Lyon vs. Reims
After losing its French league and UEFA Champions League crowns last season, Lyon made some big signings this summer to try to get back to the top: goalkeeper Christiane Endler and defender Perle Morroni from rival Paris Saint-Germain, and marquee playmaker Daniëlle van de Donk from Arsenal.
They join returning veteran stars Wendie Renard, Amandine Henry and Delphine Cascarino, and big-time young prospects Melvine Malard and American Catarina Macario. U.S. fans got to see them all in last week’s International Champions Cup, where Lyon beat reigning European champ Barcelona and lost to the NWSL’s Portland Thorns.
CF Montréal vs. Toronto FC
Friday, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN+)
It’s a weekend of rivalry games in MLS, including three Friday night. The best of them is the one that won’t be in ESPN’s TV doubleheader (Columbus-Cincinnati and Orlando-Miami, starting at 6:30 p.m.), because it has the least interest in the U.S. But it’s likely to be the best contest.
Thanks to smart signings, including winger Joaquin Torres, Montreal is quietly sitting in sixth in the Eastern Conference. Toronto is loudly in last, despite the star power of attackers Jeferson Soteldo and Jozy Altidore.
Liverpool vs. Chelsea
Saturday, 12:30 p.m. (NBC10, Telemundo 62)
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Marseille vs. Saint-Étienne
Saturday, 3 p.m. (beIN Sports, beIN Sports Español)
Marseille’s American winger Konrad de la Fuente, a 20-year-old from Miami, has played some terrific soccer for the club since joining from Barcelona this summer. U.S. national team manager Gregg Berhalter has noticed, calling Konrad into next month’s World Cup qualifying roster.
Real Betis vs. Real Madrid
Saturday, 4 p.m. (ESPN+)
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Los Angeles FC vs. Los Angeles Galaxy
Saturday, 7 p.m. (Fox29, Fox Deportes)
After missing this week’s All-Star Game festivities, LAFC’s Carlos Vela and the Galaxy’s Javier Hernández won’t play in the latest edition of the Los Angeles derby. So it will be up to Diego Rossi to lead LAFC in a game it needs to win, sitting ninth in the west and three points out of the last playoff spot.
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Rangers vs Celtic
Sunday, 7 a.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Scotland’s signature Old Firm rivalry returns to mainstream U.S. TV for the first time in a few years.
VfL Wolfsburg vs. RB Leipzig
Sunday, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN+)
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Reims vs. Paris Saint-Germain
Sunday, 2:45 p.m. (beIN Sports, beIN Sports Español)
This is expected to be Lionel Messi’s PSG debut, but he might not play with fellow star Kylian Mbappé for long. Real Madrid is in hot pursuit of the French winger, he wants to go, and PSG is willing to sell if the price is right. PSG rejected Real’s initial offer of $188 million, but might say yes to the latest bid of $211 million.
» READ MORE: The rest of this weekend's Ligue 1 schedule
Gotham FC vs. Orlando Pride
Sunday, 5:30 p.m. (Paramount+)
Freya Coombe’s last game as Gotham manager before leaving for Angel City FC will be the first home game since the Olympics for Carli Lloyd and Canadian gold medalists Kailen Sheridan and Évelyne Viens. Alex Morgan likely won’t play for Orlando due to a calf injury suffered in the bronze medal game, but the Pride should have stars Marta, Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris.
Santos Laguna vs. Juárez
Sunday, 7 p.m. (Fox Sports 2, Fox Deportes)
Santos’ Santiago Muñoz, a 19-year-old Mexican-American winger from El Paso, is reportedly being watched closely by Newcastle United. Muñoz grew up playing in the Alianza de Fútbol program, which was bought last December by a company run by Union part-owner Richie Graham.
OL Reign vs. Portland Thorns
Sunday, 7 p.m. (Paramount+)
Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers
Sunday, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN, ESPN Deportes)
Seattle-area soccer fans have waited years to see the Reign return to Lumen Field, the home of the Sounders and NFL’s Seahawks. It will finally happen this weekend, and in big-time style: a doubleheader with both home teams hosting their arch-rivals from the Rose City.
There will be a Philly flavor in the action thanks to Reign forward Tziarra King, a Sicklerville, N.J. native who celebrated her 23rd birthday on Tuesday. And there will be big names all over the field: the Reign’s Megan Rapinoe and Dzsenifer Marozsán, the Thorns’ Crystal Dunn and Becky Sauerbrunn, the Sounders’ Raúl Ruidíaz and Nicolás Lodeiro, and the Timbers’ Sebastían Blanco and Eryk Williamson.
Expect a scene in the stands too, even amid the resurgent pandemic. The Sounders’ supporters’ clubs should have plenty to say about the 6-2 rout their team delivered in Portland on Aug. 15.
» READ MORE: The rest of this weekend's NWSL schedule