AS Roma fans are champing at the bit after seeing their club go winless in league play since the start of the new year, but Michael Bradley and the rest of the Giallorossi can change all that with a win this weekend.
Roma will try to pick up their first victory since December, a stretch of even matches without a victory, when they host Juventus in one of the weekend’s bigger match-ups. Bradley should play an integral part in the match, as he will need to help limit playmaker Andrea Pirlo while also trying to leave his stamp in Saturday’s marquee match-up.
Another of the weekend’s high-profile games will take place in Austria, as the third Vienna derby match of this season’s four will take place on Sunday. Terrence Boyd and Rapid Vienna are returning from their winter break looking to exact some revenge at home against their rivals, Austria Vienna, after having lost both of the first two meetings of the season by a combined score of 5-0.
FC Augsburg’s match with Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday may not be as prolific as the aforementioned two, but it could mark Michael Parkhurst’s start for the club. Parkhurst made his debut last weekend by coming off the bench for the injured Ronny Philp and with the Romanian-born fullback likely out for the rest of the season, Parkhurst could get the nod and a big chance to impress his new coach.
Here is who the Americans Abroad will be taking on this weekend:
Bobby Wood and TSV 1860 Munich play VfL Bochum.
Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play Royal Charleroi SC.
Joe Corona, Edgar Castillo, Greg Garza and Club Tijuana play Jaguares de Chiapas.
Tim Howard and Everton play Oldham Athletic in the FA Cup.
Jonathan Spector, Will Packwood and Birmingham City play Watford. (Packwood is out injured.)
Conor Doyle and Derby County play Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Tim Ream, Stuart Holden and Bolton Wanderers play Nottingham Forest.
Frank Simek and Carlisle United play Portsmouth.
Mike Grella and Scunthorpe United play Yeovil Town.
Oguchi Onyewu and Malaga play Athletic Bilbao.
Michael Bradley and AS Roma play Juventus.
David Yelldell and Bayer Leverkusen play Michael Parkhurst and FC Augsburg.
Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04 play Mainz.
Alfredo Morales, John Anthony Brooks and Hertha Berlin play VfR Aalen.
Jozy Altidore and AZ Alkmaar play Roda JC Kerkrade.
Jose Torres, Jonathan Bornstein and Tigres UANL play Herculez Gomez, Hector Joya and Santos Laguna.
Ventura Alvarado and Club America play Toluca.
Carlos Bocanegra and Racing Santander play Recreativo Huelva.
Timmy Chandler and FC Nurnberg play Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96. (Cherundolo is out injured.)
Fabian Johnson, Danny Williams and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim play VfB Stuttgart.
Andrew Wooten and SV Sandhausen play Dynamo Dresden.
Tony Taylor and Estoril Praia play Maritimo.
Caleb Patterson-Sewell and Vitoria Setubal play Olhanense.
Maurice Edu and Bursaspor play Elazigspor.
Terrence Boyd and Rapid Vienna play Austria Vienna.
DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Orozco Fiscal and Puebla play Chivas de Guadalajara.
Joe Gyau and St Pauli play FC Cologne.
Which of these games are you most looking forward to? Do you see Bradley and Roma defeating Juventus? How will Rapid Vienna and Boyd fare in the Vienna derby?
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