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Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: Dest, Pulisic, and more


AC Milan is aiming to clinch its knockout berth into the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 this week with Sergino Dest pushing to start for Stefano Pioli’s men.

Dest is coming off a 45-minute substitute appearance on Sunday in AC Milan’s 2-1 Serie A loss to Torino. The U.S. men’s national team fullback has only totaled 90 minutes in one of his eight combined appearances for AC Milan since arriving on loan from Barcelona. Dest has helped AC Milan remain in the fight for a Round of 16 berth but will try and avoid a shock at home to third place Red Bull Salzburg. He made his club debut in a 1-1 draw in Salzburg back on Sept. 6 and will be pushing Pierre Kalulu for the starting job this week at the San Siro.

Elsewhere in Europe, Christian Pulisic and Chelsea host Dinamo Zagreb. Cameron Carter-Vickers and Celtic visit defending UCL winners Real Madrid. Matt Turner and Arsenal host FC Zurich in Europa League action.

In England, Josh Sargent will aim to be back for Norwich City against QPR.

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


Champions League

Christian Pulisic and Chelsea host Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday.

Sergino Dest and AC Milan host Red Bull Salzburg on Wednesday.

Cameron Carter-Vickers and Celtic visit Real Madrid on Wednesday.

Gio Reyna and Borussia Dortmund visit FC Copenhagen on Wednesday.

Josh Cohen and Maccabi Haifa host John Brooks and Benfica on Wednesday.

Malik Tillman, James Sands and Rangers host Ajax on Tuesday.

Owen Otasowie and Club Brugge visit Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday.

Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt visit Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday.

Weston McKennie is OUT (Injury) for Juventus.

Europa League

Matt Turner and Arsenal host FC Zurich on Thursday.

Richie Ledezma and PSV visit Bodo/Glimt on Thursday.

Jordan Pefok and Union Berlin visit Union St. Gilloise on Thursday.

Romain Gall and Malmo visit Braga on Thursday.

Mix Diskerud and Omonia Nicosia visit FC Sheriff on Thursday.

Henry Wingo and Ferencvaros visit Trabzonspor on Thursday.



Jonathan Tomkinson and Norwich City host QPR on Wednesday.

Zack Steffen and Middlesbrough visit Hull City on Tuesday.

Auston Trusty and Birmingham City host Millwall on Wednesday.

Ethan Horvath and Luton Town host Reading on Tuesday.

Duane Holmes and Huddersfield Town host Lynden Gooch and Sunderland on Wednesday.

Josh Sargent is OUT (Injury) for Norwich City.

Daryl Dike is OUT (Injury) for West Brom.

Vaughn Covil is OUT (Injury) for Hull City.


  1. Bubble wrap and an offering to Jobu for all, please.

    At this point I’m delighted if these players’ managers all decide they hate them.


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