Best Bets July 13/14: What to watch, where to go
WEDNESDAY, JULY 13
FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP
United States vs. France
ESPN, 8:30 a.m.
The Americans overcame horrid officiating and the magical Marta to triumph over Brazil in the quarterfinals, thanks mostly to Abby Wambach's end-of-game header, Hope Solo's steel in the nets and five fine penalty kicks, none better than Megan Rapinoe's rocket to the upper-left corner. France also needed PKs to get to the semifinals for the first time, and overlooking Les Bleus would mean a date in the third-place game.
Japan vs. Sweden, ESPN, 11:15 a.m.
Manchester United (England) at New England Revolution
ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 5 p.m.
The World Football Challenge series of friendlies begins in Foxborough, with England's champ taking on the struggling, straggling Revs.
Liverpool (England) at Guangdong (China), Fox Soccer Channel, 5 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Morelia (Mexico) vs. Pumas UNAM (Mexico), Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54), 6:55 p.m.
America (Mexico) vs. Atlas (Mexico), ESPN Deportes, 7:30 p.m.
Brazil vs. Ecuador
TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 5:30 p.m.
The unthinkable is possible in the Group B finale: If Brazil fails to win, it might miss the knockout stage in South America's club championship.
Paraguay vs. Venezuela, TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 3 p.m.
- ON LOCAL FIELDS
L.A. Strikers at Santa Clarita Blue Heat
Canyon High School (Canyon Country), 7 p.m.
Blue Heat went 1-1-1 on its trek to the Pacific Northwest, which keeps it in command of the Western Conference race, and a victory would clinch the second-year club's first title.
America (Mexico) vs. Atlas (Mexico)
Home Depot Center, 7:30 p.m.
America returns to So Cal for the third time in a little more than a year with El Reto Aguila II against Guadalajara's No. 2 club, a preparation match in advance of the Primera Division regular season, which begins in a week and a half.
TV: ESPN Deportes
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