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Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Pulisic, Reyna, and more

If AC Milan truly wants to contend for the Scudetto this season, the Rossoneri will need a statement win over Napoli this weekend.

Christian Pulisic and his AC Milan teammates welcome Napoli to the San Siro in Sunday’s Serie A clash of the round. Pulisic hasn’t scored or assisted in any of his last five appearances across all competitions, putting added emphasis on his performance this weekend. The 25-year-old has been one of AC Milan’s best performers this season, scoring six goals and adding five assists in 21 league appearances to date.

A victory over struggling Napoli would boost the Rossoneri over 50 points in the Serie A table, which is only 20 less than their entire season haul of 2022-23.

In England, Chris Richards and Crystal Palace host Chelsea in a London derby. Gio Reyna aims to make his first start for Nottingham Forest.

In Italy, Weston McKennie, Tim Weah and Juventus host Udinese to close the weekend schedule in Serie A.

In Germany, Brenden Aaronson and Kevin Paredes square off in Bundesliga action. John Brooks and Hoffenheim host Cologne.

Elsewhere, Cade Cowell and Sebastian Saucedo go head-to-head in Liga MX play. Gabriel Slonina and Eupen face a tough test at Club Brugge. Johnny Cardoso and Real Betis take on Cadiz. Dante Polvara and Aberdeen seek to avoid a Scottish Cup upset. George Bello and LASK resume league play in Austria. Paxten Aaronson is eligible to debut for Vitesse against Heracles.

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


England


Premier League

Antonee Robinson, Tim Ream and Fulham host Bournemouth on Saturday.

Auston Trusty and Sheffield United visit Luton Town on Saturday.

Chris Richards and Crystal Palace host Chelsea on Monday.

Gio Reyna, Matt Turner and Nottingham Forest host Newcastle United on Saturday.

Tyler Adams is OUT (Injury) for AFC Bournemouth.

Luca Koleosho is OUT (Injury) for Burnley.

EFL Championship

Haji Wright and Coventry City host Millwall on Sunday.

Josh Sargent and Norwich City visit Reggie Cannon and QPR on Saturday.

Daryl Dike and West Bromwich Albion visit Ipswich Town on Saturday.

Lynden Gooch and Stoke City visit Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.

Duane Holmes and Preston North End visit Ethan Horvath and Cardiff City on Saturday.

League One

Donovan Pines and Barnsley host Leyton Orient on Saturday.

League Two

Jonathan Tomkinson and Bradford City visit Wrexham on Saturday.

FA Women’s Cup

Mia Fishel, Catarina Macario and Chelsea host Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Emily Fox and Arsenal host Manchester City on Sunday.


Germany


Bundesliga

Lennard Maloney and Heidenheim visit Werder Bremen on Saturday.

Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt host Bochum on Saturday.

Brenden Aaronson and Union Berlin host Kevin Paredes and Wolfsburg on Saturday.

Joe Scally, Jordan Pefok and Borussia Moenchengladbach host Darmstadt on Saturday.

John Brooks and Hoffenheim host Cologne on Sunday.

2. Bundesliga

Julian Green and Greuther Furth host Hertha Berlin on Sunday.

Johan Gomez and Eintracht Braunschweig host Karlsruher on Saturday.

3. Liga

Terrence Boyd and Waldhof Mannheim visit Elm on Saturday.


Italy


Serie A

Christian Pulisic, Yunus Musah and AC Milan host Napoli on Sunday.

Weston McKennie, Tim Weah and Juventus host Udinese on Monday.

Serie B

Tanner Tessmann, Gianluca Busio and Venezia visit Sudtirol on Saturday.

Andrija Novakovich and Lecco visit Bari on Saturday.

Kristoffer Lund and Palermo visit FeralpiSalo on Saturday.

Nicholas Gioacchini and Como host Brescia on Friday.


Spain


La Liga

Luca De La Torre and Celta Vigo visit Getafe on Sunday.

