Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

Americans Abroad

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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Landon Donovan 4 (Getty Images) 

By FRANCO PANIZO

If Landon Donovan is to silence his critics once and for all, now is the time.

After a week of adjusting to life in England and training with Everton, Donovan has a chance to make his much-awaited Premiership debut when the Toffees visit Arsenal and Emirates Stadium this weekend. Arsenal has not lost since November, and if Donovan can make an immediate impact by helping injury-plagued Everton to a result, then the U.S. national team midfielder will be one step closer to proving he can hang in Europe.

While Donovan is hoping to make his debut this weekend, Carlos Bocanegra is looking to return to action for Stade Rennes. Bocanegra has not played for Rennes since Dec. 5, and could get an opportunity to get back on the field against Caen in the ninth round of the Coupe de France.

Here is a rundown of who the Americans Abroad will be playing this weekend:

SATURDAY

Jozy Altidore and Hull City play Chelsea.

Landon Donovan, Tim Howard and Everton play Arsenal.

Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan and Aston Villa play Wigan Athletic.

Clint Dempsey and Fulham play Portsmouth.

Mike Grella and Leeds United play Jon-Paul Pittman and Wycombe Wanderers.

Carlos Bocanegra and Stade Rennes play Caen in the ninth round of the Coupe de France.

Kamani Hill and Vitoria de Guimaraes play Maritimo.

SUNDAY

Jonathan Spector and West Ham United play Marcus Hahnemann and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

DaMarcus Beasley, Maurice Edu and Rangers play Hamilton Academical in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.

Oguchi Onyewu and AC Milan play Juventus. (Onyewu is out injured.)

Freddy Adu, Eddie Johnson and Aris Salonika play Iraklis. (Adu and Johnson are reportedly not available for the match.)

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Which Americans Abroad match are you most looking forward to? Which player(s) do you see having a big impact? Excited at the thought of seeing Donovan playing in the Emirates? Think Bocanegra will get back on the field vs. Caen? Upset that Johnson and Adu won't make their debuts this weekend?

Share your thoughts below.

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