The Champions League group stage is full of Yanks

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After last night’s Champions League play-off games where both Jordan Siebatcheu Pefok’s Young Boys and Brenden Aaronson’s RB Salzburg advanced to join the other 30 teams in the draw, 13 Americans learned who they would be facing in the group stages of Europe’s most prestigious club competition this afternoon.

There are two “groups of Yanks” where 3 of the 4 teams in those groups have American interests.  Zack Steffen will hope to be between the posts when he goes up against Tyler Adam’s RB Leipzig and Owen Otasowie’s Club Brugge, while Wolfsburg’s John Brooks and Kobe Hernandez-Foster will face Tim Weah’s French champions Lille and Brenden Aaronson’s RB Salzburg.

Defending Champions League champs Chelsea and Christian Pulisic will go up against Weston McKennie and Juventus.

The tournament will get underway September 14/15.  Each team will play the others in their groups, both home and away, and will conclude December 7/8, with the top two teams going through to the round of 32.  The knockout games will start in mid-February and the final will be contested on May 28, 2022 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Here are all the groups and teams:

Group A: Manchester City (Zack Steffen), Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig (Tyler Adams), Club Brugge (Owen Otasowie)

Group B: Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, Porto, AC Milan

Group C: Sporting CP, Borussia Dortmund (Giovanni Reyna), Ajax, Besiktas

Group D: Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sheriff Tiraspol

Group E: Bayern Munich (Chris Richards, Taylor Booth), Barcelona (Sergino Dest), Benfica, Dynamo Kyiv

Group F: Villarreal, Manchester United, Atalanta, Young Boys (Jordan Siebatcheu Pefok)

Group G: Lille (Tim Weah), Sevilla, Red Bull Salzburg (Brenden Aaronson), Wolfsburg (John Brooks, Kobe Hernandez Foster)

Group H: Chelsea (Christian Pulisic), Juventus (Weston McKennie), Zenit St Petersburg, Malmo


Michael Adubato

The old man of Yanks-Abroad, having been around since the very beginning in 2004, Known as the resident Belgian expert since that’s where he has lived for a couple of decades. Over the years he has interviewed Nats such as Kasey Keller, Brian McBride, Oguchi Onyewu, Jozy Altidore and Tim Weah, to name a few. When not working the day job, he can often be found in stadiums around Europe, watching games from the top flight to the lower leagues. To prove that he is not just a pretty face, Mike received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland and a Masters from the University of Oklahoma. Boomer Sooner! On a non-soccer note, Adubato has just released a book of poetry from his travels, Missing the Exit, published by Broken Keys Publishing in Ottawa, Canada. So that must make him the YA poet laureate! You can grab your copy on, order online and pick it up and Barnes & Noble or get an e-copy at various outlets.

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