By FRANCO PANIZO
If you really dig matchups involving Americans, this weekend might be perfect for you.
There are three games being played outside of MLS that could pit Americans against one another, and Friday’s clash between Club Tijuana and Tigres UANL is arguably the best. The match might see Joe Corona and Greg Garza go up against former teammate Herculez Gomez and Jose Torres in an encounter that pits the 0-2 Xolos against 2-0 Tigres. Corona is the player to keep an eye on after his solid weekend performance and goal-scoring outing in Copa MX on Wednesday.
Another duel will take place in Norway, as Mix Diskerud and Rosenborg BK pay a visit to Michael Stephens and Stabaek IF. Rosenborg are currently in fifth place in the Eliterserien, and are in need of a road victory against their 11th-place opposition in order to potentially jump back into a place with a Europa League berth.
The last game on tap for this weekend that could see Americans go up against one another is Saturday’s Atlas-Chiapas brawl. Edgar Castillo seems a sure bet to once again be in the lineup for Atlas while Farfan’s role is way more unclear given that he came off the bench and scored an own goal last weekend.
Here is who the Americans Abroad battle this weekend:
Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play KV Oostende.
Jonathan Bornstein and Queretaro play Pachuca.
Joe Corona, Greg Garza, Paul Arriola, Amando Moreno and Club Tijuana play Herculez Gomez, Jose Torres and Tigres UANL.
Terrence Boyd and RP Leipzig play VfR Aalen. (Boyd is out injured.)
Alfredo Morales and FC Ingolstadt 04 play St Pauli.
Michael Orozco and Puebla play Club America.
Alonso Hernandez and Monterrey play Santos Laguna.
Edgar Castillo and Atlas play Gabriel Farfan and Chiapas.
Andrew Wooten and SV Sandhausen play SV Darmstadt 98.
Zarek Valentin and FK Bodo/Glimt play Aalesund. (Valentin is out injured.)
Josh Gatt, Ethan Horvath and Molde FK play IK Start. (Gatt is out injured.)
Michael Stephens and Stabaek IF play Mix Diskerud and Rosenborg BK.
Bobby Wood and TSV 1860 Munich play Kaiserslautern.
Which of these matches are you most anticipating? Think Kljestan is going to have a strong season at Anderlecht? Do you see the American contingent at Tijuana helping the club bounce back this weekend?
Share your thoughts below.