Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

By FRANCO PANIZO

If Joe Corona and Edgar Castillo can build on their midweek performance, Atlas is in deep, deep trouble.

Having each scored a goal in Club Tijuana’s Copa Libertadores rout of Bolivian side San Jose on Tuesday, the Xolos duo will aim to improve on their most recent outing while trying to help Tijuana win their fourth straight game across all competitions. Tijuana is currently on a good run of form – having scored seven goals and allowing none in their last three matches – and they will want to continue that as a win over second-placed Atlas could see them leapfrog Los Zorros.

On the other side of the pond, Jermaine Jones and Schalke will try to begin a winning streak when they visit VfL Wolfsburg. Schalke picked up their first win in some time last weekend, so the club should be in good spirits on Saturday against relegation-threatened Wolfsburg.

Another Bundesliga team attempting to fight the drop is Hoffenheim and they are set to partake in one of the weekend’s more intriguing matches involving Americans Abroad. Fabian Johnson, Danny Williams and Hoffenheim host league-leaders Bayern Munich on Sunday and a result there could give Hoffenheim enough confidence to go on a run in an effort to relegation. Gaining a result won’t be easy though, not against a Bayern side unbeaten in their past 21 matches in all competitions and winners of nine straight.

Here is who the Americans Abroad take on this weekend:

FRIDAY

Conor Doyle and Derby County play Crystal Palace.

Andrew Wooten and SV Sandhausen play SSV Jahn Regensburg.

Herculez Gomez, Hector Joya and Santos Laguna play Jaguares de Chiapas. (Joya is currently with the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team.)

SATURDAY

Tim Howard and Everton play Reading.

Geoff Cameron, Brek Shea and Stoke City play Sebastian Lletget and West Ham United.

Tim Ream, Stuart Holden and Bolton Wanderers play Barnsley.

Jonathan Spector, Will Packwood and Birmingham City play Hull City. (Packwood is out injured.)

Zak Whitbread and Leicester City play Ipswich Town.

Mike Grella and Scunthorpe United play Brentford.

Frank Simek and Carlisle United play Notts County.

Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96 play Borussia Dortmund. (Cherundolo is out injured.)

Timmy Chandler and FC Nurnberg play SC Freiburg. (Chandler is suspended due to yellow card accumulation.)

Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04 play VfL Wolfsburg.

Michael Parkhurst and FC Augsburg play Werder Bremen.

David Yelldell and Bayer Leverkusen play VfB Stuttgart.

Alfredo Morales, John Anthony Brooks and Hertha Berlin play Dynamo Dresden.

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

Maurice Edu and Bursaspor play Sivasspor. (Edu is suspended.)

Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play Genk in the second leg of the Cofidis Cup semifinals. (Kljestan is suspended.)

Ventura Alvarado and Club America play Cruz Azul.

Jose Torres, Jonathan Bornstein and Tigres UANL play Morelia.

DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Orozco Fiscal and Puebla play Club Leon. (Orozco is suspended.)

Joe Corona, Edgar Castillo, Greg Garza and Club Tijuana play Atlas.

SUNDAY

Clint Dempsey, Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur play Arsenal. (Dempsey is out injured.)

Oguchi Onyewu and Malaga play Atletico Madrid.

Carlos Bocanegra and Racing Santander play Numancia.

Michael Bradley and AS Roma play Genoa.

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

Bobby Wood and TSV 1860 Munich play FC Ingolstadt 04.

Joe Gyau and St Pauli play VfR Aalen.

Jozy Altidore and AZ Alkmaar play RKC Waalwijk.

Tony Taylor and Estoril Praia play Rio Ave.

Terrence Boyd and Rapid Vienna play Wolfsberger AC.

Conor O’Brien and FC Nordsjaelland play AC Horsens.

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

MONDAY

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

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Which of these games are you most looking forward to? Think Corona, Castillo and Tijuana will oust Atlas? How do you see Johnson, Williams and Hoffenheim faring?

Share your thoughts below.

