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. PÃ¶lten vs. Rapid Wien, 12:30 p.m.: Uly Llanez starts his new club season on loan from Wolfsburg with St. PÃ¶lten 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.
- MalmÃ¶ FF v Rangers, 1p: Romain Gall’s parent club is trying to qualify for the Champions League (Gall is loaned to Ãrebro 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 SergiÃ±o 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 SoÃ±ora 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 BeÅiktaÅ, 1p: It remains to be seen whether Tyler Boyd will leave BeÅiktaÅ 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 AndrÃ©s 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 TomÃ¡s Romero against veteran Tim Melia.
- Portland Wood v San JosÃ© 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.
- RakÃ³w CzÄstochowa v Rubin Kazan, 3p: Ben Lederman will likely miss this game for RakÃ³w after recently suffering a serious injury.
- QuerÃ©taro FC v Club LeÃ³n, 10p: La Liga MX enter their third day of Apertura. QuerÃ©taro stars two Yanks in winger Joe Gallardo and new signature Bryan Olivera (arriving from FÃ©nix 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!