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Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: Turner, Pulisic, and more

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Matt Turner’s return to the Arsenal bench on Sunday will have U.S. men’s national team fans pleased ahead of the FIFA World Cup, and now the American goalkeeper will fight to retake his place in Mikel Arteta’s starting lineup this week.

Turner and the Gunners host Brighton & Hove Albion in EFL Cup on Wednesday, aiming to earn a fourth-straight win all competitions. Turner has not featured since a 1-0 UEFA Europa League group stage victory over PSV on Oct. 20, missing the Gunners’ 2-0 loss to the Dutch giants the following week.

He has excelled in Arsenal’s European campaign this season, registering three clean sheets in four starts, and only conceding one goal in 360 minutes of action. The 28-year-old will be hoping to deliver in one final start before the USMNT’s group stage schedule kicks off on Nov. 21.

Elsewhere in England, Christian Pulisic and Chelsea visit Manchester City in EFL Cup action. Brenden Aaronson, Tyler Adams and Leeds visit Wolves.

In Spain, Yunus Musah and Valencia host Real Betis in La Liga play.

In Belgium, Mark McKenzie and Bryan Reynolds face off in cup competition. Marlon Fossey will be pushing to start for Standard Liege against lower-league opposition.

Elsewhere, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Celtic visit Motherwell in SPFL play. James Sands, Malik Tillman and Rangers host Hearts.

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


England


EFL Cup

Christian Pulisic and Chelsea visit Manchester City on Wednesday.

Brenden Aaronson, Tyler Adams and Leeds United visit Wolves on Wednesday.

Matt Turner and Arsenal host Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday.

Chris Richards is OUT (Injury) for Crystal Palace.

Championship

Auston Trusty and Birmingham City host Swansea City on Tuesday.

Duane Holmes and Huddersfield visit QPR on Tuesday.

Zack Steffen and Middlesbrough visit Blackpool on Tuesday.

Ethan Horvath and Luton Town visit Stoke City on Tuesday.


Germany


Bundesliga

Gio Reyna and Borussia Dortmund visit Wolfsburg on Tuesday.

Joe Scally and Borussia Moenchengladbach visit Bochum on Tuesday.

Jordan Pefok and Union Berlin host Augsburg on Wednesday.

Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt host Hoffenheim on Wednesday.

2. Bundesliga

Julian Green, Tim Tillman and Greuther Furth host Hamburg on Wednesday.

George Bello and Arminia Bielefeld visit Paderborn on Tuesday.

Terrence Boyd and Kaiserslautern host Karlsruher on Tuesday.

3. Liga

Johan Gomez and FSV Zwickau visit Waldhof Mannheim on Wednesday.


Spain


La Liga

Yunus Musah and Valencia host Real Betis on Thursday.

Luca De La Torre and Celta Vigo visit Rayo Vallecano on Thursday.


Italy


Serie A

Sergino Dest and AC Milan visit Cremonese on Tuesday.

Weston McKennie is OUT (Injury) for Juventus.


Scotland


Premiership

Cameron Carter-Vickers and Celtic visit Motherwell on Wednesday.

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

Christian Ramirez and Aberdeen visit Livingston on Tuesday.

Ian Harkes and Dundee United host Kilmarnock on Wednesday.

Dante Polvara is OUT (Injury) for Aberdeen.


Belgium


Cup

Mark McKenzie and Genk visit Bryan Reynolds and Westerlo on Wednesday.

Owen Otasowie and Club Brugge visit Patro Eisden on Wednesday.

Marlon Fossey and Standard Liege visit FCV Dender EH on Tuesday.

Sam Vines is OUT (Injury) for Royal Antwerp.


Hungary


NB I

Henry Wingo and Ferencvaros host Paksi SE on Wednesday.


Brazil


Serie A

Johnny Cardoso and Internacional visit São Paulo on Tuesday.


Comments

    • to me it means tactical implications for England game, if true.
      Ream and Robinson with Walker and options at RB, and Adams above them

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      • We could also be playing a 5-3-2 against England. I’d think about it. Frustrate England and Kane tends to drop deep to pick up the ball and turns himself into a 10…and incidentally, takes himself out of the box, which suits me fine. England’s also shown they’re vulnerable to counters. Especially if Dest doesn’t come in 100% I’d probably think about playing Weah as the right wingback as well; he’s done that for Lille at times.

