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Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Reyna, Weah, and more

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Borussia Dortmund resumes its Bundesliga schedule on Sunday with Gio Reyna aiming to get back to his best, and the club hoping to reap the rewards of the 20-year-old.

Reyna featured in three of Dortmund’s four post-World Cup friendlies this winter, scoring once against Rapid Bucuresti and also featuring against Fortuna Dusseldorf and FC Basel. The U.S. men’s national team attacker didn’t receive much of a boost with a limited showing in Qatar, but now focuses on getting Dortmund back into the top-four picture. Reyna has scored two league goals in 10 appearances, while being used in a number of different roles in Edin Terzic’s offensive front.

A home showdown with 14th place Augsburg could provide the best opportunity for Reyna and his teammates to kickstart a surge up the table. Dortmund has a favorable return to league play over the next week before visiting Bayer Leverkusen on Jan. 29.

In France, Tim Weah and Lille visit Nice on Sunday. Folarin Balogun and Stade Reims visit PSG.

In England, Chris Richards will fight for his second-straight start for Crystal Palace. Tim Ream, Antonee Robinson and Fulham host Tottenham on Monday.

In Spain, Luca De La Torre and Celta Vigo face off with Mallorca on Friday.

In Italy, Weston McKennie and Juventus host Atalanta on Sunday.

Elsewhere, Joe Scally and Borussia Moenchengladbach host Bayer Leverkusen in their return to league play. Cameron Carter-Vickers will fight to return after missing Celtic’s midweek victory due to a knock. Mark McKenzie leads Genk into a road clash with Eupen.

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


England


Premier League

Antonee Robinson, Tim Ream and Fulham host Tottenham on Monday.

Brenden Aaronson, Tyler Adams and Leeds United host Brentford on Sunday.

Chris Richards and Crystal Palace host Newcastle United on Saturday.

Matt Turner and Arsenal host Manchester United on Sunday.

Christian Pulisic is OUT (Injury) for Chelsea.

Championship

Josh Sargent and Norwich City visit Coventry City on Saturday.

Auston Trusty and Birmingham City host Preston North End on Saturday.

Ethan Horvath and Luton Town visit Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

Lynden Gooch and Sunderland host Zack Steffen, Matthew Hoppe and Middlesbrough on Sunday.

Duane Holmes and Huddersfield visit Blackpool on Saturday.

Daryl Dike and West Bromwich Albion visit Burnley on Friday.

League Two

Jonathan Tomkinson and Stevenage host Leyton Orient on Saturday.


Germany


Bundesliga

Jordan Pefok and Union Berlin host Justin Che and Hoffenheim on Saturday.

Joe Scally and Borussia Moenchengladbach host Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday.

Gio Reyna and Borussia Dortmund host Augsburg on Sunday.

Paxten Aaronson, Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt host Schalke on Saturday.

Kevin Paredes and Wolfsburg host Freiburg on Saturday.

3. Liga

Johan Gomez and FSV Zwickau visit 1860 Munich on Saturday.


Spain


La Liga

Yunus Musah and Valencia host Almeria on Monday.

Luca De La Torre and Celta Vigo visit Mallorca on Friday.


Italy


Serie A

Weston McKennie and Juventus host Atalanta on Sunday.

Sergino Dest and AC Milan are off until Tuesday.

Serie B

Gianluca Busio, Tanner Tessmann, Andrija Novakovich and Venezia host Sudtirol on Saturday.

Anthony Fontana and Ascoli visit Spal on Saturday.


France


Coupe De France

Tim Weah and Lille host Pau on Sunday.

Folarin Balogun and Stade Reims visit Les Herbiers on Saturday.


Netherlands


Eredivisie

Ricardo Pepi and FC Groningen visit SC Heerenveen on Sunday.

Djordje Mihailovic and AZ Alkmaar host Fortuna Sittard on Sunday.

Richie Ledezma and PSV host Vitesse Arnhem on Saturday.

Taylor Booth and FC Utrecht visit FC Twente on Sunday.


Portugal


Liga Portugal

John Brooks and Benfica visit Santa Clara on Saturday.

