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Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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If you’re a big fan of English soccer, Santa Claus has brought quite the present.

A bevy of soccer will be played throughout England this weekend, making up most of the action over the next few days. Jozy Altidore and Sunderland are among the parties involve, as they play twice in three days with games vs. Hull City on Friday and at Brad Guzan’s Aston Villa on Sunday. Altidore will be looking to break back into the Black Cats’ lineup for the third time this season, and should have a good chance to do so given the short turnaround between the matches.

While Altidore attempts to earn another start, Tim Howard is line for two more. Howard and Everton host Geoff Cameron and Stoke City in a Friday battle of Americans before paying a visit to Newcastle United on Sunday. The Toffees have tasted victory just once in their last five league games, so they will be keen on trying to add to their win total in order to break back into the top half of the table.

The majority of the weekend’s tilts might take place in England, but some games will also be played in Belgium’s Pro League. Anderlecht welcome Westerlo in one of those matches on Friday, and Sacha Kljestan will be attempting to make his way back into the former’s starting eleven. Kljestan has been seeing more time as of late, but hasn’t been penciled into Anderlecht’s lineup since Dec. 6 and has just four starts in league play this season.

Here is who the Americans Abroad battle this weekend:


Cody Cropper and Southampton play Crystal Palace.

Tim Howard and Everton play Geoff Cameron and Stoke City.

Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur play Leicester City.

Jozy Altidore and Sunderland play Hull City.

Brad Guzan and Aston Villa play Swansea City.

Oguchi Onyewu and Charlton Athletic play Cardiff City.

Emerson Hyndman and Fulham play AFC Bournemouth.

Jonathan Spector, Will Packwood and Birmingham City play Zak Whitbread and Derby County. (Spector, Packwood and Whitbread are out injured.)

Tim Ream and Bolton Wanderers play Blackburn.

Danny Williams and Reading play Brighton & Hove Albion.

Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest play Middlesbrough.

Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play KVC Westerlo.


Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur play Manchester United.

Cody Cropper and Southampton play Chelsea.

Brad Guzan and Aston Villa play Jozy Altidore and Sunderland.

Geoff Cameron and Stoke City play West Bromwich Albion.

Tim Howard and Everton play Newcastle United.

Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest play Jonathan Spector, Will Packwood and Birmingham City. (Spector and Packwood are out injured.)

Tim Ream and Bolton Wanderers play Huddersfield Town.

Danny Williams and Reading play Norwich City.


Emerson Hyndman and Fulham play Brighton & Hove Albion.


Which of these matches are you most anticipating? Do you see Altidore getting the nod at some point over the next three days? How do you see Howard and Everton faring?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Spector has recovered and is in contention for playing time; I think Packwood’s injury is long term and he was recalled from his Colchester loan.


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