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Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: Sabbi, Sonora, and more


Danish club Odense is seeking its first domestic trophy since 2011 on Thursday and American Emmanuel Sabbi will fight to play a key role in this week’s DBU Pokalen Final.

Sabbi has scored seven goals in all competitions this season, with four of those coming in Odense’s run to Thursday’s final against Midtjylland. The 24-year-old Sabbi continues to be a lively attacker in Andreas Alm’s squad, starting in each of the last three matches in all competitions. Although Odense has not won in four-straight matches, the second-place finishers in the Superliagen Relegation Group will lay it all on the field in its final match of the season.

Odense has not lost to Midtjylland in each of its two league meetings this season, winning 2-1 away from home and tying 2-2 on home soil. However, Midtjylland has won four-consecutive cup showdowns against Odense, making this week’s contest a tough match to pick. Odense has lifted the Danish Cup on five occasions in the club’s history and should the top-flight side knock off Midtjylland on Thursday, Sabbi will become the second American player to lift the trophy and the first since Michael Parkhurst did in 2011 with Nordsjaelland.

In South America, Alan Sonora and Independiente continue Copa Sudamericana play this week while Joel Sonora and Velez Sarsfield resume Copa Sudamericana action.

In Germany, Terrence Boyd and Kaiserslautern visit Dynamo Dresden in the first leg of their promotion final.

In Norway, Sam Rogers and Kobe Hernandez-Foster will both aim for starts in Eliteserien play.

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


3. Liga Promotion Final

Terrence Boyd and Kaiserslautern visit Dynamo Dresden on Tuesday.


DBU Pokalen Final

Emmanuel Sabbi and Odense face Midtjylland on Thursday.



Sam Rogers and Rosenborg host FK Haugesund on Thursday.

Kobe Hernandez-Foster and HamKam visit Viking on Wednesday.


Cup Final

Romain Gall and Malmo face Hammarby on Thursday.

South America

Copa Libertadores

Joel Sonora and Velez Sarsfield host Estudiantes on Tuesday.

Copa Sudamericana

Alan Sonora and Independent host Ceara on Wednesday.

Johnny Cardoso and International host Never de Octubre on Tuesday.


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