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Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Scally faces Reyna, and more

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Joe Scally and Gio Reyna will soon be off on U.S. men’s national team duty at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, but first the former New York City FC academy teammates will square off in Bundesliga action on Friday.

Scally and Borussia Moenchengladbach host Reyna and Borussia Dortmund on Friday, with the hosts aiming to cut the deficit behind their rivals to three points. The USMNT fullback has made 14 Bundesliga appearances this season, most recently playing 80 minutes in a 2-1 road loss to Bochum. The 19-year-old remains a consistent starter in Daniel Farke’s squad, but will be tasked to help his teammates silence a dynamic Dortmund attack.

Borussia Dortmund suffered a 2-0 midweek loss to Wolfsburg, a match in which Reyna played 29 minutes off the bench. The fellow 19-year-old has scored two goals in nine league appearances, starting in three of his last five appearances across all competitions. Reyna has also added two assists in UEFA Champions League action, getting back to full fitness for the Black and Yellow. With both teams sitting outside of the top four, pressure will be on to end their first half schedules in style.

In England, Christian Pulisic and Chelsea face Newcastle United in Premier League play. Tim Ream, Antonee Robinson and Fulham take on Manchester United.

In France, Tim Weah and Lille entertain Angers.

In Italy, Sergino Dest will aim to return to AC Milan against Fiorentina.

Elsewhere, Ricardo Pepi and Cole Bassett go head-to-head in Eredivisie action. Cameron Carter-Vickers and Celtic host Ross County in Scotland. Mark McKenzie and Genk face off with Anderlecht in Belgian First Division play.

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


England


Premier League

Christian Pulisic and Chelsea visit Newcastle United on Saturday.

Matt Turner and Arsenal visit Wolves on Saturday.

Antonee Robinson, Tim Ream and Fulham host Manchester United on Sunday.

Brenden Aaronson, Tyler Adams and Leeds United visit Tottenham on Saturday.

Chris Richards is OUT (Injury) for Crystal Palace.

Championship

Zack Steffen, Matthew Hoppe and Middlesbrough visit Josh Sargent, Jonathan Tomkinson and Norwich City on Saturday.

Auston Trusty and Birmingham City host Lynden Gooch and Sunderland on Friday.

Ethan Horvath and Luton Town host Rotherham United on Saturday.

Duane Holmes and Huddersfield host Swansea City on Saturday.

Vaughn Covil is OUT (Injury) for Hull City.

PL2

Daryl Dike and West Brom are off until Nov. 18


Germany


Bundesliga

Jordan Pefok and Union Berlin visit Freiburg on Sunday.

Joe Scally and Borussia Moenchengladbach host Gio Reyna and Borussia Dortmund on Friday.

Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt visit Mainz on Sunday.

Kevin Paredes is OUT (Injury) for Wolfsburg.

2. Bundesliga

Julian Green, Timothy Tillman and Greuther Furth visit Darmstadt on Sunday.

George Bello and Arminia Bielefeld host Magdeburg on Sunday.

Terrence Boyd and Kaiserslautern visit Fortuna Dusseldorf on Friday.

Nico Carrera and Holstein Kiel host Hannover on Friday.

3. Liga

Johan Gomez and FSV Zwickau visit Dynamo Dresden on Saturday.


Spain


Segunda Liga

Samuel Shashoua and Tenerife host SD Huesca on Saturday.


Italy


Serie A

Sergino Dest and AC Milan host Fiorentina on Sunday.

Weston McKennie is OUT (Injury) for Juventus.

Serie B

Gianluca Busio, Tanner Tessmann, Andrija Novakovich, Jack DeVries and Venezia host Reggina on Saturday.

Anthony Fontana and Ascoli host Frosinone on Friday.


France


Ligue 1

Tim Weah and Lille host Angers on Sunday.

Erik Palmer-Brown and Troyes visit Brest on Sunday.

Folarin Balogun and Stade Reims visit Montpellier on Sunday.


Netherlands


Eredivisie

Ricardo Pepi and FC Groningen host Cole Bassett and Fortuna Sittard on Sunday.

Taylor Booth and FC Utrecht visit FC Volendam on Saturday.

Richie Ledezma and PSV host AZ Alkmaar on Saturday.


Portugal


League

John Brooks and Benfica host Gil Vicente on Sunday.

Reggie Cannon and Boavista host FC Porto on Saturday.

Alex Mendez and Vizela visit Pacos de Ferreira on Sunday.

Joel Sonora and Maritimo visit Vitoria de Guimaraes on Sunday.


Scotland


Premiership

Cameron Carter-Vickers and Celtic host Ross County on Saturday.

