On the last weekend before U.S. national
team coach Gregg Berhalter is expected to name the team he will take into training for the Gold Cup, Americans close out the German Bundesliga season. In MLS, at least one injured national team
player might return to action.
With that in mind, here are the 10 best games to follow this weekend from an American perspective.
Borussia M'gladbach vs. Borussia Dortmund
Saturday 9:30 am. ET
Christian Pulisic plays his last game for Dortmund before moving to London to play for Chelsea. He has scored in back-to-back games for Dortmund, which sits two points behind Bayern Munich, which hosts Eintracht Frankfurt. Dortmund needs to win and have Bayern lose to capture the German championship for the first time since 2012.
Werder Bremen vs. RB Leipzig
Saturday 9:30 am. ET
After being sidelined since the end of March, Tyler Adams is available for third-place Leipzig's match at Bremen. It has already clinched third place and a spot in next season's Champions League, so the game will be a tune-up for the German Cup final against Bayern next Saturday. Bremen will honor Aron Johannsson before the game. Johannsson is leaving after four seasons during which injuries have limited him to 27 Bundesliga appearances.
Real Salt Lake vs. Toronto FC
Saturday 3 pm. ET
Jozy Altidore, who missed Wednesday's TFC game against D.C. United, trained on Friday in Utah, but if and how much he plays on Saturday remains to be seen. He has been dealing with inflammation in his heel.
Philadelphia Union vs. Seattle Sounders
Saturday 7:30 pm. ET
The Sounders will play their third game in a week, but will be without Jordan Morris, who strained his hamstring in Wednesday’s win over Orlando City. Also out with injuries are midfielders Gustav Svensson and Victor Rodriguez.
Minnesota United vs. Columbus Crew
Saturday 8 pm. ET
Goalkeeper Zack Steffen missed last Saturday's game against LAFC and was listed as questionable for its first trip to the Loon's new stadium in St. Paul. He has been wearing a walking boot as the injury is being treated.
Jahn Regensburg vs. Sandhausen
Sunday 9:30 am. ET
Thanks to Andrew Wooten (tied for fourth in the 2. Bundesliga with 17 goals), Sandhausen has escaped the relegation zone. But its work is not done. A 3-0 loss at home to Arminia Bielefeld left it only two points ahead of Ingolstadt, which has won four games in a row and plays at Heidenheim, in 16th place. The team that finishes 16th will play in a promotion/relegation playoff against Wehen Wiesbaden, third in the 3. Liga.
Club Brugge vs. Antwerp
Sunday Noon ET
Ethan Horvath's Brugge lost, 2-0, at Standard Liege on Thursday, falling four points behind Genk, which captured Pro League championship with a 1-1 tie at Anderlecht. Brugge has clinched second place, however. It will enter the 2019-20 Champions League in the qualifying stage.
Orlando City vs. FC Cincinnati
Sunday 3 pm. ET
One player Berhalter says is on his radar is FC Cincinnati left back Greg Garza, who had to withdraw from January camp because of a low-grade quad strain. He started in the 1-0 win at Montreal last Saturday after missing five straight games with with a calf injury.
NY Red Bulls vs. Atlanta United
Sunday 5 pm. ET
The Five Stripes broke an MLS record with their fifth straight win by shutout on Wednesday. Aaron Long, the 2018 MLS Defender of the Year, Defender, remains out with a hamstring injury but should be ready to go at FC Cincinnati next Saturday.
Sunday 7:30 pm. ET
FC Dallas and LAFC meet in a rematch of Thursday's match won by LAFC, 2-0. It has the best record in MLS (9-1-3) and leads the league in scoring (2.38 goals a game) and has the best defense (0.62 goals-against average).