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Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: Pukstas, Pulisic, and more


Hajduk Split’s quest to capture the Croatian First Division title has ended, but the club can still end its season on a high note with a trophy week.

Rokas Pukstas and Hajduk Split face off with Sibenik on Wednesday in the Croatian FA Cup Final. Pukstas, who is slated to join up with the U.S. Under-20 men’s national team in Argentina at the conclusion of his league schedule, has enjoyed a stellar season for the club.

The 18-year-old has scored four goals and added three assists in league play for Hajduk Split this season, earning consistent minutes and developing his game at the first team level. Pukstas also helped Hajduk Split’s Under-19 squad reach the recent UEFA Youth League Final.

Hajduk Split will be heavy favorites on Wednesday against Sibenik, who has already been relegated to the Croatian second-tier.

In England, Christian Pulisic and Chelsea visit Manchester United in the Blues penultimate Premier League match of the season.

In Spain, Yunus Musah and Luca De La Torre continue La Liga action.

In South America, Johnny Cardoso and Internacional continues Copa Libertadores play.

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


Premier League

Christian Pulisic and Chelsea visit Manchester United on Thursday.


La Liga

Luca De La Torre and Celta Vigo host Girona on Tuesday.

Yunus Musah and Valencia visit Mallorca on Thursday.



Matthew Hoppe and Hibernian host Celtic on Wednesday.

Ian Harkes and Dundee United host Kilmarnock on Wednesday.

Cameron Carter-Vickers is OUT FOR SEASON for Celtic.

Malik Tillman is OUT FOR SEASON for Rangers.

Joe Efford is OUT FOR SEASON for Motherwell.


FA Cup Final

Rokas Pukstas and Hajduk Split host Sibenik on Wednesday.



Sam Rogers and Rosenborg visit Trygg/Lade on Wednesday.

Kobe Hernandez-Foster and HamKam visit NIL-Trysil on Wednesday.



Joe Gyau and Degerfors host Hammarby on Thursday.

South America

Copa Libertadores

Johnny Cardoso and Internacional visit Metropolitanos FC on Thursday.


  1. If Aiden Morris plays for Canada, I could care less, we have a ton of talent. Koleosho also switched to Italy from Canada too. Can’t wait to see more of Pukstas. I need Pulisic to move to Italy and Musah to get a move to EPL.

  2. i like the pukstas kid, he looks like he might be able to combine technical and physical, speed and heading. we too often get one or the other but not both. my question would be what he projects out as. he is under 6′ but can score headers in croatia, to me he has aspects of a striker’s game but apparently gets a fair amount of mid time in club.

    i think he could have merited a senior NL shot regardless if split wanted to fight us on U20 release. i suspect half brained folks like hudson see him as needing to wait in line behind “experienced” players. are hoppe or boyd experienced? a chunk of the list seems to be there solely because they were there before — not even because they played well to earn a return visit.


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