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Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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photo by Howard C. Smith/ISIphotos.com

By FRANCO PANIZO

If battles between American players are appealing to you, then you won't want to miss some of this weekend's matches.

From Michael Bradley and Stuart Holden possibly squaring off in Aston Villa's match with Bolton, to Eddie Johnson continuing his search for the back of the net against Zak Whitbread in Preston North End's tilt versus Norwich City, there are several quality American duels to see. Among the most intriguing will be when Clint Dempsey and Fulham square off against Jermaine Jones and Blackburn.

This weekend isn't all about American matchups. The Danish Superliga will return from its long winter break, and so too could Clarence Goodson. The U.S. national team defender might make his Brondby IF debut when the club takes on Lyngby.

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

FRIDAY

Alfredo Morales and Hertha Berlin play FSV Frankfurt.

Bobby Wood and TSV 1860 Munich play RW Oberhausen.

Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play Racing Genk.

Sammy Ochoa and Estudiantes Tecos U.A. de G. play Jose Torres, Herculez Gomez and Pachuca.

SATURDAY

Stuart Holden and Bolton Wanderers play Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan, Michael Bradley and Aston Villa.

Clint Dempsey and Fulham play Jermaine Jones and Blackburn Rovers.

Tim Howard and Everton play Newcastle United.

Jonathan Spector and West Ham United play Stoke City.

Conor Doyle and Derby County play Barnsley.

Eric Lichaj and Leeds United play Doncaster Rovers.

Zak Whitbread and Norwich City play Eddie Johnson and Preston North End.

Robbie Findley and Nottingham Forest play Hull City. (Findley is out injured.)

Frank Simek and Carlisle United play Brighton.

Anton Peterlin and Plymouth Argyle play Sheffield Wednesday.

Mike Grella and Swindon Town play Walsall.

Dominic Cervi and Celtic play Hamilton Academical.

Ricardo Clark and Eintracht Frankfurt play Kaiserslautern. (Clark is out injured.)

Steve Cherundolo, DaMarcus Beasley and Hannover 96 play Bayern Munich.

Timothy Chandler and FC Nurnberg play St Pauli.

Luis Robles and Karlsruhe play VfL Bochum.

Carlos Bocanegra and St Etienne play Caen.

Oguchi Onyewu and Twente Enschede play NAC Breda.

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

Jonathan Bornstein and Tigres UANL play Chivas de Guadalalajara.

Sonny Guadarrama and Atlante play Pumas UNAM. 

SUNDAY

Marcus Hahnemann and Wolverhampton Wanderers play Tottenham Hotspur.

Maurice Edu and Rangers and play St Mirren.

Daniel Williams and SC Freiburg play Werder Bremen. (Williams is out injured.)

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

David Yelldell and MSV Duisburg play Arminia Bielefeld.

Jozy Altidore and Bursaspor play Istanbul Buyuksehir BSK.

Freddy Adu and Caykur Rizespor play Gaziantep BBK.

Clarence Goodson and Brondby IF play Lyngby.

Michael Parkhurst and FC Nordsjaelland play Randers FC.

Edgar Castillo and Puebla play Atlas.

MONDAY

Quentin Westberg and Evian Thonon Gaillard play Boulogne.

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Which of the American matchups are you most intrigued by? Do you see Bradley starting again? How do you see Goodson faring should he start for Brondby?

Share your thoughts below.

Comments

  1. Anyone concerned with Jones injuring Dempsey, have any idea how many serious injuries Jones has dished out? Before confusing him and a certain dutch player, maybe you should get your facts straight…..

    You guys are great for a laugh, almost as much as the people calling Bradley a horrible player.

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  2. Based on recent club form, yes. Spector is effective for his club. Bradley gives a ton of effort but he gives away possession easily. This is combining his limited time for Villa as well as his up-and-down form at BMG. In my opinion, Bradley and Jones are at the same position and Jones is clearly ahead of him.

    The World Cup is over. No more riding on what happened there. Bradley can score goals, but if he isn’t playing at a high level he shouldn’t be playing for his country over someone who is.

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  3. seriously? That’s amazing. He will be a starter in the Gold Cup and will be at a bigger club in a bigger league by the next WC

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  4. That donovan comparison is apt. And of course, there _were_ reactionary fans claiming donovan was terrible based on his german stint.

    I bet there’s some overlap between those fans and the current bradley-is-10th-on-the-depth-chart lot.

