Sam Vines has shaken off a preseason injury for Royal Antwerp to remain in Mark Van Bommel’s starting lineup for an impressive Europa Conference League on Thursday.
Vines played 90 minutes as Royal Antwerp defeated Norwegian hosts Lillestrom 3-1 for a first leg victory. The U.S. men’s national team left back came into the match off an assist in Royal Antwerp’s 1-0 Belgian league win over Zulte Waregem and followed that up by delivering a strong outing against the defending Norwegian Eliteserien champs. It was Lillestrom’s first defeat in their past four matches, which gives Royal Antwerp a great chance to advance into the playoff round. Vines has made three-consecutive starts for Royal Antwerp and will aim to remain in the starting lineup for Sunday’s league clash with OH Leuven.
Elsewhere in Europe, Ian Harkes logged 90 minutes in Dundee United’s first leg win over AZ Alkmaar in Europa Conference League Qualifying. Christian Cappis also went the distance for Brondby in an impressive first leg win over FC Basel.
In Copa Libertadores action, Joel Sonora did not feature for Velez Sarsfield.
Here is a closer look at this week’s Americans Abroad:
Champions League Qualifying
James Sands started and played 90 minutes in Rangers 2-0 first leg loss to Union St. Gilloise on Tuesday.
Malik Tillman started and played 77 minutes for Rangers.
Josh Cohen started and played 90 minutes in Maccabi Haifa’s 4-0 first leg win over Apollon Limassol on Wednesday.
Richie Ledezma dressed but did not play in PSV’s 1-1 first leg draw with Monaco on Tuesday.
Henry Wingo did not dress (Injury) in Ferencvaros 1-1 first leg draw with Qarabag FK on Wednesday.
Conference League Qualifying
Sam Vines started and played 90 minutes in Royal Antwerp’s 3-1 first leg win over Lillestrom on Thursday.
Ian Harkes started and played 90 minutes in Dundee United’s 1-0 first leg win over AZ Alkmaar on Thursday.
Christian Cappis started and played 90 minutes in Brondby’s 1-0 first leg win over FC Basel on Thursday.
Rokas Pukstas did not dress in Hajduk Split’s 3-1 first leg win over Vitoria de Guimaraes on Thursday.
Joel Sonora dressed but did not play in Velez Sarsfield’s 3-2 first leg win over Talleres on Wednesday.