Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

Greg Garza (USA Today)

By FRANCO PANIZO

If you really dig matchups involving Americans, this weekend might be perfect for you.

There are three games being played outside of MLS that could pit Americans against one another, and Friday’s clash between Club Tijuana and Tigres UANL is arguably the best. The match might see Joe Corona and Greg Garza go up against former teammate Herculez Gomez and Jose Torres in an encounter that pits the 0-2 Xolos against 2-0 Tigres. Corona is the player to keep an eye on after his solid weekend performance and goal-scoring outing in Copa MX on Wednesday.

Another duel will take place in Norway, as Mix Diskerud and Rosenborg BK pay a visit to Michael Stephens and Stabaek IF. Rosenborg are currently in fifth place in the Eliterserien, and are in need of a road victory against their 11th-place opposition in order to potentially jump back into a place with a Europa League berth.

The last game on tap for this weekend that could see Americans go up against one another is Saturday’s Atlas-Chiapas brawl. Edgar Castillo seems a sure bet to once again be in the lineup for Atlas while Farfan’s role is way more unclear given that he came off the bench and scored an own goal last weekend.

Here is who the Americans Abroad battle this weekend:

FRIDAY

Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play KV Oostende.

Jonathan Bornstein and Queretaro play Pachuca.

Joe Corona, Greg Garza, Paul Arriola, Amando Moreno and Club Tijuana play Herculez Gomez, Jose Torres and Tigres UANL.

SATURDAY

Terrence Boyd and RP Leipzig play VfR Aalen. (Boyd is out injured.)

Alfredo Morales and FC Ingolstadt 04 play St Pauli.

Michael Orozco and Puebla play Club America.

Alonso Hernandez and Monterrey play Santos Laguna.

Edgar Castillo and Atlas play Gabriel Farfan and Chiapas.

SUNDAY

Andrew Wooten and SV Sandhausen play SV Darmstadt 98.

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

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

Michael Stephens and Stabaek IF play Mix Diskerud and Rosenborg BK.

MONDAY

Bobby Wood and TSV 1860 Munich play Kaiserslautern.

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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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4 Responses to Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

  1. slowleftarm says:

    Wow, nice writeup. I might watch some of these games now. Well, not the Norwegian league game because it’s not on TV but maybe the Mexican games.

  2. Europe is da place 2 be says:

    Kljestan needs to stay in EUROPE. No need to scoot home to MLS. Stay in Europe and fight for your place. If no chance in Belgium, go to Turkey or Greece or Netherlands or France.

    Makes probably like 800 K a season. He can easily find that in other places other than MLS. not worth a DP spot

  3. Kosh says:

    “If no chance in Belgium, go to Turkey or Greece or Netherlands or France.”

    Why stop there? Why not England, Spain or Italy? I like how folks just make it seem like X player is walking away from a buffet of sweet European choices. He’s been in Europe for a while now and he knows his choices, I’m certain, much better than any of us who just list an imaginary endless options of selections.