Gio Reyna’s uneventful start for Borussia Dortmund was the highlight of yet another tough week for Americans in the Champions League, with the Rangers Yanks seeing a merciful end to their dire campaign, and Josh Cohen suffering another heavy loss.
A rare start for Christian Pulisic paid dividends for Chelsea in their win over Salzburg, while Weston McKennie and Juventus fell just short in their do-or-die comeback attempt against Benfica.
Josh Cohen and Maccabi Haifa pulled off a surprising upset over Weston McKennie and Italian powerhouse Juventus, while Malik Tillman and James Sands likely improved their stock with Rangers by missing their embarrassing loss to Liverpool.
Weston McKennie was the only American with reason to celebrate after the latest round of Champions League games, as a dismal week saw Christian Pulisic ignored, Gio Reyna and Cameron Carter-Vickers miss out, and several more on the losing end.
Most Yanks had a difficult second round of Champions League group-stage games, with James Sands seeing red in Rangers’ heavy loss at Napoli, and Gio Reyna’s promising return to Dortmund’s staring XI marred by a late Citeh come-back.
Giovanni Reyna and Weston McKennie were the bright spots for Americans in the first round of Champions League group-stage action, with the BVB starlet notching two assists, and the Juventus midfielder providing his team’s only offensive output.
A remarkable draw for the UEFA Champions League saw the unlikely scenario of the ten participating Americans, nearly all of whom stand a strong chance to play, distributed across all eight groups in the competition.
Malik Tillman’s steal and assist were the key factor as Rangers beat PSV to reach the group stage, while Josh Cohen and Maccabi Haifa also overcame their Serbian opposition in dramatic fashion to earn a spot at the European adults’ table.
Josh Cohen and Maccabi Haifa put themselves in pole position to advance past Red Star while the Yanks at Rangers still have everything to play for after their draw against PSV.
Malik Tillman’s late goal helped Rangers storm back from a two-goal disadvantage, while Josh Cohen and Maccabi Haifa survived an early scare to move within one step of the Champions League group stage.