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The Austin Aztex are down to just three home games in the season, and they pretty much need to win them all to make the USL playoffs in their first pro season. That starts this Saturday night, Aug. 15, as they host the L.A. Galaxy II at 7:30pm at Kelly Reeves Stadium, 10211 W. Parmer. The Aztex are at home the next Saturday as well, hosting Orange County Aug. 22, before finishing on the road for four of their last five games. Last week's 1-0 loss at OC was disappointing, as the Aztex again created numerous scoring chances (including a penalty kick in the waning moments), but were unable to finish, despite playing a man up for the last 20 minutes. Remember: the Aztex and Capital Metro are offering free train rides on game day; visit www.austinaztex.com/capmetro to print the free pass, and check the full MetroRail schedule at www.capmetro.org.

You can get your first look at the 2015 UT Longhorns this Friday, Aug. 14 as they take on Houston Baptist in a free exhibition game, 7:30pm at Myers Stadium, at the corner of Manor & Road Red River. The regular season opener is Aug. 28 against the North Carolina Tar Heels. www.texassports.com.

You can still register for the inaugural Footgolf City Championship, to be played Saturday, Aug. 15, at the Harvey Penick Golf Campus, 5501 Ed Bluestein Blvd., presented by the Austin Aztex. If you haven't yet played footgolf, it's a blast – played by kicking a soccer ball into oversized holes around Penick's nine-hole golf course. The $25 entry fee includes a practice round prior to the day of the tournament, lunch from an area food truck, a ticket to that evening's Aztex game, and a chance to be the very first Footgolf City Champion. All proceeds benefit the First Tee of Greater Austin's youth development programs. Enter at thefirstteeaustin.thankyou4caring.org.

CONCACAF Champions League group play continues next week, with all three of the U.S. entrants – L.A., Seattle, and DC United – in action Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 18-19. The European Champions League is in action those same days, with the first leg of 10 head-to-head playoff series, including Manchester Utd.-Club Brugge (Tue., 1:45pm, FS1), Monaco-Valencia, and Lazio-Leverkusen. Both those competitions are being shown live on Fox Sports... Fox Sports will also air all 306 German Bundesliga matches this season, starting this Friday, Aug. 14, when defending champion Bayern Munich plays Hamburg at 1:30pm. And BeIN Sports will again air select games from Spain, Italy, and France, among others... The U.S. Women are back in action for the first time since lifting the World Cup; they take on Costa Rica at 12:30pm Sunday, Aug. 16.

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