Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

Tim Howard of Everton

photo by Paul Greenwood/ISIphotos.com

By FRANCO PANIZO

Tim Howard and Everton have long dreamed of returning to the UEFA Champions League.

Now is the perfect time to position themselves to do so.

Currently sitting in fifth place and with a game in hand, Howard and Everton can close the four-point gap Arsenal have on them with a win at Goodison Park on Sunday. The Toffees have been eyeing Arsenal’s fourth-placed spot and UEFA Champions League qualifiers berth that comes with it for some time now, and a victory over the Gunners would go a long way in helping Everton obtain it.

Geoff Cameron is also preparing for a match against one of the Premiership’s best teams. Stoke City will attempt to play spoiler to second-place Chelsea’s title hopes by grabbing a result against the Blues at Stamford Bridge. Cameron is likely to be deployed at right back, and should be in for a tough test against talented star players like Oscar and Andre Schurrle.

Another player who could face his respective league’s runners-up is Alejandro Bedoya. FC Nantes are set for a visit to Ligue 1 powerhouse AS Monaco, and Bedoya is hoping to get on the field for the Canaries and repeat the type of impressive showing he had when these two teams last met in October. An upset victory for Bedoya and Nantes would be a big boost for them, and also surely would not hurt the midfielder’s chances of making it onto the U.S. Men’s National Team’s preliminary World Cup roster next month.

Here is who the Americans Abroad face this weekend:

FRIDAY

Oguchi Onyewu and Sheffield Wednesday play Leicester City.

David Yelldell and Bayer Leverkusen play Hamburg SV.

Andrew Wooten and FSV Frankfurt play VfR Aalen.

Herculez Gomez, Joe Corona, Edgar Castillo, Greg Garza, Paul Arriola, Alejandro Guido, Fernando Arce Jr and Club Tijuana play Toluca.

SATURDAY

Cody Cropper and Southampton play Manchester City.

Brad Guzan and Aston Villa play Fulham.

Geoff Cameron, Brek Shea and Stoke City play Chelsea.

Danny Williams and Reading play Charlton Athletic.

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

Tim Ream, Stuart Holden and Bolton Wanderers play Duane Holmes and Huddersfield Town. (Holden is out injured.)

Zak Whitbread and Derby County play Middlesbrough.

Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest play Millwall. (Lichaj is out injured.)

Gboly Ariyibi and Tranmere Rovers play Colchester United.

Timmy Chandler and FC Nurnberg play Borussia Moenchengladbach. (Chandler is out injured.)

Jermaine Jones and Besiktas play Kayserispor.

Josh Gatt, Ethan Horvath and Molde FK play Odd. (Gatt is out injured.)

Mix Diskerud and Rosenborg BK play Aalesund.

Michael Farfan and Cruz Azul play America.

Alonso Hernandez and Monterrey play Santos Laguna.

DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Orozco and Puebla play Atlas.

SUNDAY

Tim Howard and Everton play Arsenal.

Sebastian Lletget and West Ham United play Liverpool.

John Brooks and Hertha Berlin play Schalke 04 play Fabian Johnson and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.

Bobby Wood and TSV 1860 Munich play Karlsruhe.

Alejandro Bedoya and FC Nantes play AS Monaco.

Juan Agudelo and FC Utrecht play ADO Den Haag.

Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar play Roda JC Kerkrade.

Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play Club Brugge in the Pro League playoff.

Terrence Boyd and Rapid Vienna play Austria Vienna.

Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg FF play Conor O’Brien and Odense BK.

Zarek Valentin and FK Bodo/Glimt play Valerenga.

Michael Stephens and Stabaek IF play Brann.

Gabriel Farfan and Jaguares de Chiapas play Pumas UNAM.

 Jonathan Bornstein and Atlante play Jose Torres and Tigres UANL.

MONDAY

Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur play Jozy Altidore and Sunderland.

Alfredo Morales and FC Ingolstadt 04 play SpVgg Greuther Furth.

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Which of these matches are you most anticipating? Do you see Howard and Everton knocking off Arsenal? Think Cameron will turn in a good shift vs. the talented Blues?

Share your thoughts below.

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8 Responses to Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

  1. Ali Dia says:

    Franco has posted a lot this week… allow me to offer a respite by drafting the Americans Abroad recap in advance…

    -Aron Johannson played 85 minutes and scored a brace (Cut and Paste from previous)
    -Geoff Cameron started and played 90 minutes in Stoke City’s low-scoring draw
    -Fabian Johnson might have started, and some injury he has is almost certainly not serious
    -Mix Diskerud,Terrence Boyd, and Sacha Kliejstan played significant minutes in a game none of us could have possibly have watched
    -Josh Gatt is deceased.
    -Jozy Altidore may or may not have dressed/played against former US stalwart Brad Friedel’s Tottenham. Friedel failed to score.
    -Oguchi Onyewu, Danny Williams, Juan Agudelo Tim Ream, Eric Lichaj, Jonathan Spector and a couple other guys played and did just enough to keep their increasingly irrational hopes alive
    -Jermaine Jones brushed up on his Portuguese while avoiding injury against a Turkish team whose name no German, American or Turkish person could possibly pronounce
    -A bunch of guys played soccer in Mexico. One guy named DaMarcus Beasley is probably going to Brazil. Or is he (???????)
    -In the weekend’s most heartbreaking tragedy, Brek Shea dressed but did not play for Stoke City. Fellow Yanks Stuart Holden and Steve Cherundolo expressed their disappointment, as this forced a delayof Shea’s debut presentation to the Americans Abroad Book Club,,,, Rumours suggest the topic was Tolstoy. Witnesses concur that Holden threw a tantrum over this “unfair” postponement.

    Well that’s about it…. Probably the other guys played too. But it’s pretty close to done I think. Go soak in the weekend and I can update the rest when we know more.

    • Nate Dollars says:

      goddam this was beautiful. but you forgot the yellow card for jones.

      • NC Jeff says:

        Yep, Jermaine Jones’ latest endorsement deal: “… and that’s why I carry The Yellow Card. Remember – The Yellow Card … don’t leave the pitch without it.”

        Sorry to those of you too young to remember American Express Cards’ “don’t leave home without it” commercials.

      • Ali Dia says:

        I did. And it is a glaring omission. Now I see why they pay Franco the big bucks. Respect.

  2. nato says:

    honestly Jac Mac should be in Europe like Belgium or Holland.

    Page Klinsmann to get this done.

    Same with Will Bruin and Omar Salgado. MLS can’t help them anymore. Send them to Europe

    • shawn says:

      Basically shop any talented USA striker overseas.

    • Troy in his apartment says:

      Um Jack Mac ended up broken after the Gold Cup. He probably needs to go to USL PRO before thinking about going to Belgium. Not that he should go to USL PRO…just saying he is closer to that kind of step (down) than Europe.

      I hope DiVaio can rub off on him.