• The break for international games means that there aren’t many must-see games on TV this weekend. The best is probably the NASL Championship game (6 p.m. Sunday, CBS Sports Network), which pits the New York Cosmos against the Indy Eleven. The Cosmos are gunning for their third title in four years. Indy — the league’s best-supported team over the past three years — is looking for its first.

 

• With few club games this weekend, you’ll have to get out of the house for a soccer fix. May I suggest the Gophers women’s soccer team, which starts its NCAA journey at 7 p.m. Saturday at Robbie Stadium. Minnesota is the No. 4 seed in the Palo Alto Regional.

 

• Several reports have indicated that midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, the ex-Bayern Munich star currently with Manchester United, is looking to move to Major League Soccer this winter. But only to play with either New York or Los Angeles, just like virtually every other European standout. It’s an illustration of the struggle for a middle-of-the-country team like Minnesota. It would be tough for the Loons to attract a big name like Schweinsteiger, over the glitz and glamour of the country’s two biggest cities.