WEEKEND WATCH GUIDE
MLS: Atlanta at New York City, 11:30 a.m. Saturday, ESPN+ (subscription required). It’s a shame that the top two teams in the Eastern Conference aren’t playing on a normal TV channel. NYC has scored at least two goals in every home match this year, while Atlanta has played much more conservatively on the road.
Friendly: Mexico at Denmark, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Univision. It hasn’t been a great pre-World Cup for Mexico so far, including a scoreless draw with Wales and a 1-0 victory against a bad Scotland team. A trip to Denmark might be El Tri’s best chance to get positive vibes going before opening their World Cup campaign against — gulp — Germany.
Friendly: USA men at France, 2 p.m. Saturday, ESPN. If you took the 23 best players who didn’t make France’s World Cup squad and entered them in the tournament as another nation, that team probably would be favored to make the quarterfinals. The young U.S. squad would love to harass the first-choice France team ahead of the World Cup.
MLS: New York at Columbus, 4 p.m. Saturday, ESPN. Two consecutive stumbles against also-ran teams has New York’s place among the MLS elite looking a little questionable, while Columbus hasn’t lost in the league since mid-April. Federico Higuaín and the Crew came back from 3-0 down against Toronto last week to draw 3-3, an impressive comeback.