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Americans in the Bundesliga

Fortunately for viewers in the United States, there will be no shortage of American talent to keep an eye on in Bundesliga action. As the league comes back and since it will be the only live sporting event going this weekend there will be many new fans. If you need help on picking a new Bundesliga team you should check this out. Germany has always been a welcoming place for American soccer players and legends such as Michael Bradley, Landon Donovan, and current USMNT manager Gregg Berhalter have credited their time in the Bundesliga as critical parts of their careers. Most recently, “The Great American Hope” Christian Pulisic used the Bundesliga as a springboard to his 70 million dollar move to Chelsea last summer.

The current crop is one of the most promising ever and has already made an impact for the Stars and Stripes on an international level. In no particular order, here are some of the American stars you should not miss as the Bundesliga gets underway again. When the league finally gets underway you can see some Bundesliga predictions here for each week of play. You can even get a free betting offer from a local sportsbook to get free money to bet with this weekend.

Weston McKinnie
Club: Schalke 04
Position: Center Midfield
McKinnie is the clear standout and one of the few American youngsters to have cemented a first team place thus far. The FC Dallas academy product moved to Germany as an 18 year old and has not looked back. Known for his tenacity and ability to get from box to box, McKennie has played a critical role in Schalke’s push for European competition this season. Just 21 years old, he has 19 international caps and is already an automatic selection for the USMNT’s Starting XI.

Josh Sargent
Club: Werder Bremen
Position: Striker
St. Louis native Josh Sargent has a lot of expectations riding on his shoulders- and has been doing a pretty darn good job of meeting them. This season, Sargent has finally broken into the Bremen first team and has 3 goals and 3assists to his name. Bremen’s poor form this season has actually been a blessing for Sargent, providing an opportunity for the young American striker to see sufficient minutes and ensure his development at the highest level. His determination, movement off the ball, and eye for goal make him a danger to Bundesliga defenses. USA fans hope that the 20 year old can become the national team’s main goal scoring threat for the next decade.

Zack Steffen
Club: Fortuna Dusseldorf
Position: Goalkeeper
Our next talent is no stranger to Germany, having signed his first professional contract with SC Freiburg in 2015. Unable to break into the first team, Steffen returned to MLS and built a name for himself as one of the league’s best shot stoppers. The Philadelphia area native is an imposing presence with great hands and excellent distribution. Purchased for $9 million by Premier League champions Manchester City last summer, he was sent on loan to Dusseldorf for first team minutes. Steffen had an impressive first half of the season but has hit some injury setbacks and is unlikely to feature again this season.

Gio Reyna
Club: Borussia Dortmund
Position: Attacking Midfield
Our next young American possesses a recognizable name and plenty of game. Seasoned USMNT fans will know Gio’s dad, Claudio, as one of the most technically talented American players ever, and Gio definitely seems to be a chip off the old block. Fearless with the ball at his feet, Reyna is an agile attacking midfielder with vision and creativity. The 17 year old was a relative unknown at the beginning of the season, but has stormed onto the scene since making his Bundesliga debut in January. He went on to score an absolute banger of a goal against Bremen in the German Pokal tournament and earned an assist in a Champions League match against PSG. It’s still very early in his career, but both Dortmund and US supporters will be hoping he can become Pulisic 2.0.

John Brooks
Club: Wolfsburg
Position: Centerback
US fans will recognize Brooks as the man who scored the clutch game winning header against Ghana in the 2014 World Cup. Berlin-born Brooks is the most proven of the Bundesliga Yanks, with nearly 150 Bundesliga appearances for Wolfsburg and Hertha Berlin. A towering, physical presence, Brooks has had an inconsistent international career but is widely regarded in Bundesliga circles as an accomplished center back. A relatively elder statesman at 27 years old, US supporters will hope he can provide the leadership to guide a youthful US team to the 2024 World Cup.

Tyler Adams
Club: RB Leipzig
Positon: Midfield
21 year old Tyler Adams is another bright prospect for the Stars and Stripes. Although this season has been tainted by injury, he made a fantastic start in 2018-19 and turned heads around the league. Adams came up through the NY Red Bulls academy and broke into the first team at age 17. Two impressive MLS seasons convinced the Red Bull football leadership to make a move and he transferred to “parent club” Leipzig in January 2019. Already with 10 caps to his name, Adams is sure to be a stalwart in the USMNT midfield for years to come.

Other notable Americans:
Fabian Johnson
Club: Borussia Monchengladbach
Position: Winger

Timothy Chandler
Club: Eintracht Frankfurt
Position: Outside Back

Alfredo Morales
Club: Fortuna Dusseldorf
Position: Center Midfield

Brady Scott
Club: FC Koln
Position: Goalkeeper

Chris Richards
Club: Bayern Munich
Position: Right Back

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