Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: McKenzie, Pulisic, and more

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: McKenzie, Pulisic, and more

Belgian side Genk will be looking for a winning end to 2021 on Sunday afternoon and Mark McKenzie headlines the in-form players for the visitors this weekend.

McKenzie has made five started for the Belgian side in league play this December, going the distance in all five. The U.S. men’s national team center back recently helped Genk to a 4-2 win over Sporting Charleroi and a 1-1 draw with Royal Antwerp, moving them just outside of the top-eight in the league table. The 22-year-old has taken major steps forward in his second season in Belgium, appearing in the UEFA Europa League and continuing to rack up minutes in domestic competitions, setting the stage for an important second half of the season in 2022.

Elsewhere, Christian Pulisic and Chelsea visit Aston Villa on Sunday while Josh Sargent and Norwich City take on Arsenal. Duane Holmes and Ethan Horvath will be the lone Americans in action in the EFL Championship due to postponed matches elsewhere. Cameron Carter-Vickers and Celtic face off with St. Johnstone in Scotland. Sam Vines and Royal Antwerp visit Kortrijk in Belgium Pro League action.

Here is a closer look at this weekend’s Americans Abroad action:


England


PREMIER LEAGUE

Christian Pulisic and Chelsea visit Aston Villa on Sunday.

Zack Steffen and Manchester City host Leicester City on Sunday.

Josh Sargent and Norwich City host Arsenal on Sunday.

LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP

Duane Holmes and Huddersfield host Blackpool on Sunday.

Ethan Horvath and Nottingham Forest visit Middlesbrough on Sunday.

Antonee Robinson, Tim Ream and Fulham’s scheduled match with Birmingham City was postponed.

Matthew Olosunde and Preston North End’s scheduled match with Sheffield United was postponed.

LEAGUE ONE

Lynden Gooch and Sunderland visit Doncaster Rovers on Monday.


Belgium


PRO LEAGUE

Mark McKenzie and Genk visit Oostende on Sunday.

Sam Vines and Royal Antwerp visit Kortrijk on Sunday.

Owen Otasowie and Club Brugge visit Cercle Brugge on Sunday.


Turkey


SUPER LIG

DeAndre Yedlin and Galatasaray host Haji Wright and Antalyaspor on Saturday.

Tyler Boyd and Rizespor host Gazientep on Sunday.


Scotland


PREMIERSHIP

Ian Harkes and Dundee United host Hibernian on Sunday.

Christian Ramirez and Aberdeen host Dundee FC on Sunday.

Cameron Carter-Vickers and Celtic visit St. Johnstone on Sunday.