Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview


As seasons gradually begin around Europe, an exciting amount of young American talent is set to compete in the world’s top leagues, despite big U.S. international names like Tim Howard and Alejandro Bedoya returning to the states over the Summer.

A potential clash between two of American soccer’s hottest prospects headline’s the weekend as Bayern Munich takes on Borussia Dortmund in the German Super Cup. Julian Green was recently named to Bayern Munich’s first team following a spectacular preseason, while Christian Pulisic will look to push towards even more playing time with Dortmund.

With the English Premier League starting this weekend, uncertainty surrounds young fullback DeAndre Yedlin over whether he will stay with parent club Tottenham or move to a club like Sunderland, where he spent last season on loan. Yedlin was not included in Tottenham’s squad for its recent friendly against Inter Milan. However, another American was in Cameron Carter-Vickers.

Brad Guzan will be looking to prove himself at his new (and newly promoted) club Middlesbrough after a disappointing season with Aston Villa. Former FC Dallas youth player and Fulham midfielder Emerson Hyndman recently signed for FC Bournemouth and will be looking to make his Premier League debut with his new club.

Here’s what’s in store for the Americans abroad this weekend.


Rubio Rubin will be in action with FC Utrecht on Friday at Heerenveen as the Eredivisie enters its second week.

Michael OrozcoJoe Corona, and Greg Garza will be with Club Tijuana as they take on Leon, who will have William Yarbrough and Miguel Ibarra with them.

Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest take on Brighton.

Bob Bradley’s Le Havre face off with GFC Ajaccio.

Jerome Kiesewetter and Fortuna Dusseldorf meet the winger’s former club Stuttgart.

Andrew Wooten looks to build on a breakout season as Sandhausen takes on Erzgebirge


Geoff Cameron plays Middlesbrough on Saturday for the league’s opening weekend.

Cameron Carter-Vickers travels with Spurs for a match at Everton.

Emerson Hyndman recently signed from Fulham for AFC Bournemouth, who will play Manchester United this Sunday.

Matt Miazga will be at Stanford Bridge this weekend when his Chelsea play hosts to West Ham.

Tim Ream and Fulham visit Preston North End.

Jonathan Spector  and Birmingham City visit Leeds United

Danny Williams and Reading are on the road against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Gboly Ariyibi and Chesterfield host Swindon Town.

Duane Holmes and Scunthorpe United visit Fleetwood Town.

Fafa Picault  and St. Paui take on Braunschweig.

Jonathan Bornstein will compete with Querétaro against Cruz Azul in Liga MX.

Defender Omar Gonzalez will be with Pachuca as they play Pumas.

Desevio Payne and Groningen visit Excelsior.

Perry Kitchen and Hearts face off with Aberdeen.


Brad Guzan will hope to be between the posts in Middlesbrough’s return to the Premier League against Stoke City.

Gedion Zelalem‘s Arsenal will be playing Liverpool at Anfield.

With Molde FK facing Aalesund in the Tippeligaen’s week 20, Josh GattBen SpencerEthan Horvath will all turn out for Molde.

Cole Grossman and Stabaek take on Viking.

Julian Green and Bayern Munich face Christian Pulisic’s Borussia Dortmund in the German Super Cup.

  • malkin

    Will Bob Bradley be deployed as a true defensive midfielder, or do we think he’ll be pushed further up the pitch for some attacking creativity?


    • johnnyrazor

      He posted a picture of him training on twitter this week saying he was looking forward to the upcoming match, and the coach mentioned two players who will not be available this weekend in his presser, but not Emerson. I guess that would be two pieces of circumstantial evidence that he could be fit, but you’d have to doubt he’d see action having not played in the preseason.


  • Lost in Space

    Looking forward to watching the young yanks develop this year. I still expect Yedlin, Miazga, & Zelalem to be loaned out…but the rest should start seeing minutes within the next couple weeks.
    Especially interested to watch developments with…Green, Pulisic, Payne, Hyndman, Vickers, Kieswetter, & Rubin. IMO this could be a breakout year for these players.


    • johnnyrazor

      He’s returned to training according to a picture on twitter, but he hasn’t dressed for a match yet. The manager thought he’d be ready by July, but that didn’t happen.


  • Nate Dollars

    not sure where to put this (don’t see a running commentary for saturday):

    danny williams, spector, and kitchen starting; carter-vickers, ream, and cameron on bench; no guzan or yedlin.


    • Brian S.

      It seems that the first weekend of the PL season would be an excellent time to have a running commentary. Not sure what has happened at this site but you’d think they would want traffic instead of driving it away.


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