Johnny Cardoso and Real Betis visit Cadiz on Friday.

Segunda Liga

Jonathan Gomez and CD Mirandes visit FC Cartagena on Sunday.

Konrad De La Fuente and Eibar host Real Zaragoza on Sunday.


France


Ligue 1

Emmanuel Sabbi and Le Havre host Rennes on Sunday.

Folarin Balogun and AS Monaco visit Nice on Sunday.


Netherlands


Eredivisie

Ricardo Pepi, Malik Tillman, Sergino Dest and PSV visit Zach Booth and FC Volendam on Sunday.

Taylor Booth and FC Utrecht host Fortuna Sittard on Sunday.

Paxten Aaronson and Vitesse Arnhem visit Heracles on Saturday.

Anthony Fontana and PEC Zwolle visit Go Ahead Eagles on Sunday.

Eerste Divisie

Justin Che and ADO Den Haag host Den Bosch on Sunday.


Scotland


Scottish Cup

Cameron Carter-Vickers and Celtic visit St. Mirren on Sunday.

Dante Polvara and Aberdeen on Saturday host Bonnyrigg Rose on Saturday.


Portugal


Liga Portugal

Alex Mendez and Vizela are off until Tuesday, Feb. 13.


Austria


Bundesliga

George Bello and LASK host Sebastian Soto and Austria Klagenfurt on Sunday.


Belgium


Pro League

Mark McKenzie and Genk visit Mechelen on Sunday.

Bryan Reynolds, Griffin Yow and Westerlo visit Union St. Gilloise on Saturday.

Gabriel Slonina and Eupen visit Club Brugge on Saturday.

Marlon Fossey and Standard Liege host OH Leuven on Saturday.


Croatia


1. HNL

Rokas Pukstas and Hajduk Split host Slaven Belupo on Sunday.


Mexico


Liga MX

Cade Cowell and Chivas host Sebastian Saucedo and FC Juarez on Saturday.

Brandon Vazquez and Monterrey host Pachuca on Saturday.

Alex Zendejas and Club America visit Club Leon on Saturday.

Comments

  1. I did not see the match but Johnny C with an assist for Betis. Stepping in right away for impressive 3rd straight start. Both LDT and JC in a really good place in La Liga playing under two top tier coaches.

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  2. Cardoso is impressing for Real Betis….Watching the game and his control of the middle and pace has been spot on…Even getting physical with players

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    • I agree. Watched the second half, and I thought he was one of the best players on the pitch. Very excited about his continued development. Won’t be surprised to see him playing in Italy for one of the big teams in a few years. Milan with Musah would be awesome.

      USMNT is building depth in that 6 role.

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  3. (4-3-3 only) * denotes uncapped player W- denotes wingers who can play on either side
    Team C / 3rd team

    Llanez, Wright, Mendez*
    Sonora, Perea, Pomykal
    Bello, Rogers, Miazga, Reynolds
    Guzan
    Bench/Subs
    1. CF – Vasquez 2. MF – Busio 3. LW- Sabbi 4. MF- Cappis* 5. RW- Paredes* 6. GK- Odunze* 7. LB – Gomez 8. CB – Sands 9. Harkes* 10. RB- Gressel 11. CB- Neal 12. GK – Marcinkowski*
    Friendly reminder- This is LAST year’s 2023’s depth chart. 3 teams of 23 players equaling to 69 total players. KP wasn’t capped this time last year. I’ve been doing 3 team depth charts since 2018. I do this on my own time not because I’m a coach or a scout. So I know where the player pool is or will be heading. I can go all the way to F which is 6 teams. 6 x 23 is 138. I’m posting this because I’m going to do another one for this year 2024

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    • C Team today
      F: McGuire, White (would’ve been Dike 12 hrs ago)
      W: Kamungo, Nico, P, Aaronson, Sabbi
      AM: Esmir, Ledezma,
      CM: Cremaschi, McGlynn
      DM: Lenny, Sands
      LB: Vines, Bello
      CB: McKenzie, Zawadzki, Che, Parker
      RB: Moore, Harriel
      GK: Brady, Calender, Frei
      Wow, that was hard. I think I’d have Bassett and maybe Jose Gallegos in this group but USSF hasn’t brought those guys in so I went with more obvious choices. I left Tyler out of each team but he’d go back to A if healthy.

