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Americans Abroad Midweek Rewind: Sabbi, Sonora, and more


Danish club Odense booked its first spot into the DBU Pokalen Final in 15 years on Thursday, with American forward Emmanuel Sabbi contributing greatly in a second leg semifinal victory.

Sabbi started and played 84 minutes, scoring his third goal of the season across all competitions in a 3-0 win over Sonderjyske. The 24-year-old continued a busy first-half for Odense, scoring in the 22nd minute and extending the hosts aggregate lead to 4-0 at the time. Odense would add a third goal of the match just before halftime, truly closing the door on Sonderjyske’s chances of a comeback. Sabbi has helped Odense win six of its last eight matches across all competitions and will now prepare to help the top-flight side bring home the DBU Pokalen trophy on May 26 against Midtjylland.

In South America, Alan Sonora scored his second goal of the Copa Sudamericana tournament to help Independiente win 4-0 on the road in Paraguay over General Caballero JLM.

In Europa League action, James Sands and Timmy Chandler both witnessed their respective clubs book spots in the tournament final after advancing in Thursday’s semfinal action. Tyler Adams and RB Leipzig were eliminated in Glasgow, losing 3-1 on the night and 3-2 on aggregate.

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


Champions League

Zack Steffen dressed but did not play in Manchester City’s 3-1 loss to Real Madrid on Wednesday. Manchester City lost 6-5 on aggregate.

Europa League

Tyler Adams dressed but did not play in RB Leipzig’s 3-1 loss to Rangers on Thursday. Rangers win 3-2 on aggregate.

James Sands dressed but did not play for Rangers.

Timmy Chandler dressed but did not play in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 1-0 win over West Ham United on Thursday. Eintracht Frankfurt wins 3-1 on aggregate.

Conference League

Konrad De La Fuente is OUT FOR SEASON (Injury) for Marseille.



Ethan Horvath dressed but did not play in Nottingham Forest’s 1-0 loss to Bournemouth on Tuesday.


Serie A

Gianluca Busio came off the bench and played 27 minutes in Venezia’s 2-1 loss to Salernitana on Thursday.

Tanner Tessmann dressed but did not play for Venezia.



Taylor Booth did not dress in Bayern Munich II’s 8-1 win over 1860 Rosenheim on Wednesday.


DBU Pokalen

Emmanuel Sabbi started, scored ONE GOAL, and played 84 minutes in Odense’s 3-0 win over Sonderjyske on Thursday. Odense won 5-1 on aggregate.



Henry Wingo did not dress in Ferencvaros’ 5-3 win over Zalaegerszeg on Wednesday.

South America

Copa Libertadores

Joel Sonora started and played 87 minutes in Velez Sarsfield’s 1-1 draw with Red Bull Bragantino on Thursday.

Copa Sudamericana

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

Alan Sonora started, scored ONE GOAL, and played 90 minutes in Independiente’s 4-0 win over General Caballero JLM on Tuesday.


  1. Still wondering why Sabbi and Alan Sonora haven’t gotten a look. Maybe 2026 for them.

    Adams will likely be on the move in the summer. Leipzig always looks like hot garbage in defense when Adams isn’t on the field. Could see him moving to the Premier league. Hear Arsenal has been looking at him.

    • They tried to get Sonora in in December but his club wouldn’t release him. He just hasn’t shown good enough to bring him into a qualifying camp with limited training time.
      Sabbi isn’t good enough, I do think it’s 7gs across all comps but 2g 3a in league play just isn’t good enough even compared to Arriola and Roldan. Denmark’s league is ranked at or below MLS.

  2. Considering how well Adams plays for the USMNT, I don’t understand why he doesn’t play regularly for Leipzig since he was a regular in the past. It does seem like they lose most of the time he doesn’t play, though.

    • It’s kind of confusing because they haven’t brought in anyone new at DM. It started under Marsch and continued with Tedesco. They’re playing more 3CBs but still have a double 6 most nights so…. Maybe people got annoyed that he’s been looking for a move England but looking for a move is a pretty standard thing at Red Bull.


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