<
>

This Week in Soccer

  • ON TELEVISION

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Ten of the 16 “MatchDay 2” games are on the Fox channels, showing at one time or another on all three -- with two games getting the nod on FSN West, with Olympique Marseille-Chelsea coming in live. The best matchups might be Valencia-Manchester United and Inter Milan-Werder Bremen, both Wednesday, and Fontana’s Maurice Edu has us rooting for Rangers FC against Bursaspor, which will have its first viewing late Wednesday night.

Tuesday

Arsenal (England) at Partizan Belgrade (Serbia). TV: Fox Soccer Channel, 11:30 a.m. (replay, 1 a.m.); Fox Soccer Plus and Fox Sports en Español, delayed, 2 p.m.; FSN West, delayed, 11:30 a.m. Thursday

Chelsea (England) at Olympique Marseille (France). TV: FSN West, 11:30 a.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, delayed, 7 p.m.; Fox Soccer Plus, delayed, 9 p.m.; Fox Sports en Español, delayed, 6 p.m. Thursday

AC Milan (Italy) at Ajax Amsterdam (Netherlands). TV: Fox Soccer Plus, 11:30 a.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, delayed, 7 a.m. Wednesday; Fox Sports en Español, delayed, 10 p.m. Friday

Real Madrid (Spain) at Auxerre (France). TV: Fox Sports en Español, 11:30 a.m. (replay, 7:30 p.m.); Fox Soccer Channel, delayed, 2 p.m.; Fox Sports Plus, delayed, 4:30 p.m.

CFR Cluj (Romania) at AS Roma (Italy). TV: Fox Sports en Español, delayed, 2 p.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, delayed, 11 p.m.

Wednesday

Barcelona (Spain) at Rubin Kazan (Russia). TV: Fox Soccer Channel, 9:30 a.m.; Fox Sports en Español, 9:30 a.m. (replay, 6 p.m.); Fox Soccer Plus, delayed, 4:30 p.m.

Manchester United (England) at Valencia (Spain). TV: Fox Soccer Channel, 11:30 a.m. (replay, 4 p.m.); Fox Sports en Español, 11:30 a.m. (replay, 8 p.m.; Fox Soccer Plus, delayed, 2 p.m.

FC Twente (Netherlands) at Tottenham (England). TV: Fox Soccer Plus, 11:30 a.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, delayed, 2 p.m.; Fox Sports en Español, delayed, 4 p.m.

Werder Bremen (Germany) at Inter Milan (Italy). TV: Fox Sports en Español, delayed, 2 p.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, delayed, 2 p.m. Thursday

Bursaspor (Turkey) at Rangers FC (Scotland). TV: Fox Soccer Channel, delayed, 11 p.m.; Fox Sports en Español, delayed, noon Thursday; Fox Soccer Plus, delayed, 4 p.m. Thursday (replay, 9 p.m.)

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: The fifth of the six group-stage rounds is where you start learning who is going through to next spring’s knockout phase -- and who isn’t. Some of that is obvious already: Monterrey, trust us, is going through, and the other Mexicans, too; two of the four MLS clubs are in real good shape. Seattle looks finished at 0-4 … but perhaps not. All eight of this week’s encounters are on the tube, although you’d need a DVR (or old-fashioned VHS) to see them all. Might we suggest the Toronto FC-RSL and Saprissa-Monterrey showdowns Tuesday night?

Tuesday

Real Salt Lake at Toronto FC. TV: Fox Soccer Channel, 5 p.m.

Arabe Unido (Panama) at Cruz Azul (Mexico). TV: TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 5 p.m.

Monterrey (Mexico) at Saprissa (Costa Rica). TV: Galavision, 7 p.m.

Wednesday

Toluca (Mexico) at Puerto Rico Islanders. TV: TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 5 p.m.

Marathon (Honduras) at Seattle Sounders. TV: Fox Soccer Channel, 7 p.m.

Joe Public FC (Trinidad & Tobago) at Santos FC (Mexico). TV: Galavision, 7 p.m.

Columbus Crew at Municipal (Guatemala). TV: Fox Soccer Channel, delayed, 1 a.m.

Thursday

Olimpia (Honduras) at FAS (El Salvador). TV: Galavision, 7 p.m.

COPA SUDAMERICANA: After nearly two months of prelims, South America's No. 2 club competition gets going in earnest, with the first legs in the round of 16.

Tuesday

Independiente (Argentina) at Defensor Sporting (Uruguay). TV: Fox Sports en Español, 5 p.m.

Thursday

Deportivo Tolima (Colombia) at Banfield (Argentina). TV: Fox Sports en Español, 4 p.m. (replay, 11 p.m.)

