The UEFA Europa League group stage will wrap up today, and several Americans are hoping their respective team is still standing after the dust has settled.
Jozy Altidore is one of those players, as he and AZ Alkmaar need a win over already-qualified FC Metalist Kharkiv in Group G in order to secure qualification. A loss wouldn't necessarily doom AZ Alkmaar, so long as last-place Malmo FF doesn't fall to Austria Vienna.
In Group B, Steve Cherundolo's Hannover 96 needs just a point in its match against Vorksla to assure itself of a place in the knockout stage. A loss by Hannover would open the door for FC Copenhagen, which would also need to win and make up a goal differential of -3 to leapfrog the German club.
If you will be watching today's action, please feel free to use the comments section below to share your thoughts, opinions, analysis and play-by-play (TV schedule is after the jump):
THURSDAY'S EUROPA LEAGUE ON TV
1 p.m. - DirecTV - PAOK Salonika vs. FK Rubin Kazan
1 p.m. - DirecTV – Shamrock Rovers vs. Tottenham Hotspur
1 p.m. - DirecTV - FC Copenhagen vs. Standard Liege
1 p.m. - GolTV/DirecTV - Hannover 96 vs. Vorskla
1 p.m. - DirecTV - Hapoel Tel Aviv vs. Legia Warszawa
1 p.m. - DirecTV - PSV Eindhoven vs. Rapid Bucuresti
3:05 p.m. - DirecTV - Austria Vienna vs. Malmo FF
3:05 p.m. - DirecTV - AZ Alkmaar vs. FC Metalist Kharkiv
3:05 p.m. - DirecTV – Birmingham City vs. NK Maribor
3:05 p.m. - DirecTV - Club Brugge vs. Braga
3:05 p.m. – GolTV/DirecTV – Atletico Madrid vs. Stade Rennes
3:05 p.m. – DirecTV – Udinese vs. Celtic