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Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Wright, Musah, and more

Coventry City’s promotion hopes might be hanging on a string, but Mark Robins’ squad still remains in the hunt for silverware this spring.

The Sky Blues face off with Manchester United on Sunday in the second of two FA Cup semifinals this weekend at Wembley Stadium. Haji Wright and his Sky Blue teammates will seek another major upset after eliminating Wolves away from home in the quarterfinal round.

Wright, who has enjoyed a stellar first season at Coventry City, scored the winning goal against Wolves and overall has 17 tallies to his name in all competitions. The U.S. men’s national team striker will be seeking a strong performance as the Sky Blues aim to reach May’s final in style.

Elsewhere in England, Antonee Robinson and Fulham face Liverpool in London. Gio Reyna and Nottingham Forest take on Everton in a crucial match for both clubs.

In Italy, Yunus Musah and Christian Pulisic face Inter Milan.

In Spain, Johnny Cardoso and Real Betis face Valencia.

Elsewhere, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Dante Polvara meet in the Scottish Cup Semifinals. Folarin Balogun and AS Monaco visit Brest. Brandon Vazquez and Monterrey take on Club Leon. Bryan Reynolds and Marlon Fossey meet in Belgian Pro League action. George Bello and LASK take on Hartberg.

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


Europe


Women’s Champions League

Catarina Macario and Chelsea visit Barcelona on Saturday.


England


Premier League

Tyler Adams and Bournemouth visit Aston Villa on Sunday.

Anton Robinson, Tim Ream and Fulham host Liverpool on Sunday.

Auston Trusty and Sheffield United host Burnley on Saturday.

Gio Reyna, Matt Turner and Nottingham Forest visit Everton on Sunday.

Chris Richards is OUT (Injury) for Crystal Palace.

Luca Koleosho is OUT (Injury) for Burnley.

FA Cup

Haji Wright and Coventry City face Manchester United on Sunday.

EFL Championship

Ethan Horvath and Cardiff City host Southampton on Saturday.

Josh Sargent and Norwich City host Bristol City on Saturday.

Lynden Gooch and Stoke City host Plymouth Argyle on Saturday.

Reggie Cannon and QPR host Duane Holmes and Preston North End on Saturday.

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

League One

Donovan Pines and Barnsley visit Blackpool on Saturday.

League Two

Jonathan Tomkinson and Bradford City visit Walsall on Saturday.

WSL

Emily Fox and Arsenal host Leicester City on Sunday.


Germany


Bundesliga

Kevin Paredes and Wolfsburg host Bochum on Saturday.

Brenden Aaronson and Union Berlin host Bayern Munich on Saturday

Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt host Augsburg on Friday.

John Brooks and Hoffenheim host Joe Scally, Jordan Pefok and Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday.

Lennard Maloney and Heidenheim host RB Leipzig on Saturday.

2. Bundesliga

Julian Green and Greuther Furth visit Fortuna Dusseldorf on Saturday.

Johan Gomez and Eintracht Braunschweig visit Osnabruck on Saturday.

3. Liga

Terrence Boyd and Waldhof Mannheim host Essen on Sunday.


Italy


Serie A

Christian Pulisic, Yunus Musah and AC Milan host Inter Milan on Monday.

Weston McKennie, Tim Weah and Juventus visit Cagliari on Friday.

Serie B

Tanner Tessmann, Gianluca Busio and Venezia visit Andrija Novakovich and Lecco on Sunday.

Kristoffer Lund and Palermo host Parma on Friday.

Nicholas Gioacchini and Como visit FeralpiSalo on Saturday.


Spain


La Liga

Johnny Cardoso and Real Betis visit Valencia on Saturday.

Luca De La Torre and Celta Vigo host Las Palmas on Saturday.

Segunda Liga

Jonathan Gomez and CD Mirandes host Burgos on Sunday.

Konrad De La Fuente and Eibar host Alcorcon on Sunday.


France


Ligue 1

Emmanuel Sabbi and Le Havre host Metz on Sunday.

Folarin Balogun and AS Monaco visit Brest on Sunday.


Netherlands


Eredivisie

Ricardo Pepi, Malik Tillman, Sergino Dest and PSV are off until April 25.

Paxten Aaronson and Vitesse are off until April 28.

Zach Booth and FC Volendam are off until April 28.

Anthony Fontana and PEC Zwolle are off until April 28.

Taylor Booth and FC Utrecht are off until April 28.

Eerste Divisie

Justin Che and ADO Den Haag host FC Eindhoven on Saturday.


Scotland


Scottish Cup Semifinals

Cameron Carter-Vickers and Celtic face Dante Polvara and Aberdeen on Saturday.


Portugal


Liga Portugal

Alex Mendez and Vizela visit Braga on Saturday.


Austria


Bundesliga

George Bello and LASK host Hartberg on Sunday.

Sebastian Soto and Austria Klagenfurt visit Red Bull Salzburg on Sunday.


