WEEKEND WATCH GUIDE
NWSL: Orlando at Utah, 6 p.m. Saturday, ESPNNews. While North Carolina runs away with the league, five other teams are neck-and-neck for three playoff spots — including these two. Utah has just one home loss in its first NWSL season. Orlando will be without superstar Marta, who was sent off in a midweek loss to Houston.
MLS: Seattle at Atlanta, 1 p.m. Sunday, Ch. 9. Atlanta is the league’s best team so far in 2018, while Seattle — remarkably — has been one of MLS’ worst teams, after reaching the past two league title games. The Sounders have done about all the losing they can afford. Can new signing Raul Rudíaz light a fire for Seattle — that is, if he plays?
MLS: Portland at Los Angeles FC, 5 p.m. Sunday, ESPN. It’s not impossible to imagine that this is a preview of a Western Conference playoff match. Despite being an expansion team, LAFC might be the most dangerous team in the West, while Portland has found a setup that works — and is on a 13-game unbeaten run.
Mexico: Tigres vs. Santos Laguna, 8 p.m. Sunday, Univision. This is the annual Campeón de Campeones exhibition match, pitting the champions of each half of last season against each other. It might not be meaningful in the grand scheme of things, but it does serve as the beginning of Mexico’s soccer calendar.