By FRANCO PANIZO
The U.S. Men’s National Team’s forward options have been discussed at length in recent months, but one player who is seemingly being overlooked by many observers is Terrence Boyd.
Having had to sit out Rapid Vienna’s last game due to yellow card accumulation, Boyd will be looking to make his way back into the club’s lineup against FC Trenkwalder Admira with the hopes that he can deliver a solid performance and improve his chances of making it to Brazil this summer. Boyd is currently in a bit of a scoring drought after not having found the back of the net since early March, but a match against the eighth-place club should give the 23-year-old striker ample opportunity to break out of that slump.
Juan Agudelo is another forward who could use an impressive outing this Sunday, and so too could FC Utrecht. The club is currently five points above the relegation zone, and a win over SC Heracles Almelo in their third-to-last game of the season would be a big step to Utretcht securing another season in the Eredivisie. Agudelo might be counted upon to help pick up the three points, and his World Cup dreams could certainly use a goal given that he has been held scoreless for just over two months.
Two other players, DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco, will also be tasked with trying to help their club move out of the bottom half of their respective league. Cellar dwellers Puebla are set to host Club America on Sunday, and an upset win combined with a Veracruz loss to Pumas UNAM would move the Camoteros out of last place. Beasley is all but assured of reprising his starting role for Puebla, but Orozco is a question mark after picking up a knock in the club’s last match.
Here is who the Americans Abroad take on this weekend:
Alfredo Morales and FC Ingolstadt 04 play SC Paderborn 07.
Jermaine Jones and Besiktas play Konyaspor.
Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play KSC Lokeren in the Pro League playoff.
Brad Guzan and Aston Villa play Crystal Palace.
Cody Cropper and Southampton play Cardiff City.
Geoff Cameron, Brek Shea and Stoke City play Newcastle United.
Jozy Altidore and Sunderland play Tim Howard and Everton.
Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur play West Bromwich Albion.
Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest play Queens Park Rangers. (Lichaj is out injured.)
Tim Ream, Stuart Holden and Bolton Wanderers play Barnsley. (Holden is out injured.)
Zak Whitbread and Derby County play Duane Holmes and Huddersfield Town.
Oguchi Onyewu and Sheffield Wednesday play Blackburn Rovers.
Gboly Ariyibi and Tranmere Rovers play Shrewsbury Town.
Timmy Chandler and FC Nurnberg play VfL Wolfsburg. (Chandler is out injured.)
Terrence Boyd and Rapid Vienna play FC Trenkwalder Admira.
Conor O’Brien and Odense BK play FC Midtjylland.
Michael Farfan and Cruz Azul play Pachuca.
Jose Torres and Tigres UANL play Herculez Gomez, Joe Corona, Edgar Castillo, Greg Garza, Paul Arriola, Alejandro Guido, Fernando Arce Jr and Club Tijuana. (Torres is suspended due to the red card he received last week.)
Gabriel Farfan and Jaguares de Chiapas play Alonso Hernandez and Monterrey.
David Yelldell and Bayer Leverkusen play John Brooks and Hertha Berlin.
Fabian Johnson and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim play FC Augsburg.
Andrew Wooten and FSV Frankfurt play SV Sandhausen.
Alejandro Bedoya and FC Nantes play Guingamp.
Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar play NEC Nijmegen.
Juan Agudelo and FC Utrecht play SC Heracles Almelo.
Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg FF play Randers FC.
Michael Stephens and Stabaek IF play Josh Gatt, Ethan Horvath and Molde FK. (Gatt is out injured.)
Zarek Valentin and FK Bodo/Glimt play Sogndal. (Valentin is out injured.)
Mix Diskerud and Rosenborg BK play Odd.
DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Orozco and Puebla play America.
Jonathan Bornstein and Atlante play Santos Laguna.
Danny Williams and Reading play Leicester City. (Williams is out injured.)
Bobby Wood and TSV 1860 Munich play Dynamo Dresden.
Which of these matches are you most anticipating? Think Boyd will score and ultimately make it onto the plane to Brazil? How do you see Agudelo and Utrecht faring vs. SC Heracles Almelo?
Share your thoughts below.
Jozy picked up a “knock” according to Roker Report. Not going to play.
What happened to expat?
Did he loose a bet?
Playing with his sockpuppets?
what about the promising young American striker playing for the Sunderland U-21s? I forgot his name… he’s a dual national so JK better cap him, he might get first-team action before too long
Lynden Gooch, I believe he was called into U20s recently
Interesting, I hadn’t heard of him. He’s playing for their u-18s and apparently has at least ten goals this season, based on my two minute investigation on the Sunderland website. He’s 18 now so I assume he’ll play for the Sunderland U-21s next season. If they’re relegated, that’ll probably make it a little easier to break into the first team at some point.
MLS needs to implement a setup like this to give players in this age group a place to develop. The reserve teams every team will be required to field starting next season is a good start.
yeah, not sure if that was satire on Altidore or was really about Gooch. Altidore was a dual national too, he could have played for Haiti.
Does Sydney Leroux make the 23 and play on the left wing in Brazil?
You forgot Julian Green with Bayern Munich.
If he was healthy he might actually have gotten a shot. Bayern played a number of young players last week.
He’s injured and would not have appeared anyway, except for Bayern II in the fourth division perhaps. At least the injury means his fanboys can still claim he would have appeared for the first team.
SlowArm, does your wife beat you? Do you need a hug or something? You go out of your way to slam people for things you project they are thinking. Doesn’t really add much to the thread other than anger. Maybe you should get some counseling.
Look, I respect your sentiment about not wanting to have so many dual nationals on our team (although I respectfully disagree), but honestly Green is an American now and can only play for America so there’s no point in wishing him ill. Regardless of what anyone thought before he filed his change of association, now everyone should have his back. Just saying.
Last week Bayern started Hojbjerg 18, Weiser 19 and Sallahi 20, off the Bareyn II squad, that were for the most part getting there first minutes in the Bundesliga.
This week on Luchas Sabado…. No love as lost Jose “El Gringo” Torres takes on seven of his countrymen in a no-holds barred, star-spangled handicap match! What’s this?!? Tarjeta Roja?!?! Que pena!!!!
He is suspended as it states, idiota.
Brush up on your Spanish, cholo…. or you to will get a Tarjeta Roja! Que Pena!
Je suis grande tacos. Yo ammo le strand.
Ay! dios mia!, amigo? Como estas? “Ou?”
L’increase… Je suis enchentee… On ne sais jamais!
Increase0 — Tu me manques.. Popsicle Party?
Don’t you know
Alitidore? Aron? Ali Dia? From the top… who’s left?
Completely terrible. Who are you?
why is Torres referred to as “El Gringo”?
Ay dios mio! Because he was there first, American simpleton! Do you think my oldest hermano refers to himself as “Villano I”… Please… that pendojo is simply “Villano”
A lot of the American players in are called “Gringo LASTNAME”. It doesn’t matter that some have Mexican ancestry. They are from the states, they are Gringo’s. Torres has been called that for as long as I can remember.
Curious, what is our word for that. Meaning:
American = “Gringo” in Mexico
Mexican = “?” in the US
Not a good time to be a fan of Americans abroad.