Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

Americans Abroad

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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Brad Friedel 2 (Reuters)

By FRANCO PANIZO

Brad Friedel and Aston Villa are a step away from reaching the finals of the FA Cup, but in order to get there they will need to defeat a team that gave them one of the biggest beatings of the season less than two weeks ago.

Aston Villa will clash with arguably the best team in the FA Cup, Chelsea, at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, and the Villans will need to forget about the 7-1 shellacking Chelsea dished out last month in order to have a chance at winning. Making things more difficult, Carlo Ancelotti's men have outscored opponents 13-1 in its four matches in the tournament, so Friedel will need to be at the top of his game to give Villa a chance at the finals.

Herculez Gomez isn't playing for a chance at a final, but he is fighting for his World Cup life. Gomez will look to continue his scoring ways when Puebla takes on Marco Vidal and Indios de Ciudad Juarez, which has conceded the Mexican League's second worst goal total with 27. If Gomez gets the start, he could have his first multi-goal game of the season, which could do wonders for his World Cup aspirations.

Hoping to break an unfavorable streak, Ricardo Clark will aim to make his Eintracht Frankfurt debut Friday when the club takes on Michael Bradley and Borussia Moenchengladbach. Clark has not played a match at the club level in four months, and with time winding down before the U.S. World Cup team convenes, Clark will want to get some playing time if he hopes to be a starter this summer like he was in last year's Confederations Cup.

Here is a rundown of who the Americans Abroad will be playing this weekend, and early next week:

FRIDAY

Michael Bradley and Borussia Moenchengladbach play Ricardo Clark and Eintracht Frankfurt.

David Yeldell and TUS Koblenz play Alemania Aachen.

Edgar Castillo and Tigres UANL play Estudiantes Tecos U.A. de G. (Castillo is out injured.)

SATURDAY

Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan and Aston Villa play Chelsea in the FA Cup semifinals.

Jozy Altidore and Hull City play Burnley.

Jonathan Spector and West Ham United play Sunderland.

Frank Simek and Sheffield Wednesday play Middlesbrough.

Jay DeMerit and Watford play Kenny Cooper and Plymouth Argyle.

Zak Whitbread and Norwich City play Milton Keynes Dons.

Eric Lichaj and Leyton Orient play Exeter City.

Jemal Johnson and Stockport County play Yeovil Town.

Mike Grella and Leeds United play Southend United.

Jon-Paul Pittman and Wycombe Wanderers play Hartlepool United.

Dominic Cervi and Celtic play Ross County in the Scottish Cup semifinals.

Steve Cherundolo, Sal Zizzo and Hannover 96 play Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04. (Jones and ZIzzo are out injured.)

Daniel Williams and SC Freiburg play Werder Bremen.

Jared Jeffrey and Mainz 05 play Borussia Dortmund.

Luis Robles and Kaiserslautern play FC Union Berlin.

Charlie Davies and Sochaux play St Etienne.

Carlos Bocanegra and Stade Rennes play Lorient.

Gale Agbossoumonde and Sporting Braga play Uniao de Leiria.

Benny Feilhaber and AGF Aarhus play Marcus Tracy, Chris Rolfe and Aalborg BK. (Tracy is out injured.)

Mikkel Diskerud and Stabaek play Lillestrom.

Jose Francisco Torres and Pachuca play Atlas.

SUNDAY

Marcus Hahnemann and Wolverhampton Wanderers play Stoke City.

Clint Dempsey and Fulham play Liverpool.

Oguchi Onyewu and AC Milan play Catania.

Matt Taylor and FSV Frankfurt play RW Oberhausen.

Eddie Johnson, Freddy Adu and Aris Salonika play Asteras Tripoli.

Clarence Goodson, Hunter Freeman and IK Start play Brann.

Herculez Gomez and Puebla play 

Marco Vidal and Indios de Ciudad Juarez.

MONDAY

Michael Parkhurst and FC Nordsjaelland play Koge.

Alejandro Bedoya and Orebro SK play GAIS.

Michael Hoyos and Estudiantes La Plata play Racing Club.

TUESDAY

Stuart Holden and Bolton Wanderers play Chelsea. (Holden is out injured.)

Eric Lichaj and Leyton Orient play Zak Whitbread and Norwich City.

Mike Grella and Leeds United play Carlisle United.

Jon-Paul Pittman and Wycombe Wanderers play Tranmere Rovers.

Jemal Johnson and Stockport County play Hartlepool United.

Dominic Cervi and Celtic play Motherwell.

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Which Americans Abroad match are you most looking forward to? Which players do you see having a big impact? Think Friedel and Villa can top Chelsea? Do you see Gomez continuing his fine run of form with another goal? Expecting Clark to finally make his debut against Bradley and Moenchengladbach?

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