Top 10 best American soccer players in Europe (USMNT) to watch 2021/2022

Top 10 best American soccer players in Europe (USMNT) to watch 2021/2022

August 30, 2021 0 By Ibiye Ambille

Ranking the Top 15 best American (USMNT) Soccer players to watch in Europe for the 2021/2022 Soccer season.



American soccer players have continued to make waves across the top five European soccer leagues in the last couple of seasons.


Most of these players have gone on to win top European leagues including the UEFA Champions League, the Bundesliga, UEFA Super Cup, etc.


Cool facts

Who is the best US soccer player? Christian Pulisic is the best US soccer player in Europe, he won the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup with Chelsea in the 2020/2021 Soccer season in Europe.



Do any US soccer players play in Europe? US Soccer players in Europe top 5 leagues include Christian Pulisic (Chelsea), Giovanni Reyna (Dortmund), Sergiño Dest (Barcelona), Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig), John Brooks (VfL Wolfsburg), Tim Weah (Lille), Weston Mckennie (Juventus), Josh Sargent (Norwich City) etc.


Who is the best American soccer player in Europe? Christian Pulisic is the best American soccer player in Europe. He won the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and also reached the Emirates FA Cup final with Chelsea.



As the 2021/2022 Soccer season across the European Soccer scene takes centre stage, we take a look at some of the USMNT players plying their trade in Europe.


In England, Christian Pulisic makes the headlines with his heart warning performance for Chelsea FC in the Premier League despite the tough competition he faces.


Josh Sargent joins Christian Pulisic on list of US Soccer players in the English Premier League.



Moving over to Germany, Chris Richards and Tyler Adams have turned out to be a good ambassadors of the United States Soccer Federation.



Tyler Adams has been part of the Leipzig squad that has continued to hold on to the second position on the Bundesliga log in the last three to four seasons.


Richards appealed for Bundesliga winners Bayern Munich.


Highlighting the top 10 – 15 best USMNT American soccer players to watch in Europe


1. Christian Pulisic


[Chelsea FC, Premier League – England]


Christian Pulisic formed a major part of Chelsea’s UEFA Champions League-winning squad.


Since the appointment of Thomas Tuchel as Chelsea manager, Pulisic has faced some issues with competition.


However, it does not rule out the fact that Christian Pulisic remains one of Chelsea best players on the field of play.


The 22-year old attacking midfielder is always in the spotlight even as Thomas Tuchel outlines his plans for the young American.



Pulisic moved from German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund in 2016 where he played over 81 times and scored 10 goals for the German club.


However, it was time to seek a new challenge as the London blue came calling for his services.


Initially remained on loan at Dortmund, Pulisic returned to Chelsea and began playing in 2019.



With success achieved during the 2020/2021 season, would Christian Pulisic return with the same even as the competition at Chelsea keeps growing?


Thomas Tuchel believes in the ability of the player and is prepared to give more opportunities to shine.


Labelled “Captain America” Pulisic stole the hearts of Chelsea fans with his high level of consistency.


Towards the end of the 2020/2021 campaign, the 22-year old contributed a lot to Chelsea goal scoring form.


Pulisic was on a double as Chelsea ousted Crystal Palace 4–1 victory at Selhurst Park.


Moving into the UEFA Champions League on April 27, Pulisic was on target for Chelsea as the blues drew 1–1 on the road against Real Madrid at the Estadio Santiago.


On May 29, Christian Pulisic hard work was finally crowned as he won his first Champions League with Chelsea in a 1–0 win against Manchester City.


Winning the Champions League, Pulisic became the first American to play in a UEFA Champions League Final.


More is expecting from Christian Pulisic as the 2021/2022 season takes centre stage.


Chelsea will participate in UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, Premier League, FA Cup and EFL League Cup.


2. Giovanni Reyna


[Borussia Dortmund, Bundesliga – Germany]

Perhaps Giovanni Reyna could be regarded as the fastest-growing American professional soccer player in Europe.


