By FRANCO PANIZO
Jermaine Jones has been quietly piecing together a strong season, and the 31-year-old midfielder will have an opportunity to further build on that when he takes on his former club in a marquee match on Saturday.
Schalke host Eintracht Frankfurt in a battle for sole possession of second place in the Bundesliga standings. Both teams are currently level with 23 points, and Jones will attempt to break that tie in Schalke’s favor while battling the team that started his professional career in 2000.
If you are wondering what other match will be worth watching, look no further than Brad Guzan and Aston Villa’s home game against Arsenal on Saturday. Guzan and the Villans were battered by Manchester City last weekend, so they will be looking to rebound by grabbing a result against the talented-but-underwhelming Gunners.
Another game that should be entertaining is the second leg of Club Tijuana’s semifinals series with Leon. Edgar Castillo, Joe Corona, Greg Garza and Xolos suffered a 2-0 loss in the first leg on Thursday night, and they will need a big performance at home in order to erase the deficit and advance to the finals.
Here is who the Americans Abroad face off against this weekend:
Eugene Starikov and FK Rostov play Mordovia Saransk.
Charlie Davies and Randers FC play Aalborg BK.
Tim Howard and Everton play Norwich City.
Geoff Cameron, Maurice Edu and Stoke City play Fulham.
Brad Guzan, Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa play Arsenal.
Tim Ream, Stuart Holden and Bolton Wanderers play Brighton & Hove Albion. (Holden is out injured.)
Zak Whitbread and Leicester City play Sheffield Wednesday.
Robbie Findley and Nottingham Forest play Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Conor Doyle and Derby County play Jonathan Spector, Will Packwood and Birmingham City. (Doyle is out injured.)
Mike Grella and Scunthorpe United play Doncaster Rovers.
Robbie Rogers and Stevenage play Tranmere Rovers.
Frank Simek and Carlisle United play Yeovil Town.
Oguchi Onyewu and Malaga play Valencia.
Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96 play Bayern Munich.
Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04 play Eintracht Frankfurt.
Timmy Chandler and FC Nurnberg play SpVgg Greuther Furth.
Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play Germinal Beerschot.
Clint Dempsey, Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur play West Ham United.
Carlos Bocanegra and Racing Santander play Barcelona B. (Bocanegra is out injured.)
Michael Bradley and AS Roma play US Pescara.
Fabian Johnson, Danny Williams and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim play David Yelldell and Bayer Leverkusen.
Alfredo Morales, John Anthony Brooks and Hertha Berlin play FC Erzgebirge Aue.
Andrew Wooten and SV Sandhausen play FC Ingolstadt 04.
Joe Gyau and St Pauli play MSV Duisburg.
Jozy Altidore and AZ Alkmaar play Feyenoord Rotterdam.
Tony Taylor and Estoril Praia play CD Nacional de Madeira.
Caleb Patterson-Sewell and Vitoria Setubal play Rio Ave.
Terrence Boyd and Rapid Vienna play FC Trenkwalder Admira. (Boyd is suspended due to yellow card accumulation.)
Michael Parkhurst and FC Nordsjaelland play Esbjerg.
Conor O’Brien and SonderjyskE play FC Copenhagen.
Clarence Goodson and Brondby IF play AC Horsens.
Ventura Alvarado and Club America play Toluca in the second leg of their Liga MX semifinals series. Club America trails on aggregate, 2-0.
Joe Corona, Edgar Castillo, Greg Garza and Club Tijuana play Leon in the second leg of their Liga MX semifinals series. Club Tijuana trails on aggregate, 2-0.
Which of these games are you most looking forward to? How do you see Jones and Schalke faring against Eintracht Frankfurt? Think Xolos will advance to the finals?
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