JAMIE HILL - Monday, January 24, 2011
As the FA Cup moves on to the fourth round, American players are poised for a busy and challenging weekend after the draw created a number of all-Premier League matchups.
After dispatching York City, Stuart Holden and Bolton Wanderers will face a tougher test when they host Wigan Athletic. Meanwhile, Tim Howard and the Toffees will need to be at their best after being drawn with Chelsea.
Fulham's Clint Dempsey and Eddie Johnson could be in action when Tottenham Hotspur visits Craven Cottage, while Marcus Hahnemann may get the starting nod in Wolves' match with Stoke City.
The fourth round draw also produced two intriguing matches that could see Yanks involved on both sides. Brad Friedel should start for Aston Villa and Eric Lichaj will hope to get back in Gerard Houllier's good graces in Villa's match against Jermaine Jones' new club, Blackburn Rovers.
Jonathan Spector, who has been outstanding in knockout competitions for West Ham United this season, will attempt to continue his cup heroics against Nottingham Forest. Robbie Findley could make his debut for the Championship club now that his paperwork has been filed away.
FA Cup Fourth Round Draw
Bolton Wanderers - Wigan Athletic
Fulham - Tottenham Hotspur
Everton - Chelsea
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Stoke City
Aston Villa - Blackburn Rovers
West Ham United - Nottingham Forest