By FRANCO PANIZO
After a brief break for FIFA’s international dates, Europe’s top leagues resume play this weekend and three Americans are hoping to make their respective debuts in it.
Julian Green is among that trio, as he is looking to make his first appearance since joining Hamburg on loan. Green, 19, recently left Bayern Munich for Hamburg with the idea that he would see consistent playing time, and Sunday’s tilt vs. Hannover 96 could provide the U.S. Men’s National Team winger with an opportunity to see the field for this first time this season.
Like Green, Brek Shea is eager to return to the playing field on Saturday. Shea only just arrived at Birmingham City earlier this week via a loan from Stoke City, but still might be deemed fit enough to be in uniform for the upcoming clash with Leeds United despite having just one training session under his belt with his new club.
The other player champing at the bit to get back to playing is Freddy Adu, who is still in search of his first appearance for FK Jagodina. The Serbian club is off to a subpar start at 1-2-1 and currently sits in 12th place in the 16-team SuperLiga, so head coach Mladen Dodic might be willing to change things up and give Adu a crack at some first-team minutes.
Here is who the Americans Abroad square off against this weekend:
David Yelldell and Bayer Leverkusen play Werder Bremen.
Alfredo Morales and FC Ingolstadt 04 play VfR Aalen.
Mix Diskerud and Rosenborg BK play Zarek Valentin and FK Bodo/Glimt. (Valentin is out injured.)
Jonathan Bornstein and Queretaro play Michael Orozco and Puebla.
Edgar Castillo and Atlas play Veracruz.
Cody Cropper and Southampton play Newcastle United.
Geoff Cameron and Stoke City play Leicester City. (Cameron is out injured.)
Jozy Altidore and Sunderland play Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur.
Tim Howard and Everton play West Bromwich Albion.
Brad Guzan and Aston Villa play Liverpool.
Jonathan Spector, Will Packwood, Brek Shea and Birmingham City play Leeds United.
Tim Ream and Bolton Wanderers play Sheffield Wednesday.
Danny Williams and Reading play Emerson Hyndman and Fulham. (Williams is out injured.)
John Brooks and Hertha Berlin play Mainz 05.
Fabian Johnson and Borussia Moenchengladbach play Schalke 04.
Terrence Boyd and RP Leipzig play TSV Eintracht Braunschweig. (Boyd is out injured.)
Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar play SC Heerenveen. (Johannsson is out injured.)
Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play Lierse SK.
Conor O’Brien and FC Magna Wiener Neustadt play Rapid Vienna.
Jeb Brovsky and Stomsgodset play Brann.
Freddy Adu and FK Jagodina play Spartak Subotica.
Alonso Hernandez and Monterrey play Chivas de Guadalajara.
Ventura Alvarado and Club America play Universidad de Guadalajara.
Joe Corona, Greg Garza, Paul Arriola, Alejandro Guido, Fernando Arce Jr, Amando Moreno and Club Tijuana play Pachuca.
Gabriel Farfan and Chiapas play Morelia.
Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest play Zak Whitbread and Derby County.
Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt play FC Augsburg.
Julian Green and Hamburg SV play Hannover 96.
Bobby Wood and TSV 1860 Munich play St Pauli.
Andrew Wooten and SV Sandhausen play SpVgg Greuther Furth.
Alejandro Bedoya and FC Nantes play Lille.
Rubio Rubin and FC Utrecht play ADO Den Haag.
Michael Stephens, Andrew Jacobson and Stabaek IF play IK Start.
Josh Gatt, Ethan Horvath and Molde FK play Lillestrom. (Gatt is out injured.)
Herculez Gomez, Jose Torres and Tigres UANL play Pumas UNAM.
Which of these matches are you most anticipating? Does Green, Shea or Adu have the best shot at making his debut this weekend? Which other players will make big impacts for their clubs?
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