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER: Galaxy-Chivas USA transcends the playoff race, so let’s be happy that’s the Sunday night TV game. (Key figure this time: Alan Gordon, the longtime Galaxy forward now toiling for the Goats.) But what’s with the TeleFutura? Houston at Philadelphia? What a dog of a game. It’s K.C. at N.Y. we all want to see, and we might settle for San Jose at Columbus. (Guess that’s why we buy the Direct Kick package.)

Wednesday

Philadelphia at Colorado. TV: MLS Direct Kick, 6:30 p.m.

Chicago at San Jose. TV: ESPN Deportes and MLS Direct Kick, 8 p.m.

Saturday

Toronto FC at Seattle. TV: MLS Direct Kick, 12:30 p.m.

Houston at Philadelphia. TV: TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 1 p.m.

Kansas City at New York. TV: MLS Direct Kick, 4:30 p.m.

Real Salt Lake at New England. TV: MLS Direct Kick, 4:30 p.m.

San Jose at Columbus. TV: MLS Direct Kick, 4:30 p.m.

Chicago at FC Dallas. TV: Fox Soccer Channel, 5:30 p.m. (replay, midnight); Fox Sports en Español, 5:30 p.m.

D.C. United at Colorado. TV: MLS Direct Kick, 6 p.m.

Sunday

L.A. Galaxy at Chivas USA. TV: ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 5 p.m.

UEFA EUROPA CUP: Europe’s No. 2 club competition always has some big clubs involved, but those big clubs usually are disappointed not to be playing in the Champions League. Defending champ Atletico Madrid is on TV this week.

Thursday

Liverpool (England) at FC Utrecht (Netherlands). TV: GolTV, 10 a.m.

Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) at Atletico Madrid (Spain). TV: GolTV, noon

Friday

Juventus (Italy) at Manchester City (England). TV: GolTV, delayed, 5 p.m.

ACTION ABROAD: With a full allotment of Fox’s soccer-specific channels and ESPN Deportes, you can watch every English Premier League game this weekend. And five from Italy, too. The highlight is EPL leader Chelsea at home to third-place Arsenal in London derby, but Tottenham-Aston Villa also is a decent bet.

Friday

Germany: St. Pauli at Hannover 96. TV: GolTV, 11:30 a.m.

Saturday

England: Wolverhampton at Wigan. TV: ESPN Deportes, 4:30 a.m.

England: Manchester United at Sunderland. TV: ESPN2, 6:55 a.m.; ESPN Deportes, 6:55 a.m. (replay, noon)

England: Fulham at West Ham United. TV: Fox Soccer Plus, 6:55 a.m. (replay, 7 a.m.)

England: Aston Villa at Tottenham. TV: Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en Español, 7 a.m.

Spain: Sporting Gijon at Real Zaragoza. TV: ESPN Deportes, 8:55 a.m.

England: Everton at Birmingham City. TV: Fox Soccer Channel, 9 a.m.; Fox Sports en Español, delayed, 11 a.m.

Italy: Cesena at Udinese. TV: Fox Soccer Plus and Fox Sports en Español, 9 a.m.

Italy: AC Milan at Parma. TV: Fox Soccer Channel, 11:30 p.m. (replay, 9 p.m.); Fox Sports en Español, delayed, 10 p.m.

England: Blackburn at Stoke City. TV: Fox Soccer Plus, 1 p.m.

Sunday

Italy: Catania at Lecce. TV: Fox Soccer Plus, 3:30 a.m. (replay, midnight)

England: Newcastle United at Manchester City. TV: Fox Soccer Plus, 5:30 a.m. (replay, 5 p.m.)

Italy: AS Roma at Napoli. TV: Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en Español, 6 a.m.

England: Bolton at West Bromwich Albion. TV: Fox Soccer Plus, 7:30 a.m.

England: Arsenal at Chelsea. TV: Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en Español, 8 a.m.

Italy: Juventus at Inter Milan. TV: Fox Soccer Channel, 11:30 a.m.; Fox Sports en Español, delayed, noon (replay, 11 p.m.)

France: Toulouse at Stade Rennes. TV: Fox Soccer Plus, 11:55 a.m. (replay, 9 p.m.)

England: Blackpool at Liverpool. TV: Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en Español, delayed, 2 p.m.

Australia: Adelaide United at Sydney FC. TV: Fox Soccer Channel, 11 p.m.

COLLEGE: Oh, goody. More games from the Southeast. I guess they don’t play college soccer anywhere else.

Friday

Men: Duke at Maryland. TV: Fox Soccer Channel, 5 p.m.

Women: Mississippi at South Carolina. TV: Fox Soccer Channel, delayed, 8 p.m.

Sunday

Women: Georgia at Vanderbilt. TV: ESPNU, noon

MEXICAN LEAGUE: The can’t-miss clash this weekend pits Mexico City giants America, coming off a victory over mighty Santos Laguna, and Cruz Azul, the overall leader in the Primera Division. Two big ones on Sunday, too: Morelia at Pumas and a Guadalajara derby pitting Chivas against Atlas.

