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Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Trusty, McKennie, and more

Sheffield United’s life in the English Premier League could very well come to an end this spring unless Auston Trusty and Co. start a rapid turnaround of form.

The Blades are bottom of the league table and travel to 15th place Brentford on Saturday. Trusty has continued to rack up minutes in Chris Wilder’s squad this season, logging 25 appearances to date in league play. The 25-year-old has featured as not only a centerback, but also a left wing back in Wilder’s system this campaign.

After helping the Blades earn one point in last week’s 2-2 home draw with Chelsea, Trusty will be aiming to help Sheffield United earn a crucial road result this weekend. With seven matches left to play, the pressure will surely rise for both Trusty and his Blades teammates over the coming weeks.

In England, Antonee Robinson and Fulham face West Ham United. Josh Sargent and Duane Holmes square off in EFL Championship action.

In Germany, Joe Scally and Borussia Moenchengladbach host Borussia Dortmund.

In Italy, Weston McKennie and Juventus travel to rivals Torino.

In Spain, Johnny Cardoso and Luca De La Torre meet in La Liga play.

Elsewhere, Brandon Vazquez faces Tigres in Liga MX play. George Bello and LASK host Red Bull Salzburg. Paxten Aaronson visits PSV in Eredivisie action. Sam Rogers‘ loan spell at HamKam continues. Cameron Carter-Vickers and Celtic welcome St. Mirren to town.

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


Premier League

Tyler Adams and Bournemouth host Manchester United on Saturday.

Antonee Robinson, Tim Ream and Fulham visit West Ham United on Sunday.

Auston Trusty and Sheffield United visit Brentford on Saturday.

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

Chris Richards is OUT (Injury) for Crystal Palace.

Luca Koleosho is OUT (Injury) for Burnley.

EFL Championship

Haji Wright and Coventry City visit Birmingham City on Saturday.

Ethan Horvath and Cardiff City visit Millwall on Saturday.

Josh Sargent and Norwich City visit Duane Holmes and Preston North End on Saturday.

Lynden Gooch and Stoke City visit Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

Reggie Cannon and QPR visit Hull City on Saturday.

Daryl Dike is OUT FOR SEASON (Achilles injury) for West Bromwich Albion.

League One

Donovan Pines and Barnsley host Reading on Saturday.

League Two

Jonathan Tomkinson and Bradford City visit Salford City on Saturday.


Emily Fox and Arsenal host Bristol City on Sunday.

FA Women’s Cup

Catarina Macario and Chelsea visit Manchester United on Sunday.



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

Kevin Paredes and Wolfsburg visit RB Leipzig on Saturday.

Brenden Aaronson and Union Berlin visit Augsburg on Friday.

Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt visit Stuttgart on Saturday.

John Brooks and Hoffenheim visit Mainz on Saturday.

Lennard Maloney and Heidenheim visit Bochum on Saturday.

2. Bundesliga

Julian Green and Greuther Furth host FC Kaiserslautern on Friday.

Johan Gomez and Eintracht Braunschweig host Hannover on Sunday.

3. Liga

Terrence Boyd and Waldhof Mannheim visit Duisburg on Friday.


Serie A

Christian Pulisic, Yunus Musah and AC Milan visit Sassuolo on Sunday.

Weston McKennie, Tim Weah and Juventus visit Torino on Saturday.

Serie B

Tanner Tessmann, Gianluca Busio and Venezia host Brescia on Sunday.

Kristoffer Lund and Palermo visit Cosenza on Saturday.

Nicholas Gioacchini and Como host Bari on Saturday.

Andrija Novakovich and Lecco host Reggiana on Saturday.


La Liga

Luca De La Torre and Celta Vigo visit Johnny Cardoso and Real Betis on Friday.

Segunda Liga

Jonathan Gomez and CD Mirandes visit Real Oviedo on Sunday.

Konrad De La Fuente and Eibar visit FC Andorra on Sunday.


Ligue 1

Emmanuel Sabbi and Le Havre host Nantes on Sunday.

Folarin Balogun and AS Monaco are off this weekend.



Ricardo Pepi, Malik Tillman, Sergino Dest and PSV host Paxten Aaronson and Vitesse on Saturday.

Zach Booth and FC Volendam visit Excelsior on Friday.

Anthony Fontana and PEC Zwolle visit NEC Nijmegen on Sunday.

Taylor Booth and FC Utrecht host Go Ahead Eagles on Sunday.

Eerste Divisie

Justin Che and ADO Den Haag host Helmond Sport on Friday.



Cameron Carter-Vickers and Celtic host St. Mirren on Saturday.

Dante Polvara and Aberdeen host Dundee FC on Saturday.


Liga Portugal

Alex Mendez and Vizela host Chaves on Monday.



George Bello and LASK host Red Bull Salzburg on Friday.

Sebastian Soto and Austria Klagenfurt visit Rapid Vienna on Sunday.


Pro League

Mark McKenzie and Genk host Cercle Brugge on Saturday.

Bryan Reynolds, Griffin Yow and Westerlo visit Mechelen on Saturday.

Marlon Fossey and Standard Liege visit Sint-Truiden on Friday.

Gabriel Slonina and Eupen visit RWD Molenbeek on Saturday.


1. HNL

Rokas Pukstas and Hajduk Split host Osijek on Sunday.



Christian Cappis and Brondby visit Aarhus on Sunday.

Jonathan Amon and Lyngby host Hvidovre on Saturday.



