by FRANCO PANIZO
Six points is all that seperates second place from twelfth in Ligue 1, and for Carlos Bocanegra and Stade Rennes, this weekend provides an opportunity to leapfrog a few teams.
After a winless November, eleventh place Stade Rennes will look to claim victory when it battles Lorient in the quest to climb up the standings, and into a position for next season's European soccer. The challenge will be difficult for Stade Rennes, as it visits a fourth place Lorient side that has not lost in its last four games, and only once in its last nine.
Jonathan Spector also has a daunting task ahead of him, as West Ham United hosts Manchester United. The Hammers are coming off a decisive 5-3 win over Burnley, and need another victory to avoid falling into the relegation zone.
If you're hoping to catch Jozy Altidore score his first EPL goal this weekend, then he will have to do so against a fellow American. Altidore and Hull City play Aston Villa, who will likely have Brad Friedel between the pipes.
Here is a rundown of who the Americans Abroad will be playing this weekend:
Michael Bradley and Borussia Moenchengladbach play Bayern Munich.
Matt Taylor and FSV Frankfurt play FC Augsburg.
Kamani Hill and Vitoria de Guimaraes play FC Porto.
Jonathan Spector and West Ham United play Manchester United.
Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan and Aston Villa play Jozy Altidore and Hull City.
Marcus Hahnemann and Wolverhampton Wanderers play Bolton Wanderers.
Frank Simek and Sheffield Wednesday play Reading.
Jay DeMerit and Watford play Newcastle United. (DeMerit is out injured.)
Mike Grella and Leeds United play Huddersfield Town.
Jemal Johnson and Milton Keynes Dons play Yeovil Town.
Ian Joyce and Southend United play Charlton Athletic.
Zak Whitbread and Millwall play Hartlepool United. (Whitbread is out injured.)
Jon-Paul Pittman and Wycombe Wanderers play Stockport County.
DaMarcus Beasley, Maurice Edu and Rangers play Falkirk.
Dominic Cervi and Celtic play Aberdeen.
Oguchi Onyewu and AC Milan play Sampdoria. (Onyewu is out injured.)
Steve Cherundolo, Sal Zizzo and Hannover 96 play Bayer Leverkusen. (Zizzo is out injured.)
Luis Robles and Kaiserslautern play Hansa Rostock.
David Yeldell and TUS Koblenz play St Pauli.
Carlos Bocanegra and Stade Rennes play Lorient.
Freddy Adu and Belenenses play Rio Ave.
Marcus Tracy and Aalborg play Sonderjyske.
Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson and Fulham play Sunderland.
Tim Howard and Everton play Tottenham Hotspur.
Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04 play Hertha Berlin.
Kenny Cooper and TSV 1860 Munich play RW Oberhausen. (Cooper is injured.)
Michael Parkhurst and FC Nordsjaelland play FC Midtjylland.
Jay DeMerit and Watford play Queens Park Rangers. (DeMerit is out injured.)
Benny Feilhaber, Jeremiah White and AGF Aarhus play Esbjerg.
Which Americans Abroad match are you most looking forward to? Which player(s) do you see having a big impact? Think Bocanegra can help turn things around for Stade Rennes? Do you see Spector starting against Manchester United? Will Jozy score his first goal of the season this weekend?