Jermaine Jones, right, pursues possession ahead of Chelsea’s Andre Schurrle in a Champions League match at Stamford Bridge. (By Tal Cohen — EPA)

Americans abroad in action …


F Jozy Altidore played 90 minutes and assisted on the second goal for a two-goal lead during Sunderland’s 2-1 victory over Southampton in England’s League Cup, setting up a home quarterfinal against Chelsea in mid-December.

MF Jermaine Jones went 90 minutes in Schalke’s 3-0 loss at Chelsea in UEFA Champions League group play.


UEFA Europa League

F Terrence Boyd and Rapid Vienna vs. Genk (Belgium), 3 p.m. ET

F Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar vs. Shakhter Karagandy (Kazakhstan), 3 p.m. (

GK Brad Friedel and Spurs vs. Sheriff (Moldova), 3 p.m. (Fox Sports 1,

Excerpts from Juergen Klinsmann’s Q&A on the USSF’s website:

On roster plans for the Scotland and Austria friendlies …

“We are trying to bring in the strongest group possible. … Because MLS scheduled their playoffs with respect to our FIFA fixture dates, it’s basically working hand-in-hand. We’re going to bring the best players into Scotland and Austria no matter where they play.”

On injury recovery by Fabian Johnson and John Brooks …

“I’ve talked to their coaches, and they are ready to go again.”

On scouting this weekend …

“I will go to see Sunderland play Manchester City. Maybe that helps [Altidore] get his first goal in the Premier League there!”

On facing Scotland for the first time since a 5-1 victory just after European seasons ended in 2012 …

“It’s a team very different from last year. They came to Jacksonville to finish their season and they simply wanted to have a good time and go on vacation. The coach, even after the match, kind of apologized and said, ‘Shoot, it was hard to push them up again.’ I said, ‘It’s totally understandable.’ ”

Klinsmann will announce the roster as early as Friday but more likely over the weekend. Camp opens Monday evening. Scotland and Austria have unveiled their rosters.