American Exports preview: Quartet of Yanks in action in German showdown
AMSTERDAM – Those looking for crunch matches involving Americans in Europe will be made dizzy by this weekend's stocked card. All times listed in ET.
Hannover 96 vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach (Sunday, 9:30 am on ESPN3.com)
American: Steve Cherundolo (H96) – The Reds and their Captain America will try to put Thursday's last-minute downer at Atlético Madrid out of their head to focus on earning a Europa League return ticket. Hannover are two points shy of both clubs currently holding the corresponding table spots.
Until last season's 1-0 loss to 'Gladbach at the AWD, Hannover had won three straight home meetings by a 12-1 combined tally.
Hoffenheim vs. Schalke (Sunday, 11:30 am on GolTV)
Americans: Joseph Gyau, Fabian Johnson, Daniel Williams (H'heim), Jermaine Jones (S04) – Despite a less-than-stellar stint at left back, Johnson should continue to start there for the hosts. However, Williams may work from the bench and Gyau could miss out altogether.
Jones, meanwhile, will take his usual place one yellow card from a suspension. Schalke, who will be trying to shake off Thursday's Europa League collapse at home, are winless in three all-time visits to Hoffenheim.
BEST OF THE REST
Tottenham (Brad Friedel) vs. Swansea City – Sun. 11 am on Fox Soccer
Fiorentina vs. Chievo (Michael Bradley) – Sun. 9 am
Vitesse vs. AZ Alkmaar (Jozy Altidore) – Sun. 10:30 am on ESPN3.com
Anderlecht (Sacha Kljestan) vs. Kortrijk – Sun. noon
Brondby (Clarence Goodson) vs. Odense BK – Sun. noon
FC Nordsjælland (Michael Parkhurst) vs. HB Køge (Brad Rusin) – Sun. 10 am
FK Haugesund vs. Molde FK (Josh Gatt) – Sun. noon
Fredrikstad vs. Stabaek (Ricardo Clark, Sean Cunningham) – Sun. noon
Elfsborg vs. Djurgårdens IF (Brian Span) – Sat. 10 am