Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

Americans Abroad

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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Landon Donovan (AP)

By FRANCO PANIZO

Landon Donovan's second loan with Everton has gone just as well as anyone could have imagined.

In his near two-month stay with the club, Donovan has helped the club string together a solid run of results with his impressive performances while simultaneously silencing the critics that constantly harp on him for playing in MLS.

Nothing at this point can change the fact that Donovan has helped turn Everton's season around, but what Donovan can do is end his time with the Toffees with an exclamation point.

Everton takes on Blackpool in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Saturday and another good game from Donovan would put the Toffees one step closer towards advancing in the tournament. Donovan has yet to score during this loan spell, but finding the back of the net in front of the Everton faithful in his last game would be a fitting way to end things.

Another player looking to build on his recent strong showings is DaMarcus Beasley. The U.S. international has played a pivotal role in Puebla's attack in recent weeks, and another positive performance from him could help the club jump into the top half of the Mexican standings should Puebla defeat Morelia.

This weekend will also mark the first game for Rangers in the post-administration era. With the club having filed for bankruptcy earlier this week and with the league title now all but Celtic's, it will be interesting to see what direction Rangers goes in and what roles players like Maurice Edu and Carlos Bocanegra have when the club takes on Kilmarnock.

Here is who the Americans Abroad play this weekend:

FRIDAY

Fabian Johnson, Danny Williams, Joe Gyau and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim play Mainz.

Luis Robles and Karlsruhe play Energie Cottbus.

Matt Taylor and SC Paderborn 07 play Dynamo Dresden.

Sonny Guadarrama and Atlante play Estudiantes Tecos U.A. de G.

SATURDAY

Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City play Chelsea in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Tim Howard, Landon Donovan, Marcus Hahnemann and Everton play Blackpool in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

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

Zak Whitbread and Norwich City play Leicester City. (Whitbread is out injured.)

Robbie Rogers and Leeds United play Doncaster Rovers.

Robbie Findley and Nottingham Forest play Coventry City.

Conor Doyle and Derby County play Southampton.

Anton Peterlin and Walsall play Wycombe Wanderers.

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

David Yelldell and Bayer Leverkusen play FC Augsburg.

Alfredo Morales and Hertha Berlin play Terrence Boyd and Borussia Dortmund.

Timmy Chandler and FC Nurnberg play FC Cologne.

Ricardo Clark and Eintracht Frankfurt play FSV Frankfurt.

Quentin Westberg and Evian Thonon Gaillard play Caen.

Charlie Davies and Sochaux play AJ Auxerre.

Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play KVC Westerlo.

Mikkel Diskerud and KAA Gent play KSC Lokeren.

Joe Corona, Edgar Castillo, Greg Garza and Club Tijuana play Queretaro.

Michael Orozco Fiscal and San Luis play Chivas de Guadalajara.

Herculez Gomez and Santos Laguna play Monterrey.

Jonathan Bornstein and Tigres UANL play Atlas.

SUNDAY

Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur play Stevenage in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Dominic Cervi and Celtic play Hibernian.

Michael Bradley and Chievo Verona play Genoa.

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

Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96 play VfB Stuttgart.

Bobby Wood and TSV 1860 Munich play Fortuna Dusseldorf. (Wood is out injured.)

Jozy Altidore and AZ Alkmaar play FC Utrecht.

Oguchi Onyewu and Sporting CP play Pacos de Ferreira.

DaMarcus Beasley and Puebla play Morelia.

Adrian Ruelas and Jaguares de Chiapas play Toluca.

Jose Torres and Pachuca play America.

MONDAY

Frank Simek and Carlisle United play Brentford.

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Which matches are you most looking forward to? Think Donovan will end his second Everton loan with a win? Do you see Beasley scoring or assisting this week? What approach do you think Rangers will take this weekend, especially in terms of Edu and Bocanegra?

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