WEEKEND WATCH GUIDE

 

World Cup qualifying: England at Scotland, 11 a.m. Saturday, FS2. Some of the most memorable international soccer games come bundled with a geopolitical subtext, and there’s nothing quite like these intra-UK games. England’s visit north of the border may take on a bit more meaning. The Scottish badly need a victory to keep hopes alive of qualification, while England is cruising atop its group.

 

International friendly: U.S. women at Norway, 12:15 p.m. Sunday, Ch. 9. Visits to Sweden (a 1-0 victory on Thursday) and Norway this week are the first tests of the summer for the women’s national team. There’s something about this time of year that makes women’s soccer feel right. Given local temperatures this weekend, you won’t get much more summery than this.

 

World Cup qualifying: Wales at Serbia, 1:45 p.m. Sunday, FS2. Wales made the semifinals of last summer’s European Championship but so far has stumbled through World Cup qualification, drawing in four of its five matches. The Welsh and Gareth Bale badly need a road victory against Serbia, currently leading the group, to get back into the thick of the qualification picture.

 

World Cup qualifying: USA (men) at Mexico, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, FS1. This is the biggest rivalry in CONCACAF. The Americans have lost their past two against their neighbors, both of them painful losses featuring late Mexico goals. The best they have mustered in an away World Cup qualifier is a 0-0 draw. The U.S. is the underdog.