      • 532? really? you want 1 wide player responsible for each sideline and it’s, say, robinson and dest? against england? i thought when robinson was first brought in, in 2018, we learned this lesson. ditto dest. i played in a 532 as both CB and wingback and out on that wing you have zero help. if you get caught up — and robinson’s game is to be pushed way high to get down and make crosses — you will get exposed. there is no miles to slide over and bail you out. and ream as either the LB or the one covering for robinson is just silliness.

        i would have my wings double stacked for a team like england so something like 451 or 442. one poor defender for each wing? they will score at least 3. we might get back 1 with our backs who go forward but basic knowledge of how soccer is scored will tell you we lose that trade off.

        what do snobs have against sitting back in a shell, egging england forward, and then using our wing capability to counter into open space behind them?

      • I don’t hate the idea. I would absolutely bring Ream and have the option of playing with 3/5 in the back. Especially considering we don’t have an ideal CB to play with Zimmerman in a back 4. Filling out beach’s backline for me would be Cannon at RCB and Dest/Weah at wingback.

      • 532 is man’s stuff and you better have wings who can mark if it’s just 2 dedicated chalk players. Dest can’t mark to save his life, or at least I wouldn’t bet my tournament on it.

    • have people just forgotten the swiss game? and the “club form” folks don’t seem to have watched Fulham regularly or noticed FFC has the most GA in the top 10 BY FAR, and as many GA as a team in the relegation zone. FFC has a negative GD and is where it is because they have mitro and score a ton of goals as well (more than CFC or ManU). otherwise FFC’s history as a yoyo team is to get promoted, ship like 80 goals, and go back down, and that includes ream’s tenure. the difference this time is the team coming up had 100+ c’ship goals in a season and can be potent that way and play teams to 2-2 or like.

      i am sorry but the USSF scouting department seems to run at the level of amateur fanboy snobs who like certain addresses and don’t care how they actually play. but when he played against the swiss he looked awful and disappeared for most of qualification. but let’s call 24 GA in 14 games “club form” and bring him back. to be fair, FFC’s other CB is even worse but dear god if we are in the analytics business can we noticed the basic numbers first?

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      • So – serious question – are you saying Long is better?

        B/C the last 3 games I saw of Long, and the last 3 games I saw of Ream I would bring Ream 100% of the time and leave Long 100% of the time (I’m not saying he is the best defender in the world, but merely that he is FAR better than Long.

      • Ream is not a man marking back and will get burned or muscled off easily by anyone fast or strong. He’s good at reading the game and passing out of the back but if he gets beat, they’re gone and he’ll have to sacrifice himself for a red.

        I’d rather have Brooks at this moment with Richards out of the WC.

      • I think y’all get confused what backs are there to do. Primarily it’s defense. He is faster and better marking than Ream or Brooks. Whether you like their composure or prettiness on the ball is a “gravy” or secondary side issue, and merely being pretty is often confused with being productive. Long is the most productive goals and assists CB in a US shirt this cycle. Personally I think whether a DM or back is seen as “slick” is a so-what thing — that’s not their job and I think we exaggerate the harm it’s supposed to cause — and if you want to “balance” their offense we need to talk concrete goals and assists. Do their long balls get knocked in. Do they get in the box and do something.

        Also, Ream was known in MLS for being the sort who would have the best defense pass of the year then also the defender brain fart pass of the year leading to an opposing goal. He simply likes to get cute with the ball, which usually for a mediocre technician has upside and downside.

    • the people pimping ream couldn’t have watched the city game last weekend or at least don’t care. goal 1 they throughball him and the guy goes right by him and slams it past the keeper from an angle.

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    • the people pimping ream and robinson that’s the guys reamed for both city’s goals last weekend. do people watch the games who advocate this stuff? or do people just tout people they see on tv or in prestige table spots.

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      • I watch the City game and I think Ream played well. He was playing against City not some MLS team. Who cares about the system? Ream is the best CB compared to the projected CBs to be on the roster. As for Robinson, he also played well. That penalty was soft. It was 50/50 and De Bruyne flopped. It happens.

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