UEFA Champions League: Thirteen teams in group stage have Americans

In 2020-21, 10 Americans were eligible to play in the UEFA Champions League, nine made appearances in the group stage, five played in the group stage and Christian Pulisic became the first American play in the final and win the Champions League when Chelsea beat Manchester City, 1-0, in the final.

The summer transfer window doesn't close in most countries until Aug. 31, and clubs have until Sept. 2 to submit their rosters for the UEFA Champions League group stage, so things can change between now and then.

But as things stand now, 13 of 32 qualifiers for the group stage have American players on their rosters and two even have American coaches.

The players include all five players who played in the knockout stage in the spring: Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig), Sergino Dest (Barcelona), Weston McKennie (Juventus) and Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund) in addition to Pulisic.

Americans were big contributors on two of this week's six playoff winners.

Jordan Pefok scored three goals in six matches for Young Boys, while Brenden Aaronson had the stoppage-time winner in the first leg and the second goal in the second leg of Red Bull Salzburg's pair of 2-1 wins over Brondby.



On Thursday, UEFA will hold the draw for the Champions League group stage (viewing information). Here are how the teams are seeded:

Pot 1:
Chelsea (Christian Pulisic)
Villarreal
Atletico Madrid
Manchester City (Zack Steffen)
Bayern Munich (Chris Richards, Taylor Booth)
Inter Milan
Lille (Tim Weah)
Sporting Lisbon

Pot 2:
Real Madrid
Barcelona (Sergino Dest)
Juventus (Weston McKennie)
Manchester United
Paris SG
Liverpool
Sevilla
Borussia Dortmund (Gio Reyna)

Pot 3:
Porto
Ajax
RB Leipzig (Tyler Adams, Coach Jesse Marsch)
Benfica
Atalanta
Zenit
Shakhtar Donetsk
RB Salzburg (Brenden Aaronson)

Pot 4:

Besiktas
Dynamo Kyiv
Club Brugge (Owen Otasowie)
Young Boys (Jordan Pefok, Coach David Wagner)
AC Milan
Malmo (Romain Gall)
Wolfsburg (John Brooks)
Sheriff Tiraspol

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