Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

Jose Francisco Torres (BradSmithISI) 

Photo by Brad Smith/ISIphotos.com

 

By FRANCO PANIZO

Jose Francisco Torres and Pachuca's confidence is likely at a high after having won the CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday, and they will have to carry that momentum over into this weekend if they are to have a shot at finishing the Mexican season in similar style.

Torres and Pachuca take on top-seeded Monterrey in the quarterfinals of Mexico's Clausura campaign, and will need to do all it can to muster up a win at home in the first leg of this home-and-home series as the last time it visited Monterrey, the club was dismantled, 3-0. Along with being the underdog, Pachuca can take comfort in knowing that Monterrey's form has been subpar as of late, with the club winning just one of its last four matches.

Eddie Johnson and Freddy Adu are also in search of post-season success as they aim to help Aris Salonika in its quest to play in next season's UEFA Champions League. The pair of American attackers are coming off strong midweek showings, and will aim to put in repeat performances when Aris visits PAOK Salonika in the next fixture of the Greek playoffs.

Not as much will be on the line when Bolton Wanderers tackle Tottenham in the penultimate round of Premiership games, but the match should be of intrigue as Stuart Holden could possibly make his return from the broken leg he suffered back in early March. Holden resumed full training this week, and manager Owen Coyle may play him against Spurs if he is deemed healthy enough.

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


SATURDAY

Tim Howard and Everton play Stoke City.

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

Stuart Holden and Bolton Wanderers play Tottenham Hotspur.

Marcus Hahnemann and Wolverhampton Wanderers play Portsmouth.

Zak Whitbread and Norwich City play Bristol Rovers.

Eric Lichaj and Leyton Orient play Jon-Paul Pittman and Wycombe Wanderers.

Mike Grella and Leeds United play Charlton Athletic.

Jemal Johnson and Stockport County play Southend United.

DaMarcus Beasley, Maurice Edu and Rangers play Dundee United.

Dominic Cervi and Celtic play Motherwell.

Oguchi Onyewu and AC Milan play Fiorentina.

Steve Cherundolo, Sal Zizzo and Hannover 96 play Michael Bradley and Borussia Moenchengladbach. (Zizzo is out injured.)

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

Ricardo Clark and Eintracht Frankfurt play TSG Hoffenheim.

Jared Jeffrey and Mainz 05 play VfB Stuttgart.

Daniel Williams and SC Freiburg play FC Cologne.

Benny Feilhaber and AGF Aarhus play Silkeborg IF.

Jose Francisco Torres and Pachuca play Monterrey in the quarterfinals of the Clausura.


SUNDAY

Clint Dempsey and Fulham play Jonathan Spector and West Ham United.

Jay DeMerit and Watford play Coventry City.

Frank Simek and Sheffield Wednesday play Crystal Palace.

Kenny Cooper and Plymouth Argyle play Peterborough United.

Matt Taylor and FSV Frankfurt play Ahlen.

David Yeldell and TUS Koblenz play Luis Robles and Kaiserslautern. (Yeldell is out injured.)

Carlos Bocanegra and Stade Rennes play Charlie Davies and Sochaux.

Gale Agbossoumonde and Sporting Braga play Pacos de Ferreira.

Eddie Johnson, Freddy Adu and Aris Salonika play PAOK Salonika in the Greek Super League Playoffs.

Michael Parkhurst and FC Nordsjaelland play Randers FC.

Marcus Tracy, Chris Rolfe and Aalborg BK FC Midtjylland. (Tracy is out injured.)

Ryan Miller, Michael Thomas and Halmstads BK play Brommapojkarna.

Alejandro Bedoya and Orebro SK play BK Hacken (Bedoya is serving a suspension for yellow card accumulation.)

Steve Clark and Honefoss BK play Molde.

Mikkel Diskerud and Stabaek play Haugesund.

Michael Hoyos and Estudiantes La Plata play Chacarita Juniors.

MONDAY

Jozy Altidore and Hull City play Wigan Athletic. (Altidore is suspended due to the ejection he received last week.)

Clarence Goodson, Hunter Freeman and IK Start play Aalesunds.

