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Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: McKennie faces off with Pulisic, and more


The top spot in Group H of the UEFA Champions League remains up for grabs with Weston McKennie and Christian Pulisic facing off with hopes of helping their clubs to a massive victory.

Chelsea hosts Juventus on Tuesday looking to exact revenge for a 1-0 Matchday 2 loss to the Old Lady in Turin. Pulisic made his third appearance back from injury for the English Premier League club on Saturday, scoring the third goal for the Blues in a 3-0 road win over Leicester City. The U.S. men’s national team attacker will be fighting to start for Thomas Tuchel’s side at Stamford Bridge and against his international teammate McKennie.

McKennie has remained in Massimiliano Allegri’s starting lineup over recent weeks, helping the club to back-to-back Serie A wins over Fiorentina and Lazio respectively. The USMNT midfielder looks to have found his groove and will now prepare to shut down Chelsea in London on Tuesday night. Juventus leads the group by three points over Chelsea and could clinch the top spot with a win.

Elsewhere, Sergino Dest will aim to return for Barcelona against Benfica in Champions League play while Tyler Adams and RB Leipzig pay Club Brugge a visit. DeAndre Yedlin and Konrad De La Fuente square off in Europa League group-stage action on Thursday. Cameron Carter-Vickers and Celtic face a tough road test at Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen while Johnny Cardoso and Internacional hit the road in Brazilian Serie A play.

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


Champions League

Weston McKennie and Juventus visit Christian Pulisic and Chelsea on Tuesday.

Sergino Dest and Barcelona host Benfica on Tuesday.

Tyler Adams and RB Leipzig visit Owen Otasowie and Club Brugge on Wednesday.

Jordan Pefok, David Wagner and Young Boys host Atalanta on Tuesday.

John Brooks and Wolfsburg visit Sevilla on Tuesday.

Brenden Aaronson and Red Bull Salzburg visit Tim Weah and Lille on Tuesday.

Zack Steffen and Manchester City host Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.

Romain Gall and Malmo host Zenit St. Petersburg on Tuesday.

Gio Reyna is OUT (Injury) for Borussia Dortmund’s trip to Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday.

Europa League

Christian Cappis and Brondby host Lyon on Thursday.

Sam Vines and Royal Antwerp visit Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday.

Mark McKenzie and Genk visit Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday.

DeAndre Yedlin and Galatasaray host Konrad De La Fuente and Marseille on Thursday.

Cameron Carter-Vickers and Celtic visit Bayer Leverkusen on Thursday.

Henry Wingo and Ferencvaros visit Real Betis on Thursday.

Conference League

Bryan Reynolds and AS Roma host Zorya on Thursday.

Josh Cohen and Maccabi Haifa host Union Berlin on Thursday.



Antonee Robinson, Tim Ream and Fulham host Derby County on Wednesday.

Duane Holmes and Huddersfield visit visit QPR on Wednesday.

Ethan Horvath and Nottingham Forest host Luton Town on Tuesday.

Matthew Olosunde and Preston North End visit Middlesbrough on Wednesday.

League One

Lynden Gooch and Sunderland visit Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday.


Liga Profesional

Joel Sonora and Banfield visit Sarmiento on Wednesday.

Alan Sonora and Independiente host Boca Juniors on Wednesday.


Serie A

Johnny Cardoso and Internacional visit Fluminense on Wednesday.

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