By FRANCO PANIZO
Timmy Chandler's future with Nurnberg may be up in the air, but the American is still likely to be relied upon by the club this weekend.
Even with Nurnberg handing him an ultimatum earlier this week, Chandler is likely to be in the club's lineup for its match against Werder Bremen on Saturday. If Chandler can help Nurnberg pull off an upset win against the fifth-best team in the Bundesliga, Nurnberg could jump into the upper half of the table should other results go their way.
Another player who appears set to start this weekend is Jozy Altidore. The U.S. men's national team forward should return to AZ Alkmaar's lineup for their game against Heerenveen after incumbent Charlison Benschop was removed from AZ's Europa League game on Thursday with an injury.
Steve Cherundolo has recovered from a knock of his own and while him starting for Hannover 96 is less of a sure thing, all he needs is a cameo of more than 45 minutes to receive an automatic contract extension. Hannover plays Borussia Dortmund on Sunday.
Here is who the Americans Abroad square off against this weekend:
Bobby Wood and TSV 1860 Munich play FC Union Berlin. (Wood is out injured.)
Stuart Holden, Tim Ream and Bolton Wanderers play Chelsea. (Holden is out injured.)
Clint Dempsey and Fulham play Queens Park Rangers.
Brad Guzan, Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa play Wigan Athletic.
Adam Henley and Blackburn Rovers play Manchester City.
Daniel Potts, George John and West Ham United play Crystal Palace.
Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City play Robbie Findley and Nottingham Forest.
Robbie Rogers and Leeds United play Portsmouth. (Rogers is out injured.)
Frank Simek and Carlisle United play Yeovil Town.
Anton Peterlin and Walsall play Preston North End.
Dominic Cervi and Celtic play Motherwell.
Alfredo Morales and Hertha Berlin play FC Augsburg.
David Yelldell and Bayer Leverkusen play FC Cologne.
Fabian Johnson, Danny Williams, Joe Gyau and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim play VfL Wolfsburg.
Timmy Chandler and FC Nurnberg play Werder Bremen.
Quentin Westberg and Evian Thonon Gaillard play AS Nancy Lorraine.
Mikkel Diskerud and KAA Gent play RAEC Bergen Mons.
Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play Lierse SK.
Adrian Ruelas and Jaguares de Chiapas play Estudiantes Tecos U.A. de G.
DaMarcus Beasley and Puebla play Monterrey.
Jose Torres and Pachuca play Jonathan Bornstein and Tigres UANL.
Michael Orozco Fiscal and San Luis play Atlas.
Sonny Guadarrama and Atlante play America.
Joe Corona, Edgar Castillo, Greg Garza and Club Tijuana play Toluca. (Garza is with the U.S. Under-23 men's national team.)
Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur play Arsenal.
Zak Whitbread and Norwich City play Manchester United. (Whitbread is out injured.)
Maurice Edu, Alejandro Bedoya, Carlos Bocanegra and Rangers play Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
Michael Bradley and Chievo Verona play Cesena. (Bradley is out due to yellow card accumulation.)
Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04 play Bayern Munich. (Jones is serving an eight-week suspension.)
Terrence Boyd and Borussia Dortmund play Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96.
Luis Robles and Karlsruhe play FSV Frankfurt.
Matt Taylor and SC Paderborn 07 play Eintracht Frankfurt.
Charlie Davies and Sochaux play Toulouse.
Jozy Altidore and AZ Alkmaar play Heerenveen.
Oguchi Onyewu and Sporting CP play Rio Ave. (Onyewu is out injured.)
Herculez Gomez and Santos Laguna play Chivas de Guadalajara.
Which matches are you most looking forward to? Expecting Chandler and Nurnberg to beat Werder Bremen? Think Altidore will start and score this weekend? Do you see Cherundolo getting that automatic extension on Sunday?
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