Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Tim Howard and Everton have not lost in their last seven games, and if they are to extend that streak, they'll have to do so against a team they haven't defeated in league play since 2007.

Everton hosts Arsenal in a game the Gunners need in order to keep within striking distance of first place. The Toffees haven't tasted victory against Arsenal since a 1-0 win in March 2007, so a big day will likely be needed from Howard if Everton is to change that.

Howard isn't the only goalkeeper slated to play in a big game this weekend. Brad Friedel and Aston Villa will attempt to jump in the standings when they take on Manchester United. Friedel is certain to start, while Eric Lichaj will be hoping to build on his debut before flying to South Africa.

Jozy Altidore could also potentially play against one of the bigger clubs in the world this weekend. Fresh off scoring a goal in the Copa del Rey, Altidore could make a cameo off the bench when Villarreal faces Barcelona. A win for Altidore and Villarreal would put them ahead of Barcelona and in second place in La Liga.

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

FRIDAY

Luis Robles and Karlsruhe play FC Erzgebirge Ave.

Quentin Westberg and Evian Thonon Gaillard play Le Mans.

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

SATURDAY

Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan, Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa play Manchester United.

Jonathan Spector and West Ham United play Blackpool.

Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson and Fulham play Newcastle United.

Marcus Hahnemann and Wolverhampton Wanderers play Stuart Holden and Bolton Wanderers.

Conor Doyle and Derby County play Leicester City.

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

Jemal Johnson and Milton Keynes Dons play Brentford.

Frank Simek, Mike Grella and Carlisle United play Southampton.

Anton Peterlin and Plymouth Argyle play Tranmere Rovers.

Maurice Edu and Rangers play Aberdeen.

Jozy Altidore and Villarreal play Barcelona.

Michael Bradley and Borussia Moenchengladbach play FC Cologne.

Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04 play VfL Wolfsburg.

Ricardo Clark and Eintracht Frankfurt play Werder Bremen.

Steve Cherundolo, DaMarcus Beasley and Hannover 96 play Mainz.

Carlos Bocanegra and St Etienne play Valenciennes.

Charlie Davies and Sochaux play Brest.

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

Edgar Castillo and San Luis play Cruz Azul.

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

SUNDAY

Tim Howard and Everton play Arsenal.

Dominic Cervi and Celtic play St Mirren.

Oguchi Onyewu and AC Milan play Inter Milan.

Daniel Williams and SC Freiburg play TSG Hoffenheim.

David Yeldell and MSV Duisburg play Alemania Aachen.

Amaechi Igwe and FC Ingolstadt 04 play SC Paderborn 07. (Igwe is out injured.)

Kenny Cooper and TSV 1860 Munich play Energie Cottbus. (Cooper is out injured.) 

Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play KAA Gent.

Michael Parkhurst and FC Nordsjaelland play Lyngby.

Benny Feilhaber and AGF Aarhus play Viborg.

Steve Clark and Honefoss BK play Ranheim.

Sonny Guadarrama and Atlante play Toluca.

MONDAY

Freddy Adu and Aris Salonika play Iraklis.

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How do you see Howard and Everton faring against Arsenal? Is a win in store for Friedel and Aston Villa against Manchester United? Do you see Lichaj coming off the bench? How do you think Altidore would fare against Barcelona should he get on the pitch?

Share your thoughts below.

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15 Responses to Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

  1. Jason says:

    wonder if Holden is going to trade his jersey for Hahnemann’s. I see he got Howard’s on Wednesday.

  2. Illmatic74 says:

    It looks like Spector is gone from West Ham in January.

    link to talksport.co.uk

  3. Thorpinski says:

    wonder if Freddy Adu will make the 18 on Monday

  4. GTV says:

    Rangers web site saying Edu’s injury does not appear serious and will have a precautionary scan. Let’s hope that is in fact the case.

  5. Don Pelayo says:

    Fantastic news. For those that are lazy, here is the link:

    link to rangers.co.uk

  6. Alex G says:

    fantastic news, thanx for the link Mr. Don, have a great friday y’all

  7. OmarVizquel says:

    No, probably just a quick 9 holes and then have a nap in a hammock. Oh, you mean soccer…prob’ly not.

  8. Aristophanes says:

    Nice.

    I wonder why people even bother asking. As far as I know he’s basically exiled from the team. I don’t think he’s even training with Aris.

  9. Luiz says:

    That’s what happens when you can’t take pressure on/off the ball.

  10. Radi0head says:

    I was really bored yesterday and was watching some of his old videos on YouTube. The kid had some magic moments. Shame to see it go to waste, but he is young still, hopefully he can get it together again

  11. Citronomics says:

    Not suprising and hopefully a good thing for Spector to get some pt and rediscover his form. Would like to see him go to a midtable club in Germany and wonder what kind of offers he’ll get.

  12. Lorenzo says:

    I think a return for him to MLS, particularly DC United, is so obvious a solution that if he is still sitting in the stands in europe next spring I think his agent and he should be questioned heavily as to what in the world is going on.

    Hype or not, he should be able to play in the MLS, so I don’t understand why he is wasting away while most successful euro yanks spent these years of their youth developing in the MLS.

  13. DingDong says:

    Spector played for Man U?

  14. yo says:

    any chance Spector can land a nice club in Germany?

  15. jlm says:

    does that change your opinion of him?