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Best Bets: What to watch, where to go

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.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29

  • TELEVISION

FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

Brazil vs. Australia

ESPN, 9 a.m.

Marta, if you didn't know, is the most gifted female player the world has known. And her teammates are also pretty talented -- a tad rough at times, too, with a full understanding of gamesmanship. The Matildas will try to keep up in the Group D opener.

Also

Norway vs. Equatorial Guinea, ESPN, 5:45 a.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Vancouver Whitecaps at Toronto FC

MLS Direct Kick, 4:30 p.m.

TFC hasn't won in 10 games, all competitions, and certainly hasn't had its way with its cross-Canada rival, losing in B.C. in the league opener and drawing away in the first leg of the Canadian Championship. They'll get together next week for the lightning-delayed second leg.