Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

Maurice Edu 6 (Reuters)

By FRANCO PANIZO

Maurice Edu may have had an up-and-down Champions League game against Valencia, but he'll need to quickly put that past him as Rangers take on Celtic in a battle of unbeatens this weekend.

Both teams enter the Old Firm derby with eight wins in as many matches, and the winner will take an early lead in the race for supremacy in the SPL. Despite sitting on just two days rest when the game kicks off, Edu could be looked at to help neutralize a Celtic attack that will be bolstered by its home fans at Celtic Park.

Benny Feilhaber will also be on relatively short rest when he and AGF Aarhus square off versus Skive this weekend. Feilhaber scored the winner off a free kick in a 4-1 decision against Fyn on Wednesday, and he'll be hoping to build off that performance as Aarhus continues its dominance in Denmark's second tier.

Looking for an intriguing battle of Americans? Look no further than IK Start's fixture against Stabaek IF, where Clarence Goodson and Hunter Freeman will attempt to contain Mikkel Diskerud. A potential battle of central midfielders could also occur should Ricardo Clark and Jermaine Jones both see the field when Eintracht Frankfurt faces Schalke 04.

Here is a rundown of who the Americans Abroad play this weekend:

FRIDAY

Edgar Castillo and San Luis play Necaxa.

SATURDAY

Tim Howard and Everton play Tottenham Hotspur.

Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson and Fulham play West Bromwich Albion.

Stuart Holden and Bolton Wanderers play Wigan Athletic.

Marcus Hahnemann and Wolverhampton Wanderers play Chelsea.

Jonathan Spector and West Ham United play Newcastle United.

Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan, Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa play Sunderland.

Conor Doyle and Derby County play Millwall.

Zak Whitbread and Norwich City play Middlesbrough. (Whitbread is out injured.)

Anton Peterlin and Plymouth Argyle play Huddersfield Town.

Frank Simek, Mike Grella and Carlisle United play Charlton Athletic.

Michael Bradley and Borussia Moenchengladbach play Werder Bremen.

Ricardo Clark and Eintracht Frankfurt play Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04.

Daniel Williams and SC Freiburg play Kaiserslautern.

Steve Cherundolo, DaMarcus Beasley and Hannover 96 play FC Cologne.

Amaechi Igwe and FC Ingolstadt 04 play FSV Frankfurt. (Igwe is out injured.)

Kenny Cooper and TSV 1860 Munich play Arminia Bielefeld. (Cooper is out injured.)

Carlos Bocanegra and St Etienne play Caen. (Bocanegra is out injured.)

Charlie Davies and Sochaux play Toulouse.

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

Sammy Ochoa and Estudiantes Tecos U.A. de G. play Queretaro.

Sonny Guadarrama and Atlante play Atlas.

SUNDAY

Maurice Edu and Rangers play Dominic Cervi and Celtic.

Jozy Altidore and Villarreal play Atletico Madrid.

David Yeldell and MSV Duisburg play Luis Robles and Karlsruhe.

Freddy Adu and Aris Salonika play Olympiakos.

Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play KVC Westerlo.

Marcus Tracy, Chris Rolfe and Aalborg BK play Michael Parkhurst and FC Nordsjaelland. (Tracy and Rolfe are out injured.)

Benny Feilhaber and AGF Aarhus play Skive.

Clarence Goodson, Hunter Freeman and IK Start play Mikkel Diskerud and Stabaek IF.

Steve Clark and Honefoss BK play Stromsgodset.

MONDAY

Oguchi Onyewu and AC Milan play Napoli.

Quentin Westberg and Evian Thonon Gaillard play Sedan.

Ryan Miller and Halmstads BK play AIK.

Alejandro Bedoya and Orebro SK play Brommapojkarna. 

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Do you expect Edu to start in the Old Firm derby this weekend? Think Feilhaber will score again? Are Goodson and Freeman capable of shutting down Diskerud? Hoping to catch a glimpse of Jones vs. Clark?

Share your thoughts below.

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14 Responses to Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

  1. Isaac says:

    I really thought Mikkel Diskerud would get his chance against either Poland or Colombia. It may not have happened, but I think it could happen against South Africa. At the very latest it will happen against Chile in January because of the Scandinavian break.

  2. Stephen L says:

    Concerning Spector, it should read ” Jonathan Spector will watch from the stands as West Ham takes on Newcastle”.

  3. Wm. says:

    Is there TV for Celtic v Rangers?

  4. clark kent says:

    poor guy. hope he makes sure to find a decent enough time where he can start and get substantial minutes come January. Maybe he goes abroad?

  5. ISAG says:

    How is Ricardo Clark at Frankfurt? I know he makes the bench majority of the games but does he get 10 or 15 as a sub? Does he get a chance to start in cup matches or will he compete for a starting spot by year’s end?

    either way he’s making a good paycheck and that’s always good for an american in europe

  6. henrik says:

    questions for everyone.

    1) Should Dempsey try a chance abroad come January or end of the season?
    2) Do any of you think he’ll start or even play come the next WC?
    3) Which league do you see Goodson going to come January? Denmark or Germany or Holland?
    4) Will Bedoya leave his Swedish club next year?
    5) Can Donovan please return to Everton?
    6) Where is the respect for Cherundolo and Bocanegra? Both have been decent defenders playing for good teams in Europe for the past many years?

  7. Igor says:

    Isn’t Jones on a red card?

    (SBI-He sat last week.)

  8. Brian S says:

    He served it last week

  9. Peter says:

    How many think Diskerud gets the start v. South Africa next month?

  10. Spectra says:

    Ricardo who?

  11. Spectra says:

    Questions 2 is deffinetely yes. I think he continues to get more and more skill even though he’s speed might decline. He and Donovan again will be the most important field players

  12. Spectra says:

    Question 6. RESPECT I think Bob Bradley respects them considering one was our captain and the other played every minute in south africa. or am I missing your statement

  13. Travis says:

    Im not sure about the start but I would certainly hope to see him called in and potentially used as a half time substitute.

  14. Primoone says:

    Thought he stayed in SA…