey (Mexico). TV: TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 5 p.m.
Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) at Saprissa (Costa Rica). TV: Fox Soccer Channel, 7 p.m.
Santos Laguna (Mexico) at Municipal (Guatemala). TV: TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), delayed, 8 p.m.
Wednesday
Puerto Rico Islanders at Toluca (Mexico). TV: TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 5 p.m.
Toronto FC (MLS) at Real Salt Lake (MLS). TV: Fox Soccer Channel, 7 p.m.
Thursday
FAS (El Salvador) at Olimpia (Honduras). TV: Galavision, 5 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER: The Galaxy and D.C. United once were among MLS's biggest rivals, perennial battlers for silverware (with D.C. coming out on top more often than not). Now it's just the best vs. the worst. Chivas USA's matchup is more interesting: K.C. has been pretty good the past month or so. But the game to see is Thursday night's battle between the New York Red Bulls and FC Dallas, a potential MLS Cup preview -- they're two of, say, five clubs (along with the Galaxy, Columbus and Real Salt Lake) with a genuine shot at winning the title.
Wednesday
Philadelphia at San Jose. TV: MLS Direct Kick, 8 p.m.
Thursday
New York at FC Dallas. TV: MLS Direct Kick, 6 p.m.
Saturday
Chicago at Real Salt Lake. TV: TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 1 p.m.
Seattle at Columbus. TV: MLS Direct Kick, 4:30 p.m.
Toronto FC at Houston. TV: MLS Direct Kick, 5:30 p.m.
New England at Colorado. TV: MLS Direct Kick, 6 p.m.
D.C. United at L.A. Galaxy. TV: Fox Soccer Channel, 7:30 p.m.; Fox Sports en Espaņol, delayed, 9 p.m.
Sunday
Kansas City at Chivas USA. TV: FSN West and KWHY/Channel 22, 5 p.m.

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE: Europe's No. 2 club competition gets a little visibility.
Thursday
Lech Poznan (Poland) at Juventus (Italy). TV: GolTV, 10 a.m.
Paris St. Germain (France) at Sevilla (Spain). TV: GolTV, noon (replay, midnight)
Friday
Atletico Madrid (Spain) at Aris Thessaloniki (Greece). TV: GolTV, delayed, 5 p.m.

COPA SUDAMERICANA: South America's No. 2 club competition continues with early-round play.
Thursday
Estudiantes de La Plata (Argentina) at Newell's Old Boys (Argentina). TV: Fox Sports en Espaņol, 3 p.m.
Friday
Caracas FC (Venezuela) at Independiente Santa Fe (Colombia). TV: Fox Sports en Espaņol, delayed, 6 a.m.
Sport Huancayo (Peru) at Defensor Sporting (Uruguay). TV: Fox Sports en Espaņol, delayed, 10 a.m.

ACTION ABROAD: A good week to have GolTV, just to see the oldest of Brazil's rivalries (Rio's Flamengo and Fluminense) and one of the craziest of Germany's (Hamburg at St. Pauli), plus Real Madrid. Fox has the best of Italy (Inter Milan), plus London clubs Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham United. And ESPN Deportes offers Hercules, who somehow beat Barcelona last week, taking on another big Spanish club (Valencia).
Friday
Germany: Freiburg at Eintracht Frankfurt. TV: GolTV, 11:30 a.m.
Saturday
England: West Ham United at Stoke City. TV: ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 4:30 a.m.
Germany: Cologne at Bayern Munich. TV: GolTV, 6:30 a.m.
England: Wolverhampton at Tottenham. TV: Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en Espaņol, 7 a.m.
Germany: Mainz 05 at Werder Bremen. TV: ESPN Deportes, 9 a.m.
England: Arsenal at Sunderland. TV: Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en Espaņol, 9:30 a.m.
Spain: Athletic Bilbao at Sporting Gijon. TV: GolTV, 11 a.m.
Italy: Catania at AC Milan. TV: Fox Soccer Channel, 11:30 a.m.
Spain: Real Madrid at Real Sociedad. TV: GolTV, 1 p.m.
England: Fulham at Blackburn. TV: Fox Soccer Channel, delayed, 2 p.m.
Brazil: Cruzeiro at Botafogo. TV: GolTV, 3 p.m.
Colombia: Atletico Nacional at Atletico Huila. TV: GolTV, 5 p.m.
Australia: Central Coast Mariners at Gold Coast United. TV: Fox Soccer Channel, midnight
Sunday
Italy: Inter Milan at Palermo. TV: Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en Espaņol, 6 a.m.
Germany: Hamburger SV at St. Pauli. TV: GolTV, 7:30 a.m.
Spain: Valencia at Hercules. TV: ESPN Deportes, 7:55 a.m.
England: Blackpool at Chelsea. TV: Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en Espaņol, 8 a.m.
Italy: Napoli at Sampdoria. TV: Fox Soccer Channel, 11:30 a.m. (replay, midnight)
England: Manchester City at Wigan. TV: Fox Sports en Espaņol, delayed, noon
Spain: Sevilla at Malaga. TV: GolTV, noon
Brazil: Fluminense at Flamengo. TV: GolTV, 2:30 p.m.

