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Thursday, July 5, 2012
July 6/7: What to watch, where to go

By Scott French

Portugal vs. Spain
GolTV, 10 a.m.

Spain, the defending champion, and Portugal won their Group A openers in Europe's under-19 tournament in Estonia. Replay: 5 p.m.
France vs. Croatia, GolTV, 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. USL PRO
Orlando City SC at L.A. Blues
Titan Stadium, Cal State Fullerton, 7:30 p.m.

The Blues are coming off three losses on the East Coast that pushed them out of the third-division league's playoff zone, so this two-game set with first-place/defending champion Orlando City is absolutely crucial. Game 2 is Sunday. The Pali Blues' women's game (below) starts  the doubleheader.
USL W-League
Colorado Rapids at Pali Blues, Cal State Fullerton, 3 p.m.
Colorado Rush at L.A. Strikers, Occidental College, 7 p.m.

Houston Dynamo at Sporting Kansas City
MLS Direct Kick, 5 p.m.

The Dynamo have played only three road games since their stadium opened two months ago, and didn't win any of them. K.C. is a tough place to play, and Sporting's speed and athleticism won't make the test any easier.
Portland Timbers at Real Salt Lake, MLS Direct Kick, 6 p.m.
San Jose Earthquakes at FC Dallas, MLS Direct Kick, 6 p.m.
Vancouver Whitecaps at Chivas USA, KDOC/Channel 56 and KWHY/Channel 22, 7:30 p.m.
Colorado Rapids at Seattle Sounders, NBC Sports Network, 8 p.m.
Brazilian Brasileirão
Cruzeiro at Internacional, ESPN Deportes, 2:30 p.m.
CONCACAF Futsal Championship
Costa Rica vs. Panama, Univision Deportes, 5 p.m.
Mexico at Guatemala, Univision Deportes, 7 p.m. WOMEN'S PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE
Ajax America at Beach FC
Home Depot Center Field 5, 3 p.m.

Beach FC needs to beat the San Diego SeaLions by at least two goals in a showdown Sunday to win the Pacific-South and advance to the playoffs. But first the Long Beach club must tame longtime South Bay powerhouse Ajax, and it needs to score four or five goals just in case the race comes down to goal difference.
USL W-League
Colorado Rapids at Santa Clarita Blue Heat, Valencia HS (Valencia), 7 p.m.

San Diego Flash at FC Santa Clarita Storm
Canyon High School (Canyon Country), 5 p.m.
The unbeaten Flash have won the Southern Conference title, and the Storm are one point above Fullerton Rangers in the battle for the conference's other Western Division playoff spot. Santa Clarita likely needs an upset win in its regular-season finale to claim it.
USL Premier Development League
Fresno Fuego at Pali Blues, Palisades HS (Pacific Palisades), 7 p.m.

Vancouver Whitecaps at Chivas USA
Home Depot Center (Carson), 7:30 p.m.
The Goats have been off for two weeks, getting healthier and preparing for the Whitecaps, who were blown out at HDC two weeks by the Galaxy, their only loss in the last seven games. Chivas has upgraded its attack but is still waiting for results: Its 11 goals are low for the league.
TV: KDOC/Channel 56 (English) and KWHY/Channel 22 (Spanish).