5 to Watch This Weekend
Curated TV Guide: Aron Johannsson, Xolos, Schalke
With six U.S-born players on the roster, Club Tijuana is must-see TV for hardcore American supporters. And hey—the Bundesliga is back, which means the Jermaine Jones yellow card count is on.
August 09, 2013
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Tijuana vs. UNAM
10:30 p.m. (all times Eastern)
It’s been a sluggish start to the season for Club Tijuana. The Xolos followed a 2-1 loss to Morelia with a scoreless draw against El Salvadorian club Firpo in the Champions League. While Greg Garza, Joe Corona, and Edgar Castillo are earning significant minutes so far this season, Tijuana boasts just one win in its first four competitive matches. The club, including U.S. teen sensation Paul Arriola, will look to notch a second when the Pumas of UNAM visit Estadio Caliente Friday night.
Toronto FC vs. Seattle Sounders
All eyes are on BMO Field this weekend as the Deuce Era begins. Clint Dempsey’s anticipated debut with the Sounders has American soccer fans buzzing, and rightfully so. Dempsey's decision to leave Tottenham for Major League Soccer has spilled gallons of ink, but now it’s time for Dempsey to let his play do the talking. We'll be watching to see if Dempsey plays, how much he plays, and how well he plays.
Tigres vs. Monterrey
Tigres welcomed Jose Torres back to the starting lineup last Sunday, as the 25-year-old midfielder went 89 minutes in a 2-0 victory over Pumas. It was the club’s first victory after opening the season with consecutive losses. Look for Tigres to carry that momentum back home against a visiting Monterrey side this Saturday.
AZ Alkmaar vs. Ajax
While he may have lost a few friends in Reykjavík when he pledged his allegiance to the United States of America, AZ Alkmaar forward Aron Johannsson scored a goal and an assist in a 4-2 loss to SC Heerenveen last weekend. Given Johannsson's potential role with the U.S. national team, American soccer supporters are sure to follow AZ this season. The club faces a much tougher test this Sunday, however, when Ajax visits AFAS Stadion.
Schalke 04 vs. Hamburg SV
The Bundesliga is back, and so is Jermaine Jones. The No. 7-ranked player in the ASN 100 went the full 90 minutes for Schalke in the first round of the German Cup on Monday. The club struggled for a majority of the match against Nottingen, but still managed to capture a 2-0 victory at the Wildparkstadion. Schalke will attempt to start its Bundesliga campaign with a similarly positive result against Hamburg SV.
BEST OF THE REST
MLS: Philadelphia Union vs. DC United
(8:00 p.m., Saturday, NBC Sports Network)—Jack McInerney has not scored a goal since June 1. The young American forward will look to end his personal scoring drought against woeful DC United this Saturday.
MLS: FC Dallas vs. Los Angeles Galaxy
(8:00 p.m., Sunday, ESPN 2)—The Galaxy finished fourth in the International Champions Cup—but does anybody really care about that? MLS is back now, and it's time to get on with games that matter.
NO U.S. ANGLE BUT...
Community Shield: Manchester United vs. Wigan Athletic
(9:00 a.m., Sunday, Fox Soccer)—Welcome back the Premier League with a battle for the Community Shield.
So what are you watching this weekend? Let us know in the comments section below.
Eduardo Mendez is a Brooklyn-based writer and an ASN contributor.