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Week of July 17

It is hot outside. So hot you should be staying indoors with your new best friend, the air conditioner. But don’t totally ignore your usual best friend – the TV. Here are some games to catch while you keep cool.

What: USL All-Stars vs. Sheffield Wednesday
Station: Fox Soccer Channel
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Why: A great chance to see the best of what USL offers. Plus, they’re going up against Sheffield Wednesday, which means the first chance for a number of people to see American Frank Simek, who was once with Arsenal. The 21-year-old defender signed a three-year deal with the Owls in 2005.  

What: Colorado vs. Chivas USA
Station: MLS Direct Kick
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Why: Colorado will be looking to pull away from Chivas USA before the All-Star break and a win here could really help the Rapids do that as they also have a few games in hand.

What: Portland vs. Seattle (USL)
Station: Fox Soccer Channel
Time: 11 p.m. ET
Why: If you’re going to catch some USL action you can’t do much better than this northwest rivalry.

What: Columbus vs. Los Angeles
Station: ESPN2
Time:  4 p.m. ET
Why: Columbus and Los Angeles are both second from last in their respective divisions. The winner gets a boost that could help them swing the pendulum before the All-Star break. The loser has to consider it may be in last place going with half the season already over.

What: Chicago vs. D.C. United
Station: MLS Direct Kick
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Why: D.C. is on a roll. Chicago is just trying to keep up with the division leaders. Always a good match-up, this will be the first time the two will meet at Chicago’s new home, Toyota Park. Expect Chicago to be fired up for this one.