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Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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It might have taken a bit longer than expected, but Fabian Johnson has started to hit his stride at Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Having recently carved out a starting left midfield spot, Johnson has shown promise by finding ways to make an impact in his latest outings. He has a goal and an assist in his last two matches for the club, and will attempt to add to that this Sunday when Moenchengladbach hosts Hannover. Moenchengladbach currently holds the Bundesliga’s final guaranteed UEFA Champions League berth, but needs three points to ensure it won’t be leapfrogged this weekend by fourth-placed Bayer Leverkusen.

Another U.S. Men’s National Team player who has been looking much improved in recent outings is Aron Johannsson. Three of the Johannsson’s five Eredivisie goals this season have come in his last four appearances, and the forward is hoping to net another when AZ visits Vitesse on Friday. AZ is currently a point off from the assured UEFA Europa League spot that the Netherlands’ top flight offers, and a win vs. Vitesse could move the Cheese Farmers back into that position ahead of Feyenoord.

Danny Williams is not fighting for a place in Europe, but the midfielder will be the busiest American in the coming days. Williams faces games on both the league and domestic tournament fronts, as Reading travels to take on Watford on Saturday in a Championship match before returning home two days later to take on Bradford City in an FA Cup quarterfinals replay. The turnaround will be short, but Williams and Reading are unbeaten in their last three games across all competitions and should have plenty of momentum going into this challenging stretch.

Here is who the Americans Abroad take on with this weekend:


Jann George and SpVgg Greuther Furth play TSV 1860 Munich.

Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar play Vitesse Arnhem.

Greg Garza, Joe Corona, Paul Arriola, Alejandro Guido and Club Tijuana play Veracruz.


Gedion Zelalem and Arsenal play West Ham United.

Brad Guzan and Aston Villa play Sunderland.

Geoff Cameron and Stoke City play West Bromwich Albion.

Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City play Huddersfield Town.

Tim Ream and Bolton Wanderers play Millwall.

Oguchi Onyewu and Charlton Athletic play Blackburn Rovers.

Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest play Leeds United.

Zak Whitbread and Derby County play Norwich City. (Whitbread is out injured.)

Emerson Hyndman and Fulham play Sheffield Wednesday. (Hyndman is out injured.)

Danny Williams and Reading play Watford.

Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt play SC Paderborn 07.

John Brooks and Hertha Berlin play Schalke 04.

Julian Green and Hamburg SV play TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.

Joe Gyau and Borussia Dortmund play FC Cologne. (Gyau is out injured.)

Alejandro Bedoya and FC Nantes play Evian Thonon Gaillard.

Rubio Rubin and FC Utrecht play Cambuur Leeuwarden.

Conor O’Brien and FC Magna Wiener Neustadt play Wolfsberger AC.

Ventura Alvarado and Club America play Santos Laguna.

Michael Orozco, Herculez Gomez and Puebla play Chivas de Guadalajara.

Jose Torres and Tigres UANL play Pachuca. (Torres is out injured.)

Edgar Castillo and Atlas play Monterrey.


Tim Howard and Everton play Newcastle United.

DeAndre Yedlin and Tottenham Hotspur play Manchester United.

Fabian Johnson and Borussia Moenchengladbach play Hannover 96.

Alfredo Morales and FC Ingolstadt 04 play Karlsruhe.

Andrew Wooten and SV Sanhausen play TSV Eintracht Braunschweig.

Bobby Wood and FC Erzgebirge Aue play VfR Aalen. (Wood is out injured.)

Jonathan Bornstein and Queretaro play Toluca.


Danny Williams and Reading play Bradford City in the FA Cup.

Terrence Boyd and RB Leipzig play Fortuna Dusseldorf. (Boyd is out injured.)


Which of these matches are you most anticipating? What do you think is leading to Johnson’s stronger performances now? How do you see Williams and Reading faring this weekend?

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