A Cascadia Cup derby with playoff stakes and opening weekend in Italy headline this version of the weekend watch.
A.S. Roma v. Fiorentina, Italian Serie A, Saturday at 11:45 a.m. –– Roma finished a distant second to Juventus and Fiorentina a distant fourth behind Napoli and Italy’s final Champions League spot last season.
Atletico Madrid v. Eibar, Spanish Primera, Saturday at noon — Little Eibar christened the first La Liga game played in its 5,250-seat stadium with a 1-0 victory over Real Sociedad last week. Now comes a trip to the home of the defending champs.
Atlas v. Santos, Mexican Liga MX, Saturday at 7 p.m. –– The hosts sit in third place in the league through six rounds of the Apertura, three points behind leaders America. The visitors can leapfrog them with a victory.
Vancouver Whitecaps v. Portland Timbers, Major League Soccer, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. –– Portland’s playoff hopes took another hit via Seattle’s four road goals last weekend. Vancouver can solidify its hold on fifth place with a win.
Tottenham Hotspur v. Liverpool, English Premier League, Sunday at 5:30 a.m. — If Liverpool wasn’t cursing the schedule makers for their second-week trip to Manchester City, it certainly is after a follow-up visit to White Hart Lane.