USMNT Midweek Viewing Guide: THE CHAMPIONS


Baby, we’re back! The UEFA Champions League group stage has 11 Americans.

The group stage of the Champions League has begun! This year’s group stage has eleven players that are eligible for the USMNT. MLS and USL square off in the U.S. Open Cup final this week as well! Let’s get started!


  • Dinamo Zagreb v Chelsea, 12:45p on Paramount+, TUDN, UniMás, fuboTV (free trial): Chelsea’s Champions League campaign begins with a trip to the Croatian capital against Christian Pulisic’s team.
  • Borussia Dortmund v København, 12:45p on Paramount+: Dortmund’s UCL home opener pits them against the reigning Danish champions. Gio Reyna.
  • RB Salzburg v AC Milan, 3p on Paramount+: Sergio Dest may make his Milan debut in the Champions League away in Austria.
  • Celtic v Real Madrid, 3p on Paramount+: As Celtic hosts, the current champions Real Madrid, Cameron Carter-Vickers will experience one of the most difficult tests of his career.
  • Benfica v Maccabi Haifa, 3p on Paramount+: Josh Cohen, the host goalie for the Portuguese powerhouse Benfica, and the Israeli champions Haifa might both make their Benfica debuts.

PSG v Juventus, 3p ono Paramount+: Juve and Weston McKennie will go on Messi, Neymar, Mbappé, and PSG at Parc des Princes.

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  • Ajax v Rangers, 12:45p on Paramount+: James Sands and Malik Tillman were instrumental in getting Rangers into the Champions League, and they’ll have a big impact when the Scottish team plays Ajax in Amsterdam.
  • Orlando City v Sacramento Republic, 8p on ESPN+ (free trial): Even without any significant USMNT players, the U.S. Open Cup final is usually a spectacle. To cap off their incredible run, Sacramento of the USL Championship will try to defeat the Lions in Orlando.

Also in action:

  • Nykøbing v Odense, 12:30pIn the next round of the Danish Cup are OB and Emmanuel Sabbi.
  • Eintracht Frankfurt v Sporting CP, 12:45p on Paramount+, TUDN, UniMás, fuboTVChampions of the Europa League and Timmy Chandler Sporting of Portugal will play Frankfurt in the opening Champions League game.
  • Club Brugge v Leverkusen, 3p on Paramount+Since the start of Brugge’s season, Owen Otasowie’s playing time has decreased; Bayer Leverkusen of the Bundesliga will be Brugge’s opponent.
  • NYCFC v FC Cincinnati, 8p on ESPN+, fuboTV, Sling TVSean Johnson and NYC will try to prevent Cincinnati, who has a prolific scorer in Brandon Vazquez, from scoring.
  • Puebla v Pachuca, 8pJozy Altidore has scored a few goals while serving as a substitute for Puebla in Liga MX.
  • Pumas UNAM v Querétaro, 10:05pIn Liga MX Apertura action, Jorge Ruvalcaba and Pumas are playing at home.


  • FC Zürich v Arsenal, 12:45p on Paramount+, TUDN, fuboTV: For the Europa League opener in Switzerland, Matt Turner and the Arsenal go there. Turner is a reserve in the Premier League and will probably play in cup games. Could that also apply to the Europa League?
  • PSV v Bodø/Glimt, 12:45p on Paramount+: PSV’s Europa League team includes Richy Ledezma; the challenge gets underway at home against a Norwegian opponent.
  • Union Berlin v Union St. Gilloise, 12:45p on Paramount+: A muscular issue kept Jordan Pefok out of Berlin’s 1-1 tie with Bayern over the weekend. Peek and Berlin face Belgian competition to open the Europa League at home.

Also in action:

  • Manchester United v Real Sociedad, 3p on Paramount+, TUDN, UniMás, fuboTVAlthough Jonathan Gómez is on Sociedad’s Europa League roster, it seems doubtful that he will play at Old Trafford.
  • Independiente v Aldosivi, 5p on Paramount+, Fanatiz, fuboTV, Sling TVThough it’s improbable that Jonathan Gómez will play at Old Trafford, he is a member of Sociedad’s Europa League team.