Americans Abroad preview: Tests for Johannsson, Rubin, Brooks and Johnson


Netherlands- and Germany-based Yanks faced the weekend’s toughest tests for American players plying their trades in Europe.

Fabian Johnson and Borussia Monchengladbach are level on points with Bayer Leverkusen, and a win could send either club into the Top Three. Meanwhile, John Anthony Brooks and Hertha Berlin will be hoping Borussia Dortmund’s resurgence from a shocking start to the season goes on hold for a weekend.

AZ’s Aron Johannsson with try to hold off Feyenoord on Sunday, a couple hours after Rubio Rubin and Utrecht do battle with Ajax.

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All four Americans playing in England’s top-flight have a good look at all three points this weekend, and Tim Howard’s Everton will be on Monday Night Football when QPR heads to Goodison Park. Howard got a break from suiting up in a relatively-meaningless Europa League match on Thursday, as Joel Robles started in a 1-0 loss to visiting Krasnodar.

Meanwhile, Google’s instant translation sure has Conor O’Brien and Wiener Neustadt playing in a carefree place. Keine Sorgen Arena, home of SV Ried, is described as such:



O’Brien, 26, has had a decent start to his one-year contract in Austria’s top-flight, scoring thrice in 13 appearances (including two in his three matches).

Tim Howard – Everton vs. QPR, 3pm ET Monday
Brad Guzan – Aston Villa at West Brom, 10am ET Saturday
Geoff Cameron – Stoke City at Crystal Palace, 10am ET Saturday
Jozy Altidore – Sunderland vs. West Ham United, 10am ET Saturday
Oguchi Onyewu – Charlton Athletic vs. Blackpool, 10am ET Saturday
Eric Lichaj – Nottingham Forest at Rotherham, 10am ET Saturday
Tim Ream – Bolton vs. Ipswich Town, 10am ET Saturday
Danny Williams – Reading at Birmingham City, 10am ET Saturday
Brek Shea — Birmingham City vs. Reading, 10am ET Saturday
Will Packwood – Birmingham City vs. Reading, 10am ET Saturday
Zak Whitbread – Derby County at Middlesbrough, 7:15am ET Saturday
Duane Holmes – Huddersfield Town at Norwich City, 10am ET Saturday
Emerson Hyndman – Fulham at Leeds, 10am ET Saturday

Fabian Johnson – Borussia Monchengladbach at Bayer Leverkusen, 930am ET Sunday
Julian Green – Hamburger SV at Freiburg, 930am ET Saturday
Timothy Chandler – Eintracht Frankfurt, no match
Jon Anthony Brooks – Hertha Berlin vs. Borussia Dortmind, 930am ET Saturday
Alfredo Morales – Ingolstadt vs. Kaiserslautern, 930am ET Sunday
Bobby Wood – 1860 Munich vs. Karlsruher, 9am ET Sunday
Terrence Boyd– RB Leipzig at Greuther Fuerth, 230pm ET Friday
Rubio Rubin – Utrecht at Ajax, 630am ET Sunday
Aron Johannsson – AZ Alkmaar vs. Feyenoord, 1045am ET Sunday
Alejandro Bedoya – Nantes vs. Bordeaux, 11am ET Saturday
Sacha Kljestan – Anderlecht vs. Oostende, Noon ET Sunday
Conor O’Brien – Wiener Neustadt at Josko Ried