By FRANCO PANIZO
Michael Bradley and AS Roma have yet to taste defeat in Serie A play this year, and they will need as close to a complete performance as possible in order to keep that from changing during the next round of matches.
Roma and AC Milan will square off on Monday in one of the more high profile games of the next few days, and a win would keep them undefeated through 16 fixtures. A victory at San Siro combined with a Juventus loss would pull Roma level on points with the league leaders, but a win against a talented-but-struggling Milan side is anything but a given regardless of how well Bradley and the rest of the Giallorossi have performed in recent weeks.
Another marquee tilt will take place in England on Sunday, as Brad Guzan and Aston Villa host Manchester United. The Villans are looking to bounce back from a 2-0 defeat against Fulham, and likely will need a strong showing in goal from Guzan in order to have a shot at pulling out a result.
Wondering what other game might be worth watching? Look no further than Hannover’s clash with Nurnberg. The match might not only provide a glimpse of a battle of U.S. Men’s National Team pool right backs in Timmy Chandler and Steve Cherundolo, but it could also mark the latter’s much-awaited return to Hannover’s starting lineup.
Here is who the Americans Abroad take on this weekend:
John Brooks and Hertha Berlin play Werder Bremen.
Andrew Wooten and Kaiserslautern play SC Paderborn 07.
Tim Howard and Everton play Fulham.
Jozy Altidore and Sunderland play West Ham United.
Geoff Cameron, Maurice Edu, Brek Shea and Stoke City play Hull City.
Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City play AFC Bournemouth. (Spector is out injured.)
Oguchi Onyewu and Queens Park Rangers play Blackpool.
Zak Whitbread and Derby County play Charlton Athletic. (Whitbread is out injured.)
Duane Holmes and Huddersfield Town play Danny Williams and Reading.
Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest play Ipswich Town.
Michael Parkhurst and FC Augsburg play TSV Eintracht Braunschweig.
Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96 play Timmy Chandler and FC Nurnberg.
Fabian Johnson, Joe Gyau and TSG Hoffenheim play Borussia Dortmund.
Alejandro Bedoya and FC Nantes play Toulouse.
Brad Guzan and Aston Villa play Manchester United.
Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur play Liverpool.
Tim Ream, Stuart Holden and Bolton Wanderers play Wigan Athletic. (Holden is out injured.)
Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04 play SC Freiburg.
Alfredo Morales and FC Ingolstadt 04 play FC Erzgebirge Aue.
Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar play SC Heracles Almelo.
Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play KAA Gent.
Terrence Boyd and Rapid Vienna play FC Magna Wr. Neustadt.
Michael Bradley and AS Roma play AC Milan.
Bobby Wood and TSV 1860 Munich play St Pauli.
Which of these matches are you most looking forward to? Expecting Roma and Bradley to top Milan at the San Siro? Do you see Cherundolo earning a start against Chandler and Nurberg?
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