By FRANCO PANIZO
It was just over a week ago that DaMarcus Beasley stepped into the cauldron that is Estadio Azteca and helped the U.S. Men’s National Team secure a good result.
For Beasley, the jersey will change this weekend but the objective will remain the same.
Puebla are set to face off against Club America on Saturday and the match will provide Beasley another opportunity to shock the home team. Beasley is currently riding a good run of form and he will look to continue it by helping the Los Camoteros end a three-game losing streak against third-place America.
Herculez Gomez will also be involved in a marquee game, as he and Santos Laguna square off against Club Tijuana at Estadio Caliente on Saturday. As was the case in Tuesday’s CONCACAF Champions League semifinals first leg against the Seattle Sounders, Gomez will need to do outdo some of his compatriots, including Edgar Castillo and Joe Corona.
Two of the other more intriguing matches this weekend will take place in the Premiership. Geoff Cameron, Brek Shea and Stoke City host Brad Guzan, Eric Lichaj on Saturday in a battle of Americans, and if that is not enough to whet your appetite, Sunday’s clash between Clint Dempsey’s Tottenham and Tim Howard’s Everton should do the trick.
Here is who the Americans Abroad play this weekend:
Fabian Johnson, Danny Williams and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim play Fortuna Dusseldorf.
Geoff Cameron, Brek Shea and Stoke City play Brad Guzan, Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa.
Jonathan Spector, Will Packwood and Birmingham City play Millwall. (Spector and Packwood are out injured.)
Tim Ream and Bolton Wanderers play Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Zak Whitbread and Leicester City play Brighton & Hove Albion.
Conor Doyle and Derby County play Ipswich Town.
Stuart Holden and Sheffield Wednesday play Blackburn Rovers.
Frank Simek and Carlisle United play Oldham Athletic.
Mike Grella and Scunthorpe United play Preston North End.
Oguchi Onyewu and Malaga play Real Sociedad.
Carlos Bocanegra and Racing Santander play AD Alcorcon.
David Yelldell and Bayer Leverkusen play VfL Wolfsburg.
Michael Parkhurst and FC Augsburg play Borussia Dortmund. (Parkhurst is out injured.)
Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04 play Werder Bremen. (Jones is out injured.)
Joe Gyau and St Pauli play Dynamo Dresden.
Eugene Starikov and FK Rostov play Spartak Moscow.
Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play Standard Liege in the Belgian playoffs.
Terrence Boyd and Rapid Vienna play FC Wacker Tirol.
Josh Gatt and Molde FK play Brann.
Ventura Alvarado and Club America play DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Orozco Fiscal and Puebla.
Jose Torres, Jonathan Bornstein and Tigres UANL play Club Leon.
Joe Corona, Edgar Castillo, Greg Garza and Club Tijuana play Herculez Gomez, Benji Joya and Santos Laguna.
Sebastian Lletget and West Ham United play Liverpool.
Clint Dempsey, Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur play Tim Howard and Everton.
Timmy Chandler and FC Nurnberg play Mainz.
Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96 play VfB Stuttgart.
Andrew Wooten and SV Sandhausen play MSV Duisburg.
Bobby Wood and TSV 1860 Munich play Energie Cottbus.
Jozy Altidore and AZ Alkmaar play NEC Nijmegen.
Tony Taylor and Estoril Praia play CD Nacional de Madeira.
Caleb Patterson-Sewell and Vitoria Setubal play Rio Ave.
Conor O’Brien and FC Nordsjaelland play AC Horsens.
Charlie Davies and Randers FC play Clarence Goodson and Brondby IF. (Goodson is out injured.)
Conor O’Brien and FC Nordsjaelland play AGF Aarhus.
Steve Clark and Honefoss BK play Aalesund.
Mix Diskerud and Rosenborg BK play Sogndal.
Michael Bradley and AS Roma play Lazio.
Alfredo Morales, John Anthony Brooks and Hertha Berlin play Eintracht Braunschweig.
Maurice Edu and Bursaspor play Besiktas.
Brian Span and Djurgardens IF play Mjallby.
Alejandro Bedoya and Helsingborgs IF play Oster.
Which of these games are you most looking forward to? Think Beasley helps Puebla grab a result at Azteca? Do you see Gomez scoring against Tijuana?
Share your thoughts below.