Americans Abroad Preview: Guzan, Howard face tests; Bundesliga opens
There’s a near-full slate of matches involving Americans in England, Germany, France, Norway and Serbia this weekend, so let’s dig right into it.
If Everton and Tim Howard had trouble keeping Leicester out of the net, wait til they get a load of new-look Arsenal on Sunday. Fortunately for the Toffees, their opponents faced a tough UEFA Champions League playoff tie at Besiktas earlier this week and could be ripe for the taking at Goodison Park.
New American No. 1 goalkeeper, at least for this year, Brad Guzan will get Villa Park behind him as Aston Villa looks to go 2-0 to start the season with a win against Newcastle United. The Magpies looked decent but lacked finish in a 2-0 loss versus Manchester City last weekend.
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Jozy Altidore subbed on moments before his Black Cats found their equalizer against West Brom last week, and now host wounded Manchester United on Sunday at 11am ET. Geoff Cameron is unlikely to feature for Stoke City when they travel to Hull City on Sunday as his future remains in question.
Down in the Championship, defender Tim Ream and Bolton will look to pick up their first win of the season when they travel to face Brighton and Hove Albion. American whiz kid Emerson Hyndman and Fulham head to American-owned Derby County in an attempt to avoid the dubious distinction of becoming the first group of Cottagers to lose their first four matches since 1956.
Birmingham’s pair of US defenders, Jonathan Spector and Will Packwood, are off to Brentford, while Duane Holmes and Huddersfield Town are off to Ipswich Town.
Off to Germany, where Julian Green has been named in the Bundesliga’s “Top 20 under 20" to watch this season. Bayern Munich opens with Wolfsburg later today.
John Anthony Brooks and Hertha Berlin open up with Werder Bremen in an early Saturday fixture, while Eintracht Frankfurt’s Timmy Chandler duels with Freiburg.
Fabian Johnson (right) and new club Borussia Monchengladbach have to wait til Sunday to start, when they’ll take on Stuttgart. Johnson started at right back for Monchengladbach in the Europa League win over FK Sarajevo on Thursday night, so whether he’ll feature on Sunday is in question.
Over in France, Nantes midfielder Ale Bedoya has started a game and subbed into the second as the Canaries have taken points from their first two fixtures. Now they’ll face a stiff test with Monaco on Sunday.
Mix Diskerud and Rosenborg need a Sunday win against Sarpsborg to keep the pressure on the three teams ahead of them, while Bob Bradley, Michael Stephens and Andrew Jacobson look to get back in the win column with a tough match against Stromsgodset.
Freddy Adu’s Jagodina are close to the relegation zone in Serbia... two games in. They’ll face last place Radnički Niš on Saturday.