Ian Harkes and Dundee United visit Christian Ramirez, Dante Polvara and Aberdeen on Saturday.

Malik Tillman, James Sands and Rangers visit St. Mirren on Saturday.

Joe Efford is OUT (Injury) for Motherwell.


Belgium


Pro League

Mark McKenzie and Genk visit Anderlecht on Sunday.

Marlon Fossey and Standard Liege host Union St. Gilloise on Sunday.

Bryan Reynolds and Westerlo host Oostende on Saturday.

Owen Otasowie and Club Brugge host Royal Antwerp on Sunday.

Sam Vines is OUT (Injury) for Royal Antwerp.


Greece


Super League

Konrad de la Fuente and Olympiakos host AEK Athens on Sunday.


Turkey


Super Lig

Haji Wright and Antalyaspor visit Besiktas on Sunday.


Denmark


Superliagen

Christian Cappis and Brondby host Viborg on Sunday.

Emmanuel Sabbi and Odense visit Horsens on Sunday.


Austria


Bundesliga

Sebastian Soto and Austria Klagenfurt host Red Bull Salzburg on Sunday.

2. Liga

Ulysses Llanez and SKN St. Poelten visit Amstetten on Friday.


Hungary


NB 1

Henry Wingo and Ferencvaros visit Budapest Honved on Sunday.


Norway


Eliteserien

Sam Rogers and Rosenborg host Sarpsborg on Sunday.

Kobe Hernandez-Foster and HamKam visit Lillestrom on Sunday.


Israel


Ligat HaAL

Josh Cohen and Maccabi Haifa host Hapoel Tel Aviv on Sunday.


Brazil


Serie A

Johnny Cardoso and Internacional host Palmeiras on Sunday.


Comments

  1. Anyone know why Besikstas – Anatalyaspor was postponed today? Taped the game and came home and seeing a 90 in 30 game of Lyon – Nice in its place instead. Was looking forward to see what Haji can do.

    From what I’ve seen in the past, he’s an out and out striker who waits for the ball and doesn’t drop back like Pepi.

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  2. Looks like Lille is transitioning Weah to a RB. Second game in a row. And he actually looks really good there. Hear it here first Weah starting RB at the 2026 WC.

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  3. I enjoyed the game, I wish Reyna stamina would come back to 100% and he can play 3 full 90 min + stoppage time games in a span of 9 days.

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  4. Newcastle and Chelsea…Pulisic and Almiron. One guy is the father of this generation’s hate for MLS, the other rode MLS success to the Premier League and is tearing it up while hilariously making Jack Grealish eat ship. I was pulling so hard for that CP to Newcastle loan to see them play week in week out together so to compare development tracks side by side. Maybe, just maybe, there’s many paths of development and one of those paths just might include MLS. All that being said I hope the Chuck Norris look a like manager of Pulisic leaves him on the bench in favor of Conor – the Wonderwall – Gallagher (cgh..over rated…cgh) following CPs midweek 90.

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    • “Maybe, just maybe, there’s many paths of development and one of those paths just might include MLS.”

      Sure, but comparing Pulisic to Almiron doesn’t really add much to that debate. There are better examples like Tyler and Brenden.

      Almiron transferred to Atlanta when he was 21 having spent 2 seasons at the senior level (Cerro Porteno) in Paraguay and the 2 seasons at the senior level (Lanus) in Argentina.

      By 21, you can say Almiron was developed as a player in Paraguay and Argentina. He got to Atlanta and then made good use of it as a showcase for himself.

      Pulisic spent roughly about the same amount of time, at roughly the same age as Miguel, at BVB before graduating to Chelsea.

      Both have had to adapt to the EPL but as a pro Christian is a German developed player. As a pro Almiron is a South American developed player.

      MLS was helpful to Almiron but I don’t know think you can say MLS developed him.

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  5. I was just thinking …
    Man that roster doesn’t mean anything these guys still have games and can still get hurt. That’s would be our luck

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      • That’s why if one of your favorites was left off, it’s a little early to write them off totally.

        Gregg himself was left off of the 2006 World cup roster and was allegedly on a Ferris wheel when he received word that Cory Gibb’s knee injury meant Gregg was one of the injury alternates and was back on the 2006 WC team. Gibbs never had another shot at a WC. I don’t think Gregg played a minute in that World Cup. Frankie Hejduk also tore his knee ligaments after the roster was announced and was replaced by Chris Albright.

        So no need to worry. Your favorites still have a chance.

        There will very likely be at least one or two injury replacements before that plane leaves for Qatar

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