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USMNT midweek viewing guide: Last chance saloon

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Champions League knockouts aren’t the worst preparation for World Cup qualifying.
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There’s not much league action this midweek, but there ARE four crucial Champions League matches with American players trying to reach the quarterfinals. Let’s get into it! Here’s a snapshot of who’s in action:

Tuesday

  • Borussia Dortmund v Sevilla, 3p on Paramount+, Galavision, fuboTV, TUDN.com, Univision NOW: Gio Reyna missed the Bayern loss at the weekend due to muscular problems, we’ll see if he’s fit for this Champions League clash. Dortmund won the away leg in a see-saw 3-2 battle, and won 3 straight before their loss in Der Klassiker. Sevilla have dropped 3 straight (2 to Barcelona).
  • Juventus v FC Porto, 3p on CBS Sports, TUDN USA, UniMás, fuboTV: Weston McKennie subbed on for 20 minutes in Juve’s win over Lazio at the weekend, so he should be fit for this one despite nursing an injury recently. Juventus have won 3 and drawn 1 since their 2-1 loss to Porto in the away leg. Chiesa’s away goal for Juve in the 82’ could prove absolutely massive as they attempt to erase the deficit at home in Turin.

Also in action:

  • Blackburn Rovers v Swansea City, 1p: Swansea have won 4 of 6, and are 1 point out of automatic promotion, with 2 games in hand on both the teams above them. Paul Arriola will be looking for game time, he has just 17 league minutes for Swansea.
  • Queens Park Rangers v Wycombe Wanderers, 2p: Geoff Cameron missed weekend action with a knock, but will be available for this one. Charlie Kelman could also feature.
  • Portsmouth v Sunderland, 2:45p on ESPN+: Lynden Gooch missed Saturday’s game due to a calf problem. Sunderland are in position for promotion playoffs, but so are Portsmouth, who they travel to face.

Wednesday

  • Arminia Bielefeld v Werder Bremen, 12:30p on ESPN+: Werder Bremen are a miserable soccer team and can’t win even when Josh Sargent scores; Bielefeld are bad but not Schalke bad.
  • Liverpool v RB Leipzig, 3p on Paramount+, Galavision, fuboTV, TUDN.com, Univision NOW: Tyler Adams and Leipzig played a relatively even game at home to Liverpool in the first leg, but they made 2 individual mistakes which were punished ruthlessly to a 2-0 scoreline. Leipzig travel to Budapest in a desperate situation, needing at least two goals. Their only consolation will be how dire Liverpool have been in the league, losing 4 straight altogether and 6 straight at home.
  • Paris Saint-Germain v FC Barcelona, 3p on Paramount+, TUDN USA, Univision USA, fuboTV: Sergiño Dest and Barcelona will be looking for payback or at least some level of respectability against Kylian Mbappe and PSG. They travel to Paris down 4-1 in what could be Messi’s last Champions League game with the storied club.

Also in action:

  • Manchester City v Southampton, 1p on NCBSN, Universo, fuboTV: Zack Steffen will most likely look on from the bench as Man City looks to continue their 4-match win streak; they sit 11 points clear atop the Premier League table.
  • Barnsley v Derby County, 2p on ESPN+: Barnsley have won 7 straight in the league since Daryl Dike first played for them, propelling them up to 6th in the table and promotion playoff position. They’ll be looking for a win vs Derby, who are just 6 pts above relegation.
  • Independiente v Villa Mitre, 7:30p: Independiente is off to a hot start in the league, winning 3 out of 4 to sit joint-top of their group (Argentina has separated its league into 2 groups). Unfortunately for Alan Soñora, his only playtime was in their first game, a loss to Lanús. This cup match vs fourth-tier Villa Mitre could be an opportunity.

Thursday

  • Ajax v BSC Young Boys, 12:55p on Galavision, fuboTV, TUDN.com, Univision NOW: Jordan Siebatcheu and Young Boys pulled off the unthinkable, beating Leverkusen 2-0 away to win 6-3 aggregate. Siebatcheu contribute 3 of those 6 goals, and now they face an even tougher challenge in Ajax.
  • AS Roma v Shakhtar Donetsk, 3p on Galavision, fuboTV, TUDN.com, Univision NOW: Bryan Reynolds made the Roma bench for the first time Sunday v Genoa. Is it too much to hope he could make his debut in the first leg against Ukrainian giants Shakhtar?

Also in action:

  • SønderjyskE vs Fremad Amager, 10:30a: Haji Wright is in Danish cup action.

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