American Exports: Everton's Tim Howard puts undefeated start on line vs. West Ham United
AMSTERDAM – Most of the Americans playing in Europe will hit the road this weekend, with Everton netminder Tim Howard placing his unbeaten start and 289-minute shutout streak up for wager at West Ham. All times listed in ET.
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Jozy Altidore – Sunderland at West Bromwich Albion (Saturday, 10 am on Premier League Extra Time)
The Jozy goal watch continues at the Hawthorns, where he will run up against former Hull teammate Boaz Myhill, a California-born Wales international. The Baggies lead the all-time series by a single game and have won four straight home meetings, but Sunderland have managed a result in their house more than half the time.
Geoff Cameron, Maurice Edu, Brek Shea – Stoke City at Arsenal (Sunday, 8:30 am on CNBC)
Edu and Shea may have trouble breaking into the selection this week, what with Stoke off to a fine start, but Cameron will retain his right back place. One of the US internationals' best EPL outings came against the Gunners last season, albeit in defensive midfield. The Potters have lost nine in a row at Arsenal, with their last such win coming at Highbury in 1982.
Tim Howard – Everton at West Ham United (Saturday, 10 am on Premier League Extra Time)
The Toffees goalkeeper will look to continue his good start to the season against one of his favortie opponents. Howard, who swept the Irons last term, has only lost to them once in 13 career meetings – and that was more than six years ago. A small injury crisis in West Ham's attacking midfield ranks potentially could hand Sebastian Lletget a place on the home bench for this one.
Timothy Chandler – FC Nürnberg vs. Borussia Dortmund (Saturday, 9:30 am on GolTV)
With his form on the up-tick, Chandler should keep his right back role against last year's Champions League runners-up. He's yet to taste victory against Dortmund in four tries, but did earn a draw in one of two home clashes. His team has had it worse, though, going winless in nine against the BvB boys. The visitors will arrive somewhat weakened in midfield by the absences of skipper Sebastian Kehl and İlkay Gündogan.
Jermaine Jones – Schalke vs. Bayern Munich (Saturday, 12:30 am on GolTV)
It remains to bee seen whether the American midfield cop will return to the line-up this weekend. After a slow start, the Miners have won four in a row across all competition, with the last three coming via shutout. However, they've also fallen on Bayern's last three visits by a 9-0 combined tally. Each side will be missing an attack ace, with Schalke top gun Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and the treble holders in town without Mario Götze.
BELGIAN JUPILER LEAGUE
Sacha Kljestan – Anderlecht at Club Brugge (Sunday, 8:30 am)
The Mauves midfielder is one of the hottest Americans going right now, with four goals in his last five league games and a good showing against Champions League final hosts Benfica on Wednesday. Kljestan has only suffered one derby loss to Club, which came in the most recent meeting back in April. The champs currently stand two points behind the boys from Brugge, who have lost only once in the last five between the two at Jan Breydel Stadion.
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