Friday, June 25

Key Contests This Weekend

The pro ranks are a little thin this weekend in presenting marquee contests between top clubs in their respective divisions, but here is a quick look at some of the best match-ups around the pro leagues, PDL and W-League.

We start at the top with Major League Soccer, where the Western Conference-leading Los Angeles Galaxy head north of the border Saturday to face Toronto FC, who sit third in the Eastern Conference. It should be an interesting meeting as LA is missing several World Cup stars while the Canadian internationals that have been left sitting at home the past two weeks watching the action and wondering what could have been may come out looking to make a point.

In the USSF Division-2 pro league, the sexiest match is in the NASL conference where second-place Montreal travels to third-place Carolina Saturday.

Saturday is the big day around the pro flights as the only intriguing match of two in the USL Second Division is second-place Richmond at fourth-place Charlotte in a rematch of the 2009 Final.

Down in the PDL, the action begins with one sizzler Friday evening as Victoria visits Kitsap in the Northwest Division. Then on Saturday, Ottawa travels to play MPS Portland and Dayton plays host to Chicago. Two more matches on Sunday highlight the slate as Long Island visits Albany and Baton Rouge takes on Central Florida in Orlando.

Saving the best for last, the W-League features three blazing= hot matches this weekend. On Saturday, unbeatens Buffalo and Chicago meet for Midwest supremacy after going scoreless the first time out. On Sunday, the unbeaten Great Lakes leaders Ottawa and Toronto square off for the first time this season and Vancouver plays host to Pali, who is looking to avenge the only loss in their three-year franchise history.

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