By FRANCO PANIZO
It could be a memorable weekend for Mix Diskerud and Rosenborg BK, but only if they win and get some help in the process.
Diskerud and Rosenborg are entering the final round of Tippeligaen matches on Sunday just one point behind league leaders Stromsgodset, and will need a win and some help in order to add to their record total of 22 championships in Norway. Rosenborg might benefit from facing a Lillestrom side with not much to play for, but still need to hope that Stromsgodset suffers an upset loss at home vs. third-placed Haugesund.
Jose Torres and Tigres UANL are in a similar situation, though the potential reward will not be as glorious. Torres and his club are one point off a place in Liga MX’s playoffs heading into the final weekend of the regular season, and will likely need a victory over Atlas on Saturday combined with a Morelia or Queretaro defeat. A draw could also be good enough for Tigres, but only if Queretaro lose at Pachuca.
Another match worth watching will be AS Roma’s clash with relegation-threatened Sassuolo on Sunday, as it could mark Michael Bradley’s second consecutive start for the undefeated Serie A leaders. Bradley started in last week’s draw with Torino and will be aiming to make his way back into Roma’s lineup as the Italian giants attempt to make it 12 straight matches without a loss.
Here is who the Americans Abroad battle this weekend:
Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96 play TSV Eintracht Braunschweig.
Alfredo Morales and FC Ingolstadt 04 play VfR Aalen.
Andrew Wooten and Kaiserslautern play FSV Frankfurt.
Babajide Ogunbiyi, Mike Grella and Viborg FF play FC Midtjylland.
DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Orozco and Puebla play Morelia.
Brad Guzan and Aston Villa play Cardiff City.
Tim Howard and Everton play Crystal Palace.
Danny Williams and Reading play Oguchi Onyewu and Queens Park Rangers.
Tim Ream, Stuart Holden and Bolton Wanderers play Millwall. (Holden is out injured.)
Zak Whitbread and Derby County play Sheffield Wednesday. (Whitbread is out injured.)
Duane Holmes and Huddersfield Town play Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City. (Spector is out injured.)
Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest play Leicester City.
Michael Parkhurst and FC Augsburg play Bayern Munich.
Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04 play Werder Bremen.
Fabian Johnson, Joe Gyau and TSG Hoffenheim play John Brooks and Hertha Berlin.
Timmy Chandler and FC Nurnberg play Borussia Moenchengladbach.
Bobby Wood and TSV 1860 Munich play Arminia Bielefeld.
Eugene Starikov and FK Tom’ Tomsk play Lokomotiv Moscow.
Alonso Hernandez and Monterrey play Chivas de Guadalajara.
Herculez Gomez, Joe Corona, Edgar Castillo, Greg Garza, Paul Arriola and Club Tijuana play Club Leon.
Jose Torres, Jonathan Bornstein and Tigres UANL play Atlas.
Freddy Adu and Bahia play Atletico MG.
Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur play Newcastle United.
Jozy Altidore and Sunderland play Manchester City.
Geoff Cameron, Maurice Edu, Brek Shea and Stoke City play Swansea City.
Michael Bradley and AS Roma play Sassuolo.
Alejandro Bedoya and FC Nantes play Bordeaux.
Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar play Feyenoord Rotterdam.
Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play Racing Genk.
Terrence Boyd and Rapid Vienna play SV Grodig.
Conor O’Brien and Odense BK play FC Vestsjaelland.
Josh Gatt, Ben Spencer, Ethan Horvath and Molde FK play IK Start. (Gatt is out injured.)
Mix Diskerud and Rosenborg BK play Lillestrom.
Steve Clark and Honefoss BK play Odd.
Which of these matches are you most looking forward to? Think Diskerud and Rosenborg will be celebrating a league title this weekend? Do you see Torres and Tigres UANL reaching the playoffs in Liga MX?
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