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Super Wednesday

Here's the big fixture list:

*Roma faces a 2-0 deficit in the Champions League quarterfinal at Manchester United (2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2).

*With a 1-0 lead, Barcelona welcomes Schalke to Nou Camp (2:30 p.m. ESPN Deportes).

*The USA women play for an Olympic berth against Costa Rica at 7 p.m. ET, while host Mexico and Canada face each other in the late match.

*D.C. United needs to overcome a 2-0 deficit against Pachuca at Estadio RFK (7:30, Fox Soccer Channel), while Houston is at hostile Saprissa (10 p.m. FSC) even on aggregate but without the injured Pat Onstad, Stuart Holden and Eddie Robinson and the suspended Bobby Boswell.

*Copa Libertadores: Fluminense at Arsenal de Sarandi (6:30, Fox Sports Espanol) and Santos at Chivas (9, FSE).

*MLS: New England, without Steve Ralston, Taylor Twellman and Jeff Larentowicz, is at Kansas City (8 p.m. MLS Direct Kick).

While United is at home, so are the Nationals and the Wizards (NBA, not MLS), marking the first time the soccer team, the baseball team and a Verizon Center tenant have played in the District on the same day. Who wins the attendance contest? The Wizards will probably have a full house, or close to it, to see the league-leading Celtics, which puts them around 20,000. The Nats, despite playing in a half-full new ballpark on Monday, should be able to announce 21,000+ tonight, and United needs a big walk-up to approach 20,000.

You should also know that.....

*The new FIFA rankings are out and the United States has moved up seven slots, the biggest improvement among teams in the top 35. Argentina, Brazil and Italy remain at the top.

*The Liverpool-Arsenal match yesterday provided great theater -- and a bit of controversy. In case you haven't seen it, watch these highlights:

By Steve Goff  |  April 9, 2008; 9:45 AM ET
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