NASHVILLE – With Nashville Soccer Club dormant this weekend ahead of its rivalry match at Memphis 901 FC next Wednesday, we’re giving you a primer for all the soccer you can watch this weekend.
Between MLS, USL Championship and the NWSL, there is plenty of soccer to watch this weekend. Here are some of the best matches to tune into.
MLS: LA Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes (10:00 p.m. CT, UniMás and Twitter)
Get your weekend started with a late-night rivalry match on the west coast between LA Galaxy and San Jose Earthquake. The rivalry, which is one of the oldest in MLS, is known as the “California Clasico” and typically draws massive crowds for each showdown. This will be the second meeting of the two rivals this season, with the resurgent Earthquakes winning the first match 3-0 in front of over 50,000 fans at Stanford Stadium.
This second meeting in Carson will feature two of the top teams in the Western Conference. The Galaxy sit in second place in the conference behind the second-highest scorer in the league in Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Meanwhile, the Quakes have been one of MLS’ best stories this season, as the club is in a fight for a playoff position just one season after a dismal last place finish. You can catch this match live on UniMás and streamed on Twitter.
USL Championship: Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies (6:00 p.m. CT, ESPN+)
One of the strongest defensive clubs in the USL Championship meets up with the Eastern Conference leaders in Pittsburgh on Saturday night. The Rowdies are on top of the conference by five points and currently have a five-match unbeaten run going into this match. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh is climbing the standings, but suffered a setback with a 1-0 loss to Charlotte Independence last weekend.
NWSL: North Carolina Courage vs. Seattle Reign FC (6:00 p.m. CT, Yahoo! Sports)
On the heels of the USWNT’s World Cup victory, two of the National Women’s Soccer League’s top teams will battle it out in Cary, North Carolina. While it remains to be seen which USWNT players will rejoin their club sides this weekend, both clubs boast plenty of World Cup-caliber talent. North Carolina’s roster includes 2019 World Cup champions Sam Mewis, Abby Dahlkemper, Crystal Dunn and Jessica McDonald, as well as Brazilian star Debinha and former USWNT midfielder Heather O’Reilly. Meanwhile, Reign FC boasts 2019 champions Allie Long and Megan Rapinoe. Stream the match live on Yahoo! Sports and on the Yahoo! Sports app.
NWSL: Portland Thorns FC vs. Orlando Pride (2:00 p.m., ESPNews)
This NWSL match will be the first broadcast on the ESPN family of networks as part of a new TV deal for the rest of the 2019 season, and it will feature two strong sides. The Portland Thorns feature a number of current and former USWNT players, including Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan, Emily Sonnett and 2015 World Cup champion Meghan Klingenberg. The club also boasts one of the greatest women’s soccer players of all time in Canada’s Christine Sinclair. Thorns FC also has a Nashville connection in former Vanderbilt Women’s Soccer standout Simone Charley, who was signed to their roster earlier this season and has been a regular in the lineup during the World Cup. Meanwhile, Orlando also has plenty of talent on their roster, including Sydney Leroux, Ali Krieger, Alex Morgan, Ashlyn Harris, and Brazilian legend Marta.
MLS: Seattle Sounders FC vs. Atlanta United (2:55 p.m. CT, ESPN)
Two of the top sides in MLS meet in this interconference showdown in Seattle. Seattle Sounders FC currently sit in third place in the Western Conference and is led by midfielder Nicolás Lodeiro, who leads the team with eight assists and also has posted four goals. The team could also get Cristian Roldan back in the lineup, who played with the USMNT in the Gold Cup. Atlanta United comes into this match in third place in the Eastern Conference and boasts the reigning league MVP in forward Josef Martinez. Expect a high-octane battle between these two sides.
MLS: New York Red Bulls vs. New York City FC (5:30 p.m. CT, Fox Sports 1)
One of MLS’ newest rivalries, the Hudson River Derby, resumes on Sunday between New York Red Bulls and NYCFC. Both clubs are right in the thick of things in the Eastern Conference and both sit in playoff position. NYRB has won eight of the total 14 meetings between the rivals and has lost just once to NYCFC at Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls has seen an infusion of young talent as 23-year-old Brian White has led the way with six goals, while veteran Daniel Royer has been a force in the midfield with six assists and five goals. For NYCFC, a wave of new talent has helped carry them back into playoff contention, with new signings Héber and Alexandru Mitrita contributing on the scoring front. However, the club has been dealing with injuries to both players as well as other key pieces such as Jesus Medina, Ismael Tajouri-Shradi and James Sands.