USMNT Midweek Viewing Guide: Qualifying Station
As we move forward after a massive Gold Cup triumph, there are Americans at stake from MLS to South America and across the European qualifying spectrum.
Let’s get into it!
- CFR Cluj v Young Boys, 2p: Jordan Pefok and the Young Boys face Cluj in the first leg of the Champions League playoffs.
- Genk vs. Shakhtar Donetsk, 2p: Mark McKenzie gets his first taste of European action as Genk takes on Shakhtar.
Also in action:
- FC Twente against Venice, 9a: This morning’s friendly match featured Kik Pierie and Tanner Tessmann’s club teams.
- St. Pölten vs. Rapid Wien, 12:30 p.m.: Uly Llanez starts his new club season on loan from Wolfsburg with St. Pölten in the Austrian second division.
- Manchester city against Blackpool, 1p: Man City’s friendlies are particularly interesting for USMNT fans, because they can feature Zack Steffen, Philippe Sandler and Erik Palmer-Brown.
- Malmö FF v Rangers, 1p: Romain Gall’s parent club is trying to qualify for the Champions League (Gall is loaned to Örebro SK).
- Memmingen against Bayern II, 1h30: Taylor Booth and Malik Tillman could see action with Bayern’s reserves in German 4th Division, although both have been with Bayern’s first team in friendlies this summer.
- PSV Eindhoven v Midtjylland, 2p: Richie Ledezma’s PSV are trying to qualify for the Champions League without him, as they continue to recover from injury.
- RB Salzburg v FC Barcelona, 1p: A friendly match between Sergiño Dest and Brenden Aaronson? Fun! Young Swiss-American CB Bryan Okoh could also see the field for Salzburg.
- Ferencvaros v Slavia Prague, 2p: Henry Wingo and Ferencvaros continue the qualifiers for the Champions League.
- Chelsea fc v Tottenham Hotspur, 2:45: A friendly match that could feature Christian Pulisic as well as Matt Miazga and Cameron Carter-Vickers.
- Tiger against Independiente, 3p: Alan Soñora and Independiente contest the round of 16 of the Argentina Cup.
- New York Red Bulls v FC Cincinnati, 8 points: Caden Clark and the Red Bulls take on Cincy.
- Seattle Sounders v FC Dallas, 10p: FC Dallas’s traveling youth squad, led by Ricardo Pepi, face a strong Seattle team that also has a few kids getting minutes with Josh Atencio and Reed Baker-Whiting.
Also in action:
- Getafe against Beşiktaş, 1p: It remains to be seen whether Tyler Boyd will leave Beşiktaş this summer; he could see the action in this friendly match.
- Heracles against HSC ’21, 1p: Luca de la Torre and Heracles continue their long preparation for the Eredivisie season.
- Valencia CF v AC Milan, 2:30 p.m.: Yunus Musah will likely miss this friendly match due to injury.
- FC Montreal v Atlanta united, 7:30 p.m.: Djordje Mihailovic and Mason Toye face the Five Stripes.
- Columbus’ crew v DC United, 7:30 p.m.: DC United present academy signings Kevin Paredes, Moses Nyeman and Griffin Yow.
- Philadelphia Union v Toronto fc, 7:30 p.m.: Old against young as Leon Flach and Jack McGlynn face off against Bradley and Altidore.
- Chicago fire v NYCFC, 8p: Keaton Parks, Alfredo Morales and Tayvon Gray confront Brian Gutierrez and the fire.
- City of Orlando v Inter Miami, 8p: Chris Mueller and Andrés Perea take on Robbie Robinson and Indiana Vassilev, as well as Miami’s recent signing Ventura Alvarado.
- Austin FC v Houston Dynamo, 9p: Memo Rodriguez will try to work magic against the latest expansion from MLS.
- The Galaxy v Real salt lake, 10:30 p.m.: David Ochoa, Aaron Herrera and Rubio Rubin take on Julian Araujo and the Galaxy.
- LAFC v Sports KC, 10:30 p.m.: Eligible goalkeeper battle in the United States with youngster Tomás Romero against veteran Tim Melia.
- Portland Wood v San José earthquakes, 10:30 p.m.: Cade Cowell and Jeremy Ebobisse headlining this battle.
- Omonia Nicosia vs Flora Tallinn, 12p: Mix Diskerud and Omonia have qualified for the Europa League.
- Maccabi Haifa vs. HB Torshavn, 1p: Josh Cohen and Haifa try to qualify for the Conference League.
- Galatasaray vs. St. Johnstone, 2p: DeAndre Yedlin and Galatasaray are fighting for a place in Europe.
- Breidablik v Aberdeen FC, 3p: Christian Ramirez looks to continue his strong start for Aberdeen in Conference League qualifying.
- Raków Częstochowa v Rubin Kazan, 3p: Ben Lederman will likely miss this game for Raków after recently suffering a serious injury.
- Querétaro FC v Club León, 10p: La Liga MX enter their third day of Apertura. Querétaro stars two Yanks in winger Joe Gallardo and new signature Bryan Olivera (arriving from Fénix in the Uruguayan Premier League).
That’s it! Am I missing something? Let me know in the comments below. Let’s see who’s impressing this week!