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  5. Putting Spector above Bradley is RIDICULOUS. Holden is a different player. There will be a spot for at least 3 of 4 of them in the 11. Spector is not included in those 4.

    Are you guys forgetting what Bradley did during World Cup? He played every minute and scored arguably one of the most important goals (he doesn’t score and Donovan’s finish is meaningless). He’s been at Villa for just a few games. Give him a break. This nepotism stuff is such rubbish, and it’s overplayed way too much. Bradley would be a starter with or without Papa Bradley.

    I will put money on Bradley next to Jones as holding midfielders for the Gold Cup. Holden will be in front of them as a more attacking midfielder.

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  6. Legitimately concerned.

    Dembele probably a more likely target though. Holds on to the ball longer.

    In any event, wood has been knocked upon.

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  7. Interested fans = teenage girls?

    Like it or not, Mikey is in the national team picture to stay as long as his pops is the coach. I’m not suggesting full-blown nepotism, but you’ll hear those whispers turn into roars if Bradley remains a starter in our midfield over other deserving players. Based on recent club form, he is our 4th or 5th best CM behind Holden, Jones, Edu, and Spector.

    I’m sure I’m not alone in this, but I couldn’t care less about where Aston Villa, Bolton, Blackburn, or Fulham finish in the EPL table. I just want to see my American national team players getting integrated and playing for their clubs.

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  8. Lets not jump on the MB isn’t any good bandwagon. He’s been good at every club that he’s been at. He came into Villa having not really played in several weeks so he probably wasn’t fully fit. Also, Landon didn’t fit in well in Germany but Bradley did. So by that standard, you could say that Landon isn’t any good. You just can’t compair players like that. Also, it took awhile for Dempsey to make an impression in the EPL and now look at him. Get off Bradley’s nuts and let him work hard and earn a spot. Not everyone walks into the league and starts. It takes time to get used to the speed and also it takes awhile for the manager to figure you out. Give Bradley a break. He’s an excellent player and will continue to grow under the right manager and situation.

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  9. He’s only been there for 3? games! Calm down and give him a chance to settle in. And I don’t think he is overrated. I think he is our best box to box midfielder… better than Jones.

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  10. What time does the 1860 Munich game start? I’m interested in seeing Bobby Wood, but have a hard time pinning down the time to tune in.

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  11. Racing Genk sounds like a medical condition.

    You all need to chill with the MB obsession. going on like a bunch of teenaged girls…. wait, are you all teenaged girls?

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  12. Admittedly, AV is deeper at Central Midfield than either Bolton or Blackburn and Everton is so thin at the flanks that they’re playing a 19 year old. Still, that said, Bradley needs to take more advantages of the opportunities he’s given to cement a starting position.

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  13. The gaffer doesn’t take kindly to media abuse – all the under-performing players from mid-week will be in the doggy house for this game I should imagine.

    And it’s not whether or not he performed as well as the other guys, it’s how he performs when matched against the starters.

    He also has the problem of not having a history with the team. You can excuse a poor performance if you can point to 5 other games where a player delivered. The only other game you can point to with Bradley is one where he performed just as poorly…

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  14. I think Michael Bradley is so overrated, so I’m really looking forward to him “NOT WARMING THE BENCH”!! If he is (or ever was) the best midfielder we have, like most people are saying, then getting into the starting line up shouldn’t be that much of a problem (greatness reflected in performance….Donovan immediately sparked Everton, Jones immediately sparked Blackburn, Spector changing positions, IN THE EPL, playing/sometimes starting). The EPL (unlike the USMNT) is not WHO you know but WHAT you know.

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  15. The AV – Bolton match is the most interesting by far. Holden deserves Mikey’s spot in the Nat team while Dempsey is a lock. Will be interesting to see Michael watching Holden star in the Prem from the bench.

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  16. Clarence Goodson is a 100% starter for Brondby this season. The big preseason discussion has been about making him captain in fact.

    The Bolton – AV match should be fun with a possible battle in the mifield for Holden and Bradley. I know Holden will be playing/starting but after MB’s performance midweek he may take a seat for this one.

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  17. Let’s call it like it is, did he stand out amongst the other reserve players? I am not saying he won’t play, but don’t be surprised if he doesn’t.

    However, after saying this he may start as well, crazier things have happened. I doubt that, I think if he does play it will be as a sub.

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  18. The Villa game isn’t on Espn3 or Fox Soccer Tv. Bummer. I might have to wake up early on Saturday now and go stream hunting.

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