MATHEW WAGNER - Thursday, August 16, 2012
Many players from the top tier of German soccer, including Fabian Johnson, Jermaine Jones and Danny Williams, might make their debuts for the season in the first round of the DFB Pokal.

Berlin AK 07 - 1899 Hoffenheim

Danny Williams, Fabian Johnson and Joe Gyau might feature for Hoffenheim, as the team travels to Berlin Saturday.

The Berliners come from the Regionalliga Nord and started their season last weekend with a tie against Energie Cottbus' second team.

Hoffenheim, meanwhile, has yet to play a league game in the 2012-2013 season.

Neither team is reporting injuries at this moment.

FC Nöttingen - Hannover 96

Club captain Steve Cherundolo might play for Hannover as the faces Nöttingen Sunday.

Although the Bundesliga season has yet to start, Cherundolo and Hannover have already played tournament games for the 2012-2013 season, defeating St. Patrick's 5-0 in the third round of Europa League qualification.

Nöttingen plays in the Oberliga Baden-Wüttemberg, the fifth division of German soccer. The team opened the season last Saturday with a 2-0 win over Singen.

Because Nöttingen's stadium is too small, the game will be played 50-plus miles away in Reutlingen.

Neither team is reporting injuries at this time.

1. FC Saarbrücken - FC Schalke 04

Jermaine Jones might be in the lineup as Schalke plays its first round game at Saarbrücken.

Saarbrücken has enjoyed moderate success in the 3.Bundesliga this season, winning two of its five games so far. However, both of Saarbrücken's wins have come away from home, which doesn't bode well for the hosts.

Schalke has already qualified for the Champions League with the team's third place finish last season and has yet to open the Bundesliga season.

Forward Marcel Ziemer will miss for Saarbrücken because of a partial tear of a cruciate ligament. Manuel Stiefler will also be missing with a broken bone in his heel.

Schalke is not reporting injuries at this time.

Preußen Münster - Werder Bremen

Matt Taylor and Münster hope for a big upset when they host Bundesliga-team Bremen.

Münster has accumulated 10 points its first five games, sitting in fourth place in the league. Taylor has scored three goals in the league thus far.

Bremen is looking to put its four-game slide to end last season behind it against its 3.Bundesliga foes.

Neither team is reporting injuries at this time.


Forward Andrew Wooten will hope to make the lineup as Kaiserslautern hosts Hansa Rostock.

Defender Alfredo Morales will look to make Hertha Berlin's lineup as the team takes on Wormatia Worms.

Goalkeeper David Yelldell might feature for Bayer Leverkusen against Carl Zeiss Jena Saturday.

Jared Jeffrey will hope to make Mainz 05's lineup as it takes on Roßbach/Verscheid.

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