WEEKEND WATCH GUIDE

World Cup: Sweden vs. England, 9 a.m. Saturday, Ch. 9.

 

Sweden is tenacious defensively and will try to score on the counter-attack against England, which is surprised to be the favorite in a World Cup quarterfinal. The English have a reputation for disastrous performances in big games; can they reach just their second World Cup semifinal in a half-century?

World Cup: Croatia vs. Russia, 1 p.m. Saturday, Ch. 9.

 

Russia wasn’t supposed to even make it out of its terrible group. When it did, the Russians were supposed to be overrun by Spain. Instead, here they are, a game from the semifinals, against a Croatia team that might be just too old to take advantage of its best World Cup opportunity.

MLS: Orlando at Los Angeles FC, 3:30 pm. Saturday, Ch. 9.

 

At one point in this MLS season, Orlando was the hottest team in the league, winner of six in a row. Since then, the Lions have lost eight straight and fired coach Jason Kreis. Things don’t get any easier when Orlando visits expansion LAFC, one of the top teams in the West so far.

MLS: New York at New York City, 6 p.m. Sunday, FS1.

 

Both teams are unsettled after coaching departures; NYC’s Patrick Vieira left weeks ago for France, while New York’s Jesse Marsch left in midweek for Germany. The Red Bulls have twice stomped NYC 4-0 this year, once in MLS, once in the U.S. Open Cup. The Cityzens are out for revenge.