WEEKEND WATCH GUIDE
ICC: Leicester City at Celtic, 11:30 a.m. Saturday, ESPN. The Premier League titleholders begin preseason preparation with a trip north of Hadrian’s Wall. Celtic, the perennial champions of Scotland, have hired ex-Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers — who began his career with a Champions League qualifying loss to a part-time team from Gibraltar.
Liga MX: Pumas at Cruz Azul, 5 p.m Saturday, UniMas. The Mexican game of the week is a battle between two of Mexico City’s three clubs. Pumas is the cool, hipster team, loved by students and poets alike; Cruz Azul is more blue-collar. Listen for the home team’s fans in the stands, who sound a train horn when “La Maquina” is attacking.
MLS: New York City at New York, noon Sunday, Ch. 9. After enduring a 7-0 beating in the first cross-city matchup this year, New York City got revenge on New York last time out with a 3-1 win. This is the final of three matchups this season, and the winner gets bragging rights for the offseason — or, perhaps, until the two meet in the playoffs.
MLS: Seattle at Sporting Kansas City, 2 p.m. Sunday, ESPN. It might be time to accept that one of these two squads, both usually contenders in the Western Conference, isn’t making the playoffs. Seattle lost in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals last week, as well; could head coach Sigi Schmid be fired if the Sounders lose in Kansas?