Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

Americans Abroad

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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The UEFA Champions League group stage is within reach for two Americans, but their teams will need to overcome first-leg deficits if they are to maintain hopes of competing on Europe's biggest stage and join the likes of Americans Jermaine Jones and Michael Parkhurst in the tournament field. 

Sacha Kljestan's Anderlecht and Bryan Gerzicich's Kiryat Shmona each suffered road defeats in last week's UCL final qualifying round first legs. Anderlecht netted an away goal at Cypriot side AEL Limassol, though, and returns home with a 2-1 deficit to overcome, while Kiryat Shmona must overturn a 2-0 lead held by Belarusian side BATE Borisov. 

The second round of the Capital One Cup (formerly Carling Cup) takes place in England as well, with a number of Americans who are fighting for first-team time getting the chance to start, including Aston Villa's Brad Guzan and Eric Lichaj and Bolton's Tim Ream.

Here is a look at who the Americans abroad play on Tuesday:

TUESDAY'S AMERICANS ABROAD (all games start at 2:45 p.m.)

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Sacha Kljestan and Anderlect play AEL Limassol (Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer2Go)

Bryan Gerzicich and Kiryat Shmona play BATE Borisov (FoxSoccer2Go)

CAPITAL ONE CUP

Brad Guzan, Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa play Tranmere Rovers

Tim Ream, Stuart Holden and Bolton play Crawley Town (Holden is out injured)

Clint Dempsey and Fulham play Sheffield Wednesday (Dempsey has not been training with the first team)

Geoff Cameron, Maurice Edu and Stoke City play Swindon Town (Edu is not yet available for Stoke)

Robbie Rogers and Stevenage play Southampton

Jonathan SpectorWill Packwood and Birmingham City play Coventry City

Zak Whitbread and Leicester City play Burton Albion

Mike Grella and Scunthorpe United play Norwich City

Frank Simek and Carlisle United play Ipswich Town

Robbie Findley and Nottingham Forest play Wigan Athletic

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