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Henry Wingo’s Molde draws Arsenal in Europa League group stage

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Wingo would be the second Washingtonian to play in European competition.

UEFA Europa League 2020/21 Group Stage Draw Photo by Harold Cunningham - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

Henry Wingo’s bid to become the first Washingtonian to play in UEFA Champions League fell a goal short when Molde failed to advance past Ferencvaros last week. After playing all 90 minutes in a first leg where Molde had to settle for a 3-3 tie at home, Wingo did not suit up for the second leg, which ended 0-0. Ferencvaros advanced on the away-goals tiebreaker.

Despite the result, Molde still qualified for the Europa League group stage. On Friday, they learned their draw.

The obvious favorites in Group B will be Arsenal, who are coming off an eighth-place finish in the English Premier League. They’ll be joined by Austria’s Rapid Wien and Ireland’s Dundalk.

Assuming Wingo plays in any of these games, he would become just the second Washingtonian to have featured in a UEFA competition. Kasey Keller (Olympia) twice played in UEFA Cup — Europa League’s predecessor — for Spain’s Rayo Vallecano and England’s Leicester City.

Wingo grew up in Lake Forest Park, attended the University of Washington and played for both the Seattle Sounders and Tacoma Defiance.