Bundesliga's May 16 restart highlighted by Dortmund-Schalke derby

The marquee match of the Bundesliga's May 16 (re)opening day is the Revierderby between Weston McKennie (right) and Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund. (Getty Images)

A day after getting the all clear to resume games, German soccer now has a start date.

On Thursday, Bundesliga CEO Christian Seifert announced that the country’s two leagues would end their two-month, coronavirus-induced layoff May 16.

Six Bundesliga matches will be held in empty stadiums that Saturday. Two more will be played on Sunday, with another on Monday, May 18. The Bundesliga season, which was more than 70 percent complete when the league shut down in mid-March, will conclude on June 27. The second-tier 2. Bundesliga will complete its slate the following day.

Here’s the full schedule for the Bundesliga’s (re)opening weekend:

Bundesliga schedule for Saturday, May 16

Borussia Dortmund vs. Schalke 04 

RB Leipzig vs. Freiburg  

Hoffenheim vs. Hertha Berlin

Fortuna Dusseldorf vs. Paderborn 

Augsburg vs. Wolfsburg

Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Borussia Monchengladbach 

Bundesliga schedule for Sunday, May 17

Cologne vs. Mainz 

Union Berlin vs. Bayern Munich

Bundesliga schedule for Monday, May 18 

Werder Bremen-Bayer Leverkusen

Dortmund-Schalke is the undisputed marquee matchup. The longtime mining town rivals will meet May 16 in the 156th edition of the Revierderby inside Dortmund’s empty Westfalenstadion, Germany’s largest stadium.

The tilt could also feature a battle between U.S. national teamers. Weston McKennie is a regular for Schalke, and 17-year-old Giovanni Reyna broke into BVB’s first team earlier this year.

Six of the seven other Americans in the Bundesliga could also be in action May 16. Tyler Adams and third place Leipzig host Freiburg. Alfredo Morales, Zack Steffen and Fortuna Dusseldorf meet fellow struggler Paderborn, although whether Steffen can play remains to be seen.

Wolfsburg and John Brooks travel to Augsburg, while 2014 U.S. World Cup team veterans Timmy Chandler (Frankfurt) and Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach) could square off in Saturday’s final encounter. Josh Sargent, who plays for Werder, will have to wait at least another two days to get back on the field.

Meantime, league-leading Bayern Munich will be looking to take another step toward its eight consecutive Bundesliga title (and 30th overall) against Union Berlin on May 17.

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