Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

Americans Abroad

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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Landon Donovan 7 (Getty Images)

By FRANCO PANIZO

Landon Donovan has enjoyed a good run of form since joining Everton five matches ago, impressing against the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City, but this weekend provides him with his biggest challenge yet.

Donovan will get his first taste of the Merseyside derby, as Everton and Liverpool square off in one of the weekend's marque matches. Everton has not lost a league match since falling to Liverpool back in Nov., and Donovan will be looking to make an impact against Liverpool's stingy defense. Liverpool has conceded just one goal in its past 548 minutes.

Also looking to build on his recent string of positive outings is Jozy Altidore, who is still searching for his first Premiership goal. Altidore and Hull City won't have it easy playing a Manchester City team that will benefit from the returns of defenders Joleon Lescott and Wayne Bridge.

Here is a rundown of who the Americans Abroad play this weekend:

SATURDAY

Landon Donovan, Tim Howard and Everton play Liverpool.

Stuart Holden and Bolton Wanderers play Clint Dempsey and Fulham. (Holden and Dempsey are out injured.)

Jonathan Spector and West Ham United play Burnley.

Jozy Altidore and Hull City play Manchester City.

Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan and Aston Villa play Tottenham Hotspur.

Jay DeMerit and Watford play Barnsley.

Kenny Cooper and Plymouth Argyle play West Bromwich Albion.

Frank Simek and Sheffield Wednesday play Nottingham Forest.

Jemal Johnson and Stockport County play Milton Keynes Dons.

Mike Grella and Leeds United play Hartlepool United.

Jon-Paul Pittman and Wycombe Wanderers play Yeovil Town.

Zak Whitbread and Norwich City play Millwall.

DaMarcus Beasley, Maurice Edu and Rangers play St Mirren in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup.

Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04 play SC Freiburg. (Jones is out injured.)

Steve Cherundolo, Sal Zizzo and Hannover 96 play TSG Hoffenheim. (Cherundolo and Zizzo are out injured.)

David Yeldell and TUS Koblenz play Energie Cottbus. (Yeldell is out injured.)

Charlie Davies and Sochaux play AS Nancy Lorraine. (Davies is out injured.)

Carlos Bocanegra and Stade Rennes play Bordeaux.
 
Freddy Adu, Eddie Johnson and Aris Salonika play Panthrakikos.
 
Edgar Castillo and Tigres UANL play UNAM.
 
Herculez Gomez and Puebla play Atlante.
 
Jose Francisco Torres and Pachuca play San Luis. (Torres is out injured.)

SUNDAY

Marcus Hahnemann and Wolverhampton Wanderers play Birmingham.
 
Dominic Cervi and Celtic play Dunfermline Athletic in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup.
 
Oguchi Onyewu and AC Milan play Bologna. (Onyewu is out injured.)

Michael Bradley and Borussia Moenchengladbach play Mainz

Ricardo Clark and Eintracht Frankfurt play Borussia Dortmund. (Clark is out injured.)

Luis Robles and Kaiserslautern play SC Paderborn 07.

Matt Taylor and FSV Frankfurt play Alemania Aachen.

Marco Vidal and Indios de Ciudad Juarez play Morelia.

MONDAY

Ian Joyce and Southend United play Colchester United.

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Which Americans Abroad match are you most looking forward to? Which players do you see having a big impact? How do you see Donovan doing against Liverpool?

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