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Saturday, March 17, 2012
March 17/18: What to watch, where to go


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.
German Bundesliga
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.
Australian A-League
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.
Also
Sunderland at Everton, Fox Soccer Channel, 5:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 5:30 a.m.
Premier League
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.
Championship
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.
Also
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.
Also
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).

SUNDAY, MARCH 18
ENGLISH F.A. CUP
Stoke City at Liverpool
Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 9 a.m.

Stoke hopes to pull off a quarterfinal upset at Anfield -- the Potters' goal is successive title-game appearances -- in the fourth meeting between the clubs this season. The previous encounter at Liverpool was a draw. Replay: FSC, 8 p.m.
Also
Leicester City at Chelsea, Fox Soccer Plus, 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Premier League
Manchester United at Wolverhampton, Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 6:30 a.m.
Leicester City at Chelsea, Fox Soccer Plus, 9 a.m.
Scottish Premier League
Hibernian at Hearts, Fox Soccer Plus, 4:55 a.m. and 5 p.m.

ITALIAN SERIE A
Napoli at Udinese
Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 12:30 p.m.
Edinson Cavani
has been superb for Napoli, which has played some of the Italian league's most stylish soccer. Antonio di Natale has been as effective for the team from Udine, which has won just one of its last six Serie A matches. Both teams have 46 points and occupy Europa League territory at fourth and fifth in the standings. Replay: FSC, midnight.
Also
Atalanta at Inter Milan, Fox Soccer Channel, 3 p.m.
German Bundesliga
Schalke 04 at Kaiserslautern, GolTV, 7:30 a.m.
Spanish La Liga
Atletico Madrid at Mallorca, ESPN Deportes, 7:55 a.m.
Valencia at Athleic Bilbao, GolTV, 10 a.m. and midnight
Malaga at Real Madrid, GolTV, 1:30 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Colorado Rapids at Philadelphia Union
NBC Sports Network, 1 p.m.
The Rapids looked good in their first real action under new coach Oscar Pareja, and they're not at full strength yet. Throw out a rough 20 minutes in the Portland rain, and Philly didn't look bad in its opener either.
Also
D.C. United at Galaxy, KDOC/Channel 56 and Galavision, 4 p.m.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION
Pumas UNAM at America
Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 3 p.m.

Mexico City's Clasico Capitalino is one of Mexico's premier rivalries, and the Cats -- last year's Clausura winners -- need a positive result to bolster their lagging postseason chances. Christian Benitez has been on target for the third-place Aguilas.
Also
San Luis at Puebla, ESPN Deportes, 10:55 a.m.
Monterrey at Toluca, Univision (KMEX/Channel 34), 11 a.m.
Liga de Ascenso
Irapuato at Toros Neza, Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54), 1 p.m.
Argentine Primera Division
Boca Juniors at San Martin, GolTV, 3:30 and 9 p.m. MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
D.C. United at Galaxy
Home Depot Center (Carson), 4 p.m.

Expect a mostly reserve roster for the Galaxy, which gets nearly two weeks to work on their game after four matches in the season's first dozen days.
TV: KDOC/Channel 56 (English) and Galavision (Spanish).
Club/college friendly
UC Riverside at Chivas USA, Home Depot Center Field 5 (Carson), 1:30 p.m.