Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

Americans Abroad

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

Oguchi Onyewu 6 (Getty Images)

By FRANCO PANIZO

From Eredivisie games to Europa League fixtures, Oguchi Onyewu has played in several matches of high magnitude since joining FC Twente on loan.

That will once again be the case this weekend.

Onyewu and second-place Twente will attempt to claim the top spot in the Dutch League when it takes on AZ Alkmaar on Sunday. A win for Twente combined with a PSV Eindhoven loss to third-place Ajax would see the Tukkers atop the table with two months left to play. Onyewu is expected to make his fifth leage start in the game.

American fans will also want to keep tabs on a possible Michael Bradley-Jermaine Jones duel as Blackburn visits Aston Villa. Having made his Premiership debut nearly two weeks ago, Bradley will hope to replace the suspended Jean Makoun in Villa's starting lineup while Jones is all but certain to get the nod for the Rovers. 

Another intriguing battle on tap will be when Edson Buddle and FC Ingolstadt 04 look to go on the road and defeat Luis Robles and Karlsruhe. Buddle could score his second goal of the season against Robles in a Bundesliga 2 match that holds relegation implications.

Here is a rundown of who the Americans Abroad play this weekend:

FRIDAY

Bobby Wood and TSV 1860 Munich play FC Union Berlin.

David Yelldell and MSV Duisburg RW Oberhausen.

Quentin Westberg and Evian Thonon Gaillard play Dijon FCO.

Jozy Altidore and Bursaspor play Bucaspor.

SATURDAY

Brad Friedel, Michael Bradley and Aston Villa play Jermaine Jones and Blackburn Rovers.

Tim Howard and Everton play Sunderland.

Stuart Holden and Bolton Wanderers play Newcastle United.

Marcus Hahnemann and Wolverhampton Wanderers play Blackpool.

Eric Lichaj and Leeds United play Swansea City.

Zak Whitbread and Norwich City play Barnsley.

Brad Guzan and Hull City play Cardiff City.

Robbie Findley and Nottingham Forest play Millwall. (Findley is out injured.)

Eddie Johnson and Preston North End play Burnley.

Conor Doyle and Derby County play Sheffield United.

Frank Simek and Carlisle United play Sheffield Wednesday.

Anton Peterlin and Plymouth Argyle play Colchester United.

Mike Grella and Swindon Town play Southampton.

Daniel Williams and SC Freiburg play FC Cologne. (Williams is out injured.)

Timothy Chandler and FC Nurnberg play Schalke 04.

Steve Cherundolo, DaMarcus Beasley and Hannover 96 play St Pauli.

Alfredo Morales and Hertha Berlin play Alemania Aachen.

Carlos Bocanegra and St Etienne play Nice.

Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht's game vs. Eupen was postponed.

Jose Torres, Herculez Gomez and Pachuca play San Luis.

Jonathan Bornstein and Tigres UANL play Edgar Castillo and Puebla.

SUNDAY

Jonathan Spector and West Ham United play Liverpool.

Clint Dempsey and Fulham play Manchester City.

Dominic Cervi and Celtic play Motherwell.

Maurice Edu and Rangers and play St Johnstone.

Ricardo Clark and Eintracht Frankfurt play VfB Stuttgart. (Clark is out injured.)

Luis Robles and Karlsruhe play Amaechi Igwe, Edson Buddle and FC Ingolstadt 04. (Igwe is out injured.)

Oguchi Onyewu and Twente Enschede play AZ Alkmaar.

Freddy Adu and Caykur Rizespor play Gungoren Belediyespor.

Sonny Guadarrama and Atlante play Morelia.

Sammy Ochoa and Estudiantes Tecos U.A. de G. play Pumas UNAM.

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Expecting Onyewu and Twente to land the top spot in the Eredivisie this weekend? How intriguing would a matchup between Bradley and Jones be? Think Buddle will score on Robles?

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