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Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: Sargent faces Trusty, and more


The English League Cup kicks off this week for many lower division clubs and Tuesday’s showdown between Norwich City and Birmingham City will pit Josh Sargent and Auston Trusty against one another for the first time.

Sargent and Norwich City hosts Trusty and Birmingham City in an all-EFL Championship showdown at Carrow Road on Tuesday. Sargent played 13 minutes off the bench in Saturday’s 1-1 league draw with Wigan Athletic, as the American striker aims to play a larger role in Dean Smith’s squad going forward. The 22-year-old contributed three goals in the early stages of last season’s EFL Cup in a 6-0 romp over Bournemouth and will be hoping for similar success this season.

Trusty has started in both of Birmingham City’s two league matches to date, impressing in the early stages of his loan spell from Arsenal. The former Philadelphia Union and Colorado Rapids centerback has jumped right into John Eustace’s starting lineup for matches against Luton Town and Huddersfield Town and could be called on again this week as the Blues aim for a first road win over Norwich City since 2002.

In Europe, Malik Tillman and Josh Cohen headline the American contingent in UEFA Champions League Qualifying. Sam Vines and Ian Harkes will be in action in Europa Conference League Qualifying.

Elsewhere in England, Daryl Dike and West Brom host Sheffield United in league cup action while Lynden Gooch and Sunderland faces Sheffield Wednesday in a rematch of last season’s League One Playoffs.

In Germany, Johan Gomez will be pushing for his first appearance of the new 3. Liga season.

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


Super Cup

Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt face Real Madrid on Wednesday.

Champions League Qualifying

Malik Tillman, James Sands and Rangers host Union St. Gilloise on Tuesday. (Union St. Gilloise leads 2-0 on aggregate)

Richie Ledezma and PSV host Monaco on Tuesday. (Both teams tied 1-1 on aggregate.)

Henry Wingo and Ferencvaros host Qarabag FK on Tuesday. (Both teams tied 1-1 on aggregate.)

Josh Cohen and Maccabi Haifa visit Apollon Limassol on Tuesday. (Maccabi Haifa leads 4-0 on aggregate.)

Conference League Qualifying

Sam Vines and Royal Antwerp host Lillestrom on Thursday. (Royal Antwerp leads 3-1 on aggregate).

Ian Harkes and Dundee United visit AZ Alkmaar on Thursday. (Dundee United leads 1-0 on aggregate).

Christian Cappis and Brondby visit FC Basel on Thursday. (Brondby leads 1-0 on aggregate).

Rokas Pukstas and Hajduk Split visit Vitoria de Guimaraes on Wednesday. (Hajduk Split leads 3-1 on aggregate).



Daryl Dike and West Bromwich Albion host Sheffield United on Thursday.

Josh Sargent and Norwich City host Auston Trusty and Birmingham City on Tuesday.

Zack Steffen and Middlesbrough host Barnsley on Wednesday.

Ethan Horvath and Luton Town host Newport County on Tuesday.

Lynden Gooch and Sunderland visit Sheffield Wednesday on Wednesday.

Duane Holmes and Huddersfield Town host Matthew Olosunde and Preston North End on Tuesday.


3. Liga

Johan Gomez and FSV Zwickau host Duisburg on Tuesday.


  1. Tillman with the tie winner in the 79th minute. Sands with yellows in both legs so I assume he’ll miss their next qualifier against PSV (up with 12 mins remaining Ledezma on the bench).


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