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24 Responses to Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

  1. Scott says:

    I’m i tiny bit happy Dempsey is out. I don’t enjoy rooting for him to give the ball away over and over again. haha

  2. 2tone says:

    Why not list Daniel Cuevas with Santos as well?

  3. ChrisTheLSUTiger says:

    “Fabian Johnson, Danny Williams and Hoffenheim hosts league-leaders Bayern Munich on Sunday and a result there could give relegation-threatened Hoffenheim enough confidence to go on a run in an effort to avoid the drop.”

    Hahahaha. Ives you are an optimist, not a realist.

    • biff says:

      Parents should be advised: the potential massacre might not be suitable viewing for children or for adults with weak stomachs.

    • kb says:

      Is it just me, or do teams front-loaded with Americans always seem to be in relegation trouble? And if they aren’t, it’s financial mismanagement.

  4. L says:

    They worship Tijuana like Satan. They could make the final for Copa Libertadores.

  5. zat says:

    Jozy with the hat-trick this weekend.

  6. zat says:

    Danish league is back in action. Is Goodson still a starter with the NT?

  7. Bigsoccer says:

    Who are Corona and Castillo? I literally have no clue as I am a Eurosnob

    • Edwin in LA says:

      Players born in Las Cruces, New Mexico (Castillo) and Los Angeles, CA (Corona) who play for the team in Tijuana, the “Xoloitzcuintles” who are the current Liga Mx Champions in Mexico. They also have won their 1st 2 games in Copa Libertadores…away in Colombia 1-0 and trashing Bolivian side San Jose 4-0 at home.

      In Colombia, Castillo who plays Left Back had the assist to the only and winning goal…..and on the game this week….both Castillo and Corona scored the 1st & 3rd goal respectively……Castillo even helped set up the goal that Corona scored.

      Both have the ability to play on the wing, Castillo at Left back too, but the pressing need is wing midfielders or central ATTACKING mids so that’s where Corona could help as well as on the wing….. I hope Klinsmann uses one of them vs Costa Rica, because we need wide and 1v1 play

    • ed - houston says:

      You mean Eurodeuche.

    • kb says:

      Go back to your MLS, Mr. Casual Soccer Fan

  8. biff says:

    Anyone tuning into Nurnberg vs Freiburg, will be in for a real treat watching Freiburg coach Christian Streich, who without a doubt is one of the most eccentric coaches in soccer–but somehow he works his magic on a shoestring budget.

    link to en.wikipedia.org

    • Nate Dollars says:

      ‘somehow he works his magic’

      yeah, my first reaction was that listing freiburg in 5th place was a typo, cause really? freiburg? good for him. hometown kid, i think.

  9. 556bb says:

    any chance of a Canadians Abroad?

    there’s gotta be at least 5 Canucks in the top 5 leagues. well okay maybe 2 lol

  10. crocajun1003 says:

    Every morning I wake up, stare out into the horizon, and ask for a true CAM to emerge for the USNT team.

    Come on Corona/Mixx/Freddy Adu(sighhhh) I’m looking at you.

    Then I light a candle for Holden’s knees and Donovan’s head, and continue on with my day.

  11. malkin says:

    Stuart Holden replaced Mark Davies on Tuesday early in the game after Davies went down with an apparent knee injury. This morning, Bolton announced Davies is out up to 10 months with a torn ACL.

    I don’t think Holden particularly needed an injury from one of Bolton’s top players to get him back in the lineup, but it certainly seems it may speed up the process. First start tomorrow?

  12. richd3668 says:

    Does any know why ESPN3 has not broadcast a game that features Jose Altidore in over a month. Who do they think Americans want to see in the Dutch league anyway?

    • WG says:

      ESPN has been broadcasting the Eredivisie since before Jozy signed with AZ, mostly in Spanish. I imagine the Eredivisie chooses the games, with input from ESPN.

  13. Scrandal says:

    FYI Stoke City American Update –

    Huth is out for three games and Pulis says either Cameron and Wilson are likely to slot in and start at centerback.

    Etherington has not trained this week and is a game time decision. Shea would likely start in his abscence.

    Keep a close eye as this may non tv game may be perfect for a web link viewing.

    RGR