Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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Photo by Howard C. Smith/ISIphotos.com

By FRANCO PANIZO

It's been a while since we've seen a U.S. men's national team player play in Serie A, but that looks to change this weekend.

Michael Bradley is set to make his debut Chievo Verona debut on Sunday when the club takes on recently-promoted Novara. Bradley will be hoping to make a good first impression in the match, and not just because he'll have a new set of fans cheering him on. With his recent club struggles well-documented, Bradley will aim to silence some of his critics that insist he isn't good enough to be a starter for the U.S. team.

Jermaine Jones decided not to find a new club during the summer transfer window, and we'll get our first look as to how smart of a choice it was for him to stay with Schalke 04. The Royal Blues face VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday, and should Jones start, it would temporarily put to rest fears that he's going to be an afterthought at the club this season.

One player who you will no longer see on this list is Joe Corona, who recently represented Mexico's U-22 national team in a friendly against Chile. Corona is still eligible to play for the United States because he is not yet officially cap-tied to Mexico. But until he suits up for the U.S. team, Corona will remain off this list.

Here is who the Americans Abroad face this weekend:

FRIDAY

David Yelldell and Bayer Leverkusen play FC Augsburg.

Matt Taylor and SC Paderborn 07 play Alemannia Aachen.

Herculez Gomez and Estudiantes Tecos play Adrian Ruelas and Jaguares de Chiapas.

Mix Diskerud and Stabaek IF play Tromso.

SATURDAY

Tim Howard and Everton play Brad Guzan, Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa. (Lichaj is out injured.)

Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur play Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Stuart Holden and Bolton Wanderers play Manchester United.

Robbie Findley and Nottingham Forest play Southampton.

Conor Doyle and Derby County play Coventry City.

Frank Simek and Carlisle United play Hartlepool United. (Simek is out injured.)

Anton Peterlin and Walsall play Notts County.

Mike Grella and Brentford play Wycombe Wanderers.

Maurice Edu, Alejandro Bedoya, Carlos Bocanegra and Rangers play Dundee United.

Dominic Cervi and Celtic play Motherwell.

Alfredo Morales and Hertha Berlin play Borussia Dortmund.

Fabian Johnson, Daniel Williams and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim play Werder Bremen.

Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96 play VfB Stuttgart.

Ricardo Clark and Eintracht Frankfurt play Energie Cottbus.

Luis Robles and Karlsruher SC play FSV Frankfurt Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Quentin Westberg and Evian Thonon Gaillard play Bordeaux.

Jozy Altidore and AZ Alkmaar play Vitesse Arnhem.

Oguchi Onyewu and Sporting CP play Pacos de Ferreira.

Samuel Petrone and Mjallby AIF play IFK Norrkoping.

Jonathan Bornstein and Tigres UANL play Jose Torres and Pachuca.

Michael Orozco and San Luis play Atlas.

SUNDAY

Zak Whitbread and Norwich City play West Bromwich Albion.

Clint Dempsey and Fulham play Blackburn Rovers.

Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City play Millwall.

Michael Bradley and Chievo Verona play Novara.

Timmy Chandler and FC Nurnberg play FC Cologne.

Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04 play VfL Wolfsburg.

Edson Buddle and FC Ingolstadt 04 play FC Union Berlin.

Bobby Wood and TSV 1860 Munich play St Pauli.

Eugene Starikov and FK Tom Tomsk play PFK Samara Kryliya Sovetov.

Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play KV Kortrijk.

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

Conor O'Brien and SonderjyskE play AC Horsens.

Clarence Goodson and Brondby IF play Brad Rusin and HB Koge.

Josh Gatt, Sean Cunningham and Molde FK play Brann.

DaMarcus Beasley and Puebla play Monterrey.

Edgar Castillo and Club America play Sonny Guadarrama and Atlante.

MONDAY

Ryan Miller and Halmstads BK play Gefle IF.

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Which matches are you most looking forward to? How do you see Bradley faring should he make his Chievo Verona debut this weekend? Think Jones will play for Schalke against Wolfsburg?

Share your thoughts below.

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60 Responses to Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

  1. Pd says:

    Thoughts on DaMarcus Beasely getting a callup now that we know what’s up with Robbie “huh?” Rogers?

  2. NF says:

    We know what we’re getting with Beasley, and he’ll be 32 by the World Cup. I’d rather see some new faces or even someone like Convey get another shot.

  3. Bryan says:

    Is Marcus Tracey always injured? Seems like every time I read this it says he’s out injured…

  4. Bryan says:

    Or rather, Marcus Tracy.

  5. This is awesome!!

    –Soccer Uniform Kits

  6. Second City says:

    Has Gooch started for Sporting? Either way, how has his performances been? He has seen the pitch, correct…?

  7. abc says:

    Bobby Convey is a young new face?????

    (yes that deserves five question marks)

  8. abc says:

    It’s late, I missed a few words there, d’oh. Off to bed.

