It’s a pretty quiet week internationally with no games featuring United States internationals in Germany or England easily accessible on TV this weekend. There’s one Bundesliga game on Saturday that doesn’t have any American’s but could impact the opportunities we have to watch them in European competition for 2018-2019 that we’ll highlight as well as the MLS games you can catch across the nation this weekend.
Bayer Leverkusen v Hannover 96 – 9:30a on Univision Deportes
As we mentioned above, there are no USMNT players actually playing in this game but technically Leverkusen could pass Borussia Dortmund if they were able to win and make up the six goal differential they currently trail BVB by, it doesn’t seem likely, but in a weekend with few international viewing options that seems like your best shot this particular weekend.
Kellyn Accosta returned for FC Dallas in their win last weekend against LAFC. He came off the bench for 29 minutes of play and was joined by Jacori Hayes who also came off the bench just before halftime. The win has Dallas in fourth place in the Western Conference heading into the weekend.
This weekend they’ll be facing the LA Galaxy who are coming off a loss to Houston and seem to be dealing with some frustrations, following their loss Zlatan Ibrahimovic came out and publicly criticized his teammates saying they needed to wake up. Sebastian Lletget and Chris Pontious are the USMNT players who could see time for the Galaxy.
Portland Timbers v Seattle Sounders – 4:00p on ESPN
The Portland Timbers are coming off a win against San Jose and now sit in seventh place in the Western Conference just out of playoff positioning, still early in the season. Marco Farfan was left on the bench last weekend but could be a potential option at Left Back in the future for the USMNT given the current unsettled nature of the position.
Seattle and the Roldan Brothers, Christian and Alex, are coming off a mid-week win over Toronto FC with Christian starting and going 90 minutes and Alex coming on as a sub for a 27 minute appearance. Will Bruin also started and picked up one of the two Seattle goals. Seattle still sits in 11th place in the Western Conference.
Orlando City SC v Atlanta United – 7:00p on FS1
Orlando City have been on a tear recently, winners of six straight games, with Dom Dwyer scoring again last weekend. Perhaps with the recent news that Jozy Altidore is likely to miss the Summer friendlies Dwyer will get called in for a game or two.
Atlanta United is coming off a mid-week loss, falling to Sporting KC 0-2. For the time being it looks like Darlington Nagbe might be the loan legitimate USMNT prospect on the team though since Andrew Carlton has not made the bench recently, instead consistently playing for Atlanta United 2.
Los Angeles Football Club v NYCFC – 9:30p on FS1
This game is kind of emblematic of the weekend, it’s on, but there’s not much to watch for the hopeful USMNT fan. Walker Zimmerman and Benny Feilhaber could see time for LAFC and