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MNT Weekend TV Schedule: Race for the World Cup Roster

Another weekend will see a smattering of U.S. Men’s National Team players take the field across Europe and south of the Rio Grande as well. Only a few matches featuring U.S. players will be broadcast on TV in the States, but the offering of do-or-die FA Cup matches in England and a chance for Puebla to knock off Liga MX leaders Cruz Azul offer an excellent opportunity to scout a handful of players that will also be playing to earn a call up to the U.S. squad for its next friendly on March 5 against Ukraine in Kharkiv.

U.S. Men’s National Team on TV (all times ET) :

SATURDAY
FOX Sports 2
SUNDERLAND-SOUTHAMPTON (live) 7:30 a.m. (FA Cup)
Jozy Altidore

FOX SoccerPlus
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY-CHARLTON ATHLETIC (live) 10 a.m. (FA Cup)
Oguchi Onyewu

beIN SPORTS Play
NICE-NANTES (live) 1:45 p.m. (Ligue 1)
Alejandro Bedoya

Univision
CRUZ AZUL-PUEBLA (live) 6 p.m. (Liga MX)
DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Orozco

SUNDAY
FOX Sports 1
EVERTON-SWANSEA (live) 8:30 a.m. (FA Cup)
Tim Howard

FOX Soccer Plus
SHEFFIELD UNITED-NOTTINGHAM FOREST (live) 10 a.m. (FA Cup)
Eric Lichaj

beIN SPORTS
QPR-READING (delay) 1 p.m. (English League Championship)
Danny Williams

MNT in Action Today

Fans that can’t wait to see the U.S. Men’s National Team in action again starting on May 29 can get a taste today as MNT players are involved in some crucial fixtures today. Edgar Castillo, Joe Corona and Club Tijuana look to continue their magical run in Copa Libertadores in the first leg of the quarterfinals at home against Atlético Mineiro (that game can be seen at 8:30 ET on Fox Deportes); and Fabian Johnson, Danny Williams and Hoffenheim face a tough test against Kaiserslautern in the first leg of the German relegation playoffs (That game can be seen at 2:30 ET on Gol TV).

Hoffenheim is going into one of the most important fixtures in club history with an abundance of much needed momentum. In its latest fixture, Hoffenheim earned an impressive 2-1 victory in one of the most thrilling games of the season against German giants and UEFA Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund by converting two late penalty kicks in the final 15 minutes of the match. Hoffenheim also holds the head-to-head advantage with Kaiserslautern, posting four wins and two draws the last six times these sides have met.

Club Tijuana will meet Ronaldinho and top-seeded Brazilian side Atlético Mineiro as considerable underdogs, which has been a central theme for Los Xolos during their unexpected run in Copa Libertadores. Tijuana earned an impressive 2-1 win against Palmeiras, with all goals coming in the second leg on the road in Brazil. To recreate that result in the quarterfinals Tijuana will need to get off to a good start tonight at home, where they have been one of the tournament’s best teams.

MNT Weekend Recap

With most of the European seasons heading for their climactic conclusion, members of the MNT still have plenty to play for. Here’s a snapshot of the weekend activity that saw some clubs move closer to places in Europe next season, others battling to avoid relegation and league titles left on the line.

Clint Dempsey kept Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League hopes alive with a goal and an assist in its 2-1 victory against Stoke City. With one game remaining, Spurs sit in fourth place in the Premier League and would currently qualify for Champions League Qualifying. There’s still room to move up as they are three points behind Chelsea, and also room to drop with Arsenal just two points behind and a game in hand.

In a week that he was voted Aston Villa Player of the Year, Brad Guzan made a trio of saves in the 2-1 loss to Chelsea on Friday. Currently in 16th place and five points clear of relegation, the season finale against Wigan Athletic this Sunday could turn into a winner-take-all.

Michael Bradley and AS Roma played to a 0-0 draw against third place AC Milan at the San Siro. While spoiling Milan’s opportunity to clinch Champions League Qualifying, the result left Roma outside of qualifying for the Europa League through league play. They still have a shot with a win in the Coppa Italia Final on May 26 against Lazio.

