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By FRANCO PANIZO
Another month of Premiership action is near its end, and for a quartet of Americans, the race to avoid relegation is a little too close for comfort.
Jozy Altidore is in the lowest position, as Hull City sit in 19th place. But the Tigers can boost their chances of leaping out of the drop zone when they play Marcus Hahnemann and Wolves, who only sit two spots ahead of them with just one more point.
The match should be interesting not just because of the relegation implications, but because of the Altidore-Hahnemann matchup as well. Altidore is returning from compassionate leave, and is still in search for his first league goal, while Hahnemann will aim to keep him scoreless en route to posting his fourth shutout of the season.
A spot above Wolves in 16th place stand Jonathan Spector and West Ham United. With Spector starting the past two games at left back, the Hammers have pulled out consecutive draws, surrendering only one goal in the process. Playing against Blackburn this weekend, West Ham will need another stingy defensive performance from Spector and co. to continue ascending up the standings.
The American who finds himself in the best situation with a relegation-threatened club, however, is recent Bolton Wanderers signee Stuart Holden. Holden and 15th-place Bolton battle Liverpool.
Here is a rundown of who the Americans Abroad play this weekend:
David Yeldell and TUS Koblenz play Fortuna Dusseldorf. (Yeldell is out injured.)
Jonathan Spector and West Ham United play Blackburn Rovers.
Clint Dempsey and Fulham play Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan and Aston Villa. (Dempsey is out injured.)
Landon Donovan, Tim Howard and Everton play Wigan Athletic.
Jozy Altidore and Hull City play Marcus Hahnemann and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Stuart Holden and Bolton Wanderers play Liverpool.
Frank Simek and Sheffield Wednesday play Plymouth Argyle.
Jay DeMerit and Watford play Swansea City.
Jon-Paul Pittman and Wycombe Wanderers play Bristol Rovers.
Zak Whitbread and Norwich City play Hartlepool United.
Jemal Johnson and Stockport County play Southampton.
Ian Joyce and Southend United play Swindon Town.
Mike Grella and Leeds United play Colchester United.
Dominic Cervi and Celtic play Hamilton Academical.
DaMarcus Beasley, Maurice Edu and Rangers play Falkirk.
Steve Cherundolo, Sal Zizzo and Hannover 96 play Nurnberg. (Zizzo is out injured.)
Michael Bradley and Borussia Moenchengladbach play Werder Bremen.
Ricardo Clark and Eintracht Frankfurt play FC Cologne.Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04 play TSG Hoffenheim. (Jones is out injured.)Carlos Bocanegra and Stade Rennes play Grenoble.Kamani Hill and Vitoria de Guimaraes play Benfica.Edgar Castillo and Tigres UANL play Chiapas.
Jose Francisco Torres and Pachuca play Atlante
Michael Orozco and San Luis play Morelia. (Orozco is linked with a move to MLS and the Philadelphia Union.)
Oguchi Onyewu and AC Milan play Livorno. (Onyewu is out injured.)Charlie Davies and Sochaux pay Valenciennes. (Davies is out injured.)Matt Taylor and FSV Frankfurt play SC Paderborn 07.
Kenny Cooper and TSV 1860 Munich play Karlsruhe. (Cooper is linked with a move to Plymouth Argyle.)
Which match-ups are you most looking forward to? What match would you attend in person if you could? Glad to see Charlie Davies back on the list?
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Freddy Adu, Eddie Johnson and Aris Salonika play FC Xanthi.
Herculez Gomez and Puebla play Queretaro.
Marco Vidal and Indios de Ciudad Juarez play America.
Luis Robles and Kaiserslautern play Alemania Aachen.
Which Americans Abroad match are you most looking forward to? Which player(s) do you see having a big impact? Think Altidore will help Hull avoid relegation with a goal this weekend, or will Hahnemann blank him? Do you hope Spector gets tried out at left back for the national team? Will Holden make his debut this weekend?
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Also Sueno MLS winner Gabriel Nunez is also playing for River Plate of Argentina, can he play for the USMNT?
Can Michael Hoyos playing for Estudiantes de la Plata play for the USMNT?
Im trying to find news on that, i dont see it
Bolton have also just loaned Arsenal’s A.Ramsey, who can play up top and any where in the midfield.
Wait….wait…I’m seeeing some..thing…. Herc’s getting his first hat trick in Mexico. And Stuart’s play earns USA chants.
his=her– that is… 🙂
That sounds more like Dionne Warwick and his psychic friends. But I digress. 🙂
I had a dream that Jozy will score this weekend. Landon will contribute a brace against Wigan. Freddy Adu will add the game winning goal in Greece, assist from Eddie.
Glad for you. So tell us (taking notes…). Where do you live? Where do you plan to keep the tickets? Do you have an alarm? LOL
Clint is 26, Landon and Gooch are 27 (although they will be 27, 28 and 28 respectively by the World Cup). I would guess all three will be around for 2014 if healthy.
Just confirmed that my friends and I got US/England and US/Algeria tickets. We get to see all 3 US games in South Africa. I am so excited I don’t know what to do. The ultimate Americans Abroad trip!
Nah I disagree. Dempsey’s only 26, Gooch is 27, both have another world cup after this one. Landon will be 33 next world cup but will still play. Boca, Demerit and Dolo are the only players I can think of who won’t be back for the next world cup.
this is from an interview with Stu about Coyle
“The manager had watched a couple of games and I had spoken with him on the phone, and it surprised me how much he knew about my playing style and my career. It really drew me to him along with the way that the teams he has managed play their football.
Coyle seems like an awesome manager
He got that thigh injury before they signed him. What that says to me is… he was trying hard as hell during the trial, did well, and got hurt by playing hard.
I cant see Holden not getting better, like a lot better. Competition is great for a developing player with something to prove. He’ll get his shot. I rather have him get a shot in a few weeks than before so he’s sharper.
Knock on wood…
Reading all these comments about our injured players made me think, “how the hell has Donovan stayed so healthy for SOOOO LONG?” Not counting the swine flu thing,I cant even remember the last time he missed a game because of an injury.
He really is a first rate athlete. Perhaps I should just shut my mouth, lest I jinx him.
“The match might also come too early for Stuart Holden to make his debut after the new-signing picked up a slight thigh problem in training.” from Bolton’s official website.
Hey Guys and Gals…
Not looking good over at Hull City, FC:
Hull City’s Poor Finances May Force Squad Overhaul
come on, man. who would you rather have if you were a coach, holden or wilshere?