Barcelona’s quest to fight for the La Liga title gets underway on Saturday against Rayo Vallecano and American defender Sergino Dest is one of many players aiming to solidify his place in Xavi Hernandez’s starting lineup.
Dest begins his third season with Barcelona and with the 2022 FIFA World Cup right around the corner in Qatar, the 21-year-old will be pushing for every opportunity this season. Dest totaled 31 combined appearances for Barcelona last season, registering three assists before missing the final month of the season through injury. Despite being linked with a move away from Spain this summer, Dest has remained in Barcelona for now, aiming to lock up the starting right back job this season. Rayo Vallecano surprisingly swept the season series against Barcelona last season by earning a pair of 1-0 victories, so the Catalan club cannot afford to take their visitors lightly at the Camp Nou on Saturday.
Elsewhere in England, Brenden Aaronson, Tyler Adams and Leeds United face off with Southampton. Zack Steffen and Middlesbrough host Sheffield United in Championship action while Josh Sargent and Norwich City visits Hull City.
In Italy, Gianluca Busio, Andrija Novakovich and others kick off Serie B play for Venezia against Genoa.
In Germany, Gio Reyna aims to feature for Borussia Dortmund at Freiburg. Pellegrino Matarazzo’s Stuttgart visits Werder Bremen while Ricardo Pepi and Augsburg face Bayer Leverkusen away from home.
In France, Erik Palmer-Brown and Troyes host Clermont Foot. Tim Weah is not expected to feature for Lille due to a foot injury.
Elsewhere, Reggie Cannon and Boavista host Santa Clara in Portuguese league action. Owen Otasowie aims to stay in Club Brugge’s starting lineup while Christian Cappis and Brondby face off with Odense in Danish Superliagen play.
Here is a closer look at this weekend’s Americans Abroad:
Christian Pulisic and Chelsea host Tottenham on Sunday.
Tyler Adams, Brenden Aaronson and Leeds United visit Southampton on Saturday.
Antonee Robinson, Tim Ream and Fulham visit Wolves on Saturday.
Chris Richards and Crystal Palace visit Liverpool on Monday.
Matt Turner and Arsenal host Leicester City on Saturday.
Josh Sargent, Jonathan Tomkinson and Norwich City visit Hull City on Saturday.
Zack Steffen, Matthew Hoppe and Middlesbrough host Sheffield United on Sunday.
Daryl Dike and West Bromwich Albion visit Blackburn Rovers on Sunday.
Ethan Horvath and Luton Town host Matt Olosunde and Preston North End on Saturday.
Duane Holmes and Huddersfield Town host Stoke City on Saturday.
Auston Trusty and Birmingham City visit Cardiff City on Saturday.
Lynden Gooch and Sunderland host QPR on Saturday.
Gio Reyna and Borussia Dortmund visit Freiburg on Friday.
Joe Scally and Borussia Moenchengladbach visit Schalke on Saturday.
Ricardo Pepi and Augsburg visit Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.
Kevin Paredes and Wolfsburg visit Bayern Munich on Sunday.
Jordan Pefok and Union Berlin visit Mainz on Sunday.
Pellegrino Matarazzo‘s Stuttgart visit Werder Bremen on Saturday.
Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt visit Hertha Berlin on Saturday.
Julian Green, Timothy Tillman and Greuther Furth visit Fortuna Dusseldorf on Sunday.
George Bello and Arminia Bielefeld host Hamburg on Saturday.
Terrence Boyd and Kaiserslautern host Paderborn on Friday.
Nico Carrera and Holstein Kiel host Eintracht Braundschweig on Saturday.
Bryang Kayo and Nuremberg host FC Heidenheim on Friday.
Johan Gomez and FSV Zwickau visit Elversberg on Saturday.
Sergino Dest and Barcelona host Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.
Luca De La Torre and Celta Vigo host Espanyol on Saturday.
Yunus Musah and Valencia host Girona on Sunday.
Jonathan Gomez and Real Sociedad visit Cadiz on Sunday.
Samuel Shashoua and Tenerife visit Eibar on Saturday.
Weston McKennie and Juventus host Sassuolo on Monday.
Gianluca Busio, Tanner Tessmann, Andrija Novakovich, Jack DeVries and Venezia host Genoa on Sunday.
Anthony Fontana and Ascoli host Ternana on Sunday.
Tim Weah and Lille visit Dante on Friday.
Erik Palmer-Brown and Troyes host Toulouse on Sunday.
Folarin Balogun and Stade Reims host Clermont Foot on Sunday.
Richie Ledezma and PSV visit Go Ahead Eagles on Saturday.
Cole Bassett and Feyenoord host Heerenveen on Saturday.
Reggie Cannon and Boavista host Santa Clara on Sunday.
Alex Mendez and Vizela host FC Porto on Sunday.
Cameron Carter-Vickers and Celtic visit Kilmarnock on Sunday.
Christian Ramirez, Dante Polvara and Aberdeen host Joe Efford and Motherwell on Saturday.
Malik Tillman, James Sands and Rangers host St. Johnstone on Saturday.
Ian Harkes and Dundee United visit Hearts on Sunday.
Mark McKenzie and Genk visit Zulte Waregem on Sunday.
Owen Otasowie and Club Brugge visit OH Leuven on Sunday.
Sam Vines and Royal Antwerp visit Eupen on Sunday.
Bryan Reynolds, Griffin Yow and Westerlo host Standard Liege on Saturday.
Haji Wright and Antalyaspor host Galatasaray on Sunday.
Tyler Boyd and Besiktas host Kayserispor on Saturday.
Christian Cappis and Brondby host Emmanuel Sabbi and Odense on Sunday.
Ulysses Llanez and SKN St. Poelten host Sturm Graz II on Friday.
Sam Rogers and Rosenborg visit Sandefjord on Friday.
Kobe Hernandez-Foster and HamKam host Valerenga on Sunday.
Jeffrey Gal, Joe Gyau and Degerfors host Varbergs Bols on Sunday.
Forrest Lasso, Joe Corona and Sundsvall visit Malmo on Sunday.
Romain Gall is OUT (Injury) for Malmo.
Alan Sonora and Independiente visit Lanus on Saturday.
Joel Sonora and Velez Sarsfield host Gimnasia on Sunday.
Johnny Cardoso and Internacional host Fluminense on Sunday.