Although MLS, the USL, and almost every soccer league in Europe have shut down because of the coronavirus, games are still being played in a few countries elsewhere in the world.
Here’s a look at some games on tap this weekend that you can watch.
Friday, 11 p.m. (TUDN)
In terms of U.S. interest, Liga MX is the biggest league still playing. (Russia’s league is the only quasi-major one in Europe.)
Morelia’s squad includes Chilean World Cup veterans Gonzalo Jara and Jorge Valdivia, and former Union striker Fernando Aristeguieta. Yes, really, that’s where he is now, five years after his last game here — and he’s been a decent scorer there. Quéretaro’s squad includes former FC Dallas winger Fabián Castillo.
Friday, 11:10 p.m. (Fox Sports 2, ESPN Deportes)
Tijuana is plenty familiar to U.S. soccer fans, with its proximity to San Diego and history of signing American players. The current squad doesn’t have any Americans, but it does have plenty of familiar names: former Atlanta United centerback Leandro González Pírez, former Vancouver Whitecaps forward Camilo Sanvezzo, and former Houston Dynamo and Chivas USA forward Érick “Cubo” Torres.
Saturday, 9 p.m. (Univision, TUDN)
Second-place León hosts fourth-place Pumas in one of the top games of the weekend. You’ll recognize León’s Joel Campbell, a Costa Rican national veteran who’s on loan from Italian club Frosinone. Pumas’ squad has U.S. under-23 national team winger Sebastian Saucedo, who was to play in Olympic qualifying this month until Concacaf canceled the tournament.
Sunday, 10:15 p.m. (UniMás, TUDN)
This is the big one: first-place Cruz Azul against third-place América, Mexico’s Yankees, at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City — the colossal soccer cathedral that both teams call home.
Friday, 10:55 p.m. (ESPN+)
The playoff semifinals of Australia’s women’s league are this weekend, and they’re taking place at times when American fans can watch them without staying up too late.
Many players from the NWSL go Down Under during the offseason here, so you’ll see familiar names on the field.
Saturday, 10:25 p.m. (ESPN+)
Melbourne City is one of the W-League’s powers, thanks to being owned by Manchester City’s global conglomerate. The squad is loaded with Australian national team veterans who’ve played in the NWSL: goalkeeper Lydia Williams (just left OL Reign), defenders Ellie Carpenter (Portland Thorns) and Steph Catley (OL Reign). Forward Ally Watt was the No. 6 pick in this year’s NWSL draft by the North Carolina Courage.
Western Sydney has Utah Royals goalkeeper Abby Smith, a former U.S. national team prospect; Washington Spirit defender Sam Staab; and North Carolina Courage forward Kristen Hamilton, whose scoring streak during last year’s World Cup earned her a U.S. national team debut in September.
Australia’s men’s league, the A-League, is also still playing. Those games are mostly in the middle of the night here. Click here for the schedule.