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USMNT midweek viewing guide: Champions are back

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Full slate of Champions League action, plus MLS on Wednesday night

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Champions League is back for matchday 2 of the group stage, along with Europa League and yes, even Conference League. Adams, McKennie, Dest, Weah, Brooks, Aaronson, and Pefok could all see action in the world’s premier club competition today and tomorrow. There’s also a full slate of MLS action on Wednesday and the Campeones Cup, as the MLS and Liga MX champions face off.

Let’s get into it!

Tuesday

  • RB Leipzig v Club Brugge, 3p on Paramount+, fuboTV (free trial): Tyler Adams and Leipzig took a 3-0 shellacking from Man City at the Etihad in their first Champions League match. They return home to host Brugge in what will be their easiest matchup in the group stage, at least on paper. Owen Otasowie has found early going difficult at Brugge, making the bench twice while being left out three times in their league and being left out of both Champions League squads.

Also in action:

  • Schweinfurt v Bayern II, 1p: Taylor Booth has been starting regularly for Bayern II in the Regionalliga, after not being loaned out this summer. He’s been playing right back for the reserves, who are top of the table in their bid to return to Germany’s third tier after being relegated last season.
  • Huddersfield v Blackburn Rovers, 2:45p: Duane Holmes has been playing regularly for Huddersfield, who started strong but have lost their last two.
  • Preston North End v Stoke City, 2:45p: Matt Olosunde has yet to dress for his new club, Preston, due to injury.
  • Cambridge United v Gillingham, 2:45p: Charlie Kelman played in his first three matches for Gillingham on loan, scoring in his debut, but didn’t make it off the bench Saturday.
  • PSG v Manchester City, 3p on Univision, TUDN, Paramount+, fuboTV: Expect Zack Steffen on City’s bench as they face Messi, Neymar, and Mbappé in Paris. City defeated Leipzig 3-0 in their first Champions League match, while PSG could only manage a draw away to Brugge.
  • Borussia Dortmund v Sporting CP, 3p on Paramount+, fuboTV: Gio Reyna is unlikely to play for Dortmund as they host Sporting CP in the Champions League.
  • Necaxa v Tijuana, 6p on TUDN, fuboTV: Alex Zendejas and Fernando Arce host the Xolos. Zendejas has played every minute until Necaxa’s last match, moving into a center midfield role.

Wednesday

  • Atalanta v Young Boys, 12:45p on TUDN, UniMás, Paramount+, fuboTV: Jordan Pefok and Young Boys make the trip to Atalanta, after getting 3 points at home to Manchester United in their Champions League opener.
  • Benfica v FC Barcelona, 3p on Paramount+: Sergiño Dest and Barça will be looking to improve after being embarrassed at home by Bayern in their first Champions League match.
  • RB Salzburg v Lille, 3p on Paramount+, fuboTV, TUDN.com: Yank-on-Yank action as Tim Weah and Lille travel to Austria to face Brenden Aaronson and Salzburg.
  • Wolfsburg v Sevilla FC, 3p on Paramount+, fuboTV, TUDN.com: John Brooks and Wolfsburg host Sevilla after drawing to Lille in their opener.
  • Juventus v Chelsea, 3p on Paramount+, fuboTV, TUDN.com: Christian Pulisic has already been ruled out of Chelsea’s clash with Juventus (and USMNT teammate Weston McKennie).
  • Atlanta United v Inter Miami, 7p on ESPN+ (free trial): Miles Robinson, George Bello, and Brad Guzan match up with Robbie Robinson.
  • CF Montréal v New England Revolution, 7p on ESPN+: Matt Turner will try to prevent more Djordje Mihailovic assists in this one.
  • FC Dallas v Sporting KC, 8p on ESPN+, fcdallas.com: The Huntsmen feature some of MLS’ best young talent, including Ricardo Pepi, Jesús Ferreira, Paxton Pomykal, and Justin Che.
  • Columbus Crew v Cruz Azul, 8p on ESPN2, TUDN, Univision, fuboTV, Sling TV: Gyasi Zardes and MLS champion Columbus face Liga MX champions Cruz Azul in the Campeones Cup.
  • San Jose Earthquakes v Seattle Sounders, 10:30p on ESPN+, Prime Video: Cristian Roldan and Josh Atencio, who has been impressing for the Sounders, face a San Jose squad with Cade Cowell and Jackson Yueill. Jordan Morris is edging closer to making his Sounders return.

