Best Bets June 8/9: What to watch, where to go

June, 7, 2011
6/07/11
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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8

  • TELEVISION

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY
Uruguay vs. Netherlands
ESPN Deportes, 9:25 a.m.

A rematch of a sizzling semifinal from South Africa, with both teams bringing representative sides: 18 Uruguayans from the World Cup roster, including the entire starting XI -- including Golden Ball winner Diego Forlan -- and 13 from Holland's runners-up, but not top star Wesley Sneijder.
Toulon U-20 semifinals
Mexico vs. Colombia, GolTV, 8:30 a.m.
Italy at France, GolTV, 11 a.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Real Salt Lake at Columbus Crew
MLS Direct Kick, 6 p.m.
Player of the Week Jean Alexandre stepped up and Fabian Espindola found his footing again, and it all bodes well for RSL's bid to regain form. Let's see how they perform in a battle between 2008 and 2009 MLS Cup champs.
Colombian Liga Postobon
Atletico Nacional at Deportes Tolima, GolTV, 4 p.m.
Millonarios at La Equidad, GolTV, 6 p.m.

THURSDAY, JUNE 9
  • TELEVISION

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY
France at Poland
ESPN Deportes, 9:55 a.m.

The French are in good shape to qualify for next year's European Championship, which Poland will stage with Ukraine and where Les Bleus hope to erase memories of their disaster in South Africa.

CONCACAF GOLD CUP
Costa Rica vs. El Salvador
TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 4 p.m.
The Ticos' speed decimated Cuba in the Group A opener of our region's nations championship. El Salvador, like Cuba, was a 5-0 loser, but they gave Mexico a game for the first hour.
Also
Mexico vs. Cuba, Univision (KMEX/Channel 34), 6 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Chicago Fire at Sporting Kansas City
ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 7 p.m.
K.C. opens its new, supposed-to-be-specatcular Livestrong Sporting Park, finally coming home after a 10-game road trip covering 29,062 miles to start the season. Chicago, like Sporting a winner just once, hopes the emotion knocks the ex-Wizards off their game.

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