Wednesday, June 27, 2012
June 28/29: What to watch, where to go THURSDAY, JUNE 28
2012 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
Germany vs. Italy
ESPN and ESPN Deportes, 11:30 a.m. The Germans are the popular favorites at Euro 2012, even over mighty Spain, but getting past Italy in the second semifinal won't be simple. The Azzurri always are a contender, regardless of talent or form, and that's all about mentality. The Germans have long had similar mentality, but immigration has brought other qualities to the national team, as Mesut Özil so ably demonstrates. Bastian Schweinsteiger passed a fitness test, and that could be key. Replay: ESPN Deportes, 5 p.m.
COPA LIBERTADORES SUB-20
Union Española (Chile) vs. Defensor Sporting (Uruguay)
Fox Deportes, 3:30 p.m. Both sides needed penalties to win quarterfinals over the host clubs, Alianza Lima and defending champion Universitario, in South America's under-20 club championship. The Chileans attack, led by Ramses Bustos' five goals, has been impressive.
Corinthians (Brazil) vs. River Plate (Argentina), Fox Deportes, 6 p.m.
FRIDAY, JUNE 29
2012 Tournament Draw
Fox Deportes, 10 a.m. Defending champion Universidad de Chile, fresh off a semifinal run in the Copa Libertadores, learns its path in South America's No. 2 club tournament. Other big names in the field: São Paulo, Botafogo, Independiente, Estudiantes, Nacional, Millonarios, Deportivo Quito, Olimpia, Cerro Porteño, and U de Chile's Clasico Universitario rival Universidad Catolica.
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Chicago Fire at Sporting Kansas City
MLS Direct Kick, 5 p.m.
Chicago has a dynamic if inconsistent attack that's capable of some incredible things. Sporting is one of the best teams in the league, but it's coming off a 4-0 debacle against lowly Philadelphia. A key clash in the Eastern Conference race.
ON LOCAL FIELDS
USL PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE
Ogden Outlaws at L.A. Misioneros
Carver Middle School (Los Angeles), 7:30 p.m. The Misioneros, who have a mix of hopeful pros and young amateurs, have been playing some of their best soccer the last couple of weeks. Utah's Outlaws are the surprise of the Southwest Division, with a winning record and sitting third in the standings, above traditional powers Orange County Blue Star and Fresno Fuego.
Pali Blues at Southern California Seahorses, Biola University (La Mirada), 7 p.m.
Vancouver Whitecaps at L.A. Strikers, Occidental College (Eagle Rock), 7 p.m.