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Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: Pulisic faces Dest at San Siro, and more


Chelsea got the better of AC Milan in last week’s UEFA Champions League showdown at Stamford Bridge and Graham Potter’s squad will be aiming to complete the sweep of their Serie A opponents on Tuesday with Christian Pulisic and Sergino Dest both pushing for starts.

Pulisic did not feature in last week’s 3-0 home victory in London, but did celebrate scoring his first goal of the season in Chelsea’s 3-0 triumph over Wolves in Premier League play Saturday. The U.S. men’s national team star delivered his best performance of the season, scoring a sensational goal and almost coming close to walking away with a brace. Pulisic will be hoping to start in Tuesday’s trip to the San Siro knowing a victory for the Blues is needed with all four teams crammed in Group E

Dest logged 90 minutes in his first start against Chelsea last week, but struggled along with his defensive teammates in the lopsided loss. The 21-year-old did not feature in AC Milan’s 2-0 league victory over rivals Juventus on Saturday, making him fresh for a return to the starting lineup on Tuesday. Dest will hope for a better performance as AC Milan can leapfrog Chelsea with a victory on home soil this week.

Elsewhere in Europe, Cameron Carter-Vickers returned for Celtic over the weekend and now will aim to lead the Scottish side past RB Leipzig. Gio Reyna is also available for Borussia Dortmund after missing Saturday’s Der Klassiker draw.

In Scotland, Ian Harkes and Dundee United host Hibernian in league action.

In Argentina, Alan Sonora will aim to score for the second-straight match for Independiente.

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


Champions League

Christian Pulisic and Chelsea visit Sergino Dest and AC Milan on Tuesday.

Cameron Carter-Vickers and Celtic host RB Leipzig on Tuesday.

Gio Reyna and Borussia Dortmund host Sevilla on Tuesday.

Weston McKennie and Juventus visit Josh Cohen and Maccabi Haifa on Tuesday.

John Brooks and Benfica visit Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.

Malik Tillman, James Sands and Rangers host Liverpool on Wednesday.

Owen Otasowie and Club Brugge visit Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt visit Tottenham on Wednesday.

Europa League

Matt Turner and Arsenal visit Bodo/Glimt on Thursday.

Jordan Pefok and Union Berlin host Romain Gall and Malmo on Thursday.

Mix Diskerud and Omonia Nicosia visit Manchester United on Thursday.

Henry Wingo and Ferencvaros host Red Star Belgrade on Thursday.

Richie Ledezma and PSV host FC Zurich on Thursday.


Segunda Liga

Samuel Shashoua and Tenerife host Cartagena on Wednesday.



Ian Harkes and Dundee United host Hibernian on Tuesday.


Liga Profesional

Alan Sonora and Independiente host Barracas Central on Wednesday.


  1. Pulisic did a thing in league play and wasn’t used as a mid-week sub after Chelsea took an early lead. Sky is falling. Hand wringing and panic. Dogs and cats living together. Mass hysteria.


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