Liga MX: Puebla at Tigres, 7 p.m. Saturday, Univision. Despite nearly winning both halves of the Mexican season last year, Tigres did not dominate in the regular season, with slow starts in both halves dooming them from the chance to chase Tijuana at the top of the standings. A home win would be a better way to start this year.

 

Gold Cup: United States vs. Costa Rica, 9 p.m. Saturday, FS1. The U.S. called in the big guns for the knockout round, such as Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore, and now has to be considered the favorite to win the tournament. The Americans would almost certainly play Mexico if they reach the championship game, but beating Costa Rica is no easy task.

 

Liga MX: Toluca at Chivas, 9 p.m. Saturday, Univision. Chivas fans were thrilled when the team won both Liga MX and Copa MX last spring, but it lost several key players to other teams and to injury in the offseason, including injured striker Alan Pulido. Repeating as champion in the fall may be a struggle.

 

MLS: Portland at Vancouver, 5:30 p.m. Sunday, FS1. After a slow start, Vancouver has won five of seven games at home and climbed near the top of the Western Conference standings — and above their Cascadia rivals in Portland and Seattle. The Timbers have failed to win in six consecutive matches, and need to arrest their slide.