Fill your three-day weekend with fireworks, food from a grill and lots and lots of soccer.
Between the Women's World Cup, a full slate of MLS games and the start of the Copa America, there's a little something for everyone. The Morning Kickoff gets you ready for it all.
• The U.S. Women can clinch a spot in the knockout round with a win over Colombia (11 a.m., ESPN on Saturday). The early game tomorrow is North Korea vs. Sweden (7 a.m., ESPN2).France and Germany secured their quarterfinal spots yesterday.
• On Sunday, Australia takes on Equatorial Guinea (7 a.m., ESPN2) and Brazil battles Norway (11 a.m., ESPN).
• The highlight of the MLS schedule around these parts is Kansas City's late-night duel with the Portland Timbers (10 p.m., KSMO-TV on Saturday).
Sporting will be without Davy Arnaud (
).It's KC's first game against former fan-favorite and current Timber Jack Jewsbury.
Portland coach John Spencer calls acquiring Action Jack "one of the best trades this year."
• Portland could be fiddling with the lineup for tomorrow,which might include Kenny Cooper sitting on the bench
• The other MLS games this weekend. (Note, there are four ESPN games. Four.)
D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union, 6 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel
FC Dallas vs. Columbus Crew, 8 p.m., Direct Kick
Chivas USA vs. Chicago Fire, 9 p.m., Direct Kick
San Jose Earthquakes vs. New York Red Bulls, 9:30 p.m., ESPN2Sunday
Colorado Rapids vs. Houston Dynamo, 8 p.m., ESPN2Monday
Real Salt Lake vs. New England, 7:30 p.m., ESPN2
Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders, 9:30 p.m., ESPN2
• The other major international tournament starting this weekend is the Copa America. If you don't know much about this competition, make sure you readJonathan Wilson's preview from The Guardian
• Here's the weekend TV schedule:Friday
Argentina vs. Bolivia, 7 p.m, Telefutura/univisionfutbol.comSaturday
Colombia vs. Costa Rica, 1 p.m., Univision/univisionfutbol.comSunday
Brazil vs. Venezuela, 1:30 p.m., Univision/univisionfutbol.com
Paraguay vs. Ecuador, 9 p.m., Telefutura/univisionfutbol.comMonday
Uruguay vs. Peru, 5 p.m., Telefutura/univisionfutbol.com
Mexico vs. Chile, 7 p.m., Univision/univisionfutbol.com
• Now, time for some quick links.
•A full list of the summer friendlies in North America, courtesy of Du Nord.
•Barcelona's famed La Masia youth academy has closed as the program moves to a more modern complex.
• If you remember that controversial article on ESPN's Grantland.com about the hard lessons of the Gold Cup...here's a rebuttal from The Shin Guardian.
•The US U-17s got run over by Germany in the Under-17 World Cup, losing 4-0.