WEEKEND WATCH GUIDE
MLS: Orlando at Atlanta, 4 p.m. Saturday, Ch. 9. With Dom Dwyer in the fold, Orlando City needs to start its playoff push now. Atlanta, meanwhile, seems set to become MLS’ best-ever expansion team, with the league’s best crowds and a star-studded lineup. It’s hard for Minnesota fans to not be a little envious of their fellow expansion side.
MLS: Seattle at Los Angeles, 9 p.m. Saturday, ESPN. The Sounders fired Sigi Schmid last year, a move that turned around their season en route to an MLS Cup. Los Angeles is hoping for the opposite. It hired Schmid this week, gambling that he can repeat his prior success at the Galaxy helm. He’ll start by facing the team that fired him.
MLS: New York City at Toronto, 1 p.m. Sunday, ESPN. Toronto looks poised to run away with the Supporters’ Shield, but NYC is one of the teams that would stand in its way. It’s impossible to not see this as a battle between big-name foreign stars, with Sebastian Giovinco leading the Toronto attack and David Villa doing the same for NYC.
Tournament of Nations: Brazil at United States, 7 p.m. Sunday, ESPN. Without a summer women’s tournament this year, U.S. Soccer invented its own, inviting Brazil and Australia and Japan for what could be called the Tournament of Moneymaking. The U.S. lost its first game 1-0 to Australia. Brazil won’t be any easier.