Tuesday kickaround: USA, NCAA, CONCACAF

November 6, 2012

*The final three matches on the U.S. women’s national team’s 10-game gold medal tour are set, and all feature China as the opponent:

Dec. 8 at Ford Field in Detroit

Dec. 12 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston

Dec. 15 at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla.

So here’s how the USSF spread the matches this fall: western New York, southern California, Colorado, Illinois, Connecticut, Oregon, Arizona, Michigan, Texas, Florida.

*Another women’s schedule is set: the NCAA tournament. The top seeds in the 64-team event are Brigham Young, Florida State, Penn State and Stanford. The College Cup is Nov. 30-Dec. 2 in San Diego.

*The ACC men’s tournament begins in earnest tonight with four quarterfinals, including top-seeded Maryland hosting No. 9 Virginia Tech, which came from two goals down Monday to defeat eighth-seeded North Carolina State, 3-2. The Duke-North Carolina and Boston College-Clemson matches are available on ESPN3.com. Maryland SoccerPlex will host the semis and final this weekend. 

*Americans abroad:

UEFA Champions League

Streaming video: All available on foxsoccer2go.com

MF Jermaine Jones and Schalke vs. Arsenal, 2:45 pm ET (tape at 7 on Fox Soccer and Fox Deportes)

MF Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht vs. Zenit St. Petersburg, 2:45

D Oguchi Onyewu and Malaga at AC Milan, 2:45 (tape at 9 on Fox Deportes and at 11 on Fox Soccer Plus)

English Championship

Ds Jonathan Spector and Will Packwood with Birmingham vs. Bristol City

D Tim Ream and Bolton vs. Leicester City (D Zak Whitbread red card suspension)

*CONCACAF will carry live streaming video of the World Cup qualifying hexagonal draw Wednesday at 8 p.m. on the confederation Web site. The purpose of the draw, staged in Miami, is to set the matchups and home teams for each of the 10 matchdays next year, starting Feb. 6.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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