PREVIEW: WEEKEND GERMAN ACTION
The German Bundesliga starts this weekend, with Jermaine Jones, Danny Williams and Fabian Johnson all making their 2012-2013 debuts.
Borussia Mönchengladbach - 1899 Hoffenheim
Right back Fabian Johnson will start for Hoffenheim, with Danny Williams and Joe Gyau hoping to make the lineup.
Both teams come off disappointing defeats in the past week. Hoffenheim hopes to erase memories of last weekend's 4-0 loss to Berliner AK in the first round of the DFB Pokal. None of the Americans featured in the loss.
Mönchengladbach lost Tuesday 3-1 to Dynamo Kiev, 3-1, in the last round of Champions League qualification.
Hoffenheim will be without midfielder Sandro Wieser, who is returning from an operation on his meniscus.
Mönchengladbach is not reporting any injuries at this time.
Hannover 96 - FC Schalke 04
Steve Cherundolo takes the captain's armband for another season as Hannover opens against Jermaine Jones' Schalke. Both players will start for their respective teams.
Both teams have dreams of high finishes in the Bundesliga season. Hannover hopes to challenge for a Champions League spot, while Schalke is hoping to improve on its third place finish from last season.
Defender Hiroki Sakai will miss for Hannover, as he recovers from an ankle injury. Forward Mame Diouf will also miss for Hannover, as he continues to recover from an ankle operation.
Forward Chinedu Obasi will not play for Schalke because he is not game-ready.
Preußen Münster - 1. FC Heidenheim
Matt Taylor hopes to replicate its heroics from last week, as Münster hosts Heidenheim Saturday.
Taylor scored three goals and added in assist in Münster's 4-2 win over Werder Bremen in the first round of the DFB Pokal. On top of Münster's hot start to the 3.Bundesliga season, the team is riding high.
This game won't be easy for Münster, as Heidenheim is tied with Münster on points with 10 and trail only by goal differential.
Midfielder Stefan Kühne must sit because of a red card he recorded in Münster's last league game.
Heidenheim's Alper Bagceci will not feature because of a tendon tear in his elbow. Richard Weil and Nico Frommer will also miss for Heidenheim with a broken foot and a disc problem, respectively.
Stuttgarter Kickers - VfL Osnabrück
Royal-Dominique Fennel will once again start in central defense for the Kickers, as the team hosts Osnabrück.
After earning promotion into the 3.Bundesliga, the Kickers have managed to navigate the start. The team sits in 14th place, with five points through five games.
Osnabrück will be no cakewalk for the Kickers. Osnabrück currently lies in second place, having not lost a game so far.
Forward Omar Jatta is out with the flu for the Kickers, while Simon Köpf will miss because of a knee injury.
Osnabrück's Nils Fischer will miss with a tendon tear in his ankle, and Niels Hansen continues to rehab from a knee operation.
SV Darmstadt 98 - Hansa Rostock
Preston Zimmerman will start up top for Darmstadt, as the team hosts Rostock Sunday.
Darmstadt has struggled so far this season, sitting only one point above the last relegation spot in 17th place.
After being relegated into the 3.Bundesliga, Rostock hasn't met its expectations, sitting in 10th place.
Benjamin Baier is out for Darmstadt with a thigh injury.
Rostock's Mohammed Lartey will miss with a groin injury.
Forward Andrew Wooten will hope to make Sandhausen's lineup against 1. FC Union Berlin.
Goalkeeper David Yelldell might make the bench for Leverkusen, as it takes on Frankfurt.
Defender Alfredo Morales will look to make Hertha Berlin's lineup against Jahn Regensburg.
Jerome Kiesewetter won't make VfB Stuttgart II's lineup at Unterhaching.