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Best Bets July 29/30: What to watch, where to go

FRIDAY, JULY 29

  • TELEVISION

FIFA U-20 WORLD CUP

Argentina vs. Mexico

Galavision, 3:30 p.m.

El Tri would love to pull a youth double and add the U-20 title to the U-17 World Cup triumph earlier this summer -- only Brazil, in 2003, has done so -- but its tough to find a rougher start to the World Cup. Argentina has won five of the last eight titles, dating to 1995.

Also

Brazil vs. Egypt, Galavision, 7 p.m.

UEFA U-19 Semifinals

Czech Republic vs. Serbia, GolTV, 8:45 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Spain vs. Ireland, GolTV, 10:45 a.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Colorado Rapids at Philadelphia Union

Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 4:30 p.m.

Whatever happens the rest of the way, the Union has surpassed expectations by leading the Eastern Conference most of the first half of the season -- and they played Real Madrid a lot closer than the Galaxy or Guadalajara could. If Sanna Nyassi's hat-trick show last week wasn't a one-off, maybe the Rapids make another title run.

  • ON LOCAL FIELDS

USL PRO

Antigua Barracuda at L.A. Blues

Norco College, 5:30 p.m.

The last time the Antiguans visited Southern California, they had leapt past the Blues and atop the International Division. That division was dead soon after, and Peter Byers took off -- for the Blues, it turned out -- and now Barracuda have lost seven in a row. The streaking Blues have three games with the islanders over five days. Note the venue and time change.

SATURDAY, JULY 30

  • TELEVISION

CLUB FRIENDLY

Barcelona (Spain) vs. Manchester United (England)

ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, 4 p.m.

The highlight of the World Football Challenge -- of all the summer friendlies on U.S. soil -- is a rematch of May's UEFA Champions League final. Can Barca approach the majesty of its performance at Wembley? Or will Man U claim another victim on its U.S. tour.

Also

Blackburn (England) vs. Kitchee (Hong Kong), Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 3 a.m.; Fox Soccer Plus, 8 a.m.

Chelsea (England) vs. Aston Villa (England), Fox Soccer Channel, 5:30 a.m.; Fox Deportes, 10:30 a.m.; Fox Soccer Plus, 5 p.m.

New York Red Bulls vs. Paris Saint-Germain (France) , ESPN Deportes, 5:55 a.m.

Manchester City (England) vs. Irish League XI, Fox Soccer Plus, 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 6 a.m.; Fox Soccer Channel, 10:30 a.m.

Boca Juniors (Argentina) at Arsenal (England), ESPN Deportes, 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Inter Milan (Italy) vs. Celtic (Scotland), Fox Soccer Channel, 8:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.; Fox Deportes, 8:30 a.m.; Fox Soccer Plus, 11 a.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Galaxy at Vancouver Whitecaps

Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes, 4:30 p.m.

The local boys make their first trek to B.C. to take on the expansion Whitecaps in a showdown between the Western Conference's best and worst sides. The big question: Will Landon Donovan play? David Beckham won't -- he's suspended.

Also

Seattle Sounders at Houston Dynamo, MLS Direct Kick, 5:30 p.m.

New England Revolution at Sporting Kansas City, MLS Direct Kick, 5:30 p.m.

Columbus Crew at Real Salt Lake, MLS Direct Kick, 6 p.m.

D.C. United at San Jose Earthquakes, MLS Direct Kick, 7:30 p.m.

Toronto FC at Portland Timbers, MLS Direct Kick, 8 p.m.

MEXICAN PRIMERA DIVISION

Club Tijuana at Monterrey

Telemundo (KVEA/Channel 52), 5 p.m.

The Xolos debuted in Mexico's top tier with a tight loss to Morelia, and now they get another league power, and on the road.

Also

UANL Tigres at Gallos Blancos de Queretaro, TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 3 p.m.

Atlas at Cruz Azul, Azteca America (KAZA/Channel 54), 3 p.m.

Atlante at Santos Laguna, TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 5 p.m.

Estudiantes Tecos at San Luis, TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46), 7 p.m.

Brazilian Brasileirão Petrobras

Gremio at Flamengo, GolTV, 2:30 and 9 p.m.

FIFA U-20 World Cup

Colombia vs. France, ESPNU, 5:45 p.m.; Galavision, 5:50 p.m.