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12 USMNT players to compete in 2021-22 UEFA Champions League

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We learn who they will be playing.

Manchester City v Chelsea FC - UEFA Champions League Final Photo by Chris Lee - Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

We know the United States Men’s National Team has a roster for the upcoming World Cup qualifying window. After that window, 12 USMNT players will begin their quest to hoist the UEFA Champions League trophy.

Today, the Champions League draw took place, and the 12 USMNT players who are on clubs that will be in the group stage learned their fate of who they will face. The 12 Americans that are currently on Champions League clubs:

Brenden Aaronson - Red Bull Salzburg ( they compete in the Champions League as FC Salzburg due to ownership restrictions)

Tyler Adams - RB Leipzig

John Brooks - Wolfsburg

Sergiño Dest - FC Barcelona

Jordan Pefok - Young Boys

Christian Pulisic - Chelsea FC

Gio Reyna - Borussia Dortmund

Chris Richards - Bayern Munich

Weston McKennie - Juventus

Zack Steffen - Manchester City

Tim Weah - Lille

Owen Otasowie - Club Brugge

It’s rare to have players on so many clubs, but it makes it fun for fans of the USMNT to be able to have some rooting interests spread out among the 32 teams. This draw allowed for the potential for American vs. American matchups to be in abundance during the group stage.

Here are the groups for the 2021-22 Champions League (teams with Americans in bold italics):

Group A: Manchester City, PSG, RB Leipzig, Club Brugge

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

Group C: Sporting Lisbon, Borussia Dortmund, Ajax, Besiktas

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

Group E: Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Benfica, Dynamo Kyiv

Group F: Villarreal, Manchester United, Atalanta, BSC Young Boys

Group G: Lille, Sevilla, FC Salzburg, Wolfsburg

Group H: Chelsea, Juventus, Zenit St. Petersburg, Malmö

Hit the comments and let us know which groups you’re looking forward to watching!