Geoff Cameron has tasted nothing but victory since returning to Stoke City’s lineup, and he is hoping to keep it that way after this weekend when he goes up against one of the hottest teams in the English Premier League.
Cameron and Stoke City will visit star-studded and red-hot Chelsea on Saturday, and will put their three-game unbeaten streak against the Blues’ 12-match undefeated run. Cameron has played in both of the Potters’ last two games in the past week after recovering from a nagging ankle injury, and will be looking to help his side pick up a big road win in order to move on step closer to the UEFA Europa League. Stoke City is currently just five points shy of the Europa League spot that Manchester United holds, and needs a win to ensure that gap doesn’t grow.
While Cameron will be aiming to start in a third straight game, Gedion Zelalem will be aiming to snap a spell of inactivity with Rangers. Zelalem has not made an appearance for the club since getting the nod in a Scottish Cup clash vs. Kilmarnock on Feb. 6, but may be given some minutes as Rangers welcomes Dundee in one of the tournament’s quarterfinal bouts on Saturday. Zelalem will be especially eager to get back on the field as the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team’s Olympic qualifying series vs. Colombia is fast approaching.
If you are wondering what else is worth watching, you should set your sights to Mexico. There are several potential American duels on tap in Liga MX, including Edgar Castillo and Monterrey’s affair against Jose Torres and Tigres UANL on Saturday. Other possible match-ups include Omar Gonzalez and Pachuca facing Joe Corona and Dorados de Sinaloa that same day, and Paul Arriola and Club Tijuana taking on William Yarbrough and Club Leon on Friday night.
Here is who the Americans Abroad lock horns with this weekend:
Andrew Wooten and SV Sandhausen play TSV 1860 Munich.
Michael Orozco, Greg Garza, Paul Arriola, Alejandro Guido and Club Tijuana play Miguel Ibarra, William Yarbrough and Club Leon. (Guido is out injured.)
Geoff Cameron and Stoke City play Chelsea.
Tim Howard and Everton play West Ham United.
Brad Guzan and Aston Villa play Manchester City.
DeAndre Yedlin and Sunderland play Southampton.
Duane Holmes and Huddersfield Town play Derby County.
Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest play Ipswich Town.
Cody Cropper and Milton Keynes Dons play Queens Park Rangers.
Danny Williams and Reading play Tim Ream, Emerson Hyndman and Fulham.
Lynden Gooch and Doncaster Rovers play Shrewsbury Town.
Gedion Zelalem and Rangers play Dundee in the Scottish Cup.
Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt play Alfredo Morales and FC Ingolstadt 04.
Fabian Johnson and Borussia Moenchengladbach play VfL Wolfsburg.
Aron Johannsson and Werder Bremen play Hannover 96.
Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund play Bayern Munich.
Bobby Wood and FC Union Berlin play Shawn Barry and FSV Frankfurt.
Desevio Payne and FC Groningen play PSV Eindhoven.
Rubio Rubin and FC Utrecht play Heerenveen.
Ventura Alvarado and Club America play Morelia.
Jonathan Bornstein, Luis Gil and Queretaro play Chivas de Guadalajara.
Edgar Castillo and Monterrey play Jose Torres and Tigres UANL.
Omar Gonzalez and Pachuca play Joe Corona, Sonny Guadarrama and Dorados de Sinaloa.
Jorge Villafana and Santos Laguna play Atlas.
John Brooks and Hertha Berlin play Hamburg SV.
Alejandro Bedoya and FC Nantes play Stade Rennes.
Sebastian Saucedo and Veracruz play Puebla.
Caleb Stanko and SC Freiburg play Terrence Boyd and RB Leipzig. (Boyd is out injured.)
Which of these matches are you most looking forward to? Think Cameron and Stoke City can top in-form Chelsea? Expecting to see Zelalem back on the field this weekend?
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