Aron Johannsson has not appeared in a game for Werder Bremen in nearly five months, but that spell of inactivity could come to an end this Saturday against a fellow American.
Werder Bremen is set to pay a visit to FC Ingolstadt in the upcoming round of the German Bundesliga, and the match could mark the return of Johannsson. The veteran forward has been out of action since Sept. 22 because of a hip injury, and he is surely champing at the bit to get back on the field in some capacity after returning to training earlier this month. Johannsson might have to go up against another U.S. Men’s National Team player if he does earn some minutes, as Alfredo Morales is a regular contributor for Ingolstadt.
Tim Howard is another player who will be aiming to snap an appearance drought. Howard has not played for Everton since Jan. 24, but could put a halt to that forgettable streak on Saturday when the club visits AFC Bournemouth in the FA Cup. The Toffees are eyeing a place in the quarterfinals of the tournament, but will need to do a better job of finishing than they did in last weekend’s disappointing defeat to West Bromwich Albion if they are to advance.
While both Howard and Johannssson are hoping to get back in the mix for their respective teams, Christian Pulisic is looking to make another appearance for Borussia Dortmund. Pulisic has played in each of Borussia Dortmund’s last three games, and will attempt to earn more minutes when the club grapples with Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday.
Here is who the Americans Abroad battle this weekend:
Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt play Hamburg SV.
Terrence Boyd and RB Leipzig play Bobby Wood and FC Union Berlin. (Boyd is out injured.)
Shawn Barry and FSV Frankfurt play St Pauli.
Jonathan Bornstein, Luis Gil and Queretaro play Jose Torres and Tigres UANL.
Michael Orozco, Greg Garza, Paul Arriola, Alejandro Guido and Club Tijuana play Morelia. (Guido is out injured.)
Danny Williams and Reading play West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup.
Tim Howard and Everton play AFC Bournemouth in the FA Cup.
Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City play Leeds United.
Tim Ream, Emerson Hyndman and Fulham play Charlton Athletic.
Duane Holmes and Huddersfield Town play Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Cody Cropper and Milton Keynes Dons play Bristol City.
Lynden Gooch and Doncaster Rovers play Barnsley.
Fabian Johnson and Borussia Moenchengladbach play FC Cologne.
Alfredo Morales and FC Ingolstadt 04 play Aron Johannsson and Werder Bremen.
John Brooks and Hertha Berlin play VfL Wolfsburg.
Desevio Payne and FC Groningen play AZ Alkmaar.
Ventura Alvarado and Club America play Cruz Azul.
Edgar Castillo and Monterrey play Veracruz.
Miguel Ibarra, William Yarbrough and Club Leon play Toluca.
Omar Gonzalez and Pachuca play Atlas.
Gabriel Farfan and Jaguares de Chiapas play Chivas de Guadalajara.
Gedion Zelalem and Rangers play Queen of the South.
Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund play Bayer Leverkusen.
Andrew Wooten and SV Sandhausen play Caleb Stanko and SC Freiburg.
Rubio Rubin and FC Utrecht play Willem II Tilburg.
Jorge Villafana and Santos Laguna play Pumas UNAM.
Joe Corona and Dorados de Sinaloa play Puebla.
Which of these matches are you most looking forward to? Expecting to see Johannsson make an appearance? Do you think Howard will get the start for Everton?
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Anyone know anything about Zelalem? He is not playing because of injury or is it a coach’s decision?
He’s been in and out of the line up, coach’s decision. This is the most minutes he’s really ever seen is a season, so that’s a big adjustment. I’m sure he’ll still see some minutes going forward though.
Good to see Howard and Johannsson back! Status on Cameron, Williams and Garza?