Tim Howard and Brad Guzan just took turns in goal for the U.S. Men’s National Team. Now, they will be competing against one another in the English Premier League.
Howard and Guzan are set to meet on Saturday, as the focus returns to the club level following the final international window of 2015. Howard and Everton welcome Guzan and Aston Villa, and it is the Toffees that are the favorites given that they are at home and playing a last-placed Villans side that has gone 11 straight games without tasting victory. Guzan and his club are, however, coming off a scoreless draw with league leader Manchester City that should give them plenty of confidence going into this match at Goodison Park.
Another U.S. Men’s National Team player who could be in his outfit’s lineup is Geoff Cameron. Stoke City travels to take on Southampton on Saturday, and the clash could mark Cameron’s first start for the Potters since suffering an injury back on Oct. 24. Stoke manager Mark Hughes could easily opt to keep Cameron on the bench, though, as the club has posted back-to-back cleansheets without the versatile veteran being on the field from the opening whistle.
Fellow U.S. centerback Ventura Alvarado will be hoping to just earn some minutes this Saturday. Alvarado has not featured for Club America since Sept. 13, and sorely needs to put an end to that dry spell so he can continue his development. Alvarado seems a long shot to start given that Club America welcomes Liga MX’s top side in Pumas UNAM to Estadio Azteca, but a late cameo off the bench to help close out a narrow lead should not be ruled out.
Here is who the Americans Abroad play with this weekend:
Andrew Wooten and SV Sandhausen play Karlsruhe.
Bobby Wood and FC Union Berlin play VfL Bochum.
Jonathan Bornstein and Queretaro play Puebla.
Michael Orozco, Paul Arriola, Alejandro Guido and Club Tijuana play Greg Garza and Atlas. (Garza is out injured.)
Tim Howard and Everton play Brad Guzan and Aston Villa.
Geoff Cameron and Stoke City play Southampton.
Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City play Charlton Athletic.
Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest play Brentford.
Cody Cropper and Milton Keynes Dons play Tim Ream, Emerson Hyndman and Fulham.
Danny Williams, Andrija Novakovich and Reading play Bolton Wanderers.
Gedion Zelalem and Rangers play Livingston.
Fabian Johnson and Borussia Moenchengladbach play Hannover 96.
Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt play Bayer Leverkusen.
Aron Johannsson and Werder Bremen play VfL Wolfsburg. (Johannsson is out injured.)
Terrence Boyd and RB Leipzig play Arminia Bielefeld. (Boyd is out injured.)
Alejandro Bedoya and FC Nantes play AS Monaco.
Desevio Payne and FC Groningen play De Graafschap.
Ventura Alvarado and Club America play Pumas UNAM.
Jose Torres and Tigres UANL play Cruz Azul.
Miguel Ibarra, William Yarbrough and Club Leon play Dorados de Sinaloa.
Joe Corona and Veracruz play Morelia.
Gabriel Farfan and Jaguares de Chiapas play Pachuca.
John Brooks and Hertha Berlin play TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
Alfredo Morales and FC Ingolstadt 04 play SV Darmstadt 98.
Shawn Barry and FSV Frankfurt play Kaiserslautern.
Caleb Stanko and SC Freiburg play SC Paderborn 07.
Rubio Rubin and FC Utrecht play NEC Nijmegen. (Rubin is out injured.)
Edgar Castillo and Monterrey play Toluca.
DeAndre Yedlin, Lynden Gooch and Sunderland play Crystal Palace.
Which of these matches are you most looking forward to? Do you see Howard and Toffees adding to Guzan and Villa’s misery? Expecting Cameron to step back into the starting lineup for Stoke City?
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