Tuesday, July 10, 2012
July 11/12: What to watch, where to go WEDNESDAY, JULY 11
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Vancouver Whitecaps at Toronto FC
MLS Direct Kick, 4 p.m. These Canadian rivals are in very different places: The 'Caps are in fine shape for a Western Conference playoff berth with half a season to go, and TFC is still looking for its third victory of the season -- and any opportunity to escape the Eastern Conference cellar. One very bright spot for the Reds: Dutch striker Danny Koevermans.
ON LOCAL FIELDS
Seattle Sounders at Santa Clarita Blue Heat
Valencia High School (Valencia), 7 p.m. The Sounders, minus their big-name national-teamers, arrive in Southern California for three games, the first against last year's Western Conference regular-season champion. It's been a tough campaign for Blue Heat, which has a decided Portuguese flavor, with national-teamers Edite Fernandes, Ana Borges and Laura Luis.
USL PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE
Ventura County Fusion at Pali Blues
Palisades High School (Pacific Palisades), 7 p.m.
The Fusion can clinch the Southwest Division title with a victory over last-place Pali, which is coming off a fine victory that knocked defending champ Fresno out of the playoff chase.
FC Tucson at Southern California Seahorse, Biola University (La Mirada), 7 p.m.
THURSDAY, JULY 12
UEFA U-19 CHAMPIONSHIP
Spain vs. France
GolTV, 7:30 a.m. The Spaniards are looking to repeat in their second European Championship in less than a month. After claiming Euro 2012, they can add a second straight under-19 title with a victory in this semifinal and in Sunday's title game. Replay, 1 p.m.
England vs. Greece, GolTV, 10 a.m.