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TMK: Beat the heat with three days of soccer

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 (

and likely Stephane Auvray too


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., ESPN2


Colorado Rapids vs. Houston Dynamo, 8 p.m., ESPN2


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 read

Jonathan Wilson's preview from The Guardian


• Here's the weekend TV schedule:


Argentina vs. Bolivia, 7 p.m, Telefutura/


Colombia vs. Costa Rica, 1 p.m., Univision/


Brazil vs. Venezuela, 1:30 p.m., Univision/

Paraguay vs. Ecuador, 9 p.m., Telefutura/


Uruguay vs. Peru, 5 p.m., Telefutura/

Mexico vs. Chile, 7 p.m., Univision/

• 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 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.