Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

Brad Guzan Aston Villa (Getty Images) 

By FRANCO PANIZO

As far as Americans Abroad match-ups go, this weekend could provide one of the best of the season.

As many as four Americans could be on the field at the same time on Sunday, as Tottenham takes on Aston Villa. Spurs goalkeeper Brad Friedel and Villans netminder Brad Guzan are likely to square off in a battle of former mentor and apprentice, while Clint Dempsey might have to beat the likes of Eric Lichaj in order to score in a second consecutive league game for fifth-place Tottenham.

Geoff Cameron and Maurice Edu may also be involved in one of the more interesting match-ups of the weekend. Stoke City will visit Anfield to face Liverpool for the first time this season and Cameron is a sure bet to start for the Potters, though at what position is anyone's guess. Edu will be looking to make his Stoke debut after failing to find the field in September.

While that duo will aim to help Stoke earn a victory, another player will be targetting his return from injury on Sunday. Michael Bradley is recovered from the thigh strain that forced him out of action last month and is hoping to play in AS Roma's match with Atalanta. Should Bradley play, the match would mark his second league appearance this season.

Here is a rundown of the opponents Americans Abroad will take on this weekend:

FRIDAY

Alfredo Morales, John Anthony Brooks and Hertha Berlin play TSV 1860 Munich.

Joe Gyau and St Pauli play FC Union Berlin.

Eugene Starikov and FK Rostov play Terek Grozny.

Chad Barrett and Valerenga play Stromsgodset.

SATURDAY

Tim Howard and Everton play Wigan Athletic.

Jonathan Spector, Will Packwood and Birmingham City play Huddersfield Town.

Conor Doyle and Derby County play Brighton & Hove Albion.

Zak Whitbread and Leicester City play Bristol City.

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

Robbie Rogers and Stevenage play Mike Grella and Scunthorpe United. (Rogers is out injured.)

Frank Simek and Carlisle United play Walsall.

Carlos Bocanegra and Racing Santander play Murcia.

Fabian Johnson, Danny Williams and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim play Bayern Munich.

Timmy Chandler and FC Nurnberg play SC Freiburg.

Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04 play VfL Wolfsburg.

Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play Standard Liege.

Ventura Alvarado and Club America play Chivas de Guadalajara.

Herculez Gomez, Benji Joya and Santos Laguna play Queretaro.

Jose Torres and Pachuca play Leon.

Jonathan Bornstein and Tigres UANL play DaMarcus Beasley and Puebla.

SUNDAY

Geoff Cameron, Maurice Edu and Stoke City play Liverpool.

Clint Dempsey, Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur play Brad Guzan, Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa.

Oguchi Onyewu and Malaga play Atletico Madrid.

Michael Bradley and AS Roma play Atalanta.

Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96 play Borussia Dortmund.

David Yelldell and Bayer Leverkusen play VfB Stuttgart.

Andrew Wooten and SV Sandhausen play VfR Aalen.

Jozy Altidore and AZ Alkmaar play Twente Enschede.

Caleb Patterson-Sewell and Vitoria Setubal play Pacos de Ferreira.

Tony Taylor and Estoril Praia play Rio Ave.

Terrence Boyd and Rapid Vienna play FC Magna Wr. Neustadt.

Clarence Goodson and Brondby IF play Aalborg BK.

Michael Parkhurst and FC Nordsjaelland play Odense BK.

Charlie Davies and Randers FC play FC Midtjylland.

Conor O'Brien and SonderjyskE play AGF Aarhus.

Brian Span and Djurgardens IF play Kalmar FF.

Alejandro Bedoya and Helsingborgs IF play Mjallby.

Sean Cunningham and Stabaek IF play Tromso. (Cunningham is out injured.)

Josh Gatt and Molde FK play Sandnes Ulf.

Mix Diskerud and Rosenborg BK play Odd Grenland.

Joe CoronaEdgar CastilloGreg Garza and Club Tijuana play Toluca.

Michael Orozco Fiscal and San Luis play Jaguares de Chiapas.

MONDAY

Steve Clark and Honefoss BK play Brann.

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Which of these games are you most looking forward to? Who do you see winning between the Villans and Spurs? Think Cameron, Edu and Stoke can top Liverpool ar Anfield?

Share your thoughts below.

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22 Responses to Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

  1. Spank says:

    You think it’s about time to remove Eugene Starikov from this list? He’s on here every week and every week he doesn’t play. It should read: Eugene Starikov will watch FK Rostov play Terek Grozny… from the bench.

  2. jeremy says:

    Bornstein should be taken off the list. I doubt he has played more then 200 minutes in the three years he’s been playing down south.

  3. jeremy says:

    Hahaha. I basically said the same thing about Bornstein.

  4. Spank says:

    Haha nice! I guess we’re the Debbie Downer’s of the bunch…

  5. johnny says:

    easy. take chad barrett off the list

  6. ChrisTheLSUTiger says:

    I can’t wait to read this and not have “(Holden is out injured)” next to Stewie’s name.

  7. lsyoutigeryou says:

    add Ream to the list while your at it

  8. 2333333333333333333333324 says:

    it would be great if Guzan actually started the match against Antingua

  9. 2333333333333333333333324 says:

    what went wrong? besides he’s only been there almost 2 years. I believe it was late 2010 he signed.

  10. NATO says:

    Friedel has like 311 or 312 consecutive PL games. All of those starts. It’s amazing. Arguably the 2nd best PL goal keeper ever.

    I’d only rate Schmeichel over him. Cech, Reina, Van der Sar all come close but he nudges them. IMO

  11. hmmmmmm says:

    Wondo needs to head to EUROPE asap. any interest in this guy? Germany? France? Scandinavia?

  12. Isaac says:

    I wish people would quit asking to take certain people off the list. We should know pretty much all of our player pool.

  13. Da trufth says:

    Is Aron Johannsson gonna be removed now ???

    He’s an idiot to not at least try the US in a training camp. The kid is 21 and it wouldnt be the end of the world if he declined the Iceland call up.

  14. DCP says:

    Why is he an idiot for wanting to represent his country?

  15. MensreaJim says:

    ?

    If he gets capped in the next couple of weeks, it’s going to be in Euro WCQ. What exactly is the point of representing your national team if not to play in big games?

    If he wants to play for Iceland–or even if he’s not sure that the US is going to work out–it would be silly not to accept the call up. They are currently in a great situation to get out of their group.

  16. David JS says:

    it’s Americans Abroad, not USMNT players abroad. He could be taken off, after all Guiseppe Rossi isn’t on here, but I don’t think it’s so bad that we include non-USMNT American players on this list.

  17. CR71994 says:

    Are you guys blind? He’s not even on the list anymore. Debating for nothing.

  18. ACS says:

    Mix was out with a hip injury in the Europa League match on Thursday, don’t know if he’ll be playing this weekend, my guess is that he won’t.

  19. ACS says:

    Evidently Everton scouts were supposed to be at that game sucks he missed out.

  20. Zak1FCK says:

    Starikov is injured.

  21. CplDaniel says:

    Is that it? He’s gone forever without missing an EPL game. I thought it was like 10-years every game a starter, never missed a match.

  22. CplDaniel says:

    Friday German update – Gyau, John Anthony Brooks, did not make the roster for their clubs. Alfredo Morales was an unused sup in Hertha’s 3:0 win over 1860 Munich.