Mar 7, 2014, 9:16 PM EDT
European-based Americans are back with their clubs following the 2-0 friendly loss to Ukraine.
With that in mind, let’s run down who is in action this weekend outside of the US, where Major League Soccer’s season is opening.
The Premier League has a variety of fixtures, with both league and FA Cup action in play this weekend.
Tim Howard and Everton have an early Cup date with Arsenal, a massive clash and a chance for Everton to deal Arsenal a second consecutive domestic blow after they fell to Geoff Cameron‘s Stoke City in the league last weekend.
Cameron and the Black Cats are on the road this week, looking to follow up their shock upset over the Gunners with a result at Norwich City’s Carrow Road.
After being left out of the 18 altogether in their Capital One Cup final at Wembley, Jozy Altidore hopes to play a role in their FA Cup fixture at Hull City this weekend.
Brad Guzan‘s Aston Villa are no longer in the Cup after being ousted by Sheffield United, but they also don’t have a Premier League fixture. Their scheduled opponent for this week Manchester City is still in the competition, and therefore the bout was postponed.
Bolton’s Stuart Holden is back in the United States after suffering yet another knee injury just 23 minutes into his much-anticipated return, and will be out until tests can determine the extent of his new injury. Bolton travels to Leeds this weekend, and Tim Ream will continue to feature.
Brek Shea will look to put both his team’s disastrous performance and his own outburst behind him as Barnsley takes on promotion-hopefuls Nottingham Forest. Barnsley fell 5-0 to Huddersfield last weekend, and fan abuse caused Shea and a teammate to lash out after the match, which they later apologized for.
More Championship heads up:
- 19-year-old Duane Holmes and his loan home Yeovil Town host Sheffield Wednesday and Oguchi Onyewu.
- Birmingham City, with Will Packwood and Jonathan Spector at the back, host a downtrodden QPR following news that the London club faces massive debt totals.
- Eric Lichaj will not feature on the Nottingham Forest teamsheet for at least a month following aggravation of a pelvic injury last weekend.
Aron Johannsson continues to light up the Eredivisie, and his club AZ Alkmaar 12th place SC Heracles Almelo a week after they picked apart RKC Waalwijk, with the American picking up a pair of assists.
Still just four points above the drop, FC Utrecht brings Juan Agudelo in tow to PSV Eindhoven. He has not scored since Feburary 6th, and was benched last week against Twente.
Alejandro Bedoya hopes his club’s new 16-month transfer embargo won’t become a distraction, and they can get a result this weekend against last-place Ajaccio.
Rapid Vienna will hope Terrence Boyd can continue his scoring streak when they take on FC Wacker Triol. Boyd has two goals in three matches, and hopefully he’ll be back on track in his streaky season.
Sacha Kljestan returns to action with Anderlecht looking at an outside at catching Club Brugge in the Jupiler Pro League’s second slot. They have two matches to do so, with OH Leuven first up this weekend.
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