Friday, July 9, 2021

Floodgates: Open

Was busy putting this Gold Cup preview bit together, but now the desk is clear. I'll get to the finish line of the AAotY "retrospective" shortly, but first I need to put up the annual UEFA cup participation guide for Americans - and it's the most impressive list ever. I'm actually a couple of days late with this (early qualifying for the Champions league and the new Europa Conference League started this week), time to rectify that situation.

We have a couple of managers this time, and their names are italicized. As usual, the guys sporting asterisks look set to move from that club attached to their name below (but we're in the now and it doesn't hurt to be precise). I've also not included anyone set to move to a club in Europe in January, the main example being Caden Clark. Maybe they eventually are registered for a tournament, maybe their new club bounces out of Europe before they arrive.

Like I said, in the now, which is when we could quite reasonably see 18 Americans take some part in the Champions League process. I wouldn't at all be surprised is there's 10 involved in the group stage. And let's say seven in the knockouts. It's gonna be fun. 

And remember: the away goals rule is finito. In other words... now with more games decided by penalties!

Champions League

First Qualifying Round
Josh Cohen - Maccabi Haifa (tied 1-1 heading into Kairat Almaty return)
Henry Wingo - Ferencváros (Up 3-0 heading into Prishtina return)

Second Qualifying Round
Mix Diskerud - Omonia
Richy Ledezma - PSV Eindhoven
Jordan Siebatcheu, David Wagner - Young Boys Bern
DeAndre Yedlin - Galatasaray
Third Qualifying Round
Mark McKenzie - Genk

Playoff Round
Brendan Aaronson - Red Bull Salzburg
Christian Cappis - Brøndby

Group Stage
Pot 1
Christian Pulisic, Matt Miazga* - Chelsea
Zack Steffen, Erik Palmer-Brown* - Manchester City
Chris Richards* - Bayern Munich
Timothy Weah - Lille

Pot 2
Sergiño Dest - Barcelona
Weston McKennie - Juventus
Giovanni Reyna - Borussia Dortmund

Pot 3
Tyler Adams, Jesse Marsch - RB Leipzig
Tyler Boyd* - Besiktas

Pot 4
John Anthony Brooks - Wolfsburg

Europa League

Group Stage
Timothy Chandler - Eintracht Frankfurt
Konrad de la Fuente - Olympique Marseille

Europa Conference League

First Qualifying Round
Bryan Rodriguez - Laçi (Down 1-0 heading into home leg vs. Podgorica)
Milosz - Sant Julia (Tied 0-0 heading into Gzira United return)
Tim Murray - Honka (Tied 0-0 heading into Runavik return)
Taner Dogan - Dundalk (Up 4-0 heading into Newton return)

Second Qualifying Round

Ben Lederman - Raków Czestochowa
Christian Ramirez - Aberdeen

Playoff Round

Bryan Reynolds - AS Roma
Cameron Carter-Vickers* - Tottenham

- Greg Seltzer


Scott said...

Marsch needs to be moved from Salzburg to Leipzig.

Greg Seltzer said...

Ooh, nice catch.