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Best Bets June 26/27: What to watch, where to go

SUNDAY, JUNE 26

  • TELEVISION

FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

Canada at Germany

ESPN, 8:30 a.m.

The sixth WWC kicks off, and Germany, the tournament host, faces immense pressure to three-peat after claiming the title in 2003 and 2007. Canada needs a big game from Christine Sinclair, among the world's elite strikers, to be in position for an upset.

Also

Nigeria vs. France, ESPN2, 5:45 a.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

New York Red Bulls at Chicago Fire

ESPN and ESPN Deportes, 11 a.m.

Thierry Henry returns for the Red Bulls, who haven't been playing very well -- they've been shorthanded, to injury and international duty -- and are coming off a demoralizing 4-2 loss Thursday in Seattle. The Fire aren't giving up goals since Frank Klopas took charge and could be on the verge of something nice.

Also

New England Revolution at Seattle Sounders, MLS Direct Kick, 1 p.m.

Colorado Rapids at Columbus Crew, MLS Direct Kick, 5 p.m.

Brazilian Brasileirão Petrobras

Fluminense at Avai, GolTV, noon and 7 p.m.

FIFA U-17 WORLD CUP

Germany vs. Panama

ESPNU, 1 p.m.

Jorman Aguilar has scored both goals for the Canaleros, who might need to conquer the mighty Germans in Queretaro, Mexico, to reach the knockout stage in the FIFA's youngest World Cup. Panama and Ecuador head into the group finales with three points, and Burkina Faso can catch them, so Group E could have a wild finish.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

WOMEN'S PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE

Los Al Vikings at Ajax America

Nansen Field (Rolling Hills Estates), 3:30 p.m.

The first-year Vikings are still seeking their first victory, and Ajax isn't likely to play victim. The South Bay club, in rebuilding mode, looks to keep pace with the Waves and SeaLions, the Pacific-South Division's top two sides.

Also

Orange County Waves at Claremont Stars, Claremont High School, 11 a.m.

San Diego SeaLions at L.A. Premier FC, La Cañada High School, 6 p.m.

USL PRO

Harrisburg City Islanders at L.A. Blues

Titan Stadium, Cal State Fullerton, 5 p.m.

The Blues looked flat off a monthlong league break Friday night, settling for a 1-1 draw with the 10-man City Islanders in the first meeting between the National Division rivals. They'll hope for more in the game number two.

MONDAY, JUNE 27

  • TELEVISION

FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

Mexico vs. England

ESPN, 8:45 a.m.

Mexico stunned the U.S. in the CONCACAF semifinals last year in Cancún, and it's looking for another surprise in its opener. England's biggest stars are among WPS's best players, especially Kelly Smith -- and the goalkeepers include Chino Hills' Karen Bardsley.

Also

Japan vs. New Zealand, ESPN, 5:45 a.m.