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Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: Pulisic, Dest, and more


Christian Pulisic and Chelsea will return to UEFA Champions League action on Wednesday with the visiting Blues looking to clinch their spot in the final eight of the competition.

Pulisic started and scored to secure a 2-0 first leg win at home back in February and now aims for similar success in France this week. The U.S. men’s national team star has since scored once and assisted once in Premier League play, before playing only 12 minutes in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Newcastle United. Chelsea will be favored to advance in the competition, but has to be wary of Lille’s dynamic group of attacking players.

Fellow USMNT forward Tim Weah has had an opposite run of form for Lille, failing to score or assist in each of his last eight appearances at club level. Weah has found playing time tough to come by over the past few weeks, totaling only 172 minutes with Lille since February international duty. At a time when Lille is desperate to somewhat replicate last year’s championship run, it will be interesting to see if Weah can find consistent minutes again before the season concludes.

In Europa League play, Sergiño Dest and Barcelona visit Galatasaray where either team can advance from the Round of 16 after a scorless first leg at the Camp Nou. James Sands and Rangers head to Serbia looking to avoid any slip-ups after registering a 3-0 first leg win in Glasgow last week.

In Conference League play, Konrad De La Fuente and Marseille visit FC Basel holding a slight 2-1 aggregate lead in the Round of 16.

In Bundesliga action, Gio Reyna will look to crack Marco Rose’s starting lineup as Borussia Dortmund visits Mainz on Wednesday.

In Austria, Brenden Aaronson and Red Bull Salzburg need a win to advance into the Austrian Cup final, but first will have to get past Wolfsberger AC.

Elsewhere, Ethan Horvath and Nottingham Forest host QPR in an important league match with both teams batlling for a promotion playoff spot.

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


Champions League

Christian Pulisic and Chelsea visit Tim Weah and Lille on Wednesday.

Weston McKennie is OUT FOR SEASON (Injury) for Juventus.

Europa League

Sergiño Dest and Barcelona visit Galatasaray on Thursday.

James Sands and Rangers visit FC Crvena Zvezda on Thursday.

Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt host Real Betis on Thursday.

Conference League

Konrad De La Fuente and Marseille visit FC Basel on Thursday.

Cole Bassett and Feyenoord host Partizan Belgrade on Thursday.

Richie Ledezma is OUT (Injury) for PSV.



Ethan Horvath and Nottingham Forest host QPR on Wednesday.

Duane Holmes and Huddersfield Town visit Millwall on Wednesday.



Giovanni Reyna and Borussia Dortmund visit Mainz on Wednesday.

3. Liga

Johan Gomez and FSV Zwickau visit FC Viktoria Berlin on Wednesday.


Serie B

Andrija Novakovich and Frosinone visit Crotone on Tuesday.

Anthony Fontana is OUT (Injury) for Ascoli.


Austrian Cup

Brenden Aaronson and Red Bull Salzburg visit Wolfsberger AC on Wednesday.

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