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Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Michael Bradley and Borussia Moenchengladbach escaped the Bundesliga's dungeon with their 4-0 rout of FC Cologne last weekend, and now they'll turn their sights towards escaping the relegation zone altogether.

Moenchengladbach hosts Mainz, and despite sitting pretty in third place, the O-Fives are reeling, having lost their last three games all by way of shutout. Should Bradley and Moenchengladbach extend Mainz's losing streak to four and win back-to-back games for the first time this season, they could leave the drop zone if other results go their way.

One of the clubs in direct competition with Moenchengladbach in the race to avoid the drop is Schalke 04, who should have Jermaine Jones in its starting eleven when it locks horns at home with Werder Bremen. With a Champions League match against Lyon looming, Jones and Schalke can't get caught looking ahead, otherwise last place could await them.

Far from battling relegation, Pachuca will look to defeat Monterrey in the second leg of the quarterfinals of the Apertura. Pachua was held to a 1-1 draw in the first leg on Thursday, and Jose Torres, Herculez Gomez and Marco Vidal will be hoping to continue their playoff run with a road victory.

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

SATURDAY

Marcus Hahnemann and Wolverhampton Wanderers play Blackpool.

Jonathan Spector and West Ham United play Liverpool.

Stuart Holden and Bolton Wanderers play Newcastle United.

Zak Whitbread and Norwich City play Leeds United. (Whitbread is out injured.)

Conor Doyle and Derby County play Scunthorpe United.

Jemal Johnson and Milton Keynes Dons play Sheffield Wednesday.

Anton Peterlin and Plymouth Argyle play Brentford.

Frank Simek, Mike Grella and Carlisle United play Walsall.

Maurice Edu and Rangers play Kilmarnock. (Edu is out injured.)

Dominic Cervi and Celtic play Dundee United.

Jozy Altidore and Villarreal play Valencia.

Oguchi Onyewu and AC Milan play Fiorentina.

Michael Bradley and Borussia Moenchengladbach play Mainz.

Daniel Williams and SC Freiburg play Borussia Dortmund.

Ricardo Clark and Eintracht Frankfurt play TSG Hoffenheim.

Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04 play Werder Bremen.

Steve Cherundolo, DaMarcus Beasley and Hannover 96 play Hamburg SV.

Amaechi Igwe and FC Ingolstadt 04 play VfL Bochum. (Igwe is out injured.)

Charlie Davies and Sochaux play Lorient.

Carlos Bocanegra and St Etienne play AJ Auxerre.

Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play Germinal Beerschot.

SUNDAY

Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan, Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa play Blackburn Rovers.

Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson and Fulham play Manchester City.

Luis Robles and Karlsruhe play FC Augsburg.

Kenny Cooper and TSV 1860 Munich play FSV Frankfurt. (Cooper is out injured.) 

Freddy Adu and Aris Salonika play Kerkyra.

Michael Parkhurst and FC Nordsjaelland play FC Copenhagen.

Marcus Tracy, Chris Rolfe and Aalborg BK play Brondby. (Tracy and Rolfe are out injured.)

Benny Feilhaber and AGF Aarhus play Bronshoj.

Steve Clark and Honefoss BK play Fredrikstad in the first leg of the promotion/relegation series.

Edgar Castillo and San Luis play Club America.

Jose Torres, Herculez Gomez, Marco Vidal and Pachuca play Monterrey.

MONDAY

Tim Howard and Everton play Sunderland.

David Yeldell and MSV Duisburg play Energie Cottbus.

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How do you see Bradley and Moenchengladbach doing this weekend against Mainz? Think Schalke and Jones can defeat Werder Bremen and jump out of the relegation zone? How do you see the trio of Americans at Pachuca faring in the second leg?

Share your thoughts below,

Comments

  1. US should rebrand to USA and change the terrible logo and uniforms…Perfect new beginning for American soccer after World Cup and MLS growth

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  2. I’m glad there are still ADU fans out there (I thought I was the only one). Tim M said it right, let him be until he does something worth talking about.
    There is so much expectation on the shoulders of that 21 year old that most people put him down and wrote him off for getting irregular playing time with Monaco, then Benefica and more so with Aris. Even BB said publicly that Adu needed more playing time to get a call up. When Spector and Gooch warm the bench, with gooch not playing at all for AC Milan as a starter and Spector not evening being on the West Ham line-up since August nobody says anything. As a matter of fact they still get called up for the national team.
    Bruce Area was trying to get Adu to the Galaxy (don’t know how that turned out) and I believe if he was coach we would have seen Adu on more than one occasion.
    He needs to do what Landon Donovan did and come back to MLS. If he proves himself here, with a team like LA, under the tutelage of Bruce Arena, BB will have no choice but to feature him.
    He was better than Altidore, Bradley, Rogers, Holden amd everyone else on that young Dynamic U-20 USMNT and at only 21 he’s sure to find his way back on the scene with a good strong mentor.

