By FRANCO PANIZO
Since joining Everton on his ten-week loan, Landon Donovan has helped transform the club from relegation battlers to a competitive team capable of pulling out results against the Premier League's heavyweights. Now, in what appears to be his final game for Everton, Donovan will aim to help the Toffees make a run toward a spot in next year's Europa League.
Everton is currently seven points behind sixth-place Liverpool with a game in hand, but can trim that deficit with a victory over Birmingham, which sits just two points ahead of Everton in eighth. If Donovan can put in another strong performance and end his loan with a win, then Everton may still be able to complete a run that seemed impossible just weeks ago.
While Donovan is likely to be playing in his final game for Everton, U.S. teammate Ricardo Clark is still lookng to make his first appearance for Eintracht Frankfurt. Clark has made the bench in Eintracht Frankfurt's previous two matches, and his debut could come when the club takes on Steve Cherundolo and relegation-threatened Hannover 96.
Wondering what other intriguing matches on tap this weekend? Freddy Adu and Eddie Johnson could get their first taste of one of the Greek League's fiercest rivalries when Aris Salonika battles PAOK Salonika, while the Americans Abroad contingent playing in Norway and Sweden will begin their new seasons.
Here is a rundown of who Americans Abroad will be playing this weekend:
Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04 play VfB Stuttgart. (Jones is out injured.)
David Yeldell and TUS Koblenz play Ahlen.
Marco Vidal and Indios de Ciudad Juarez play Tecos U.A. de G.
Jonathan Spector and West Ham United play Chelsea.
Landon Donovan, Tim Howard and Everton play Birmingham.
Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan and Aston Villa play Stoke City.
Stuart Holden and Bolton Wanderers play Wigan Athletic. (Holden is out injured.)
Jozy Altidore and Hull City play Arsenal.
Marcus Hahnemann and Wolverhampton Wanderers play Burnley.
Kenny Cooper and Plymouth Argyle play Coventry City.
Frank Simek and Sheffield Wednesday play Swansea City.
Jay DeMerit and Watford play Peterborough United.
Jon-Paul Pittman and Wycombe Wanderers play Oldham Athletic.
Mike Grella and Leeds United play Southampton.
Zak Whitbread and Norwich City play Huddersfield Town. (Whitbread is out injured.)
Jemal Johnson and Stockport County play Gillingham.
Dominic Cervi and Celtic play Kilmarnock in the sixth round of the Scottish Cup.
Michael Bradley and Borussia Moenchengladbach play VfL Wolfsburg.
Steve Cherundolo, Sal Zizzo and Hannover 96 play Ricardo Clark and Eintracht Frankfurt. (Zizzo is out injured.)
Daniel Williams and SC Freiburg play Bayern Munich.
Matt Taylor and FSV Frankfurt play Fortuna Dusseldorf.
Charlie Davies and Sochaux play Paris Saint-Germain. (Davies is out injured.)
Gale Agbossoumonde and Sporting Braga play Rio Ave.
Michael Hoyos and Estudiantes La Plata play Newell's Old Boys.
Jose Francisco Torres and Pachuca play Santos.
Edgar Castillo and Tigres UANL play Atlas.
Clint Dempsey and Fulham play Manchester United.
DaMarcus Beasley, Maurice Edu and Rangers play Dundee United in the sixth round of the Scottish Cup.
Oguchi Onyewu and AC Milan play Chievo Verona.
Luis Robles and Kaiserslautern play Energie Cottbus.
Carlos Bocanegra and Stade Rennes play Valenciennes.
Freddy Adu, Eddie Johnson and Aris Salonika play PAOK Salonika.
Michael Parkhurst and FC Nordsjaelland play Randers FC.
Marcus Tracy, Chris Rolfe and Aalborg BK play FC Midtjylland.
Clarence Goodson, Hunter Freeman and IK Start play Sandefjord.
Mikkel Diskerud and Stabaek play Odd Grenland.
Herculez Gomez and Puebla play Monterrey.
Benny Feilhaber and AGF Aarhus play Silkeborg IF. (Feilhaber is out injured.)
Alejandro Bedoya and Orebro SK play Atvidabergs.
Which Americans Abroad match are you most looking forward to? Which players do you see having a big impact? Do you see Donovan ending his loan with a win? Think Clark will make his debut this weekend?
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