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Best Bets: What to watch, where to go

MONDAY, JUNE 27

TELEVISION

FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

Mexico vs. England

ESPN, 8:45 a.m.

Mexico stunned the U.S. in the CONCACAF semifinals last year in Cancún, and it's looking for another surprise in its opener. England's biggest stars are among WPS's best players, especially Kelly Smith -- and the goalkeepers include Chino Hills' Karen Bardsley.

Also

Japan vs. New Zealand, ESPN, 5:45 a.m.

TUESDAY, JUNE 28

  • TELEVISION

FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

United States vs. North Korea

ESPN, 8:45 a.m.

The Yanks begin their quest for a third WWC trophy with a difficult match. The Koreans are Asia's heavyweights, quick and skillful, maybe not as physical as other world powers, and they're capable of pulling an upset here. Replay: ESPN2, 8 p.m.

Also

Colombia vs. Sweden, ESPN, 5:45 a.m.

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY

Senegal at Peru

ESPN Deportes, 5:55 p.m.

There are fewer and fewer people around who can remember back to when the Peruvians were a legitimate power. Not anymore, but they hope to make some noise at the upcoming Copa America; this friendly is preparation.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

USL W-LEAGUE

Colorado Force at Santa Clarita Blue Heat

Valencia High School (Santa Clarita), 7 p.m.

The Blue Heat are the Western Conference's lone unbeaten team, at 6-0-1, and they beat the Force on their Colorado trek two weeks ago. A victory will close the gap on first-place Vancouver to one point -- Santa Clarita has three games in hand.

Also

Colorado Rush at L.A. Strikers, Pasadena City College, 7 p.m.

U.S. OPEN CUP

L.A. Blues at Galaxy

Titan Stadium, Cal State Fullerton, 7:30 p.m.

The Galaxy enters America's oldest soccer competition in the third round, and the Blues, who count Titan Stadium as a home field (the Galaxy doesn't), hope to spring a surprise. The winner gets two-time defending champ Seattle Sounders or PDL side Kitsap Pumas in the quarterfinals.