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September 5, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Weekend watch: Must-see matches from around the world

The international break has forced greater creativity – and increased focus on the Western Hemisphere – for this weekend watch.

Velez Sarsfield v. Newell’s Old Boys, Argentine Primera, Saturday at 1:15 p.m. It may be off the Euro-centric path, but this meeting of the second- and third-clubs and pair of annual contenders in the Primera is a worthy start.

New York Red Bulls v. Sporting Kansas City, Major League Soccer, Saturday at 4 p.m. Sporting is in a full-on tailspin, having lost 4 of its last 5. But NYRB might need this result even more, given its precarious position in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt.

Chile v. Mexico, International Friendly, Saturday at 7 p.m. Two teams that produced some of the most thrilling play at this summer’s World Cup kick off a new cycle against each other. Expect plenty of scoring chances.

Real Salt Lake v. F.C. Dallas, Major League Soccer, Saturday at 7 p.m. Both are safely above the Western Conference cut-off line, but both need a victory to have any realistic hope of catching Seattle in the Supporter’s Shield race.

Gibraltar v. Poland, Euro 2016 Qualifying, Sunday at 11:45 a.m. Gibraltar, the tiny British Overseas Territory on the southern tip of Spain, is “hosting” the first competitive fixture in its nation’s history, though stadium logistics have forced a move to nearby Portugal.

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