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Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: (Adams, Pulisic, and more)

RB Leipzig’s odds of advancing into the UEFA Champions League knockout round are slim, but American midfielder Tyler Adams will hope to spark the Bundesliga club to an upset win on Wednesday.

Adams is a good bet to be in Jesse Marsch’s starting lineup as RB Leipzig welcomes Paris Saint-Germain to town. The Bundesliga hosts have lost all three of their group stage matches so far, most recently falling to PSG, 3-2, in Paris back on October 19. Adams played 90 minutes on that day for Leipzig, but will try to show a short memory after a subpar showing in France. The 22-year-old did not feature in Leipzig’s 1-1 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, making him fit and ready to go for a monumental clash at Red Bull Arena.

Elsewhere, Sergino Dest and Barcelona travel to Ukrainian side Dynamo Kyiv on Tuesday while Christian Pulisic is in line to make his return for Chelsea at Swedish side Malmo. John Brooks and Brenden Aaronson will square off in Germany this week as both teams aim to move one step closer to a UCL knockout stage spot. DeAndre Yedlin and Sam Vines headline the American contingent in the Europa League schedule this week while Duane Holmes and Huddersfield visit Peterborough United in England’s Football League Championship.

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


Champions League

Sergino Dest and Barcelona visit Dynamo Kyiv on Tuesday.

Weston McKennie and Juventus host Zenit St. Petersburg on Tuesday.

Christian Pulisic and Chelsea visit Romain Gall and Malmo on Tuesday.

Tyler Adams and RB Leipzig and Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.

Jordan Pefok, David Wagner and Young Boys visit Villarreal on Tuesday.

John Brooks and Wolfsburg host Brenden Aaronson and Red Bull Salzburg on Tuesday.

Tim Weah and Lille visit Sevilla on Tuesday.

Zack Steffen and Manchester City host Owen Otasowie and Club Brugge on Wednesday.

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

Europa League

Christian Cappis and Brondby host Rangers on Thursday.

Sam Vines and Royal Antwerp host Fenerbahce on Thursday.

Mark McKenzie and Genk host West Ham United on Thursday.

DeAndre Yedlin and Galatasaray host Lokomotiv Moscow on Thursday.

Konrad De La Fuente and Marseille host Lazio on Thursday.

Cameron Carter-Vickers and Celtic visit Henry Wingo and Ferencvaros on Thursday.

Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt visit Olympiacos on Thursday.

Conference League

Bryan Reynolds and AS Roma host Bodo/Glimt on Thursday.

Josh Cohen and Maccabi Haifa visit Slavia Prague on Thursday.



Antonee Robinson, Tim Ream and Fulham visit Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday.

Duane Holmes and Huddersfield visit Peterborough United on Tuesday.

Ethan Horvath and Nottingham Forest host Sheffield United on Tuesday.

Matthew Olosunde and Preston North End visit Bournemouth on Wednesday.

League One

Lynden Gooch and Sunderland visit Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday.


La Liga 2

Shaq Moore, Sam Shashoua and Tenerife visit UD Ibiza on Thursday.


Liga MX

Sebastian Saucedo and Pumas host Santos Laguna on Thursday.


  1. Lille win a penalty for a foul on Weah. David converts the kick. I feel like the person won the penalty should be required to take it. How is that not reasonable?

    • Why? The player fouled was denied a clear goal scoring opportunity for his team. The team chooses the player giving them the best chance of scoring. Seems more reasonable to me. Most teams have designated penalty takers just as they do for free kicks & corners. A lot of coaches won’t allow the player fouled to take a penalty even if they don’t have a designated player to take them as the player fouled is often more emotional than he would be otherwise, potentially injured & not likely to admit/recognize it in the heat of the moment, etc. Ain’t basketball.

    • 1. The person fouled may not want to take it.
      2. The person fouled may suck at penalties.

      There’s a reason many teams have designated penalty takers.


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