WEEKEND WATCH GUIDE
MLS: Seattle at NYC, noon Saturday, ESPN. The MLS scheduling system means that East-West games are rare, making this the only meeting between the Sounders and New York City this year. For the second consecutive year, Seattle has endured a slow start to its season, in part because the Sounders are an ugly 1-5-2 on the road. Going to NYC won’t be easy.
NWSL: Washington at Chicago, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Lifetime. This game’s excitement was tempered a little when Washington sensation Mallory Pugh returned from international duty with an injury, which should cause her to miss out on a trip to Chicago. The Red Stars have a chance to go, if briefly, into first place with a victory. With Pugh out, they’re the favorites.
Confederations Cup: Mexico vs. Portugal, 10 a.m. Sunday, FS1. The Confederations Cup might be the best chance to see Mexico at full strength ahead of next summer’s World Cup. The team has all but qualified for next summer, meaning that its fall qualifiers will be straightforward affairs. But the chance to play Cristiano Ronaldo and company has Mexico geared up for this match.
Confederations Cup: Chile vs Cameroon, 1 p.m. Sunday, FS2. It’s worth remembering that Chile won Copa América two consecutive years. The South American squad doesn’t have the star power of, say, Brazil, but it seems to play best come tournament time. Cameroon, as the African champion, is the tournament wild card. No one knows what to expect from the Indomitable Lions.