PREVIEW: WEEKEND GERMAN ACTION
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MATHEW WAGNER - Thursday, August 15, 2013
John Anthony Brooks and Hertha Berlin will hope to repeat the stellar result from their opener, as multiple matches have Americans facing each other.

VfL Wolfsburg - FC Schalke 04

Jermaine Jones and Schalke will try to shake off a shaky first match at Wolfsburg on Saturday.

Schalke came into the season with some high aspirations, but allowing three goals at the home opener has tampered those expectations somewhat. Still, the Royal Blues did manage to steal a point and will be looking for more.

The Royal Blues' opponent, Wolfsburg, also wants to put a bad start to the season behind it, although the Wolves' start was more horrible than bad. Wolfsburg went two men down during their 2-0 loss to Hannover last weekend.

Schalke will be without Kyriakos Papadopoulos as he continues to recover from a knee surgery, while Julian Draxler is probable with an Achilles tendon injury. Maximilian Arnold and Tim Klose will miss for Wolfsburg because of red card suspensions, while Bas Dost is also out with an ankle injury.

1. FC Nuremberg - Hertha Berlin

A pair of German-American defenders square off when Tim Chandler and Nuremberg host John Anthony Brooks and Hertha Berlin on Sunday.

Hertha Berlin celebrated their return to the top division in style last weekend, demolishing Eintracht Frankfurt with a five-goal win that gave the Old Lady the top spot in the Bundesliga standings. Brooks hopes to continue his good play from a week of debuts - first his Bundesliga and then his United States Men's National team - into the match.

Tim Chandler's season hasn't started out well, struggling in Nuremberg's first-round loss in the DFB Pokal and not starting Der Club's Bundesliga opener last weekend. It seems as though the right back will be relegated to the bench again for this match.

Johannes van den Bergh, Marcel Ndjeng, Pierre-Michel Lassonga and Maik Franz will miss the match Hertha because of a thigh injury, a toe injury, an ankle injury and a red card suspension. Nuremberg is not reporting any significant injuries.

TSV 1860 Munich - FC Ingolstadt 04

Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt will hope to get their first points of the season against Bobby Wood and 1860 Munich on Sunday.

Morales and Ingolstadt can't seem to figure it out to start the season, losing their first three 2.Bundesliga matches by a combined score of 7-2. Die Schanzer did manage to finish their 2-0 loss to Karlsruhe last weekend without going down a man because of a red card.

Munich, meanwhile, is showing that it might be a serious promotion contender, sitting in fourth place in the standings. Wood has played his part in the Lions' good start, but it seems that he will be fighting to start his consecutive match.

Ingolstadt will be without Andre Mijatovic and Moritz Hartmann with a broken metatarsal bone and a knee injury, respectively. The Lions won't have Kodjovi Koussou and Daniel Bierofka because of a knee injury and an inflamed foot.

SV Wehen Wiesbaden - Preußen Münster

Matt Taylor and Münster want to get back on to winning at Wiesbaden on Saturday.

Despite on a three-match unbeaten streak, Taylor and Münster sit in 10th place in the 3.Liga. The problem for the Eagles has been that they tied the last two matches, including a 3-3 tie at home against Erfurt.

Wiesbaden also hasn't lost a match, but the team leads the 3.Liga with nine points. Wiesbaden is tied with Münster for the most goals this early into the season with eight apiece, signaling this match could be a high-scoring one.

Münster will be without Rogier Krohne and Kevin Schöneberg because of a shin injury and a broken nose. Daniel Döringer, Stephen Gusche, Jeff Gyasi and Marco Christ are out for Wiesbaden with a broken fibula, a knee injury, hip problems and a tooth operation, respectively.

Notes

Michael Parkhurst will hope to make Augsburg's bench on Saturday against Werder Bremen on Saturday.

Fabian Johnson should be on Hoffenheim's bench when the team travels to Hamburg on Saturday.

Steve Cherundolo will miss Hannover's match on Saturday at Mönchengladbach, as he continues to rehab from an offseason arthroscopic knee surgery.

Andrew Wooten should make Kaiserslautern's bench against Aue on Saturday.

Jerome Kiesewetter will hope to dress for Stuttgart II on Friday when the team takes on Saarbrücken.

Royal-Dominique Fennell could be a bench option for the Stuttgarter Kickers' Friday match at Elversberg.
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