DAVID SMITH - Sunday, August 24, 2014
The draw for the second round of the German Cup was made on Saturday evening, setting up a possible Tim Chandler versus Fabian Johnson duel and an all-east derby for Terrence Boyd and RB Leipzig.
The first round of the DFB Cup saw a number of surprise eliminations, however most Americans saw their teams advance to late-October's second round.
At the top of the billing is a potential matchup between Fabian Johnson's Borussia Mönchengladbach and Tim Chandler's Eintracht Frankfurt in Frankfurt's Commerzbank Arena.
Neither Johnson nor Chandler played in their respective teams' first-round victories - a 3-1 win for the Foals over FC 08 Homburg and a 2-0 win for Frankfurt over Viktoria Berlin - but both are in their coaches' plans and are expected to see their playing time grow in the two months until the round of cup games.
Should Terrence Boyd return from his knee injury on the expected timeline, he will likely be in the starting lineup for RB Leipzig as they face local 2. Bundesliga foes Erzgebirge Aue in an enticing Saxon-derby.
Leipzig had one of the surprises of the first round, upsetting 1st Bundesliga club Paderborn in Leipzig by a 2-1 score in overtime while Aue won a tight 1-0 contest against another eastern rival Jena.
The two teams already met in league play this season, with Leipzig beating their local rivals by a 1-0 score in front of a home crowd of more than 34,000, and will be looking for a repeat in full Red Bull Arena in October.
Bobby Wood and 1860 have struggled so far this season, but their lone victory in competitive play - an unnecessarily difficult 2-1 win at Kiel - has earned them a second-round home date with SC Freiburg.
Freiburg, who are expected to see the slow integration of American Caleb Stanko into the first team this season, beat Eintracht Trier 2-0 in the first round to earn the date in Munich.
John Brooks has been relegated to Hertha's bench so far this season, but will surely be in tow in one way or another when the Berlin team heads to Arminia Bielefeld, following their 4-2 win at Viktoria Cologne.
Reigning Cup holders FC Bayern had no problems to beat Preußen Münster 4-1 in the first round, and will have a tough visit to Hamburger SV in the second round. Julian Green was on the bench for Bayern's Bundesliga opener against Wolfsburg on Friday, a 2-1 win, and will be fighting to be included in the team's gameday squads throughout this season.
Rounding out the second round games for teams involving Americans is a visit of Bayer Leverkusen to FC Magdeburg, although it is highly unlikely that Leverkusen backup keeper David Yelldell will participate in any way.
The games are set to be played midweek on October 29 and 29.
German Cup second round draw
Arminia Bielefeld - Hertha Berlin
TSV 1860 Munich - SC Freiburg
Hamburger SV - FC Bayern Munich
RB Leipzig - Erzgebirge Aue
Eintracht Frankfurt - Borussia Mönchengladbach
1. FC Magdeburg - Bayer Leverkusen