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  3. Gladbach in 2nd Bundesliga would mean Michael’s on 1st plane he can catch out of town.

    Since it would be too hard to explain why the 2nd Bundesliga guy would be starting over 5th in EPL CM Holden, at Gold Cup.

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  4. In this round (quarters) and the next(semis), a tie on aggregate puts the higher seeded team through. The finals go to extra time and penalties.

    All rounds are home and home series and the semis are reseeded.

    No away goals, straight aggregate in all rounds.

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  5. If Gladbach slip down to 2bundesliga what does that mean for MB? better team next season or a Feilhaber type situation? I wouldnt mind seeing MB in the EPL. I can see him playing for a WBA or Stoke

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  6. Question about the Apertura playoffs: if the aggregate is tied after the 2nd leg, what happens? I’ve gotten conflicting information, some sites say it will go to extra time and penalties, while other sites say if it’s tied the higher seed advances. Anyone know which it is? And do away goals count or is it just straight aggregate like MLS?

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  7. Re Adu, is it fair to say that where once there was a comma, God has now placed a period? Maybe he’ll tweet about that for his tweeps out there, but only after finishing the latest novel from the Freddy book club.

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  8. I don’t know if I’d like him in Aris again. Eddie tends to struggle at times, and lower level clubs in certain countries can really make it hard on a guy when they have high expectations for you.

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  9. Yea, Adu really f’d up when he decided to decline negotiating a termination on his second year loan with Aris.

    I really don’t get that one. What it an image issue, worried how it might look that Aris didn’t want him back and then onto another club? Certainly not wages. Maybe Benfica is really tired of his crap.

    Anyways, hope he gets out of that mess and latches onto a good club in Denmark or Belgium.

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  10. I hope Bradley stays at BMG for another season. If he can help BMG keep away from relegation it will enhance his image and say next season he helps them reach mid league status it’ll help his transfer chances. He’s good enough to play at Blackburn or Wigan and maybe Everton/AV but another season in the Bundesliga will only help.

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  11. Supposedly Aris is looking to pick up EJ on a loan in January. If it happens and he can pick up from where he left, he could sign with them full time next summer. Scoring in the Greek league ain’t the same as in England or Spain but it’s quality and we can’t be choosy. that being said I wish to never see EJ with the national team again. He last scored for the NT perhaps some 17 caps ago.

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  12. Wait… it is interesting for two reasons.

    Aris is talking about terminating his contract, they’ve got the Greek Football federation involved.

    They also say that here has been multiple breaches/problems with Adu.

    Secondly, if he wasn’t Adu we’d talk about him looking for a new team, like we talked about the Grella loan. We don’t have to make a hoopla about it but a young American looking to find a new team isn’t tabooed just b/c it’s Adu.

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  13. actually homeboy will be 1 of the subs. Last few matches he’s been on the bench. He should again but next week he may start. Club will be shopping him to other clubs so look for him to start a few matches before he leaves in January

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  14. There’s a typo in your Saturday listings. The correction should read:

    West Ham United play Liverpool. Jonathan Spector will watch the game from the sofa in his flat.

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  15. Wouldn’t it be something if there were an American playing a major role on a club chasing a Europe spot in England and we didn’t have to lead with all the relegation battles?

    Oh, wait ….

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  16. As long as we keep talking about Bornstein,Finley,Sasha,Rogers,Spector,etc.. it’s safe to say that speaking of Adu is all good!;) .. considering Adu had a better 2010 season early this year compared to everyone mention above. Pure fact.

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  17. Tim is right. Don’t even mention him until he does something, but to write him off completely is wrong (to dman). He’s what 21? That being said, I would put the odds heavily in dman’s favor that he probably won’t be the savior he was (unfairly) anointed.

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