Should U.S. Soccer bring back the U.S. Cup?
Absolutely. It would be far more competitive than the CONCACAF Nations League.
No. The international calendar is already congested.
Not sure.
MATHEW WAGNER - Tuesday, September 24, 2013
In the second round of the DFB Pokal, Matt Taylor can add another chapter to his already successful Cup career, and Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt take on Frankfurt.

Preußen Münster - FC Augsburg

Matt Taylor takes his success in the DFB Pokal and will look to replicate when Michael Parkhurst and Augsburg comes to town on Tuesday.

Taylor should start at forward for Münster, while Parkhurst might not dress for Augsburg.

Taylor is well-known for his exploits in the DFB Pokal, especially at Münster.

In six cup matches, the American striker has scored seven goals, including three in last season's first-round upset of Werder Bremen and the winning goal against St. Pauli this year, and the Eagles hope that run continues.

Augsburg, meanwhile, is hoping to replicate last season's result when the Fuggerstädter and Eagles faced each other.

Augsburg took that match 1-0, and with Münster having lost its last three 3.Liga matches, odds seem to point to another win for the Fuggerstädter.

Münster's Dominik Schmidt will miss the match with a knee injury, while Augsburg will be without Jan Moravek because of a foot contusion.

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim - Energie Cottbus

Fabian Johnson and Hoffenheim host second-division team Energie Cottbus on Tuesday.

In 2012, Hoffenheim crashed out of the DFB Pokal in the first round, foreshadowing what turned out to be a tough season in the Bundesliga.

In the first round this season, Hoffenheim blasted fifth-tier Aumund-Vegesack for a nine-goal victory, and the team will hope to move on against another lower-division team.

Hoffenheim goes into Tuesday's match as the heavy favorite, as its opponent, Cottbus, is struggling coming into it. Cottbus is riding a four-match winless streak and has lost three of those four matches in the 2. Bundesliga.

Cottbus will not have Uwe Möhrle with thigh problems and Mateo Susic with a broken fibula available, while Hoffenheim is not reporting any significant injuries.

FSV Frankfurt - FC Ingolstadt 04

After squaring off over the weekend, Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt head back to Frankfurt for their second-round match on Wednesday.

Ingolstadt was on the wrong end of a 4-1 loss on Sunday, with Frankfurt jumping out to a 3-0 lead after 54 minutes.

The loss dropped Ingolstadt back into last place in the league, while Frankfurt jumped up to ninth place, and Frankfurt are hoping a similar result on Wednesday to punch a ticket into the third round of the tournament.

Moritz Hartmann is still recovering from a knee injury and will be unavailable for Ingolstadt, while Frankfurt is not reporting any significant injuries going into the match.


Bobby Wood should be on the bench for 1860 Munich when the Löwen host Bundesliga leader Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.

Having suffered a right elbow injury on Sunday, John Anthony Brooks will not be available for Hertha Berlin when the team travels to Kaiserslautern on Wednesday.

Jermaine Jones should be on Schalke's bench when the Royal Blues face Darmstadt on Wednesday.

Steve Cherundolo continues to recover from knee surgery in August and will not be available for Hannover against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

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