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Best Bets July 15/16: What to watch, where to go

FRIDAY, JULY 15

  • TELEVISION

U.S. SOCCER DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY

Pateadores vs. FC Dallas

ESPNU, 10 a.m.

Mission Viejo's powerful youth club takes on the Major League Soccer club's academy side in U.S. Soccer's U-17/18 title game -- for boys 18 and younger.

USL PRO

Dayton Dutch Lions at L.A. Blues

Fox Soccer Channel, 8 p.m.

The Blues haven't won in their past five games, all competitions, and could use a real confidence boost as they head into an insanely heavy final month of the regular season. If they need added incentive against the third-division league's worst team, how about a national television audience?

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

USL PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE

Ventura County Fusion at Orange County Blue Star

Concordia University (Irvine), 5 p.m.

The Fusion already have snagged a PDL playoff berth, but a victory here likely will be required if they're going to hold off Fresno Fuego for the Southwest Division title. Blue Star's dying hopes are dead without a victory.

USL PRO

Dayton Dutch Lions at L.A. Blues

Titan Stadium, Cal State Fullerton, 8 p.m.

The Dutch Lions have won just once, and a long road trip -- it'll hit a dozen games in Sunday's second meeting, in Norco -- hasn't helped. But they drew their last two games, and against good competition, so the Blues can't expect an easy time exiting their funk.

TV: Fox Soccer Channel

SATURDAY, JULY 16

  • TELEVISION

FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

Sweden vs. France

ESPN2, 8 a.m.

Europe's top two finishers face off in the consolation match, and if they go at it with passion, this could be one of the best matchups of the tournament. France's Sonia Bompastor, who nearly beat the U.S., and Sweden's Lotta Schelin are the key figures.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Colorado Rapids at Seattle Sounders

Fox Soccer League, 1 p.m.

The Sounders, unbeaten in their last eight, are MLS's hottest side, but the MLS champion Rapids are starting to find their stride now that Conor Casey and Omar Cummings are together again. Replay: Fox Deportes, 4 p.m.

Also

Real Salt Lake at Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS Direct Kick, 1 p.m.

San Jose Earthquakes at Columbus Crew, MLS Direct Kick, 4:30 p.m.

Sporting Kansas City at Houston Dynamo, MLS Direct Kick, 5:30 p.m.

Portland Timbers at Chicago Fire, MLS Direct Kick, 5:30 p.m.

D.C. United at FC Dallas, MLS Direct Kick, 6 p.m.

New York Red Bulls at Chivas USA, Prime Ticket and Galavision, 7:30 p.m.

USL Pro

Rochester Rhinos at Orlando City, Fox Soccer Channel, 3:30 p.m.

COPA AMERICA

Uruguay at Argentina

Univision (KMEX/Channel 34), 3 p.m.

Argentina disappointed the home fans by struggling to get out of the group stage at South America's club championship, but the Celeste surrendered just one goal in three games. Their neighbors, who finished fourth last year in South Africa, also scraped through to the quarterfinals.

Also

Colombia vs. Peru, Univision (KMEX/Channel 34), noon

CLUB FRIENDLY

Club America vs. Manchester City

TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 5 p.m.

Mexico City's giant has won its first two friendlies in the U.S., but rising English power Man City -- the opposition in San Francisco -- will be a tougher foe than the Portland Timbers and Atlas were.

Also

Liverpool at Malaysia XI, Fox Soccer Channel, 2:30 and 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.; Fox Soccer Plus, noon and 10 p.m.

Galaxy vs. Real Madrid, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 7 p.m.

Elite Clubs National League

Under-17 national championship, ESPNU, 8 a.m.

Brazilian Brasileirão Petrobras

Fluminense at Coritiba, GolTV, 2:30 and 8 p.m. and midnight

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

WOMEN'S PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE

Orange County Waves at Ajax America

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

The Waves prepare for the playoffs and Ajax, which reached the WPSL final four a year ago, wraps up its season.

Also

Claremont Stars at L.A. Premier FC, La Cañada High School (La Canada Flintridge), 6 p.m.

NATIONAL PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE

Sacramento Gold at Hollywood United

Crenshaw High School (Los Angeles), 5 p.m.

The Western Division final pits newcomers HUFC against the defending league champs from the capital, with the winner advancing to the NPSL final four in Alabama at the end of the month.

CLUB FRIENDLY

Galaxy vs. Real Madrid

Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles), 7 p.m.

The Galaxy takes on the Spanish giant for the second straight year, an opportunity to test themselves against the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaká, Iker Casillas and Xabi Alonso.

TV: ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

New York Red Bulls at Chivas USA

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

The Goats are at a good place in their roller-coaster season -- playing well, especially Nick LaBrocca -- and the Red Bulls are struggling despite a lineup to die for. Any chance to see Thierry Henry is worthwhile, and Juan Agudelo and Luke Rodgers bear watching, too.

TV: Prime Ticket and Galavision