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Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Pulisic, Chandler, Torres and more

An American will lift the DFB-Pokal on Saturday as Christian Pulisic and Timmy Chandler go head-to-head in the final of Germany’s premier cup competition.

The two collide on Saturday as Borussia Dortmund faces off with Eintracht Frankfurt at the Olympiastadion Berlin. The two Americans will be looking to seal their first career trophies, with Eintracht Frankfurt also making a push for the club’s first major top flight honor since 1988.

Dotmund is in the final for the fourth year in a row, but the club has lost all three of its previous appearances. Dortmund will be without fullback Marcel Schmelzer, leaving BVB without one of its more reliable defenders. Eintracht will be without a piece of its own after Manchester United loanee Guillermo Varela was sidelined by an infected tattoo.

Pulisic, meanwhile, will be available, having made three appearances and scored a goal during Dortmund’s run. Chandler has been a vital piece of Frankfurt’s success this season, playing in 32 matches throughout the league campaign. He has appeared five times in Frankfurt’s run through the cup competition.

Elsewhere, Jose Torres and Tigres look to lock up the Liga MX crown while Shane O’Neill and NAC Breda face a promotion playoff match.

Here’s a closer look at this weekend’s Americans Abroad:



Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund face Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.



Josh Perez and Fiorentina face Pescara on Sunday.



Jose Torres and Tigres face Chivas de Guadalajara on Sunday.



Steve Clark and AC Horsens face Esbjerg FB on Sunday.



Caleb Stanko and FC Vaduz face Young Boys on Sunday.



Shane O’Neill and NAC Breda face NEC Nijmegen on Sunday.



Mix Diskerud and IFK Goteberg face Elfsborg on Sunday.


    • Combine his first full professional season with multiple trips across the Atlantic for national team duty and his legs certainly didn’t look as fresh toward the end of the season.

      Also, once Rues and Auba were both healthy BvB went to a 3-5-2/5-3-2 with fullback/wingbacks like Durm, Guerreiro, Schmelzer or Pisczek. This also coincided with the bus bombing, after which veterans Sahin, Kagawa and Castro began featuring more than earlier in the season. Might have been coincidence because they had fresher legs having not logged as many minutes or intentional to take the pressure off the younger guys after the traumatic event.

      BvB begins its Summer tour July 14th in Korea, I think it likely CP will be there instead of at the Gold Cup.

      • Very good points JohnnyR! Dortmund relentless style of play requires so much ball pressure and running. No matter who it is the kilometers add up!

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