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Best Bets June 30/July 1: What to watch, where to go

THURSDAY, JUNE 30

  • TELEVISION

FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

Canada vs. France

ESPN, 8:45 a.m.

One of the most intriguing of the first-round matchups, and it's must-win (or at least tie ... but, really, win) for the Canucks after falling to title favorite/host Germany in their opener. France's Camille Abily and Canada's Karina LeBlanc used to be L.A. Sol teammates.

Also

Germany vs. Nigeria, ESPN, 11:30 a.m.

FIFA U-17 WORLD CUP

United States vs. Germany

ESPNU, 1 p.m.

The Americans had some good times and some not so good during group play in Mexico, and they'll need to be atop their game to overcome mighty Germany in the quarterfinals.

Also

England vs. Argentina, ESPNU, 10:30 p.m.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

USL W-LEAGUE

Colorado Rush at Santa Clarita Blue Heat

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

The best of the Colorado clubs takes on So Cal's best: The surprising Blue Heat are the Western Conference's lone unbeaten team.

Also

Colorado Force at Pali Blues, Palisades High School (Pacific Palisades), 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, JULY 1

  • TELEVISION

FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

Mexico vs. Japan

ESPN, 5:45 a.m.

El Tri looked good, especially as the game wore on, in their WWC opener against England, a 1-1 tie built on Monica Ocampo's long-range blast. How will they fare against a Japanese side starring former L.A. Sol star Aya Miyama and iconic midfielder Homare Sawa.

Also

New Zealand vs. England, ESPN, 9 a.m.

USL PRO

Antigua Barracuda FC at FC New York

Fox Soccer Channel, 5 p.m.

The Antiguans have won just one of their last seven games and are slipping down the American Division standings in the third-division league. The New Yorkers have won just three of 13 league games and are clinging to the last playoff spot in National Division with another month and a half to go in the regular season.

COPA AMERICA

Bolivia at Argentina

TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 5:45 p.m.

Lionel Messi and Co. head into South America's nations championship on home soil hoisting huge expectations from all of Argentina. They'll look to make a statement in the tournament opener.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

NATIONAL PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE

Hollywood United FC at Rattlers FC

Palmdale High School, 7 p.m.

The Hitmen's celebration for winning the Western Conference regular-season title was put on hold with a loss Tuesday to FC Hasental, their first official league defeat since joining the NPSL earlier this year. A win or draw in the Antelope Valley will start the party.