Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

Clint Dempsey 7 (Getty Images)

by FRANCO PANIZO

Clint Dempsey has cooled down a bit since achieving a rapid-fire scoring streak over the past seven weeks, but Dempsey will have an opportunity to reignite that streak this weekend, only his chance comes against an EPL heavyweight.

Dempsey and Fulham play host to Manchester United, which is still trying to make up for its 1-0 loss to Aston Villa at home last weekend. While Sir Alex Ferguson's men will be the favorites, it's worth noting that Fulham have only lost once since October, and that Dempsey, who is tied for first in goals scored for Fulham with five, has been one of the Cottagers' marquee players during that run.

Other Americans looking to continue their stellar run of form are midfielders DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Bradley. Beasley is coming off two impressive performances for Rangers, and can make it three against Motherwell, while Bradley and Borussia Moenchengladbach hope to climb up the Bundesliga standings vs. Bayer Leverkusen.

Jozy Altidore is also hoping to push Hull City up the standings, as the club sits only a point away from the drop zone heading into its match against Arsenal. If Altidore can find the back of the net for the first time in his EPL career, then Hull will likely be one step closer to pulling out a result and improving their chances of avoiding relegation.

Here is a rundown of who the Americans Abroad will be playing this weekend:

FRIDAY

Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04 play Mainz. (Jones is out injured.)

David Yeldell and TUS Koblenz play Matt Taylor and FSV Frankfurt. (Yeldell is out injured.)

SATURDAY

Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson and Fulham play Manchester United.

Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan and Aston Villa play Stoke City.

Jozy Altidore and Hull City play Arsenal.

Frank Simek and Sheffield Wednesday play Swansea City.

Jay DeMerit and Watford play Peterborough United.

Zak Whitbread and Millwall play Charlton Athletic.

Jemal Johnson and Milton Keynes Dons play Brentford.

Ian Joyce and Southend United play Exeter City.

Mike Grella and Leeds United play Southampton.

Jon-Paul Pittman and Wycombe Wanderers play Oldham Athletic.

DaMarcus Beasley, Maurice Edu and Rangers play Motherwell.

Oguchi Onyewu and AC Milan play Fiorentina. (Onyewu is out injured.)

Michael Bradley and Borussia Moenchengladbach play Bayer Leverkusen.

Steve Cherundolo, Sal Zizzo and Hannover 96 play VfL Bochum. (Zizzo is out injured.)

Carlos Bocanegra and Stade Rennes play Paris Saint-Germain.

Kamani Hill and Vitoria de Guimaraes play Rio Ave.

SUNDAY

Marcus Hahnemann and Wolverhampton Wanderers play Burnley.

Jonathan Spector and West Ham United play Chelsea.

Tim Howard and Everton play Birmingham.

Dominic Cervi and Celtic play Heart of Midlothian.

Kenny Cooper and TSV 1860 Munich play FC Union Berlin. (Cooper is out injured.)

Freddy Adu and Belenenses play Uniao Leiria

MONDAY

Luis Robles and Kaiserslautern play FC Augsburg.

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Which Americans Abroad match are you most looking forward to? Which player(s) do you see having a big impact? Do you see Dempsey scoring this weekend? What do you expect of Bradley and Beasley this weekend? Think Altidore will find the back of the net? 

Share your thoughts below.

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27 Responses to Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

  1. BrooklynFC says:

    FIRST

    when will jozy score

  2. BrooklynFC says:

    i watch every match i think i will bust in my pants when he finally scores….. i just hope it is not tomorrow because i have a final tomorrow

  3. Kev says:

    Belenenses play Uniao Leiria…Freddy will just be there watching as usual.

  4. Then it will likely be tomorrow that he scores.

    Kidding…

  5. BrooklynFC says:

    I know……. i will be so pissed if i miss it…… Waking up for 10 oclock games every week when i got home at 4 in the morning sucks

  6. BrooklynFC says:

    Franco how did you get the job with Ives?

  7. HoneyHell says:

    SBI…I thought Jermaine Jones was back to training with Schalke 04, but you have him listed as Injured. Did something happen to re-injure his leg or is he listed as Injured until he can return to playing fitness?

  8. jonk says:

    it was reported a few days ago (maybe last week even) that he had a setback with pain in his leg

  9. Milkshake of Despair says:

    What do you mean Dempsey has cooled down? He came on (Wednesday?) against Basel to help set up the game winning goal and which allowed Fullham to advance out of group play….

  10. IMSYE87 says:

    also just because hes back in training doesnt mean hes match fit yet. edu has been back in training for a week or two now but still isnt match fit

  11. IMSYE87 says:

    Ives, whats good with Bocanegra? Last few games for Rennes he hasnt even been in the 18? am i missing something here?

  12. ETJ says:

    lol are you jealous brooklyn

  13. Fre says:

    I think he was serving a suspension a couple of games ago, and then he was on the bench against Monaco. My guess is he’ll be back in the starting 11 this weekend.

  14. Jack says:

    Hey Ives – I’m sure it is coming but I need my weekend matches on TV post!! Fox redesigned their web site – and at least at work all I can find is next weeks FSC printable schedule – so I’m at a loss on how to plan my weekend!

    (SBI-It’s coming soon.)

  15. Tom says:

    Seconded.

  16. fischy says:

    But, he’s not training now, because of hte pain he had.

  17. fischy says:

    Re: Whitbread — there’s no mention of injury. Is he now healthy, or this an oversight?

  18. CJ from OC says:

    uh Third….ed? :P

  19. Isaac says:

    lol who wouldn’t be? I’d love to work with Ives. Sadly, I’m 15.

  20. Jamie Z. says:

    Just an addendum for those of you who are interested: Eric Lichaj (Aston Villa) has been on loan to League Two side Lincoln City for the past month or so and has been playing the full 90 with them. I think he just signed a loan extension through the end of the year.

  21. bryan says:

    that is decent news. i didnt know that. wish it was League One or Coca Cola, but oh well.

  22. DingDong says:

    Ives, If you had a month-long internship program, you could get a lot of free labor.

  23. BAJ says:

    FOX Soccer is probably losing alot of hits with their new format. I know I stopped going to the site.

  24. When will I get Fox Soccer HD?!?

  25. Isaac says:

    I second that proposition.

  26. Jamie Z. says:

    I’ll take 90 minutes a week over anything. And Lincoln city are in a relegation scrap, so I’m sure it’s toughening him up some, too.