Americans Abroad Weekend Preview

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Christian Pulisic heads back to the scene of his first Premier League goal and hat trick, while up to three Americans could feature in a heated German derby.

Chelsea’s off to Burnley as Pulisic is one of six USMNT players or prospects who could feature in the Premier League this weekend.

[ MORE: Updated Premier League injuries ]

Meanwhile, Bobby Wood and Hamburg help kick off the weekend with a Hamburg Derby visit to Kevin Lankford, Leon Flach, and FC St Pauli.

And Matt Miazga continues his loan to Anderlecht from Chelsea, where he’ll hope to help Vincent Kompany’s men beat a Royal Antwerp team that beat Spurs on Thursday.

Here’s a handy list of most of the top talents expected to play or be in contention to play this weekend in England, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Turkey, and the Netherlands (plus a few other nations).


England

Premier League

Christian Pulisic, Chelsea — 11am ET Sat. at Burnley STREAM LIVE

Antonee Robinson, Fulham — 12:30 pm ET Mon. v West Brom STREAM LIVE

Tim Ream, Fulham — 12:30 pm ET Mon. v West Brom STREAM LIVE

Zack Steffen, Man City — 8:30am ET Sat. at Sheffield United STREAM LIVE

DeAndre Yedlin, Newcastle — 9am ET Sun v Everton STREAM LIVE

Owen Otasowie, Wolves — 4 pm ET Fri v Palace STREAM LIVE

Championship

Geoff Cameron, QPR — Saturday at Preston North End

Charlie Kelman, QPR — Saturday at Preston North End

Duane Holmes, Derby County — Saturday at Bournemouth

Cameron Carter-Vickers, Bournemouth (on loan from Spurs) — Sat v Derby County

League One

Lynden Gooch, Sunderland — Saturday at Gillingham

Indiana Vassilev, Burton Albion (on loan from Aston Villa) — Saturday at Blackpool



Germany

Bundesliga

Giovanni Reyna, Borussia Dortmund — Saturday at Arminia Bielefeld

John Brooks, Wolfsburg — Sunday at Hertha Berlin

Chris Richards, Bayern Munich — Saturday at Koln

Tyler Adams, RB Leipzig –Saturday at Gladbach

Josh Sargent, Werder Bremen — Saturday at Eintracht Frankfurt

Timothy Chandler, Eintracht Frankfurt — Saturday v Werder Bremen

Julian Ryerson, Union Berlin — Saturday v Freiburg

Pellegrino Materazzo (manager), Stuttgart — Friday at Schalke

2.Bundesliga

Julian Green, Greuther Furth — Sunday v Hannover 96

Bobby Wood, Hamburg — Friday v St. Pauli

Alfredo Morales, Fortuna Dusseldorf — Friday v Heidenheim

Kevin Lankford, St. Pauli — Friday at Hamburg

Leon Flach, St. Pauli — Friday at Hamburg


Elsewhere

Ligue 1

Timothy Weah, Lille — Sunday v Lyon

Serie A

Weston McKennie, Juventus — Sunday at Spezia

La Liga

Sergino Dest, Barcelona — Saturday at Alaves

Konrad de la Fuente, Barcelona — Saturday at Alaves

Eredivisie

Uly Llanez, Heerenveen (on loan from Wolfsburg) — Sunday at Sparta Rotterdam

Luca de la Torre, Heracles Almelo (on loan from Fulham) — Sunday v Utrecht

Desevio Payne, Emmen — Sunday v Feyenoord

Richie Ledezma, PSV Eindhoven — Sunday v ADO Den Haag

Alex Mendez, Ajax — Saturday at Groningen

Belgian First Division A

Ethan Horvath, Club Brugge — Saturday v Mechelen

Matt Miazga, Anderlecht (on loan from Chelsea) — Sunday v Royal Antwerp

Joe Efford, Waasland-Beveren — Sunday v Gent

Chris Durkin, Sint-Truiden — no match

Brendan Hines-Ike, Kortrijk — Monday at Zulte Waregem

Primera Liga

Reggie Cannon, Boavista — Monday v Benfica

Turkish Super Lig

Eric Lichaj, Fatih Karagumruk — Friday v Erzurumspor

Tyler Boyd, Besiktas — Sunday v Yeni Malatayspor

Elsewhere

Erik Palmer-Brown, Austria Vienna — Saturday at Hartberg
Josh Cohen, Maccabi Haifa — Monday v Maccabi Tel Aviv
Henry Wingo, Molde — Sunday at Mjondalen
Jens Cajuste, Midtjylland — Saturday at Nordsjaelland
Nicholas Gioacchini, Caen — Saturday at Paris FC
Andrija Novakovich, Frosinone — Sunday v Cremonese
Jesse Marsch (manager), Salzburg — Saturday v Swarovski Tirol

Bundesliga: Takeaways from Week 5

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Repetitive times call for appropriate measures, and Robert Lewandowski has put us in this spot.

