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By FRANCO PANIZO
If there was ever a game for Ricardo Clark to make his debut in, it would be this weekend's.
Clark and Eintracht Frankfurt face bottom-feeder Hertha Berlin in a match that likely has little meaning on next season. Eintracht Frankfurt is still mathematically alive in the race for a Europa League spot, but with four teams currently higher in the standings, it is unlikely the club will secure the necessary fifth-place position. This could open the heavily-locked door for Clark, who has not seen action since the U.S. national team's friendly against Denmark.
While Clark aims to jump-start his season, Freddy Adu and Eddie Johnson end their seasons with Aris Salonika. The pair of American attackers tackle Olympiakos in their season finale, and it could be their last match playing together. Johnson's loan spell with Aris ends in the coming weeks, and with only a Greek Cup final match left, he may see the field for the final time against the storied Greek club.
Wondering what other intriguing matches are on tap? Jozy Altidore and Hull City's quest to shake relegation continues when they take on Birmingham, while DaMarcus Beasley, Maurice Edu and Rangers look to get a step closer to securing the Scottish League crown against Heart of Midlothian.
Here is a rundown of who the Americans Abroad will be playing this weekend and early next week:
David Yeldell and TUS Koblenz play Karlsruhe.
Stuart Holden and Bolton Wanderers play Stoke City. (Holden is out injured.)
Jozy Altidore and Hull City play Birmingham.
Tim Howard and Everton play Blackburn Rovers.
Clint Dempsey and Fulham play Marcus Hahnemann and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Jay DeMerit and Watford play Leicester City.
Jon-Paul Pittman and Wycombe Wanderers play Milton Keynes Dons.
Zak Whitbread and Norwich City play Charlton Athletic.
Mike Grella and Leeds United play Gillingham.
Eric Lichaj and Leyton Orient play Jemal Johnson and Stockport County.
Dominic Cervi and Celtic play Hibernian.
Jared Jeffrey and Mainz 05 play Hamburg SV.
Daniel Williams and SC Freiburg play Nurnberg.
Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04 play Michael Bradley and Borussia Moenchengladbach. (Jones is out injured.)
Steve Cherundolo, Sal Zizzo and Hannover 96 play Bayern Munich. (Zizzo is out injured.)
Matt Taylor and FSV Frankfurt play Hansa Rostock.
Carlos Bocanegra and Stade Rennes play AS Nancy Lorraine.
Charlie Davies and Sochaux play Grenoble.
Gale Agbossoumonde and Sporting Braga play Leixoes.
Marco Vidal and Indios de Ciudad Juarez play Chiapas.
Edgar Castillo and Tigres UANL play Atlante. (Castillo is out injured.)
Jose Francisco Torres and Pachuca play Toluca.
Michael Hoyos and Estudiantes La Plata play Tigre.
Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan and Aston Villa play Portsmouth.
Frank Simek and Sheffield Wednesday play Sheffield United.
DaMarcus Beasley, Maurice Edu and Rangers play Heart of Midlothian.
Oguchi Onyewu and AC Milan play Sampdoria.
Ricardo Clark and Eintracht Frankfurt play Hertha Berlin.
Eddie Johnson, Freddy Adu and Aris Salonika play Olympiakos.
Michael Parkhurst and FC Nordsjaelland play Silkeborg IF.
Benny Feilhaber and AGF Aarhus play Brondby.
Mikkel Diskerud and Stabaek play Kongsvinger.
Clarence Goodson, Hunter Freeman and IK Start play Stromsgodset.
Herculez Gomez and Puebla play Cruz Azul.
Jonathan Spector and West Ham United play Liverpool.
Kenny Cooper and Plymouth Argyle play Newcastle United.
Luis Robles and Kaiserslautern play Arminia Bielefeld.
Marcus Tracy, Chris Rolfe and Aalborg BK play Esbjerg. (Tracy is out injured.)
Alejandro Bedoya and Orebro SK play Gefle IF.
Which Americans Abroad match are you most looking forward to? Which players do you see having a big impact? Think Clark will finally get some time off the bench? How do you see Adu and Johnson faring against Olympiakos? What is more likely to happen: Altidore and Hull winning or Beasley seeing the field for Rangers?
Share your thoughts below.