Best Bets: What to watch, where to go

June, 26, 2011
6/26/11
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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.

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