SUNDAY, JULY 17
FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP
United States vs. Japan
ESPN, 11 a.m.
The Americans' dramatic victories over Brazil and France have reignited their country's passion for the women's game, but Japan is the big story of this World Cup -- and most of the world will be rooting for Homare Sawa, Aya Miyama and Co. to prevail. Worth noting: The Americans have never lost in a World Cup or Olympic final. Replay: ESPN2, 4 p.m.
Women's Professional Soccer
Western New York Flash at Sky Blue FC, Fox Soccer Channel, 3 p.m. and midnight
Brazil vs. Paraguay
Univision (KMEX/Channel 34), noon
A Seleção, like the Argentines before them, were on the verge of a group exit before AC Milan's Alexandre Pato and Santos' Neymar throttled Ecuador to climb atop the Group B standings. Now they get a quarterfinal rematch with the Paraguayans, who settled for a 2-2 draw after conceding an 89th-minute strike in the second group-stage clash.
Chile vs. Venezuela, Univision (KMEX/Channel 34), 3 p.m.
Brazilian Brasileirão Petrobras
Corinthians at Botafogo, GolTV, noon and 7 p.m.
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Philadelphia Union at New England Revolution
MLS Direct Kick, 4 p.m.
The Union used solid defense (and New York's inability to get what it should from its talent) to take control in the Eastern Conference, and now we're seeing a little dynamism in MLS Coach of the Year frontrunner Peter Nowak's attack. As for the Revs ... well, they've seen better days.
- ON LOCAL FIELDS
West Bromwich Albion (England) at Ventura County Fusion
Oxnard College, 3 p.m.
It's preseason for the Europeans, which means clubs galore on U.S. soil for training and friendlies, and if West Brom isn't as sexy as Real Madrid, Manchester United or Barcelona (or even Everton, Manchester City and Sporting Lisbon), it is an English Premier League club, and that speaks to a standard. The Fusion have made summer encounters with English clubs an annual highlight on the Ventura soccer scene.
Dayton Dutch Lions at L.A. Blues
Norco College, 5 p.m.
Cesar Rivera did well to win and then convert a penalty kick in stoppage time Friday night to give the dominant Blues a 1-1 draw in the first meeting with the Oranje. They'll be looking for more in round two.
USL Premier Development League
L.A. Legends at Orange County Blue Star, Concordia University (Irvine), 5 p.m.
Pali Blues at Santa Clarita Blue Heat
Canyon High School (Canyon Country), 7 p.m.
Santa Clarita is in the postseason, and Pali, which won W-League titles in 2008 and 2009, needs a victory to join them -- and set up a rematch for a W-League final-four berth.
Women's Premier Soccer League
Los Al Vikings at Claremont Stars, Claremont High School, 11 a.m.
MONDAY, JULY 18
Manchester City (England) at Vancouver Whitecaps
ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 7 p.m.
This World Football Challenge friendly already has caused havoc, with heavy rains turning Empire Stadium's temporary grass field to mush and forcing postponement of the Whitecaps' Major League Soccer match Saturday against Real Salt Lake. Hopes are that the field will be playable for this.