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Best Bets June 8/9: What to watch, where to go

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8

  • TELEVISION

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY

Uruguay vs. Netherlands

ESPN Deportes, 9:25 a.m.

A rematch of a sizzling semifinal from South Africa, with both teams bringing representative sides: 18 Uruguayans from the World Cup roster, including the entire starting XI -- including Golden Ball winner Diego Forlan -- and 13 from Holland's runners-up, but not top star Wesley Sneijder.

Toulon U-20 semifinals

Mexico vs. Colombia, GolTV, 8:30 a.m.

Italy at France, GolTV, 11 a.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Real Salt Lake at Columbus Crew

MLS Direct Kick, 6 p.m.

Player of the Week Jean Alexandre stepped up and Fabian Espindola found his footing again, and it all bodes well for RSL's bid to regain form. Let's see how they perform in a battle between 2008 and 2009 MLS Cup champs.

Colombian Liga Postobon

Atletico Nacional at Deportes Tolima, GolTV, 4 p.m.

Millonarios at La Equidad, GolTV, 6 p.m.

THURSDAY, JUNE 9

  • TELEVISION

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY

France at Poland

ESPN Deportes, 9:55 a.m.

The French are in good shape to qualify for next year's European Championship, which Poland will stage with Ukraine and where Les Bleus hope to erase memories of their disaster in South Africa.

CONCACAF GOLD CUP

Costa Rica vs. El Salvador

TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 4 p.m.

The Ticos' speed decimated Cuba in the Group A opener of our region's nations championship. El Salvador, like Cuba, was a 5-0 loser, but they gave Mexico a game for the first hour.

Also

Mexico vs. Cuba, Univision (KMEX/Channel 34), 6 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Chicago Fire at Sporting Kansas City

ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 7 p.m.

K.C. opens its new, supposed-to-be-specatcular Livestrong Sporting Park, finally coming home after a 10-game road trip covering 29,062 miles to start the season. Chicago, like Sporting a winner just once, hopes the emotion knocks the ex-Wizards off their game.