Steve Cherundolo set a new appearance record for Hannover 96, playing in his 299th Bundesliga game for the German club in a 3-1 loss to Bayer Leverkusen. “The Mayor of Hannover” is in his 14th season, having joined Hannover in 1999.

Jermaine Jones and Schalke are still in the running for the Champions League Qualifying despite a 2-1 loss to VfB Stuttgart. Jones played 90 minutes as he continues to reach full fitness after recovering from an ankle injury suffered in the 1-0 win against Costa Rica on March 22 in Denver.

Fabian Johnson came off the bench and picked up an assist in Hoffenheim’s 2-1 loss to Hamburg SV, leaving the side in 17th place and needing a win on the final matchday to have a shot at avoiding relegation. Danny Williams didn’t dress for the match, still on the mend from an ankle injury.

Jozy Altidore completed his record-breaking season for AZ Alkmaar against Willem II. His 31 goals in all competitions is a new record for most goals scored by an American in Europe, surpassing the mark set by Dempsey last season.

Clarence Goodson scored the opening goal of the match for Brondby in their 1-1 draw against Aalborg BK. Brondby sits in 10th place in the Danish Superligaen with 33 points, just two points away from relegation. Goodson’s goals have proved fortuitous in Denmark, the team having never lost when Goodson’s name is on the scoresheet (3-0-2)

Herculez Gomez and Santos Laguna beat Atlas 3-1 and advanced to the semifinals of the Liga MX playoffs. Santos will face Cruz Azul in the first leg Thursday, with Monterrey and Club America paired in the other semifinal. Gomez could have a second shot at a trophy this season, having previously reached the finals of the CONCACAF Champions League.

A resourceful player who is industrious and technically sound, Williams can be deployed in a variety of positions. A dual citizen of Germany and the United States, he has chosen to represent the U.S. Men’s National Team and appeared against Honduras on Oct. 8, 2011, becoming the first player to earn his first cap under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Williams joined Hoffenheim in the German Bundesliga at the end of August in a three-year deal from SC Freiburg. 

  • Earned his first start in the 1-0 win against Honduras on Oct. 8, becoming the first player to debut for the United States under Jurgen Klinsmann
  • Started four of six FIFA World Cup qualifiers in the Semifinal Round
  • Played in all four matches for which he was eligible in 2011, starting three
  • Established himself as an important players for Hoffenheim soon after his arrival in 2011
2012: Officially tied to the U.S. National Team after appearing in the World Cup qualifier in Jamacia on Sept. 7 ... Started the next three qualifiers ... Injuries made him unavailable for the matches in May and June ... Etched places in the first XI for the historic 1-0 wins against Italy and Mexico ... Appeared in seven games overall, six as a starter ... 2011: Made four appearances for the U.S., including three starts … Started in three consecutive matches, beginning with the 1-0 win against Honduras on Oct. 8 in Miami … Received his first call up to the national team ahead of the matches against Honduras and Ecuador in October … First Appearance: Oct. 8, 2011, vs. Honduras … First Goal: None.
2012: Played in all but three of the first 17 Budesliga games to begin the season, starting 13 ... Along with U.S. teammate Fabian Johnson, scored in the 3-1 win against Hannover on Sept. 23 ... 2011-12:  Became a regular fixture on the field in only his first season for Hoffenheim, making 24 league appearances ... Added an assist in his debut for the club in the 4-0 win against FSV Mainz on Sept. 10 … Joined Bundesliga club 1899 Hoffenheim on Aug. 31, 2011 … 2010-11: Had two starts in his nine games with SC Freiburg in all competitions … 2009-10: Started five of his six appearances for Freiburg … Made his senior debut on Jan. 22, 2010, against Stuttgart after working his way up through the SC Freiburg youth and reserve system.
A dual citizen of Germany and the United States, he was born to an American father who served in the U.S. military and a German mother … Secured his U.S. passport on Sept. 30, 2011 … Lists Miami Heat as his favorite NBA team, attending one of their home games in the 2011 NBA Finals. 
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