Alejandro Bedoya’s goal-scoring total continues to rise, and he will have another chance to add to it as his red-hot club returns to the field on Saturday.
Bedoya will attempt to keep his recent run of form going when FC Nantes welcomes Lorient to town in a match-up of two clubs seeking a place in Europe. Nantes is currently just three points shy of Ligue 1’s lone UEFA Champions League qualifying spot, and will certainly not mind seeing Bedoya find the back of the net of the net for the fifth time in seven matches. Winning, however, is top priority as the Canaries are on a 14-game unbeaten streak across all competitions that stretches back to Nov. 21 and has them thinking of a top three finish.
Omar Gonzalez, who like Bedoya scored his last time out, should also be in action. Pachuca is set to lock horns with Puebla on Valentine’s Day, and the home game could see Gonzalez and Los Tuzos move into Liga MX’s top spot. Pachuca would not only have to defeat Puebla for that to happen, but league leader Monterrey would also have to slip against Santos Laguna on Friday night.
If you are wondering what other player is worth keeping an eye on, look no further than Desevio Payne. FC Groningen and Payne square off against second-placed Eredivisie club, Ajax, and likely need at least a point in order to avoid falling out of the UEFA Europa League picture. Payne has been starting more often than not in recent weeks for FC Groningen, but may have arguably his biggest test of the season coming up.
Here is who the Americans Abroad go up against this weekend:
Shawn Barry and FSV Frankfurt play SpVgg Greuther Furth.
Terrence Boyd and RB Leipzig play St Pauli. (Boyd is out injured.)
Rubio Rubin and FC Utrecht play Cambuur Leeuwarden.
Ventura Alvarado and Club America play Veracruz.
Jorge Villafana and Santos Laguna play Edgar Castillo and Monterrey.
DeAndre Yedlin and Sunderland play Manchester United.
Geoff Cameron and Stoke City play AFC Bournemouth.
Tim Howard and Everton play West Bromwich Albion.
Tim Ream, Emerson Hyndman and Fulham play Queens Park Rangers.
Cody Cropper and Milton Keynes Dons play Derby County.
Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest play Duane Holmes and Huddersfield Town.
Danny Williams and Reading play Burnley.
Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City play Rotherham United.
Lynden Gooch and Doncaster Rovers play Sheffield United.
Gedion Zelalem and Rangers play Alloa Athletic.
Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund play Hannover 96.
John Brooks and Hertha Berlin play VfB Stuttgart.
Alfredo Morales and FC Ingolstadt 04 play VfL Wolfsburg.
Aron Johannsson and Werder Bremen play TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt play FC Colgone.
Andrew Wooten and SV Sandhausen play Heidenheimer SB.
Alejandro Bedoya and FC Nantes play Lorient.
Jonathan Bornstein, Luis Gil and Queretaro play Cruz Azul.
Jose Torres and Tigres UANL play Michael Orozco, Greg Garza, Paul Arriola, Alejandro Guido and Club Tijuana. (Guido is out injured.)
Joe Corona and Dorados de Sinaloa play Pumas UNAM.
Brad Guzan and Aston Villa play Liverpool.
Fabian Johnson and Borussia Moenchengladbach play Hamburg SV.
Desevio Payne and FC Groningen play Ajax.
Bobby Wood and FC Union Berlin play TSV 1860 Munich.
Caleb Stanko and SC Freiburg play Fortuna Dusseldorf.
Miguel Ibarra, William Yarbrough and Club Leon play Chivas de Guadalajara.
Omar Gonzalez and Pachuca play Puebla.
Which of these matches are you most looking forward to? Will we see Bedoya score yet again? Think Payne will hold up well against Ajax?
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