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Best Bets July 2/3: What to watch, where to go

SATURDAY, JULY 2

  • TELEVISION

FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

United States vs. Colombia

ESPN, 8:30 a.m.

The Americans started slowly but finished well in their victory over North Korea to open the WWC, with former UCLA star Lauren Cheney making a huge impression by scoring a goal and running the Chollima defense ragged. Colombia kept the scoreline close, if not the play, in a 1-0 loss to Sweden.

Replay: 9:30 p.m.

Also

North Korea vs. Sweden, ESPN2, 5:45 a.m.

COPA AMERICA

Colombia vs. Costa Rica

Univision (KMEX/Channel 34), 11:30 a.m.

The Ticos couldn't build on their strong start to the CONCACAF Gold Cup and closed with a one-sided loss to Mexico and a defeat on penalties in the quarterfinals to Honduras. They take a younger team into South America's club championship, including Texan Francisco Calvo, a JC defender.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Columbus Crew at FC Dallas

MLS Direct Kick, 6 p.m.

Two of MLS's hottest teams collide in the best MLS matchup this week, excepting Monday's Galaxy-Seattle showdown. The Crew have won three of their last four and are two points from the Eastern Conference lead. The Hoops have lost just once in their last 13 games, including U.S. Open Cup, and are closing the gap to the Western-leading Galaxy every week.

Also

Philadelphia Union at D.C. United, Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 4 p.m.

Chicago Fire at Chivas USA, Prime Ticket and Galavision, 7 p.m.

New York Red Bulls at San Jose Earthquakes, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 7:30 p.m.

Sporting Kansas City at Portland Timbers, MLS Direct Kick, 8 p.m.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

USL W-LEAGUE/PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE

Colorado Rush at Pali Blues

Ventura County Fusion at L.A. Blues 23

Palisades High School (Pacific Palisades), 1 and 4 p.m.

A doubleheader at Pali offers a look at two of the top sides in the W-League's Western Conference and a V.C. team looking to win the PDL's Southwest Division.

W-League

Colorado Force at L.A. Strikers, Patterson Field, Occidental College (Eagle Rock), 7 p.m.

NATIONAL PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE

FC Hasental at Santa Ana Winds

Santa Ana Stadium, 7 p.m.

Los Conejos impressed Hollywood United with an unexpected victory earlier this week, and another triumph could take the Thousand Oaks-based club to the NPSL Western Conference playoffs.

Also

San Diego Flash at Rattlers FC, Palmdale High School, 5 p.m.

Women's Premier Soccer League

Bay Area Breeze at Ajax America, Nansen Field (Rolling Hills Estates), 3:30 p.m.

West Coast Wildkatz at Claremont Stars, Claremont High School, 5 p.m.

North Bay FC Wave at Los Al Vikings, Long Beach City College, 5 p.m.

California Storm at Orange County Waves, Orange Coast College, 6 p.m.

Clovis Sidekicks at L.A. Premier FC, La Cañada High School (La Cañada Flintridge), 6 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Chicago Fire at Chivas USA

Home Depot Center, 7:30 p.m.

The Goats have won just once in their last seven games but have played some pretty good soccer in that span. The Fire have lost just once in their last dozen games -- they've won just once in that stretch, too -- and are on the rise since technical director Frank Klopas stepped in for ousted head coach Carlos de los Cobos.

TV: Prime Ticket and Galavision

SUNDAY, JULY 3

  • TELEVISION

FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

Brazil vs. Norway

ESPN, 9 a.m.

Brazil found Australia tough to beat in its tournament opener, and Norway got a real test from the unfancied Equatoguineans. Both pulled out 1-0 victories and now face off for control in Group D.

Also

Australia vs. Equatorial Guinea, ESPN2, 4:45 a.m.

COPA AMERICA

Brazil vs. Venezuela

Univision (KMEX/Channel 34), noon

The Brazilians bring a mix of established and up-and-coming stars into South America's nations championship, and watch out for the teens: 19-year-old Neymar, who might be Real Madrid-bound, and 18-year-old Lucas. Venezuela has risen to respectable side, with contributions from Chivas USA forward Alejandro Moreno.

Also

Paraguay vs. Ecuador, TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 2:30 p.m.

FIFA U-17 WORLD CUP

Japan vs. Brazil

ESPNU, 4 p.m.

The day's third TV appearance by a Brazilian national team comes in the youngest World Cup's quarterfinals, a showdown with a high-powered Japanese side in Queretaro, Mexico. Japan has scored nine goals in its last two games; Brazil has outgunned foes, 9-3, with Ademilson netting four of the goals.

Also

Uruguay vs. Uzbekistan, ESPN2, 1 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Houston Dynamo at Colorado Rapids

ESPN2, 6 p.m.

Both are underachieving, and injury has had something to do with that, but let's not make it an excuse. The Dynamo is looking for some finishing flair -- Brian Ching closing in on form helps -- and the Rapids are great one week, horrid the next and coming off a 4-1 debacle last weekend at Columbus.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

WOMEN'S PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE

Bay Area Breeze at Orange County Waves

Orange Coast College, 6 p.m.

The aspirations are all about bringing Women's Professional Soccer back to So Cal, and the effort is split between these sister clubs, which face off for the second time. The first meeting, up north back in May, ended at 1-1.

Also

Clovis Sidekicks at Claremont Stars, Claremont High School, 11 a.m.

West Coast Wildkatz at Los Al Vikings, Long Beach City College, 1 p.m.

San Francisco Nighthawks at Ajax America, Nansen Field (Rolling Hills Estates), 2 p.m.

North Bay FC Wave at L.A. Premier FC, La Cañada High School (La Cañada Flintridge), 4 p.m.

USL Premier Development League

L.A. Legends at Orange County Blue Star, Huntington Park High School, 6 p.m.