By FRANCO PANIZO
If Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt are to get themselves closer to landing a UEFA Europa League spot this weekend, they will have to find a way to get result on the road against the Bundesliga’s top team right now.
Four points separate Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt from the final Europa League berth that the Bundesliga has to offer, but in their way on Saturday will be league-leading Bayern Munich. The Eagles have failed to win each of their last two matches, and will need to perform better, especially on the defensive side, if they are to have any shot of handing Bayern Munich its third defeat of the season. What is working in Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt’s favor is that Bayern is coming off a taxing DFB Pokal win on Wednesday that required penalty kicks after 120 minutes of scoreless action, which could lead to several changes in FC Hollywood’s lineup.
Plenty of American eyes will be fixated on Finland, where Freddy Adu will hope to reignite his career on Sunday in Kuopion Palloseura’s season opener. Adu has not made an appearance at the club level since July 2013, but could change that in KuPS’s clash with Ilves. Another American, former New England Revolution defender Stephen McCarthy, is also looking to get on the field in this one for KuPS.
Wondering what other match to watch? Look no further than Fabian Johnson and Borussia Moenchengladbach’s Sunday encounter with Borussia Dortmund. Johnson and Moenchengladbach is on a seven-game unbeaten run in league play that included a win over Bayern Munich, and is aiming to extend that at home against a Dortmund side that has won just once in its last four matches.
Here is who the Americans Abroad collide with this weekend:
John Brooks and Hertha Berlin play Hannover 96.
Alfredo Morales and FC Ingolstadt 04 play Heidenheimer SB.
Emerson Hyndman and Fulham play Wigan Athletic. (Hyndman is out injured.)
Jonathan Bornstein and Queretaro play Greg Garza, Joe Corona, Paul Arriola, Alejandro Guido and Club Tijuana.
Gabrial Farfan and Jaguares de Chiapas play Santos Laguna.
Tim Howard and Everton play Swansea City.
Brad Friedel, DeAndre Yedlin and Tottenham Hotspur play Brad Guzan and Aston Villa.
Geoff Cameron and Stoke City play West Ham United.
Gedion Zelalem and Arsenal play Burnley.
Zak Whitbread and Derby County play Brentford. (Whitbread is out injured.)
Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City play Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Tim Ream and Bolton Wanderers play Norwich City.
Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest play Huddersfield Town.
Danny Williams and Reading play Blackburn Rovers.
Oguchi Onyewu and Charlton Athletic play Sheffield Wednesday.
Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt play Bayern Munich.
Fabian Johnson and Borussia Moenchengladbach play Joe Gyau and Borussia Dortmund. (Gyau is out injured.)
Julian Green and Hamburg SV play VfL Wolfsburg.
Jann George and SpVgg Greuther Furth play FSV Frankfurt.
Conor O’Brien and FC Magna Wiener Neustadt play SV Josko Ried.
Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar play SC Heerenveen.
Zarek Valentin and FK Bodo/Glimt play Josh Gatt, Ethan Horvath and Molde FK. (Gatt is out injured.)
Freddy Adu, Stephen McCarthy and Kuopion Palloseura play Ilves.
Jose Torres and Tigres UANL play Cruz Azul. (Torres is out injured.)
Ventura Alvarado and Club America play Monterrey.
Michael Orozco, Herculez Gomez and Puebla play Universidad de Guadalajara.
Bobby Wood and FC Erzgebirge Aue play Andrew Wooten and SV Sanhausen. (Wood is out injured.)
Terrence Boyd and RB Leipzig play VfL Bochum. (Boyd is out injured.)
Alejandro Bedoya and FC Nantes play St Etienne.
Desevio Payne and FC Groningen play Cambuur Leeuwarden.
Rubio Rubin and FC Utrecht play ADO Den Haag.
Heath Pearce and IFK Goteborg play Malmo FF.
Cole Grossman and Stabaek IF play Odd.
Edgar Castillo and Atlas play Toluca.
William Yarbrough and Club Leon play Chivas de Guadalajara.
Which of these matches are you most anticipating? What do Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt need to do to beat Bayern Munich? Are you looking to see if Adu makes an appearance for KuPS?
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