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Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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photo by Howard C. Smith/ISIphotos.com

By FRANCO PANIZO

It must be Thanksgiving weekend, because there are some tasty match-ups involving the Americans Abroad contingent this weekend.

Michael Bradley and Chievo Verona have one of the marquee games, as they take on AC Milan on Sunday. The Flying Donkeys are on a two-game winning streak in Serie A, but Bradley will need to help shutdown the likes of Robinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic if Chievo is to extend it to three.

Oguchi Onyewu is also involved in a prolific game, as Sporting CP faces Benfica in a battle of Portuguese heavyweights. Second-place Benfica sits just one spot ahead of Sporting CP in the Primeira Liga table, but Onyewu's club could move up to first should it beat Benfica and should league leaders Porto fall to fifth-place Sporting Braga.

Another match worth watching will be Clint Dempsey and Fulham's game versus Arsenal. The Cottagers need to distance themselves further away from the relegation zone, and an upset win on Saturday would be a big result for the club. Should Dempsey find the back of the net in the match, he'd move past Brian McBride as the American with the most goals in the Premiership.

Here is who the Americans Abroad play this weekend:

FRIDAY

Matt Taylor and SC Paderborn 07 play FSV Frankfurt.

Jozy Altidore and AZ Alkmaar play FC Utrecht.

SATURDAY

Stuart Holden and Bolton Wanderers play Tim Howard, Marcus Hahnemann and Everton. (Holden is out injured.)

Zak Whitbread and Norwich City play Queens Park Rangers. (Whitbread is out injured.)

Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur play West Bromwich Albion.

Clint Dempsey and Fulham play Arsenal.

Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City play Blackpool.

Robbie Findley and Nottingham Forest play Cardiff City.

Daniel Potts and West Ham United play Conor Doyle and Derby County.

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

Mike Grella and Brentford play Rochdale.

Anton Peterlin and Walsall play Stevenage.

Dominic Cervi and Greenock Morton play Queen of the South.

Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04 play Terrence Boyd and Borussia Dortmund.

Alfredo Morales and Hertha Berlin play David Yelldell and Bayer Leverkusen.

Timmy Chandler and FC Nurnberg play Kaiserslautern.

Fabian Johnson, Danny Williams and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim play SC Freiburg.

Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96 play Hamburg SV.

Luis Robles and Karlsruher SC play Alemannia Aachen.

Bobby Wood and TSV 1860 Munich play Ricardo Clark and Eintracht Frankfurt.

Quentin Westberg and Evian Thonon Gaillard play Stade Rennes.

Oguchi Onyewu and Sporting CP play Benfica.

Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play Zulte-Waregem.

SUNDAY

Brad Guzan, Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa play Swansea City. (Lichaj is out injured.)

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

Michael Bradley and Chievo Verona play AC Milan.

Edson Buddle and FC Ingolstadt 04 play Energie Cottbus.

Eugene Starikov and FK Tom' Tomsk play Krasnodar.

Michael Parkhurst and FC Nordsjaelland play Silkeborg IF.

Brad Rusin and HB Koge play FC Copenhagen.

Conor O'Brien and SonderjyskE play Lyngby.

Chris Rolfe and Aalborg BK play AGF Aarhus.

Josh Gatt, Sean Cunningham and Molde FK play Sogndal. (Gatt is out injured.)

Mix Diskerud and Stabaek IF play Valerenga.

Jonathan Bornstein and Tigres UANL play Jose Torres and Pachuca in the second leg of the quarterfinals of the Mexico Apertura Liguilla. (Torres is out injured.)

Adrian Ruelas and Jaguares de Chiapas play Santos Laguna in the second leg of the quarterfinals of the Mexico Apertura Liguilla.

Diego Restrepo and America de Cali play Deportes Tolima.

MONDAY

Clarence Goodson and Brondby IF play AC Horsens.

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Which matches are you most looking forward to? How do you see Bradley and Chievo faring? Expecting Onyewu and Sporting CP to beat Benfica? Think Dempsey scores against Arsenal?

Share your thoughts below.

Comments

  1. What are you talking about? We got eliminated from 2006 WC because of poor goal keeping by Casey Keller.Please watch the game between US and Czech Republic and Ghana.His poor goal keeping was part of those 1st goals in those games.

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  2. Interesting tidbit: Clarence Goodson appeared on House Hounters International. He was looking for a Home in Copenhagen after moving from Norway to Bronby. They actually spent some time showing him in training, but did not mention he Played for the USMNT as well as Bronby.

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  3. Do you even watch any of these teams? He would never make a top team in France, Germany, Spain or Italy. He can’t make it on a top team in England so we need to stop these funny comments that some average player would play on PSG, Lyon, Milan, Inter, Bayern, Dortmund or even Tottenham or Newcastle. Typical US media and fans propagating this sense of a US player can make any team; if the player can, they would be there you won’t need to say it.

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  4. Wrong. Maybe, and only maybe, not Madrid or Barca, but to think he “couldn’t see the bench” for Villareal or an Atl. Madrid, etc. is pure ignorance.

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  5. “prolific” means repeatedly creative. i have no idea what you are trying to say, but it is not possible that onyewu is involved in a prolific game, unless that game will keep self-replicating like some sort of terrifying football game cyborg, in a recursive loop from which onyewu may never escape.

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  6. OR he saw the writing on the wall with Howard being the heir apparent and decided to focus on his club game. It’s not like being a midfielder where you can be a fringe player and still see match minutes. My concern is that he has made a tremendous career for himself out of the US Soccer spotlight, so I don’t know how many folks truly appreciate his Nolan Ryan/cal Ripkin like accomplishments.

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  7. I think we need to do what we did with Freddy Adu and count how many minutes it takes after a story has been published for somebody to mention that Clint Dempsey needs to move to a Champions League team…

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  8. PN,

    He did not lose the job to Keller. He was coming off an unbelievable 2002 World Cup Tournament, the best tournament a US keeper has ever had.

    I’m speculating here but he may have felt he had gone about as far as he could have with the US.

    He also felt the traveling was hurting his club career and given the way things worked out, and his current form it is hard to argue with that.

    At the time the US had more good keepers than they knew what to do with. Keller was every bit as good as Friedel.

    Saying he let the US down is very petty and frankly is inaccurate.

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  9. Friedel is a great keeper. I feel he let the National team when he lost the starting job to Keller and promptly quit the team. So, perhaps a little less love.

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  10. Fulham’s next five are @Arsenal, v. Liverpool, @Swansea, v.Bolton, and v. ManU. Fulham should beat Bolton and have a decent chance against Swansea. Six points from the next five games would go along way toward giving them some breathing room from the Relegation Zone.

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  11. It is truly incredible what Brad Friedel is doing at such an advanced age for such a high-achieving club. Has any American played(actually playing) on a club this good since Timmy with United back in the day? Love Kasey Keller, hope Brad gets the same love he does.

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