COLLEGE: Fox Soccer Channel's East-heavy college coverage continues with a doubleheader from Durham, N.C. And, let's be honest, these are two pretty good matchups.
Friday
Men: North Carolina at Duke. TV: Fox Soccer Channel, 3:30 p.m. (replay, midnight)
Women: Florida at Duke. TV: Fox Soccer Channel, 5:30 p.m.

MEXICAN LEAGUE: Almost everything here is preliminary to Sunday morning's showdown between Toluca and America, giants who are battling for control of Group 2 in the Primera Division's Apertura. Friday night's match could be decent, and Guadalajara, Morelia and Cruz Azul will always draw an audience, no matter the opponent.
Friday
Pumas UNAM at Estudiantes Tecos. TV: Galavision, 6:10 p.m.
Saturday
Atlas at Monterrey. TV: Telemundo (KVEA/Channel 52), 3 p.m.
Gallos Blancos de Queretaro at Cruz Azul. TV: Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54), 3 p.m.
Necaxa at Santos Laguna. TV: TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 5 p.m.
Jaguares de Chiapas at Guadalajara. TV: Telemundo (KVEA/Channel 52), 5 p.m.
Irapuato at Veracruz. TV: Fox Sports en Espaņol, 5 p.m. (replay, midnight)
Pachuca at San Luis. TV: TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), delayed, 7 p.m.
Morelia at Atlante. TV: Telemundo (KVEA/Channel 52), 7 p.m.
Sunday
America at Toluca. TV: Telemundo (KVEA/Channel 52), 10 p.m.
UANL Tigres at Puebla. TV: Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54), 10 a.m.; Fox Sports en Espaņol, 10 a.m. (replay, 5 p.m.)

THE WOMEN'S GAME: Women's Professional Soccer's playoffs begin with the U.S. national team's top two forwards facing off: local gal Amy Rodriguez (USC) and third seed Philly playing Hermosa Beach transplant Abby Wambach and fourth seed Washington. The winner gets a midweek game in Boston, with that winner advancing to the Sept. 26 final in the Bay Area.
Sunday
Washington at Philadelphia. TV: Fox Soccer Channel, delayed, 3 p.m.

All times Pacific


  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

The week starts with a road-trip possibility, to see the ChivaClasico -- Chivas USA vs. Chivas de Guadalajara -- in San Diego and wraps with Galaxy and Chivas home games on the weekend at Home Depot Center. The college slate is headed by Cal State Dominguez Hills' doubleheader Friday at HDC, which is on its campus, by UCLA's men's game Sunday against San Diego and by a three-day, four-school, men's/women's tournament at The Master's College in Santa Clarita.

TUESDAY
College men:
Hope International at La Sierra (Riverside), 7 p.m.
Friendly: Chivas USA vs. Guadalajara (Mexico) at Petco Park (San Diego), 8 p.m.

