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Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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John Brooks had a tough task last weekend in having to step into Hertha Berlin’s starting lineup for the first time in two months.

His potential next challenge will not be any easier.

Brooks could face off against undefeated Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich on Saturday, when Hertha Berlin host the 9-0-3 club. Brooks will have his hands full if he does get the nod again, as he will have to help limit a star-studded attack that has scored a a league-best 31 goals thus far this season. The U.S. Men’s National Team centerback and Hertha are coming off picking up three points last weekend, and that victory coupled with Bayern’s UEFA Champions League loss this week should give the underdogs plenty of confidence on their home soil.

Facing a similar situation over in Ligue 1, Alejandro Bedoya will be hoping to return to his side’s lineup when Nantes visit first-place Marseille on Friday. Bedoya has not started in a league game for his club since Oct. 5, and will be keen on ending that streak and scoring his first goal of the season in a fixture that could move Nantes out of fourth place and into a Champions League spot. Nantes have not lost in their last nine matches and might be facing Marseille at a perfect time given that the French heavyweights have lost two of their last four league games.

Wondering what other matches might be worth keeping tabs on? Look no further than Atlas’ encounter with Monterrey, or Sandhausen’s 2. Bundesliga tilt with Leipzig on Sunday. Edgar Castillo will attempt to help Atlas close out their Liguilla quarterfinals series against Alonso Hernandez’s Monterrey after picking up a 1-0 triumph in the first leg on Thursday, while a battle between young American forwards could take place when Terrence Boyd leads Leipzig into battle vs. Andrew Wooten and Sandhausen.

Here is who the Americans Abroad lock horns with this weekend:


Jann George and SpVgg Greuther Furth play Heidenheimer SB.

Alejandro Bedoya and FC Nantes play Marseille.


Brad Guzan and Aston Villa play Burnley.

Geoff Cameron and Stoke City play Liverpool.

Jozy Altidore and Sunderland play Chelsea.

Oguchi Onyewu and Charlton Athletic play Ipswich Town.

Jonathan Spector, Brek Shea and Birmingham City play Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest. (Spector is out injured.)

Tim Ream and Bolton Wanderers play Huddersfield Town.

Emerson Hyndman and Fulham play Brighton & Hove Albion.

Zak Whitbread and Derby County play Leeds United.

Danny Williams and Reading play Norwich City.

Will Packwood and Colchester United play Milton Keynes Dons.

David Yelldell and Bayer Leverkusen play FC Cologne.

Julian Green and Hamburg SV play FC Augsburg.

John Brooks and Hertha Berlin play Bayern Munich.

Alfredo Morales and FC Ingolstadt 04 play VfL Bochum.

Rubio Rubin and FC Utrecht play NAC Breda.

Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar play Cambuur Leeuwarden.

Conor O’Brien and FC Magna Wiener Neustadt play Rapid Vienna.

Freddy Adu and FK Jagodina play FK Radnicki 1923.

Ventura Alvarado and Club America play Pumas UNAM.

Herculez Gomez, Jose Torres and Tigres UANL play Pachuca.


Cody Cropper and Southampton play Manchester City.

Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur play Tim Howard and Everton.

Fabian Johnson and Borussia Moenchengladbach play VfL Wolfsburg.

Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt play Joe Gyau and Borussia Dortmund.

Andrew Wooten and SV Sandhausen play Terrence Boyd and RP Leipzig.

Bobby Wood and TSV 1860 Munich play FSV Frankfurt.

Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play Club Brugge.

Gabriel Farfan and Jaguares de Chiapas play Toluca.

Edgar Castillo and Atlas play Alonso Hernandez and Monterrey.


Which of these matches are you most anticipating? How do you see Brooks faring vs. Bayern Munich if he does start? Think Bedoya makes his way into Nantes’ lineup vs. Marseille?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Good article about the LA Galaxy always having there good defense, always having a counter attack, and now putting pressure in the final third and penalty area. As quoted by Donovan: “a lot of time doing passing drills, moving, working on our shape and spacing and things like that,” Donovan noted. The USMNT have that similar strong defense and counter attack too….the major deficiency is pressure in the penalty area against opposing teams. The USMNT need to either play compact or some other kind of system to put pressure in the penalty area against world class teams and not only Concacaf. Enjoy the article:

    • Thanks for the link, a good article. I wrote on this site about 3-4 months ago that the Galaxy were playing like Klinsmann wants the USMNT to play. The national team needs someone like Keane and should have included Donovan.

  2. Several teams with Americans played in the Europa league. Has there been an article on SBI which covers if they played and how well? I know Tim Howard played in their win over Wolfsburg, but how about Kljestan and Anderlicht and Moenchengladbach and F. Johnson?

    • Anderlecht is in Champions league, Kljestan came on as a sub in a 2-0 win over Galatasaray.

      Johnson did not dress for the match at Villareal, as they got a 2-2 draw.


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