BRI-MATHIAS HODGE - Thursday, February 25, 2010
Michael Bradley is set to face off against Daniel Williams on Saturday afternoon in a Yank battle while Ricardo Clark has a chance to make his Bundesliga debut in this weekend's German action.
Borussia Mönchengladbach - SC Freiburg
Michael Bradley is expected to take up his usualy spot in the center of the park for the Foals as they welcome Daniel Williams and Freiburg to the Northwest of the country on Saturday afternoon.
Williams is hoping to make his sixth consecutive start after getting yanked at halftime last weekend in a loss to Hertha Berlin.
Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker is still getting rounding back into shape after a spell on the disabled list and will not be available for the hosts. Defender Christian Dorda is also out with a patellar tendon tear.
Heiko Butscher and goalkeeper Manuel Salz are out of commission for the guests.
Juan Arango and Mohamadou Idrissou will have to be careful for Gladbach and Freiburg respectively, as a yellow card will cause them to miss a match due to accumulation.
After losing last weekend against cellar-dwellars Berlin, Freiburg are desperate for points to pull themselves further from the relegation playoffs that threatens one place below in the 16th slot.
Borussia, on the other hand, sit comfortably in the midtable at number 11, though a prolonged streak of one type or another could still see them fighting for a European place or fighting for their first division lives.
Steve Cherundolo remains out with a shoulder injury as Hannover welcome the defending champs Wolfsburg to AWD-Arena on Sunday as they continue to battle relegation.
Ricardo Clark could make the bench after recovering from a calf injury as Frankfurt travel south to Stuttgart Saturday.
Jared Jeffrey is not expected to dress for Mainz as the Mardi Gras club face off at home against Bremen Saturday.
Jermaine Jones is still rehabilitating a broken leg and will not get a chance to participate in the Rhine-Derby Friday night at home against Dortmund.
Matt Taylor will not feature when his FSV Frankfurt teammates meet Energie Cottbus under the Friday night lights.
David Yelldell is not expected to start but could watch from the bench as Koblenz face off against third place Augsburg at the Stadion Oberweth on Saturday.
Luis Robles will play deputy keeper at the Wildparkstadion in Karlsruher Sunday as the red devils of Kaiserslautern take on Karlsruhe SC.