Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

Americans Abroad

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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Donovan Dempsey (Reuters)

By FRANCO PANIZO

Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey have shared plenty of moments throughout their careers as the top two attacking threats of the U.S. men's national team, but they will not be celebrating together on Friday.

The two American stars are set to face off for the first time since 2006 when Everton and Fulham do battle in the fourth round of the FA Cup (3pm, Fox Soccer Channel). Dempsey is in red-hot form while Donovan has played well since joining Everton on loan earlier this month. Combine that with Tim Howard starting in goal for Everton, and this do-or-die match is must-see TV for any American soccer fan.

Another match of intrigue will be when Michael Bradley and Chievo Verona square off against Lazio. Chievo Verona are not the favorites heading into the match but with it being played in their stadium, and Lazio coming off two days rest, an upset is as probable as ever.

This weekend could also mark the first-team TSG 1899 Hoffenheim debut for Joe Gyau. The U.S. U-23 national team winger was set to make his first appearance for the club last week, but the referee ended that game before Gyau could enter. If Gyau does play this weekend, he would see time against Borussia Dortmund, the reigning Bundesliga champions.

Here is who the Americans Abroad face this weekend:

FRIDAY

Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur play Watford in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Tim Howard, Landon Donovan, Marcus Hahnemann and Everton play Clint Dempsey and Fulham in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96 play Timmy Chandler and FC Nurnberg. (Chandler is out injured.)

SATURDAY

Stuart Holden, Tim Ream and Bolton Wanderers play Swansea City in the fourth round of the FA Cup. (Holden is out injured.)

Conor Doyle and Derby County play Stoke City in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City play Sheffield United in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Zak Whitbread and Norwich City play West Bromwich Albion in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Mike Grella and Brentford play Wycombe Wanderers.

Frank Simek and Carlisle United play Hartlepool United.

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

Terrence Boyd and Borussia Dortmund play Fabian Johnson, Danny Williams, Joe Gyau and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.

Alfredo Morales and Hertha Berlin play Hamburg SV.

Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04 play FC Cologne. (Jones is serving an eight-week suspension.)

Charlie Davies and Sochaux play Lorient.

Jozy Altidore and AZ Alkmaar play Roda JC Kerkrade.

Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play Germinal Beerschot.

DaMarcus Beasley and Puebla play Adrian Ruelas and Jaguares de Chiapas.

Jose Torres and Pachuca play Queretaro.

Jonathan Bornstein and Tigres UANL play Estudiantes Tecos U.A. de G.

Michael Orozco Fiscal and San Luis play America.

Sonny Guadarrama and Atlante play Cruz Azul.

SUNDAY

Brad Guzan, Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa play Arsenal in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Dominic Cervi and Celtic play Falkirk.

Michael Bradley and Chievo Verona play Lazio.

Quentin Westberg and Evian Thonon Gaillard play Bordeaux.

Oguchi Onyewu and Sporting CP play Beira Mar.

Joe Corona, Edgar Castillo, Greg Garza and Club Tijuana play Herculez Gomez and Santos Laguna.

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Which matches are you most looking forward to? Who do you think will win, Donovan and Everton or Dempsey and Fulham? Expecting Bradley to have a big game against Lazio? Do you see Gyau making his debut this weekend?

Share your thoughts below.

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