Also in action:

  • Barnsley v Nottingham Forest, 2:45p: Ethan Horvath looks for more game time with Forest.
  • Fulham v Swansea City, 2:45p on ESPN+: Antonee Robinson and Tim Ream look to continue their early-season form, after losing 2 of 4 in a slight dip.
  • Bayern Munich v Dynamo Kyiv, 3p on Paramount+, fuboTV, TUDN.com: Malik Tillman and (unlikely) Taylor Booth could be in Bayern’s Champions League squad as they host Kyiv.
  • DC United v Minnesota United, 7:30p on ESPN+, fuboTV, dcunited.com: Teammates Paul Arriola and Kevin Paredes may be competing for a winger spot on the October roster.
  • New York Red Bulls v Philadelphia Union, 7:30p on ESPN+, fuboTV, philadelphiaunion.com: Caden Clark and John Tolkin face Philly youngsters Leon Flach, Anthony Fontana, Quinn Sullivan, Jack McGlynn, and Paxten Aaronson.
  • Atlanta United II v Louisville City, 7:30p on ESPN+: Jonathan Gómez and Louisville have 8 points from their last 4 matches, and Gomez got an assist Sunday vs Memphis.
  • Chicago Fire v NYCFC, 8p on WGN, ESPN+, fuboTV, Sling TV: Young goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina welcomes James Sands and Keaton Parks into the Windy City.
  • Nashville SC v Orlando City, 8:30p on ESPN+, nashvillesc.com, LionNation TV: Can Walker Zimmerman stop Daryl Dike from scoring?
  • Colorado Rapids v Austin FC, 9p on ESPN+: Kellyn Acosta and Cole Bassett welcome the Verde into Denver.
  • Real Salt Lake v LA Galaxy, 9:30p on ESPN+: Sebastian Lletget and Julian Araujo meet Aaron Herrera at Rio Tinto Stadium.
  • Querétaro v Chivas, 10:15p on TUDN, UniMás, fuboTV: Bryan Olivera is starting regularly for Querétaro, both on the wing and in midfield. He has 1 assist so far in the early Apertura season. Joe Gallardo has made the bench 3 times but has yet to play.
  • LAFC v Portland Timbers, 10:30p on ESPN+, fuboTV, Sling TV: Tomás Romero and LAFC will try to keep the Timbers from scoring in their home stadium.

Thursday

  • Lyon v Brøndby IF, 12:45p on Paramount+, fuboTV, TUDN.com: Christian Cappis and Brøndby have a solid foe in Europa League.
  • Marseille v Galatasaray, 3p on TUDN, UniMás, Paramount+, fuboTV, Univision NOW: Konrad de la Fuente and Marseille host DeAndre Yedlin and Galatasaray in Europe League.

Also in action:

  • Sturm Graz v PSV, 12:45p on Paramount+, fuboTV, TUDN.com: PSV continues their Europa campaign without Richie Ledezma.
  • Antwerp v Eintracht Frankfurt, 12:45p, Paramount+, fuboTV, TUDN.com: Timmy Chandler and Frankfurt face Antwerp in Europa League. Antwerp is without Sam Vines due to a serious injury.
  • Zorya v Roma, 12:45p on Paramount+, fuboTV, TUDN.com: Bryan Reynolds attempts to work his way into José Mourinho’s plans with this Conference League match.
  • Celtic v Bayer Leverkusen, 3p on Paramount+, fuboTV, TUDN.com: Cameron Carter-Vickers will face a fast-paced Bundesliga attack in this Europa matchup.
  • Ferencváros v Real Betis, 3p on Galavision, Paramount+, fuboTV, Sling TV, TUDN.com, Univision NOW: Henry Wingo faces a La Liga opponent in Europa.
  • Genk v Dinamo Zagreb, 3p on Paramount+, fuboTV, TUDN.com: Mark McKenzie and Genk are at home to Zagreb in Europa.
  • Union Berlin v Maccabi Haifa, 3p on Paramount+, fuboTV, TUDN.com: Josh Cohen and Haifa are in Conference League action.
  • Omonia Nicosia v Qarabag, 3p on Paramount+, fuboTV, TUDN.com: Mix Diskerud and Omonio host Qarabag in Conference League.

That’s it! Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments below. Let’s see who impresses this week!