There are six Premier League games this weekend, followed by five more spread over Tuesday and Wednesday of next week as the season barrels down the homestretch.
The FA Cup semifinals also kick off this weekend—one Saturday, one Sunday.
Your Yanks with the Most Pressing Concerns of the Weekend are Hull City striker Jozy Altidore, West Ham defender Jonathan Spector, and Aston Villa keeper Brad Friedel (with comrade-in-Bradness, Guzan, standing by).
Altidore and 18th-place Hull City host 19th-place Burnley in a critical relegation tilt on Saturday. West Ham, in 17th place, just one point above Hull, welcomes 13th-place Sunderland to Boleyn Ground. The Hammers have lost five of their last six games, while the Black Cats have three wins, two ties, and a loss in that span. Needless to say, these are massive games for the Amerks and their clubs.
The same can be said for Friedel and Aston Villa, which face Chelsea in an FA Cup semifinal on Saturday at Wembley. They’ll not only be playing for a place in the final, but also for pride—to redeem themselves after the 7-1 thrashing they received from the Blues two weeks ago.
On Sunday in the Premiership, U.S. keeper Marcus Hahnemann will backstop Wolverhampton when it takes on Stoke City, while American midfielder Clint Dempsey will sit out Fulham’s clash with Liverpool because of a thigh injury he picked up during last week’s win over Wigan.
Here is the weekend U.S. TV schedule (times EST):
SATURDAY, April 10
Hull City v Burnley, 10:00 a.m., Fox Soccer Channel (FSC)
West Ham v Sunderland, 10:00 a.m., Fox Soccer Plus
Aston Villa v Chelsea (FA Cup Semis), 12:00 p.m., FSC
SUNDAY, April 11
Blackburn v Manchester United, 8:30 a.m., Fox Soccer Plus
Manchester City v Birmingham City, 11:00 a.m., FSC
Tottenham v Portsmouth (FA Cup Semis), 11:00 a.m., Fox Soccer Plus
Enjoy the games.