American Exports Preview: Bradley, Roma take on Juve
AMSTERDAM – Check out the menu as a feast of tasty tilts involving Americans playing in Europe are served up this weekend, including AS Roma's Michael Bradley taking a revenge shot at Serie A champs Juventus. All times listed in ET.
ITALIAN SERIE A
Michael Bradley – AS Roma vs. Juventus (Sat. 2:45 pm on beIN Sport en Español)
The US midfielder's team is still trying to thaw out from winter, having gone six games without a win since the break. Now would be a good time to find their mojo, what with Scudetto holders Juventus in town. Roma have not beaten the league leaders at home since 2004, earning just one point from their last six league visits. The hosts will be shorthanded to some degree, with Mattia Destro out, and Daniele De Rossi, Alessandro Florenzi and Pablo Daniel Osvaldo listed as questionable.
ENGLISH FA CUP
Tim Howard – Everton at Oldham (Saturday, 1 pm on Fox Soccer)
The last American hope in the draw is the US No. 1, who has won 21 of his 30 career FA Cup starts and seven of his last eight. Howard is after his second FA Cup title, third final and fourth trip to the quarters. He did not dress the only other time Everton faced nearby rival Oldham in this tourney, when the League One underdogs pulled a 1-0 upset in 2008. The Toffees, who have not played at nearby Boundary Park in almost 20 years, have taken only two of the dozen meetings there.
Michael Parkhurst – Augsburg at Bayer Leverkusen (Saturday, 9:30 am on GolTV)
The American looks set for his first Bundesliga start as the relegation fighters wager a five-match unbeaten run at third place Bayer. Augsburg have dropped the previous three clashes between the sides by a combined 11-2 count. However, they may be catching this opponent at the right time; despite being fully fit, Leverkusen are winless in four.
Fabian Johnson, Daniel Williams – Hoffenheim vs. Stuttgart (Sunday, 11:30 am)
Augsburg's survival rivals will be busy hosting derby day against currently woeful strugglers Stuttgart. The Schwabians have lost five consecutive league contests by a combined 12-3 tally. Both Americans are expected to get the nod as Hoffenheim look to get in on the fun. Not only would the home side like to cut their deficit on the safety zone, but they have a chance to complete their first season sweep of a regional nemesis. They will need to do it without playmakers Roberto Firmino (ban) and Sejad Salihović (injury).
Jozy Altidore – AZ Alkmaar at Roda JC (Saturday, 1:45 pm)
The Kerkrade hosts will not want anything resembling a repeat after Altidore took them apart for three goals and an assist back in the fall. He may be due, though; the power forward has only gone three straight league games with a goal five times in the last year and he's come up empty in his last two. Roda are unbeaten in seven (2-0-5), including a draw at Ajax last week – but AZ are among their least favorite visitors. Though the Cheese Farmers lost at Parkstad Limburg last season, they had enjoyed a 5-0-2 run in that building prior to that.
Terrence Boyd – Rapid Vienna vs. Austria Vienna (Sunday, 10 am)
Rapid and their joint-scoring leader are finally back from the hibernation with designs on hacking into their arch rivals' 10-point league lead. Boyd has three goals and two helpers in his last four league contests, but has yet to make the scoresheet in two tries against Austria Vienna. The visitors, who arrive having carried the weight of a two-game losing slide over the extended break, have won just one of the last five home derbies.
BEST OF THE REST
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Maurice Edu – Bursaspor vs Elazigspor, Sun. 9 am