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Best Bets July 3/4: What to watch, where to go

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.

MONDAY, JULY 4

  • TELEVISION

FIFA U-17 WORLD CUP

Germany vs. England

ESPN2, 1 p.m.

One of the world's great rivalries is renewed among the nations' teens, with the winner advancing to a semifinal showdown with France or tournament host Mexico.

Also

France vs. Mexico, Galavision, 4 p.m.; ESPNU, 10:30 p.m.

COPA AMERICA

Chile vs. Mexico

Univision (KMEX/Channel 34)

Can this scandal-plagued El Tri side measure up to the scandal-plagued El Tri side that just won the CONCACAF Gold Cup? The Mexican "U-22s," with plenty of players older than 22, open their account in South America's club championship after booting eight players -- Guadalajara star Marco Fabian de la Mora and Jonathan Dos Santos, Giovani's younger brother -- for consorting with hookers in their Quito hotel last week.

Also

Uruguay vs. Peru, TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 3 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

New England Revolution at Real Salt Lake

ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 5:30 p.m.

Alvaro Saborio seemed to awaken with a pair of goals in last week's win over Toronto FC, and that might re-energize slumping RSL, universally considered the league's top team until its loss to Monterrey in the CONCACAF Champions League final a little more than two months ago. New England is rebuilding its attack after releasing Ilija Stolica and Marko Perovic.

Also

Seattle Sounders at Galaxy, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 7:30 p.m.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Seattle Sounders at Galaxy

Home Depot Center (Carson), 7:30 p.m.

A fireworks gala, naturally, follows the Galaxy's annual Fourth-of-July bash, this one clearly MLS's Game of the Week. L.A., with a 10-game league unbeaten streak, welcomes back Landon Donovan from the Gold Cup -- and introduces debutant goalkeeper Brian Perk. The Sounders have won four in a row, all competitions, and have lost just twice since March 19.

TV: ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes