Americans Abroad preview: Bradley today, Xolos tomorrow, more this weekend
After a game-winning substitute appearance last weekend, Michael Bradley is in action again on Thursday for AS Roma, and you can watch it live on American television. Other leagues that will be shown live this weekend include the Premier League, Bundesliga, Liga MX and the English Championship.
It seems the list of American players available on television in the United States grows every week. Here is this week’s (note the one-hour time difference in kickoffs because Daylight Savings Time doesn’t kick in until Sunday):
• Kicking off the weekend, AS Roma hosts Chievo Verona on Thursday (3:40 p.m., beIN Sport). For Michael Bradley, it’s an opportunity to get closer to full fitness coming off an ankle injury, as well as play against his former club.
• Club Tijuana sits in 12th place in the Liga MX table heading into the weekend, with a chance to gain some ground against last-placed Atlante (Friday, 11:25 p.m., ESPN Deportes). Édgar Castillo, Greg Garza, Joe Corona, Hérculez Gómez and Paul Arriola should all be available for the Xolos.
• Just one spot above the Xolos in the table, DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco‘s Puebla has until Sunday to digest Tijuana’s result and try to stay above it in the standings. Puebla hosts Pachuca (12:50 noon, ESPN Deportes), which is in 13th place.
• Despite Brad Guzan‘s performance in goal, Aston Villa took a 2-0 defeat to Everton last week. It has a chance to get back on track against West Ham on Saturday (11 a.m., NBC Sports Live Extra).
• Geoff Cameron and Stoke City host high-flying Southampton on Saturday (11 a.m., NBC Sports Live Extra). Cameron should see plenty of action in the back against a high-quality attacking opponent.
• When will Jozy Altidore get off the mark in the Premier League? That’s the question everybody wants answered, and it could very well come Saturday when Sunderland travels to his former home, Hull City (11 a.m., NBC Sports Live Extra).
• Fresh off his color commentary debut for NBC, Tim Howard will be back to his day job on Sunday when Everton takes on Tottenham Hotspur (7:30 a.m., CNBC and NBC Sports Live Extra). Brad Friedel should be on the bench for Spurs after his penalty shootout heroics — and an own goal in the 1-1 draw — in midweek in the League Cup.
• A step down the English pyramid, Danny Williams and Reading travel to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday (9:55 a.m., beIN Sport). Reading sits in the playoff places in fifth, while Wednesday is at the bottom of the table.
• Hoffenheim faces its toughest test of the Bundesliga season to date when it hosts Bayern Munich on Saturday (10:30 a.m., GolTV). Fabian Johnson has missed the last three matches after coming out in the 70th minute of a 3-3 tie with Schalke on Sept. 28.