WEDNESDAY
College men:
Occidental at Caltech (Pasadena), 1 p.m.
College men: Redlands at La Verne, 4 p.m.
College women: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Cal Lutheran (Thousand Oaks), 4 p.m.
College women: Whittier at Pomona-Pitzer (Claremont), 4 p.m.
College women: Occidental at Chapman (Orange), 5 p.m.
College men: Chapman at Vanguard (Costa Mesa), 6 p.m.
College men: Pomona-Pitzer at Whittier, 7 p.m.
College men: Cal Lutheran at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 7 p.m.
College women: La Verne at Redlands, 7 p.m.

THURSDAY
College men:
Soka at La Sierra (Riverside), 5 p.m.
College men: Cal State Bakersfield at UC Riverside, 7 p.m.

FRIDAY
College women:
Hope International vs. Simpson at The Master's (Santa Clarita), 11 a.m.
College men: Hope International vs. Simpson at The Master's (Santa Clarita), 1 p.m.
College women: USC vs. Oklahoma at McAllister Field (Los Angeles), 3 p.m.
College women: Southwestern (Ariz.) at The Master's (Santa Clarita), 3 p.m.
College women: Utah State at Loyola Marymount (Westchester), 4 p.m.
College men: San Francisco State at Cal State L.A., 4:30 p.m.
College men: UC Santa Cruz at Cal Baptist (Riverside), 4:30 p.m.
College women: Cal State Monterey Bay vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills at Home Depot Center (Carson), 4:30 p.m.
College men: Southwestern (Ariz.) at The Master's (Santa Clarita), 5 p.m.
College women: Marymount vs. Mills at Soka (Aliso Viejo), 6 p.m.
College men: Cal State Monterey Bay vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills at Home Depot Center (Carson), 7 p.m.
College women: Penn at Cal State Northridge, 7 p.m.
College women: Portland State at UC Riverside, 7 p.m.
College women: San Francisco State at Cal State L.A., 7 p.m.

SATURDAY
College men:
Redlands at Pomona-Pitzer (Claremont), 11 a.m.
College women: Hope International vs. Southwestern (Ariz.) at The Master's (Santa Clarita), 11 a.m.
College men: Caltech at Cal Lutheran (Thousand Oaks), 1 p.m.
College men: Whittier at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 1 p.m.
College men: Hope International vs. Southwestern (Ariz.) at The Master's (Santa Clarita), 1 p.m.
College women: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Whittier, 1 p.m.
College women: Occidental vs. La Verne, 1 p.m.
College women: Pomona-Pitzer at Redlands, 1 p.m.
College women: Simpson at The Master's (Santa Clarita), 3 p.m.
College women: Chapman at Cal Lutheran (Thousand Oaks), 3:30 p.m.
College men: Simpson at The Master's (Santa Clarita), 5 p.m.
College women: Marymount at Vanguard (Costa Mesa), 5 p.m.
College women: Mills at Soka (Aliso Viejo), 5 p.m.
College men: La Verne at Occidental (Eagle Rock), 7 p.m.
College men: Marymount at Vanguard (Costa Mesa), 7 p.m.
College men: Concordia at Soka (Aliso Viejo), 7 p.m.
MLS: L.A. Galaxy vs. D.C. United at Home Depot Center (Carson), 7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY
College men:
Cal State Monterey Bay at Cal State L.A., 11:30 p.m.
College women: San Francisco State at Cal State Dominguez Hills (Carson), 11:30 p.m.
College men: UC Santa Cruz at La Sierra (Riverside), 1 p.m.
College women: Penn at Loyola Marymount (Westchester), 1 p.m.
College women: Utah State at UC Riverside, 1 p.m.
College men: San Diego at UCLA (Westwood), 2 p.m.
College men: San Francisco State at Cal State Dominguez Hills (Carson), 2 p.m.
College women: Cal State Monterey Bay at Cal State L.A., 2 p.m.
MLS: Chivas USA vs. Kansas City Wizards at Home Depot Center (Carson), 5 p.m.
College women: Concordia at Soka (Aliso Viejo), 5 p.m.

MONDAY
College women:
Simpson vs. Southwestern (Ariz.) at The Master's (Santa Clarita), 10 a.m.
College men: Simpson vs. Southwestern (Ariz.) at The Master's (Santa Clarita), noon
College men: Cal Lutheran at Chapman (Orange), 7 p.m.

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