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Americans Abroad: Midweek Preview (Steffen, Musah, and more)


Manchester City’s quest for a fifth consecutive Carabao Cup trophy continues this week with Zack Steffen pushing to start in Wednesday’s showdown with West Ham United.

The Citizens are coming into this week’s trip to London off the back of three consecutive wins in all competitions, outscoring their opponents 11-2 over that span. Steffen last started in a 2-0 win over Burnley on October 16, making two saves to earn his first clean sheet in league action.  Ederson retain the No. 1 job for wins over Club Brugge and Brighton & Hove Albion, but Steffen is in line to start in what should be a tough test from West Ham, which has won three straight in all competitions as well.

Elsewhere, Yunus Musah and Valencia take on Real Betis in La Liga play while Brenden Aaronson and Ulysses Llanez go head-to-head in Austrian Cup play. Tyler Adams and Joe Scally are among the American contingent involved in German Cup play this week. Konrad De La Fuente and Marseille face off with Nice on Wednesday looking to claim a full three points following Sunday’s draw with PSG.

Here is a closer look at this weekend’s Americans Abroad action:


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Zack Steffen and Manchester City face West Ham United on Wednesday.

Lynden Gooch and Sunderland face QPR on Tuesday.

Matthew Olosunde is OUT (Injury) for Preston North End’s hosting of Liverpool on Wednesday.


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Tyler Adams, Jesse Marsch and RB Leipzig visit Babelsburg on Tuesday.

Chris Richards and Hoffenheim host Holstein Kiel on Tuesday.

Joe Scally and Borussia Monchengladbach host Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

Pellegrino Matarazzo and Stuttgart host Cologne on Wednesday.

Gio Reyna is OUT (Injury) for Borussia Dortmund’s hosting of Ingolstadt on Tuesday.


La Liga

Sergino Dest and Barcelona visit Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday.

Matt Miazga and Alaves host Elche on Tuesday.

Yunus Musah and Valencia visit Real Betis on Wednesday.

Matthew Hoppe and Mallorca host Sevilla on Wednesday.


Serie a

Weston McKennie and Juventus host Sassuolo on Wednesday.

Bryan Reynolds and AS Roma visit Cagliari on Wednesday.

Gianluca Busio, Tanner Tessmann and Venezia host Salernitana on Tuesday.

Serie B

Andrija Novakovich and Frosinone visit Alessandria on Thursday.


Ligue 1

Konrad De La Fuente and Marseille visit Nice on Wednesday.



Brenden Aaronson and Red Bull Salzburg visit Ulysses Llanez and St. Poelten on Wednesday.



Cameron Carter-Vickers and Celtic visit Hibernian on Wednesday.

Ian Harkes and Dundee United visit Livingston on Wednesday.

Christian Ramirez and Aberdeen visit Rangers on Wednesday.



Mark McKenzie and Genk visit Sint-Eloois-Winkel on Wednesday

Chris Durkin and Sint-Truiden visit RFC Seraing on Wednesday.

Owen Otasowie and Club Brugge host Deinze on Wednesday.

Sam Vines and Royal Antwerp visit Westerlo on Thursday.



Luca De La Torre and Heracles visit ASWH on Tuesday.



Christian Cappis and Brondby visit Aalborg Freja on Thursday.

Emmanuel Sabbi and Odense visit Jonathan Amon and Nordsjaelland on Wednesday.



Jordan Pefok and Young Boys visit Lugano on Wednesday.



Jeffrey Gal and Degerfors host Elfsborg Orebro on Thursday.

Romain Gall and Malmo host AIK on Wednesday.

Nebiyou Perry and Ostersunds host Hacken on Wednesday.



Haji Wright and Antalyaspor host Diyabekir Spor AS on Thursday.



  1. Scally and M’Gladbatch are taking it to Bayern 3-0 at the half. Scally taking on Davies is solid work of defending and attacking with his pin-point mid-range passing. It would be an injustice if he is not called for the qualifiers

    • If he isn’t I hope Tanner Tessman gets an extended run-out. It’s a shame Busio’s rise seems to have cost Tessman a spot in the midfield pecking order there at Venezia because six months ago if you’d asked me which guy had the most potential I’d have said Tessman.

      • I’m going to be honest: I have no idea what to make of Tessmann. Like, I’ve seen Busio in three different setups —— with SKC, the USMNT, and now with Venezia, and I feel like I have a pretty good handle on where he excels and where he can improve. And I have the sense that his bar is quite high. Non-Americans will know his name in just a matter of time. But Tessmann? I have precisely no idea where he fits in and how he fits in. Obviously, he’s a big, sturdy guy and a top athlete, but I just don’t know much more about him than that.

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