By FRANCO PANIZO
Michael Bradley and Borussia Moenchengladbach escaped the Bundesligas dungeon with their 4-0 rout of FC Cologne last weekend, and now theyll turn their sights towards escaping the relegation zone altogether.
Moenchengladbach hosts Mainz, and despite sitting pretty in third place, the O-Fives are reeling, having lost their last three games all by way of shutout. Should Bradley and Moenchengladbach extend Mainzs losing streak to four and win back-to-back games for the first time this season, they could leave the drop zone if other results go their way.
One of the clubs in direct competition with Moenchengladbach in the race to avoid the drop is Schalke 04, who should have Jermaine Jones in its starting eleven when it locks horns at home with Werder Bremen. With a Champions League match against Lyon looming, Jones and Schalke cant get caught looking ahead, otherwise last place could await them.
Far from battling relegation, Pachuca will look to defeat Monterrey in the second leg of the quarterfinals of the Apertura. Pachua was held to a 1-1 draw in the first leg on Thursday, and Jose Torres, Herculez Gomez and Marco Vidal will be hoping to continue their playoff run with a road victory.
Here is a rundown of who the Americans Abroad play this weekend:
Marcus Hahnemannand Wolverhampton Wanderers play Blackpool.
Jonathan Spectorand West Ham United play Liverpool.
Stuart Holdenand Bolton Wanderers play Newcastle United.
Zak Whitbreadand Norwich City play Leeds United. (Whitbread is out injured.)
Conor Doyleand Derby County play Scunthorpe United.
Jemal Johnsonand Milton Keynes Dons play Sheffield Wednesday.
Anton Peterlinand Plymouth Argyle play Brentford.
Frank Simek, Mike Grellaand Carlisle United play Walsall.
Maurice Eduand Rangers play Kilmarnock. (Edu is out injured.)
Dominic Cerviand Celtic play Dundee United.
Jozy Altidoreand Villarreal play Valencia.
Oguchi Onyewuand AC Milan play Fiorentina.
Michael Bradleyand Borussia Moenchengladbach play Mainz.
Daniel Williamsand SC Freiburg play Borussia Dortmund.
Ricardo Clarkand Eintracht Frankfurt play TSG Hoffenheim.
Jermaine Jonesand Schalke 04 play Werder Bremen.
Steve Cherundolo, DaMarcus Beasleyand Hannover 96 play Hamburg SV.
Amaechi Igweand FC Ingolstadt 04 play VfL Bochum. (Igwe is out injured.)
Charlie Daviesand Sochaux play Lorient.
Carlos Bocanegraand St Etienne play AJ Auxerre.
Sacha Kljestanand RSC Anderlecht play Germinal Beerschot.
Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan, Eric Lichajand Aston Villa play Blackburn Rovers.
Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnsonand Fulham play Manchester City.
Luis Roblesand Karlsruhe play FC Augsburg.
Kenny Cooperand TSV 1860 Munich play FSV Frankfurt. (Cooper is out injured.)
Freddy Aduand Aris Salonika play Kerkyra.
Michael Parkhurstand FC Nordsjaelland play FC Copenhagen.
Marcus Tracy, Chris Rolfeand Aalborg BK play Brondby. (Tracy and Rolfe are out injured.)
Benny Feilhaberand AGF Aarhus play Bronshoj.
Steve Clarkand Honefoss BK play Fredrikstad in the first leg of the promotion/relegation series.
Edgar Castilloand San Luis play Club America.
Jose Torres, Herculez Gomez, Marco Vidaland Pachuca play Monterrey.
Tim Howardand Everton play Sunderland.
David Yeldelland MSV Duisburg play Energie Cottbus.
How do you see Bradley and Moenchengladbach doing this weekend against Mainz? Think Schalke and Jones can defeat Werder Bremen and jump out of the relegation zone? How do you see the trio of Americans at Pachuca faring in the second leg?
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