By FRANCO PANIZO
If you like seeing members of the Americans Abroad contingent face off against one another, this weekend could be a real treat for you.
Several potential match-ups involving compatriots might be on display in foreign leagues, and the one that is arguably the biggest will be between Tim Howard’s Everton and Jozy Altidore’s Sunderland. Howard is a lock to start in goal for the visiting Toffees, but Altidore is not as safe a bet to be included in the Black Cats’ lineup on Sunday. Still, a late Altidore cameo like last weekend could see the two former U.S. Men’s National Team teammates do battle in what would be must-see TV for American soccer fans.
In Mexico, Edgar Castillo should lock horns with some of his former teammates. Castillo and Atlas are set to host Club Tijuana on Saturday, pitting the veteran fullback against his previous team and familiar players like Greg Garza and Paul Arriola. Castillo and the Zorros will be looking to get back to winning ways after getting routed in their last match vs. Club Leon, but the Xolos will be keen on preventing that following a recent poor spell that has seen them win just once in their last six games.
Another possible American duel could come in England’s second division. Danny Williams and Reading will welcome Oguchi Onyewu and Charlton Athletic, and both veterans will be hoping to see the field after recently making their way back to the field in a competitive game. Williams and Onyewu each saw time in their respective side’s midweek match, and the duo will be eager to build on those performances in order to try and secure more minutes in the weeks to come.
Here is who the Americans Abroad take on this weekend:
Tim Ream and Bolton Wanderers play Wigan Athletic.
John Brooks and Hertha Berlin play Hannover 96.
Andrew Wooten and SV Sandhausen play Nurnberg.
Rubio Rubin and FC Utrecht play Excelsior.
Jonathan Bornstein and Queretaro play Morelia. (Bornstein is out injured.)
Cody Cropper and Southampton play Leicester City.
Brad Guzan and Aston Villa play West Ham United.
Zak Whitbread and Derby County play Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Jonathan Spector, Will Packwood, Brek Shea and Birmingham City play Cardiff City. (Spector is out injured.)
Emerson Hyndman and Fulham play Huddersfield Town.
Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest play Norwich City.
Danny Williams and Reading play Oguchi Onyewu and Charlton Athletic.
David Yelldell and Bayer Leverkusen play Mainz.
Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt play Bayern Munich.
Terrence Boyd and RP Leipzig play SV Darmstadt 98.
Alejandro Bedoya and FC Nantes play Caen.
Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar play NAC Breda.
Conor O’Brien and FC Magna Wiener Neustadt play FC Trenkwalder Admira.
Freddy Adu and FK Jagodina play Rad Beograd.
Alonso Hernandez and Monterrey play Gabriel Farfan and Jaguares de Chiapas.
Michael Orozco and Puebla play Club Leon.
Edgar Castillo and Atlas play Joe Corona, Greg Garza, Paul Arriola, Alejandro Guido, Fernando Arce Jr, Amando Moreno, John Requejo and Club Tijuana. (Corona is out injured.)
Jozy Altidore and Sunderland play Tim Howard and Everton.
Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur play Geoff Cameron and Stoke City.
Julian Green and Hamburg SV play VfL Wolfsburg.
Joe Gyau and Borussia Dortmund play Fabian Johnson and Borussia Moenchengladbach. (Gyau is out injured.)
Alfredo Morales and FC Ingolstadt 04 play FC Union Berlin.
Jann George and SpVgg Greuther Furth play Karlsruhe.
Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play KAA Gent.
Zarek Valentin and FK Bodo/Glimt play Viking.
Josh Gatt, Ethan Horvath and Molde FK play Odd. (Gatt is out injured.)
Mix Diskerud and Rosenborg BK play Jeb Brovsky and Stomsgodset.
Michael Stephens, Andrew Jacobson and Stabaek IF play Sogndal.
Ventura Alvarado and Club America play Toluca.
Herculez Gomez, Jose Torres and Tigres UANL play Chivas de Guadalajara.
Bobby Wood and TSV 1860 Munich play Fortuna Dusseldorf.
Which of these matches are you most anticipating? Do you see Altidore and Howard going up against one another even for a few minutes this weekend? How do you see Castillo doing vs. his former club, teammates?
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