By FRANCO PANIZO
Villarreal is one point shy of first place in La Liga, and Jozy Altidore may be able to help the club surpass Real Madrid for the top spot this weekend.
Having scored his first goal of the season on Wednesday, Altidore could see time when Villarreal travels to take on Sporting Gijon. Altidore is unlikely to start the match, but his goal in the Copa del Rey, combined with his goal for the U.S. national team three weeks ago, might have instilled enough confidence in manager Juan Carlos Garrido to give the American a lengthy cameo of the bench.
Aiming to score his first goal of the season, Stuart Holden will likely play a big role in Bolton Wanderers' match against struggling Liverpool. A win would help Holden, who has played nearly every minute in nine league matches this season, and Bolton close the gap on fourth place. They are currently five points shy, and sit in eighth.
Far from sitting pretty in their respective league, Michael Bradley and Borussia Moenchengladbach will attempt to escape the drop zone when they face relegation-threatened Kaiserslautern. Moenchengladbach should expect a tough match as it has won just once on the road this season.
Here is a rundown of who the Americans Abroad play this weekend:
Daniel Williams and SC Freiburg play Bayern Munich.
Quentin Westberg and Evian Thonon Gaillard play Istres.
Jonathan Spector and West Ham United play Arsenal.
Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson and Fulham play Wigan Athletic.
Marcus Hahnemann and Wolverhampton Wanderers play Manchester City.
Tim Howard and Everton play Stoke City.
Zak Whitbread and Norwich City play Cardiff City. (Whitbread is out injured.)
Conor Doyle and Derby County play Watford.
Frank Simek, Mike Grella and Carlisle United play Bristol Rovers.
Anton Peterlin and Plymouth Argyle play Oldham Athletic.
Dominic Cervi and Celtic play St Johnstone.
Maurice Edu and Rangers play Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
Oguchi Onyewu and AC Milan play Juventus.
Michael Bradley and Borussia Moenchengladbach play Kaiserslautern.
Ricardo Clark and Eintracht Frankfurt play St Pauli.
Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04 play Bayer Leverkusen. (Jones is out injured.)
Amaechi Igwe and FC Ingolstadt 04 play Hertha Berlin. (Igwe is out injured.)
Luis Robles and Karlsruhe play Kenny Cooper and TSV 1860 Munich. (Cooper is out injured.)
Charlie Davies and Sochaux play Lyon.
Carlos Bocanegra and St Etienne play Brest. (Bocanegra is out injured.)
Freddy Adu and Aris Salonika play Atromitos.
Marcus Tracy, Chris Rolfe and Aalborg BK play Randers FC. (Tracy and Rolfe are out injured.)
Jose Torres, Herculez Gomez, Marco Vidal and Pachuca play Atlas.
Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan, Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa play Birmingham.
Stuart Holden and Bolton Wanderers play Liverpool.
Jozy Altidore and Villarreal play Sporting Gijon.
Steve Cherundolo, DaMarcus Beasley and Hannover 96 play TSG Hoffenheim.
Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play Racing Genk.
Benny Feilhaber and AGF Aarhus play AB Copenhagen.
Ryan Miller and Halmstads BK play Helsingborg.
Steve Clark and Honefoss BK play Valerenga.
Clarence Goodson, Hunter Freeman and IK Start play Odd Grenland.
Mikkel Diskerud and Stabaek IF play Sandefjord.
Sammy Ochoa and Estudiantes Tecos U.A. de G. play America.
Edgar Castillo and San Luis play Toluca.
Sonny Guadarrama and Atlante play Necaxa.
David Yeldell and MSV Duisburg play Fortuna Dusseldorf.
Michael Parkhurst and FC Nordsjaelland play Odense BK.
Alejandro Bedoya and Orebro SK play IFK.
Think Altidore will get a lengthy appearance off the bench as Villarreal look to grab the top spot in La Liga? How do you see Holden and Bolton faring at home versus Liverpool? Will Moenchengladbach and Bradley jump out of the relegation zone this weekend?
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