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March 16/17: What to watch, where to go

FRIDAY, MARCH 16

  • TELEVISION

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Quarterfinal/semifinal/final draw

Fox Deportes, 7 a.m.

The final eight -- Cypriots APOEL, Spain's Barcelona and Real Madrid, Italy's AC Milan, England's Chelsea, France's Olympique Marseille, Germany's Bayern Munich and Portugal's Benfica -- are placed into a bracket during festivities in Nyon, Switzerland. The aim is May 19 in Munich.

UEFA Europa League

Atletico Madrid (Spain) at Besiktas (Turkey), GolTV, 5 p.m.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION

Morelia at Estudiantes Tecos

Galavision, 7 p.m.

The Monarcas were slapped down by Monterrey in their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal, but they're even on points with first-place Santos Laguna in the Clausura.

German Bundesliga

VfB Stuttgart at 1899 Hoffenheim, ESPN Deportes, 12:25 p.m.

SATURDAY, MARCH 17

  • TELEVISION

SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE

Rangers FC at Dundee United

Fox Soccer Plus, 5:40 a.m.

Glasgow's mighty Rangers have never been in so much trouble: The Blues are on the verge of economic meltdown, have been penalized 10 points (giving the title to archrival Celtic) and face possible bankruptcy, with top players -- including local boys Carlos Bocanegra and Maurice Edu -- likely to be jettisoned soon. They're still in second place, Dundee is fourth, so not a bad start to Fox Soccer Plus's Scottish coverage. Replay: 6 p.m.

German Bundesliga

Werder Bremen at Borussia Dortmund, GolTV, 7:30 a.m. and 6:15 p.m.

Bayern Munich at Hertha Berlin, ESPN Deportes, 3 p.m.

Italian Serie A

AC Milan at Parma, Fox Soccer Plus, 9:55 a.m. and 1 a.m.; Fox Deportes, 10 a.m.

Juventus at Fiorentina, Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 12:30 p.m.

Spanish La Liga

Real Sociedad at Getafe, ESPN Deportes, 9:55 a.m.

Osasuna at Real Zaragoza, GolTV, 10 a.m. and 8:15 p.m.

Barcelona at Sevilla, ESPN Deportes, 11:55 a.m. and 5 p.m.

French Ligue 1

Lyon at Saint-Etienne, Fox Soccer Plus, 1 p.m.

Australian A-League

Perth Glory at Gold Coast United, Fox Soccer Channel, 12:30 p.m.

ENGLISH F.A. CUP

Bolton at Tottenham

Fox Soccer Channel, 10:30 a.m.

Spurs is going through a slump, with three straight league losses (and nine goals conceded), but they'll reach the final four in England's top knockout competition with a win over the Wanderers. Replays: Fox Deportes, 3 p.m.; FSC, 8 p.m.

Also

Sunderland at Everton, Fox Soccer Channel, 5:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 5:30 a.m.

Premier League

Swansea City at Fulham, ESPN Deportes, 7:55 a.m.

West Bromwich Albion at Wigan Athletic, Fox Soccer Channel, 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 8 a.m.

Championship

West Ham United at Leeds United, Fox Soccer Plus, 7:55 a.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Chicago Fire at Montreal Impact

MLS Direct Kick, 11 a.m.

The Impact make their home MLS debut, and they're expecting 55,000-plus at Olympic Stadium. The Fire disappointed last year but might have the team to contend in 2012.

Also

Houston Dynamo at San Jose Earthquakes, MLS Direct Kick, 2 p.m.

Portland Timbers at FC Dallas, MLS Direct Kick, 5:30 p.m.

New England Revolution at Sporting Kansas City, MLS Direct Kick, 5:30 p.m.

New York Red Bulls at Real Salt Lake, MLS Direct Kick, 7 p.m.

Toronto FC at Seattle Sounders, MLS Direct Kick, 7 p.m.

Vancouver Whitecaps at Chivas USA, KDOC/Channel 56 and KWHY/Channel 22, 7:30 p.m.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION

Club Tijuana at UANL Tigres

Galavision, 5:55 p.m.

Another big showdown in the best Mexican league race in years, with two one-loss teams -- the sixth-place Xolos three points off the lead, fourth-place Tigres just one point back -- carrying plenty of California flavor. Tijuana is accumulating young talent north of the border; Tigres has been farming through SoCal for several years.

Also

Guadalajara at Gallos Blancos, Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 3:55 p.m.

Santos Laguna at Cruz Azul, Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54), 4 p.m.

Atlante at Pachuca, Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 6 p.m.

Jaguares at Atlas, Galavision, 8 p.m.

Argentine Primera B Nacional

Deportivo Merlo at River Plate, GolTV, 2:15 p.m. and midnight

Brazilian Campeonato Paulista

Ponte Preta at Palmeiras, GolTV, 4:15 p.m.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER

Southern California All-Star Showcase

La Mirada High School, 9 a.m.

Six games over 12 hours featuring some of the best high school players in Southern California are on tap in the Southern California High School Soccer Coaches Association's annual event.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Vancouver Whitecaps at Chivas USA

Home Depot Center (Carson), 7:30 p.m.

The Goats look to bounce back following a last-minute loss to Houston in their league opener last weekend, but the 'Caps, with an attack as dynamic as any in MLS, won't be a simple foe.

TV: KDOC/Channel 56 (English) and KWHY/Channel 22 (Spanish).