Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

Tim Howard of Everton

By FRANCO PANIZO

The majority of leagues in Europe are winding down and for several Americans Abroad that means the race for success or survival is about to heat up.

Tim Howard is one of the Americans still with something to play for this late into the season, as he and Everton are within striking distance of a Europa League spot. The Toffees could move into that position with a win this Sunday, but their task is no easy one. Everton are set to take on rivals Liverpool in the final Merseyside Derby of the season and the match is at Anfield, where the Toffees are winless in their last five games.

Michael Bradley and AS Roma are also in for a battle this weekend. They travel to Florence to take on fourth-placed Fiorentina on Saturday and will surely need all three points in order to maintain their narrow lead over Udinese, Inter Milan and Lazio and remain in Serie A’s final Europa League place.

For Fabian Johnson and Hoffenheim, there is a big opportunity to move forward in their fight against relegation on Saturday. Hoffenheim face fellow strugglers Werder Bremen on Saturday and a victory there could push the club into the relegation play-off spot with a chance to move out of the drop zone completely in the final two games of the season.

Here is who the Americans Abroad play with this weekend:

FRIDAY

Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04 play Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Alfredo Morales, John Anthony Brooks and Hertha Berlin play FC Erzgebirge Aue.

Conor O’Brien and FC Nordsjaelland play Silkeborg IF.

Joe Corona, Edgar Castillo, Greg Garza, Alejandro Guido and Club Tijuana play Chivas de Guadalajara.

SATURDAY

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

Clint Dempsey, Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur play Southampton.

Sebastian Lletget and West Ham United play Newcastle United.

Jonathan Spector, Will Packwood and Birmingham City play Blackburn Rovers. (Spector and Packwood are out injured.)

Tim Ream, Stuart Holden and Bolton Wanderers play Blackpool.

Conor Doyle and Derby County play Millwall.

Zak Whitbread and Leicester City play Nottingham Forest.

Oguchi Onyewu and Malaga play Granada.

Michael Bradley and AS Roma play Fiorentina.

Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96 play Mainz.

Timmy Chandler and FC Nurnberg play David Yelldell and Bayer Leverkusen.

Fabian Johnson, Danny Williams and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim play Werder Bremen. (Williams is out injured.)

Andrew Wooten and SV Sandhausen play FC Ingolstadt 04.

Eugene Starikov and FK Rostov play Kuban Krasnodar.

Maurice Edu and Bursaspor play Orduspor.

Brian Span and Djurgarden IF play Atvidabergs FF.

Mix Diskerud and Rosenborg BK play Aalesund.

Ventura Alvarado and Club America play Jose Torres, Jonathan Bornstein and Tigres UANL.

Joaquin Alonso Hernandez and Monterrey play Cruz Azul.

Herculez Gomez, Benji Joya and Santos Laguna play Morelia.

DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Orozco Fiscal and Puebla play Queretaro.

Freddy Adu and Bahia play Juazeiro BA in the second leg of their Baiano semifinal series.

SUNDAY

Tim Howard and Everton play Liverpool.

Carlos Bocanegra and Racing Santander play Almeria.

Michael Parkhurst and FC Augsburg play SC Freiburg.

Joe Gyau and St Pauli play MSV Duisburg.

Bobby Wood and TSV 1860 Munich play FC Union Berlin.

Jozy Altidore and AZ Alkmaar play PEC Zwolle.

Caleb Patterson-Sewell and Vitoria Setubal play Academica de Coimbra.

Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play Standard Liege in the Pro League playoffs.

Terrence Boyd and Rapid Vienna play SK Sturm Graz.

Charlie Davies and Randers FC play AGF Aarhus.

Clarence Goodson and Brondby IF play FC Copenhagen.

Alejandro Bedoya and Helsingborg IF play Syrianska FC.

Steve Clark and Honefoss BK play Tromso.

MONDAY

Geoff Cameron, Brek Shea and Stoke City play Sunderland.

Tony Taylor and Estoril Praia play Benfica.

Josh Gatt and Molde FK play IK Start.

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Which of these games are you most looking forward to? Think Howard and Everton can go on the road and top Liverpool? Do you see Bradley and Roma beating Fiorentina?

Share your thoughts below.

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25 Responses to Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

  1. downintexas says:

    Lets play the new fun guessing game!!! How many of these guys get the “dress but didnot play” and “did not dress” this week.

  2. ZAK says:

    I’m praying that both Dempsey and Altidore score this weekend.

    Brace for them both. Altidore has 30 goals for the season with Dempsey only on 11

    it’s odd that we don’t have any other goal scorers in Europe.

    We have Gomez who is scoring in Mexico. Wondo who is scoring in MLS with young dudes like MacInerney and Agudelo.

    it’s not enough. We need our young boys scoring in Europe. Whether the Dutch league or Danish league or Turkish league. we need them now

  3. 44 says:

    Josh Gatt will be sold this summer to a Dutch mid table club

    mark it now. His Norwegian club who won the title for the past 2 years are bottom of the standings after selling some of their best players

  4. 44 says:

    most accomplished American in Europe?

    Cherundolo
    Dempsey
    Reyna
    Harkes
    Onyewu
    Beasley

    Cherundolo is in the records books for his club which is a nice mid table club. Dempsey has scored more than any other American born player in Europe. Reyna has several championships. Beasley has several trophies and highest scoring American in the CL. Onyewu has played for some of the biggest clubs in Europe and was center of big transfers throughout his career. Harkes was the first Yank star in Englad

    • matthew says:

      uhhhh….tim howard? brad friedel? Brian McBride for crying out loud (37 premier league goals!!) !!!??
      ….and I’d argue that Michael Bradley should be far above Onyewu, just on his play at chievo last year alone, let alone his stellar and consistent play for roma this year!

      • titus pullo says:

        Friedel for sure.

        The top 5 Americans in Europe :

        Friedel, Dempsey, Reyna, Cherundolo and Onyewu

        though Bradley/Altidore might become among the biggest and best within 5 years

    • Tony in Quakeland says:

      Reyna over Dempsey. He was there longer and played at a hig level longer. Can’t see why McBride wouldn’t be over Beasley, Gooch and probably Harkes.

      Dolo is the unquestioned number one.

    • Zak1FCK says:

      Ummmm… Tom Dooley.

    • Brain Guy says:

      I just can’t see Gooch on this list. Playing for big clubs, but neither often nor that well, and getting transferred doesn’t amount to an especially accomplished European career, particularly when there are so many better candidates.

  5. Gary Page says:

    I expect Tottenham will bring out an attacking lineup and score at least 3 on Southampton. Expect Dempsey to get at least an assist and maybe a goal.

  6. DCUnitedWillRiseAgain says:

    I just counted 58 players. That’s pretty impressive actually. How many other countries can claim this number? Brazil and Argentina, for sure…and for some countries there is not need to leave the country to further ones career…but still, that’s quite a number.

    • titus pullo says:

      Great point.

    • Bean says:

      Spain, The Netherlands, Italy, France, Germany.

      • JD10UT says:

        good company

      • sushant says:

        The question should be for non-European countries.

        I’m surprised Mexico doesn’t have more.

        Also, I bet the African countries have a lot of players playing in the European leagues

        • Nate Dollars says:

          as was postulated in the original comment, mexico is probably one of those countries where there really isn’t a great need to move abroad, either to make $, or to garner national team interest.