Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

Jermaine Jones Besiktas (AP)

By FRANCO PANIZO

Two points are all that separate Jermaine Jones and Besiktas from landing a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League, and they have two matches left in the season to close that gap.

Jones and Besiktas currently trail second-place Galatasaray by one point, but will need a victory over Elazigspor and at least a draw between Galatasaray and fourth-placed Trabzonspor in order to jump into the spot with the automatic berth for the 2014-15 Champions League. A first-place finish would usually be required to do so, but already-crowned champions Fenerbahce are serving a two-year ban from European competition, leaving clubs like Jones’ Besiktas and Galatasary to frantically fight for second place.

Terrence Boyd and Rapid Vienna already locked up the runners-up spot in their respective league, but the U.S. Men’s National Team striker will be keen on extending his scoring streak to four games. Boyd has scored in three consecutive matches, and he will attempt to add to the five goals he has netted during that stretch when Rapid Vienna close out their season vs. SV Josko Ried.

Tim Howard and Everton have essentially nothing to play for in their final game of the regular season, but they have set their sights on ending their impressive season with a win. The Toffees are currently on a two-game losing streak and hoping to reverse their fortunes when they visit Hull City on a Sunday jampacked with games across Europe.

Here is who the Americans Abroad battle this weekend:

SATURDAY

David Yelldell and Bayer Leverkusen play Werder Bremen.

John Brooks and Hertha Berlin play Borussia Dortmund.

Timmy Chandler and FC Nurnberg play Schalke 04. (Chandler is suspended due to yellow card accumulation.)

Fabian Johnson, Joe Gyau and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim play Eintracht Braunschweig.

Alejandro Bedoya and FC Nantes play St Etienne.

Zarek Valentin and FK Bodo/Glimt play Haugesund. (Valentin is out injured.)

SUNDAY

Tim Howard and Everton play Hull City.

Sebastian Lletget and West Ham United play Manchester City.

Cody Cropper and Southampton play Manchester United.

Jozy Altidore and Sunderland play Swansea City.

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

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

Zak Whitbread and Derby County play Brighton & Hove Albion.

Alfredo Morales and FC Ingolstadt 04 play Energie Cottbus.

Bobby Wood and TSV 1860 Munich play FC Union Berlin.

Andrew Wooten and FSV Frankfurt play FC Cologne.

Jermaine Jones and Besiktas play Elazigspor.

Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play Racing Genk in the Pro League playoff.

Terrence Boyd and Rapid Vienna play SV Josko Ried.

Conor O’Brien and Odense BK play Esbjerg.

Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg FF play FC Nordsjaelland.

Michael Stephens and Stabaek IF play Sarpsborg 08.

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

Dennis Flores, Miguel Palafox and Club Leon play Toluca in the Liga MX playoffs.

MONDAY

Mix Diskerud and Rosenborg BK play Sandnes Ulf.

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Which of these matches are you most anticipating? Do you see Jones and Besiktas moving into the Super Lig’s UEFA Champions League spot after this weekend? Think Boyd will score again?

Share your thoughts below.

 

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10 Responses to Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

  1. a says:

    should either Guzan or Howard look for a new club post WORLD CUP?

  2. Good Jeremy says:

    Two questions:

    1) Does Chandler have any hope of making the initial 30? I thought he was recovering quickly and might, but being suspended this week seems like a bad sign.

    2) Any chance this can go back to being split up by league? It was a lot easier to follow.

    • Benny says:

      Of course Chandler is going to make the 30.

      • Mr. Kaplan says:

        Yes to the 30 and hope he is fully recovered and makes the 23.

      • John says:

        A player we haven’t seen play for the US in over a year, coming off an injury is of coarse going to make the 30? He might but I wouldn’t call it a lock.

    • Bac says:

      I’d say high probability he makes the 30, and would have even if he didn’t pick up this last yellow card. Too bad he won’t get one more match in, but at least he was healthy enough to go the full 90 last week and I’m sure he’s working hard to get ready. We shall know Monday

  3. I am big fan of Soccer ! I really support and appreciate soccer team. i wish good luck to national team ! all the best guys :)