WEEKEND WATCH GUIDE
NWSL: North Carolina at Portland, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Lifetime. North Carolina, 4-1 in its past five, is atop the NWSL again after taking home the league championship last season. Playing in Portland, though, is not easy. The Thorns have one loss at home all year. Despite one win in its past five games, Portland is one point out of a playoff spot.
Gold Cup: Nicaragua at United States, 6 p.m. Saturday, FXX and Univision. The U.S. nearly suffered the embarrassment of the century on Wednesday, after it blew a two-goal lead and needed a late goal to defeat tiny Martinique, a country so small that it’s not even a FIFA member. Nicaragua has never won a game at any CONCACAF-wide championship. Could it actually take down the U.S.?
SuperCopa MX: Querétaro vs. Club América, 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Univision. This is the first half of a doubleheader at the StubHub Center in Los Angeles as Mexico kicks off its fall soccer season with a pair of exhibitions. Querétaro won the fall Copa MX tournament. América replaces Chivas, which won the spring tourney but also won the spring league title and thus is playing in the next match.
Liga MX: Tigres vs. Chivas, 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Univision. This is the Campeón de Campeones, the annual exhibition between the winners of last year’s fall and spring seasons in Liga MX. It also happens to be a rematch of the Clausura playoff final, which Chivas won, just seven weeks ago. Tigres has added Ecuadorian striker Enner Valencia to its stable and may well be this season’s favorite.