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Americans Abroad Midweek Rewind: Musah, McKennie, and more


Yunus Musah’s stellar play in the Copa Del Rey competition continued this week with the U.S. men’s national team midfielder excelling in his latest shift for the La Liga side.

Musah played 71 minutes from the start as Valencia used a late winner to down Cartegna 2-1 away from home. The 19-year-old completed over 80% of his passes in the match, while also drawing two fouls and winning four duels. Musah was paired next to Carlos Soler and Uros Racic in the heart of Valencia’s 4-3-3 formation, and did not disappoint before being substituted off through an apparent injury. Yann Bodiger’s aggressive tackle on the midfielder in the 61st minute eventually led to Musah’s exit from the match, a worrying sign for USMNT fans as World Cup Qualifying draws closer.

Musah will hope to make a speedy recovery as Valencia prepares for a weekend trip to league leaders Real Madrid.

Weston McKennie played 90 minutes as Juventus earned a 1-1 draw with Napoli in Serie A’s return on Thursday. McKennie won two of his six duels in the match, while also making two interceptions and six recoveries. The Bianconeri stayed three points behind the top four with the draw, and five points back of their opponents from Thursday night.

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



Christian Pulisic came off the bench and played 12 minutes in Chelsea’s 2-0 first leg win over Tottenham on Wednesday.



Weston McKennie started and played 90 minutes in Juventus’ 1-1 draw with Napoli on Thursday.

Gianluca Busio, Tanner Tessmann, Jack DeVries and Venezia’s scheduled match with Salernitana was postponed on Thursday.

Bryan Reynolds did not dress in AS Roma’s 3-1 loss to AC Milan on Thursday.



Yunus Musah started and played 71 minutes in Valencia’s 2-1 win over Cartagena on Wednesday.

Matthew Hoppe did not dress in Mallorca’s 2-1 win over Eibar on Wednesday.

Sergino Dest is OUT (COVID-19) for Barcelona.



Haji Wright did not dress in Antalyaspor’s 4-3 shootout loss to Besiktas on Wednesday.


  1. I thought Musah drew more than 2 fouls…maybe the refs only called 2 fouls. He was influential in the game which is why Cartagena spent the second half “attacking” him. Hopefully he can recover in time. He is a key in the midfield for US.

  2. I’ll admit to nerves coming into a key window where we need to grab at least 7 points with injuries to Weah, Dest, Musah, Reyna. Each being out is a tough hit. Hoping Musah being pulled was precautionary and that Dest, Reyna, Weah can start playing soon and get some kind of form as the depth and quality would help immensely. (I’ll add Morris to somehow get himself match fit w/o matches as well) Going to Mexico and Costa Rica away needing 6 points is asking for trouble and just might take years off my life.

    • How is Jordan supposed to get match fit w/o playing any games? That’s a new one for me.


      The USMNT is the best team in the tournament.

      El Salvador (Home), Canada (Away) , Honduras (Home)


      Azteca, Panama( Home), Costa Rica (Away)

      We have 15 points. Lets say 25 will do it.

      Six games left to get 10 points, or 3 wins and a draw.

      El Salvador, Honduras and Panama all at home , are all beatable, inferior teams. That should give them 9 points. Should.

      Surely they can tease out at least 1 point from Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica even though they are all away.

      Of course we all know what happened the last time the USMNT needed just one point.

      The game that worries me is El Salvador. It is the first game after a long layoff and, over the years, the USMNT has often sucked in “first games”.

      Hugo has done a fine job with them, the USMNT manager will underestimate them, they have nothing to lose, the USMNT HAS to win and they will give us their very best.

      If they can get past them, they should be fine the rest of the way.

      Win all home games, tie on the road that’s the ticket.


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