CONCACAF Weekend Watch (Oct. 20-22, 2017)
In one of this weekend’s most fascinating matches, Panamanian sides Plaza Amador (left) and Tauro FC (right) will meet Saturday at the Estadio Maracana in the El Chorrillo section of Panama City. (Photo courtesy of the Federación Panameña de Fútbol) provides an offering of storylines for you to follow during domestic league action this weekend:


With the Major League Soccer regular season ending this weekend, Vancouver Whitecaps FC (15W-7D-11L, 52 points) can secure a first-place finish in the Western Conference with a win or draw at the second-place Portland Timbers (14-8-11, 50) on Sunday.  Whitecaps FC is 6-2-8 on the road this season.


On Saturday, first-place Herediano (10-4-0, 34) will look to remain unbeaten in the 2017 Invierno campaign, when it hosts fifth-place Alajuelense (5-6-3, 21).  The Florenses have conceded a league-low four goals at home this season.  One day later, third-place Perez Zeledon (7-4-3, 25) will visit 11th-place Carmelita (2-4-8, 10) looking to extend its winning streak to four games.


While first-place Alianza (9-6-0, 33) remains unbeaten, its last two Apertura outings have ended in draws.  The Albos will look to get back on a winning track Sunday at second-place Isidro Metapan (7-4-4, 25), which has scored only one goal in its last 290 minutes of play.


It will be a top-of-the-table clash on Saturday as first-place Marathon (7-1-3, 22) hosts second-place Motagua (5-5-1, 20).  The Monstruo Verde has won five straight matches, posting shutouts in the last four.


Through four rounds of Red Stripe Premier League play, four of the 12 teams have yet to suffer a loss.  Portmore United (3-1-0, 10) will look to keep its spot atop the table on Sunday against ninth-place visitor Humble Lions (1-1-2, 4).


Monterrey’s unbeaten streak to open the 2017 Liga MX Apertura season ended at 11 games with a 2-0 loss at Puebla on Wednesday.  The first-place Rayados (8-3-1, 27) can get back in the win column with a Sunday encounter at 16th-place Pumas (3-2-8, 11).  If Monterrey stumbles, a win Saturday against visiting Necaxa (4-6-3, 18) will see second-place Club America (8-2-3, 26) can take the top spot.


It promises to be the match of the season Saturday, when first-place Real Esteli (12-2-2, 38) hosts second-place Walter Ferretti (11-3-2, 36) at the Estadio Independencia.  Ferretti is riding a three-game winning streak, while El Tren Del Norte is unbeaten at home (7-1-0).


The first-place status of Tauro FC (8-6-1, 30) will be tested Saturday against third-place host Plaza Amador (7-6-2, 27).  The table-topping Toros are unbeaten in 13 consecutive games, including wins in their last three.


The TT Pro League is idle this weekend and will return to action with a full slate of games on October 24.  The first-place North East Stars (8-3-1, 27) hold a three-point lead over DirecTV W Connection (7-3-2, 24).


As the Major League Soccer regular season comes to an end with all games scheduled to be played Sunday, three teams – San Jose Earthquakes (6th place/43 points), FC Dallas (7th/43) and Real Salt Lake (8th/42) -- remain contention for the sixth and last Western Conference playoff berth.  In the simplest scenario, San Jose will earn the spot with a win against visiting Minnesota United (36 pts.).  Anything less will give FC Dallas (home v LA Galaxy) and Real Salt Lake (home v Sporting Kansas City) hope of progressing.OK