We’re considering not including Bayern Munich’s amazing Polish striker in our “Player of the Week” considerations for the rest of the year because the dude could claim the honor 30 times a year and it wouldn’t be wrong.

It’s your fault, Bob.

[ BUNDESLIGA: Full schedule ]

Lewandowski scored three more goals on Saturday against Eintracht Frankfurt, as Bayern more than doubled the visitors’ conceded goal total this season.

The 32-year-old has 10 goals in five league games, nine coming in the last three. He’s scored 172 times in 195 Bundesliga appearances for Bayern, adding 38 assists to give him better than a goal involvement per game.

He has 155 goals in league play since the start of the 2015-16 season, meaning he’s scored nine less goals than Bundesliga appearances over the span.

So we may change our minds, but hat tricks aren’t going to do it Mr. L. You’ve gotta be involved in at least four goals or do something so ridiculous we have no choice but to name you POTW.

Tell you what, though, we have a hard time getting used to the German custom of using the thumb to indicate three, regardless of what Michael Fassbender showed us in “Inglourious Basterds.”


One of the trickiest teams to read this season has been Borussia Monchengladbach.

Forgetting for a moment our most recent look at Gladbach — Tuesday’s 2-2 home draw with Real Madrid in the Champions League — Marco Rose’s men have been the better team in every league match they’ve played since losing to Borussia Dortmund on Opening Day.

That’s not terribly surprising. The wins over Koln and Mainz were expected, though the latter only came via comeback after Rose was forced to bring on his rested big guns around the hour mark.

But 1-1 home draws with Union Berlin and Wolfsburg, two stingy sides, were xG wins. Gladbach is also averaging more shots per game than everyone outside Bayern (although the quality of competition may somewhat account for that).

The question is whether Gladbach has the depth to contend with this brutal congested schedule. Most teams in European competitions won’t, but it’s difficult to say here.

Gladbach is in a brutal Champions League group with Inter Milan, Real Madrid, and Shakhtar Donetsk. They’ve taken points off the first two and will like their chances of getting four of six from Shakhtar, even if the Ukrainian side has also looked quite good.

But will that wear on their league form? The five matches they’ll play that border group stage games are Bayer Leverkusen, Augsburg, Schalke, Freiburg, and Hertha Berlin. Only Leverkusen is contending with European football.

Bundesliga Team of the Week
Moenchengladbach’s Alassane Plea (R) and USMNT midfielder Tyler Adams (Photo by RONNY HARTMANN/AFP via Getty Images)

Americans Abroad

— Dortmund’s Giovanni Reyna went 71 minutes in the Revierderby win over Schalke, winning 11-of-18 duels and failing to register a key pass in a rather pedestrian day for the young phenom.

— Bayern’s Chris Richards was again with Bayern II.

— Stuttgart manager Pellegrino Matarazzo continued a terrific start to his first Bundesliga season with a 1-1 draw against Koln.

— Tyler Adams missed Leipzig’s 2-1 win over 10-man Hertha with injury.

— Werder Bremen’s Josh Sargent is going to get even busier. The regular starter saw teammate Nicklas Fullkrug, the club’s leading scorer, lost for a month and substitute Yuya Osako also pick up a knock in a 1-1 draw against Hoffenheim. That was a quality result, and Sargent won five-of-eight duels as a right wing of sorts.

— John Brooks of Wolfsburg kept up his great season with an 8-clearance, 2-block, three-interception show while winning 8-of-10 aerial diels and passing and 87 percent.

— Eintracht Frankfurt’s Timothy Chandler was a halftime sub in the blowout loss to Bayern, playing left mid in a failed comeback bid.

— U.S. eligible Norwegian youth international Julian Ryerson played 10 minutes off the bench for Union Berlin on the right flank in a 1-1 draw with Freiburg.


Player of the Week

Maximilan Arnold had a great day as Wolfsburg broke out of its four-match winless run and stretched its unbeaten run to five with a 2-1 win over new boys Arminia Bielefeld.

The 26-year-old hadn’t chipped in a goal or an assist through four league matches, a German Cup outing, and three Europa League qualifying matches.

