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Americans Abroad Midweek Rewind: Sonora, Dest, and more


Argentinian side Independiente rebounded from an opening night loss in the Copa Sudamericana competition with American midfielder Alan Sonora having the final say in a group-stage victory.

Sonora delivered the second goal for Independiente in a 2-0 home win over General Caballero JLM, scoring on a wonderfully-placed shot in the second half. Sonora came onto the pitch as a second-half substitute and six minutes after watching his club take a 1-0 advantage, Sonora delivered the final nail in the coffin. The 23-year-old received a pass deep in Caballero’s side of the field before unleashing a shot into the top-left corner from long-range. It was Sonora’s second goal of the season across all competitions.

The New Jersey native will be pushing for similar success this weekend as Independiente faces CA Colon in league action.

In European play, Zack Steffen, Tyler Adams, James Sands, and Timmy Chandler all advanced in their respective competitions while Christian Pulisic and Sergino Dest both suffered elimination from the Champions League and Europa League respectively.

In Denmark, Emmanuel Sabbi and Christian Cappis both featured in Superliagen action on Thursday.

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

European Cup Competitions

Champions League

Christian Pulisic came off the bench and played 37 minutes in Chelsea’s 3-2 second leg win over Real Madrid on Tuesday. Chelsea was eliminated on 5-4 aggregate.

Zack Steffen dressed but did not play in Manchester City’s 0-0 second leg draw with Atletico Madrid on Wednesday. Manchester City advanced on 1-0 aggregate.

Europa League

Sergiño Dest came off the bench and played 28 minutes in Barcelona’s 3-2 second leg loss to Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday. 

Timmy Chandler came off the bench and played one minute for Eintracht Frankfurt. Eintracht Frankfurt advanced on 4-3 aggregate.

Tyler Adams came off the bench and played 17 minutes in RB Leipzig’s 2-0 second leg win over Atalanta on Thursday. RB Leipzig advanced on 3-1 aggregate.

James Sands dressed but did not play in Rangers 3-1 second leg extra time win over Braga on Thursday. Rangers advanced on 3-2 aggregate.

Conference League

Sebastian Saucedo did not dress (Injury) in Pumas 0-0 second leg draw with Cruz Azul on Tuesday. Pumas advanced on 2-1 aggregate.



Emmanuel Sabbi started and played 90 minutes in Odense’s 2-1 win over Vejle Boldklub on Thursday.

Christian Cappis started and played 75 minutes in Brondby’s 1-0 loss to Aalborg on Thursday.

South American Cup Competitions

Copa Libertadores

Joel Sonora did not dress in Velez Sarsfield’s 2-2 draw with Red Bull Bragantino on Thursday.

Copa Sudamericana

Alan Sonora came off the bench, scored ONE GOAL, and played 45 minutes in Independiente’s 2-0 win over General Caballero on Tuesday.

Johnny Cardoso dressed but did not play in Internacional’s 1-1 draw with Guairena on Thursday.


  1. Left footed bomb! Watched some replays of Independiente last season. Couldn’t tell he was left footed because he passes so well with his right. Haven’t paid as much attention to his season since WCQ was full throttle. Alan Sonora & Pomykal are my favorite left foot dominant MFs outside of what we’ve seen. (McKennie, Musah, DLT etc).


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