UEFA Champions League: Draw puts three Americans in same group

Christian Pulisic, who will be playing in his fourth UEFA Champions League competition and his first with Chelsea, will face two American teenagers playing in their first Champions League.

Chelsea was drawn with Ajax (Sergino Dest) and Lille (Tim Weah) as well as Valencia in Group H.

Pulisic played 22 Champions League games for Borussia Dortmund in his first three full seasons with the German club. Its best finish with Pulisic in the team was in 2017 when it reached the quarterfinals.

Dest and Weah both played in the UEFA Youth League while Weah made one appearance for Celtic last season in the Europa League after moving on loan from Paris St. Germain in January.

Tyler Adams, who is still recovering from a groin injury, plays for RB Leipzig, which was drawn in the most even of the eight groups. As a UEFA Champions League newcomer, Leipzig was seeded into Pot 4 and will meet Zenit St. Petersburg, Benfica and Lyon in Group G.

The other American player in the Champions League is Ethan Horvath. He starred for Club Brugge, earning three straight shutouts in last season's group stage, but is now on the bench, behind summer signing Simon Mignolet from Liverpool. The Belgian runner-up will face PSG, Real Madrid and Galatasaray.

Jesse Marsch is the first American to coach in the Champions League. He took over Austrian champion Red Bull Salzburg over the summer. Salzburg, perfect in its first five league games, will face Liverpool, Napoli and Genk in Group E.

Draw: UEFA Champions League (2019 group stage)
Group A: Paris SG, Real Madrid, Club Brugge, Galatasaray.
Group B: Bayern Munich, Tottenham, Olympiakos, Crvena zvezda.
Group C: Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk, Dinamo Zagreb, Atalanta.
Group D: Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, Lok. Moscow.
Group E: Liverpool, Napoli, Salzburg, Genk.
Group F: Barcelona, Bor. Dortmund, Inter Milan, Slavia Prague.
Group G: Zenit St. Petersburg, Benfica, Lyon, RB Leipzig.
Group H: Chelsea, Ajax, Valencia, Lille.
1 comment about "UEFA Champions League: Draw puts three Americans in same group".
  1. schultz rockne, August 29, 2019 at 8:57 p.m.

    RB Leipzig were in the European Cup group stage during the 2017-18 season.

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