Atlanta United FC got a taste of Club America’s power in a 3-0 Concacaf Champions League defeat this past week at Azteca on March 11, 2020 in Mexico City, Mexico. America has a Liga MX match on Sunday. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)
Believe it or not, soccer will be played this weekend.
While Major League Soccer, the United Soccer League and the English Premier League have all suspended play due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, a few professional leagues are continuing their seasons this weekend.
Among them are Liga MX, the top-tier men’s professional league in Mexico, and the Australian W-League, a women’s league that features several American and NWSL players. The Australian men’s A-League, the Russian Premier League and Turkish Super Lig are also still playing.
To get your sports fix this weekend while you’re practicing social distancing, here’s when and how you can watch soccer across the globe, and five matches we recommend tuning into.
Tijuana vs. Pachuca
When:11:10 p.m. ET
Watch:FS2, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3
The Buzz:If you’re an MLS fan, you’re familiar with the exploits of Leandro Gonzalez-Pirez, the former Atlanta United FC centerback who is reckless and effective. The 28-year-old Argentine is starring for Tijuana now and has featured in nine games this season — and yes, he’s already picked up two yellow cards in that time. Tijuana also employs former Houston Dynamo forward Erick Torres and Colombian national teamer Edwin Cardona. For Pachuca, Franco Jara features at forward. He is slatedto join FC Dallas this summer.
Melbourne Victory vs. Sydney FC
When:10:55 p.m. ET
The Buzz:It’s the semifinals for the W-League and on the Victory, you should keep an eye on English forward Natasha Dowie. A former member of the NWSL’s Boston Breakers who has since played in Sweden, Norway and Australia since the club folded, she has seven goals and two assists in 12 games with the Victory this season. Aiding her on the attack is American winger Darian Jenkins, who has five goals in the W-League this year. Sydney FC features Audrey Bledsoe of the Washington Spirit in goal, OL Reign’s Sofia Huerta in the attack, and Canadian Lindsay Agnew at left back.
León vs. Pumas UNAM
When:9 p.m. ET
The Buzz: A lot is at stake in this Liga MX clash as Leon are in second place and Pumas are in fourth. Three points going either way could shake up the table. On Pumas, check out Sebastián Saucedo, a winger who came up in the Real Salt Lake academy and has featured for the U.S. U-20 and U-23 teams. Leon, meanwhile, is led by Ecuador’s Ángel Mena, who has netted 14 goals in the 2019-20 season.
Texas A&M product Ally Watt exits the stage after being selected sixth overall in the 2020 NWSL Draft by the North Carolina Courage in Baltimore, Maryland. (Mitchell Northam / Pro Soccer USA)
Melbourne City vs. Western Sydney Wanderers
When:10:25 p.m. ET
The Buzz: Kristen Hamilton had a breakout season with the North Carolina Courage in 2019, notching nine goals and five assists, finishing the season as a finalist for the MVP award. She’s kept up that pace in the W-League with the Wanderers, scoring seven goals in 11 appearances. In the semifinals of the W-League, she’ll face future Courage teammate Ally Watt. She was the Courage’s first-round draft pick out of Texas A&M this year, but went to the W-League before the start of the NWSL season. In three games, she’s netted three goals. City also has Australian national team goalkeeper Lydia Williams. Washington Spirit defender Sam Staab features for the Wanderers.
Cruz Azul vs. Club América
When:10:15 p.m. ET
The Buzz:If you watched Concacaf Champions League this past Wednesday, you got a taste of how powerful Club America is, as they thumped Atlanta United 3-0 at Estadio Azteca. America is third in the Liga MX this season, but has an explosive attack led by Henry Martin, Roger Martinez, Richard Sanchez and Giovani dos Santos. Cruz Azul is seventh in the Liga MX table, but Uruguayan attacker Jonathan Rodríguez has 15 goals in 23 appearances.