Ricardo Pepi makes his debut for Augsburg, Weston McKennie shines for Juventus

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With European football in full swing, Americans abroad thrive at their respective clubs. FC Dallas player Ricardo Pepi became the latest USMNT figure to expand his career overseas, joining FC Augsburg in a record deal.

The breakaway star made his debut for the club on January 8, while beginners such as Weston McKennie opened the scoring for Juventus during the Supercoppa Italia final.

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Weston Mckennie scores for Juventus during Italian Super Cup / Alessandro Sabattini / GettyImages

Despite the disappointing 2-1 result for Juventus on Thursday against Inter Milan in the Supercoppa Italiana, USMNT star McKennie found a chance to shine.

His moment came in the 25th minute when he nodded the ball past Samir Handanović and into the net to get the early lead. It was his first goal since scoring for USMNT against Mexico in the World Cup qualifiers in October.

Unfortunately, Inter equalized from the penalty spot in the 35th minute and doubled their points in extra time to win the match.

McKennie is now set for Juventus’ Serie A match against Udinese on Saturday. The team is in fifth place in the table with 38 points in 21 games and the record 11-5-5. He has made 21 appearances for Juventus this season in all competitions and scored three goals.

Ricardo Pepi made his debut for FC Augsburg in the Bundesliga / Alex Grimm / GettyImages

After a record-breaking signing for Augsburg, Pepi became the latest American to make his European debut. He was first with his newest club on January 8 and came off the bench in the 60th minute after Augsburg’s 3-1 against Hoffenheim.

His debut came just five days after joining the German club for a reported $ 20 million transfer from FC Dallas.

Although he could not secure the desired result, Pepi managed to end the game with nine touches and one shot, while completing all four passes he tried.

Pepi meets Eintracht Frankfurt on January 16 in an attempt to save their position on the table. Augsburg are struggling to avoid relegation and are in 16th place in the table with 18 points in 18 games and a record of 4-6-8.

Chelsea player Christian Pulisic praised by Thomas Tuchel / James Williamson – AMA / GettyImages

While the American forward failed to be in Chelsea’s midweek match against Tottenham, Tuchel talked a lot about the player during the press conference the hours before.

Pulisic has been called up to play a number of different roles for the English Premier League side, leading Tuchel to credit his contributions to the squad as he continues to play where needed.

“So first of all it’s a good thing, it was also a bad sign because it means we had problems on the left and right back with injuries and he helped us there,” said Tuchel. “We are happy with the impact he has. He can play many minutes, he needs to play many minutes, he has a physical ability that can help us.”

Pulisic has been used as a forward, winger, midfielder and fullback for the defending Champions League winners this season, and has boldly accepted the challenges and embraced every opportunity to be on the field. The changes stem from a mixture of injuries and form within the squad.

The 23-year-old has started in six of the last nine games for the Blues, including five straight in the Premier League game, scored a goal and registered an assist.

USMNT Character Cole Bassett Becomes Latest American Abroad / John Todd / ISI Photos / GettyImages

USMNT’s Cole Bassett is expected to move to the Dutch club Feyenoord, sources have confirmed to 90min.

The 20-year-old made his Major League Soccer debut in 2018 and has since scored 13 goals in 72 games in the regular season.

The midfielder has left USMNT’s training camp to end the deal with the Eredivisie side. U.S. men’s national team head coach Gregg Berhalter had called Bassett up for the list ahead of the World Cup qualifiers later this month.

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