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Thursday, March 29, 2012
March 30/31: What to watch, where to go


FRIDAY, MARCH 30
GERMAN BUNDESLIGA
VfB Stuttgart at Borussia Dortmund
ESPN Deportes, 10 a.m.

Three players have had two-goal games -- Martin Harnik, Zdravko Kuzmanovic and Vedad Ibisevic -- in a five-game unbeaten streak that has brought seventh-place Stuttgart within a point of the Europa League zone. Extending it to six will take some doing: Dortmund is nearing its second straight title.
Australian A-League
Sydney FC at Wellington Phoenix, Fox Soccer Channel, midnight

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
FC Dallas at D.C. United
NBC Sports Network, 4:30 p.m.
The Hoops might be 3-0 but for Ricardo Villar's injury and a late collapse in Kansas City. D.C. might be 3-0 but for a scoreless draw at Western Conference-leading Vancouver.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION
Club Tijuana at Pachuca
Galavision, 7 p.m.
The Xolos didn't expect to see Joe Corona back so soon, but the U.S.'s failed bid for an Olympic berth has its rewards. They're sixth at 5-2-5, and Pachuca is just one spot and three points behind.

SATURDAY, MARCH 31
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Sunderland at Manchester City
ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 6:55 a.m.

City has faded, falling three points behind Manchester United atop the EPL table, since captain Vincent Kompany went down five games ago with a hamstring injury. Now he's back.
Also
Chelsea at Aston Villa, Fox Soccer Channel, 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 7 a.m.
Arsenal at Queens Park Rangers, Fox Soccer Plus, 9:55 a.m.
Norwich City at Fulham, Fox Soccer Plus, 11:30 a.m.
Stoke City at Wigan Athletic, Fox Soccer Plus, 1:30 p.m.
West Bromwich Albion at Everton, Fox Soccer Channel, 2 p.m. and midnight; Fox Deportes, 2 p.m.
Bolton at Wolverhampton, Fox Soccer Plus, 3:30 p.m.
Championship
Southampton at Blackpool, Fox Soccer Plus, 9 a.m.
Scottish Premier League
Rangers at Motherwell, Fox Soccer Plus, 3:55 a.m.

SPANISH LA LIGA
Levante at Valencia
ESPN Deportes, 1 p.m.
Three points separate third-place Valencia from fifth-place Levante, part of an eight- to 11-team battle for the final Champions League and Europa League slots.
Also
Granada at Racing Santander, GolTV, 9 a.m. and midnight
Real Madrid at Osasuna, ESPN Deportes, 11 a.m.
Athletic Bilbao at Barcelona, GolTV, 1 and 5 p.m.
German Bundesliga
Bayern Munich at Nuremberg, GolTV, 6:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Italian Serie A
AC Milan at Catania, Fox Soccer Channel, 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 9 a.m.
Lazio at Parma, Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 11:30 a.m.
French Ligue 1
Dijon at Girondins Bordeaux, TV5Monde, 9:55 a.m.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION
Morelia at UANL Tigres
Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 6 p.m.
Only two teams have scored more goals than second-place Morelia (21) in the first dozen Clausura games. Nobody's surrendered fewer goals than third-place Tigres (7), which sits just a point off the lead.
Also
San Luis at Cruz Azul, ESPN Deportes, 3:55 p.m.; Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54), 4 p.m.
Puebla at Gallos Blancos, Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 4 p.m.
Pumas UNAM at Atlas, Galavision, 7:30 p.m.
Jaguares at Atlante, Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 8 p.m.
Argentine Primera B Nacional
Ferrocarril Oeste at River Plate, GolTV, 3 and 9 p.m.

CONCACAF OLYMPIC QUALIFYING
Mexico vs. Canada
Telemundo (KVEA/Channel 52), 6 p.m.
El Tri's U-23s can return to the Olympics after missing out four years ago with a victory in the semifinals at Kansas City.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Real Salt Lake at Portland Timbers
MLS Direct Kick, 7 p.m.
Javier Morales
and Alvaro Saborio are expected back in the starting lineup for RSL, which looks to bounce back from last week's loss to Chivas against a hit-and-miss Timbers side.
Also
Columbus Crew at Toronto FC, MLS Direct Kick, 11 a.m.
Montreal Impact at New York Red Bulls, MLS Direct Kick, 1 p.m.
Vancouver Whitecaps at Philadelphia Union, MLS Direct Kick, 1 p.m.
San Jose Earthquakes at Seattle Sounders, MLS Direct Kick, 7 p.m.
New England Revolution at Galaxy, NBC Sports Network, 8 p.m. MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
New England Revolution at Galaxy
Home Depot Center (Carson), 8 p.m.

The Galaxy returns after a bye last week in better shape after a difficult start to the campaign. Whether Landon Donovan will be with them is uncertain.
TV: NBC Sports Network.