Guzan and Altidore face big tests

[AMERICANS ABROAD] Brad Guzan will face a big test Saturday when Aston Villa travels to Liverpool to face the high-scoring Reds, led by Luis Suarez (live on NBC, 12:30 p.m. ET).

Earlier on Saturday, Jozy Altidore's Sunderland hosts Southampton (live on NBCSN at 7 a.m. ET). After being mired in the basement most of the season, the Black Cats could move out of the relegation zone with a win.

Edgar Castillo, Joe Corona and Herculez Gomez will hope to remain in the Tijuana starting lineup as Xolos look to continue its promising start to Mexico's Torneo Clausura Saturday when it travels to Pachuca.

U.S. World Cup Contenders:
GOALKEEPERS:
Brad Guzan, Aston Villa (England), at Liverpool (Saturday)
Tim Howard, Everton (England), at West Bromwich (Monday)

DEFENDERS:
DaMarcus Beasley, Puebla (Mexico), at Santos (Friday)
John Brooks, Hertha Berlin (Germany) on winter break
Geoff Cameron, Stoke City (England), at Crystal Palace (Saturday)
Edgar Castillo, Tijuana (Mexico), at Pachuca (Saturday)
Timmy Chandler, Nuremberg (Germany) on winter break
Steven Cherundolo, Hannover 96 (Germany) on winter break
Eric Lichaj, Nottingham Forest (England), vs. Blackburn Rovers (Saturday)
Oguchi Onyewu, Sheffield Wed. (England D2), at Burnley (Saturday)
Michael Orozco, Puebla (Mexico), at Santos (Friday)
Tim Ream, Bolton Wanderers (England D2), at Reading (Saturday)

MIDFIELDERS:
Alejandro Bedoya, Nantes (France), at Paris St. Germain (Sunday)
Joe Corona, Tijuana (Mexico), at Pachuca (Saturday)
Mikkel Diskerud, Rosenborg (Norway) in offseason
Maurice Edu, Stoke City (England), at Crystal Palace (Saturday)
Josh Gatt, Molde (Norway) in offseason
Stuart Holden (injured), Bolton Wanderers (England D2), at Reading (Saturday)
Fabian Johnson, Hoffenheim (Germany) on winter break
Jermaine Jones, Schalke 04 (Germany) on winter break
Sacha Kljestan, Anderlecht (Belgium) on winter break
Brek Shea, Barnsley (England D2), vs. Blackpool (Saturday)
Jose Torres, Tigres (Mexico), at Morelia (Friday)
Danny Williams, Reading (England D2), vs. Bolton Wanderers (Saturday)

FORWARDS:
Jozy Altidore, Sunderland (England), vs. Southampton (Saturday)
Terrence Boyd, Rapid Vienna (Austria) on winter break
Clint Dempsey, Fulham (England), at Arsenal (Saturday)
Herculez Gomez, Tijuana (Mexico), at Pachuca (Saturday)
Aron Johannsson, AZ (Netherlands), vs. NAC (Saturday)
Bobby Wood, 1860 Munich (Germany D2) on winter break
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