By FRANCO PANIZO
There will be no shortage of mouth-watering Premier League games involving U.S. Men’s National Team players this weekend.
Several Americans are set to partake in some of the most intriguing matches in Europe this weekend, including Tim Howard. The veteran goalkeeper and Everton will host second-placed Chelsea in a Saturday match the Toffees are hoping will end with them grabbing their first win of the season. Everton has settled for three straight draws to start the campaign, so an upset victory over the Blues would be the perfect remedy for the Toffees’ recent struggles.
Jozy Altidore is another player anticipated to be involved in a high-profile game, as Sunderland welcome fourth-placed Arsenal to Stadium of Light on Saturday. Altidore and the Black Cats are expected to have their hands full in the match, especially if talented midfielder Mesut Ozil makes his Arsenal debut, but they will be playing for a much-needed victory after coming out of the gates at 0-2-1.
Geoff Cameron, Brek Shea and Stoke City do not need to win as badly as Sunderland does, but they will still be looking for a major upset over Manchester City to keep themselves near the top of the table. Stoke are currently in fifth place in the standings and a victory at home on Saturday over star-studded City would only add to the Potters’ strong start to the season.
Here is who the Americans Abroad battle this weekend
John Anthony Brooks and Hertha Berlin play VfB Stuttgart.
Bobby Wood and TSV 1860 Munich play VfR Aalen.
Josh Gatt, Ben Spencer, Ethan Horvath and Molde FK play Aalesund. (Gatt is out injured.)
Brad Guzan and Aston Villa play Newcastle United.
Geoff Cameron, Maurice Edu, Brek Shea and Stoke City play Manchester City. (Edu is out injured.)
Jozy Altidore and Sunderland play Arsenal.
Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur play Norwich City.
Tim Howard and Everton play Chelsea.
Tim Ream, Stuart Holden and Bolton Wanderers play Leeds United. (Holden is out injured.)
Zak Whitbread and Leicester City play Wigan Athletic.
Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest play Barnsley.
Jonathan Spector, Will Packwood and Birmingham City play Queens Park Rangers. (Packwood is out injured.)
Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96 play Bayern Munich. (Cherundolo is out injured.)
Michael Parkhurst and FC Augsburg play SC Freiburg.
Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04 play Mainz 05.
Andrew Wooten and Kaiserslautern play SV Sandhausen.
Alejandro Bedoya and FC Nantes play Sochaux.
Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play KV Mechelen.
Terrence Boyd and Rapid Vienna play FC Wacker Innsbruck.
Jose Torres, Jonathan Bornstein and Tigres UANL play Cruz Azul.
Alonso Hernandez and Monterrey play Pachuca.
Danny Williams and Reading play Brighton & Hove Albion.
Fabian Johnson, Joe Gyau and TSG Hoffenheim play Borussia Moenchengladbach.
Timmy Chandler and FC Nurnberg play TSV Eintracht Braunschweig.
Alfredo Morales and FC Ingolstadt 04 play FC Union Berlin.
Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar play Go Ahead Eagles.
Eugene Starikov and FK Tom’ Tomsk play Anzhi Makhachkala.
Conor O’Brien and Odense BK play Brondby IF.
Steve Clark and Honefoss BK play IK Start.
Mix Diskerud and Rosenborg BK play Tromso.
DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Orozco and Puebla play Toluca.
Herculez Gomez, Joe Corona, Edgar Castillo, Greg Garza, Paul Arriola and Club Tijuana play Chivas de Guadalajara. (Gomez is out injured.)
Freddy Adu and Bahia play Coritiba FBC.
Michael Bradley and AS Roma play Parma. (Bradley is out injured.)
Brian Span and Djurgarden IF play Malmo FF.
Which of these matches are you most looking forward to? How do you see Howard and Everton faring vs. Chelsea? Think Altidore will score on Arsenal?
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