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Best Bets June 18/19: What to watch, where to go

6/18/2011

SATURDAY, JUNE 18

  • TELEVISION

FIFA U-17 WORLD CUP

North Korea at Mexico

ESPNU, 1 p.m.

El Tri's youngsters face a lot of pressure as the World Cup begins on home ground. Their 2005 group, featuring Giovani Dos Santos, Hector Moreno, Carlos Vela and Efrain Juarez -- plus No. 3 Chivas USA goalkeeper Sergio Arias -- won the tournament, and this group is expected to contend for another trophy. Replay: Galavision, 4 p.m.

Also

France vs. Argentina, Galavision, 1 p.m.

Congo vs. Netherlands, ESPNU, 4 p.m.

UEFA U-17 Championship

Iceland at Denmark, ESPN Deportes, 11:35 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Switzerland vs. Belarus, ESPN Deportes, 2 p.m.

CONCACAF GOLD CUP

Costa Rica vs. Honduras

TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 2 p.m.

Central America's two big powers have been hot and cold in the Gold Cup, finishing second in their first-round groups to set up an unexpected -- and particularly delicious -- quarterfinal showdown in the region's nations championship. If the Hondurans can find something close to the form that sent it to the South Africa for last year's World Cup, they'll be tough to beat.

CONCACAF GOLD CUP

Mexico vs. Guatemala

Univision (KMEX/Channel 34), 5 p.m.

El Tri has smoked everyone in their path, and the Chapines aren't expected to put up much of a challenge. Mexico's biggest star -- super striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez -- has been sharp, with a tournament-best five goals, but Andres Guardado's performance against Costa Rica was one for the ages.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Galaxy at Colorado Rapids

Fox Sports West, 8 p.m.

L.A. visits the reigning MLS Cup champs, and it's the Mile High City's altitude that poses the greatest challenge to its eight-game unbeaten streak. FSW's telecast is on a two-hour delay.

Also

Seattle Sounders at Toronto FC, MLS Direct Kick, 4 p.m.

Chicago Fire at New England Revolution, MLS Direct Kick, 4:30 p.m.

Columbus Crew at Houston Dynamo, MLS Direct Kick, 5:30 p.m.

D.C. United at Real Salt Lake, MLS Direct Kick, 6 p.m.

Philadelphia Union at Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS Direct Kick, 7 p.m.

FC Dallas at Chivas USA, Prime Ticket and KWHY/Channel 22, 7:30 p.m.

USL Pro

Wilmington Hammerheads at Orlando City FC, Fox Soccer Channel, 4:30 p.m. and midnight

Brazilian Brasileirão Petrobras

Bahia at Fluminense, GolTV, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Colombian Liga Postobon

La Equidad at Atletico Nacional, GolTV, 4:30 and 9:30 p.m.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

WOMEN'S PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE

Ajax America at Los Al Vikings

Long Beach City College, 11 a.m.

The first-year Vikes continue to seek their first victory, and they're hoping they can stick with once-mighty Ajax, a long-time So Cal powerhouse that's finding itself after players and its head coach moved on to pro clubs.

Also

Claremont Stars at Orange County Waves, Orange Coast College, 6 p.m.

NATIONAL PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE

FC Hasental at Rattlers FC

Palmdale High School, 5 p.m.

Thousand Oaks' Hasental has won its last four games and has lost just once in its last seven. Rattlers dropped a one-goal thriller to the reigning NPSL champs after a wild 8-4 triumph. Expect a heated battle in the Antelope Valley.

USL PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE

BYU Cougars at Southern California Seahorses

Biola University (La Mirada), 7 p.m.

The Seahorses have emerged as a Southwest Division powerhouse behind high-scoring Ryan Shaw, and they've lost just once in their last seven to join the title fight. BYU is looking for a rare, out-of-state victory.

Also

Ogden Outlaws at Orange County Blue Star, Concordia University (Irvine), 5 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

FC Dallas at Chivas USA

Home Depot Center (Carson), 7:30 p.m.

The Goats and the Hoops are looking to bounce back from deflating losses last weekend. Chivas surrendered its fifth lead in four games to fall at Houston. High-flying Dallas imploded in a one-sided home loss to worst-in-MLS Sporting Kansas City.

TV: Prime Ticket and KWHY/Channel 22

SUNDAY, JUNE 19

  • TELEVISION

CONCACAF GOLD CUP

Jamaica at United States

Fox Soccer Channel and Univision (KMEX/Channel 34), noon

The Yanks' Gold Cup struggles have reignited calls for Bob Bradley's dismissal as head coach, and if the speedy, skillful, unbeaten and unscored-upon Reggae Boyz can pull the quarterfinal upset in Washington, it might just come to be. Replay: FSC, 8 p.m.

CONCACAF GOLD CUP

Panama vs. El Salvador

Univision (KMEX/Channel 34), 3 p.m.

A stoppage-time goal that killed off Canada's chances gave Panama the Group C title over the vanquished Americans, and the Canaleros have to feel good about this quarterfinal matchup.

FIFA U-17 WORLD CUP

United States vs. Czech Republic

ESPNU and Galavision, 4 p.m.

Five local kids, including 16-year-old Galaxy forward Jack McBean, are part of a U.S. squad looking to better Landon Donovan and Co.'s semifinal run in this tournament a dozen years ago.

UEFA U-21 Championship

England vs. Czech Republic, ESPN Deportes, 11:35 a.m.

Ukraine vs. Spain, ESPN Deportes, 2 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

New York Red Bulls at Portland Timbers

Galavision, 7 p.m.

The Timbers have dropped three straight one-goal decisions, two of them at home, where they were looking invincible. The Eastern Conference-leading Red Bulls ended a six-game winless streak but are rather beat up, and that could stop them from silencing Timber Joey's chainsaw.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

NATIONAL PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE

FC Hasental at Hollywood United FC

Crenshaw High School (Los Angeles), 4 p.m.

The Hitmen are nursing their wounds after a quick dismissal from the U.S. Open Cup, but they've already clinched the NPSL's Northwest Flight title and are gearing for a championship run in their new league.