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May 19/20: What to watch, where to go

SATURDAY, MAY 19

TELEVISION

ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIP

Blackpool vs. West Ham United

Fox Soccer Channel, 7 a.m.

There's one open slot in the English Premier League next season. The winner of this one, at Wembley, fills it. The loser sticks around the second-tier Championship another year. Replay: Fox Soccer Plus, 6 p.m.

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Chelsea (England) at Bayern Munich (Germany)

Fox (KTTV/Channel 11) and Fox Deportes, 11:30 a.m.

The biggest club game of the year, anywhere, pits a Bayern club filled with stars (Ribery, Gomez, Robben, Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Müller) and playing in its home stadium against Chelsea's over(or is it under)achievers (led by Drogba, Lampard, Torres, Terry, Cech). Replays: Fox Soccer Channel, 5 p.m. and midnight.

Charity game

Bayern Munich All-Stars vs. World All-Stars, Fox Soccer Channel, 2:30 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Seattle Sounders at Vancouver Whitecaps

MLS Direct Kick, 2 p.m.

The best rivalry in MLS -- sorry, Galaxy and Chivas -- belongs to the Cascadia clubs in the Pacific Northwest. Here are two of them, but note there's not nearly as much nastiness here as when the Sounders play Portland.

Also

New York Red Bulls at Montreal Impact, MLS Direct Kick, 4:30 p.m.

Toronto FC at D.C. United, MLS Direct Kick, 4:30 p.m.

Houston Dynamo at New England Revolution, MLS Direct Kick, 4:30 p.m.

Philadelphia Union at FC Dallas, MLS Direct Kick, 5:30 p.m.

Sporting Kansas City at Colorado Rapids, MLS Direct Kick, 6 p.m.

Columbus Crew at San Jose Earthquakes, MLS Direct Kick, 7:30 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Galaxy at Chivas USA

ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 7:30 p.m.

Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane play their final Galaxy games for awhile, with international duty beckoning. Juan Agudelo and Danny Califf play their first for the Goats, after Thursday's big trades. MLS's only true derby.

Brazilian Campeonato Paulista

Flamengo at Sport Recife, GolTV, 2:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Argentine Primera B Nacional

Guillermo Brown at River Plate, GolTV, 4:30 p.m. and midnight

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

BEACH SOCCER

Copa Cobana Tournament

Beach at Belmont Shore (Long Beach), 9 a.m.

The tour makes its first of two stops in Long Beach, with the usual youth divisions, some adult divisions -- plus, best of all, men's open play. Games will go on until about 5 p.m., with more on Sunday.

Also

Surf City Sand Soccer, Huntington City Beach (Huntington Beach), 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

NATIONAL PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE

Sonoma County Sol at Fullerton Rangers

Santa Ana Stadium, 5:30 p.m.

The Rangers look to bounce back from Tuesday's U.S. Open Cup loss with a clash against what might be Northern California's top side, guided by former UCLA women's assistant coach (and former University of San Francisco head coach) Mark Carr.

Also

Real San Jose at FC Santa Clarita Storm, Canyon High School (Canyon Country), 6 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Galaxy at Chivas USA

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

The SuperClasico remains a highlight on the calendar, even when the clubs are a combined 6-11-3.

TV: ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.

SUNDAY, MAY 20

  • TELEVISION

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Chelsea (England) at Bayern Munich (Germany)

Fox Soccer Channel, 9 a.m.

If you missed Saturday's title game, there are five showings -- but only two with English commentary. Replays: Fox Deportes, 8 and 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; Fox Soccer Plus, 2 p.m.

FRENCH LIGUE 1

Montpellier at Auxerre

Fox Soccer Plus, 11:55 a.m.

Montpellier needs just a draw to claim its first Ligue 1 title, but defeat would give Paris Saint-Germain the tools to swoop in for the trophy. Last-place Auxerre is heading to the second division after 32 years in the top flight.

Also

Paris Saint-Germain at Lorient, TV5Monde, 11:55 p.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, noon

ITALIAN COPPA ITALIA

Juventus vs. Napoli

GolTV, noon

Alessandro Del Piero has one last game left for Serie A champion Juve, in the cup final at Rome's Stadio Olimpico. Replay: 8 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Chicago Fire at Portland Timbers

Galavision, 4 p.m.

The Timbers have lost six of their last eight, and two of them were at Jeld-Wen, one of the toughest places to play in MLS. The dynamic Fire have lost just once in their last six, and that to Seattle.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION

Monterrey at Santos Laguna

Telefutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 5:50 p.m.

Humberto Suazo's stoppage-time penalty kick prevented Santos from exiting Monterrey with a victory, but an away tie gives the Guerreros the advantage heading into the final 90 minutes of the Mexican season. The winner claims the Clausura title.

Argentine Primera Division

Boca Juniors at Racing Club, GolTV, 3:15 p.m. and 10 a.m.

Uruguayan Liga Profesional de Primera Division

Nacional at Peñarol, GolTV, 5:15 p.m.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

BEACH SOCCER

Copa Cobana Tournament

Beach at Belmont Shore (Long Beach), 9 a.m.

Day two on the tour's first Long Beach stop of the season. Games continue until about 4:20 p.m., with the men's open final at 1:35.

Also

Surf City Sand Soccer, Huntington City Beach (Huntington Beach), 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

USL PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE

Pali Blues at Ventura County Fusion

Ventura College, 3 p.m.

The Fusion started off the weekend with a win over Ogden, to follow Tuesday's U.S. Open Cup victory over the Fullerton Rangers. In two days, they've got another Open Cup clash, against the L.A. Blues, but first the Blues' second team pays a visit.

Also

Ogden Outlaws at Orange County Blue Star, Concordia University (Irvine), 5 p.m.

USL W-LEAGUE

Pali Blues at Santa Clarita Blue Heat

Valencia High School, 5 p.m.

A showdown of Western Conference powers, with a loaded Pali side looking to knock off last year's conference regular-season winner -- another step, perhaps, toward a third W-League crown?