Reggie Cannon and Boavista host Chaves on Monday.

Alex Mendez and Vizela visit Sporting Lisbon on Friday.


Scotland


Cup

Cameron Carter-Vickers and Celtic host Greenock Morton on Saturday.

Ian Harkes and Dundee United host Stirling University on Saturday.

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

Dante Polvara and Aberdeen visit Darvel FC on Monday.

Joe Efford is OUT (Injury) for Motherwell.


Belgium


Pro League

Mark McKenzie and Genk visit Eupen on Friday.

Marlon Fossey and Standard Liege visit Royal Antwerp on Sunday.

Sam Vines is OUT (Injury) for Royal Antwerp.

Bryan Reynolds is OUT (Injury) for Westerlo.


Turkey


Super Lig

Haji Wright and Antalyaspor visit Galatasaray on Saturday.


Israel


Ligat HaAL

Josh Cohen and Maccabi Haifa visit Maccabi Tel Aviv on Monday.


Mexico


Liga MX

Alejandro Zendejas and Club America host Puebla on Saturday.

Sebastian Saucedo and Toluca visit Chivas de Guadalajara on Saturday.

Comments

  1. BBBRRRUUUHHHHH……Gio Reyna just scored a beauty after just coming on!!!!! Lol, then holding his ears as if to silence we the critics, priceless . Hope he keeps playing with something to prove, as he had other really good chances (2 or 3) in front of goal…..
    Still a brat for now though, haha….

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  2. Kevin Paredes plays 25 minutes in the second half at LW and gets an assist on Wolfsburg 5th goal. Good outing for him. Keeps getting more and more minutes and I expect a full national team call up. Another Winger/wide forward is needed in our player pool especially a left footed winger.

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  3. Chelsea another wide forward in Noni Madueke. Writing on the wall for Pulisic at Chelsea. Hard to see him getting minutes when he becomes healthy. Summer transfer more and more likely.

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    • Christian may not be so easy to move as you think.

      Pulisic is hurt and is allegedly brittle.
      He’s not been productive.
      He’s very expensive.

      Why would you trade for/buy him?

      This would paint him as hard to move unless Chelsea are willing to lose money on the deal.
      Timo Werner, Sterling, Zoosh, all have been potential replacements and that hasn’t happened yet.

      Harry Potter may soon be sent back to Hogwarts.
      Which means a new manager may well be hired before Christian gets healthy again.

      The new boss may want a little time to evaluate CP10.

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      • Nah he needs to move on. Chelsea will have to take a financial hit. Pulisic is a 25 to 35 million dollar player. I could see another premier league team splash that for him.

      • 2tone,

        “Nah he needs to move on. Chelsea will have to take a financial hit. ”

        Chelsea don’t have to do anything. This isn’t about what Pulisic needs . This is about what Chelsea is willing to let him do.

        For a summer signing, 25-35 is a lot for what most other EPL teams will see as older damaged goods who can’t stay healthy and get regular playing time..

  4. I know it’s going to take more than a weekend to live down, but I hope we can all start talking about Reyna’s play and not his parents.

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    • Mr. Gillies,

      Gio is 20.

      He’s seen his bright BVB career derailed by injury for 1.5 seasons now.
      That’s why it’s easy for holier than thou USMNT fans to pick on him and seek for him to be banned.

      Getting his club career back on track should be his first and biggest priority for the foreseeable future. That’s what pays the bills.

      If I were him I’d skip playing for the USMNT until after the 2026 World Cup especially if Gregg is back and even if he isn’t. It would be a sacrifice for him but it doesn’t seem to have hurt Vela or Benzema that much.

      For Euro regulars the best part of playing for the USMNT seems to be the relationship with your buddies. So if that relationship is as toxic as some here seem to think then what’s the point?

      If Gio maximizes his considerable talent the USMNT and its fans will “love” him again and will be begging him to come back.

      At 20 years old, he has some room to think about his potential future association with the USMNT.

      The USMNT experience could be a part of his life for maybe 10+ years.

      But his parents, his family and his real friends are forever.

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