WEEKEND WATCH GUIDE
Confederations Cup: Mexico at Russia, 10 a.m. Saturday, Ch. 9. A win or a draw by Mexico will be enough to knock tournament host Russia out of the competition even before the knockout stage. The Confederations Cup always suffers from a slight lack of interest, but with home fans involved, this match shouldn’t have that problem.
MLS: New York City at New York, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Ch. 9. In the two years that NYC has been in the league, the “Hudson River Derby” has been surprisingly one-sided. The Red Bulls have won six of the seven meetings, including one June 14 in the U.S. Open Cup. New York striker Bradley Wright-Phillips has eight goals in those seven games.
NWSL: Houston at Orlando City, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Lifetime. Carli Lloyd returned last week for Houston, but it didn’t help the Dash, which lost 4-2 at home to the same Orlando City team that it will visit this week. Houston will have to find a way to contain Marta, who scored two of Orlando’s goals and set up the other two.
MLS: Seattle at Portland, 9:30 p.m. Sunday, ESPN2. While NYC and New York have been playing for two years, Seattle and Portland have been playing each other for more than four decades — first in the second division, now in MLS. Old rivalries aside, Portland looked disorganized in its loss to Minnesota in midweek. It needs a fast turnaround.