Games to Watch: MLS, USWNT, Ligue 1, CCL
D.C. United at Orlando City
7:00 p.m. Friday (UniMás)
It hasn't taken Kaká long to settle in Orlando. The Brazilian superstar's goals and assists have electrified Major League Soccer's newest market and brought huge crowds to the Citrus Bowl. Expect the same this weekend as Orlando hosts a D.C. squad fresh off a dramatic win over the reigning champion Los Angeles Galaxy.
Liverpool at Arsenal
7:45 a.m. Saturday (NBCSN, NBC Universo)
The English Premier League returns from the international break with a star-studded clash of perennial powers. Alexis Sánchez and Danny Welbeck lead Arsenal as it hosts Liverpool's Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho. Liverpool needs the win to keep up in the chase for next season's Champions League, as the Reds sit five points back of fourth-place Manchester United.
New Zealand women at United States
4:00 p.m. Saturday (Fox Sports 1)
Just over two months remain before the start of the World Cup, and it could be just days before U.S. coach Jill Ellis picks her roster for the tournament. Pressure is rising on Ellis to find a way to get all of her attacking stars - Abby Wambach, Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan are just the tip of the iceberg - on the field as much as possible. But can it happen without hurting a defense led by rising star Julie Johnston?
Paris Saint-Germain at Olympique de Marseille
2:55 p.m. Sunday (beIN Sports)
The latest chapter in French soccer's signature rivalry has huge stakes in the Ligue 1 title race. Zlatan Ibrahimović's PSG and André-Pierre Gignac's OM sit in first and third in the standings, respectively, but are separated by just two points. The stage is set for a dramatic race to the finish.
Real Salt Lake at San Jose Earthquakes
5:00 p.m. Sunday (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes)
The Earthquakes are making headlines for more reasons than just the enormous end zone bar at their new home, Avaya Stadium. Keep an eye on Fatai Alashe, a 21-year-old midfielder who's turning heads with the U.S. under-23 national team. This weekend, he'll go up against someone he played with in the Under-23 team's recent trip to Europe, RSL's Luis Gil.
Montréal Impact at Alajuelense
10:00 p.m. Tuesday (Fox Sports 2, UniMás, Univision Deportes)
The Impact's 2-0 win in the first leg of this CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series was solid, but not entirely comforting. It won't be easy for former Union forward Jack McInerney and his teammates to defend that lead in hostile Costa Rican territory. But McInerney will see at least one familiar face when he looks across the field: Alajuelense: defender Porfirio López, whose one-year tenure at PPL Park still stands as one of the biggest busts in team history.