Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Brad Guzan helped the U.S. Men’s National Team extend their winning streak to three games earlier this week, and now he will aim to help his club continue a similar run.

Having played a part in the U.S.’s 3-2 disposal of Panama in this past Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier, Guzan quickly has to shift his focus to Aston Villa’s home game against Tottenham on Sunday. The 10th-placed Villans are currently on a three-game unbeaten streak in league play, but will likely need Guzan to show well in goal in order to have a chance at picking up a result against Spurs.

Another U.S. Men’s National Team player who could see the field is Michael Bradley, who has been included in Serie A leaders AS Roma’s game-day roster for Friday’s Derby del Sole (Derby of the Sun) clash with Napoli. Bradley is doubtful to start the game considering he has been out of action for nearly six weeks with an ankle injury, but he could be inserted late in the match if Roma are in need of some late possession, energy and grit as they try to improve to a perfect 8-0 record in league play.

Wondering what other match might be worth watching? Look no further than Jozy Altidore and Sunderland’s duel with Swansea City on Saturday. Altidore is still in search of his first league goal with the winless Black Cats, and he might have chances aplenty to end that in this road fixture as Swansea have conceded the fourth-highest amount of goals at this stage in the Premier League campaign.

Here is who the Americans Abroad take on this weekend:

FRIDAY

Michael Bradley and AS Roma play Napoli.

Fabian Johnson, Joe Gyau and TSG Hoffenheim play Bayer Leverkusen.

Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play Monz.

Jose Torres, Jonathan Bornstein and Tigres UANL play Atlante.

Alonso Hernandez and Monterrey play Santos Laguna.

SATURDAY

Tim Howard and Everton play Hull City.

Geoff Cameron, Maurice Edu, Brek Shea and Stoke City play West Bromwich Albion.

Jozy Altidore and Sunderland play Swansea City.

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

Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest play AFC Bournemouth.

Danny Williams and Reading play Doncaster Rovers.

Zak Whitbread and Derby County play Watford.

Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96 play Borussia Dortmund.

Timmy Chandler and FC Nurnberg play Eintracht Frankfurt.

Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04 play TSV Eintracht Braunschweig.

John Brooks and Hertha Berlin play Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Alejandro Bedoya and FC Nantes play AC Ajaccio.

Eugene Starikov and FK Tom’ Tomsk play Krasnodar.

Mix Diskerud and Rosenborg BK play IK Start.

SUNDAY

Brad Guzan and Aston Villa play Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur.

Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City play Leeds United.

Michael Parkhurst and FC Augsburg play VfL Wolfsburg.

Alfredo Morales and FC Ingolstadt 04 play Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Andrew Wooten and Kaiserslautern play Karlsruhe.

Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar play Cambuur Leeuwarden.

Babajide Ogunbiyi, Mike Grella and Viborg FF play Brondby.

Terrence Boyd and Rapid Vienna play SK Sturm Graz.

Steve Clark and Honefoss BK play Josh Gatt, Ben Spencer, Ethan Horvath and Molde FK. (Gatt is out injured.)

DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Orozco and Puebla play Atlas.

Herculez Gomez, Joe Corona, Edgar Castillo, Greg Garza, Paul Arriola and Club Tijuana play Toluca.

Freddy Adu and Bahia play Sao Paulo.

MONDAY

Bobby Wood and TSV 1860 Munich play FC Cologne.

Conor O’Brien and Odense BK play SonderjyskE.

Brian Span and Djurgarden IF play Kalmar FF.

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Which of these matches are you most looking forward to? Think Guzan and Aston Villa will top Tottenham? Do you see Altidore scoring this weekend?

Share your thoughts below.

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21 Responses to Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

  1. DubStepan says:

    Altidore surely has to score this week right?

    • Jamsto says:

      LOL. Altidore score in the Premier League? He can’t! He’s too fat and lazy. I could have scored as many goals as him this year in Premier League games and I am a double leg amputee!!

    • ChiPersianFlip says:

      Did they sign Pirlo or Xavi? Why do you think he is going to score? Just b/c it’s time?

    • Shawn says:

      Did they suddenly acquire a competent midfielder?

    • Bklyn says:

      Didn’t play? Did he dress? Fletcher, the lone striker?
      To all those who said this was a bad move for Jozy? Hard to disagree now. Ugh.

  2. ChiPersianFlip says:

    Did they sign Pirlo or Xavi? Why do you think he is going to score? Just b/c it’s time?

  3. Brett says:

    I see a slow week, plenty of sitting.

  4. Joe says:

    Where is Packwood playing?

    link to bbc.co.uk

  5. k says:

    Jozy will score this weekend. 140 bucks says he will. He better cause this is some of my rent mooney

  6. Adrian says:

    I would love to see Bradley get some Playing time!

  7. Adrian says:

    I still want Tottenham to win. Hahah

  8. Rusten Hurd says:

    I fly out to London tonite. Will be at the Emirates tomorrow and then will head North to Birmingham on Sunday to watch Big Brad (hopefully) take down Spurs. Can’t wait.

  9. Kingsly Alexander - Man Rey - Plotinus - Sankt Pauli! says:

    Any news on wether Bradley is starting?

    • Nate Dollars says:

      no, he is not starting. there’s no way he’s displacing any one of strootman, pjanic, and derossi when they’ve started perfectly. look for him to start in one of the cup games, or just hope for roma to start losing.

      • Kingsly Alexander - Man Rey - Plotinus - Sankt Pauli! says:

        That’s grim news. We’ll Johnson isn’t starting either and I don’t really feel like watching Anderlecht right now…

      • Shawn says:

        Bradley ‘was‘ starting regularly before the injury, as a point of fact. Now I agree it’s unlikely he’s going to start coming off an injury in any case. But to write him off completely is excessively negative.

        • Rob says:

          It’s really not excessively negative. The injury has nothing to do with why he’s starting now. Roma has a new coach this year and he’s completely behind their starting 3 midfielders. Bradley started in their exhibition games in the US for obvious reasons, but the Roma midfield is completely settled at the moment. He’s #4. He’ll start if someone needs rest or if there’s injury. Otherwise, he’ll come off the bench as needed.

        • Rob says:

          Edit: “…why he’s NOT starting right now”

  10. Kevin H says:

    Why isn’t Jozy starting?

  11. Ronster says:

    Bedoya scored!