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Monday, July 4, 2011
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TUESDAY, JULY 5

WOMEN'S WORLD CUP
France at Germany
ESPN, 11:30 a.m.

Les Bleus have been the story of this World Cup, especially that 4-0 shellacking of Canada. That put them on top in Group A over host/two-time defending champion/tournament favorite Germany, which has eked out wins over the Canadians and Nigeria.
Also
England vs. Japan, ESPN, 9 a.m.
Mexico vs. New Zealand, ESPN2, 9 a.m.
Canada vs. Nigeria, ESPN2, 11:30 a.m.

MLS RESERVE LEAGUE
Seattle Sounders at Galaxy
Home Depot Center University Field 1 (Carson), 11 a.m.
The joys of watching Reserve League soccer come from seeing players close up -- some of them starters in the big games, too -- and hear what's being said on the field. (Warning: Cursing is involved!) It's also nice to see young players with talent that haven't played on MLS's big stage. Our favorite among that group, on the Galaxy, is Ivy Leaguer Dan Keat, a holding midfielder from New Zealand.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 6

FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP
United States vs. Sweden
ESPN, 11:30 a.m.

The Yanks are rolling along, with shutout victories over North Korea and Colombia, but need at least a draw in Wolfsburg against their toughest foe yet to win Group C and avoid Brazil in the quarterfinals. The alternative might be preferred to a semifinal showdown with the Germans. Replay: ESPN2, 6 p.m.
Also
Equatorial Guinea vs. Brazil, ESPN, 8:45 a.m.
Australia vs. Norway, ESPN2, 8:45 a.m.
North Korea vs. Colombia, ESPN, 11:30 a.m

COPA AMERICA
Colombia at Argentina
TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 5:30 p.m.
The Albiceleste face such great expectations, and they failed to fulfill them in their opener in South America's nations championship, settling for a 1-1 draw with Bolivia.
Australian State of Origin
Queensland vs. North South Wales, Fox Soccer Channel, 3 a.m.; Fox Soccer Plus, noon and 5 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Colorado Rapids at Sporting Kansas City
MLS Direct Kick, 5:30 p.m.
Sporting's fortunes turned as soon as their gorgeous stadium opened. It's eight games without a loss -- 10 in all competitions -- and a quick leap from last to fourth in the Eastern Conference. The Rapids might look more like MLS champs if they could get Conor Casey and Omar Cummings on the field at the same time.
Also
Toronto FC at New York Red Bulls, MLS Direct Kick, 5 p.m.
Columbus Crew at Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS Direct Kick, 7 p.m.
San Jose Earthquakes at Chivas USA, Fox Sports West, 7:30 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
San Jose Earthquakes at Chivas USA
Home Depot Center (Carson), 7:30 p.m.
One win in eight games isn't good enough for the Goats, no matter how well they've played in spurts. And the Earthquakes have lost just once in 11 games since April.
TV: Fox Sports West