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Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: McKennie, Pulisic, and more

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Juventus resumes its involvement in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday with Weston McKennie pushing to start in Round of 16 play in Spain.

McKennie played 37 minutes off of the bench on Friday as Juventus tied rivals Torino 1-1 in Serie A play, but Tuesday’s showdown with Villarreal should be a tougher challenge. The U.S. men’s national team midfielder has started seven matches for Juventus in all competitions in 2022 and should be well -rested to start Tuesday after playing a substitute role over the weekend.

McKennie has been one of Massimiliano Allegri’s top performers this season and will need to be impactful against Villarreal for the Italian club to claim a first leg win. Villarreal is currently in sixth place in La Liga and riding a four-match unbeaten run in league play, outscoring its opponents 9-1 over that span.

In Europa League play, Tyler Adams and RB Leipzig visit Real Sociedad while James Sands and Rangers host Borussia Dortmund.

In Conference League play, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Celtic visit Bodo/Glimt needing a strong performance to avoid an exit from the competition.

Elsewhere, Ethan Horvath and Nottingham Forest visit Preston North End with the American goalkeeper set to start. Marlon Fossey will look to continue his strong loan spell at Bolton Wanderers with a home match against Lincoln City.

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


International


Champions League

Christian Pulisic and Chelsea host Tim Weah and Lille on Tuesday.

Weston McKennie and Juventus visit Villarreal on Tuesday.

Europa League

Sergino Dest and Barcelona visit Napoli on Thursday.

James Sands and Rangers host Borussia Dortmund on Thursday.

Tyler Adams and RB Leipzig visit Real Sociedad on Thursday.

Gio Reyna is OUT (Injury) for Borussia Dortmund.

Conference League

Cameron Carter-Vickers and Celtic visit Bodo/Glimt on Thursday.

Konrad De La Fuente and Marseille visit FK Qarabag on Thursday.

Richie Ledezma is OUT (Injury) for PSV.


England


Championship

Ethan Horvath and Nottingham Forest visit Matthew Olosunde and Preston North End on Tuesday.

Antonee Robinson, Tim Ream and Fulham host Peterborough United on Wednesday.

Duane Holmes and Huddersfield Town host Cardiff City on Wednesday.

League One

Marlon Fossey and Bolton Wanderers host Lincoln City on Tuesday.

Lynden Gooch and Sunderland host Burton Albion on Tuesday.


Italy


Serie B

Andrija Novakovich and Frosinone host Reggina on Wednesday.


Argentina


Copa De La Liga Profesional

Joel Sonora and Velez Sarsfield visit Huracan on Thursday.


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