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5 to Watch This Weekend

Watch the USWNT, Then a Full State of USMNTers

Tobin Heath leads the United States women's national team against Germany on Friday afternoon, followed by plenty of relevant club matches on the men's front. Eduardo Mendez gives you five to watch.
BY Eduardo Mendez Posted
April 05, 2013
10:30 AM
The U.S. Soccer Federation is wrapping up its centennial celebration in New York City after five days of festivities. Be sure to continue celebrating over the weekend with a full slate of matches featuring some of the preeminent players for the Stars and Stripes. Both club and country will be represented this week. American favorites will go head to head, leaving you (the American soccer fan) as the only true winner. So with zero overlap, here is your guide to this weekend’s action.

U.S. women’s national team vs. Germany
12:15 p.m. (all times Eastern)

Abby Wambach is on a mission. The two-time Olympic gold medalist is adamant that the 2015 Women’s World Cup not be played on artificial surface, but there are more pressing matters for the forward. The U.S. women’s national team is in Offenbach to take on European juggernaut Germany. It’s the first of two European friendlies this week—the second being a clash in the Netherlands on April 9. Familiar faces will be absent for this one. Hope Solo and Carli Lloyd are out nursing injuries. It’s up to Wambach—who is four goals shy of tying Mia Hamm’s all-time international record—to continue flexing that formidable American muscle.

Sporting Kansas City vs. D.C. United
8:30 p.m.
MLS Live

Graham Zusi and Benny Feilhaber’s inspiring performance helped resuscitate Sporting Kansas City’s season last Saturday. The 2-0 victory over the Montreal Impact propelled SKC into third in the Eastern Conference. Now, Chris Pontius and Bill Hamid must follow suit for D.C. United. Despite monster performances from Hamid this season, D.C. finds itself with a pedestrian four points after four matches. United are well rested after a 2-1 defeat to the Columbus Crew and will look to rebound at Sporting Park. Friday night’s match is the 46th all-time meeting between these two Eastern Conference foes. With both teams boasting a record of 18-18-9, Sporting and D.C. are as even as even can get it.

Stoke City vs. Aston Villa
10:00 a.m.
Fox Soccer 2 Go, tape delayed at 12:00 p.m. on Fox Soccer Channel

It wasn’t the best week for Geoff Cameron, Brek Shea, and Brad Guzan. Despite five saves from Guzan, a second-half collapse put Aston Villa back into the relegation zone. Villa is tied with Wigan Athletic on points, but trail with a minus-six goal differential. Geoff Cameron went the full 90 against Everton, but was beaten by Kevin Mirallas on a counterattack sprung by Tim Howard. Shea did not even dress. Who will rebound at the Britannia?

Tijuana vs. Santos Laguna
11:55 p.m.

It’s a late start, but it’s worth it. Herculez Gomez scored yet another goal against MLS competition in Tuesday night's match against the woeful Seattle Sounders. It was the forward's ninth tally in the CONCACAF Champions League, all coming against MLS teams. Joe Corona and Edgar Castillo did not start in Wednesday's 1-1 draw against Bolivian club San José, but the two did see significant minutes in Sunday's 1-0 loss to Toluca. Saturday's showdown is three Americans, two quality sides, and five points of separation in the table. It's the recipe for a perfect nightcap.

Tottenham vs. Everton
9:05 a.m.
Fox Soccer Channel, Fox Deportes

Tottenham will need to rely on Clint Dempsey more than ever following Gareth Bale's injury in the Europa League on Thursday. The American and company seek to avoid another late-season free fall out of the top four. They will need to hold serve at White Hart Lane against a tough Everton side that is a fresh off a 1-0 victory over Stoke City and featuring Tim Howard in net. Forget the Manchester Derby, this marquee match features a pair of American icons and holds greater significance for the Premier League standings.

Bundesliga: Hoffenheim vs. Fortuna Düsseldorf (2:30 p.m., Friday, GolTV)—Relegation-threatened Danny Williams and Fabian Johnson face a must-win late Friday afternoon.

MLS: Chicago Fire vs. New York Red Bulls (5:00 p.m., Sunday, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes)—The 2013 Gold Cup is just a few months away. Keep an eye on Dax McCarty. Keep the other on Thierry Henry.

Serie A: Fiorentina vs. AC Milan(6:30 a.m., Sunday, RAI Internazionale, tape delayed at 8:55 a.m. on beIN Sport USA)—Mario Balotelli’s scorching form, coupled with a battle for the final Champions League spot from Serie A, makes this one worth the early wake-up call.

So what are you watching this weekend? Which matches did we miss that we should tune in for? Let us know in the new and improved comments section.

Eduardo Mendez (@Mendez_FC) is a writer based in Brooklyn and an ASN contributor.


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