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Which Americans Abroad match are you most looking forward to? Which players do you see having a big impact? Can Pachuca knock off Monterrey? How do you see Adu and Johnson faring against PAOK? Expecting Holden to make his return this weekend?

Share your thoughts below.

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29 Responses to Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

  1. Kenny says:

    Torres is a great example of talent America can generate from its Hispanic communities. I’m curious what kind of impact immigration laws, such as Arizona’s, will have on the Hispanic allegiances to our country. Will they not feel welcome and instead look to play for the country of their parents? Just curious.

  2. Scrandal says:

    Isn’t Bedoya out with yellow card suspension? Who can explain to me the greek playoffs for Europe?

  3. Second City says:

    Would love to see Stuey get some minutes this weekend.

  4. jayboy says:

    It’s a bit silly…but here goes. Round Robin, 4 teams – home and away (6 games each). Standard 3pts win, 1 tie, 0 loss. First place gets Champions League, Rest get Europe League. The only catch is that they don’t all start with 0 points. Check wikipedia (Greek Super League) for that whole explanation.

  5. Josh D says:

    Awesome in a very biased form!

  6. Josh D says:

    This week we need to see some of our injured boys seeing some time. After that, I’ll be happy to see no one injured!

  7. Jamie Z. says:

    “Holden resumed full training this week, and manager Owen Coyle may play him against the Spurs if he is deemed healthy enough.”

    The San Antonio Spurs?

  8. DC Josh says:

    Hull City FC and Wigan Athletic will be a cracking game!

  9. Dainja says:

    I just lol’d in my pants.

  10. Second City says:

    Yes.

    Holden would have played against Mavericks, if not for Spurs eliminating them from the playoffs.

    …………..yea.

  11. mexicanbluefish says:

    Here’s to Stu, Gooch, Beaze and Rico getting big minutes this week.

  12. bryan says:

    how could an illegal immigrant play for the US? Torres was born in Texas. His dad was a legal immigrant. We just have to hope USSF actually goes after these guys, assuming they show promise.

    (SBI-Not sure about his father but his mother is American, which makes him a citizen.

    Folks, keep the discussion about soccer.)

  13. baquito alyeska says:

    Seconded.

  14. bryan says:

    SBI, exactly. and so is his father. and so is he. moving on…how about them Whites!?

  15. bryan says:

    anyone have any info on Zizzo? specifically, when he is scheduled to make it back?

  16. madmax says:

    Pachuca played JFT a bit higher than usual against Cruz Azul. I hope that continues as Gringo Torres can contribute more on the attack, if allowed.

    I hope the same for M.Bradley because Gladbach’s strikers are a poor lot and Michael can use some offensive forays before SA. Gladbach use MB so deep that he’s almost never in the attack.

  17. moosecat says:

    racists in Arizona are keeping the US national team down.

  18. BooThisMan says:

    His parents’ nationalities are irrelevant; anyone born in the US is automatically given US citizenship.

  19. bryan says:

    obviously. clearly the discussion wont make sense now as most of it has been removed.

  20. Derrick says:

    Is Jozy still even a hull player? I read somewhere that since he was suspended and wouldn’t play the rest of the season that basically his loan has ended and that he was leaving. Or his he just practicing out his time even though he isn’t playing?

  21. Joe says:

    Supposedly Hull told him to pack his bags and sent him back to Spain

  22. tnnelson says:

    that’s an outlandish claim right there

  23. tnnelson says:

    yea that would be nice. on another, similar note, Charlie Davies scored his first goal in practice!!! maybe he’ll get the playing time we have all been waiting for

  24. Micah King says:

    Did he post that on twitter ?

  25. Micah King says:

    That is not good. Villarreal need to give the man some time.

  26. Yinka Double Dare says:

    More like crapping game :)

  27. UPtehTOON says:

    Jozy going back to Villareal is great. They’re going to offload some players this Summer. Jozy will see minutes in La Liga.

  28. jackie says:

    “Hull boss believes striker needs to work harder in training”

  29. Micah King says:

    Oh I see. I hope Vilareal do that, I do not want Jozy on the bench he is a good player.