A busy weekend of soccer with all three pro teams playing at home and the U.S. in the final of a FIFA competition for the first time:
10 a.m. Saturday – The runaway WPS-leading Sol plays its last weekend game of the season at the early hour at Home Depot Center against the Chicago Red Stars. There’s a ticket special: two for $30 plus a Marta bobblehead and a $50 ESPN Zone game card. Call 1-877-4-SOL-TIX.
7 p.m. Saturday – Chicago must defeat Tigres Saturday and then Chivas USA must beat San Luis by at least two clear goals to advance in SuperLiga. Tickets start at $15. Call 1-877-CHIVAS-1 for tickets.
11 a.m. Sunday – Coverage begins on ESPN and Univision for the U.S. showdown with Brazil in the Confederations Cup final. BTW, the National Soccer Hall of Fame tweeted that the organization “is requesting a game ball from Sunday’s championship match for display What else should we ask for?” What about a U.S. win?
7 p.m. Sunday – $1 beer, $1 dogs as the 2-3-9 Galaxy play the Western Conference leading Houston Dynamo in Carson. Call 1-877-3GALAXY for tickets.
In related news, the Galaxy’s Landon Donovan has again been nominated for an ESPY.
So has the Sol’s Marta. The current and three-time FIFA World Player of the Year is up against Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva, Mexican golfer Lorena Ochoa, Australian swimmer Stephanie Rice and Russian tennis player Dinara Safina in the category of Best Female International Athlete. I’m told only ESPN’s international viewers can vote in this one.
ESPN hands out the awards in July at the Nokia Theater at LA Live.