World Cup preview, Aztex homestand continues
• Vancouver Whitecaps: Saturday, June 12, 7:30pm
• Dallas-Fort Worth Tornados: Tuesday, June 15, 7:30pm
• Miami FC Blues: Saturday, June 19, 7:30pm
The Dallas game is the first round of the U.S. Open Cup; if the Aztex beat the PDL Tornados, they'll play a second-round game the next Tuesday, with the winner probably hosting the Houston Dynamo in the third round on June 29.
At the same time, of course, World Cup 2010 kicks off down in South Africa Friday morning. The full schedule is on the following page, along with our guide to some of the many public WC viewing parties going on around town – including several Aztex appearances, more drink specials than you can handle, and even one outfit that'll pay you to watch the games in 3-D. England vs. USA (Saturday, 1:30pm) is the obvious marquee match of the first weekend (see a very funny diplomatic exchange between the U.S. and UK embassies at www.deadspin.com/5559377), but frankly, I expect the two group favorites to come out very tentatively; look for a 0-0 draw unless someone gets an early goal. A better bet for attacking action is the opener, Mexico vs. South Africa (Friday, 9am): The hosts have something to prove, and Mexico could be one of the most exciting teams in the tournament.