Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

Sacha Kljestan Anderlecht (Getty Images)

By FRANCO PANIZO

Summer vacation is over for Sacha Kljestan.

Kljestan and Anderlecht are set to kick off their Pro League campaign on Sunday, when they host promoted side Royal Mouscron-Perewelz. The veteran midfielder will be looking for a start in the match after being an unused substitute for much of last season, and he will have the knowledge that a solid performance could help him carve out a more permanent place in the lineup.

One team looking to bounce back from a surprising season-opening defeat is Club Tijuana. The Xolos suffered a 1-0 defeat to Puebla last weekend, and are keen on rebounding on Saturday when they visit the famed Estadio Azteca to square off with Club America in a match that could see Joe Corona move into Tijuana’s starting lineup to add some offensive punch.

After helping hand the Xolos the bitter loss last week, Michael Orozco and Puebla will return to action on a jampacked Saturday in Liga MX. Puebla will have their home opener against Veracruz, who the Camoteros will try and sink so as to move to a solid 2-0 in the Apertura campaign.

Here is who the Americans Abroad take on this weekend:

FRIDAY

Conor O’Brien and Odense BK play FC Vestsjaelland.

Edgar Castillo and Atlas play Morelia.

SATURDAY

Joe Corona, Greg Garza, Paul Arriola, Amando Moreno and Club Tijuana play America.

Michael Orozco and Puebla play Veracruz.

Herculez Gomez, Jose Torres and Tigres UANL play Club Leon.

Alonso Hernandez and Monterrey play Pachuca.

Gabriel Farfan and Chiapas play Toluca.

SUNDAY

Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play Royal Mouscron-Peruwelz.

Zarek Valentin and FK Bodo/Glimt play Sarpsborg 08. (Valentin is out injured.)

Josh Gatt, Ethan Horvath and Molde FK play Mix Diskerud and Rosenborg BK. (Gatt is out injured.)

Jonathan Bornstein and Queretaro play Universidad de Guadalajara.

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Which of these matches are you most anticipating? Think Kljestan is going to have a strong season at Anderlecht? Do you see the American contingent at Tijuana helping the club bounce back this weekend?

Share your thoughts below.

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6 Responses to Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

  1. Jorge belon says:

    What happen to those Americans playing in Leon? Did they switch sides?

  2. beto says:

    I thought Sasha was MLS bound.. what happened to those rumors?

    • away goals says:

      Maybe 2% of rumored transfers ever materialize.

    • Citronomics says:

      A while back, Seltzer reported Olympiakos was sniffing around but nothing materialized. Bit surprised there hasn’t been more transfer noise/speculation as he had until 2h last season been a consistent and productive player for Anderletch fc.

  3. Citronomics says:

    Ives – what’s the latest on Juan Agudelo’s club situation? Is Utretch not an option for some reason?