Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Carter-Vickers, Sands, Tillman face off in Old Firm
Celtic and Rangers have continued to jostle for positioning atop the Scottish Premiership table and the Glasgow rivals will rekindle their rivalry on Saturday with the first Old Firm derby of the new season.
Cameron Carter-Vickers, James Sands, and Malik Tillman will all fight for minutes this weekend at Celtic Park with the trio of U.S. men’s national team players all enjoying strong starts to the season. Carter-Vickers has helped Celtic to a 5-0-0 record so far in league play, conceding just one goal and posting a +20 goal differential. The USMNT centerback joined Celtic on a permanent transfer this summer from Tottenham after enjoying a terrific loan spell in Glasgow last season.
Sands and Tillman have led Rangers to a 4-1-0 league record so far while also advancing to the UEFA Champions League group stage. The 22-year-old Sands has started in seven of his eight appearances across all competitions, featuring mainly as a centerback in Giovanni Van Bronckhorst’s set up. Tillman has scored two goals and registered one assist in all competitions, setting up the decisive goal against PSV in the final round of UCL qualifying. Both Tillman and Sands have yet to feature in an Old Firm clash, but will certainly know the importance of the match with both teams once again fighting for the Premiership title.
In Germany, Jordan Pefok and Union Berlin host Bayern Munich while Joe Scally and Borussia Moenchengladbach face off with Mainz. Gio Reyna will hope to be involved as Borussia Dortmund faces Hoffenehim.
In England, Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson will aim to lead Leeds United past Brentford. Tim Ream and Antonee Robinson face a tough test at Tottenham while Josh Sargent and Norwich City host Coventry City.
In Spain, Yunus Musah and Valencia welcome Getafe to Mestalla.
In Italy, Weston McKennie and Juventus face a trip to Fiorentina.
Elsewhere, Ian Harkes and Dundee United face Motherwell following the sacking of manager Jack Ross. Alex Mendez and Vizela take on Benfica in Portuguese action while Mark McKenzie and Genk host Sint-Truiden in Belgian Pro League play.
Here is a closer look at this weekend’s Americans Abroad:
Christian Pulisic and Chelsea host West Ham United on Saturday.
Tyler Adams, Brenden Aaronson and Leeds United visit Brentford on Saturday.
Antonee Robinson, Tim Ream and Fulham visit Tottenham on Saturday.
Chris Richards and Crystal Palace visit Newcastle United on Saturday.
Matt Turner and Arsenal visit Manchester United on Sunday.
Josh Sargent, Jonathan Tomkinson and Norwich City host Coventry City on Saturday.
Lynden Gooch and Sunderland visit Zack Steffen, Matthew Hoppe and Middlesbrough on Monday.
Ethan Horvath and Luton Town host Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
Duane Holmes and Huddersfield Town host Blackpool on Sunday.
Auston Trusty and Birmingham City visit Matt Olosunde and Preston North End on Saturday.
Daryl Dike is OUT (Injury) for West Bromwich Albion.
Jordan Pefok and Union Berlin host Bayern Munich on Saturday.
Joe Scally and Borussia Moenchengladbach host Mainz on Sunday.
Gio Reyna and Borussia Dortmund host Hoffenheim on Friday.
Kevin Paredes and Wolfsburg host Cologne on Saturday.
Pellegrino Matarazzo‘s Stuttgart host Schalke on Saturday.
Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt host RB Leipzig on Saturday.
Julian Green, Timothy Tillman and Greuther Furth host St. Pauli on Saturday.
Terrence Boyd and Kaiserslautern visit Sandhausen on Sunday.
George Bello and Arminia Bielefeld visit Darmstadt on Sunday.
Nico Carrera and Holstein Kiel visit Jahn Regensburg on Saturday.
Bryang Kayo and Nuremberg visit Eintracht Braunschweig on Friday.
Johan Gomez and FSV Zwickau host Viktoria Koln on Sunday.
Yunus Musah and Valencia host Getafe on Sunday.
Jonathan Gomez and Real Sociedad host Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
Luca De La Torre and Celta Vigo host Cadiz on Friday.
Samuel Shashoua and Tenerife host Racing Santander on Saturday.
Weston McKennie and Juventus visit Fiorentina on Saturday.
Sergino Dest and AC Milan host Inter Milan on Saturday.
Gianluca Busio, Tanner Tessmann, Andrija Novakovich, Jack DeVries and Venezia host Benevento on Saturday.
Anthony Fontana and Ascoli host Cittadella on Saturday.
Erik Palmer-Brown and Troyes host Rennes on Sunday.
Folarin Balogun and Stade Reims host Lens on Sunday.
Tim Weah is OUT (Injury) for Lille.
Ricardo Pepi and FC Groningen visit Vitesse Arnhem on Sunday.
Richie Ledezma and PSV visit Twente on Saturday.
Cole Bassett and Fortuna Sittard host Taylor Booth and FC Utrecht on Friday.
Reggie Cannon and Boavista host Pacos de Ferreira on Monday.
Alex Mendez and Vizela visit Benfica on Friday.
Cameron Carter-Vickers and Celtic host Malik Tillman, James Sands and Rangers on Saturday.
Ian Harkes and Dundee United visit Joe Efford and Motherwell on Saturday.
Christian Ramirez, Dante Polvara and Aberdeen visit Ross County on Saturday.
Sam Vines and Royal Antwerp host Bryan Reynolds, Griffin Yow and Westerlo on Sunday.
Mark McKenzie and Genk host Sint-Truiden on Saturday.
Owen Otasowie and Club Brugge host Cercle Brugge on Friday.
Konrad de la Fuente and Olympiakos host Ionikos on Saturday.
Haji Wright and Antalyaspor host Kasimpasa on Sunday.
Tyler Boyd and Besiktas visit Ankaragucu on Sunday.
Christian Cappis and Brondby visit Horsens on Sunday.
Emmanuel Sabbi and Odense host Viborg on Sunday.
Ulysses Llanez and SKN St. Poelten host Floridsdorfer on Sunday.
Henry Wingo and Ferencvaros visit Ujpest on Sunday.
Sam Rogers and Rosenborg host Viking on Sunday.
Kobe Hernandez-Foster and HamKam visit Sarpsborg on Sunday.
Forrest Lasso, Joe Corona and Sundsvall visit AIK on Sunday.
Jeffrey Gal, Joe Gyau and Degerfors visit Hacken on Sunday.
Romain Gall is OUT (Injury) for Malmo.
Josh Cohen and Maccabi Haifa visit Hapoel Beer Sheva on Saturday.
Alan Sonora and Independiente visit Gymnasia on Saturday.
Johnny Cardoso and Internacional visit Corinthians on Sunday.