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Best Bets July 10/11: What to watch

SUNDAY, JULY 10

  • TELEVISION

FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

United States vs. Brazil

ESPN, 8 a.m.

Much hand-wringing over the U.S.'s loss to Sweden in its group finale, and it certainly looks like bad luck following Germany's shock loss to Japan in Saturday's quarterfinals. Brazil has speed and skill -- and Marta -- but the Americans have dominated the series, the semifinal loss four years ago aside. The victor gets France in the semifinals.

Also

Sweden vs. Australia, ESPN, 11 a.m.

Women's Professional Soccer

Atlanta Beat at Boston Breakers, Fox Soccer Channel, 3 p.m.

COPA AMERICA

Colombia vs. Bolivia

TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), noon

The Colombians have done well to surge to the front in Group A while scoring just once in two games -- and joining the Bolivians in holding host/title favorite Argentina to a scoreless draw. A win here guarantees them the top spot.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Seattle Sounders at Portland Timbers

ESPN, 1 p.m.

There is no MLS team more despised than the Seattle Sounders are in Portland, where Timbers fans have particular animosity for forward Roger Levesque, product of an incident seven years ago when the teams played in the second division. Expect the most intense atmosphere MLS has ever seen. The All-Star First XI will be announced at halftime. Replay: ESPN Deportes, 2 p.m.

Brazlian Brasileirão Petrobras

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

FIFA U-17 WORLD CUP

Uruguay at Mexico

ESPNU and Galavision, 3:30 p.m.

Mexico's rally to beat Germany in the semifinals -- with Julio Gomez's 90th-minute bicycle kick delivering the victory -- is among the most amazing finishes in this sport's history. One more victory, and El Tri will win the youngest World Cup for the second time in six years.

Also

Third place: Brazil vs. Germany, ESPNU, 1 p.m.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE

Fresno Fuego at Orange County Blue Star

Concordia University (Irvine), 5 p.m.

The undefeated Fuego can take a huge step toward the Southwest Division title with a victory over resurgent Blue Star, which has to win to keep its feeble playoff hopes going.

WOMEN'S PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE

Orange County Waves at L.A. Premier FC

La Cañada High School (La Cañada Flintridge), 6 p.m.

The Waves are in a tight battle with the San Diego SeaLions for the top spot in the Pacific-South Division, and a victory in La Cañada -- always a tough venue in the WPSL -- will go a long way.

MONDAY, JULY 11

  • TELEVISION

COPA AMERICA

Costa Rica at Argentina

Univision (KMEX/Channel 34), noon

Why is Lionel Messi so great with Barcelona and so ineffective with Argentina? It perplexes Argentines, who expected something special at Copa America and have instead watched the home team score once in two draws. Another tie could finish them off in the group stage of South America's nations championship.