Three United States men’s national team players are set to square off early in the UEFA Champions League this season.
Chelsea FC midfielder Christian Pulisic, LOSC Lille winger Tim Weah, and Ajax defender Sergiño Dest were all drawn into Group H, which also includes Valencia, Thursday afternoon in Monaco.
The draw marks the fourth time that American players will compete against one another in the Champions League group stage. A similar situation happened last year with Pulisic, then at Borussia Dortmund, and Club Brugge goalkeeper Ethan Horvath, who made one start for the U.S. last year.
In 2012, Oguchi Onyewu – who at the time was with Malaga – squared off against Orlando City SC midfielder Sacha Kljestan, who was then on RSC Anderlecht. In 2004, Houston Dynamo defender Damarcus Beasley, who at the time with PSV Eindhoven, also squared off against Robbie Russell’s club Rosenborg as well.
Horvath avoided his compatriots as Club Brugge was drawn into Group A with Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, and Galatasaray. In addition, midfielder Tyler Adams’ club Red Bull Leipzig was drawn into Group G with Zenit, Benfica, and Olympique Lyonais.
So far in his first season with the EPL giants, Pulisic, 20, has notched a pair of assists in four appearances. Weah, 19, has appeared twice thus far for Lille, while Dest, 18, has appeared in six matches for Ajax across all competitions in the 2018-19 season.
Pulisic and Dest were both named to Gregg Berhalter’s U.S. national team squad Wednesday for a pair of upcoming friendlies. Weah, who is dealing with a thigh injury, was left out of the camp.