By FRANCO PANIZO
Playing time has been hard to come by this season for Jonathan Spector, but after his Carling Cup heroics, he might just see the field for West Ham for a second straight game.
Spector made a strong case for more minutes with his brace in the 4-0 win over Manchester United in the quarterfinals of the Carling Cup on Wednesday, and that performance could bear fruit when the Hammers visit Sunderland. Whether hed resume his usual right back role or continue to see time as a defensive midfielder is uncertain, but at the very least, Spectors showing against his former club should see him make the bench.
Also looking to build off his recent goal-scoring performance, Clint Dempsey will aim to help end Fulhams flirtation with relegation when the Cottagers take on third-place Arsenal. Dempsey has five goals in the Premiership campaign, and one against Arsenal would bring him within one of his career-high with more than half a season to play.
One player looking to prevent goals rather than score them will be David Yeldell, whose five clean sheets have helped MSV Duisburg to second place in 2. Bundesliga. Yeldell and Duisburg battle FSV Frankfurt on Friday.
Here is a rundown of who the Americans Abroad play this weekend:
David Yeldelland MSV Duisburg play FSV Frankfurt.
Quentin Westbergand Evian Thonon Gaillards game against Stade Laval has been postponed.
Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnsonand Fulham play Arsenal.
Marcus Hahnemannand Wolverhampton Wanderers play Blackburn Rovers.
Tim Howardand Everton play Chelsea.
Stuart Holdenand Bolton Wanderers play Manchester City.
Conor Doyleand Derby County playZak Whitbreadand Norwich City. (Whitbread is out injured.)
Frank Simek, Mike Grellaand Carlisle United play Leyton Orient.
Jemal Johnson and Milton Keynes Dons playAnton Peterlin and Plymouth Argyle.
Oguchi Onyewuand AC Milan play Brescia.
MichaelBradleyand Borussia Moenchengladbach playSteve Cherundolo, DaMarcus Beasleyand Hannover 96.
Ricardo Clarkand Eintracht Frankfurt play Mainz.
Daniel Williamsand SC Freiburg play Hamburg SV.
Jermaine Jonesand Schalke 04 play Bayern Munich.
Charlie Daviesand Sochaux play Valenciennes.
Marcus Tracy, Chris Rolfeand Aalborg BK play Odense BK. (Tracy and Rolfe are out injured.)
Jonathan Spectorand West Ham United play Sunderland.
Jozy Altidoreand Villarreal play Sevilla FC.
Amaechi Igweand FC Ingolstadt 04 play FC Erzgebirge Aue. (Igwe is out injured.)
Luis Roblesand Karlsruhe play Fortuna Dusseldorf.
Kenny Cooperand TSV 1860 Munich play Hertha Berlin. (Cooper is out injured.)
Carlos Bocanegraand St Etienne play Bordeaux.
Sacha Kljestanand RSC Anderlecht play Zulte-Waregem.
Michael Parkhurstand FC Nordsjaelland play AC Horsens.
Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan, Eric Lichajand Aston Villa play Liverpool.
Do you think Spector deserves to start against Sunderland? At what position should he play if he does see the field? How will Dempsey and Fulham fare against third-place Arsenal? Starting to think Yeldell deserves a call-up to the U.S. national team?
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