Friday

Jaguares de Chiapas at Estudiantes Tecos. TV: Galavision, 6:10 p.m.

Saturday

Necaxa at Monterrey. TV: Telemundo (KVEA/Channel 52), 3 p.m.

America at Cruz Azul. TV: Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54), 3 p.m.; ESPN Deportes, 3 p.m. (replay, 6 p.m.)

Toluca at Santos Laguna. TV: TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 5 p.m.

UANL Tigres at San Luis. TV: TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), delayed, 7 p.m.

Pachuca at Atlante. TV: Telemundo (KVEA/Channel 52), 7 p.m.

Atlante Neza at Veracruz. TV: Fox Sports en Español, delayed, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday

Morelia at Pumas UNAM. TV: Telemundo (KVEA/Channel 52), 10 p.m.

Gallos Blancos de Queretaro at Puebla. TV: Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54), 10 a.m.; Fox Sports en Español, 10 a.m. (replay, 5 p.m.)

Atlas at Guadalajara. TV: Telemundo (KVEA/Channel 52), 2:30 p.m.

All times Pacific

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

The Galaxy-Chivas USA SuperClasico arrives again Sunday, with the Galaxy trying to keep its hold on Major League Soccer’s top record and the Goats looking to avoid playoff elimination, if possible, for another week. Chivas is the home team, so lots of good seats should be available. The start of Pac-10 and Big West conference action highlights the college slate, with UCLA’s men’s game Friday against Washington and Long Beach State’s women’s games Friday against Cal Poly and Sunday against UC Santa Barbara the highlights. UCSB’s men, fresh from beating UCLA, also will be in town, playing Wednesday night at Cal State Fullerton.

TUESDAY

College women: Azusa Pacific vs. Hope International at Cal State Fullerton track field, 3 p.m.

College women: Cal Baptist at Biola (La Mirada), 7 p.m.

College men: Bethesda Christian at Soka (Aliso Viejo), 7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY

College men: Azusa Pacific vs. Hope International at Cal State Fullerton track field, 3 p.m.

College men: Redlands at Cal Lutheran (Thousand Oaks), 4 p.m.

College men: Pomona-Pitzer at Caltech (Pasadena), 4 p.m.

College men: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at La Verne, 4 p.m.

College men: Whittier at Occidental (Eagle Rock), 4 p.m.

College women: La Verne at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 4 p.m.

College women: San Diego Christian at Vanguard (Costa Mesa), 4 p.m.

College men: San Diego Christian at Vanguard (Costa Mesa), 6 p.m.

College men: UC Santa Barbara at Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m.

College men: UC Riverside at UC Irvine, 7 p.m.

College men: Cal Baptist at Biola (La Mirada), 7 p.m.

College women: Cal Lutheran at Redlands, 7 p.m.

College women: Occidental at Whittier, 7 p.m.

FRIDAY

College women: Cal Poly at Long Beach State, 3 p.m.

College women: Cal State Fullerton at Loyola Marymount (Westchester), 4 p.m.

College women: Pepperdine at UCLA, 5 p.m.

College women: UC Davis at Cal State Northridge, 7 p.m.

College women: Pacific at UC Irvine, 7 p.m.

College women: UC Santa Barbara at UC Riverside, 7 p.m.

College men: Washington at UCLA, 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY

College women: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Pomona-Pitzer, 10:30 a.m.

College men: Cal Lutheran at Whittier, 11 a.m.

College women: Occidental at Redlands, 11 a.m.

College men: The Master’s at Cal Baptist (Riverside), noon

College men: La Verne at Caltech (Pasadena), 1 p.m.

College men: Pomona-Pitzer at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 1 p.m.

College men: Redlands at Occidental (Eagle Rock), 1 p.m.

College men: Point Loma Nazarene at Azusa Pacific, 1 p.m.

College women: Whittier at Cal Lutheran (Thousand Oaks), 1 p.m.

College women: The Master’s at Cal Baptist (Riverside), 2:30 p.m.

College women: Hope International at Vanguard (Costa Mesa), 3 p.m.

College women: Point Loma Nazarene at Azusa Pacific, 3:30 p.m.

College men: Hope International at Vanguard (Costa Mesa), 5 p.m.

College men: Cal State Northridge at Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m.

College men: Cal Poly at UC Riverside, 7 p.m.

SUNDAY

College women: Pacific at Cal State Northridge, 1 p.m.

College women: UC Santa Barbara at Long Beach State, 1 p.m.

College women: UC Davis at UC Irvine, 1 p.m.

College women: Cal Poly at UC Riverside, 1 p.m.

College men: Oregon State at UCLA, 2:30 p.m.

MLS: L.A. Galaxy vs. Chivas USA at Home Depot Center (Carson), 5 p.m.

College women: San Diego at Cal State Fullerton, 6 p.m.

MONDAY

College men: Redlands at Chapman (Orange), 7 p.m.