But he found his way on the sheet Tuesday with a goal and an assist in about a minute. First he set up Wout Weghorst’s 19th-minute opener before Scoring a minute later.

His 94-touch day included 5-of-9 long balls, 2-for-2 dribbles, two fouls drawn, four clearances, three interceptions, and two tackles.

He’s a tough cat, too.


Team of the Week

Muller (Freiburg)

Upamecano (RBL) — Ginter (Gladbach) — Akanji (Dortmund)

Kimmich (Bayern) — Stindl (Gladbach)

Mangala (Stuttgart) — Arnold (Wolfsburg) — Nkunku (Leipzig)

Alario (Leverkusen) — Lewandowski (Bayern)


Matchday 5

Stuttgart 1-1 Koln
RB Leipzig 2-1 Hertha Berlin
Mainz 2-3 Borussia Monchengladbach
Bayern Munich 5-0 Eintracht Frankfurt
Union Berlin 1-1 Freiburg
Borussia Dortmund 3-0 Schalke
Wolfsburg 2-1 Arminia
Werder Bremen 1-1 Hoffenheim
Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 Augsburg


Matchday 6

Schalke v Stuttgart — 3:30 pm ET Oct. 30
Augsburg v Mainz — 10:30 am ET Oct. 31
Eintracht Frankfurt v Werder Bremen — 10:30 am ET Oct. 31
Arminia v Borussia Dortmund — 10:30 am ET Oct. 31
Koln v Bayern Munich — 10:30 am ET Oct. 31
Borussia Monchengladbach v RB Leipzig — 1:30 pm ET Oct. 31
Freiburg v Bayer Leverkusen — — 9:30 am ET Nov. 1
Hertha Berlin v Wolfsburg — Noon ET Nov. 1
Hoffenheim v Union Berlin — 2:30 pm ET Nov. 2

Bundesliga schedule
FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY – OCTOBER 06: Joshua Sargent of SV Werder Bremen will meet fellow USMNT man Timothy Chandler and Eintracht. (Photo by Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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Champions League roundup: Real Madrid, Atleti come back late

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Well, that was something.

Crazy finishes saw both Madrid sides avoid surprising losses, as Joao Felix and Eden Hazard helped Atleti score a win and Real a draw, respectively, the former stopping American boss Jesse Marsch from a terrific result.

[ UCL: Full lineups, stats, box scores ]

Atalanta and Ajax staged a wild one in Bergamo, while some of the groups look a bit nutty after Shakhtar Donetsk held Inter Milan and Porto won to keep Marseille bottom of its group.


Atletico Madrid 3-2 Red Bull Salzburg

American coach Jesse Marsch has now puts scares into Jurgen Klopp at Anfield and Diego Simeone at the Wanda Metropolitano, only to have upset dreams ruined by Mohamed Salah and Joao Felix.

Atleti went down 1-0 to a Marcos Llorente goal but Salzburg answered through young Hungarian star Dominik Szoboszlai to level the score by the break. That was assisted by Mergim Berisha, who scored just after halftime to give the Austrians a surprising lead.

But Felix answered off a Jose Correa feed five minutes later and then did the business following a Thomas Lemar assist in the 85th minute.

It was just as impressive as Salzburg’s 4-3 loss to Liverpool, which came after a 3-0 halftime deficit, and Marsch will hope that he won’t lose Szoboszlai to all the opened eyes like he did Erling Haaland and Takumi Minamino.

Lokomotiv Moscow 1-2 Bayern Munich

Leon Goretzka has Bayern up but the Russian hosts put a scare into the champions when they posted a 70th-minute equalizer.

But the world’s most overlooked megastar, Bayern’s lynchpin, settled six points through two matches.

 

Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Inter Milan

The Ukrainians have taken four of six points from Real Madrid away and Inter Milan at home. That’s not a bad route to success in a group of pain, and Shakhtar has a two point lead on Borussia Monchengladbach and Real.

Inter was the better side but Shakhtar keeper Anatolli Trubin made four saves and followed the “get it the heck out of there” plan when the ball came to his feet or hands.

Borussia Monchengladbach 2-2 Real Madrid

Marcus Thuram scored twice as Gladbach’s plan to have the French striker and teammate Alassane Plea hit on the counter proved good enough for a 2-0 lead.

But Eden Hazard returned to the pitch as a 70th-minute sub and helped turn the tide as Casemiro set up Karim Benzema for one goal and feasted of a Sergio Ramos feed to make it 2-2 with the goals coming in the 87th minute and third minute of stoppage.

