Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Clint Dempsey made a habit of coming up big in marquee matches during his time with Fulham, and Tottenham Hotspur are surely hoping that will also hold true, beginning with this weekend.

Spurs are set to pay a visit to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United in a game that might mark Dempsey's toughest challenge in the early goings of his Tottenham career. Dempsey has started in the club's last few matches and he surely is hoping to get the nod again so as to try and open his goal-scoring account for a Spurs side that is currently on a four-game unbeaten run.

Another player who may be involved in one of the weekend's high-profile games is Michael Bradley. The midfielder just returned to training after recovering from a thigh injury and he could make his second league appearance of the season in AS Roma's visit to Juventus on Saturday. Bradley is unlikely to start in the battle of Italian heavyweights, but he could take part as Roma attempts to upset first-place Juventus in Torino by coming off the bench.

Aron Johannsson is likely set for another start for AGF Aarhus when they take on Odense BK on Sunday, and the red-hot striker will be aiming to add to the 10 goals that currently have him as the top scorer in the Danish Superliga. Johannsson and Aarhus are currently in fourth place in the league and a win could bring them within striking distance of second-place Aalborg BK.

Here is who the Americans Abroad will be facing this weekend:

FRIDAY

Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04 play Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Joe Gyau and St Pauli play SSV Jahn Regensburg.

Michael Parkhurst and FC Nordsjaelland play Esbjerg.

Mix Diskerud and Rosenborg BK play Haugesund.

SATURDAY

Tim Howard and Everton play Southampton.

Geoff Cameron, Maurice Edu and Stoke City play Swansea City.

Clint Dempsey, Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur play Manchester United.

Tim Ream, Stuart Holden and Bolton Wanderers play Crystal Palace. (Holden is out injured.)

Zak Whitbread and Leicester City play Middlesbrough.

Jonathan Spector, Will Packwood and Birmingham City play Brighton & Hove Albion.

Frank Simek and Carlisle United play Crawley Town.

Mike Grella and Scunthorpe United play Portsmouth.

Robbie Rogers and Stevenage play Bury. (Rogers is out injured.)

Oguchi Onyewu and Malaga play Real Betis.

Carlos Bocanegra and Racing Santander play Numancia.

Michael Bradley and AS Roma play Juventus.

David Yelldell and Bayer Leverkusen play SpVgg Greuther Furth.

Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96 play Hamburg SV.

Timmy Chandler and FC Nurnberg play VfB Stuttgart.

Fabian Johnson, Danny Williams and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim play FC Augsburg.

Andrew Wooten and SV Sandhausen play TSV 1860 Munich.

Tony Taylor and Estoril Praia play Sporting CP.

Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play KSC Lokeren.

Terrence Boyd and Rapid Vienna play FC Wacker Tirol.

Ventura Alvarado and Club America play Morelia.

Joe CoronaEdgar CastilloGreg Garza and Club Tijuana play Queretaro.

Jose Torres and Pachuca play Chivas de Guadalajara.

Jonathan Bornstein and Tigres UANL play Michael Orozco Fiscal and San Luis.

SUNDAY

Brad Guzan, Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa play West Bromwich Albion.

Conor Doyle and Derby County play Nottingham Forest.

Jozy Altidore and AZ Alkmaar play RKC Waalwijk.

Caleb Patterson-Sewell and Vitoria Setubal play Beira Mar.

Eugene Starikov and FK Rostov play FK Rubin Kazan.

Aron Johannsson and AGF Aarhus play Odense BK.

Charlie Davies and Randers FC play Clarence Goodson and Brondby IF.

Alejandro Bedoya and Helsingborgs IF play Atvidabergs FF.

Steve Clark and Honefoss BK play Sogndal.

Josh Gatt and Molde FK play Sean Cunningham and Stabaek IF. (Gatt is out injured.)

DaMarcus Beasley and Puebla play Pumas UNAM.

Herculez Gomez, Benji Joya and Santos Laguna play Atlante.

MONDAY

Alfredo Morales, John Anthony Brooks and Hertha Berlin play Kaiserslautern.

Conor O'Brien and SonderjyskE play FC Midtjylland.

Brian Span and Djurgardens IF play Mjallby.

Chad Barrett and Valerenga play Fredrikstad.

