Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Two Americans are still in contention for the FA Cup, and both will try and punch their tickets to the tournament final against some of the Premiership's most talented teams.

Tim Howard and Brad Friedel are a step away from playing for some hardware, but respective matches against Chelsea and Liverpool await. Howard and Everton will get their chance to advance first, playing Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on Saturday in a Merseyside Derby game that is sure to be intense. Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur follow the next day at Wembley, as they take on a Chelsea side that has won four of its last five games across all competitions.

Another match in England worth watch will be Aston Villa's clash with Manchester United. The game should see Eric Lichaj go against the likes of Wayne Rooney, Nani and Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez, as the American has put together some solid showings at right and left back in recent weeks.

There's also a big game in Germany, as Andrew Wooten and Kaiserslautern cling onto their small hopes of avoiding relegation when they take on Timmy Chandler and FC Nurnberg. Kaiserslautern's fate this season seems all but sealed, but an upset win over Nurnberg could provide the lift Kaiserslautern needs to put together a string of positive results.

Here is who the Americans Abroad play this weekend:

FRIDAY

Adrian Ruelas and Jaguares de Chiapas play Joe Corona, Edgar Castillo, Greg Garza and Club Tijuana.

DaMarcus Beasley and Puebla play Estudiantes Tecos U.A. de G.

SATURDAY

Tim Howard, Marcus Hahnemann and Everton play Liverpool in the semifinals in the FA Cup.

Zak Whitbread and Norwich City play Manchester City.

Adam Henley and Blackburn Rovers play Swansea City.

Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City play Bristol City. (Spector is out injured.)

Conor Doyle and Derby County play Middlesbrough. (Doyle is out injured.)

Robbie Rogers and Leeds United play Peterborough United.

Robbie Findley and Nottingham Forest play Blackpool.

Daniel Potts and West Ham United play Brighton.

Mike Grella and Bury play AFC Bournemouth.

Frank Simek and Carlisle United play Charlton Athletic.

Anton Peterlin and Walsall play Tranmere Rovers.

David Yelldell and Bayer Leverkusen play Alfredo Morales and Hertha Berlin.

Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96 play Hamburg SV.

Andrew Wooten and Kaiserslautern play Timmy Chandler and FC Nurnberg.

Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04 play Terrence Boyd and Borussia Dortmund.

Jozy Altidore and AZ Alkmaar play PSV Eindhoven.

Eugene Starikov and Zenit St Petersburg play CSKA Moscow.

Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play Racing Genk in the Belgian playoffs.

Herculez Gomez and Santos Laguna play Club America.

Michael Orozco Fiscal and San Luis play Queretaro.

Jose Torres and Pachuca play Morelia.

Jonathan Bornstein and Tigres UANL play Chivas de Guadalajara.

Sonny Guadarrama and Atlante play Pumas UNAM.

SUNDAY

Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur play Chelsea in the semifinals of the FA Cup.

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

Dominic Cervi and Celtic play Heart of Midlothian in the semifinals of the Scottish Cup.

Michael Bradley and Chievo Verona play Atalanta.

Fabian Johnson, Danny Williams, Joe Gyau and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim play SC Freiburg.

Luis Robles and Karlsruher SC play FC Ingolstadt 04.

Matt Taylor and SC Paderborn 07 play Energie Cottbus.

Bobby Wood and TSV 1860 Munich play VfL Bochum.

Charlie Davies and Sochaux play Dijon FCO.

Quentin Westberg and Evian Thonon Gaillard play Valenciennes.

Mix Diskerud and KAA Gent play Club Brugge in the Belgian playoffs.

Michael Parkhurst and FC Nordsjaelland play Silkeborg IF.

Brad Rusin and HB Koge play FC Copenhagen.

Conor O'Brien and SonderjyskE play Lyngby.

Clarence Goodson and Brondby IF play AC Horsens.

Samuel Petrone and Mjallby AIF play Atvidabergs FF.

MONDAY

Villyan Bijev and Fortuna Dusseldorf play Dynamo Dresden.

Chris Rolfe and Aalborg BK play AGF Aarhus.

Josh Gatt and Molde FK play Viking.

Ricardo Clark, Sean Cunningham and Stabaek IF play Steve Clark and Honefoss BK.

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Which matches are you most looking forward to? Think Friedel and Howard will advance for an American showdown in the FA Cup final? How do you see Lichaj doing against Manchester United?

Share your thoughts below.

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6 Responses to Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

  1. ec says:

    A weekend without watching Fulham? *withdraw shakes*

  2. euroman says:

    Goodson is out on cards (3 in 25 matches) which is crazy but true. He should get a medal as a defender for only 3 cards all season!

  3. zag says:

    what do you mean exactly?

  4. internetmoviedatabase says:

    anyone else love watching Community or Game of Thrones?

    I sure do

  5. kev says:

    Shame but Dempsey sure earned a weekend off. He’s at 16 league matches in 32 league matches. 6 more to go, he should be able to reach 20 right?

  6. MidWest Ref says:

    Can anyone explain the Begian Pro League play-offs?