Belgium


Pro League

Mark McKenzie and Genk host Anderlecht on Saturday.

Bryan Reynolds, Griffin Yow and Westerlo host Marlon Fossey and Standard Liege on Saturday.

Gabriel Slonina and Eupen visit Sporting Charleroi on Sunday.


Croatia


1. HNL

Rokas Pukstas and Hajduk Split visit Slaven Belupo on Saturday.


Denmark


Superliagen

Christian Cappis and Brondby host Midtjylland on Sunday.

Jonathan Amon and Lyngby visit Viborg on Sunday.


Hungary


NB I

Henry Wingo and Ferencvaros host Kisvarda on Saturday.


Norway


Eliteserien

Sam Rogers and HamKam host Stromsgodset on Sunday.


Mexico


Liga MX

Cade Cowell and Chivas host Queretaro on Saturday.

Brandon Vazquez and Monterrey visit Club Leon on Saturday.

Alex Zendejas and Club America visit Pumas UNAM on Saturday.

Comments

  1. Dest suffered a significant knee injury in training Saturday. Club has not released the extent but said he will be out for an extended period of time.

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  2. If I was USSF president Nancy’s name would be at the top of my list to take over after the 2026 WC. Second name would be Matarazzo Pellegrino.

    I’m sure Nancy will have suitors in Europe.

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    • Also MLS needs to do a deal with CBS to get on Paramount and Golazo network. CBS is doing great things and the exposure for MLS would be great. Time to ditch FOX sports. Won’t be surprised if CBS goes all out to get the rights for airing The WC after 2026 FOX rights are up.

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  3. IV would hate the Nancy era if he ever takes over the USMNT. Here’s Wilfred’s quote “This is the spirit of my team. Cucho is my first defender and my goalkeeper is my first attacker.”

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    • “Johan Cruyff: “In my teams, the goalie is the first attacker, and the striker is the first defender.””

      JR

      I’m sure Cruyff would have approved.

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      • Vacqui: the tactics are not dissimilar between Berhalter and Nancy. Even their man management styles are very similar. I think the US pool would fit very well with Nancy. I’m not sure that you can say like for like because I don’t know that any NT player is like Cucho but Nancy would adapt to Balo, Sarge, Haji, Pepi, etc… It did take The Crew about 4 or 5 months to really understand his system, but Berhalter’s pattern are much closer to Nancy than Nancy’s to Porter at Columbus. I think you could see some interesting position shifts such as Weston or Adams playing as CB in Nancy’s back three but overall I don’t think lineups would change dramatically. The principles of possession, playing out of the back, big diagonal switches, immediately repressing when the ball is lost all those same things apply. Nancy is just less worried about mistakes, encourages his team to take risks with the confidence we’ll just win it back. Take that shot, make that pass whereas I think Berhalter wants them to find the perfect opportunity. Maybe it’s not Berhalter at all it’s this pool is with top teams where if they make a mistake they don’t play for three weeks so they are reluctant and nothing would be different. Because Wilfred and Gregg are similar I don’t see him replacing Gregg before 2026, you don’t say this didn’t work let’s hire a guy who is pretty similar. If Gregg gets it going in the right direction and proves the concept with good finishes thru 2026 and Nancy continues his success with Columbus he would be a possible replacement after 2026 WC.

    • I love – do not just like, but love – the way Columbus plays under Nancy. Free-flowing, aggressive, always on the front foot, fearless, polished passing patterns and multiple ways of advancing the ball based on situation his players seem to solve as they go. Tactically, sure I agree with you he’s a little naive sometimes, I suppose, but playing on the front foot is also what Nancy’s teams do and playing for draws or 1-0 grind-it-out wins are clearly not in his DNA.

      I’d give anything to be able to get in and watch his training sessions and pick his brain for even an hour. The stuff I would steal….

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      • Certainly the last half of the year and with CL and MLS play this season they’ve learned how to play more conservatively. The Crew have been my team since the league started, but I’d watch Columbus every week even if they weren’t my team they are just so fun to watch. It really took trading for Camacho though before the team really was able to solidify the defense. I think that would be hard to translate to the NT having a CB that is so in tune with Nancy’s vision. I’ll be interested to see when Columbus and Inter Miami play because those one or two big chances The Crew give up each game are going to be finished by Suarez and Messi, but Cucho and Rossi might also combo for 3 or 4 goals against their defense.

      • JR,

        You’re pretty familiar with the 23-26 USMNT players who will likely be available for the 2026 WC.

        I’m not super familiar with Nancy and the Crew but the USMNT pool is young, improving and seem reasonably versatile.

        So for me, it may be that Nancy or someone like him, would not need a ton of time to get a good performance out of them in 2026.

        Assuming they are in the form we hope they will be ( i.e. CP11 and Gio being their best selves) are there enough suitable players there for Nancy or a guy like him, to successfully play the Crew way?

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