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Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: Robinson, Dest, and more

Wigan Athletic picked up a massive three points over the weekend against Nottingham Forest with Antonee Robinson playing a huge part in the shutout win.

The 21-year-old wingback helped the Latics earn a 1-0 victory at the DW Stadium and now the sights turn towards Derby County. Robinson has continued to earn consistent minutes for Paul Cook’s side and could have a tough test on Wednesday. Fellow American Duane Holmes and Derby County will line up across from Wigan which could see the two youngsters go head-to-head. Holmes has been reduced to appearances off the bench of late with the Rams’ seeking consistency in the offensive end.

Elsewhere, Sergino Dest and Ajax welcome Christian Pulisic and Chelsea to Amsterdam. John Brooks is fighting to start for Wolfsburg in Europa League play, while Romain Gall and Timmy Chandler both aim to play as well. Lynden Gooch and Sunderland welcome Tranmere Rovers to the Stadium of Light.

Here’s a closer look at this week’s Americans Abroad:


UEFA Champions League

Sergino Dest and Ajax face Christian Pulisic and Chelsea on Wednesday.

Jesse Marsch and Red Bull Salzburg face Napoli on Wednesday.

Tyler Adams and RB Leipzig face Zenit St. Petersburg on Wednesday.

Ethan Horvath and Club Brugge face PSG on Tuesday.

Timothy Weah is OUT for Lille.

UEFA Europa League

John Brooks and Wolfsburg face Gent on Thursday.

Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt face Standard Liege on Thursday.

Romain Gall and Malmo face Lugano on Thursday.

Tyler Boyd and Besiktas face Braga on Thursday.

Theoson-Jordan Siebatcheu and Rennes face Cluj on Thursday.

Matt Polster and Rangers face Porto on Thursday.

Fabian Johnson is OUT for Borussia Monchengladbach.


EFL Championship

Matt Miazga and Reading face Geoff Cameron and QPR on Tuesday.

Cameron CarterVickers and Stoke City face Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday.

Eric Lichaj and Hull City face Nottingham Forest on Wednesday.

Tim Ream and Fulham face Luton Town on Wednesday.

Antonee Robinson and Wigan Athletic face Duane Holmes and Derby County on Wednesday.

EFL League One

Matthew Olosunde and Rotherham United face Ipswich Town on Wednesday.

Lynden Gooch and Sunderland face Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday.

Giles Phillips and Wycombe Wanderers face Blackpool on Tuesday.

Charlie Kelman is OUT for Southend United.


Copa MX

Ventura Alvarado and Necaxa face Rubio Rubin and Dorados on Tuesday.

Fernando Arce and Club Tijuana face Mineros de Zacatecas on Tuesday.

Tony Alfaro and Zacatepec face Pachuca on Wednesday.


  1. Two games in a row in between an international break, Pulisic came off the bench, one actually quite late and made immediate impacts contributing to a goal for Chelsea. These were encouraging news and a confidence boost for CP22. One thing I can’t help but noticed from watching City’s Champions League game today. Raheem Sterling scored a second-half hat-trick as Manchester City came from behind to thrash Atalanta 5-1 at the Etihad Stadium. The way Sterling moved/sprinted off the ball and created space for himself was world class and clinical. The USMNT’s manager and assistants should hold regular film study sessions to help our forwards, Altidore, Sargent, Zardes, etc, as well as wingers & midfielders, Pulisic, Morris, Arriola, McKennie, Adams, Lletget, Boyd, etc. on how to create spaces and passing lanes for their teammates, even defenders to pass them the ball. I’ve been frustrated and seen in countless occasions that the US forwards, wingers and midfielders were stagnated and lacked intelligent movements off the ball while the US had possessions, but there was simply no outlets. Sooner or later, we turned the all over cheaply, and our opponents countered.

    • Please Dest, Be practical and pick the US if you want to start and play regularly in international level. If committed to the Orangjie Dutch team, Dest will be buried deep into the Netherlands U-23 for the next few years, whereas with the USMNT, you’ll e an instant starter and play i the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, provided the US and you qualify in the CONCACAF qualifications.


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