Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

By FRANCO PANIZO

Chievo Verona deeply regretted having signed Michael Bradley to just a two-year deal prior to selling him to AS Roma this past summer.

They might soon lament that decision even more.

Bradley will face his former club for the first time since leaving when Roma travels to Verona to do battle with the Flying Donkeys. Bradley has been on a run of good form in recent weeks, and he looks poised for a big performance in the stadium that he used to call home.

This weekend will also hold special significance for Tim Howard, as he is set to make his 200th consecutive Premiership start for Everton on Saturday. Howard and the Toffees will visit Geoff Cameron and Stoke City, and the U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper will be aiming to record his first shutout since Sept. 22 (a stretch of 12 games) in order to make the match that much more memorable.

Fabian Johnson and Danny Williams are in need of a win after seeing Hoffenheim fail to come out victorious in their last six league games. The relegation-threatened club is currently six points shy of the safe zone, but they have a difficult task ahead as they host defending champions Borussia Dortmund on Sunday.

Here is who the Americans Abroad play this weekend:

FRIDAY

Andrew Wooten and SV Sandhausen play FC Cologne.

Caleb Patterson-Sewell and Vitoria Setubal play FC Porto.

SATURDAY

Brad Guzan, Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa play Liverpool.

Geoff Cameron, Maurice Edu and Stoke City play Tim Howard and Everton.

Jonathan Spector, Will Packwood and Birmingham City play Crystal Palace.

Tim Ream, Stuart Holden and Bolton Wanderers play Charlton Athletic.

Robbie Findley and Nottingham Forest play Brighton & Hove Albion.

Conor Doyle and Derby County play Bristol City.

Zak Whitbread and Leicester City play Millwall.

Mike Grella and Scunthorpe United play Leyton Orient.

Frank Simek and Carlisle United play Shrewsbury Town.

Robbie Rogers and Stevenage play Crawley Town.

Oguchi Onyewu and Malaga play Sevilla.

David Yelldell and Bayer Leverkusen play Hamburg SV.

Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96 play Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04 play SC Freiburg. (Jones is suspended.)

Joe Gyau and St Pauli play FC Ingolstadt 04.

Alfredo Morales, John Anthony Brooks and Hertha Berlin play FSV Frankfurt.

Jozy Altidore and AZ Alkmaar play PEC Zwolle.

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

SUNDAY

Clint Dempsey, Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur play Swansea City.

Sebastian Lletget and West Ham United play West Bromwich Albion.

Carlos Bocanegra and Racing Santander play CD Sabadell. (Bocanegra is out injured.)

Michael Bradley and AS Roma play Chievo Verona.

Fabian Johnson, Danny Williams and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim play Borussia Dortmund.

Timmy Chandler and FC Nurnberg play Werder Bremen.

Bobby Wood and TSV 1860 Munich play Dynamo Dresden.

Tony Taylor and Estoril Praia play Braga.

Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play OH Leuven.

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Which of these games are you most looking forward to? Do you see Bradley shining against Chievo Verona? Think Howard can make a run at Friedel’s consecutive start record of 310?

Share your thoughts below.

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8 Responses to Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

  1. orga says:

    can I get a hands up for a hat trick this weekend from Jozy and Clint?

  2. orga says:

    Howard with his 200th consecutive appearance? He holds the closest rival to Friedel’s 310 consecutive match record

  3. divers suck says:

    Is Stuart Holden back to playing? I thought he was still injured.

  4. divers suck says:

    Is Stuart Holden back to playing? I thought he was still injured.

  5. AZ says:

    The first paragraph might be a bit misleading. Bradley’s agent had a lot to do with the length of the deal.