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Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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The Yanks are, indeed, marching into many football grounds this weekend and we’re here to let you know where to keep your eyes trained to see Americans in action across the globe.

First off, the Stoke Sentinel is reporting that the loan destination for new signing Juan Agudelo is likely to be Dutch side FC Utrecht. They sit in ninth place in the Eredivise and their list of former players include international standouts Michel Vorm, Kevin Strootman and Dirk Kuyt.

Meanwhile, current defender Geoff Cameron and his Stoke City mates can get some breathing room from the bottom of the table teams breathing down their necks when they head into Selhurst Park for a date with Crystal Palace at 10am ET on Saturday (Watch live and online via  NBC Sports Extra).

Jozy Altidore and Sunderland will hope to continue flying high after a 4-1 win last with a home date against Southampton. The Black Cats have been terrible at home this year (2W-1D-7L), but to be fair they’ve been awful nearly everywhere outside of the League Cup.

Clint Dempsey’s back in a London derby when Fulham heads into the Emirates Stadium for a date with Arsenal which is not expected to go well. Hopefully, Dempsey can be a part of a Cottagers resurgence after they were thumped by Sunderland last week.

What about the keepers? Brad Guzan has famously labeled Luis Suarez a mere human as his Villans try to contain Liverpool on Saturday while Tim Howard and Everton need to wait til Sunday for their match at the Hawthorns versus West Brom.

More of a review than a preview, but a manager flip-flop had Jonathan Bornstein back on the pitch after a long spell out of favor for Atlante in Liga MX. Many other Americans playing in Mexico will be in action Saturday or are on the pitch as this post is published: DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Farfan, Jose Torres, Jose Villareral and more. Updates to come.

Ale Bedoya and Nantes have a huge Sunday road match-up against PSG. The Canaries sit No. 6 in Ligue 1 and a strong performance from Bedoya against a world class side could certainly further pique the interest of Jurgen Klinsmann.

Back to the Eredivise, where Aron Johansson is set to get right back on his high-scoring horse for AZ Alkmaar in their match-up with NAC Breda. He has 13 goals in 21 total appearances this season.

Sacha Kljestan leads No. 2 Belgian side Anderlecht into a road match with relegation scrappers KV Mechelen.

The Bundesliga won’t be back in action until next weekend.

VIDEO: T&T women’s team gives away one of the most bizarre PKs

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Play until you hear the referee’s whistle. In theory, so simple. In practice, it only takes a single second of concentration lapse to become an internet sensation for all the wrong reasons.

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Such is life for Karyn Forbes, member of the Trinidad and Tobago women’s national soccer team. In the above video, you’ll observe Forbes, a 24-year-old midfielder, giving away perhaps the most bizarre penalty kick you’ll ever see. You’ll have to watch for yourself to believe it.

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Unfortunately for Forbes, though the whole of the ball might have crossed the whole of the end line, the referee did not blow her whistle… not until Forbes picked the ball up with her hands and carried it to her goalkeeper.

Bundesliga to go ahead with video replay tests over two years

FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, file photo, a Hawk-Eye camera is set up at Toyota stadium in Toyota. For the first time at a World Cup, technology will be used to determine whether a ball crosses the goal line during matches at the upcoming tournament in Brazil. With vanishing spray also being used to prevent encroachment by defenders making up a wall during free kicks, officials at the highest level of the world’s most popular sport are finally getting some assistance. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)
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BERLIN (AP) The German Football League (DFL) has given the go-ahead for the possible testing of video replays in the Bundesliga over a two-year pilot phase.

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The DFL says it will be lodging an application with FIFA to take part if the pilot phase is approved by the International Football Association Board at its next annual general meeting on March 5.

The DFL says video replays could be used by a “team of impartial match officials for the purpose of avoiding any evidently incorrect decisions” and that the pilot phase would be preceded by “intensive preparations.”

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These would include the settlement of costs among FIFA, the IFAB, the DFL and German football federation, as well as training for the candidates.

West Ham extend Payet’s contract in “enormous show of faith”

West Ham’s Dimitri Payet celebrates after scoring while soap bubbles are blown during the English Premier League soccer match between West Ham and Newcastle at Boleyn Ground in London, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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West Ham United hope Dimitri Payet is going absolutely nowhere after the club announced on Thursday the 28-year-old Frenchman has signed a contract extension through the summer of 2021.

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Payet’s current contract was scheduled to keep him at the Premier League club through the summer of 2020, but a series of standout performances (6 goals, 4 assists so far this season, mostly during the season’s opening three months) and rumors of interest from “bigger” clubs meant tacking on another year — and plenty more cash — was the best way to keep Payet in east London for the foreseeable future. The club confirmed earlier this week that negotiations over an extension were underway.

“He’s the best player I’ve signed in 25 years,” said West Ham co-owner David Sullivan. “He’s a [$43 million] player. He’s a supreme footballer. He makes every player in our side play better. On his day, he’s world class, he’s unstoppable.”

Payet, who’s been at West Ham just eight months after signing last summer, could still depart in the summer should he finish the current season strong and/or show up and show out at the European Championship, which kicks off in June. In that event, West Ham would now bag a much heftier transfer fee than they would have done prior to the extension.

VIDEO: Dele Alli’s magnificent juggling goal recreated in hand-drawn crayon

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Remember that Dele Alli goal? No, not that one… that one. Of course you remember it. How could you not?

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How often does a player receive the ball out of the air, flick it over his head, spin 180 degrees and hit an inch-perfect volley from 20 yards out to secure all three points for his team? The answer is, of course, not very often.

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Thus, a goal such as Alli’s stunning winner against Crystal Palace last month has been, and will continue to be, immortalized through numerous recreations in this Digital Age. Above is Alli’s goal recreated in hand-drawn crayon.