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Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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Clint Dempsey and Fulham may have had a bad result against Liverpool on Wednesday, but they'll have a chance to quickly erase that from their memories in FA Cup action this weekend.

Fulham hosts Tottenham on Sunday, and Dempsey will look to spark the Cottagers' attack against the likes of Michael Dawson after failing to find the back of the net against Liverpool. Nearly a week removed from recording a career-high in goals scored in a Premier League season, Dempsey might be able to carry over the confidence gained as he aims to score his first goal in the FA Cup.

Tim Howard and Everton also have a big FA Cup match looming as they square off against Chelsea. A win could do wonders for Everton as it is coming off a 2-2 draw against lowly West Ham United, but Howard will likely need to muster some magic to give the Toffees any chance to defeat Didier Drogba and co.

Looking for a battle of Americans this weekend? The FA Cup could potentially provide one when West Ham and Nottingham Forest do battle. Spector, the Hammers' cup hero, should get the start, and he could face off against World Cup teammate Robbie Findley, who is hoping to make his debut abroad.

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


Steve Cherundolo, DaMarcus Beasley and Hannover 96 play Bayer Leverkusen.

Amaechi Igwe, Edson Buddle and FC Ingolstadt 04 play RW Oberhausen. (Igwe is out injured.)

Sammy Ochoa and Estudiantes Tecos U.A. de G. play Chivas de Guadalajara.


Zak Whitbread and Norwich City play Crystal Palace.

Brad Guzan and Hull City play Queens Park Rangers.

Tim Howard and Everton play Chelsea in the FA Cup.

Brad Friedel, Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa play Jermaine Jones and Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup.

Stuart Holden and Bolton Wanderers play Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup.

Frank Simek and Carlisle United play Oldham Athletic.

Anton Peterlin and Plymouth Argyle play AFC Bournemouth.

Dominic Cervi and Celtic play Aberdeen in the Co-operative Insurance Cup (Scottish League Cup).

Timothy Chandler and FC Nurnberg play Hamburg SV.

Bobby Wood and TSV 1860 Munich play David Yelldell and MSV Duisburg.

Charlie Davies and Sochaux play Stade Rennes.

Carlos Bocanegra and St Etienne play Toulouse.

Quentin Westberg and Evian Thonon Gaillard play Nantes.

Jose Torres, Herculez Gomez and Pachuca play Cruz Azul.

Jonathan Bornstein and Tigres UANL play Toluca.

Sonny Guadarrama and Atlante play Edgar Castillo and Puebla.


Marcus Hahnemann and Wolverhampton Wanderers play Stoke City in the FA Cup.

Jonathan Spector and West Ham United play Robbie Findley and Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup.

Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson and Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup.

Maurice Edu and Rangers play Motherwell in the Co-operative Insurance Cup (Scottish League Cup).

Jozy Altidore and Villarreal play Espanyol.

Daniel Williams and SC Freiburg play VfB Stuttgart.

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

Alfredo Morales and Hertha Berlin play Arminia Bielefeld.

Luis Robles and Karlsruhe play Energie Cottbus.

Oguchi Onyewu and Twente Enschede play Feyenoord Rotterdam.

Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play KV Mechelen.


Expecting Dempsey to score against Tottenham? How do you see Howard doing against Chelsea? Intrigued by a potential Spector-Findley battle?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Just like i’d your comments don’t start a topic a conversation.

    Kljestan we’ll see again and again.

    And barring injury, he’ll be there for the gold cup.

  2. Dempsey is very much in form as a striker in the best league in the world. He starts and plays almost all games for the full 90 minutes. He is having a personal record breaking year for goals with 9 so far.

    Sooooo, why isn’t he considered our #1 striker?

    Altidore never starts. He has never scored a goal in either a La Liga game nor a Copa del Rey game.

    Soooo, why is he considered our best striker? Or do people still think that he is our best option? I hope not.

  3. Finding this Ingolstadt/Oberhausen match difficult to watch; lots of air balls and players trying to move through someone rather than around. Buddle is in and getting almost zero service. More painful than watching Jozy at Hull.

    Definitely seems a step down (tactically) from MLS, though I didn’t catch the last match.

  4. what about Molde FK from Norway and their Americans being listed on here? Gatt, etc are playing today and its on

    But man, what a bummer day for americans: Rico Clark out for four weeks (sorry, i’ll never curse you again now that you are a good CB instead), Buddle doesn’t start and the biggest blow…Michael Bradely going to play in TURKEY??? oy.

  5. German-American who place for Hertha Berlin in 2 Bundasliga. Born 5/12/90 stands 6’0″ @ 165. Supposidly plays CB and CM. has represented the US U-20 squad before the 2009 U-20 Cup…but wasn’t on the final team that competed.

  6. True but it does mean they play against harder opposition which should be taken into account. You’re right, i forgot he was called in for the Confed Cup. I just think we could use those 2 for depth along with our young MLS keepers like Hamid and Sean Johnson

  7. after the mistakes he made at the last Confed Cup, unlikely.

    But you’re right he may improve and could become a star, but I’d have him just for depth. Never to start.

  8. I recollect Luis Robles was called into a camp and played horribly.

    Just because people play in Europe does not automatically mean they are better.

  9. Dude is 25. If at 27 he’s been playing well consistently for Anderlecht would you still say that? When we may be playing in the Confed cup again? This is insane.

  10. Crossing my fingers for Dempsey to score and beat Spurs tomorrow. If so he’ll have 10goals in 26 matches this season. McBride’s record was 12 goals in 38matches I believe.

  11. Hey Ives can you get a chance to do a report on both Robles and Yelldell. Starting GK’s for 2 Bundesliga clubs. May not seem all high and mighty but they’re pretty good. I mean usually Bob seems to call attention to older worn and torn MLS GK’s but would be nice to give them a shout. Invite them to a camp or for a friendly to train with the guys


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