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Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Tim Howard missed out on the Premiership's opening weekend as Everton's game versus Tottenham Hotspur was postponed due to rioting. But the wait to begin the season will end for Howard as he is set to man the pipes against Queens Park Rangers.

Howard will get his sixth season with Everton underway on Saturday in a home match the Toffees are favored to win. It is unlikely that Howard will get tested too much against a Queens Park Rangers side that lost 4-0 last weekend, but that should be just fine for him and Everton, as the Toffees have dropped their last three season openers.

Jonathan Spector is looking to begin his regular season this weekend, too. Having just made his competitive debut for the Blues in their Europa League match on Thursday, Spector will hope to have done enough in the midfield to persuade manager Chris Hughton to give him a start against Middlesbrough on Sunday.

Wondering what other interesting matches are on tap? Look no further than a battle of former club teammates when Herculez Gomez and Estudiantes Tecos take on Jose Torres and Pachuca. There's also an intriguing match-up of Frankfurt-based clubs scheduled, as Ricardo Clark and Eintracht Frankfurt square off with FSV Frankfurt.

Here is who the Americans Abroad play this weekend:

FRIDAY

Michael Bradley and Borussia Moenchengladbach play VfL Wolfsburg.

Bobby Wood and TSV 1860 Munich play Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Edson Buddle and FC Ingolstadt 04 play SpVgg Greuther Furth.

Herculez Gomez and Estudiantes Tecos play Jose Torres and Pachuca.

SATURDAY

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

Tim Howard and Everton play Queens Park Rangers.

Conor Doyle and Derby County play Doncaster Rovers.

Robbie Findley and Nottingham Forest play Leicester City.

Frank Simek and Carlisle United play AFC Bournemouth. (Simek is out injured.)

Anton Peterlin and Walsall play Yeovil Town.

Timmy Chandler and FC Nurnberg play Borussia Dortmund.

David Yelldell and Bayer Leverkusen play VfB Stuttgart.

Daniel Williams and SC Freiburg play Werder Bremen.

Quentin Westberg and Evian Thonon Gaillard play AC Ajaccio.

Eugene Starikov and FK Tom Tomsk play CSKA Moscow.

Joe Corona and Club Tijuana play Cruz Azul.

Adrian Ruelas and Jaguares de Chiapas play Queretaro.

Jonathan Bornstein and Tigres UANL play Michael Orozco and San Luis.

SUNDAY

Zak Whitbread and Norwich City play Stoke City.

Clint Dempsey and Fulham play Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Stuart Holden and Bolton Wanderers play Manchester City. (Holden is out injured.)

Mike Grella and Leeds United play West Ham United.

Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City play Middlesbrough.

Maurice Edu, Alejandro Bedoya, Carlos Bocanegra and Rangers play Motherwell.

Dominic Cervi and Celtic play St Johnstone.

Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04 play Mainz.

Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96 play Alfredo Morales and Hertha Berlin.

Matt Taylor and SC Paderborn 07 play Dynamo Dresden.

Luis Robles and Karlsruher SC play Energie Cottbus.

Ricardo Clark and Eintracht Frankfurt play FSV Frankfurt.

Jozy Altidore and AZ Alkmaar play NEC Nijmegen.

Oguchi Onyewu and Sporting CP play Beira Mar.

Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play RAEC Bergen Mons.

Michael Parkhurst and FC Nordsjaelland play FC Midtjylland.

Brad Rusin and HB Koge play Silkeborg IF.

Clarence Goodson and Brondby IF play AGF Aarhus.

Ryan Miller and Halmstads BK play Helsingborg.

Mix Diskerud and Stabaek IF play Braen.

DaMarcus Beasley and Puebla play Pumas UNAM.

Sonny Guadarrama and Atlante play Toluca.

Edgar Castillo and Club America play Atlas.

MONDAY

Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur play Manchester United.

Conor O'Brien and SonderjyskE play Chris Rolfe, Marcus Tracy and Aalborg BK. (Tracy is out injured.)

Samuel Petrone and Mjallby AIF play Orebro SK.

Josh Gatt, Sean Cunningham and Molde FK play Lillestrom.

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Which matches are you most looking forward to? Do you see Howard and Everton winning this weekend? Expecting Spector to start on Sunday? Do you see Clark playing in the battle of Frankfurt-based clubs?

Share your thoughts below.

Comments

  1. Translation:

    He has few options, nobody wants his salary, and he is just now trying to rebuild a Gladbach bridge he torched like the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

    Not buying a word of what he is claiming that the only person he fell out of favor with was the coach. I have read some scathing interviews with Gladbach front office personnel and they frankly hate him.

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  2. Michael Bradley gave an interview to the German newspaper the Express. Short but interesting. He says he is definitely staying in Europe and that talks with teams are in progress, but did not give any details. He also said he was not yet ready to close the door to a possible return to M├â┬Ânchengladbach, but admitted it would be better to go to a new team. He stressed that he went to Ashton Villa in January only because he fell out of favor with Gladbach Coach Michael Frontzeck, not out of disrespect for Gladbach. He also said Gladbach Team manager Max Eberl asked him once while he was still in England to fly to Dusseldorf for a talk, but that he did not feel he could spend a day off training to make the trip, instead needed to focus on trying to win a spot on Ashton Villa.

    Here the link is to the interview:

    http://www.express.de/sport/fussball/moenchengladbach/michael-bradley—ich-habe-hier-alles-gegeben-/-/3286/9543848/-/

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  3. maybe we’ll see george john on this list soon.

    also, maybe we should add fabian johnson until he decides where his loyalties lie. although he’s played for germany’s u-21 team, I feel we still have a shot with Klinnsmann’s German links

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