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USMNT midweek viewing guide: The Champions return

Gio Reyna faces old pal Erling Haaland in Manchester, along with a full slate of Americans in Champions League.

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Another midweek means more European action is upon us: Matchday 2 of Champions League and Europa League, as well as MLS action, English Championship games, and the Campeones Cup. Let’s get into it!


  • Huddersfield v Wigan, 2:45p: Duane Holmes and Huddersfield face Jedi Robinson’s old club at home.
  • Middlesbrough v Cardiff, 2:45p: Zack Steffen has missed Boro’s last three games due to injury. Matthew Hoppe has more minutes with Boro’s reserves (152) than their first team (20).
  • Porto v Club Brugge, 3p on Paramount+: Owen Otasowie hasn’t played for Brugge’s first team in over a month. He’s played in the last 3 games for their reserves in the second tier. (Champions League Group B).
  • Marseille v Eintracht Frankfurt, 3p on Paramount+: Timmy Chandler and Frankfurt are on the road in France (Champions League Group D).
  • CF Montréal v Chicago Fire, 7:30p on ESPN+ (free trial): Djordje Mihailovic leads Montreal against Gaga Slonina and the Fire.
  • Inter Miami v Columbus Crew, 8p on ESPN+, fuboTV, Sling TV: DeAndre Yedlin and Miami host the Crew.
  • Minnesota United v LAFC, 8p on ESPN+: Kellyn Acosta and LAFC make the trip to Allianz Field.


  • AC Milan v Dinamo Zagreb, 12:45p on Paramount+, TUDN, UniMás, fuboTV (free trial): Sergiño Dest made his Milan debut in their Champions League opener. They host Zagreb in matchday 2 (Group E).
  • Shakhtar Donetsk v Celtic, 12:45p on Paramount+: Cameron Carter-Vickers and Celtic are on the road against Ukrainian opposition in Group F.
  • Rangers v Napoli, 3p on Paramount+: Malik Tillman and James Sands lead Rangers at home in Group A.
  • Chelsea v RB Salzburg, 3p on Paramount+: Christian Pulisic looks for a fresh start with Chelsea, as they take on Salzburg at Stamford Bridge (Group E).
  • Manchester City v Borussia Dortmund, 3p on Paramount+: Gio Reyna and Dortmund face old friend Erling Haaland and Man City in Group G.
  • Juventus v Benfica, 3p on Paramount+: Weston McKennie and Juve host John Brooks and Benfica in Group H.

Also in action:

  • Luton Town v Coventry, 2:45p: Ethan Horvath and Luton look to improve from their 18th-of-24 position in the Championship table.
  • Norwich City v Bristol City, 2:45p: Josh Sargent looks to continue his scoring surge; Jonathan Tomkinson looks for more first-team minutes.
  • Maccabi Haifa v PSG, 3p on Paramount+: Josh Cohen will have his hands full, as Haifa face Neymar, Messi, and Mbappé at home in Group H.
  • West Brom v Birmingham City, 3p: Daryl Dike has been out injured since July 30; Auston Trusty has played in all 9 of Birmingham’s games to start the season.
  • Reading v Sunderland, 3p on ESPN+: Lynden Gooch and Sunderland are on the road in the Championship.
  • Orlando City v Atlanta United, 6p on ESPN+: Caleb Wiley and the Five Stripes take on the Lions.
  • NYCFC v Atlas, 7:30p on ESPN2, TUDN, UniMás, fuboTV, Sling TV: Sean Johnson and NYC take on Liga MX side Atlas in the one-off Campeones Cup.


  • Arsenal v PSV, 3p on Paramount+, TUDN, UniMás, fuboTV: Matt Turner made his Gunners debut in their Europa League opener; they return to the Emirates to face Richy Ledezma and PSV in Group A. Update: Arsenal-PSV has been postponed due to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. No update on when it will be rescheduled.
  • Braga v Union Berlin, 3p on Paramount+: Jordan Pefok returned from injury for Union at the weekend. They face Portuguese side Braga in Europa League Group D.

Also in action:

  • Real Sociedad v Omonia Nicosia, 12:45p on Paramount+: Jonathan Gómez is unlikely to play for La Real, although he is on their Europa League roster. Mix Diskerud is more likely to feature for Omonia, a club team from Cyprus (Europa League Group E).
  • Vélez Sarsfield v Independiente, 8:10p: Alan Soñora and Independiente face Vélez on the road. A few weeks ago, this would’ve been a brother-vs-brother matchup, but older brother Joel Sonora recently left Vélez for Marítimo in Portugal’s top tier.

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