Americans Abroad: Weekend PreviewJanuary 11, 2013 • By Franco Panizo
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By FRANCO PANIZO
Geoff Cameron was still relatively new to the Premiership the last time Stoke City faced Chelsea, but he will aim to take all that he has learned since then when the two clubs square off this weekend.
Stoke City and fourth-place Chelsea will do battle on Saturday at Britannia Stadium, and the Potters are in need of a victory after winning just one of their last six league games. For that to happen for Stoke, Cameron will need to help shut down Chelsea strikers Fernando Torres and Demba Ba as well as midfielders Frank Lampard and Oscar.
In Italy, Michael Bradley and AS Roma will attempt to bounce back from their embarrassing start to 2013. Roma suffered a 4-1 defeat to Napoli last weekend, and they will need to go on the road and knock off Catania on Sunday in order to get back on track and close in on one of Serie A’s two Europa League spots.
Another match that could be worth keeping an eye on is Oguchi Onyewu and Malaga’s battle with Barcelona. Onyewu is not guaranteed to start in the high-profile duel, but if he does he will have a chance to showcase his skills against recent Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi, Xavi, Iniesta and the rest of Barcelona’s star-studded cast.
Here is who the Americans Abroad face this weekend:
Ventura Alvarado and Club America play Jaguares de Chiapas.
Herculez Gomez, Hector Joya and Santos Laguna play Chivas de Guadalajara.
Clint Dempsey, Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur play Queens Park Rangers.
Brad Guzan, Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa play Southampton.
Tim Howard and Everton play Swansea City.
Geoff Cameron, Maurice Edu and Stoke City play Chelsea.
Sebastian Lletget and West Ham United play Sunderland.
Tim Ream, Stuart Holden and Bolton Wanderers play Millwall.
Conor Doyle and Derby County play Brighton & Hove Albion.
Zak Whitbread and Leicester City play Bristol City. (Whitbread is out injured.)
Jonathan Spector, Will Packwood and Birmingham City play Huddersfield Town. (Packwood is out injured.)
Robbie Findley and Nottingham Forest play Peterborough United.
Mike Grella and Scunthorpe United play Colchester United.
Robbie Rogers and Stevenage play Doncaster Rovers.
Joe Corona, Edgar Castillo, Greg Garza and Club Tijuana play Leon.
Frank Simek and Carlisle United play Coventry City.
Oguchi Onyewu and Malaga play Barcelona.
Carlos Bocanegra and Racing Santander play Hercules.
Michael Bradley and AS Roma play Catania.
Caleb Patterson-Sewell and Vitoria Setubal play Moreirense.
DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Orozco Fiscal and Puebla play Toluca.
Jose Torres, Jonathan Bornstein and Tigres UANL play Atlante.
Tony Taylor and Estoril Praia play Beira Mar.
Which of these games are you most looking forward to? Think Cameron and Stoke will top Chelsea? Expect Bradley and Roma to get back on track this weekend?
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