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By FRANCO PANIZO
For a trio of Americans, this Saturday marks tough road matches against the top three teams in the Premiership.
Several mouth-watering contests are on tap for the Americans Abroad contingent this weekend, including Geoff Cameron’s visit to Manchester City with Stoke City. Cameron has more than proven that he can handle his own at right back in the Premiership this season, but will face a stiff test against the likes of Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and Fernandinho, who will be attempting to pick up the three points that separate the third-place Citizens from league-leading Chelsea.
The Blues will also face off against an American, as Tim Howard leads Everton into battle at Stamford Bridge. Howard and the Toffees have won just once in their last four league games, and they will need a complete performance to topple a motivated Chelsea side that is keen on remaining in first place in the table.
While second-place Arsenal will be rooting for Howard and his club this weekend, the Gunners will also have to deal with fellow U.S. Men’s National Team player Jozy Altidore and Sunderland. The Black Cats will enter Emirates Stadium aiming to pull of an upset that would likely go a long way towards their battle against relegation, but might need to muster up one of their best outings of the year in order to topple trophy-starved Arsenal.
The tasty match-ups are not restricted to England’s top flight, either. Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar will face Ajax on Saturday in Eredivisie play, and Jermaine Jones and Besiktas will meet with Galatasary in a battle of two of the bigger Super Lig clubs.
Here is who the Americans Abroad take on this weekend:
Alfredo Morales and FC Ingolstadt 04 play Arminia Bielefeld.
Andrew Wooten and FSV Frankfurt play FC Union Berlin.
Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play KSC Lokeren.
Herculez Gomez, Joe Corona, Edgar Castillo, Greg Garza, Paul Arriola and Club Tijuana play Jaguares de Chiapas.
Tim Howard and Everton play Chelsea.
Jozy Altidore and Sunderland play Arsenal.
Geoff Cameron and Stoke City play Manchester City.
Clint Dempsey and Fulham play West Bromwich Albion.
Sebastian Lletget and West Ham United play Cody Cropper and Southampton.
Gboly Ariyibi and Leeds United play Middlesbrough.
Brek Shea and Barnsley play Millwall.
Jonathan Spector, Will Packwood and Birmingham City play Blackpool.
Tim Ream, Stuart Holden and Bolton Wanderers play Watford. (Holden is out injured.)
Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest play Burnley.
Zak Whitbread and Derby County play AFC Bournemouth.
Oguchi Onyewu and Sheffield Wednesday play Huddersfield Town.
Danny Williams and Reading play Blackburn Rovers.
Duane Holmes and Yeovil Town play Doncaster Rovers.
Fabian Johnson and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim play Borussia Moenchengladbach.
Timmy Chandler and FC Nurnberg play TSV Eintracht Braunschweig. (Chandler is out injured.)
John Brooks and Hertha Berlin play VfB Stuttgart.
Bobby Wood and TSV 1860 Munich play SC Paderborn 07.
Jermaine Jones and Besiktas play Galatasaray.
Conor O’Brien and Odense BK play FC Midtjylland.
Terrence Boyd and Rapid Vienna play SV Grodig.
Jose Torres and Tigres UANL play Veracruz.
Alonso Hernandez and Monterrey play Club Atlas.
Brad Guzan and Aston Villa play Newcastle United.
Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur play Norwich City.
Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96 play Bayern Munich.
Alejandro Bedoya and FC Nantes play Stade Rennes.
Juan Agudelo and FC Utrecht play FC Groningen.
Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar play Ajax.
Babajide Ogunbiyi, Mike Grella and Viborg FF play Randers FC.
Jonathan Bornstein and Atlante play DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Orozco and Puebla.
Oguchi Onyewu and Sheffield Wednesday play Charlton Athletic.
Which of these matches are you most looking forward to? How do you see Cameron faring against Manchester City? Think Howard and Everton will knock off Chelsea?
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