by FRANCO PANIZO
With winter break slowly starting to take into effect across Europe, more members of the Americans Abroad contingent finds themselves with a pause in the action, but that doesn't mean there aren't any quality matches to keep an eye on this weekend.
After last week's clutch performance, Tim Howard will once again need to be heroic in goal as Everton travels to Stamford Bridge to take on first-place Chelsea. The Blues are undefeated at home in league play this season, and are averaging just under three goals scored in those games, so another impressive showing from Howard will likely be needed for Everton to steal a result.
Other players to watch for will be Marcus Hahnemann and Jay DeMerit. After having won his first EPL game since 2008 last week, Hahnemann will look to make his third consecutive start for Wolverhampton Wanderers when they take on Tottenham Hotspur, while DeMerit could earn his first start for Watford since being sidelined with a pair of injuries in August.
Here is a rundown of who the Americans Abroad will be playing this weekend:
Luis Robles and Kaiserslautern play David Yeldell and TUS Koblenz.
Jozy Altidore and Hull City play Blackburn Rovers.
Jonathan Spector and West Ham United play Birmingham.
Marcus Hahnemann and Wolverhampton Wanderers play Tottenham Hotspur.
Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson and Fulham play Burnley.
Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan and Aston Villa play Manchester United.
Tim Howard and Everton play Chelsea.
Frank Simek and Sheffield Wednesday play Leicester City.
Jay DeMerit and Watford play Derby County.
Mike Grella and Leeds United play Brentford.
Jon-Paul Pittman and Wycombe Wanderers play Carlisle United.
Ian Joyce and Southend United play Hartlepool United.
Jemal Johnson and Milton Keynes Dons play Leyton Orient.
Zak Whitbread and Millwall play Walsall.
Dominic Cervi and Celtic play Motherwell.
DaMarcus Beasley, Maurice Edu and Rangers play St Johnstone.
Michael Bradley and Borussia Moenchengladbach play Steve Cherundolo, Sal Zizzo and Hannover 96. (Zizzo is out injured.)
Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04 play Werder Bremen. (Jones is out injured.)
Matt Taylor and FSV Frankfurt play Ahlen.
Kenny Cooper and TSV 1860 Munich play FC Augsburg. (Cooper is out injured.)
Carlos Bocanegra and Stade Rennes play AS Nancy Lorraine.
Oguchi Onyewu and AC Milan play Palermo. (Onyewu is out injured.)
Freddy Adu and Belenenses play Kamani Hill and Vitoria de Guimaraes.
Which Americans Abroad match are you most looking forward to? Which player(s) do you see having a big impact? Can Howard help Everton pull out a positive result this weekend? Do you see Hahnemann posting a second consecutive victory with the Wolves? Think DeMerit gets the start?