MNT Apr 5, 2012
It's a huge day for the U.S. internationals still involved in the Europa League, as the second legs of the quarterfinal round kick off this afternoon and places in the final four up for grabs.
Valencia v. AZ Alkmaar (3 p.m., DirecTV)
AZ Alkmaar surprised many with a 2-1 win against the highly-touted Spanish side, and have given themselves a fighting chance as they travel to Valencia. Altidore has 15 goals in all competitions, including four in the Europa League, and scored this past weekend at Vitesse. AZ are second in the league table as they chase Ajax, and advancing to the Europa League semifinal would be a huge boost of confidence.
Hannover v. Atletico Madrid (2 p.m. ET, GolTV)
Hannover snatched a crucial away goal when they fell 2-1 at Atletico Madrid, and head into today's match carrying the momentum of a massive win against Borussia Moenchengladbach this past weekend that elevated them to fifth place in the table. The visitors will be without their team captain for Thursday's tilt at the AWD-Arena, where Hannover have posted an unbeaten 8-0-6 record in the Bundesliga this season.
Athletic Bilbao v. Schalke (3 p.m. ET, DirecTV)
After losing 4-2 at home in the first leg, Schalke face an uphill climb this afternoon in Spain. But the German club, who currently hold the third spot in the Bundesliga table, stared down this circumstance in the Round of 16, clawing back from a three-goal deficit to get past FC Twente as Jermaine Jones scored the goal that put Schalke through.