Top games to watch in world soccer this week

Top games to watch on TV or your broadband streaming device this week:


3 p.m., France vs. Cameroon, ESPN3: France should be considered one of the favorites to win the upcoming European Championships and should show why in this game against a good Cameroon team, but one that should test the French too much.


2:30 p.m., Austria vs. Malta, ESPN Deportes: Austria is one of the thinner groups at the Euros with Hungary, Iceland and Portugal and should score a few goals against Malta in this one.


10:30 a.m., Spain vs. South Korea, ESPN Deportes: Spain are the Euros' defending champs and will receive a solid test from a South Korea side that is typically well organized and disciplined on defense. Considering how they dominated world soccer for several years, it's odd that Spain isn't considered one of the favorites in the Euros.

2:45 p.m., Poland vs. Netherlands, beIN Sports: Speaking of teams on the way down, Netherlands is also trying to break in its next generation and will receive a stiff test against Poland.

7 p.m., Philadelphia vs. Columbus, MLS Live: Like last year's other MLS finalist, Columbus is also struggling this season and is ninth of 10 teams in the Eastern Conference with 14 points in 12 games. Philadelphia is atop the East because it is tied for the best defense in the league with 14 goals allowed.

10:30 p.m., Portland vs. San Jose, MLS Live: There's nothing remarkable about this game other than you may see Atlanta's Chris Klute and Jack McInerney in action for the Timbers.


2:45 p.m., England vs. Portugal, Fox Soccer 2Go: This should be a fantastic game because the Three Lions are playing well for manager Roy Hodgson with six consecutive wins, and eight of nine. Portugal has, of course, Cristiano Ronaldo, assuming he plays so soon after the Champions League.

7 p.m., New York City vs. Real Salt Lake, MLS Live: New York City continues to struggle. A week after getting drilled 7-0 by the Red Bulls, it missed a penalty kick and gave up a late goal to tie Orlando in its next game. Real Salt Lake is quietly humming along with 20 points despite a goal differential of one.

10:30 p.m., Los Angeles vs. Sporting KC: The Galaxy's nine-game unbeaten streak was snapped with a horrible 3-2 loss to Montreal. It should start a new streak against a Sporting KC squad that has lost four of five.


9:30 p.m., U.S. vs. Colombia, Fox Soccer 2Go: The U.S. will open its Copa America Centenario against the toughest team in its group. The big question is will manager Jurgen Klinsmann actually pick a lineup that takes advantage of his player' strengths, or will he force players into unfamiliar positions?


1 p.m., Germany vs. Hungary, ESPN Deportes: Germany was stunned by Slovakia 3-1 in its last friendly, but should still be considered one of the favorites to win the pending Euros.

10 p.m., Brazil vs. Ecuador, Fox Soccer 2Go: Brazil will open its Centenario against an underrated Ecuador squad. Manager Dunga prefers a defensive style of soccer, which seems the antithesis of the foundation of Brazil's past successes.


5 p.m., Jamaica vs. Venezuela, Fox, Fox Soccer 2Go: Jamaica threw down a marker that it wants to do well in the Centenario with a 2-1 win over Chile, the reigning Copa America champs, in its last exhibition game.

8 p.m., Mexico vs. Uruguay, Fox Soccer 2Go: Two of the world's best strikers this season will square off with Uruguay's Luis Suarez showing down against Mexico's Javier Hernandez. Suarez scored 53 goals in all competitions for Barcelona last season, while Hernandez scored 26 goals across all competitions for Bayer Leverkusen. Suarez may not play because of an injury sustained in Barcelona's last game.