  9. abc says:

    I think even they have stuck a fork in him…

  10. Two Cents says:

    Not since July has he played. He has been on the bench for most of their games, but doesn’t come in being that he’s a CB. It’s disappointing to see someone that was pretty useful for the USMNT lose out to an injury. His best days are certainly behind him.

  11. Brian S. says:

    Didn’t “Boss” just go to Fanfurt with Rico? Why isn’t he on this list?

  12. Stephen says:

    Would it be bad to have a Camp Euro and call all of these boys in? Just to see what we got?

  13. silver says:

    Its nice to see Holden finaly not on the injured list. Americans Abroad are having some recent success; hopefully the success continues.

  14. Andy in Atlanta says:

    In fairness Convey is the same age as Dempsey…

  15. usa says:

    Put Zourab Tsiskaridz​e on the list!!!! Unlike half of this list he actually plays in the top league and sees the pitch. See Amkar Perm

  16. Tim M. says:

    hey, way cool! at these prices?!?!

  17. Tim M. says:

    Another one bites the dust…

  18. yoyo says:

    sorry but did some research and not impressed. Seen and rejected by several MLS teams, with 1 goal in 57 lower-division games. No wonder he is off the radar:
    link to en.wikipedia.org

  19. Tim M. says:

    he’s probably playing in the u-23’s, in which case it really doesn’t matter.

  20. Tim M. says:

    @ NF – As will Donovan. If he can gain the form he’s shown in the past, he’s a better option at LW then Shea at this point in time.

  21. Tim M. says:

    yeah, i remember this fellow on lower league rosters and such.

    doesn’t deserve recognition on here, but maybe he’ll be a late bloomer. who knows

  22. Tim M. says:

    Just signed matty taylor to my Dusseldorf team on FM :)

  23. wilyboy says:

    Agree with NF. Bobby plays a position we desperately that is lacking, not so much left wing (Shea, Dempsey, Johnson, all the inside-cutting dribblers we have). Beasley is simply too frail, and has lost that juggernaut vibrancy that made his early career so exciting.

    Don’t know if Convey will work, but we need to keep revolving door swinging and hope something works.

  24. Tim M. says:

    Have you seen Beasley play in a Puebla game this season?

    Frailty or not, He’s a pure winger and his pace and skills are ideal in the formation Jurgen has chosen

  25. Dennis says:

    Right now:
    Beasley, Donavon and Onweyu are 29.
    Dempsey and Convey are 28,
    Bocanegra and Cherundolo are 32

    You figure out which if any will be too old in 3 years. My crystal ball on aging is getting fuzzy (probably due to my advanced age).

  26. usa says:

    I think he deserves more recognition than some scrubs playing in denmark or norways second division or some players on that list who haven’t played an actual game in years. And although you are clearly not impressed, clearly someone at a club in the top flight in Europe thinks otherwise

  27. usa says:

    you being impressed is also not a qualifier for this list, I believe that that is established by being an active member of a roster outside of this country, especially a country with a strong league. So regardless of what he did or did not do in the black hole that is called the MLS or USL or any other North American league, he did something to make it to Europe, which is more than can be said about a lot of American players.

  28. Michael F. SBI Mafia Original says:

    Why would you take Joe Corona off this list? It’s American Abroad, right? Or is it Americans Abroad who choose to only play for America? I for one like to follow all players born in the USA whether they play for USA or not. And yes, that includes Rossi. If not, maybe you should find a new title that makes more sense.

  29. Jim in Atlanta says:

    Mybe you should STFU!

  30. Jim in Atlanta says:

    *a*

  31. centralscutinizer says:

    US National Team Candidates Abroad? (kind of a mouthful … I’m sure someone else can do better). If not, I agree that Americans abroad should include Rossi, Corona, etc. Perhaps just an asterisk to denote those who are ineligible for the senior national team?

  32. centralscutinizer says:

    It’s cool that despite your incredibly hostile comment, you remained concerned about your spelling.

  33. Jim In Atlanta says:

    cry baby says what?

  34. leftcoastmetro says:

    Anyone know if the Chievo game will be televised/streamed?

  35. Matt says:

    Actually yes. He’s suffering chronic knee-tendonitis or something. The same thing that kept Owen Hargreaves out for the last several years I believe.

  36. Matt says:

    I agree that they should have Americans who have selected other countries. If it is only going to be “US National Team Pool Abroad” then why do we have guys in their late 20’s playing in League 1 or Bundesliga 2 on here? They have about as much chance of making the senior roster as I do. Make it All Americans Abroad or all National Team Guys abroad, but be consistent…

  37. Edwin in LA says:

    He’s had chronic knee problems ever since getting hurt right before the January US camp to which he tried to come to but left due to those knee problems. Real shame because he was starting to really catch on at the end of the Danish season in 08. Dynamo drafted him in 09 and I believe held his rights for 2 years, he’d be a free agent if his contract expired free to sign with whomever if he came back once healthy. Don’t think he ever suited up for the national team so I doubt he goes thru the allocation list?

    Sad, he had speed, size and some promise, but those knees have killed his career the last 2+ years

  38. Edwin in LA says:

    He played in preseason only as far as I’ve seen. But to be fair they have only played 3 games in Portugal at best.

