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Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: Dest, Pulisic, and more


Dutch giants PSV return to the UEFA Champions League group stage on Wednesday with a tough Matchday 1 test against English club Arsenal.

Sergino Dest, Ricardo Pepi, and Malik Tillman will all be hoping to play a part in Wednesday’s trip to the Emirates Stadium. Dest has featured regularly since his arrival on loan from Barcelona, most recently starting in last weekend’s 4-0 Eredivisie victory over NEC Nijmegen. The U.S. men’s national team defender could play either left or right back if needed in Peter Bosz’s squad.

Tillman and Pepi have remained on the bench in recent weeks, although both enjoyed positive windows with the USMNT in September. Pepi scored twice in victories over Uzbekistan and Oman while Tillman delivered a strong start in the September window finale against Oman. Pepi recently scored against NEC Nijmegen, but might be reduced to a role off the bench with PSV seeking a strong opening night result in London.

Elsewhere in Champions League play, Christian Pulisic and AC Milan host Newcastle United in UCL group stage play. Brenden Aaronson and Union Berlin visit Real Madrid.

Elsewhere in Europe, George Bello and LASK host Liverpool in Europa League play. Mark McKenzie and Genk take on Fiorentina in Conference League group stage action.

In England, Haji Wright and Coventry City face a trip to Cardiff City in EFL Championship play.

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


UEFA Champions League

Christian Pulisic, Yunus Musah and AC Milan host Newcastle United on Tuesday.

Gio Reyna and Borussia Dortmund visit Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.

Ricardo Pepi, Malik Tillman, Sergino Dest and PSV visit Arsenal on Wednesday.

Sam Vines and Royal Antwerp visit Barcelona on Tuesday.

Brenden Aaronson and Union Berlin visit Real Madrid on Wednesday.

Cameron Carter-Vickers is OUT (Injury) for Celtic.

UEFA Europa League

George Bello and LASK host Liverpool on Thursday.

Erik Palmer-Brown and Panathinaikos host Villarreal on Thursday.

Christian Cappis and Molde visit Qarabag on Thursday.

UEFA Europa Conference League

Mark McKenzie and Genk host Fiorentina on Thursday.

Paxten Aaronson, Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt host Dante Polvara and Aberdeen on Thursday.

Djordje Mihailovic and AZ Alkmaar visit Zrinjski Mostar on Thursday.

Henry Wingo and Ferencvaros host Cukaricki on Thursday.


EFL Championship

Haji Wright and Coventry City visit Cardiff City on Tuesday.

Duane Holmes and Preston North End host Birmingham City on Tuesday.

Lynden Gooch and Stoke City visit Huddersfield Town on Wednesday.

Josh Sargent is OUT (Injury) for Norwich City.


Serie A

Johnny Cardoso and Internacional visit Athletico Paranaense on Thursday.


Liga MX

Alex Zendejas and Club America visit Queretaro on Wednesday.

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