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Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Steffen faces Ream in FA Cup, and more

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Zack Steffen was unable to feature for the U.S. men’s national team during the latest window of World Cup Qualifying, but will be pushing to start for Manchester City in FA Cup play this weekend.

Pep Guardiola’s side faces off with Fulham at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, looking to advance into the Round of 16 with a home victory. Steffen did not travel for international duty due to a back injury, but should be pushing to start after returning to training on Wednesday.

Tim Ream will oppose Steffen in Manchester on Saturday, with both defenders looking to keep the rampant City attack quiet. Ream remains a stalwart in Marco Silva’s backline helping the club to top of the Championship table so far. Antonee Robinson isn’t expected to dress after starting all three qualifiers for the USMNT over the past week. Fulham has failed to defeat the Citizens in each of its past 11 meetings across all competitions, but will be full of confidence after winning five of its last six matches overall.

In England, Christian Pulisic and Chelsea host Plymouth Argyle while Josh Sargent and Norwich City visits Wolves. Ethan Horvath will hope to be in net for Nottingham Forest against Leicester City.

In Germany, George Bello will look to make his Bundesliga debut as Arminia Bielefeld faces Borussia Moenchengladbach. Tyler Adams and RB Leipzig take on Bayern Munich with the USMNT midfielder aiming to be fit for the contest.

In Spain, Sergino Dest and Barcelona host Atletico Madrid in the showdown of the weekend in La Liga. Yunus Musah and Matt Miazga will also hope to be in their respective lineups.

In Italy, Weston McKennie and Juventus resume play at home against Hellas Verona.

Elsewhere, Brenden Aaronson and Red Bull Salzburg host LASK with the winner advancing to the Austrian Cup Final. Jordan Pefok and Young Boys continue league action while both Joel and Alan Sonora kick off their return to competitive action in the Copa Argentina.

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


England


FA CUP

Christian Pulisic and Chelsea host Plymouth Argyle on Saturday.

Josh Sargent and Norwich City visit Wolves on Saturday.

Zack Steffen and Manchester City host Tim Ream and Fulham on Saturday.

Duane Holmes and Huddersfield host Barnsley on Saturday.

Ethan Horvath and Nottingham Forest host Leicester City on Sunday.

Antonee Robinson is OUT (Travel) for Fulham.

CHAMPIONSHIP

Matthew Olosunde and Preston North End visit Hull City on Saturday.

LEAGUE ONE

Lynden Gooch and Sunderland host Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.

Marlon Fossey and Bolton Wanderers visit Morecambe on Saturday.


Germany


BUNDESLIGA

Gio Reyna and Borussia Dortmund host Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday.

Joe Scally and Borussia Moenchengladbach visit George Bello and Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday.

Ricardo Pepi and Augsburg host Union Berlin on Saturday.

John Brooks and Wolfsburg host Julian Green, Tim Tillman and Greuther Furth host Mainz on Sunday.

Pellegrino Matarazzo‘s Stuttgart host Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.

Tyler Adams is OUT (Injury) for RB Leipzig.

Chris Richards is OUT (Injury) for Hoffenheim.

2. BUNDESLIGA

Bryang Kayo and Nuremberg host Ingolstadt on Friday.

3. LIGA

Johan Gomez and FSV Zwickau host Terrence Boyd and Kaiserslautern on Saturday.


Italy


SERIE A

Weston McKennie and Juventus host Hellas Verona on Sunday.

Gianluca Busio, Tanner Tessmann, Jack DeVries and Venezia host Napoli on Sunday.

SERIE B

Andrija Novakovich and Frosinone host L.R. Vicenza Virtus on Saturday.


Spain


LA LIGA

Sergino Dest and Barcelona host Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

Matt Miazga and Alaves visit Elche on Saturday.

Yunus Musah and Valencia host Real Sociedad on Sunday.

Matthew Hoppe and Mallorca host Cadiz on Saturday.

LA LIGA 2

Shaq Moore, Samuel Shashoua and Tenerife host Leganes on Sunday.


France


LIGUE 1

Tim Weah and Lille host PSG on Sunday.

Konrad De La Fuente and Marseille host Angers on Friday.

Nicholas Gioacchini and Montpellier visit Saint-Etienne on Saturday.

Erik Palmer-Brown and Troyes host Metz on Sunday.


Netherlands


EREDIVISIE

Luca De La Torre and Heracles visit Ajax on Sunday.

Cole Bassett and Feyenoord host Sparta Rotterdam on Sunday.

Richie Ledezma and PSV host AZ Alkmaar on Saturday.


Portugal


LIGA PRIMEIRA

Reggie Cannon and Boavista visit Pacos de Ferreira on Friday.

Alex Mendez and Vizela visit Tondela on Saturday.


Belgium


PRO LEAGUE

Mark McKenzie and Genk host Zulte Waregem on Sunday.

Sam Vines and Royal Antwerp host Union St. Gilloise on Saturday.

Kyle Duncan and Oostende host OH Leuven on Saturday.

Bryan Reynolds and Kortrijk host Chris Durkin and Sint-Truiden on Saturday.

Owen Otasowie and Club Brugge host Gent on Sunday.


Scotland


PREMIERSHIP

James Sands and Rangers host Hearts on Sunday.

Cameron Carter-Vickers and Celtic visit Joe Efford and Motherwell on Sunday.

Ian Harkes and Dundee United visit St. Johnstone on Saturday.

Chris Mueller and Hibernian host St. Mirren on Saturday.

Christian Ramirez and Aberdeen visit Sebastian Soto and Livingston on Saturday.


Austria


CUP

Brenden Aaronson and Red Bull Salzburg host LASK on Sunday.


Switzerland


SUPER LEAGUE

Jordan Pefok, David Wagner and Young Boys visit St. Gallen on Sunday.


Hungary


NB I

Henry Wingo and Ferencvaros host Paksi on Sunday.


Turkey


SUPER LIG

DeAndre Yedlin and Galatasaray visit Alanyaspor on Sunday.

Haji Wright and Antalyaspor visit Besiktas on Sunday.

Tyler Boyd and Rizespor host Adana Demirspor on Sunday.


Argentina


COPA ARGENTINA

Alan Sonora and Independiente host Central Norte on Friday.

Joel Sonora and Velez Sarsfield host Club Cipolletti on Friday.


Brazil


GAUCHO

Johnny Cardoso and Internacional visit Ypiranga on Saturday.


Mexico


LIGA MX

Sebastian Saucedo and Pumas visit Club Tijuana on Sunday.


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