Here’s Hazard, from TV:

“(It feels like) three points, but it’s not three points. We showed real character because to be 2-0 with just five minutes to play and we could score one more. I could score one more, but I missed,” Hazard said. “I’m here to play football so after two, three months out of the pitch I’m so happy. I just want to play. That’s why I’m here.

 

Marseille 0-3 Man City — RECAP

Kevin De Bruyne returned to the lineup and set up two goals as Manchester City collected an impressive 3-0 win.

Ferran Torres scored and set up Ilkay Gundogan for another, with Raheem Sterling rounding out the goals for City.

Porto 2-0 Olympiacos

Marseille’s double whammy is that it’s now bottom of the group after Porto proved the only team capable of finishing in a tight affair against Olympiacos.

The Greeks had a bit more of the ball and an 11-10 edge in shots, but Porto got goals from Fabio Vieira and Sergio Oliveira to join their visitors on three points.

Liverpool 2-0 Midtjylland — RECAP

Jurgen Klopp rested his big three and rode Trent Alexander-Arnold’s playmaking to a second-half win, as the right back set up a Diogo Jota goal and helped Mohamed Salah win a penalty that the Egyptian converted late.

But Fabinho was injured and left the game in the 30th minute, joining Virgil van Dijk (long-term) and Joel Matip (short-term) as center backs on the shelf.

Midtjylland also supplied another look at U.S. eligible midfielder Jens Cajuste, one of several bright spots as the Danes could’ve easily taken a point off the Premier League monsters’ second-choice lineup.

Atalanta 2-2 Ajax

It was all about Duvan and Dusan in Bergamo.

Liverpool will be happy its collected its six points because Atalanta looks capable of scoring on anyone and Ajax is proving that it can finish better than it did in a misfiring loss to the Reds in Amsterdam.

Dusan Tadic and Lassina Traore scored after the half-hour mark to give the visitors a 2-0 halftime lead, but Gian Piero Gasperini’s men showed themselves capable of quick-strike offense as well.

Duvan Zupata scored off Mario Pasalic and Papu Gomez assists between the 54th and 60th minutes and neither team found the winner despite each registering seven shots on target.

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Bundesliga wrap: Dortmund dominates derby; Bayern, Leipzig win

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The top three all won at home, a week after winning away and contesting midweek Champions League matches, as the top of the Bundesliga table will remain the same after Week 5.

[ MORE: Three things from Man Utd – Chelsea ]

RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, and RB Leipzig will all be happy with their wins for varying reasons, as the leaders all improved their stock on Saturday.


Borussia Dortmund 3-0 Schalke

Derby day came at a weird time for struggling Schalke, who claimed its first point of an insipid campaign last week and knew it would:

  • A) Not have to worry about a packed Westfalenstadion
  • B) Face a Dortmund team that faced Lazio at midweek

Regardless, they hung tight with their rivals into the second half, when an unlikely match-winner strode forward for BVB.

Manuel Akanji’s 55th-minute goal was soon joined on the scoresheet by a more traditional scorer, Erling Haaland putting a Jadon Sancho feed in the back of the net. Raphael Guerriero assisted BVB’s final goal, a Mats Hummels number.

U.S. international Giovanni Reyna subbed off after 72 minutes, as BVB held its 2-0 lead with 76 percent possession. Reyna finished with 71 touches, 12-of-18 duels won, and six fouls drawn. Six!

Bayern Munich 5-0 Eintracht Frankfurt

Robert Lewandowski scored another hat trick as Bayern battered Eintracht but not without bad news.

The dark clouds that loomed over the result had to do with a 3rd-minute exit from Alphonso Davies, who suffered ankle ligament damage and will miss 6-8 weeks.

Substitutes Leroy Sane and Jamal Musiala also scored for Bayern, with Bouna Sarr, Joshua Kimmich, Kingsley Coman, and Douglas Costa collecting assists.

Mainz 2-3 Borussia Monchengladbach

Mainz’s woes continued with a thrown-away lead against Champions League-weary Gladbach at home.

Lars Stindl had put the visitors up early but a Jean-Philippe Mateta doubled had the pointless hosts in line for three points at the break.

But Gladbach boss Marco Rose brought on a flurry of stars between the 54th and 60th minute, with Jonas Hoffman, Florian Neuhaus, Alassane Plea, and Marcus Thuram entering the fray.

