As the group stage of the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League kicks
off, here's some trivia about Americans in Europe's top club competition.
1. The first American to play in the Champions League was Jovan Kirovski, who made two appearances as a sub for Borussia Dortmund in its 1996-97 championship campaign.
2. Before that, Steve Trittschuh (Sparta Prague in 1990-91) and Thomas Dooley (Kaiserslautern in 1991-92) played in the European Cup.
UEFA Champions League: 29 Americans, from Steve
Trittschuh to Tyler Adams
3. The first American to play in a UEFA competition was Hungarian-born Juli Veee, who played for Belgium clubs Lierse (1976-77) and Standard Liege (1977-78) in the Cup Winners' Cup and UEFA Cup, respectively.
4. Christian Pulisic leads all American players with 26 appearances in the Champions League and is the only player to play in four straight competitions.
5. The only other player to play in three or more straight competitions: Sacha Kljestan (2012-13 to 2014-15 for Belgium's Anderlecht).
6. DaMarcus Beasley and Pulisic share the American record for the most appearances in a season with 10 apiece.
7. Beasley holds the American record for most career goals (4), while Pulisic and Kljestan share the record for most career assists (3).
8. Only two American goalkeepers have appeared in the Champions League: Tim Howard (two seasons with Manchester United) and Ethan Horvath (three games -- and three shutouts -- for Club Brugge).
9. Only once have two Americans played together in the Champions League: Jonathan Spector and Howard for the last 22 minutes of Manchester United's 3-0 loss to Ferenbahce in 2004. Jermaine Jones and Landon Donovan played for Bayer Leverkusen in the 2004-05 campaign but at different stages of the competition.
10. The most Americans to play in the Champions League in one season came in 2004-05 when six players played: Robbie Russell, Beasley, Howard, Jones, Donovan and Spector.
11. Try this one on your friends. Three Americans played in the Champions League for teams for which they never made a domestic league appearance: Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan), Julian Green (Bayern Munich) and Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal).