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Best Bets May 27/28: What to watch/where to go

5/27/2011

FRIDAY, MAY 27

  • TELEVISION

CARLING NATIONS CUP

Northern Ireland vs. Wales

ESPN Deportes, 11:40 a.m.

The consolation match, as it were, to the first edition of a home-countries round-robin (with Ireland replacing England). Neither of these sides could get the Irish or Scotland a real battle, but this one should be competitive.

SATURDAY, MAY 28

  • TELEVISION

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Manchester United (England) vs. Barcelona (Spain)

Fox (KTTV/Channel 11) and Fox Deportes, 11:30 a.m.

Europe's Super Bowl, but bigger: Two of the world's giants face off at Wembley for the European club title, with Man United having a real home-field advantage, and Barcelona -- with Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta -- the better side. Replays: Fox Soccer Channel, 2 and 9 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 7 p.m. and midnight

English League Two

Promotion final: Stevenage vs. Torquay United, Fox Soccer Plus, 6:55 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Uruguayan Primera Division

Defensor Sporting at Nacional, GolTV, noon

Brasileirão Petrobras

Santos at Botafogo, GolTV, 2:30 p.m.

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY

Mexico vs. Ecuador

Univision (KMEX/Channel 34), 1 p.m.

El Tri heads to Seattle to begin the final phase of their preparations for next month's CONCACAF Gold Cup.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Chivas USA at Columbus Crew

Prime Ticket, 4:30 p.m.

The Goats' run was halted in last week's SuperClasico, but they look for back-to-back road wins in a critical clash, needing points to close the gulf between the Western Conference's top six and bottom three. Replay: 1 a.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Galaxy at New England Revolution

Fox Sports West and Galavision, 5 p.m.

David Beckham returns to the Galaxy, which looks for their fourth straight victory in a visit with the uneven Revs. It's the last MLS game for Landon Donovan and Donovan Ricketts, maybe for the next month.

Also

Philadelphia Union at Toronto FC, MLS Direct Kick, 9:30 a.m.

New York Red Bulls at Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS Direct Kick, 2:30 p.m.

San Jose Earthquakes at Chicago Fire, MLS Direct Kick, 5:30 p.m.

FC Dallas at Houston Dynamo, MLS Direct Kick, 5:30 p.m.

Sporting Kansas City at Colorado Rapids, MLS Direct Kick, 6 p.m.

Seattle Sounders at Real Salt Lake, MLS Direct Kick, 6 p.m.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

USL PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE

Ventura County Fusion at Southern California Seahorses

La Mirada High School, 5:30 p.m.

The defending Southwest Division champion Fusion need a two-goal victory, or a high-scoring one-goal win, to book their berth in the U.S. Open Cup. The Seahorses, coming off an upset of Orange County Blue Star, are looking for their fourth win in five games.

Also

L.A. Legends at L.A. Blues 23, Palisades High School (Pacific Palisades), 7 p.m.

NATIONAL PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE

Rattlers FC at FC Hasental

Calabasas High School, 6:30 p.m.

Thousand Oaks-based Hasental is battling San Diego's Boca for third place in the Southwest. Lancaster-based Rattlers are still finding their way in a new league.