Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund at Schalke, 11:30 a.m. Saturday, FS2. Barely 20 miles separates these clubs in northwest Germany, making this the Ruhr derby. Dortmund, in sixth, hasn’t won a Bundesliga game since Sept. 23. Schalke, in 14th, managed to lose its first five games of the season, but since then has five victories and a draw in six games in all competitions.
Liga MX: Monterrey at Tigres, 7 p.m. Saturday, Univision. It’s been an ugly fall for Monterrey. Los Rayados were the only Mexican team to crash out of the CONCACAF Champions League in the group stage. They’re currently 11th in the Mexican standings — out of a playoff spot. Tigres, Monterrey’s crosstown rival, would love to pile on the misery in this edition of the Clásico Regio.
MLS Playoffs: NYC at Toronto, 6 p.m. Sunday, FS1. The MLS league office must be salivating at this matchup. Toronto, the largest Canadian market, has the league’s best player in Sebastian Giovinco. NYC, the largest American market, has big-name European vets David Villa, Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo. Both teams are looking for a first-leg advantage in the quest for the conference finals.
MLS Playoffs: Dallas at Seattle, 8:30 p.m. Sunday, FS1. These teams played just two weeks ago in Dallas, where the home team scored two late goals to claim a 2-1 victory. Dallas lost midfield wizard Mauro Diaz to injury in that game, though, and Seattle is flying high after claiming a late 1-0 victory in the playoffs’ first round in midweek. An away goal for the Sounders would be key.