The 16 teams that will advance to the next round of the Europa League will be finalized on Thursday afternoon, meaning there should be plenty of quality matches for soccer fans to see as teams face do-or-die situations.
Some of the day's games are already underway, but perhaps the biggest one to American fans takes place later in the afternoon when Sacha Kljestan and Jozy Altidore's clubs clash for a spot in the next round. Kljestan and Anderlecht will be playing at home as they attempt to erase a 1-0 deficit on aggregate to Altidore and AZ Alkmaar.
Another American likely to be in action later today is Jermaine Jones, who is serving an eight-week ban that does not prevent him from playing in non-league games. Jones started last week for Schalke 04 as they played to a 1-1 draw with Viktoria Pizen, and he is likely to do so again in Schalke's home leg of the series.
If you plan on watching today's action, please feel free to use the comments section below to share your thoughts, opinions and play-by-play. TV schedule is after the jump.
THURSDAY'S EUROPA LEAGUE ON TV
1 p.m. - DirecTV - Valencia vs. Stoke City
1 p.m. - GolTV/DirecTV - Athletic Bilbao vs. Lokomotiv Moscow
1 p.m. - DirecTV – FC Twente vs. Steaua Bucuresti
1 p.m. – DirecTV – Standard Liege vs. Wisla Krakow
1 p.m. – DirecTV – PAOK Salonika vs. Udinese
1 p.m. – DirecTV – PSV Eindhoven vs. Trabzonspor
1 p.m. - DirecTV - Club Brugge vs. Hannover 96
3:05 p.m. - DirecTV - Legia Warsaw vs. Sporting CP
3:05 p.m. - DirecTV - RSC Anderlecht vs. AZ Alkmaar
3:05 p.m. - GolTV/DirecTV - Manchester United vs. Ajax
3:05 p.m. – DirecTV – Atletico Madrid vs. Lazio
3:05 p.m. – DirecTV – Besiktas vs. Sporting Braga
3:05 p.m. – DirecTV – Olympiakos vs. Rubin Kazan
3:05 p.m. - DirecTV – FC Metalist Kharkiv vs. SV Salzburg
3:05 p.m. - DirecTV – Viktoria Pizen vs. Schalke 04