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Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: Sargent, Busio, and more


Norwich City has improved over recent weeks under new manager Dean Smith and Josh Sargent will look to lead the Canaries to an important road victory on Tuesday.

Sargent and the rest of the Canaries face a trip to Newcastle United in Premier League play, hoping to extend their unbeaten run to four matches. The U.S. men’s national team striker is still seeking his first goal in league action, but has showed lively moments since the restart of competitive play this month. Tuesday’s opponent, Newcastle United, remains at the bottom of the league standings with only six points earned through 13 matches, making this match a crucial one for the Canaries’ hopes of Premier League survival.

Elsewhere, Gianluca Busio and Venezia will aim for a road victory over Atalanta. Luca De La Torre and Heracles will look to knock off Feyenoord in Eredivisie action in the Netherlands. Christian Pulisic and Chelsea take a short trip to Watford in Premier League play looking to re-extend their lead at the top of the table. Matthew Hoppe and and Yunus Musah headline the American contingent in cup competitions this week as several La Liga clubs enter Copa Del Rey play.

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



Christian Pulisic and Chelsea visit Watford on Wednesday.

Josh Sargent and Norwich City visit Newcastle United on Tuesday.

Zack Steffen and Manchester City visit Aston Villa on Wednesday.


Lynden Gooch and Sunderland host Oldham Athletic on Wednesday.



Gianluca Busio, Tanner Tessmann and Venezia visit Atalanta on Tuesday.

Weston McKennie and Juventus visit Salernitana on Tuesday (McKennie is out injured).

Bryan Reynolds and AS Roma visit Bologna on Wednesday.


Andrija Novakovich and Frosinone visit Cremonese on Tuesday.



Tim Weah and Lille visit Rennes on Wednesday.

Konrad De La Fuente and Marseille visit Nantes on Wednesday.

Nicholas Gioacchini and Montpellier visit Metz on Wednesday.

Erik Palmer-Brown and Troyes host Lorient on Wednesday.



Yunus Musah and Valencia visit CD Utrillas on Thursday.

Matthew Hoppe and Mallorca visit Gimnastica Segoviana on Wednesday.

Matt Miazga and Deportivo Alaves visit Unami CP on Tuesday.

Shaq Moore, Samuel Shashoua and Tenerife visit Ibiza Islas Pitiusas on Thursday.



Alex Mendez and FC Vizela visit Braga on Tuesday.



Luca De La Torre and Heracles visit Feyenoord on Wednesday.



Mark McKenzie and Genk host Owen Otasowie and Club Brugge on Wednesday.



Cameron Carter-Vickers and Celtic host Hearts on Thursday.

Christian Ramirez and Aberdeen host Livingston on Wednesday.

Ian Harkes and Dundee United visit Motherwell on Tuesday.



Jordan Pefok, David Wagner and Young Boys host Lugano on Wednesday.



Tyler Boyd and Rizespor host Ankaraspor on Wednesday.

Haji Wright and Antalyaspor host Amed Sportif on Tuesday.



Joel Sonora and Banfield host Alan Sonora and Independiente on Tuesday.


Liga MX

Sebastian Saucedo and Pumas host Atlas on Tuesday.


  1. Yeah i agree with the Sargeant assessment. Busio had a horrible game too. His speed and inexperience caused 2 goals. You should see the highlights. Its like Atlanta was running circles around him. Tessman started but he also left a lot to be desired. The young guys need to up their games and develope consistency.

    • I watched that Venezia game and I disagree with that assessment. Busio was fine… there is just a gulf in class between those teams. Venezia couldn’t hold the ball and move it up field. If you can’t do that… its over.

      • I watched that game too and I wonder what game you were watching. You characterize his game as “fine”. Busio’s been starting games and finishing them. The fact that he was subbed off at the 58th minute doesn’t help your argument. The coach clearly didn’t think Busio was doing fine either. He was at fault for 2 goals clearly and didn’t help his team advance downfield. So how did he do fine? Wow…..Yes there is a gulf in class between these two teams but in the end they are all Serie A clubs. And last I checked Venezia beat Fiorentina not too long ago and they are not far behind Atalanta in the standings. We need to hold our players to a higher standard and be honest about our assessments. Busio has had good games and I give credit when and where its due. But when they don’t have such a good game call it as it is. The thing plaguing many of the US players is consistency it’s not just Busio. The good thing is Busio’s still young and will get better. Here’s to hoping our players reach “THAT LEVEL”.

  2. Man, it was a torture to watch Norwich City. Norwich were up a man since the 9th minute, but the team/players are so bad that they managed to go down 0-1 at the 61st minute for a Gilmour handball in the box. Pukki finally scored a goal to tie up the game at the 79th minute. Sargent again was the second striker who lacks confidence, hunger and aggression for his position. Easily content to just pass back the ball to a teammate when he’s already in the offensive final third and failed to make penetrating runs when the opportunities presented itself. To be honest, both Norwich and Newcastle deserve to be relegated.

    • I agree it is very painful to watch. It reminds me of Sunderland and Jozy years ago. But it appeared to me that Sargent was play right wing today. He is not a winger, but because he plays hard and hustles back on defense they play him out of position. Sometimes he is a second striker but today he seemed to spent all his time on the right wing. He will never succeed out wide.

      • Sargent was set up by Dean Smith to be a hybrid right winger & second forward because Norwich’s right back, #2 Max Aarons dominated and took up 100% of the right winger side whenever Norwich advances the ball to the offensive half. Sargent had nowhere to go but tucked inside when Aarons occupied the right side. Dean Smith had Norwich defend much better after taking over the manager job, but still had no ideas on the offensive side as shown yesterday playing with a man up for 81+ minutes.

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