Best American soccer players in Europe
The European soccer leagues are on hold while the national teams are gathering for another round of internationals. We’re a couple of weeks into the club season and will now take a closer look on how the American starlets in Europe are performing.
A new era of American soccer players
As the soccer culture is growing stronger in the US more and more talented players with American background start making themselves a name on the European soccer stage. Young players with a potential we haven’t witnessed for a long time are finding their ways into some of the best teams there are. Christian Pulisic, possibly the brightest star of them all, leads the way by being one of the frontmen’s in Chelsea FC and Frank Lampard’s project. Add Weston McKennie, Giovanni Reyna, Tyler Adams and a handful other young talents and it’s not hard to see why soccer is up and coming in America.
American players in Europe – Season 2020/21
Weston McKennie – Juventus (2 games)
22 years old, born in Little Elm, Texas. Weston McKennie joined the German Bundesliga side Schalke 04 in 2017 and went on to make 75 league appearances for a team that has been struggling in recent years. McKennie was one of few positives for Schalke 04 and did the central midfield position to his own during the last three seasons in Germany.
This summer Weston McKennie moved on to one of the European giants, Juventus. With Andrea Pirlo as new manager and a generation of young players coming through McKennie has been starting the first games of the season, creating a central midfield together with Adrien Rabiot.
Tyler Adams – RB Leipzig (2 games)
Tyler Adams came to Germany and RB Leipzig from NY Red Bulls in 2019. The defensive midfielder has been a strong component in an RB Leipzig side that has impressed us in both Bundesliga and Champions League in recent years. RB Leipzig has started the season in good fashion with two wins and one draw which puts them in first place. Next game coming up after the international break is Augsburg away, a side that has surprised most experts by picking up seven points, same as RB Leipzig.
Giovanni Reyna – Borussia Dortmund (3 games, 1 goal)
When talking about Americas next big star it’s hard to not mention Giovanni Reyna, only 17 years old. The offensive midfielder har started season 2020/21 in an impressive way with one goal and four assists. In a side with players like Haaland, Sancho and Thorgan Hazard there will be a lot of opportunities to score and assist for Reyna who’s still waiting for his first international cap.
Christian Pulisic – Chelsea FC (1 game)
Christian Pulisic did his first appearance for Chelsea this season in the London derby against Crystal Palace last week after some time at the sideline due to a hamstring injury. The 22-year-old midfielder will play a vital part in Chelsea this season when they look to finish among the top 4 in Premier League.