Leeds United fought off relegation last season in the English Premier League and with U.S. men’s national team midfielders Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson coming into Jesse Marsch’s squad, the Lilywhites will be a tough out for anyone in the new campaign.
Both Adams and Aaronson will be pushing for competitive debuts for Leeds United on Saturday with Wolves making the trip to Elland Road in the season opener. Adams logged 36 appearances in all competitions for RB Leipzig last season before earning a permanent transfer to be reunited with Marsch in Yorkshire. The USMNT midfielder will have big shoes to fill this season with Kalvin Phillips joining Manchester City, but familiarity with his manager should play a key role for Adams.
Aaronson also made the move to England this summer, earning a permanent transfer of his own from Red Bull Salzburg. The former Philadelphia Union homegrown delivered his best season yet as a professional player, totaling six goals and 10 assists in 41 combined appearances for Salzburg last season. Aaronson is also reunited with his former manager in Marsch, after enjoying a successful first campaign in Austria with the 48-year-old in 2020-21.
Elsewhere in England, Christian Pulisic and Chelsea visit Everton in league action while Chris Richards will hope to make his debut vs. Arsenal. Zack Steffen and Daryl Dike headline the American contingent in the EFL Championship.
In Germany, Ricardo Pepi and Jordan Pefok will be fighting for goals this season as the USMNT striking pair kick off their league seasons. Gio Reyna and Borussia Dortmund host Bayer Leverkusen in the weekend’s top Bundesliga showdown.
In Italy, Gianluca Busio and Andrija Novakovich headline four American first team players at Venezia.
In France, Tim Weah and Erik Palmer-Brown begin their league seasons against Auxerre and Montpellier respectively.
Elsewhere, Reggie Cannon and Boavista kick off their league season in Portgual against Portimonense. Richie Ledezma and Cole Bassett begin their league schedules in the Eredivisie. Cameron Carter-Vickers and Celtic visit Ross County in Scottish league action.
Here is a closer look at this weekend’s Americans Abroad:
Christian Pulisic and Chelsea visit Everton on Saturday.
Tyler Adams, Brenden Aaronson and Leeds United host Wolves on Saturday.
Chris Richards and Crystal Palace host Matt Turner and Arsenal on Friday.
Antonee Robinson, Tim Ream and Fulham host Liverpool on Saturday.
Josh Sargent and Norwich City host Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
Zack Steffen and Middlesbrough visit QPR on Saturday.
Daryl Dike and West Bromwich Albion host Watford on Monday.
Ethan Horvath and Luton Town visit Burnley on Saturday.
Duane Holmes and Huddersfield Town visit Auston Trusty and Birmingham City on Friday.
Lynden Gooch and Sunderland visit Bristol City on Saturday.
Matthew Olosunde and Preston North End host Hull City on Saturday.
Gio Reyna and Borussia Dortmund host Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.
Joe Scally and Borussia Moenchengladbach host Hoffenheim on Saturday.
Ricardo Pepi and Augsburg host Freiburg on Saturday.
Kevin Paredes and Wolfsburg host Werder Bremen on Saturday.
Jordan Pefok and Union Berlin host Hertha Berlin on Saturday.
Pellegrino Matarazzo‘s Stuttgart host RB Leipzig on Sunday.
Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt host Bayern Munich on Friday.
Julian Green, Timothy Tillman and Greuther Furth host Karlsruher on Friday.
George Bello and Arminia Bielefeld visit Hansa Rostock on Saturday.
Terrence Boyd and Kaiserslautern host St. Pauli on Sunday.
Nico Carrera and Holstein Kiel visit Magdeburg on Sunday.
Bryang Kayo and Nuremberg visit Jahn Regensburg on Saturday.
Johan Gomez and FSV Zwickau visit Meppen on Saturday.
Tim Weah and Lille host Auxerre on Sunday.
Erik Palmer-Brown and Troyes visit Montpellier on Sunday.
Folarin Balogun and Stade Reims visit Marseille on Sunday.
Gianluca Busio, Tanner Tessmann, Andrija Novakovich, Jack DeVries and Venezia host Anthony Fontana and Ascoli on Sunday.
Richie Ledezma and PSV host FC Emmen on Saturday.
Cole Bassett and Feyenoord visit Vitesse Arnhem on Sunday.
Reggie Cannon and Boavista visit Portimonense on Sunday.
Alex Mendez and Vizela visit Rio Ave on Saturday.
Cameron Carter-Vickers and Celtic visit Ross County on Saturday.
Christian Ramirez, Dante Polvara and Aberdeen host St. Mirren on Saturday.
Malik Tillman, James Sands and Rangers host Kilmarnock on Saturday.
Joe Efford and Motherwell host St. Johnstone on Saturday.
Ian Harkes and Dundee United host Livingston on Sunday.
Mark McKenzie and Genk host Eupen on Saturday.
Owen Otasowie and Club Brugge host Zulte Waregem on Friday.
Kyle Duncan and Oostende visit Sporting Charleroi on Saturday.
Sam Vines and Royal Antwerp host OH Leuven on Sunday.
Bryan Reynolds, Griffin Yow and Westerlo visit Gent on Sunday.
Haji Wright and Antalyaspor host Galatasaray on Sunday.
Tyler Boyd and Besiktas host Kayserispor on Saturday.
Christian Cappis and Brondby visit FC Kobenhaven on Sunday.
Emmanuel Sabbi and Odense host Aarhus on Sunday.
Ulysses Llanez and SKN St. Poelten visit First Vienna FC on Friday.
Sam Rogers and Rosenborg host Kobe Hernandez-Foster and HamKam on Saturday.
Jeffrey Gal, Joe Gyau and Degerfors visit Norrkoping on Saturday.
Forrest Lasso, Joe Corona and Sundsvall visit Hammarby on Sunday.
Romain Gall is OUT (Injury) for Malmo.
Alan Sonora and Independiente host River Plate on Sunday.
Joel Sonora and Velez Sarsfield visit Union on Saturday.
Johnny Cardoso and Internacional visit Fortaleza on Sunday.