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Sunday, July 8, 2012
July 8/9: What to watch, where to go


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 star forward Bright Dike 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.

MONDAY, JULY 9
CONCACAF FUTSAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Costa Rica at Guatemala
Univision Deportes, 5 p.m.

All four semifinalists won berths for the FIFA Futsal World Cup, which will be played in Thailand in November. This game decides the regional champion, with host Guatemala looking to repeat their 2008 title.
Also
Third place: Panama vs. Mexico, Univision Deportes, 3 p.m. USL W-LEAGUE
Colorado Rapids at L.A. Strikers
Patterson Field, Occidental College (Eagle Rock), 6 p.m.

The Strikers played the Rush -- Colorado's best W-League team -- to a 1-1 draw on Friday night, and now they look for three points as the Rapids close their three-game Southern California trip.