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Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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Danny Williams and Reading might be facing a really short turnaround, but they have every reason to get up for their next game.

Williams and Reading will continue their dream run in the FA Cup on Friday when they take on English Premier League side Crystal Palace in a quarterfinals bout at home. The Royals are eyeing the tournament’s trophy after getting so close to the finish line, but have the challenge of needing to overcome a quick turnaround. Reading played an English Championship tilt on Tuesday, and will have to dig deep and push past tired legs in order to knock off a better-rested Crystal Palace squad that has not played since this past Sunday.

Bobby Wood might not be competing in a tournament match this weekend, but he is seeking to extend his current scoring streak in the 2. Bundesliga. Wood has netted in his last four matches for FC Union Berlin, and might be able to add another game to that impressive stretch when the club visits MSV Duisburg on Saturday. The U.S. Men’s National Team striker seems to have a good shot at finding the back of the net, too, as cellar dweller Duisburg has not won in nine straight games and has gone six matches in a row without recording a shutout.

While Wood will be hoping for goals, Ethan Horvath certainly will not as he returns to action. Horvath and Molde FK kick off their Eliteserien campaign on Sunday with a showdown at home against Tromso, and the 20-year-old goalkeeper will be keen on getting off to a good start ahead of the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team’s Olympic Qualifying Playoff vs. Colombia at the end of the month. Horvath and his club have the advantage of entering this game with some competitive minutes under their belt, as they recently took on Sevilla in a pair of UEFA Europa League encounters.

Here is who the Americans Abroad tussle with this weekend:


Danny Williams and Reading play Crystal Palace in the FA Cup.

Gedion Zelalem and Rangers play Greenock Morton.

John Brooks and Hertha Berlin play Schalke 04.

Cole Grossman and Stabaek IF play Aalesund. (Grossman is out injured.)

Jorge Villafana and Santos Laguna play Omar Gonzalez and Pachuca.

Sebastian Saucedo and Veracruz play Atlas.


Tim Howard and Everton play Chelsea in the FA Cup.

Geoff Cameron and Stoke City play Southampton.

Tim Ream, Emerson Hyndman and Fulham play Bristol City.

Duane Holmes and Huddersfield Town play Burnley.

Cody Cropper and Milton Keynes Dons play Hull City.

Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest play Sheffield Wednesday.

Lynden Gooch and Doncaster Rovers play Bradford City.

Fabian Johnson and Borussia Moenchengladbach play Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt.

Alfredo Morales and FC Ingolstadt 04 play VfB Stuttgart.

Aron Johannsson and Werder Bremen play Bayern Munich.

Bobby Wood and FC Union Berlin play MSV Duisburg.

Desevio Payne and FC Groningen play Excelsior.

Andrew Wooten and SV Sandhausen play Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Jose Torres and Tigres UANL play Pumas UNAM.

William Yarbrough, Miguel Ibarra and Club Leon play Jonathan Bornstein, Luis Gil and Queretaro.

Edgar Castillo and Monterrey play Morelia.

Michael Orozco, Greg Garza, Paul Arriola, Alejando Guido and Club Tijuana play Jaguares de Chiapas. (Guido is out injured.)


Brad Guzan and Aston Villa play Tottenham.

Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City play Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund play Mainz.

Shawn Barry and FSV Frankfurt play Caleb Stanko and SC Freiburg.

Terrence Boyd and RB Leipzig play TSV 1860 Munich. (Boyd is out injured.)

Alejandro Bedoya and FC Nantes play Angers.

Rubio Rubin and FC Utrecht play ADO Den Haag.

Ethan Horvath and Molde FK play Tromso.

Joe Corona, Sonny Guadarrama and Dorados de Sinaloa play Toluca.

Ventura Alvarado and Club America play Chivas de Guadalajara.


AJ Soares and Viking play Valerenga.


Which of these matches are you most looking forward to? See Williams and Reading winning on short rest, or will the quick turnaround prove too difficult to overcome? Predicting that Wood will score yet again?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. If you haven’t read about, go check out the bizarre circumstances behind Cole Grossman’s injury. One of the strangest sports stories I’ve read in a while.


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