This has all the makings of a rough week for Yanks in England’s top flight.
USA’s pair of Premier League goalkeepers have road tests ahead of them, as Tim Howard and Everton look to hold on to their European dreams with a trip to Stamford Bridge early Saturday, while Brad Guzan’s Aston Villa side is off to play struggling Newcastle United on Sunday.
Jozy Altidore will look to shake the dust off his goal-scoring record with a trip to the Emirates to face Arsenal on Saturday, while Geoff Cameron caps off a silly road weekend for Yanks in England by bringing Stoke into the Etihad for a Saturday date with Manchester City. If Clint Dempsey finds his way back into Fulham’s team, it’ll be on Saturday at West Bromwich Albion.
Tim Ream and Bolton host mid-table Championship side Watford, while Danny Williams will look to build momentum after scoring last week when Reading welcomes Blackburn. Brek Shea’s Barnsley faces a huge six-point relegation battle with Milwall at the home of the Tykes.
Juan Agudelo’s FC Utrecht side is just two points ahead of the drop zone in the Eredivisie and they face a Sunday match with midtable Groningen.
Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht are back in Jupiler Pro League action with a Saturday game at Lokeren, who sit in fifth place, five points back of No. 3 Anderlecht. Kljestan’s team is 15 points out of first and five points back of No. 2 Brugge.
Fabian Johnson continues his return for Hoffenheim when they try to steal three points at Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday. Elsewhere in the Bundesliga, John Anthony Brooks will look to get back into the lineup when Hertha Berlin faces relegation-scrapping Stuttgart on Saturday. He was an unused substitute last week after being a 37th minute pull three days earlier.
Jermaine Jones sent a message to Besitkas fans on Twitter that he plans to be ready for this weekend’s matchup with Galatasaray on Saturday at Noon.
Over in France, FC Nantes hosts Stade Rennes, and Canaries striker Ale Bedoya will try to keep the visitors from leapfrogging them in the table.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Former France winger Florent Malouda has lost his appeal against being ruled ineligible to play for French Guiana at the 2017 Gold Cup.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport says its judges dismissed Malouda’s appeal against North American soccer body CONCACAF.
French Guiana fielded Malouda in a 0-0 draw against Honduras last July despite being told he was not eligible. CONCACAF awarded a 3-0 win to Honduras and suspended Malouda.
The Gold Cup uses FIFA eligibility rules which bar players from transferring allegiance after playing a competitive game for one country.
Malouda played 80 times for France including a 2006 World Cup final loss against Italy.
The French Guiana soccer federation hoped Malouda, now aged 37, could play in the Gold Cup because it is not a FIFA member.
A U.S. Men’s National Team forward will probably have to wait a bit longer to come to Major League Soccer if that is the path that he chooses.
Reports have recently surfaced linking Bobby Wood to MLS at the conclusion of the Bundesliga season, however, MLSSoccer.com is reporting that a move for the American likely won’t come in 2018.
Wood, who remains under contract for three more seasons at Hamburg, is currently fighting relegation in Germany with his club side.
Hamburg currently sits 17th in the German top flight, eight points buried in the relegation zone with four matches remaining.
The MLSSoccer.com report suggests that MLS clubs aren’t willing to compensate Wood at the current rate of his contract in Germany.
Currently, Wood is making “several million dollars” per season, and even if Hamburg is relegated in 2017/18 Wood’s contract wouldn’t decrease to a number that clubs are comfortable paying.
If Wood was to join MLS, he would be considered a Discovery signing as he is not currently on the MLS player allocation list. The Washington Post previously reported that an MLS club has Wood included on their Discovery list, although the team’s identity isn’t known.
Marouane Fellaini‘s time in Manchester looks to be numbered, and a move abroad could have the Belgian in line for one last payday during his career.
The Manchester United midfielder has rejected multiple offers to stay on at Old Trafford ahead of his contract expiring this summer, which would allow Fellaini to pursue other opportunities come June.
Fellaini is being linked to moves to Major League Soccer and the Chinese Super League, as the veteran aims to secure a sizable contract upon leaving the Red Devils after over five-and-a-half years with the club.
The Daily Mail is also reporting that Fellaini would be open to hearing options that could keep him in the Premier League, although it is unclear if there is any serious interest from English sides at this time.
Since the arrivals of Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic, Fellaini has struggled to find playing time under manager Jose Mourinho.
This season, the Belgium international has appeared in just 14 PL matches and 19 in all competitions. Fellaini has scored four goals in that span.
The Chicago Fire won’t be moving into a new stadium 2019, however, their venue will have a new name donned on the side of it.
For years, the Eastern Conference side has played its home matches at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, but starting next season the Fire’s home turf will be called SeatGeek Stadium as part of a rebrand.
SeatGeek is one of the largest online after-market ticket distributors, and was created back in 2009.
Toyota Park will undergo its transformation at the conclusion of the 2018 MLS season.
The venue is also home to the NWSL’s Chicago Red Stars.