By FRANCO PANIZO
Two of the more exciting prospects in the U.S. Men’s National Team pipeline could have another chance to showcase why so many observers are high on them on Saturday, and they might do so against one another.
Julian Green and Joe Gyau could square off against one another in one of the more intriguing potential match-ups involving players from the Americans Abroad contingent when Hamburg pay a visit to Borussia Dortmund this weekend. Green seems the more likely of the two to start after recovering from bruised ribs and returning to training for last-placed Hamburg this week, but he could be matched up with Gyau late in the showdown if the just-turned 22-year-old spark plug is handed his second league appearance of the young Bundesliga campaign.
Tim Howard will not be playing a fellow American, but he will line up against former club Manchester United in one of the more high-profile tilts of the weekend. Howard is fresh off a five-save performance in the UEFA Europa League, and will aim to deliver another big outing as the Toffees’ defensive anchor on Sunday when he returns to Old Trafford.
For Brad Guzan, a similarly difficult test awaits him. Aston Villa host Manchester City on Saturday, and are in sore need of a victory to restore confidence after dropping their last two league matches against top opposition by identical 3-0 marks. Guzan will likely need to turn in a strong showing for the Villans to have a shot at grabbing a result, which the club needs to avoid falling further away from a place in Europe.
Here is who the Americans Abroad battle this weekend:
John Brooks and Hertha Berlin play VfB Stuttgart.
Jonathan Bornstein and Queretaro play Club Leon.
Bobby Wood and TSV 1860 Munich play VfR Aalen.
Mix Diskerud and Rosenborg BK play Lillestrom.
Jozy Altidore and Sunderland play Geoff Cameron and Stoke City.
Brad Guzan and Aston Villa play Manchester City.
Tim Ream and Bolton Wanderers play AFC Bournemouth.
Danny Williams and Reading play Brentford. (Williams is out injured.)
Jonathan Spector, Will Packwood, Brek Shea and Birmingham City play Charlton Athletic. (Spector is out injured.)
Zak Whitbread and Derby County play Millwall.
Emerson Hyndman and Fulham play Middlesbrough.
David Yelldell and Bayer Leverkusen play SC Paderborn 07.
Joe Gyau and Borussia Dortmund play Julian Green and Hamburg SV.
Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt play FC Cologne.
Rubio Rubin and FC Utrecht play Go Ahead Eagles.
Josh Gatt, Ethan Horvath and Molde FK play Viking. (Gatt is out injured.)
Freddy Adu and FK Jagodina play Borac Cacak.
Ventura Alvarado and Club America play Cruz Azul.
Herculez Gomez, Jose Torres and Tigres UANL play Veracruz.
Alonso Hernandez and Monterrey play Joe Corona, Greg Garza, Paul Arriola, Alejandro Guido, Fernando Arce Jr, Amando Moreno, John Requejo and Club Tijuana.
Gabriel Farfan and Jaguares de Chiapas play Pachuca.
Tim Howard and Everton play Manchester United.
Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur play Cody Cropper and Southampton.
Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest play Ipswich Town.
Fabian Johnson and Borussia Moenchengladbach play Mainz 05.
Alfredo Morales and FC Ingolstadt 04 play TSV Eintracht Braunschweig.
Andrew Wooten and SV Sandhausen play FSV Frankfurt.
Alejandro Bedoya and FC Nantes play Guingamp.
Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar play FC Twente. (Johannsson is out injured.)
Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play Zulte-Waregem.
Conor O’Brien and FC Magna Wiener Neustadt play Red Bull Salzburg.
Jeb Brovsky and Stomsgodset play Sarpsborg 08.
Zarek Valentin and FK Bodo/Glimt play Michael Stephens, Andrew Jacobson and Stabaek IF. (Valentin is out injured.)
Michael Orozco and Puebla play Toluca.
Edgar Castillo and Atlas play Chivas de Guadalajara.
Terrence Boyd and RP Leipzig play Heidenheimer SB. (Boyd is out injured.)
Which of these matches are you most anticipating? How mouthwatering is a match-up between Gyau and Green? Think Howard can lead the Toffees to victory at Old Trafford?
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