With England and Germany entering the final weekends of the season, we'll take a look at Americans playing in their final league matches of the year.
As is the custom in England, all matches will start simultaneously on the last match day of the season. There will be an 11 a.m. ET kick off for all games as the Premier League season winds to a halt on Sunday, May 9. Highlighting the weekend for Americans in action will be Clint Dempsey and Fulham making a trip to north London to the Emirates Stadium to take on Arsenal. The match will be shown on delay at 1 p.m. ET on Fox Soccer Plus. Aston Villa and Brad Guzan, who have secured Europa League qualification, will be at home to Blackburn Rovers. Tim Howard and Everton will also close at the season at home in Goodison Park when they play host to last place Portsmouth. Upton Park will be in good spirits with West Ham and Jonathan Spector ensuring survival in the Premier League for another year when they play Manchester City, while Marcus Hahnemann and Wolverhampton Wanderers will welcome the Black Cats of Sunderland to the Molineux to round out their season. UPDATE: Stuart Holden is healty after his broken leg sustained in the match against Netherlands on March 3. Holden has been back in training and manager Owen Coyle says he could feature in the game against Birmingham on Sunday.
On the continent, the German Bundesliga enters its final weekend with a tight race for the final Champions League spot and an even tighter race to avoid relegation at the bottom of the table. Michael Bradley and Borussia Mönchengladbach will have their say in the race for the Champions League spots when they face fourth place Bayer Leverkusen, who sit just two points back of Werder Bremen in the last automatic qualification spot. Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96, who currently sit 15th with 30 points, will face fellow relegation threatened Bochum in 16th place with 28 points. Only a win for Hannover will guarantee survival as Nurnberg also sit within striking distance on 28 points and an equal goal differential of -27. Ricardo Clark could play a part in Eintracht Frankfurt's clash with Wolfsburg as the two mid-table clubs sit comfortably above the drop zone but out of reach of the European spots. UPDATE: There's good news for Clark as well, with the midfielder inking a three-year extension to his contract with the Bundesliga club. All matches kick off at 9:30 a.m. ET on Saturday, May 8.
In Mexico, the Liguilla is already underway and the second-leg of the two-game quarterfinals series takes place Saturday, May 8. José Torres and Pachuca travel north, where they face the defending champions Monterrey in the second leg of the Liguilla quarterfinal series. The Gophers have a 1-0 advantage after winning their home game, but will be without the services of veteran goalkeeper Miguel Calero, who will remain in Pachuca and receive treatment on his left shoulder. Fans can watch the match live at 7 p.m. ET on Telemundo.