Tough tests await Americans in FA Cup Third Round

Tough tests await Americans in FA Cup Third Round

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Tough tests await Americans in FA Cup Third Round



England-based Americans Jay DeMerit, Jonathan Spector and Mike Grella will see their FA Cup Third-Round match-ups pit them against England's best clubs.

Grella's Leeds United will face Manchester United, DeMerit's Watford will play Chelsea and Spector's West Ham will meet London rival Arsenal in key FA Cup Third Round tilts, set to be played just after the New Year.

Here are all of the Third Round match-ups involving Americans revealed by Wednesday's draw:

Jemal Johnson and MK Dons vs. Burnley

Jay DeMerit and Watford vs. Chelsea

Jonathan Spector and West Ham vs. Arsenal

Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan and Aston Villa vs. Blackburn

Jozy Altidore and Hull City vs. Wigan Athletic

Tim Howard and Everton vs. Carlisle United

Frank Simek and Sheffield Wednesday vs. Crystal Palace

Marcus Hahnemann and Wolves vs. Tranmere Rovers

Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson and Fulham vs. Swindon Town

Zak Whitbread and Millwall vs. Derby County

Mike Grella and Leeds vs. Manchester United


These matches will be played on the weekend of Jan. 2.

What do you think of these match-ups? Hoping Grella gets a chance to start vs. Manchester United? Looking forward to seeing DeMerit and Spector take on some of Europe's best attackers? Think Eddie Johnson will still be with Fulham by Jan. 2?

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