Best Bets Feb. 28/March 1: What to watch/where to go




United States vs. Canada

ESPN Deportes, 10 a.m.

The winner of this year's regional title (yes, we know who it is -- this is delayed from Sunday -- and no, we won't spoil things) will always take something of an asterisk with them -- Mexico didn't compete; it already was in (as host of) the FIFA U-17 World Cup -- but both of these sides have been solid, and the Canadians haven't conceded a goal. Local boys Esteban Rodriguez, Marco Rodriguez and Jack McBean contribute for the Yanks.


Napoli at AC Milan

Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 11:30 a.m.

This showdown between No. 1 Milan (16-3-7) and No. 3 Napoli (16-6-4) could determine the Scudetto winner, at least if Milan prevails. And why shouldn't it turn out so? The Rossineri haven't lost a league game since mid-December, and there's been some whispers -- not here, mind you -- that Zlatan Ibrahimovic belongs in the world's-best-player conversation. Replays: FSC, 5 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 7 p.m.



West Adams Prep at Banning

Banning High School (Wilmington), 3 p.m.

Newcomer West Adams has shaken up the L.A. City Section soccer establishment, upsetting traditional powers Belmont, No. 1 San Fernando and Bell to reach the semifinals. Oscar Sandoval has been involved in 23 of the Panthers' 43 goals. Alejandro Diaz is the chief provider for fourth-seeded Banning, which has outscored playoff foes, 18-2.


Fremont at South East (South Gate), 3 p.m.

Elizabeth LC at Academia Avance (Highland Park), 3 p.m.

Foshay LC at Annenberg (Los Angeles), 3 p.m.




Manchester United at Chelsea

Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, noon

Sir Alex Ferguson has declared the EPL a two-team race, between his first-place side at Man United (17-1-9) and Arsenal (17-5-5), which sits four points back with 11 games to go. Chelsea, which won the league/F.A. Cup double last year, is well out of the title race -- 15 points back -- and in danger of missing next year's UEFA Champions League. United could be (should be!) missing Wayne Rooney, who faces a suspension for throwing an elbow Saturday. Replays: FSC, 5 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 7:30 p.m.

Spanish La Liga

Sporting Gijon at Sevilla, ESPN Deportes, 12:55 p.m.


Colorado Crew at Real Salt Lake

Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision, 7 p.m.

Last week's first leg, on the snow-sprinkled turf at Crew Stadium, was a testy affair with far more red cards (three, including RSL's Best XI defender Nat Borchers) than goals (none). The victor here -- or Columbus if it's a draw with goals -- heads to the semifinals. Replay: FSC, midnight.


Cruz Azul (Mexico) at Santos Laguna (Mexico), TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 5 p.m.

Copa Libertadores

Peñarol (Uruguay) at Godoy Cruz (Argentina), Fox Deportes, 3 p.m.

Colo Colo (Chile) at Deportivo Tachira (Venzuela), Fox Deportes, 5:30 p.m.



Canada U-23 at Chivas USA

Home Depot Center, 11 a.m.

These preseason friendlies/scrimmages don't mean a thing, but Chivas coach Robin Fraser is going to be looking for a lot more energy after last week's dismal showing against D.C. United. The season starts in less than three weeks, and the Goats still have far to go before they'll be ready. We'll not know which field at HDC (likely No. 4) until an hour or two before game time.


Corona del Mar at Paramount

Paramount High School (Paramount), 3 p.m.

The Pirates and visiting Sea Kings are both defending CIF Southern Section champs -- CdM moved from Division 4 to 3 this season -- and they both, too, won Southern California Regional titles, the closest thing in these parts to a state championship. One of them is headed to next weekend's title game.


St. John Bosco (Bellflower) at San Clemente

West Torrance at Santa Barbara

M.L. King (Riverside) at Claremont

La Habra at Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo)

Fontana at Century (Santa Ana)

Salesian (Los Angeles) at Oak Hills (Hesperia)

Ganesha (Pomona) at El Rancho (Pico Rivera)

Carpinteria at Oaks Christian (Westlake Village)

Baldwin Park at Animo Leadership (Inglewood)

Crossroads (Santa Monica) at Desert Hot Springs

Citrus Hill (Perris) at Beaumont

Cate (Carpinteria) at University Preparatory (Victorville)

West Shores (Salton City) at Mammoth (Mammoth Lakes)


Flintridge Sacred Heart at Esperanza

Esperanza High School (Anaheim), 3 p.m.

Two more defending state champs -- er, regional champs -- hook up out in eastern Anaheim in a CIF Southern Section Division 1 semifinal. Esperanza is the reigning titlist, but F.S.H. is still looking for its first sectional-final appearance -- the Tologs lost on PKs in the Division 2 semis last year.


San Clemente at Santa Margarita Catholic (Rancho Santa Margarita), 3 p.m.

Palos Verdes at Buena (Ventura), 3 p.m.

Newbury Park at Wilson (Long Beach), 3 p.m.

Ayala (Chino Hills) at Righetti (Santa Maria), 3 p.m.

Bishop Amat (La Puente) at Granite Hills (Apple Valley), 3 p.m.

Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) at Don Lugo (Chino), 3 p.m.

Canyon Springs (Moreno Valley) at South Torrance, 3 p.m.

Desert Christian (Lancaster) at Cabrillo (Lompoc), 3 p.m.

Downey at La Serna (Whittier), 3 p.m.

St. Margaret's (San Juan Capistrano) at Ocean View (Huntington Beach), 3 p.m.

San Dimas at Hemet, 3 p.m.

Granada Hills at El Camino Real (Woodland Hills), 3 p.m.

Sylmar at Palisades (Pacific Palisades), 3 p.m.

Belmont (Los Angeles) at Carson, 3 p.m.

Kennedy (Granada Hills) at Hamilton (West Los Angeles), 3 p.m.

Animo Venice at Northridge Academy, 3 p.m.

Port of Los Angeles (San Pedro) at LACES (Los Angeles), 3 p.m.

Animo Leadership (Inglewood) at Marshall (Pasadena), 3 p.m.

Rim of the World (Lake Arrowhead) vs. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) at Granada Hills HS, 4:30 p.m.