Best Bets July 22/23: What to watch, where to go
FRIDAY, JULY 22
Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Rochester Rhinos
Fox Soccer Channel, 5 p.m.
The storied Rhinos, long a minor-league soccer powerhouse, has surged to the top of the National Division by beating nearly everybody the past month and a half. These are the guys the L.A. Blues are aiming to catch.
Toluca at Estudiantes Tecos
Galavision, 6:10 p.m.
Former Galaxy star Herculez Gomez makes his official debut for Estudiantes in the Apertura opener, taking on a Toluca side looking to return to the glory days (not very long ago) before Jose Manuel “Chepo” de la Torre departed to take Mexico's reins.
- ON LOCAL FIELDS
Independiente (Argentina) at Ventura County Fusion
Oxnard College, 6 p.m.
The third friendly in a week for the Fusion, who battled England's West Bromwich Albion last weekend and New Zealand's World Cup-bound under-20 side on Wednesday.
Peru vs. Venezuela, third-place game
TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), noon
This is the final many wanted to see. Venezuela has been South America's doormat for generations, and Peru isn't quite the power it was back in Teofilo Cubillas' era. How either made the final four (especially Peru) when Argentina, Brazil and Chile didn't is beyond comprehension, but too bad they couldn't take their runs one game further.
FC Dallas at New York Red Bulls
Galavision, 3 p.m.
They're both MLS powers, but only the Texans have shown much sign of it recently. The Hoops are one of two 11-win sides in the league -- the other is the Galaxy. New York has won just twice in its last 15 league games and are coming off a 4-1 disaster in Colorado.
Portland Timbers at Columbus Crew, MLS Direct Kick, 5 p.m.
Toronto FC at Sporting Kansas City, MLS Direct Kick, 5:30 p.m.
New England Revolution at Colorado Rapids, MLS Direct Kick, 6 p.m.
San Jose Earthquakes at Real Salt Lake, MLS Direct Kick, 7 p.m.
Houston Dynamo at Chivas USA, Fox Sports West and KWHY/Channel 22, 7:30 p.m.
MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION
Cruz Azul at UANL Tigres
Telemundo (KVEA/Channel 52), 5 p.m.
Tigres have a lot of Southern California talent bubbling under the first team and Jonathan Bornstein looking for more playing time in his second season at the suburban Monterrey club. Cruz Azul seeks a solid start in a bid to avoid their twice-annual disappointment.
Santos Laguna at Pachuca, TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 3 p.m.
Morelia at Club Tijuana, Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54) and Fox Deportes, 5 p.m.
Puebla at Atlas, Galavision, 6:45 p.m.
Guadalajara at Atlante, Univision (KMEX/Channel 34), 7 p.m.
German Super Cup
Schalke 04 vs. Borussia Dortmund, GolTV, 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Brazilian Brasileirão Petrobras
Atletico Goianiense at Sao Paulo, GolTV, 2:30 and 8 p.m. and midnight
Real Madrid (Spain) at Philadelphia Union
ESPN Deportes, 6 p.m.
The Merengues have posted three-goal victories over the Galaxy and Guadalajara, and now they finish the U.S. leg of their preseason against the Eastern Conference leaders.
Manchester United (England) at Chicago Fire, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 2 p.m.
Juventus (Italy) vs. Sporting Lisbon (Portugal), ESPN Deportes, 4 p.m.
Everton (England) at D.C. United, Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 4:30 p.m.
- ON LOCAL FIELDS
MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION
Morelia at Club Tijuana
Estadio Caliente (Tijuana), 5 p.m.
Good luck getting tickets anywhere near face value to this historic outing, with the Xoloitzcuintles making their top-tier debut against the Clausura runner-up.
TV: Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54) and Fox Deportes
Fresno Fuego at Southern California Seahorses
Biola University (La Mirada), 7 p.m.
The undefeated Fuego can clinch the Southwest Division title with a victory -- and, if not, they can clinch Sunday. The Seahorses, at 8-4-3, wrap up a wonderful season with an opportunity to finish third.
L.A. Legends at Ventura County Fusion, Ventura College, 7 p.m.
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Houston Dynamo at Chivas USA
Home Depot Center (Carson), 7:30 p.m.
The Goats have a four-game unbeaten streak going, but they'd like to start turning their ties into victories. The Dynamo, going through a midseason rebuild, looks to step forward in the Eastern Conference playoff chase.
TV: Fox Sports West and KWHY/Channel 22