By FRANCO PANIZO
From a pair of high-profile matches to three potential debuts, this weekend has plenty of intriguing matches involving the Americans Abroad contingent.
The arguably two biggest games will take place on Sunday, as Clint Dempsey and Tottenham battle Manchester United while Michael Bradley and AS Roma face Inter Milan. Dempsey scored the winner (and his first goal) for Spurs the last time he played against the Red Devils, so he will be looking for a repeat performance at White Hart Lane. Bradley, meanwhile, will be aiming to help Roma snap a two-game losing streak in league play just three days before the club takes on Inter again in the first leg of their Coppa Italia semifinals series.
For Maurice Edu, Michael Parkhurst and Jose Torres, this weekend could potentially mark the starts of the latest chapters in their respective careers. Edu, who just signed a six-month loan deal with Bursaspor, will try and make his debut for the club when they square off with Kayserispor on Saturday; Parkhurst will attempt to do the same for FC Augsburg against Fortuna Dusseldorf on Sunday, as the German Bundesliga returns from its winter break; and Jose Torres will attempt to fight off a recent injury to make his first appearance for Tigres UANL in their clash with Atlas on Saturday
Here is who the Americans Abroad face this weekend:
Zak Whitbread and Leicester City play Middlesbrough. (Whitbread is out injured.)
Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04 play Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96. (Jones is suspended and Cherundolo is out injured).
Geoff Cameron and Stoke City play Swansea City.
Sebastian Lletget and West Ham United play Queens Park Rangers.
Brad Guzan, Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa play West Bromwich Albion.
Conor Doyle and Derby County play Nottingham Forest.
Jonathan Spector, Will Packwood and Birmingham City play Brighton & Hove Albion. (Packwood is out injured.)
Tim Ream, Stuart Holden and Bolton Wanderers play Crystal Palace.
Frank Simek and Carlisle United play Crawley Town.
Mike Grella and Scunthorpe United play Portsmouth.
Oguchi Onyewu and Malaga play Celta Vigo.
Carlos Bocanegra and Racing Santander play Las Palmas.
David Yelldell and Bayer Leverkusen play Eintracht Frankfurt.
Fabian Johnson, Danny Williams and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim play Borussia Moenchengladbach.
Jozy Altidore and AZ Alkmaar play Vitesse Arnhem.
Maurice Edu and Bursaspor play Kayserispor.
Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play Zulte-Waregem.
Ventura Alvarado and Club America play Atlante.
Jose Torres, Jonathan Bornstein and Tigres UANL play Atlas.
Clint Dempsey, Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur play Manchester United.
Michael Bradley and AS Roma play Inter Milan.
Timmy Chandler and FC Nurnberg play Hamburg SV.
Michael Parkhurst and FC Augsburg play Fortuna Dusseldorf.
Tony Taylor and Estoril Praia play Gil Vicente.
Caleb Patterson-Sewell and Vitoria Setubal play Braga.
DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Orozco Fiscal and Puebla play Herculez Gomez, Hector Joya and Santos Laguna.
Joe Corona, Edgar Castillo, Greg Garza and Club Tijuana play Pumas UNAM.
Tim Howard and Everton play Southampton.
Which of these games are you most looking forward to? Do you see Dempsey and Spurs beating Manchester United again? How will Roma and Bradley fare vs. Inter? Who is more likely to make his debut, Edu, Torres or Parkhurst?
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