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Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: Dest, Adams, and more


Sergiño Dest is back for La Liga side Barcelona and the American defender will aim to help the Catalan club clinch their spot in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.

Barcelona visits Bayern Munich on Wednesday needing a victory to comfortably advance to the knockout stage. Dest earned his first start for new manager Xavi Hernandez’s squad this weekend, playing 90 minutes in a 1-0 league loss to Real Betis. The U.S. men’s national team right back’s ability to get upfield will be important for Barcelona in Munich on Wednesday night, knowing that the hosts have already clinched the top spot in Group E. Should Barcelona suffer defeat on Wednesday and Benfica defeated Dynamo Kyiv at home, then the Spanish club will drop into the Europa League Round of 32 in early 2022.

Elsewhere, Christian Pulisic and Chelsea face off with Russian club Zenit St. Petersburg this week while Brenden Aaronson and Red Bull Salzburg looks for a top-two finish in their UCL group. Tim Weah’s absence for Lille means the Ligue 1 side will be without the winger’s services for a trip to Wolfsburg. Mark McKenzie and DeAndre Yedlin will look to lead their teams to Europa League wins this Thursday, with spots at stake for the next round.

Here is a rundown of where the Americans Abroad contingent will be playing this week:


Champions League

Christian Pulisic and Chelsea visit Zenit St. Petersburg on Wednesday.

Sergino Dest and Barcelona visit Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

Weston McKennie and Juventus host Romain Gall and Malmo on Wednesday.

Tyler Adams and RB Leipzig host Zack Steffen and Manchester City on Tuesday.

Owen Otasowie and Club Brugge visit Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.

Jordan Pefok, David Wagner and Young Boys visit Manchester United on Wednesday.

John Brooks and Wolfsburg host Lille on Wednesday.

Tim Weah is OUT (Injury) for Lille’s trip to Wolfsburg on Wednesday.

Brenden Aaronson and Red Bull Salzburg host Sevilla on Wednesday.

Gio Reyna is back in training for Borussia Dortmund.

Europa League

Christian Cappis and Brondby visit Sparta Prague on Thursday.

Sam Vines and Royal Antwerp host Olympiakos on Thursday.

Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt visit Fenerbahce on Thursday.

Mark McKenzie and Genk host Rapid Vienna on Thursday.

DeAndre Yedlin and Galatasaray visit Lazio on Thursday.

Konrad De La Fuente and Marseille host Lokomotiv Moscow on Thursday.

Cameron Carter-Vickers and Celtic host Real Betis on Thursday.

Henry Wingo and Ferencvaros host Bayer Leverkusen on Thursday.

Conference League

Bryan Reynolds and AS Roma visit CSKA-Sofia on Thursday.

Josh Cohen and Maccabi Haifa visit Feyenoord on Thursday.

Women’s Champions League

Tobin Heath and Arsenal host Barcelona on Thursday.

Catarina Macario and Lyon visit Benfica on Thursday.

Alana Cook and Paris Saint-Germain visit Zhytlobud Kharkiv on Wednesday.


League One

Lynden Gooch and Sunderland host Morecambe on Tuesday.


Serie A

Johnny Cardoso and Internacional visit Red Bull Bragantino on Thursday.

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