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Friday, July 6, 2012
July 7/8: What to watch, where to go


SATURDAY, JULY 7

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
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.
Also
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.

NATIONAL PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE
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.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
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).

SUNDAY, JULY 8
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Galaxy at Chicago Fire
ESPN and ESPN Deportes, noon

L.A. has lost back-to-back games after winning three in a row, and they travel to take on a dynamic Fire team in great form -- without suspended David Beckham. The MLS All-Star First XI, sure to include Beckham, will be announced at halftime.
Also
Toronto FC at Philadelphia Union, MLS Direct Kick, 1 p.m.
New York Red Bulls at New England Revolution, MLS Direct Kick, 4 p.m.
Columbus Crew at Montreal Impact, MLS Direct KIck, 4 p.m.

2012 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
Italy vs. Spain
ESPN Deportes, 2 p.m.
We're going to play spoiler here and acknowledge the mastery of the Spaniards, who captured their third straight major title with a surprisingly one-sided romp over the Azzurri a week ago. Here's a replay.
Brazilian Brasileirão
Gremio at Cruzeiro, GolTV, noon
Mexican Primera Division
Santos Laguna vs. Leon, Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54), 5 p.m. MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION
Santos Laguna vs. Leon
Home Depot Center, 5 p.m.

L.A. fan favorite Herculez Gomez returns to Home Depot Center with Mexico's reigning champion, which takes on Mexico's other reigning champion -- Leon, rejoining the top division after capturing the second-tier Liga de Ascenso crown -- in a preseason friendly.

USL PRO
Orlando City SC at L.A. Blues
Titan Stadium, Cal State Fullerton, 5 p.m.
The Blues have lost four in a row and are dropping down the third-division league's standings, and they lost forward Bright Dike to injury in Friday's defeat to the Floridians, who have lost just one league game all year.
USL W-League
Colorado Rush at Pali Blues, Cal State Fullerton, noon

NATIONAL PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE
San Diego Boca at Fullerton Rangers
Santa Ana Stadium, 5:30 p.m.
As long as FC Santa Clarita doesn't upset the San Diego Flash on Saturday, Fullerton is playing for a playoff berth here -- and it needs a victory.
Women's Premier Soccer League
Beach FC at San Diego SeaLions, Cathedral Catholic HS (San Diego), 2 p.m.
L.A. Vikings at Ajax America, Nansen Field (Rolling Hills Estates), 3:30 p.m.