    No cup games yet, and the international break have kept his chances for playing small, so while he hasn’t cracked the starting line up or seen much PT as a sub, his season is barely starting. 5 games is what they’ve had total. Tomorrow will be 13 days since they last played, lets hope he’s trained hard gotten himself to being the outright 3rd best CB, hopefully gets some PT or who knows starts soon?

  39. bryan says:

    hey should! he is still a great winger that has struggled with form for a few years. If he keeps it up with Puebla, he should absolutely be in the conversation. Convey needs to get out of SJ reserve games before he is in the mix.

  40. Edwin in LA says:

    I think we can all agree to leave Rossi out, he was never looking to be part of the “Americans Abroad” crowd.

    Corona is different, not only born in the US, granted on a border city, but raised here, went to High School and College and then worked his way to try outs and eventually a star role for the now 1st division Tijuana Xolos.

    I would keep an eye on him, all he’s done is suit up for 7 minutes for Mexico’s U-22 in a FRIENDLY, he MIGHT be part of their U-22 team for the Pan American games in Guadalajara next month, but really he won’t be tied until I think World Cup qualifying.

    Can the Olympics cap tie someone assuming Mexico make it to London and take him?

    So there’s still hope, and right wing about our 3rd most needed position in terms of depth, it terms of pure need barely below FW if you ask me, especially since Rogers can’t play it lol. Right now it’s Donovan an not much else, Bedoya is there and Adu can play it I suppose but Bedoya could use some competition.

  41. Dank says:

    I’m on the other side. I definitely started caring more about Brede Hangeland after I found out he was born in Houston, and there was never a chance that he would play for us.

  42. Ramin says:

    Why isn’t Agbossoumonde not showing up with Eintracht Frankfurt?

  43. Tim M. says:

    Who cares if they don’t list certain americans.

    It’s the sites policy not ours.

    If you want to see a list of every single american citizen who plays professional soccer there are other web sites.

  44. Tim M. says:

    There are like 8 americans or so who play for junior teams in germany.

    What about Mexico? Same thing. Until they matter, who cares.

  45. Tim M. says:

    David Yelldell on the bench for Leverkusen

    Stefan Jerome didn’t make the bench

  46. hogatroge says:

    I wouldn’t put the Russian league in the “top flight” in Europe.

  47. hogatroge says:

    What’s a “scutinizer?”

  48. Reality says:

    Okay.. any players abroad with some kind of skill? These guys are scrubs, this is the best you got?? You’ll never catch up to MEXICO, your GOD!!

  49. Dank says:

    True, but the site wants to give what its readers want to receive, and it can’t do that unless we express what we want.

  50. Kenny_B says:

    Maybe try cheese instead of worms. Usually fish bite early in the morning, you are too late.

  51. Michael F. SBI Mafia Original says:

    What are you, 12? Can you not have a rational conversation? Ives, how about banning trolls like “Jim in Atlanta”?

  52. Michael F. SBI Mafia Original says:

    +1

  53. Michael F. SBI Mafia Original says:

    +1

  54. Michael F. SBI Mafia Original says:

    +1
    Great idea.

  55. Tim M. says:

    Mexico’s domestic league is getting weaker and weaker every year, while ours has no end to to it’s progress in site.

    If Mexico’s our god, then Argentina is yours, que no culo?

  56. USAmr66 says:

    Corona was different from Rossi. Until he put on the Mexico shirt. Now he is another who has chosen against the land of his birth. Shouldn’t be on this list. If you want to follow him, there is plenty of info elsewhere. The whole point of the Americans Abroad section on this website, as I have read it, is to focus on players who may represent the USMNT, now or in the relatively near future. As such, it keeps me coming back to read it regularly.

  57. nic d "the TX 2 Stepper" says:

    What? … Wait!

  58. Hush says:

    Mexico in 100 years of soccer have never won a world cup or been to a semi final. Mexico has only produced 2 world class players. Marquez & Hugo… Chicharo has to prove himself a bit more to be considered world class. 2 players in 100 years of Futbol is disgusting & embarrassing.lol… When was the last time a Mexican player was a captain of a European team?? Just wondering mi chavelo?

    We have been once two a semi final of a world cup without caring for the game, and once to the quarter finals, 2-0, remember that buddy?! :)

    Muchos cuates la joden con sus muladas de seleccion.

  59. Tim M. says:

    “Muchos cuates la joden con sus muladas de seleccion.”

    jajaja

  60. OC says:

    Making it to Europe doesn’t mean you’re better than guys in the MLS. I think we all jumped off that extremely biased bandwagon a while ago. Kyle B and Shea alone have shown me there is quality in this league, and honestly the Russian top flight really isn’t that great. Eto’o’s move to Anzhi is really the only time we have even heard of a club other than Zenit or Spartak Moscow.

    At the same time, I can say the exact same thing about the Swedish, Norwegian, Danish etc leagues, but I will again argue the point that they are not necessarily better than the MLS at all.