MNT Apr 27, 2012
A lot of U.S. internationals will be lining up for important matches this weekend with high stakes - spots in Europe on the line, big-time derbies, and games against fellow Americans. Here's a look at the highlights:
Jozy Altidore - AZ face a massive match at Feyenoord on Sunday, as the two teams are deadlocked on 61 points with three games remaining. While Ajax seem to have a hold on the title, second place means a spot in Champions League qualifying. Jozy has been on fire recently, scoring five goals in his last four matches.
Timmy Chandler v. Fabian Johnson - Little more than pride is on the line when Hoffenheim host Nurnberg and two left-sided U.S. internationals square off. The big news from Hoffenheim this week was the shoulder injury to Danny Williams, which raises a question mark on his availability for the National Team this summer.
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover are in the hunt for another Europa League berth, and they travel to face the team currently possessing the last spot. Bayer Leverkusen are in sixth place and three points ahead of Hannover with two games left on the docket.
Tim Howard v. Clint Dempsey - Two teams that have had fantastic seasons in large part to the contributions of the U.S. internationals square off at Goodison Park as Everton welcome Fulham. Fresh off being voted the fourth best player in the Premier League this season, the milestone of scoring his 50th career goal at Fulham sits in front of Clint Dempsey, and his long-time U.S. teammate looks to deny him the achievement for at least another week.
Jermaine Jones - Schalke 04 maintain a two-point lead above Borussia Moenchengladbach for third place in the Bundesliga and a spot in the Champions League. They host relegation Hertha Berlin, the club of Alfredo Morales, who are likely relegation bound.