Henry Wingo and Ferencvaros visit Zalaegerszeg on Sunday.



Sam Rogers and HamKam visit Rosenborg on Sunday.


Liga MX

Cade Cowell and Chivas visit Pachuca on Saturday.

Brandon Vazquez and Monterrey host Tigres on Saturday.

Alex Zendejas and Club America host Toluca on Saturday.


  1. Matt and the new guy are virtually the same keeper.

    The new guy has been great but he hasn’t done anything that Matt could not have done.

    Still, Nuno, the former keeper, is going to keep this guy in unless he ( or the team) completely implodes, which is what happened to Matt.

    • Their numbers are pretty equal, Matt’s maybe slightly better except in 17 matches Matt has 3 errors that led to goals, Sels has 0 errors that led to goals in 11 matches.

      • Yes, Ryan Reynolds. I wonder how much longer they can go on before their actor money isn’t enough to compete with other owners.

      • JR,

        You probably knew this but the Steven Fletcher Wrexham brought in to help out as a forward when Mullin got hurt, that’s the same Fletcher who played alongside Jozy at Sunderland.

        Maybe Wrexham can get Jozy for the League One campaign next season.

      • V: Wrexham has the biggest payroll in League Two. Their current payroll will be top 10 in League One. To be top 10 in The Championship it will need to triple and quadruple to be top 5. To get above the payroll of the EPL relegation zone they’ll need to increase payroll times eight. When you start looking at owners and ownership groups even in League One and The Championship, they are billionaires or at least a group of 3 or 4 that combine to be billionaires.

  2. Pepi again not on the bench. Not much info on reasons last week it was listed as fitness. However, it’s interesting that he hasn’t dressed since his agent talked about his lack of minutes in the press.
    Paxton worked hard like Aaronson’s do, but his squad was well overmatched. I missed first half so didn’t see much Tillman. Dest was very good as PSV had 70% of the ball. Slaloming run after slaloming run on both right and left. He was really trying for a goal but only had one shot off target.

      • Matt and the new guy are virtually the same keeper.

        The new guy has been great but he hasn’t done anything that Matt could not have done.

        Still, Nuno, the former keeper, is going to keep this guy in unless he ( or the team) completely implodes, which is what happened to Matt.

      • Ha…. was thinking the same watching Gio’s corner… was thinking the same v Mexico. It’s criminal how many set pieces we throw away. The new coach won’t do any good if the ball never arrives.

      • Habit. Leadership.

        Some teams, it’s the leader who takes all the dead balls. Donovan went on taking most of our dead balls even when he wasn’t always our best dead ball specialist.

        Gio, who kept the ball moving forward very quickly and efficiently, seems tailor made for what Forest are trying to do on offense. It’s also clear that he needed to work up to trying to go 90, especially in the go-go EPL.

    • I haven’t seen Trusty play. He’s started 21 games this year in the EPL, but SHU is really a Championship team that happens to be playing in the EPL. They are giving up more than 2.5 goals a game, so their defense has been poor.

      CB is pretty deep right now. Maybe we don’t have any great CBs, but we’ve got a bunch of decent CBs: Ream, Richards, Trusty, McKenzie, CCV.

      Guys like Brooks, Zimmerman, Long, and EPB can’t even get in the conversation anymore.

      • EPB has been hurt. Transfermkt lists it as bone marrow swelling which doesn’t sound good. He hasn’t played since September. Walker is also injured and had off and on injuries last fall but was technically available for October and November windows. Aaron Long is just not very good.

    • I do think Trusty is better than Miles… but I’m not full of confidence Gregg does. He’s certainly earned a good look. Trusty hasn’t been perfect, but has held his own in intensity, consequences and vs competition that levels above what Miles Robinson sees. Gregg has been molasses slow to see things that were seemingly clear and obvious to many. Shaq Moore ain’t it, Pepi over Jesus, Weah over Arriola, Reyna in the middle… etc etc. I just hope he begins to integrate him, it doesn’t take until the waning minutes of the cycle for him to consider it.

      • Miles didn’t look to me like he was going to be in the rotation much longer. Miles replaced the injured Aaron Long in part because he was a supercharged version of Aaron, very physical, relentless ,run all day, hit people everywhere, run all day, hit people everywhere, be physical. run all day, hit people, run all day, be 6’2″ all day long.

        He made a strong impression in the Nations League but then missed out on Qatar due to injury and ,as far as I can tell, hasn’t been as good since that injury.

        One way to look at a CB pair is:

        One guy is the ball carrier /organizer out of the back.
        One guy is the neutralizer, the defensive demon, the hit man.

        It’s not always that cut and dried but in Qatar that was more or less,

        Ream as the organizer /Walker as the hit man.

        Miles isn’t much with the ball at his feet so he’s the hit man. And we have other guys for that role now. I don’t see enough of Trusty but it would not shock me if he was better than Miles at doing what Miles does best. And from a political standpoint, Trusty is politically correct because he has put in his MLS time.

        Is Trusty better than the other guys? Miles, barring a miraculous Copa America, is probably done as a USMNT first choice starter.

        Unless of course, Jesse Marsch takes over. In that case Aaron Long will be back.

    • Wow thanks for the update Johny Razor had no idea EPB was having serious issues like that wow. Bone marrow issues a serious.

      • I couldn’t find any story anywhere that explained what the actual injury is. With Transfermkt you have to realize they’ve taken the original statement in Greek, translated it into German, then translated it into English so who knows, but he has been out 6 months.

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