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Week of July 10


What We’re Watching
The World Cup is over but you’ve still got the soccer bug, don’t you? Well, it’s time to turn all your soccer attention back to the States. We’ve picked a few offerings this weekend that should take care of any shakes you’ve been having from a lack of watching soccer.

FRIDAY, JULY 14
What: USL Div. 1 Highlight Show
Station: Fox Soccer Channel
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Why: Why not turn your attention to a league you might not know much about, the USL Div. 1? What better way to get aquatinted to the league just below MLS, then with a showcase of their best games and goals of the week? We’re betting you’ll be surprised by what you see and will be checking the TV schedules for full games.

SATURDAY, JULY 15
What: Chicago vs. FC Dallas
Station: ESPN2
Time: 4 p.m. ET
Why: Chicago is at home for the fourth game in a row (five if you count the Club America match on Wednesday) and if you haven’t seen the brand new Toyota Park in Bridgeview, we advise you take a look. Not only is it a beautiful park with an impeccable green grass playing field, it’s one of the few places where the fans can really be felt…even on TV. Real Salt Lake head coach John Ellinger said the Fire fans in the supporters’ section were so loud his defenders had a tough time communicating. He didn’t go as far as to say it helped Chad Barrett score two goals for a 2-1 win a couple weeks ago, but we’re guessing it didn’t help.

What: U.S. WNT vs. Sweden
Station: ESPN2
Time: 6 p.m. ET
Why: The U.S. Women’s National Team will be looking for revenge in their first match on home soil in 2006  when they go up against the Swedes, who beat them in their last meeting, 3-1, at the 2004 Algarve Cup. The U.S. is 6-0-0 at the National Sports Center in Blaine, and has only allowed one goal, but snagging a fifth shutout there could prove tough. Sweden’s Victoria Svensson is one of the best strikers in the world, and the past nine matches between the two countries have been highly competitive, with the U.S. holding a slight edge with three wins, two losses and four ties. The Swedes will be a real test for the young U.S. squad.

What: L.A. Galaxy vs. Chivas USA
Station: HD Net, Direct Kick
Time: 10 p.m. ET
Why: Two words: Super Clasico. The L.A. Galaxy and rival Chivas USA square off for the third time in 2006 at The Home Depot Center with the Galaxy looking to regain their dominance after losing to Chivas for the first time ever back on June 8. Ah…but that was when LD was in Germany and now with him back, the Galaxy is on a three-game winning streak. He’s taking his anger of a poor World Cup performance out on his MLS opponents and Chivas might just be next in line.

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