Sure enough, Hoffman converted a 76th-minute penalty and assisted Matthias Ginter’s 83rd-minute winner to keep Gladbach within sight of the leaders as one of three sides with a 2W-2D-1L record.

Mainz is now 0-5 with a minus-11 goal differential, and has already sacked a manager this season.


Elsewhere

Stuttgart 1-1 Koln — Friday
Union Berlin 1-1 Freiburg
RB Leipzig 2-1 Hertha Berlin
Wolfsburg v Arminia Bielefeld — 10:30 pm ET Sunday
Werder Bremen v Hoffenheim — 1 pm ET Sunday
Bayer Leverkusen v Augsburg — 3:30 pm ET Monday

Champions League wrap: Bayern throttles Atleti, Lukaku saves Inter

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Eight matches.

Twenty-seven goals.

The UEFA Champions League teams that waited til Wednesday to debut their 2020-21 tournaments saved up their attacking style and deployed it at will.

[ MORE: How will Liverpool bounce back without VVD? ]

Liverpool and Manchester City won, Real Madrid was stunned, and Inter Milan avoided a home loss thanks to last-minute heroics from big Romelu Lukaku.

And that’s after Day 1 was pretty solid on Tuesday. Let’s go!


Group A

RB Salzburg 2-2 Lokomotiv Moscow

Jesse Marsch would’ve wanted all three points from this one given the other two clubs in Group A, but Zlatko Junuzovic’s goal and assist were enough to get a point for the Austrian hosts.

Eder had given the Russians an early lead but Salzburg answered before and after halftime, only to see Vitali Lisakovich deliver a late leveler.

Bayern Munich 4-0 Atletico Madrid

Kingsley Coman and Leon Goretzka put Bayern ahead at the break, and Corentin Tolisso scored an amazing goal after the break before Coman struck again to hand Atleti a rare blowout loss.

Atleti thought it had pulled one back via a Joao Felix volley just after halftime but Luis Suarez was deemed offside even though the ball appeared to take a slight turn off Goretzka.


Group B

Real Madrid 2-3 Shakhtar Donetsk

The Ukrainian visitors took the long hike west down 10 players due to positive COVID-19 tests, then promptly took a 3-0 lead over the tournament’s most-celebrated club.

Tete had a goal and an assist as Shakhtar went in front but Real battled back with goals from Luka Modric and Vinicius Junior. The hosts looked to have leveled the score in stoppage time, but Vinicius was offside and VAR took away Fede Valverde’s would-be equalizer.

Inter Milan 2-2 Borussia Monchengladbach

Romelu Lukaku was in the catbird seat for a 48th-minute opener after good pressure from Inter in the visitors’ box, and snuck in close to find a last-minute equalizer in a back-and-forth battle with Borussia Monchengladbach in Italy.

But VAR caught an Arturo Vidal foul on Marcus Thuram in the box and Ramy Bensebaini left no doubt with his low drive from the spot.

Jonas Hoffman scored for the second time in two games after a marker in Bundesliga play this weekend, giving Gladbach a late lead at the San Siro.


Group C

Manchester City 3-1 FC Porto

A first-half error put the hosts down a goal, but Man City quickly rebounded and had it tied at halftime through a Sergio Aguero penalty.

Ilkay Gundogan then scored a terrific free kick before Phil Foden and Ferran Torres worked a 1-2 with the latter applying the finishing touch with a sliding finish into the upper reaches of the goal.

Unfortunately, City also lost a mainstay in Fernandinho; The 35-year-old Brazilian will miss weeks.

Olympiakos 1-0 Marseille

Giorgos Masoras smashed home a near-post rebound after a nice save from Steve Mandanda as the Greeks thought they had opened up a lead in the 53rd minute only to see VAR spot offside.

But it was super sub Ahmed Hassan who would replace Masouras in the 84th minute and deliver the winner off an assist from longtime Marseille star Mathieu Valbuena early in stoppage time.


Group D

Ajax 0-1 Liverpool

Sadio Mane’s mishit cross was wide of the mark but turned into the Ajax goal by Nicolas Tagliafico as Liverpool went to Amsterdam and claimed three points.

It was the first match since Virgil van Dijk’s serious knee injury, and Fabinho had a Man of the Match performance at center back next to Joe Gomez.

The Reds host Sheffield United on Saturday before a UCL visit from Midtjylland on Tuesday.

Midtjylland 0-4 Atalanta

The Serie A visitors love to score, and Duvan Zupata had a goal and assisted this wonder strike from Alejandro “Papu” Gomez as Atalanta built a 3-0 halftime lead.