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Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Dike, Steffen, and more


Daryl Dike made his long-awaited return to West Bromwich Albion prior to the FIFA World Cup break and now with the English Football League Championship schedule set to resume, the American forward is aiming to get back to his best.

Dike made his second appearance of the season in West Brom’s 2-0 win over Stoke City on Nov. 12, ending a four-month spell on the sidelines due to injury. The 22-year-old comes into Carlos Corberan’s attack fighting for minutes, especially with Karlan Grant, Kenny Zohore, and Grady Diangana also looking to be part of the rotation. Dike has only made four appearances since January and after failing to be part of the U.S. men’s national team roster this fall, will now hope to get back into the picture ahead of March Concacaf Nations League duty.

Elsewhere in England, Zack Steffen and Middlesbrough face Ethan Horvath and Luton Town. Auston Trusty and Birmingham City take on Blackpool. Josh Sargent aims to be fit for Norwich City’s trip to Swansea City.

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



Zack Steffen, Matthew Hoppe and Middlesbrough host Ethan Horvath and Luton Town on Saturday.

Josh Sargent, Jonathan Tomkinson and Norwich City visit Swansea City on Saturday.

Auston Trusty and Birmingham City visit Blackpool on Saturday.

Lynden Gooch and Sunderland host Daryl Dike and West Bromwich Albion on Monday.

Duane Holmes and Huddersfield visit Sheffield United on Saturday.

Vaughn Covil is OUT (Injury) for Hull City.


Serie B

Gianluca Busio, Tanner Tessmann, Andrija Novakovich, Jack DeVries and Venezia host Cosenza on Sunday.

Anthony Fontana and Ascoli host Genoa on Sunday.


League Cup

Reggie Cannon and Boavista host Vitoria de Guimaraes on Monday.


    • Yup. The one thing Ream clearly showed is how important it was to have a left-footed distributor at LCB. It makes such a difference…his passing angles were just better, the ball flowed far more naturally and quickly from side-to-side across the back, and while some of that was due to the fact that Ream is just plain a really good passer – something nobody else we have at CB at present can say – it was really a graphic and textbook illustration of just how important it is to have left-footed players in left-footed positions.

  1. Would love to see Dike get fit again. Definitely need more #9 options going forward towards 2026. Has the pace and physicality and rocket shot. Just needs to work on refining his game.


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