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Best Bets July 9/10: What to watch, where to go

SATURDAY, JULY 9

  • TELEVISION

FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

England vs. France

ESPN, 11:15 a.m.

England gritted through a difficult group-stage campaign to take the top spot in B, and its reward is a quarterfinal against a French side celebrated as team of the tournament before running into host/favorite Germany. Chino Hills' Karen Bardsley will be key to English hopes for a semifinal against the U.S. or Brazil.

Also

Germany vs. Japan, ESPN, 8:30 a.m.

COPA AMERICA

Brazil vs. Paraguay

Univision (KMEX/Channel 34), noon

Disappointing starts from both powers in their Group B openers at South America's club championship: scoreless draws against lesser foes. Both will be looking for some offense in what's suddenly a must-win clash for both.

Also

Venezuela vs. Ecuador, TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 2:30 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Chivas USA at Sporting Kansas City

Galavision, 4:30 p.m.

The Goats head to K.C. on a high after scoring two terrific goals to beat San Jose on Wednesday night, just their second win in nine games. Sporting is one of MLS's hottest teams, with an nine-game unbeaten streak and 10 of the next 11 league games at home.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

FC Dallas at Real Salt Lake

MLS Direct Kick, 6 p.m.

Two of MLS's powers face off in a big one. Brek Shea is storming to the top of the MVP rankings, scoring in each of the past four games as Dallas closes in on the lead in the Western Conference and Supporters' Shield standings. RSL continues to plug holes left by injury, but Alvaro Saborio and Fabian Espindola are starting to combine again, and that's good news for the Lions.

Also

D.C. United at New York Red Bulls, MLS Direct Kick, 4:30 p.m.

Toronto FC at Houston Dynamo, MLS Direct Kick, 5:30 p.m.

Vancouver Whitecaps at Colorado Rapids, MLS Direct Kick, 6 p.m.

Chicago Fire at Galaxy, Fox Soccer Channel, 7:30 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 11 p.m.

Philadelphia Union at San Jose Earthquakes, MLS Direct Kick, 7:30 p.m.

Brazlian Brasileirão Petrobras

Cruzeiro at Sao Paulo, GolTV, 2:30 and 6 p.m. and midnight

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

NATIONAL PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE

Santa Ana Winds at Hollywood United FC

Crenshaw High School (Los Angeles), 7 p.m.

HUFC, with Cuban forward Jose Miranda doing the most damage, cruised to the Northwest Flight title and top seed for the Western Conference playoffs in its initial NPSL campaign. A win here sets up a showdown with the San Diego Flash or defending NPSL champ Sacramento Gold in the conference final.

USL Premier Development League

Ogden Outlaws at Southern California Seahorses, Biola University, 7 p.m.

USL W-LEAGUE

Pali Blues at L.A. Strikers

Patterson Field, Occidental College (Eagle Rock), 7 p.m.

The Strikers close their home slate against the two-time W-League champs, who desperately need a win to keep their dwindling playoff chances going.

Women's Premier Soccer League

L.A. Premier FC at Ajax America, Nansen Field (Rolling Hills Estates), 3:30 p.m.

San Diego SeaLions at Claremont Stars, Claremont High School, 4 p.m.

Los Al Vikings at Orange County Waves, Orange Coast College (Costa Mesa), 6 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Chicago Fire at Galaxy

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

The Galaxy looks to extend their unbeaten streak to a dozen games -- against a Fire side that has drawn 11 of its last 13 matches -- and they'd like to play like they're streaking, too, especially after mustering little offense in Monday's 0-0 tie with Seattle. Landon Donovan needs to step up with injuries mounting in the back and David Beckham still dealing with an ailing back.

TV: Fox Soccer Channel

SUNDAY, JULY 10

  • TELEVISION

FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

United States vs. Brazil

ESPN, 8 a.m.

Much hand-wringing over the U.S.'s loss to Sweden in its group finale, but that might have been a blessing. Sure, Brazil has speed and skill -- and Marta -- but the Americans have dominated the series, the semifinal loss four years ago aside, and this is a better matchup than a semifinal with host Germany would have been had they beaten or tied the Swedes.

Also

Sweden vs. Australia, ESPN, 11 a.m.

Women's Professional Soccer

Atlanta Beat at Boston Breakers, Fox Soccer Channel, 3 p.m.

COPA AMERICA

Colombia vs. Bolivia

TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), noon

The Colombians have done well to surge to the front in Group A while scoring just once in two games -- and joining the Bolivians in holding host/title favorite Argentina to a scoreless draw. A win here guarantees them the top spot.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Seattle Sounders at Portland Timbers

ESPN, 1 p.m.

There is no MLS team more despised than the Seattle Sounders are in Portland, where Timbers fans have particular animosity for forward Roger Levesque, product of an incident seven years ago when the teams played in the second division. Expect the most intense atmosphere MLS has ever seen. Replay: ESPN Deportes, 2 p.m.

Brazlian Brasileirão Petrobras

Flamengo at Fluminense, GolTV, noon and 7 p.m.

FIFA U-17 WORLD CUP

Uruguay at Mexico

ESPNU and Galavision, 3:30 p.m.

Mexico's rally to beat Germany in the semifinals -- with Julio Gomez's 90th-minute bicycle kick delivering the victory -- is among the most amazing finishes in this sport's history. One more victory, and El Tri will win the youngest World Cup for the second time in six years.

Also

Third place: Brazil vs. Germany, ESPNU, 1 p.m.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE

Fresno Fuego at Orange County Blue Star

Concordia University (Irvine), 5 p.m.

The undefeated Fuego can take a huge step toward the Southwest Division title with a victory over resurgent Blue Star, which has to win to keep its feeble playoff hopes going.

WOMEN'S PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE

Orange County Waves at L.A. Premier FC

La Cañada High School (La Cañada Flintridge), 6 p.m.

The Waves are in a tight battle with the San Diego SeaLions for the top spot in the Pacific-South Division, and a victory in La Cañada -- always a tough venue in the WPSL -- will go a long way.