USMNT Stock Watch: Weston McKennie plays for Juve after shortened USA stint; Reynolds makes Roma appearance

From a production standpoint, it has been a quiet weekend for Americans in Europe, and partly because of their many absences. Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund’s Gio Reina missed their club games over the weekend with injury, while Manchester City goalkeeper Zach Steffen recovers from COVID, although he likely had no intention of playing.

Not many core minutes were earned, but there have been several important appearances over the weekend that have the potential to impact how the US men’s national team will look in October. Let’s summarize.

1. Weston McKenny, Juventus

  • 72 minutes behind Napoli 2: 1
  • 25 touches
  • 70 percent passed
  • xG 0.03
  • 0 tackles
  • 50% of successful duels

After McKenny was kicked out of the USMNT camp during World Cup qualifiers due to a COVID protocol violation, McKenny quickly returned to Juventus and returned to the squad, earning a start against recent rival Napoli on Saturday. And for McKenny it was just not his day. First, he saw little of the ball despite being in good position, touching it only 25 times in 72 minutes. In comparison, midfielder Aaron Ramsey touched him 12 times in just 18 minutes, and each kicker touched twice as often as McKenny.

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His pass wasn’t sharp enough, he didn’t tackle (which is surprising considering Napoli were dominating the ball) and it was just a game that didn’t quite match his strengths as he was replaced.

2. Brian Reynolds, Roma

  • One minute in a 2-1 victory over Sassuolo
  • Three touches
  • 1-to-1 pass

Yes I know. He didn’t have much time. He came in late and got a few extra minutes of extra time. He didn’t have much of a chance to do anything, but he did show this burst of speed by running down the right flank, trying to get in from behind, and it was also evident in the defense, the good pressure on the defenders. But it is still important that he played, because this was his first league game of the season, he first appeared under the leadership of Jose Mourinho. Hopefully he can keep showing up, getting a little more time to impress, and making more minutes in the future. And how great it must have been to see his team win late and celebrate just like they did. This is a team to watch out for.

3. Yunus Musa, Valencia

  • Three minutes of 4-1 victory over Osasuna
  • Six touches
  • Two transmission attempts, one completed
  • One shot

Musakh started the season with an injury, but on Sunday played for Valencia for the second time in a major win over Osasuna, which put them in first place in the table with Real Madrid and Atlético. While you won’t see anything of note in his stats, let me tell you about one specific point. As a Valencia fan, I was chained to the TV during this match with Los Che continue their surprisingly good start to the season (amazing what can be done with a good manager). Musakh came out and, as usual, played right midfield, and he had one run along the right edge, where he carried the ball from the midfield to the endline, kept the ball, went along the endline from the corner to the goal, crashed into the ball. and fired a bad shot. Now running was incredible, showing his ability to keep the ball at his feet, dodge defenders and create a chance for himself out of nothing. If he had scored it, then surely it would have been the goal of La Liga this week.

Now I don’t think he will have many minutes to move forward as Valencia’s top player and scorer Carlos Soler plays in the same position, although Soler, like Musa, was a central midfielder during his early years at the club. or potentially return there. But this race should definitely show coach José Bordalas what this kid can potentially offer.

Plus, ahead of this week’s Champions League group stage first leg matches, there are three Americans here to watch. Keep in mind Pulisic, Gio Reina and Sergino Dest are injured. As always, you can see all the Champions League games at Paramount +

Weston McKenny, Juventus

Juventus McKenny will travel to Malmö on Tuesday and it will be interesting to see what role McKenny plays. As we mentioned above, he started on the weekend, but practically did not participate. Will Massimo Allegri return to him here or will he start this match on the bench? If he gets the start, it will be significant that Allegri is counting on him as the team needs momentum. If he doesn’t start, it will be a chance for others to strengthen their position in front of him.

Brenden Aaronson, RB Salzburg

The 20-year-old American, the top scorer of the USMNT during the World Cup qualifiers, will travel to Sevilla with RB on Tuesday. He continues to impress the club and the country, but he faces a tough test against a rested team that hasn’t played over the weekend. Aaronson himself did not play for Salzburg and should be fresh in this match, as his club wants to make a splash on the biggest stage again.

Tyler Adams, RB Leipzig

The American midfielder captained the USMNT during the last qualifiers and played every minute. He rested a 4-1 loss over the weekend against Bayern Munich and you would have thought he would be fresh enough to come here. The task at hand? An encounter with Manchester City, a team in good shape hoping to bounce back from a one-goal game this weekend. If Adams starts, his hands will be busy and he will need to do everything he can to ensure that Leipzig has a great chance of getting something out of this game. It’s time to mend relations with Leipzig as they lost three out of four games to start the Bundesliga game.

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