Union Berlin’s shocking lead at the top of the Bundesliga table remains intact heading into Sunday’s showdown with fourth-place Borussia Dortmund, with both Jordan Pefok and Gio Reyna fighting to make an impact this weekend.
Pefok has fit right into the plans at Union Berlin, scoring three goals and registering two assists in league play so far. The U.S. men’s national team forward has continued to start alongside fellow Concacaf striker Sheraldo Becker at the top of Urs Fischer’s attack, forming a strong 1-2 partnership to date. Union Berlin has only suffered one league defeat through nine matches, but will face a new challenge in the form of Borussia Dortmund.
Reyna made his return for Edin Terzic’s squad midweek, logging 19 minutes in a 1-1 UEFA Champions League draw with Sevilla. The 19-year-old missed three matches following his injury suffered on international duty with the USMNT but looks to be getting back to full fitness for Dortmund. After earning a cameo midweek, Reyna will be pushing to start in Sunday’s trip to Berlin and score his first goal of the season.
In England, Christian Pulisic and Chelsea visit Aston Villa in EPL action. Brenden Aaronson, Tyler Adams and Leeds United take on league-leaders Arsenal.
In France, Tim Weah and Lille visit Strasbourg in Ligue 1 action.
In Italy, Weston McKennie and Juventus aim to rebound from a disappointing UCL loss by facing local rivals Torino.
Elsewhere, Ricardo Pepi aims to continue his impressive scoring run for FC Groningen against FC Twente. Joe Efford and Motherwell welcome Malik Tillman, James Sands, and Rangers to town in Scotland. Christian Cappis and Brondby host FC Kobenhaven in Danish Superliagen action.
Here is a closer look at this weekend’s Americans Abroad:
Christian Pulisic and Chelsea visit Aston Villa on Sunday.
Antonee Robinson, Tim Ream and Fulham host Bournemouth on Saturday.
Brenden Aaronson, Tyler Adams and Leeds United host Matt Turner and Arsenal on Sunday.
Chris Richards and Crystal Palace visit Leicester City on Saturday.
Josh Sargent and Norwich City visit Watford on Saturday.
Auston Trusty and Birmingham City visit Hull City on Sunday.
Ethan Horvath and Luton Town host QPR on Saturday.
Duane Holmes and Huddersfield visit Rotherham United on Saturday.
Zack Steffen and Middlesbrough host Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.
Lynden Gooch and Sunderland host Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
Matthew Olosunde and Preston North End visit Bristol City on Friday.
Daryl Dike is OUT (Injury) for West Brom.
Vaughn Covil is OUT (Injury) for Hull City.
Jonathan Tomkinson and Norwich City is off this weekend.
Matthew Hoppe and Middlesbrough host West Brom on Monday.
Jordan Pefok and Union Berlin host Gio Reyna and Borussia Dortmund on Sunday.
Joe Scally and Borussia Moenchengladbach visit Kevin Paredes and Wolfsburg on Saturday.
Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt host Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.
Julian Green, Timothy Tillman and Greuther Furth host Hansa Rostock on Friday.
Terrence Boyd and Kaiserslautern host Jahn Regensburg on Sunday.
George Bello and Arminia Bielefeld visit Hannover on Saturday.
Nico Carrera and Holstein Kiel host FC Heidenheim on Sunday.
Johan Gomez and FSV Zwickau visit Saarbrucken on Saturday.
Yunus Musah and Valencia host Elche on Saturday.
Luca De La Torre and Celta Vigo host Real Sociedad on Sunday.
Samuel Shashoua and Tenerife host Granada on Sunday.
Weston McKennie and Juventus visit Torino on Saturday.
Sergino Dest and AC Milan visit Hellas Verona on Sunday.
Gianluca Busio, Tanner Tessmann, Andrija Novakovich, Jack DeVries and Venezia host Frosinone on Friday.
Anthony Fontana and Ascoli visit Bari on Saturday.
Tim Weah and Lille visit Strasbourg on Friday.
Erik Palmer-Brown and Troyes host AC Ajaccio on Sunday.
Folarin Balogun and Stade Reims visit Lorient on Saturday.
Ricardo Pepi and FC Groningen visit FC Twente on Sunday.
Richie Ledezma and PSV host Taylor Booth and FC Utrecht on Sunday.
Cole Bassett and Fortuna Sittard host RKC Waalwijk on Saturday.
John Brooks and Benfica visit Caldas SC on Saturday.
Reggie Cannon and Boavista visit Machico on Sunday.
Joel Sonora and Maritimo visit Mafra on Saturday.
Alex Mendez and Vizela visit Penafiel on Saturday.
Cameron Carter-Vickers and Celtic host Hibernian on Saturday.
Joe Efford and Motherwell host Malik Tillman, James Sands and Rangers on Sunday.
Christian Ramirez, Dante Polvara and Aberdeen host Hearts on Sunday.
Ian Harkes and Dundee United visit Ross County on Saturday.
Sam Vines and Royal Antwerp visit Marlon Fossey and Standard Liege on Sunday.
Mark McKenzie and Genk visit OH Leuven on Saturday.
Owen Otasowie and Club Brugge visit Anderlecht on Sunday.
Bryan Reynolds and Westerlo host RFC Seraing on Friday.
Konrad de la Fuente and Olympiakos host PAOK Thessaloniki on Monday.
Haji Wright and Antalyaspor visit Alanyaspor on Friday.
Tyler Boyd and Besiktas host Trabzonspor on Sunday.
Christian Cappis and Brondby host FC Kobenhaven on Sunday.
Emmanuel Sabbi and Odense visit Viborg on Sunday.
Sebastian Soto and Austria Klagenfurt host LASK on Saturday.
Ulysses Llanez and SKN St. Poelten host Grazer AK on Friday.
Henry Wingo and Ferencvaros visit Mezokovesd on Sunday.
Sam Rogers and Rosenborg host Stromsgodset on Saturday.
Kobe Hernandez-Foster and HamKam visit Aalesund on Sunday.
Forrest Lasso, Joe Corona and Sundsvall visit Hacken on Saturday.
Jeffrey Gal, Joe Gyau and Degerfors visit Elfsborg on Friday.
Romain Gall and Malmo visit Goteborg on Monday.
Josh Cohen and Maccabi Haifa host Hapoel Hadera on Monday.
Alan Sonora and Independiente host Banfield on Sunday.
Johnny Cardoso and Internacional visit Botafogo on Sunday.