Another Friday spells another Weekend Preview for MNT players plying their trade abroad.
Once again, we’ll start in England where Saturday could feature four Americans in action. Jonathan Spector and West Ham sit just above the drop zone in 17th spot but can give themselves some much needed breathing room as they face fellow bottom half strugglers Wigan Athletic live on Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en Español at 10 a.m. ET. American netminder Marcus Hahnemann and Wolverhampton Wanderers will also have an eye on that match as they sit on 16 points and take on Blackburn Rovers at the Molineux. Fox Soccer Channel will broadcast the game on delay at 5 p.m. ET. Fox Soccer Plus will carry Jozy Altidore and Hull City against Sunderland live at 10 a.m. ET from the KC Stadium as the Tigers are still holding on to the hope that they can lift themselves out of the relegation spots. In the League Championship, Jay DeMerit and Watford will be at home against Reading.
In Europe there are two big games in Germany on Saturday: Hannover and Steve Cherundolo are trying to avoid the dreaded drop and they meet Bayer Leverkusen. Michael Bradley and Borussia Mönchengladbach meet top-of-the-table Bayern Munich in a game which could have major implications for the Bundesliga title. You can watch that game live on ESPN3 at 9:30 a.m. ET.
Rennes take on PSG on Saturday, with Carlos Bocanegra included in the squad for his club. The U.S. captain has missed the last two games with a groin injury but he's been passed fit for the trip to Paris.
With an upcoming match against Edgar Castillo and Tigres, José Francisco Torres and Pachuca pretty much need the stars to align in order to make the Liguilla in the last game of the Primera División Mexicana regular season. Pachuca currently sits behind Club América in Group 2, tied with 22 points but with a zero goal differential to América's +8, the Gophers need to win and they need Morelia to lose and for América not to win, or they need Cruz Azul to lose, Atlas not to win and América not to win. The last possible scenario would be for Pachuca to tie, América to lose and Atlas and Querétaro not to win. Tigres hosts Pachuca on Saturday, April 24, at 7:55 p.m. ET, live on Telemundo.
Sunday looks to provide an interesting matchup as Fulham travel to Everton where Clint Dempsey will be looking to beat Tim Howard in the Everton goal as both clubs will be desperate for points as they look to rise into the final European qualification spots. It's a massive week for Fulham, who battled to a 0-0 draw with Hamburg in the Europa League semifinal on Thursday. Clint Dempsey returned from injury to enter the game as a second half sub during the tense match in Germany, becoming the first U.S. international to appear in a European semifinal since DaMarcus Beasley did it with PSV in 2005.
Highlights from the first leg:
A win on Sunday could be the huge boost the Cottagers need as they look to grab a win and book their place in a European final...