Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The competition for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s vacant starting goalkeeper spot is on, and Brad Guzan will attempt to help his cause by trying to move Aston Villa to a 2-0 start to the season.

After winning their season opener on the road against Stoke City, Aston Villa will open the home part of their schedule when they face an 0-1 Newcastle United side on Saturday. Guzan will have a chance to not only keep the Villans perfect through the first two weeks of the Premiership, but a strong performance in between the pipes would surely do him no harm in attempt to begin convincing U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann that he is the player most ready to fill in for Tim Howard.

Howard is the American involved in one of the weekend’s most intriguing contests, as he and Everton take on Arsenal on Saturday. The Toffees settled for a draw after letting a late lead slip away on opening weekend, but grabbing their first victory of the season at home against the 1-0 Gunners will not be easy and likely require Howard to turn in one of his usual impressive outings in goal.

Wondering what other matches are worth watching? Look no further than Herculez Gomez, Jose Torres and Tigres’ duel with Morelia on Friday, and Alejandro Bedoya and Nantes’ match against Monaco on Sunday.

Gomez will be hoping to have earned a starting spot for Tigres after his midweek goal-scoring performance in Copa MX play, and could make a very strong statement with another impactful outing. Bedoya, meanwhile, will be looking to return to Nantes’ lineup as the club takes on a talented Monaco side that is eager to bounce back from a surprising 0-2 start in Ligue 1.

Here is who the Americans Abroad lock horns with this weekend:

FRIDAY

Julian Green and Bayern Munich play VfL Wolfsburg.

Bobby Wood and TSV 1860 Munich play Heidenheimer SB.

Terrence Boyd and RP Leipzig play FC Erzgebirge Aue. (Boyd is out injured.)

Andrew Wooten and SV Sandhausen play St Pauli.

Herculez Gomez, Jose Torres and Tigres UANL play Morelia.

SATURDAY

Brad Guzan and Aston Villa play Newcastle United.

Cody Cropper and Southampton play West Bromwich Albion.

Tim Howard and Everton play Arsenal.

Jonathan Spector, Will Packwood and Birmingham City play Brentford.

Tim Ream and Bolton Wanderers play Brighton & Hove Albion.

Zak Whitbread and Derby County play Emerson Hyndman and Fulham.

Duane Holmes and Huddersfield Town play Charlton Athletic.

Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest play Danny Williams and Reading. (Williams is out injured.)

Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt play SC Freiburg.

John Brooks and Hertha Berlin play Werder Bremen.

David Yelldell and Bayer Leverkusen play Borussia Dortmund.

Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar play Willem II Tilburg. (Johannsson is out injured.)

Conor O’Brien and FC Magna Wiener Neustadt play FC Trenkwalder Admira.

Michael Stephens, Andrew Jacobson and Stabaek IF play Stromsgodset.

Freddy Adu and FK Jagodina play Radnicki Nis.

Jonathan Bornstein and Queretaro play Cruz Azul.

Alonso Hernandez and Monterrey play Michael Orozco and Puebla.

Edgar Castillo and Atlas play Pachuca.

Gabriel Farfan and Chiapas play Ventura Alvarado and Club America.

SUNDAY

Geoff Cameron, Brek Shea and Stoke City play Hull City.

Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur play Queens Park Rangers.

Jozy Altidore and Sunderland play Manchester United.

Fabian Johnson and Borussia Moenchengladbach play VfB Stuttgart.

Alfredo Morales and FC Ingolstadt 04 play SpVgg Greuther Furth.

Alejandro Bedoya and FC Nantes play AS Monaco.

Rubio Rubin and FC Utrecht play Feyenoord Rotterdam.

Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play Waasland-Beveren.

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

Mix Diskerud and Rosenborg BK play Sarpsborg 08.

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

Joe Corona, Greg Garza, Paul Arriola, Alejandro Guido, Fernando Arce Jr, Amando Moreno and Club Tijuana play Pumas UNAM.

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Which of these matches are you most anticipating? How do you see Guzan doing against Stoke City? Are Howard and Everton capable of knocking off Arsenal this weekend?

Share your thoughts below.

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17 Responses to Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

  1. wiger toods says:

    Maybe Brad Friedel would like to get in on the competition for starting US keeper! :-)

  2. so who knows says:

    Let’s go boys. Clean sheets for Howard and Guzan.

    Besides Cameron, who else is playing in the PL? I miss hearing of Clint Dempsey scoring for Fulham and Spurs

    • Brian S. says:

      Well there’s Jozy at Sunderland and the way rumors are going around about Cameron, he probably won’t be playing this weekend.

    • Rowsdower says:

      Cameron appears to be in France and has been for several days (twitter)

  3. David M says:

    Is it too early to start thinking about replacing “Freddy Adu and FK Jagodina play Radnicki Nis” with something like, “Freddy Adu watches FK Jagodina play Radnicki Nis”?

    • Nate Dollars says:

      why would we do that, when we could always just read the disparaging comments by haters taking schadenfreude (schadenfreddy?) from his career?

  4. malkin says:

    “Bastian Schweinsteiger, Franck Ribery, Thiago, Javi Martinez and Rafinha are all injured while Jerome Boateng is suspended for the defending champions. “I’ve got no midfielders,” said Guardiola. ”

    Any chance we see you know who on the wing?

    • AcidBurn says:

      winner winner chicken dinner!!

      Hey Pep, I know of a kid who can play on the wing…

    • John says:

      Looks like he’s on the bench. Might have to catch the second half to see if he comes on.

    • away goals says:

      Despite all those injuries, the bayern bench today still includes 5 midfielders and zero defenders.

      • Shawn says:

        i know lol. and though green would get PT today

        • Brett says:

          Despite what some clowns here might think, he’s nowhere close to getting sub minutes with Bayern, and any chance he did have vanished the second he declared or the US.

          I respect the kid for wanting to try and break his way in at that FCB, but he really should be pushing for a loan or transfer.

  5. Eric K says:

    No Herc Gomez for Tigres period. There something going on with tht’s keeping coaches from playing him regularly or are they flat out disliking him?

  6. K2 says:

    Hyndman, after playing the full 90 in the first two games, and performing very well, has not played in the last two games. Meanwhile, Fulham is AWFUL. Time for a sacking, it seems.