[AMERICANS ABROAD]Jozy Altidoreshould become the fourth American to play in the English League Cup final as Sunderland faces Manchester City Sunday for the Capital One Cup at Wembley (live on beIN Sports USA and beIN Sports en Espanol at 9 a.m. ET).
Of the 22 foreign-based players eligible for Wednesday's Ukraine-USA game, three play in Friday, 10 play on Saturday and eight play on Sunday. Mix Diskerud's Norwegian season with Rosenborg doesn't resume until the end of March.
On Thursday, Aron Johannsson started for AZ in its 1-1 tie with visiting Slovan Liberec that sent the Dutch club through to the final 16 of the Europa League.
MIDWEEK COPA MX ACTION.Former U.S. U-17 Alejandro Guido scored for second division Dorados in its 2-1 win over Guadalajara in Mexican Copa MX play. Paul Arriola and Stevie Rodriguez also played for Dorados, the farm team of Tijuana, where they normally play. They are allowed to play for Dorados, which advanced to the knockout stages of the Copa MX, because Tijuana is not entered in the tournament due to its participation in the Concacaf Champions League.
Other Americans involved in the Copa MX this week were Jonathan Bornstein (Atlante), Daniel Cuevas (Lobos BUAP), Gabriel Farfan (Chiapas), Sonny Guadarrama (Necaxa), Austin Guerrero (Altamira), Emanuel Guzman (Merida),Alonso Hernandez (Monterrey), Jose Torres (Tigres) and Marco Vidal (Lobos BUAP).
U.S. World Cup Hopefuls:
Cory Cropper, Southampton (England), vs. Liverpool
Tim Howard, Everton (England), vs. West Ham United
Brad Guzan, Aston Villa (England), vs. Norwich City
John Brooks, Hertha Berlin (Germany), vs. Freiburg
Geoff Cameron, Stoke City (England), vs. Arsenal
Edgar Castillo, Tijuana (Mexico), at Veracruz
Timmy Chandler, Nuremberg (Germany), at Borussia Dortmund
Steven Cherundolo, Hannover 96 (Germany), at Augsburg
Eric Lichaj, Nottingham Forest (England D2), vs. Wigan Athletic
Oguchi Onyewu, Sheffield Wed. (England D2), vs. Middlesbrough
Will Packwood, Birmingham City (England D2), at Ipswich Town
Tim Ream, Bolton Wanderers (England D2), vs. Blackburn Rovers
DaMarcus Beasley, Puebla (Mexico), vs. Queretaro
Michael Orozco, Puebla (Mexico), vs. Queretaro
Alejandro Bedoya, Nantes (France), at Evian
Jermaine Jones, Besiktas (Turkey), vs. Antalyaspor
Joe Corona, Tijuana (Mexico), at Veracruz
Stuart Holden, Bolton Wanderers (England D2), vs. Blackburn Rovers
Brek Shea, Barnsley (England D2), at Huddersfield Town
Danny Williams, Reading (England D2), vs. Yeovil Town
Fabian Johnson, Hoffenheim (Germany), vs. Wolfsburg
Sacha Kljestan, Anderlecht (Belgium), vs. Genk
Alejandro Morales, FC Ingolstadt (Germany D2), vs. Dynamo Dresden
Jose Torres, Tigres (Mexico), at Guadalajara
Mikkel Diskerud, Rosenborg (Norway)
Josh Gatt, Molde (Norway)
Clint Dempsey, Fulham (England), vs. Chelsea
Herculez Gomez, Tijuana (Mexico), at Veracruz
Bobby Wood, 1860 Munich (Germany D2), at Sandhausen
Juan Agudelo, FC Utrecht (Netherlands), vs, FC Twente
Jozy Altidore, Sunderland (England), vs. Man. City (Capital One Cup final)
Terrence Boyd, Rapid Vienna (Austria), at Red Bull Salzburg
Aron Johannsson, AZ (Netherlands), vs. RKC