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Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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Bobby Wood has two games left to try and help FC Ezrgebirge Aue secure its place in the 2. Bundesliga, but doing so might come at the expense of his actual club.

On loan at Erzgebirge from 1860 Munich, Wood is in a unique situation as he is in the midst of trying to help the former side move out of the relegation picture and into safety. The interesting twist is that Munich is also in a similar situation, sitting one place below Erzgebirge in the standings with two games left to play in the season. That means any positive result for Wood and Erzgebirge, who play third-placed Kaiserslautern on Sunday, could negatively impact Munich and doom it to dropping to the third tier.

It is not only crunch time in Germany. The Liga MX Liguilla has gotten underway and Club America finds itself in a precarious situation after losing the first leg of their quarterfinals series against Pachuca. Ventura Alvarado is hoping to help America overturn that deficit in the return leg at Estadio Azteca on Saturday, but will first need to get back on the field after being an unused sub in Wednesday’s 3-2 loss.

Two players looking to build on midweek performances are FK Bodo/Glimt’s Danny Cruz and Zarek Valentin. After combing for Cruz’s first goal in Europe on Wednesday, the American duo will aim to help Bodo/Glimt defeat fellow Eliteserien cellar dwellers Tromso on Saturday. While Bodo/Glimt is the club to sit in last place currently, it enters the match in slightly better form after picking up a draw and win in its last three games across all competitions. By comparison, Tromso has lost each of its last five.

Here is who the Americans Abroad take on this weekend:


Brad Guzan and Aston Villa play Southampton.

Geoff Cameron and Stoke City play Burnley.

DeAndre Yedlin, Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur play Hull City.

Tim Howard and Everton play West Ham United.

John Brooks and Hertha Berlin play Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt.

Julian Green and Hamburg SV play VfB Stuttgart.

Joe Gyau and Borussia Dortmund play VfL Wolfsburg. (Gyau is out injured.)

Fabian Johnson and Borussia Moenchengladbach play Werder Bremen.

Alejandro Bedoya and FC Nantes play Lorient.

Conor O’Brien and FC Magna Wiener Neustadt play FC Trenkwalder Admira.

Zarek Valentin, Danny Cruz and FK Bodo/Glimt play Tromso.

Josh Gatt, Ethan Horvath and Molde FK play Cole Grossman and Stabaek IF.

AJ Soares and Viking play Start.

Ventura Alvarado and Club America play Pachuca in the Liga MX Liguilla.

Jose Torres and Tigres UANL play Santos Laguna in the Liga MX Liguilla. (Torres is out injured.)


Gedion Zelalem and Arsenal play Manchester United.

Bobby Wood and FC Erzgebirge Aue play Kaiserslautern.

Alfredo Morales and FC Ingolstadt 04 play Terrence Boyd and RB Leipzig.  (Boyd is out injured.)

Jann George and SpVgg Greuther Furth play SV Darmstadt 98.

Andrew Wooten and SV Sanhausen play Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar play Excelsior.

Desevio Payne and FC Groningen play NAC Breda.

Rubio Rubin and FC Utrecht play Vitesse Arnhem.

Heath Pearce and IFK Goteborg play Orebro.

Freddy Adu, Stephen McCarthy and Kuopion Palloseura play Inter Turku.

Edgar Castillo and Atlas play Chivas de Guadalajara in the Liga MX Liguilla.

Jonathan Bornstein and Queretaro play Veracruz in the Liga MX Liguilla.


Which of these matches are you most anticipating? How do you see Wood’s peculiar situation playing out during these next two rounds of action? Think Alvarado and Club America will avoid elimination?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Looks like some people are using terms interchangeably when they shouldn’t.

    Fascism is political nationalism. A government can be fascist without being a dictatorship (see: post 9/11 America). All that fascism entails are the ideals of the collective welfare being more important than the individual’s freedom (communism) and the paramount concern of the state being to raise the collective quality of life of its citizens through policy (socialism).

    The NAZI party existed well before the rise of the Third Reich, and their keystone policies were job creation, economic recovery from rampant inflation, affirmative action for war-ravaged, unemployed Germans, and the endowment of the arts. One could hardly argue against such reforms unless they were already in positions of power.

    All the eugenics and anti-semitism was stirred up by extremists, and once NAZI policies (and war production) began to improve the general quality of life, people were happy to give up what freedom they had left in order to ensure their continued prosperity.

    Regarding unions, the perspective changes depending on which side you’re on (labor or management), not necessarily your political ideals. Someone who believes in socialism might be pro-union if they believe it to benefit the collective, and anti-union if they believe it detrimental to prosperity. Someone who believes in capitalism might be anti-union if they control the means of production, and pro-union if they feel the labor force is being exploited (ie, they are among the labor force or rely on one who is).

  2. Hey SBI, time to add Alex DeJohn from IK Start to the list. At least he’s playing unlike most of these other bums.

    • 121 different players scored in Brazil. If you want to go through each and see what kind of season they’ve had.

  3. All luck too Bobby Wood, but between Aue & St. Pauli in the relegation race, I sincerely hope that the Kult Klub doesn’t go down. Viva St. Pauli!

      • It’s called democratic socialism. Jesus talks about it in your bible as opposed to fascist capitalism. America is going to look like Sweden in 50 years

      • Maybe in America, but why don’t you just not ever troll my comments? I don’t bash yours anymore however stupid they can be because so just stay away

      • Can’t say I even remember replying to one of your comments. In future, I’ll reply to any comments that I want. Thanks.

      • Seems to me politics and sports mix.

        The Argentine national team has posed with a banner for the families of those “disappeared”by the right-wing military dictatorship we supported back in the day.

        I live in the UK. When Thatcher died the Liverpool supporters sang in celebration. Why? Because she was the enemy of working people.

      • Not exactly … There was NO DEMOCRATIC bent there…however there is definitely collectivism, socialism, radical altruism based on the politic of LOVE … from those with MEANS to all in NEED. It (LOVE) was a radical politic back then and it remain so today … 🙁

        “And there were no needy persons among them.”

      • Fascism is completely anti-union and the private sector exists

        In capitalist society, I would argue, how free is the free market exactly when the economy is rigged

      • Fascist and Nazis had huge union support. The private sector suck-up what government and union regulations. This how fascists had their support, and use to promote anti-Semitism, blaming on Jewish business owner. NOTE: Nationalist Socialist Worker Party

      • I can’t claim to know the ins and outs of Nazi Germany’s rise to power, but I know Fascism in theory, pro union. It doesn’t make even the slightest sense to say labor unions exist in totalitarian government. What would be their purpose?

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