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  4. My depth chart this time last year after Camp cupcake. A, B, C team
    A- 23 B- 23 C- 23. No dual nationals like Balogun or Lund because they didn’t declare last year this time. No right footed players at LB. No players who only use their right foot at CB. Keywords: LAST YEAR

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    • (4-3-3 only) Team A or 1st team
      Weah, Pepi, CP
      LDT, Acosta, McKennie
      Jedi, Trusty, Miles, Dest
      Steffen
      Bench/subs
      1. W- BA 2. W- Reyna 3. CF – JMo
      4. MF – Musah 5. MF – Ferreira 6. GK- Turner 7. RB- Moore 8. CB- Zimmerman 9. LB- Tolkin 10. MF- Cardoso 11. CB- Richards 12. GK- Horvath

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      • (4-3-3 only) * denotes uncapped player Team B or 2nd team
        T. Booth, Sargent, Arriola
        Mihailovic, Durkin*, Green
        Isais*, McKenzie, EPB, Cannon
        Johnson
        Bench/Subs
        1. CF – Pefok 2. W- Nico 3. MF – Parks 4. W- Mueller 5. MF- A. Morris 6. GK- Slonina 7. Tessman 8. CB- Long 9. LB- Vines 10. RB- Scally 11. CB – Glad* 12. Frei *

      • Today A:
        Pulisic, Balo, Weah
        Wes, Gio, Musah
        Jedi, Chris, CCV, Dest
        Turner
        Subs:
        Aaronson, Paredes, Pepi,
        Luca, Johnny Soccer, MTillman
        Lund, Trusty, Ream, Scally
        Horvath, Slonina
        Besides you want Weah on the left, which really personal preference since both are right footed, what do you disagree with?

      • Today B:
        Zendajas, Sargent, Booth
        Busio, Ferreira, Tessman
        Tolkin, Miles, Zim, Reynolds
        Steffen, Celantano, Schulte
        Subs: Wright, Vazquez, Mihailovic
        Luna, AMorris, Sands
        Wiley, Miazga, Neal, Cannon
        No Isaias he played for Mexico U23 but not captied. I wanted Jones but followed your left foot rule. Felt like a little bit cheating with using Wright as a W and Ferreira as a 10 but it could happen. You get below 30 on the depth chart and really feels personal preference.

    • JR,

      Assuming CONCACAF plays A team’s, what’s the likelihood you could win the Gold Cup with your B team and its subs?

      With Gregg as the coach not you?

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  5. Mcguire loan move falls through. Which I think is a good thing. I think another good year with Orlando and an Olympics showing( which if Cowell moves to striker may give hom competition at striker) could propel him to a better league.

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      • 2Tone,

        I don’t know what Duncan’s ceiling is but if Orlando, as alleged, was trying to get him to jump before they had to push him off the island, then that’s ominous.

        Josh, and Wright are doing well in the Championship. Dike has done well there in the past and might do so again if he can stay on the field. They also speak a version of English there which Duncan may be able to learn faster than French or German which might make transitioning there a bit easier. For better or worse, the Championship has some say in the USMNT forward picture.

        I will say that Blackburn is currently considered a not well run organization so maybe that is the silver lining.

        Duncan is a question mark. At this point, he needs to score a lot of goals at Orlando to keep any interest in him alive.

    • I mean maybe but supposedly Orlando was so ready to move him because they think this year’s performance was his ceiling. He seems to thrive on people telling him he can’t but Championship seems more his level.

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