CONCACAF Thunder in the Champions League

champions-leagueWe’re already looking ahead to the Hex, but several US stars and their CONCACAF opponents are focused on Champions League today and tomorrow. Will Julian get some action? Will Pulisic continue his march toward the Ballon d’Or? Will Chicharito take a dive against Spurs? Play the theme music to get you in the mood, and let’s discuss!

Bayern Munich v. PSV Eindhoven, Wednesday, 2:45 ET

Things are looking up for “JUUUULLLLIAAAAN!” these days. After two strong performances for the USMNT during a somewhat surprising call up, it looks like Julian Green may finally crack the roster at Bayern.

Reports say it’s a strong possibility Julian will make his Bundesliga debut for Bayern Munich this Saturday against Timmy Chandler’s Eintracht Frankfurt. Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti seemed high on Green at his most recent news conference.

“Green is in the squad and he will get his chance to play in the next few games,” Ancelotti said. “He’s a good player and works with total concentration in training every day.

That’s great to hear. So will that translate to some minutes in Wednesday’s Champions League matchup against PSV? We shall see.

Sporting v. Borussia Dortmund, Tuesday, 2:45 ET

In a matchup of CONCACAF stars, Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund visit Joel Campbell’s Sporting today at 2:45 ET. Campbell, the Costa Rican international and Arsenal outcast, will be looking to show Arsene Wenger he made a mistake by sending him out on loan. Pulisic, on the other hand, just needs to keep being American Messi. No pressure, Christian. UPDATE: He’s starting!

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Torschutze means “goal scorer,” but, like every word, seems way more intense in German.

These two will face off again when USA visits Costa Rica in the second game of the Hex on Nov. 15, in case you haven’t been able to think about anything beyond the Nov. 11 matchup against Mexico.

Bayer Leverkusen v. Tottenham Hotspur, Tuesday, 2:45 ET

Speaking of our amigos, Chicharito’s Bayer Leverkusen welcomes perpetual disappointment Tottenham Hotspur to Germany today. The Mexican striker has been strong this season for Leverkusen, so if Spurs manage to hold him scoreless look out for the DVD very soon. I’m never one to wish an injury on anyone (except Diego Costa, Nigel de Jong and Rafa Marquez), but if Spurs gave Chicharito the Stoke treatment, I wouldn’t complain.

Celtic v. Borussia Monchengladbach, Wednesday, 2:45 ET

 Remember last year when Jurgen told Fabian Johnson he needed to “rethink his approach about his team” and kicked him out of camp? Out of the blue, after Fab had been consistently one of our best players? Good thing that seems to have smoothed over. Fab’s Borussia Monchengladbach visits Glasgow to take on Celtic on Wednesday. Gladbach tends to be strong at home and crap on the road, so maybe Celtic can snag the three points. Just stay healthy, Fab.

@patrickmccraney

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