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Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

Jermaine Jones 4 (Getty Images)

By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. national team won't be the only squad with new American faces in its lineup this weekend.

Several players in the Americans Abroad contingent will be looking to make debuts with their respective new clubs.

Jermaine Jones is one of those players, and he'll look to start for Blackburn when it faces West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. Having not played in a competitive match (for Schalke 04) since November, Jones will hope to put his playing time woes behind him as the Rovers attempt to climb into the upper half of the Premier League table.

Edson Buddle is another player who will be aiming to start this weekend. Buddle has made FC Ingolstadt 04's game-day roster for its Friday fixture against MSV Duisburg, and the World Cup forward is likely to play in some capacity, according to manager Benno Mohlmann.

Several other players will attempt to receive their first minutes, too. Recently promoted to TSV 1860 Munich's first team, U.S. U-20 national team striker Bobby Wood could get a quick first appearance when the club faces VfL Osnabruck. Mike Grella is also in a similar situation, as he could make his debut for Motherwell in its match versus Hibernian.

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

FRIDAY

Ricardo Clark and Eintracht Frankfurt play Hamburg SV.

Amaechi Igwe, Edson Buddle and FC Ingolstadt 04 play David Yelldell and MSV Duisburg. (Igwe is out injured.)

Bobby Wood and TSV 1860 Munich play VfL Osnabruck.

Charlie Davies and Sochaux play Paris FC in the Coupe de France.

SATURDAY

Marcus Hahnemann and Wolverhampton Wanderers play Liverpool.

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

Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson and Fulham play Stoke City.

Brad Friedel, Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa play Manchester City.

Conor Doyle and Derby County play Robbie Findley and Nottingham Forest.

Brad Guzan and Hull City play Reading.

Zak Whitbread and Norwich City play Sheffield United.

Anton Peterlin and Plymouth Argyle play Charlton Athletic.

Frank Simek and Carlisle United play Notts County.

Maurice Edu and Rangers play Heart of Midlothian.

Dominic Cervi and Celtic play Aberdeen.

Mike Grella and Motherwell play Hibernian.

Steve Cherundolo, DaMarcus Beasley and Hannover 96 play Schalke 04.

Daniel Williams and SC Freiburg play Timothy Chandler and FC Nurnberg.

Luis Robles and Karlsruhe play Alemania Aachen.

Quentin Westberg and Evian Thonon Gaillard play Strasbourg in the Coupe de France.

Sonny Guadarrama and Atlante play Monterrey.

Jose Torres, Herculez Gomez and Pachuca play Santos.

SUNDAY

Jermaine Jones and Blackburn Rovers play West Bromwich Albion.

Jozy Altidore and Villarreal play Real Sociedad.

Michael Bradley and Borussia Moenchengladbach play Bayer Leverkusen.

Oguchi Onyewu and Twente Enschede play FC Groningen.

Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play Standard Liege.

Edgar Castillo and Puebla play Sammy Ochoa and Estudiantes Tecos U.A. de G.

Jonathan Bornstein and Tigres UANL play America.

MONDAY

Stuart Holden and Bolton Wanderers play Chelsea.

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How do you see Jones faring this weekend if he starts? Should Buddle start or come off the bench? Think Wood wiil make his debut for 1860 Munich? What are you expecting from Grella?

Share your thoughts below.

Comments

  1. I’ll sheepishly admit that I was one of the folk who was upset when davies was left out of the pre WC camp…

    *hangs head in shame*

    In my defense, I never made any ridiculous 40% davies over 100% anybody else comments. But after all the suggestion that davies might feature for sochaux by season’s end, I had talked myself into him at least making the 30 man camp.

    Obviously I needed to give our medical staff more credit. I’ll go say a dozen hail marys now.

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  2. Quentin Westberg never gets love on SBI, yet this Dominic Cervi does? I thought Westberg’s great performance against Marseille two weeks ago would have at least opened a few eyes, but sadly, it hasn’t.

    Westberg should be starting in goal against Strasbourg on Saturday btw.

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  3. Just saw that on gamecast, it’s like a shooting gallery for Ingolstadt, Buddle already had over 5 shots, 2 on goal before that. Duisberg is 4th in the 2 Bundesliga too.

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  4. Coach said he did well, but wasn’t what the team immediately needed. Said they had other focus points and that he wouldn’t really be that useful for them. Sad to see someone with such touted potential as labed “not useful” to a 2nd division German squad…..

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  5. Maybe if people stop bringing up Adu, something positive will finally happen with his career trajectory? Adu fans might want to try that out, because the opposite hasn’t been working.

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  6. Except that some people never recover from serious injuries well enough to be top level athletes.
    How do you know the issue is now mentality and confidence rather than no longer having the physical capability to be a professional soccer player? Your guess is no more based on facts than the others.

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  7. So you’;re telling me 34 year old Van Nistlerooy just got transfered back to RM 1 year after he left? Despite knowing that he will only be an “emergency” striker? Surely it can’t be for the wages? He may get more than at Hamburg, but it won’t be the wages he would have been paied 5 years ago.

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  8. I dunno, he’s an MLS vet with an MLS Cup and several World Cup starts under his belt.

    Seeing his name is no weirder than seeing people like Mike Grella on the list on a weekly basis. Just because someone starts his pro career in Europe doesn’t mean he’s necessarily better than a guy who’s toiled in MLS for a few years.

    Shouldn’t we be pleased that a Yank established himself in our own league and then gained looks from abroad? No matter what your opinion of his worth as a player, other leagues seem to think his value is much greater than MLS does…

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  9. He’s only 24 years old, so his career is far from over.

    That said, it’s certainly not going in the direction he, or his fans, would like it to be. And he really can’t blame anyone for that but the man in the mirror.

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  10. Yeah. He has no chance. Usually people bounce right back from near fatal injuries.

    Remember Jermaine Jones’ injury? A relatively minor fracture not treated correctly. He lost an entire year. Davies basically shattered his entire body like a glass vase.

    His physical health has only been step one. The next, and hardest step, is recovering mentality, confidence, game speed, mental speed, endurance, etc. It will take Charlie probably another season entirely to get back to where he was before the accident.

    So no, his career doesn’t look pretty much “done.”

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  11. One would think that if he’s healthy he would definitely make the bench at least–unless the club is working on a deal to send him out on loan/transfer.

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