Thursday, March 15, 2012
March 16/17: What to watch, where to go
FRIDAY, MARCH 16
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Fox Deportes, 7 a.m.
The final eight -- Cypriots APOEL, Spain's Barcelona and Real Madrid, Italy's AC Milan, England's Chelsea, France's Olympique Marseille, Germany's Bayern Munich and Portugal's Benfica -- are placed into a bracket during festivities in Nyon, Switzerland. The aim is May 19 in Munich.
UEFA Europa League
Atletico Madrid (Spain) at Besiktas (Turkey), GolTV, 5 p.m.
MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION
Morelia at Estudiantes Tecos
Galavision, 7 p.m.
The Monarcas were slapped down by Monterrey in their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal, but they're even on points with first-place Santos Laguna in the Clausura.
VfB Stuttgart at 1899 Hoffenheim, ESPN Deportes, 12:25 p.m.
SATURDAY, MARCH 17
SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Rangers FC at Dundee United
Fox Soccer Plus, 5:40 a.m.
Glasgow's mighty Rangers have never been in so much trouble: The Blues are on the verge of economic meltdown, have been penalized 10 points (giving the title to archrival Celtic) and face possible bankruptcy, with top players -- including local boys Carlos Bocanegra and Maurice Edu -- likely to be jettisoned soon. They're still in second place, Dundee is fourth, so not a bad start to Fox Soccer Plus's Scottish coverage. Replay: 6 p.m.
Werder Bremen at Borussia Dortmund, GolTV, 7:30 a.m. and 6:15 p.m.
Bayern Munich at Hertha Berlin, ESPN Deportes, 3 p.m.
Italian Serie A
AC Milan at Parma, Fox Soccer Plus, 9:55 a.m. and 1 a.m.; Fox Deportes, 10 a.m.
Juventus at Fiorentina, Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 12:30 p.m.
Spanish La Liga
Real Sociedad at Getafe, ESPN Deportes, 9:55 a.m.
Osasuna at Real Zaragoza, GolTV, 10 a.m. and 8:15 p.m.
Barcelona at Sevilla, ESPN Deportes, 11:55 a.m. and 5 p.m.
French Ligue 1
Lyon at Saint-Etienne, Fox Soccer Plus, 1 p.m.
Perth Glory at Gold Coast United, Fox Soccer Channel, 12:30 p.m.
ENGLISH F.A. CUP
Bolton at Tottenham
Fox Soccer Channel, 10:30 a.m.
Spurs is going through a slump, with three straight league losses (and nine goals conceded), but they'll reach the final four in England's top knockout competition with a win over the Wanderers. Replays: Fox Deportes, 3 p.m.; FSC, 8 p.m.
Sunderland at Everton, Fox Soccer Channel, 5:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 5:30 a.m.
Swansea City at Fulham, ESPN Deportes, 7:55 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion at Wigan Athletic, Fox Soccer Channel, 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 8 a.m.
West Ham United at Leeds United, Fox Soccer Plus, 7:55 a.m.
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Chicago Fire at Montreal Impact
MLS Direct Kick, 11 a.m.
The Impact make their home MLS debut, and they're expecting 55,000-plus at Olympic Stadium. The Fire disappointed last year but might have the team to contend in 2012.
Houston Dynamo at San Jose Earthquakes, MLS Direct Kick, 2 p.m.
Portland Timbers at FC Dallas, MLS Direct Kick, 5:30 p.m.
New England Revolution at Sporting Kansas City, MLS Direct Kick, 5:30 p.m.
New York Red Bulls at Real Salt Lake, MLS Direct Kick, 7 p.m.
Toronto FC at Seattle Sounders, MLS Direct Kick, 7 p.m.
Vancouver Whitecaps at Chivas USA, KDOC/Channel 56 and KWHY/Channel 22, 7:30 p.m.
MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION
Club Tijuana at UANL Tigres
Galavision, 5:55 p.m.
Another big showdown in the best Mexican league race in years, with two one-loss teams -- the sixth-place Xolos three points off the lead, fourth-place Tigres just one point back -- carrying plenty of California flavor. Tijuana is accumulating young talent north of the border; Tigres has been farming through SoCal for several years.
Guadalajara at Gallos Blancos, Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 3:55 p.m.
Santos Laguna at Cruz Azul, Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54), 4 p.m.
Atlante at Pachuca, Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 6 p.m.
Jaguares at Atlas, Galavision, 8 p.m.
Argentine Primera B Nacional
Deportivo Merlo at River Plate, GolTV, 2:15 p.m. and midnight
Brazilian Campeonato Paulista
Ponte Preta at Palmeiras, GolTV, 4:15 p.m.
HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER
Southern California All-Star Showcase
La Mirada High School, 9 a.m.
Six games over 12 hours featuring some of the best high school players in Southern California are on tap in the Southern California High School Soccer Coaches Association's annual event.
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Vancouver Whitecaps at Chivas USA
Home Depot Center (Carson), 7:30 p.m.
The Goats look to bounce back following a last-minute loss to Houston in their league opener last weekend, but the 'Caps, with an attack as dynamic as any in MLS, won't be a simple foe.
TV: KDOC/Channel 56 (English) and KWHY/Channel 22 (Spanish).