Five U.S. internationals are playing in the delayed UEFA Women's Champions League, which resumes this week with the first leg of the round of 16. Sam Mewis
, who was injured in the USA's 6-0 win over Colombia on Jan. 22, played her first game since her recovery on Sunday, scoring twice in Manchester City's 4-0 win at Birmingham City. Abby Dahlkemper
and Rose Lavelle
played in the SheBelieves Cup, so they were used as subs in the WSL game.
All three should be available for Manchester City in its match against Fiorentina on Wednesday.
“Sam was able to stay behind after the injury she sustained in her previous camp," Gareth Taylor
told the Manchester City web site
on Tuesday, "and we had to make sure she was managed the right way. It was good for her to get 60 minutes under her belt, scoring a couple of goals. It’s exciting. The players are really up for it. We always enjoy periods with games in quick succession. To be successful, you want healthy numbers and the squad is looking good."
Paris St. Germain, which travels to Sparta Prague on Thursday, didn't release Alana Cook
for the SheBelieves Cup. She got her first start in more than two months in first-place PSG's 4-0 win over Issy on Saturday in the D1 Arkema. Catarina Macario
returned to Lyon after the second game of the SheBelieves Cup but did not dress on Saturday for the 2-0 win over Soyaux. The early release from the national team was granted so the former Stanford star could pass COVID protocols necessary to be available on Thursday when Lyon hosts Denmark's Brondby on Thursday.
Ten other Americans representing four teams could play in the UEFA Women's Champions League round of 16. UEFA Women's Champions League: Wednesday, March 3
Wolfsburg (Germany) vs. Kvinner (Norway)
Barcelona (Spain) vs. Fortuna Hjorring (Denmark)
Rosengard (Sweden) vs. St. Poelten (Austria)
BIIK-Kazygurt (Kazakhstan) vs. Bayern Munich (Germany)
Man. City (England) vs. Fiorentina (Italy)
Chelsea (England) vs Atletico Madrid (Spain) Thursday, March 4
Sparta Prague (Czech Rep.) vs. Paris SG (France)
Lyon (France) vs. Brondby (Denmark)