Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

Carlos Bocanegra 2 (Getty Images)

By FRANCO PANIZO

Domination. 

That's one of the words that can best be used to describe Rangers' undefeated season, a season that Carlos Bocanegra, Maurice Edu and the rest of the club will attempt to build on when they face Dundee United on Saturday.

Currently nine points clear of second-place Motherwell with an 11-0-2 record, Rangers should take another step towards claiming a fourth straight Scottish Premier League title if it can live up to its expectations against Dundee. Bocanegra and Edu are likely to start the match, though whether Alejandro Bedoya dresses or not is less certain.

This weekend could also give U.S. men's national team fans a glimpse of what some of their most recent call-ups can do. Joe Corona should see the field in some capacity when Club Tijuana takes on Pumas UNAM, while Alfredo Morales could see time for Hertha Berlin its match against Borussia Moenchengladbach.

If you're searching for an American match-up, look no further than Clint Dempsey and Fulham's tilt against Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur. Dempsey is a goal away from becoming the American with most career goals scored in the Premiership, but Friedel won't want to be the goalkeeper to allow Dempsey that record.

Here is who the Americans Abroad face this weekend:

FRIDAY

Luis Robles and Karlsruher SC play Edson Buddle and FC Ingolstadt 04.

Adrian Ruelas and Jaguares de Chiapas play Morelia.

SATURDAY

Tim Howard, Marcus Hahnemann and Everton play Newcastle United.

Brad Guzan, Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa play Zak Whitbread and Norwich City. (Lichaj and Whitbread are out injured.)

Conor Doyle and Derby County play Peterborough United.

Robbie Findley and Nottingham Forest play Portsmouth.

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

Anton Peterlin and Walsall play Huddersfield Town.

Mike Grella and Brentford play Sheffield Wednesday.

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

Terrence Boyd and Borussia Dortmund play VfL Wolfsburg.

Alfredo Morales and Hertha Berlin play Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Timmy Chandler and FC Nurnberg play SC Freiburg.

Fabian Johnson, Danny Williams and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim play Kaiserslautern.

David Yelldell and Bayer Leverkusen play Hamburg SV.

Bobby Wood and TSV 1860 Munich play VfL Bochum.

Quentin Westberg and Evian Thonon Gaillard play Lille.

Eugene Starikov and FK Tom' Tomsk play FK Rostov-Na-Donu.

Chris Rolfe and Aalborg BK play AC Horsens.

Edgar Castillo and Club America play Cruz Azul.

Sonny Guadarrama and Atlante play Monterrey.

Herculez Gomez and Estudiantes Tecos play Queretaro.

Jose Torres and Pachuca play Chivas de Guadalajara. (Torres is out injured.)

Michael Orozco and San Luis play Toluca.

SUNDAY

Stuart Holden and Bolton Wanderers play Stoke City. (Holden is out injured.)

Clint Dempsey and Fulham play Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur.

Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City play Reading.

Dominic Cervi and Celtic play Motherwell.

Michael Bradley and Chievo Verona play Fiorentina.

Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96 play Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04.

Matt Taylor and SC Paderborn 07 play Energie Cottbus.

Jozy Altidore and AZ Alkmaar play ADO Den Haag.

Oguchi Onyewu and Sporting CP play Uniao Leiria.

Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play Cercle Brugge KSV.

Brad Rusin and HB Koge play Michael Parkhurst and FC Nordsjaelland.

Clarence Goodson and Brondby IF play Odense BK.

DaMarcus Beasley and Puebla play Jonathan Bornstein and Tigres UANL.

Joe Corona and Club Tijuana play Pumas UNAM.

Diego Restrepo and America de Cali play Boyaca Chico.

MONDAY

Ricardo Clark and Eintracht Frankfurt play FC Erzgebirge Aue.

Conor O'Brien and SonderjyskE play AGF Aarhus.

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Which matches are you most looking forward to? Expecting Rangers to continue its domination in the SPL? More excited to see how Morales plays or Corona? Think Dempsey will score on Friedel to make history?

Share your thoughts below.

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13 Responses to Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

  1. MicahK says:

    Ugh!!!!! FK Tom’ Tomsk are straight dead last in the Russian Premeir league table. Eugene Starikov needs to find a new team and start scoring so he can get on Klinsmann’s radar.

  2. Kevin_Amold says:

    I thought the picture was of Gareth Bale for a second.

  3. NE Matt says:

    I got good news for you: He is on loan to Tom Tomsk. He is owned by first place Zenit St. Petersburg

  4. LOL says:

    No homo, but Bocanegra is a good looking dude. Why isn’t he doing some modeling ala Beckham?

  5. LOL says:

    Sure hope Dempsey scores. It’ll be his 37th PL goal. Dude needs to leave Fulham at season’s end and head to a CL team in Italy or Spain. I’m sure Napoli/Roma or Villarreal/Sevilla could use him. He’d have to bust his balls every week to start but he could make it i’m sure.

  6. MicahK says:

    That is good man, thanks for the positive. :)

  7. Dinho says:

    He busts his balls every week on the field as it is. Wouldn’t be much of a change. I’d love to see him in the lineup for someone while hearing the Champion’s League song in the background. Swag is the word that comes to mind.

  8. JG13 says:

    Only female supermodels can have messed up teeth.

  9. Johnathan says:

    Long time poster here and Nats fan, but can we stop sucking dempsey’s tip for a second.. yea he’s one of the best that we got, but it’s not like he’s objectively THAT good…. it’s kind of depressing to me that our best field player is a guy who only languishes for a mid table team… we really need to be striving for more and being on the tip of some of the younger kids who maybe actually have a chance to become genuine world class stars

  10. Brian says:

    “Love the One You’re With”

  11. Dinho says:

    Really? Considering what we have, why not?

    He’s not world class, agreed, but he is good and scoring goals in the EPL. Why not praise him?

    Tell me which kids we should be praising (who haven’t yet done anything to deserve it)

    Their time will come (hopefully), so stop being Debbie Downer, for now.

  12. LOL says:

    dude seriously? Dempsey may not be Messi, heck he may not even be Nasri or Yaya Toure but he’s solid and he’s ours. Born and bred. Came from the bottom and at the top. Kicking butts and taking names.

    Dempsey could start on any team outside the top 4 in any of the major leagues in Europe. He’s shown that he doesn’t accept pain. He overcomes it.

  13. LOL says:

    It’d be so lovely to see Clint playing for Sevilla or Napoli and being celebrated as one of the world’s top 30 players.