5 to Watch This Weekend
Eddie Johnson and Maurice Edu Square Off Saturday
On Monday Jurgen Klinsmann will announce his 30-man roster for Brazil. For those on the bubble, this weekend will be the last chance to make an impression; others will try not to get Nigel de Jong-ed.
May 09, 2014
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Philadelphia Union vs. D.C. United
4:00 p.m. (all times Eastern)
It could go either way for Maurice Edu
and Eddie Johnson
, both of whom are both in a battle to make the 30-man provisional roster. A strong showing here could go a long way toward cementing spots for both players when the roster is announced two days later. Expect some desperate soccer here, with World Cup dreams on the line.
San Jose Earthquakes vs. Dallas
Is Chris Wondolowski going to Brazil? That remains to be seen. He will surely be getting called into camp on Monday though, along with teammate Clarence Goodson. Wondo has five goals through eight games this season, but the team has been down, generally speaking. The Quakes host a strong FC Dallas team that is looking to bounce back from a disappointing loss to Seattle on Wednesday. Dallas, which likely does not include any players who will get a call from Klinsmann, has several players for the next cycle in Matt Hedges, Zach Loyd, and Walker Zimmerman.
Hull City vs. Everton
NBC Sports Live Extra
It’s the Europa League for Tim Howard and Everton, after losing three of their last four and gifting Arsenal fourth place. Hull City is assured of survival, being four points in the clear over Norwich City. How will Howard and his teammates react to their elimination from the Champions League race? Can they pull together to close the season with a win? Or will their momentum continue and drop more points?
West Bromwich vs. Stoke City
Aside from being able to watch Oxygen for soccer rather than made-for-TV dramas, this game is also worth tuning into to see Geoff Cameron’s last game of the season before his inevitable call from Klinsmann. Cameron has posted arguably the best season of personal performances of Americans in Europe, and is well deserving of steering the team into the top 10 at the end of the day. For West Brom, its safety from relegation is assured by goal differential, holding a 17-goal lead over Norwich City.
New England vs. Seattle Sounders
Out of all the snubs that are about to happen, is Lee Nguyen going to be the biggest? Nguyen has been playing phenomenally over the past two seasons, and especially this young season where he has continued commanding the Revolution into a honed, playoff-quality team, with some pundits putting money on them to lift the trophy at the end of the season. On the other half of the field, Clint Dempsey is looking forward to the clash with his old team, and despite his love for them, will aim to galvanize Seattle’s potent offense which is netting at a rate of 2.2 goals per game.
So what are you watching this week? Let us know in comments section below.
Christopher McCollum is a New York City-based writer and an ASN contributor.