Feb 28, 2014, 7:57 PM EDT
It’s a big weekend for Jozy Altidore and Sunderland. A memorable one for sure.
The Black Cats look to become the second club in two years to upset Manchester City in the Capitol One Cup at Wembley, following Wigan’s lead from last year.
With Manchester City first-choice keeper Joe Hart set to miss out on duty between the sticks for the favorites, Altidore could look to capitalize and give his club its first major trophy since 1973.
Because of the Capital One Cup final as well as the FA Cup quarterfinals next weekend, Altidore’s Black Cats do not have another Premier League fixture scheduled until March 15.
However, other Americans across the Premier League will feature this weekend, including Tim Howard in goal for Everton against West Ham at Goodison Park on Saturday, and Brad Guzan‘s Aston Villa hosting Norwich City on Sunday.
Geoff Cameron and Stoke City have a tough fixture, hosting Arsenal on Saturday, while Clint Dempsey‘s loan at Fulham has mercifully ended. He will play in USMNT friendly against Ukraine (if it ends up happening). If he does play, he will most likely only be in a reserve role for the Sounders in their opener March 8.
In the English Championship, major news out of Bolton has Stuart Holden playing in a U-21 match for the first time on his way back from an ACL tear (more on that later). Tim Ream will most likely feature for the senior side as they host Blackburn.
Brek Shea will look to return to the Barnsley starting lineup, against Huddersfield on Saturday. After starting in four of his first five matches with the club, he has been subbed off at halftime, sat a match, then used off the bench. Part of that could have something to do with the addition of Emmanuel Frimpong at Oakwell.
Freddy Adu failed to secure a contract with an unimpressive trial at Blackpool.
In the Eredivisie, Juan Agudelo has just one goal for FC Utrecht as they battle relegation, hosting 2nd-place Twente this weekend. They won for the first time since December 18 this past weekend. Meanwhile, Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar are looking to rebound from a 4-0 loss to Ajax as they welcome RKC Waalwijk to AFAS Stadion.
The Bundesliga list of Americans, at least for now, includes a fun new name, as Julian Green chose to train with the USMNT ahead of their (possible) friendly with Ukraine. Elsewhere, Fabian Johnson has helped Hoffenheim to four points since his return, and figures to be in the mix as they take on Wolfsburg on Sunday. After a good start to the season, John Anthony Brooks continues to ride the bench at Hertha BSC.
Jermaine Jones was unable to feature for Besiktas last weekend against Galatasaray despite his best wishes, but he made his debut today, starting and playing 58 minutes in a 0-0 draw with Antalyaspor.
Anderlecht are still chasing the second spot in Belgium’s Jupiler Pro League, and Sacha Kljestan continues to play a major part. With three matches left in the season, they take on sixth-place Genk on Sunday.
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