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Which of these games are you most looking forward to? Do you see Dempsey opening his Spurs account against Manchester United? Hopeful that Bradley will dress for Roma's game versus Juventus?

Share your thoughts below.

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31 Responses to Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

  1. Spank says:

    Doesn’t Dempsey look like he’s swimming in that Tottenham kit? I guess I’m just used to seeing him in that smedium Fulham kit.

  2. CatDaddy says:

    How close is Holden to coming back?

  3. SaminMaine says:

    What are we looking at there? Ref blocking off the defender? Some new three team free for all?

  4. afgh says:

    Hope Bradley starts. Hope Gooch makes his debut. Hope Dempsey scores. Hope Jozy nabs another hat trick

  5. Mrs. Featherbottom says:

    Why is the ref wearing a shirt like that?

  6. Shaggy says:

    What about Robbie Findley?

  7. wildchild says:

    The info on this site is tops but oh man writing is not your gift

  8. PaulTheOctopus says:

    Holden is dead.

  9. PD says:

    A few new names… What are the odds that the Icelandic wonder will be wooed to the USA?

  10. sandtrout says:

    Now that is a good idea! Three-team games, how about for the last champions league slot?!

  11. David JS says:

    pretty sure he’s said he’d have to consider it if he got the call from the USA. I think if Jurgen shows serious interest and faith in him he’d play for us but we’ll see.

  12. Thank you for sharing the great informative post and I am a big fan of Tottenham.

  13. Soccertes says:

    Roma has already released its squad list for tomorrow and Bradley is not in the 18: link to football-italia.net

    I hope this ill-timed injury doesn’t prove too costly for his PT.

  14. Dave says:

    SI is reporting mid to late october

  15. biff says:

    With the first of the two upcoming World Cup qualifiers only two weeks from today, I guess that pretty much rules out Bradley for the USMNT roster, doesn’t it?

  16. biff says:

    Tottenham will have a very hard time Saturday beating a 12-man Man U team at Old Trafford.

  17. Chris H says:

    You slay me biff… it will rule him out for the USMNT just like Deuce’s transfer saga ruled him out for the September WCQ…ruled him out and right into two starts for the team

  18. Rowsdower says:

    We keep hearing mid-October and Holden posts pics on his feeds of his workouts. Unfortunately he has never officially said when he’ll be back (at least not recently).

  19. wildchild says:

    now you’ve fixed it! :-)

  20. euroman says:

    No Davies/Goodson match up since Davies may not play and Goodson definitely will not play since the captain is serving a red card suspension.

  21. fischy says:

    Who is Aron Johansson and what is doing at Aarhus (in the middle of our street)?

  22. Shane says:

    that was where he used to sleep

    and his mum is hus proud.

  23. RLW2020 says:

    i think the whole 3 man official group will be wearing Manchester red under their referee uniforms as always.

    Will dempsey play this weekend? he has done 70+ mins twice this week. If it wasn’t for a ton of injuries for spurs id bank on him playing off the bench.

  24. YO says:

    let me guess -Webb is the ref for the MU Vs Tot match!

  25. biff says:

    Geez. Calm down, Chris H. It was more of a question than an assertion. There is a major difference in Dempsey’s situation and MB’s. Dempsey was not not injured and had been training full-time while Bradley has now been out more than a month recovering from injury and has not even on the bench in all that time. I am not saying Klinsmann won’t call him up, but with MB not dressing this weekend and only one more chance to play a club game before Antigua, I will be surprised if Klinsmann calls him up.

  26. biff says:

    Yep, you’re right. Tottenham against a 14-man Man U team. It was discouraging to see Liverpool outplaying Man U last week only to get the questionable red card late in the first half and then continue to outplay Man U in the second half only to see Man U gifted penalty kick. And then it all made sense after I saw a news article yesterday speculating that this might be Sir Alex’s last season before finally retiring. I imagine he is going to go out a winner.

  27. Waterlewd says:

    So, what’s the subject of the USMNT Daily Update today? Fringe Players and Potential Call-Ups, German-American Influence on the Team, The Landon Donovan Effect?

  28. Aaron in StL says:

    That is the ugliest referee top I’ve ever seen

  29. too soon? says:

    Maybe “Josh Gatt is a beast in FIFA 13″?

  30. goyim says:

    smedium…. well played