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Tuesday Kickoff: Champions League returns, MLS playoffs resume, and more


The UEFA Champions League is back, with the next-to-last round of the group stage set to clear up the picture on which teams we can expect to reach the next stage of the competition.

A pair of matchups featuring U.S. men’s national team teammates headline the proceedings for American fans, with Weston McKennie and Christian Pulisic set to cross paths. Pulisic missed the last meeting between Chelsea and Juventus with an injury, but now he and long-time friend and teammate McKennie are both expected to feature in a match that will go a long way in determining which team finishes first in Group H.

American vs. American matchups aren’t confined to the Champions League. DeAndre Yedlin and Galatasaray face off against Konrad De La Fuente and Marseille in a match Gregg Berhalter will be watching closely. Yedlin is coming off a starting role in November’s World Cup qualifiers for the USMNT, while De La Fuente is still working to play his way back into Berhalter’s plans after being left out of the past two international windows.

The MLS playoffs resume on Tuesday night, with the final two spots in the conference semifinals set to be determined. Familiar foes Nashville SC and Orlando City square off for the fourth time this campaign while underdog Real Salt Lake travels to Lumen Field to try and stop a Seattle Sounders side that has welcomed back its big names just in time for another run at the MLS Cup final.

If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to SBI Soccer. We offer three different levels of subscriptions, which all offer access to a variety of content we will be producing that will be exclusive to subscribers, and in many cases, subscribers will have early access to an assortment of articles and other content. Here is a rundown of SBI’s subscription offerings.

SBI Subscribers will have access to USMNT content we will be releasing later today, as well as access to ask questions in the November SBI Q&A, which will also be posted on Tuesday, so stay tuned for both.

A new episode of The SBI Show is also on the way, so stay tuned for that as well.

Here is a rundown of articles to get you ready for Tuesday’s action, as well as a list of SBI articles that are now available to read after originally being available only to SBI subscribers:

Americans Abroad/Soccer on TV

Americans Abroad Player of the Week: Ian Harkes (LINK)

This Week’s Soccer on TV (LINK)

Americans Abroad Midweek Preview (LINK)

MLS Playoffs/News

Nashville SC vs. Orlando City Preview (LINK)

Seattle Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake Preview (LINK)

MLS Ticker: Matt Turner voted Goalkeeper of the Year (LINK)

Articles now available without subscription

Alexander Callens recovers from injury to help spark NYCFC win (LINK)

Trinity Rodman caps dream rookie season with NWSL title (LINK)

Graham Zusi rolls back the years with star turn in SKC playoff win (LINK)

Jakob Glesnes continues to be a two-way threat for the Union (LINK)

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