became the third American to start in the UEFA Champions League's group stage this week, but like Sergino Dest
(Barcelona) and Tyler Adams
(RB Leipzig) on Tuesday, the 22-year-old Texan was on the losing side.
Juventus dropped a 2-1 decision at Portuguese champion Porto, conceding goals at the start of both halves.
McKennie was taken off in the 63rd minute to make way for a more attacking player, Alvaro Morata
. A late goal by Federico Chiesa
reduced Porto's lead to 2-1 and gave Juve a valuable away goal that could be decisive in the series that resumes on March 9 in Turin with the second leg.
“The approach was wrong from the first minute,” said Juve coach Andrea Pirlo. “When you concede a goal like this it’s normal that fear sets in, you lack a bit of certainty. Porto are good at closing down and after that goal it was much more difficult. We served them the match they wanted on a silver platter. Fortunately we scored an important goal through Chiesa and now we will focus on the return leg.”
The three Americans to play in the knockout stage tied a record for one season. The record was set in 2005 when DaMarcus Beasley
, Landon Donovan
and Tim Howard
American Gio Reyna
dressed on Wednesday but did not play in Borussia Dortmund's 3-2 upset win at Sevilla.
Reyna, 18, has started most of the season for Dortmund, but a recent slump prompted interim coach Edin Terzic
to recall Mahmoud Dahoud
and start him in midfield.
Dahoud, who had not started in two months, responded with the tying goal. Erling Haaland
then took over and scored twice to put Dortmund ahead 3-1 at the half. Feb. 17 in Porto
Porto 2 Juventus 1
. Goals: Taremi 2, Marega 46; Chiesa 82. Porto --
Marchesin; Manafá, Pepe, Mbemba, Zaidu; Corona (Loum 90), Sergio Oliveira (Conceição 90), Uribe, Otavio (Luis Diaz 57); Marega (Grujic 66), Taremi Juventus --
Szczsny; Danilo, De Ligt, Chiellini (Merih Demiral 35), Alex Sandro; Chiesa, Rabiot, Bentancur, McKennie (Morata 63); Kulusevski (Ramsey 77), Cristiano Ronaldo.