Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

Sacha Kljestan 2 (Getty Images)

By FRANCO PANIZO

Sacha Kljestan scored his first goal in Europe during the midweek in a UEFA Champions League qualifier, and he will look to follow that up in Anderlecht's season opener this weekend.

Anderlecht hosts recently-promoted Eupen on Saturday, a club that will be playing its first ever match in Belgium's top division. Kljestan would start his second game in five days if he were to be announced in Anderlecht's starting eleven.

While their season may have already started, Pachuca's trio of Jose Torres, Herculez Gomez and Marco Vidal will be aiming for a win against Toluca to keep their early lead atop Group 2 intact. Pachuca is coming off a 3-0 win over America in its season opener.

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

SATURDAY

Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play Eupen.

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


SUNDAY

Michael Parkhurst and FC Nordsjaelland play Randers FC.

Steve Clark and Honefoss BK play Odd Grenland.

Mikkel Diskerud and Stabaek IF play Tromso.

Edgar Castillo and San Luis play Puebla.

Jose Torres, Herculez Gomez, Marco Vidal and Pachuca play Toluca.

MONDAY

Alejandro Bedoya and Orebro SK play Atvidabergs FF.

Ryan Miller and Halmstads BK play Trelleborgs FF.

Clarence Goodson, Hunter Freeman and IK Start play Valerenga. (Goodson and Freeman are suspended due to yellow card accumulation.)

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How do you see Kljestan faring in his debut? Expect the trio of Torres, Gomez and Vidal to play against Toluca? 

Share your thoughts below.

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50 Responses to Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

  1. MadKingGeorge says:

    Is the Stabaek game streamed anyplace. I would like to see how Mix does since he only played less than a half last time out/ I doubt Pachuca wins- beating to good teams in a row is tough.

  2. jcl says:

    i got a tingly feeling in my tummy when i saw this feature come back. so excited

  3. DC Josh says:

    Is Marcus Tracy healthy? I thought he was still out last week.

  4. BSU SC says:

    I hope to see Alejandro Bedoya called up to play against Brazil.

  5. OmarVizquel says:

    I’ve read that Borussia M’gladbach is playing Liverpool in a friendly on Sunday, so I guess Bradley might be involved, unless he’s not yet training with the team after the WC.

  6. Julio says:

    Yanks Abroad

    “Freddy Adu will not be joining Swiss Super League club FC Sion, the team confirmed on Friday afternoon, leaving his future for the approaching season still in limbo.”

    SAD

  7. SeaOtter says:

    He is healthy again. Fit is another story. He is working back very slowly to aviod the tendenitis injuries of last season.

    I believe Ives’ mention of Marcus is just an indication that he is back with the team.

  8. war says:

    What about Jon Paul Pitmann’s hat trick against Chelsea?

  9. John in FL says:

    Anyone know what Altidore’s situation is?

  10. euroman says:

    Goodson is suspended for Cards also and won’t play this weekend.

  11. John in FL says:

    Was he not capped by one on England’s teams already? don’t think it was the MNT but I want to say one oftheir youth teams…Maybe he wil lnot fall unde r te americans abroad, much like Rossi??

  12. SP says:

    kljestan also started in anderlecht’s belgian supercup win last saturday so it would be 3 starts in 8 days.

  13. RK says:

    Yura v Parkhurst…nice.

  14. Matt C in Tampa says:

    Got give Adu props for being persistent.

    Never give up.

    Refuses to quit.

    Keeps getting slapped down and rejected and continues to get up and move on.

    What’s not to like about the guy.

  15. Josh D says:

    Adu needs to cut his losses and return to MLS. If a mid table Swedish team isn’t willing to take you, something’s extremely wrong.

  16. francesco says:

    how about a look behind, YURA MOVSISYAN scores a brace in europa qualifying on thursday

    (soon to be passport holder, keep your fingers crossed…)

  17. bryan says:

    haha i love that there is a yank playing abroad with the same name as the guitarist (well, ex-guitarist) from Def Leppard

  18. afc says:

    He played for England C but he isn’t cap tied. England C doesn’t mean anything, not fifa sanctioned and never will be. He is fine and has expressed his desire to someday play for the USA.

    Sheffield United are interested in him apparently.

    I know its pre-season but he has 7 goals in 6 games, Wycombe’s first game is August 7th.

  19. bluexmas says:

    You mean, beside his inability to be valuable enough to a team that they want to keep him?

  20. MensreaJim says:

    There’s an article up on Yanks-abroad about his situation.

    Basically, the new manager (who apparently coached the reserve team while Jozy was there a couple of years ago) says they want him for this season, but they don’t know if they can afford his wages.

    In the same article Jozy says he wants to stay in Villareal this year, for what that’s worth.

  21. fischy says:

    Swiss

  22. Matt C in Tampa says:

    That’s not a reason not to like or respect him.

    But it is reason not to hire him or take him on your team.

  23. fischy says:

    I think that some day, Kljestan will look back at this picture and wonder what he was thinking with that mustache.

  24. Jim says:

    Are you expecting him to retire at the age of 21?

  25. Joe says:

    I wonder if you will look back at that post and wonder what you were thinking posting it. We all know his mustache is beautiful. Just ask his hot a#$ girlfriend.

  26. Sean says:

    against all reserves. di santo, cork, and someone else were the only one’s with first team experience. still think we should take a look at this guy though.

  27. Kevin_Amold says:

    “We all know his mustache is beautiful.”

    Um, I would like to chime in and say I do not know that.

  28. afc says:

    Scott Sinclair, so yes it was all reserves and youth but the youth kids have had success in the past year.

    I’m a big Pittman fan and I’m hoping at some point in his career he can get a cap, even just one.

    I believe the 4 minute hattrick is some kind of record.

    Charlton, Preston, and Leeds were all interested in him at various points last season in League One. Sheffield are interested now apparently.

  29. Will says:

    I would actually like to see Jozy stay on at Villareal. Hopefully he can impress enough to get minutes off the bench and maybe a few starts

  30. Sean says:

    Any thoughts on CD9 not being named to Sochaux’s friendly roster for tomorrow?

  31. OmarVizquel says:

    Say what you want about Freddy Adu, but so far he has convinced people to pay him lots of money to live in Portugal, Monaco, Greece, and apparently now Switzerland. Sounds like quite a career so far. Who isn’t envious? Well, not counting the soccer, that is…

  32. Joel says:

    Uhh, Yura Mossysian? He plays for Randers FC doesn’t he? Where is his shout out?

  33. Matt C in Tampa says:

    No, but there’s a long list of players (most not of his hyped status) who have given up by now…and moved home….played PDL…..joined my pick up league…gone back to school.

  34. Sushant says:

    Hi Franco,

    It would be useful to know the standings of the teams and the league they play in. For example, adding a statement such as “Aalborg is currently 6th out of 15 teams in the Danish league”.

    For some of these teams, I’m not even sure what league they are in and I was surprised that Benny’s team from last season was relegated. I thought they were doing well.

    Thanks!

  35. Zoti says:

    In the Armenians Abroad section.

  36. Josh C says:

    To do that means he would probably have to alter his Benfica contract in some way.

    He was on a 2 year loan deal with Aris but I don’t know how much time is left on the original Benfica contract. Until the entire contract runs it’s course he remains a prohibitively expensive proposition for an MLS team. Especially when you compare him to other DP’S. A lot of money for very little product.

    This is likely to be the last big money contract he will ever get so from a financial standpoint if he waited until the end of it he would still be fairly young and then could play for $40,000 a year or whatever the MLS is willng to pay him.

    He’s going to need that financial cushion because life is going to be hard for a 22 year old washed up pro of limited accomplishment with a proven “clubhouse cancer” attitude.

  37. Jon says:

    Wow. Look at PachuSa

  38. BP says:

    In some places that is known as fraud.

  39. Joe says:

    Seriously, who are you?

  40. war says:

    Still waiting and Jay and Benny news… DMB too.

  41. Al_OC says:

    FYI – Milk Cup Final is on now.
    link to bbc.co.uk

  42. jonk says:

    That’s a nice thought, but once all of Europe gets going, there are going to be a lot of teams to keep track of and I would rather these guys be working on things that I can’t google for myself.

  43. Andy says:

    Word is that he’s traveling to Trabzonspor (4th best team in Turkish league) on Mon or Tues to check out the city/club in person before agreeing to go on loan there. Terms are apparently already agreed between the clubs.

  44. jonk says:

    Dang, i stepped away and missed the USA goal. What happened?

  45. Al_OC says:

    2 Goals:
    The first one was a free kick by Gale threading it thru the wall.
    The second one was a nice blast from outside the 18 by Agudelo (can’t tell if it was deflected by a defender though).

  46. jmadsen says:

    I thought I had heard rumors of Goodson moving to a bigger team – anyone know what happened with that?

  47. Citronomics says:

    (I think) No Short Corners blog reported a little while back that negotiations are still on the table but haggling over wages. If Goodson doesn’t move this summer, I’m betting he’ll have a new club in the winter as the Norwegian season wraps up in October. Denmark or Germany would be good destinations.

  48. Raw says:

    Calm down.

    A hat trick against anyone is nice but, it was against Chelsea’s reserves and other than Scott Sinclair, I didn’t recognize one name on the team.

    Besides, you saw how much all those goals in pre-season did for Donovan at Bayern.

  49. Life of says:

    You do realize Steve Clark, late of Def Leppard is dead right?

  50. Penn says:

    Read the article on him in SI.com. All those morons who blasted Bradley for leaving CD9 off the World Cup squad should worry about Charlie’s future in France, period.

    Well there is always the good old MLS.