Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

Americans Abroad

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jonathan Spector and West Ham United are feeling the mounting pressure to avoid relegation after having lost their last six games, but ending that unkind streak won't be an easy task to accomplish this weekend.

Spector and West Ham travel to Goodison Park on Saturday to butt heads with Everton, which has lost just once in its last six games. To remain out of the drop zone, West Ham will likely have to make the most of its chances and be stout defensively in order to pull out a positive result against Tim Howard and the Toffees.

Jozy Altidore and Hull City will be hoping that West Ham drops its seventh consecutive decision as they look to climb out of the relegation zone in place of the Hammers. Still in search for his second goal of the season, Altidore will likely get the nod when Hull plays Stoke City after enjoying a solid first outing under new manager Iain Dowie.

Another forward that could get the start for his club this weekend is Herculez Gomez, who is coming off his latest goal-scoring performance. Gomez will look to add to his seven league goals and keep his World Cup dreams alive when Puebla plays Morelia. 

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

FRIDAY

Zak Whitbread and Norwich City play Tranmere Rovers.

Gale Agbossoumonde and Sporting Braga play Guimaraes.

Marcus Tracy, Chris Rolfe and Aalborg BK play Sonderjsyke. 

 

(Tracy is out injured.)

SATURDAY

Jozy Altidore and Hull City play Stoke City.

Marcus Hahnemann and Wolverhampton Wanderers play Arsenal.

Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan and Aston Villa play Stuart Holden and Bolton Wanderers. (Holden is out injured.)

Jay DeMerit and Watford play Preston North End.

Kenny Cooper and Plymouth Argyle play Doncaster Rovers.

Frank Simek and Sheffield Wednesday play Queens Park Rangers.

Mike Grella and Leeds United play Swindon Town.

Eric Lichaj and Leyton Orient play Hartlepool United.

Jemal Johnson and Stockport County play Walsall.

Jon-Paul Pittman and Wycombe Wanderers play Huddersfield Town.

DaMarcus Beasley, Maurice Edu and Rangers play Hamilton Academical.

Oguchi Onyewu and AC Milan play Cagliari.

Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04 play Bayern Munich. (Jones is out injured.)

Ricardo Clark and Eintracht Frankfurt play Bayer Leverkusen.

Michael Bradley and Borussia Moenchengladbach play VfB Stuttgart.

Jared Jeffrey and Mainz 05 play Nurnberg.

Daniel Williams and SC Freiburg play VfL Bochum.

Carlos Bocanegra and Stade Rennes play Lyon.

Charlie Davies and Sochaux play Nice.

Herculez Gomez and Puebla play Morelia.

Marco Vidal and Indios de Ciudad Juarez play Jose Francisco Torres and Pachuca.

Edgar Castillo and Tigres UANL play San Luis.

SUNDAY

Tim Howard and Everton play Jonathan Spector and West Ham United.

Clint Dempsey and Fulham play Wigan Athletic.

Dominic Cervi and Celtic play Hibernian.

Steve Cherundolo, Sal Zizzo and Hannover 96 play Hamburg SV. (Zizzo is out injured.)

Matt Taylor and FSV Frankfurt play Arminia Bielefeld.

Luis Robles and Kaiserslautern play RW Oberhausen.

David Yeldell and TUS Koblenz play SC Paderborn 07.

Benny Feilhaber and AGF Aarhus play Randers FC.

Michael Hoyos and Estudiantes La Plata play Banfield.

MONDAY

Frank Simek and Sheffield Wednesday play Bristol City.

Jay DeMerit and Watford play West Bromwich Albion.

Kenny Cooper and Plymouth Argyle play Middlesbrough.

Mike Grella and Leeds United play Yeovil Town.

Zak Whitbread and Norwich City play Jemal Johnson and Stockport County.

Eric Lichaj and Leyton Orient play Southampton.

Jon-Paul Pittman and Wycombe Wanderers play Walsall.

Marcus Tracy, Chris Rolfe and Aalborg BK play Silkeborg IF. (Tracy is out injured.)

Michael Parkhurst and FC Nordsjaelland play FC Copenhagen.

Alejandro Bedoya and Orebro SK play AIK.

Clarence Goodson, Hunter Freeman and IK Start play Valerenga.

Mikkel Diskerud and Stabaek play Tromso.

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Which Americans Abroad match are you most looking forward to? Which players do you see having a big impact? Who do you see as having more of a chance to avoid relegation this season, Altidore and Hull City or Spector and West Ham? Think Gomez will score again?

Share your thoughts below.

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