By FRANCO PANIZO
Herculez Gomez may not have had a chance to help Santos Laguna in the first leg of the Clausura Liguilla final, but the short turnaround before the second game could provide him a prime opportunity to help push the club to a championship.
Santos will have just two days to rest before hosting Monterrey in the final match of the Mexican season on Sunday, and that brief break might force Gomez to start after not playing in the opening fixture on Thursday. Santos Laguna currently have a narrow edge on Monterrey, but a goal would help them tremendously in their efforts to get retribution for failing to capture the CONCACAF Champions League earlier this year.
Another intriguing game will take place in Denmark, where a pair of American centerbacks will do battle. Michael Parkhurst and Clarence Goodson are set to square off as FC Nordsjaelland visits Brondby IF. Parkhurst and Nordsjaelland need a win over their struggling opponents if they hope to keep their dreams of finishing in first alive.
Here is who the Americans Abroad face this weekend:
Steve Clark and Honefoss BK play Valerenga.
Quentin Westberg and Evian Thonon Gaillard play Brest.
Charlie Davies and Sochaux play Marseille.
Oguchi Onyewu and Sporting CP play Academica de Coimbra in the Taca de Portugal final.
Brad Rusin and HB Koge play Aalborg BK.
Clarence Goodson and Brondby IF play Michael Parkhurst and FC Nordsjaelland.
Conor O'Brien and SonderjyskE play Silkeborg IF.
Brian Span and Djurgardens IF play BK Hacken.
Samuel Petrone and Mjallby AIF play Gefle IF.
Josh Gatt and Molde FK play Sandnes Ulf.
Ricardo Clark, Sean Cunningham and Stabaek IF play Haugesund.
Herculez Gomez and Santos Laguna play Monterrey in the second leg of the Liguilla final.
Which matches are you most looking forward to? Think Gomez and Santos will prevail at home in the final? Who do you see winning between Goodson's Brondby and Parkhurst's Nordsjaelland?
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