Born Giovanni Alejandro Reyna, the 18-year old American professional soccer player plays for Borussia Dortmund in the German Bundesliga.


Reyna had his breakthrough season with the club in 2020 when he came on as a substitute in Borussia Dortmund’s win over FC Augsburg.


He was only 17, breaking the American record as the youngest American soccer player to feature in the Bundesliga after Christian Pulisic who also played for Dortmund before departing for Chelsea.


He became a sensation including scoring a surprise goal which could not help Dortmund defeat SV Werder Bremen.


For the 2020/2021 season, Giovanni Reyna lifted his first-ever major Bundesliga trophy as BVB edged RB Leipzig to the DFB Pokal title.


Reyna also contributed to Borussia Dortmund’s heavy win over RB Leipzig in the DFB Pokal.


For Reyna, it was another record-breaking achievement, becoming the first American soccer player to ever appear in a European domestic cup final tie.


For the 2021/2022 season, new Dortmund coach Marco Rose had already placed Giovanni Reyna in his first team.


Reyna is currently the mainstay of coach Marco Rose squad even as Dortmund eye Bayern Munich scalp for the Bundesliga in a nine-year dominance.

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Giovanni Reyna alongside Erling Haaland, Jude Bellingham, Thorgan Hazard, Marco Reus, Donyell Malen are expected to challenge Bayern Munich.


3. Zack Steffen


[Manchester City, Premier League – England]

Although it could be difficult to claim the number shirt at Manchester City at the moment due to Ederson Moraes presence.


Zack Steffen is very talented goalkeeping currently under the shadows of a second choice in the Premier League.


Born Zackary Thomas Steffen, the 26-year old goalkeeper is currently America’s top goalkeeper capable of leading the backline if given the opportunity.


Steffen was initially in the books of SC Freiburg in the German Bundesliga before returning home to team up with Columbus Crew SC in the Major League Soccer.



A return to Europe after Manchester City coughed out over $7 million, Steffen remained at the club before switching back to Europe, but this time in England.


This was as a result of his remarkable performance for Columbus Crew SC in the MLS.


Staying on loan Fortuna Düsseldorf for the 2019–20 season, the American played a key role at the club.


Ahead of 2020–21, Steffen’s loan stays ended as he was registered for the English Premier League.


His full Manchester City debut came we Pep Guardiola started him against AFC Bournemouth in the League Cup third round, which ended 2–1 at the Etihad Stadium in favour of the Cityzens.


Steffen won the Premier League with Manchester City.


He also kept a clean sheet for Manchester City in an EFL Cup final win over Tottenham Hotspur on April 25, 2021.


Steffen is expected to challenge for the first place in goal despite Pep Guardiola’s choice of Ederson Moraes.



Zack Steffen and Manchester City will compete in the Premier League, EFL League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League.


4. Chris Richards


[Bayern Munich, Bundesliga – Germany]

Chris Richards is currently one of Bayern Munich young sensations.


The American youngster was handed an opportunity to play alongside the professional during Hansi Flick reign at the club.


Born Christopher Jeffrey Richards, he broke into the first team and became one of the most preferred although was brought on as a substitute in most cases.


At age 21, Chris Richards have won the UEFA Super Cup and the DFL Supercup with Bayern Munich.


Signed from FC Dallas of the Major League Soccer, Richards was signed by Bayern Munich after successful trials with the club.



In February 2021, Richards was loaned to fellow Bundesliga outlet Hoffenheim.


Ahead of the 2021/2022 season, Chris Richards will remain at Bayern Munich.


The young defender is expected to fight for a place in the Julian Nagglesman squad team after Hansi Flick left his role at the club following successes in the UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup.


5. Weston McKennie


[Juventus, Série A – Italy]

Weston Mckennie is a versatile attacking midfielder and one of the top players to watch in Europe.


The young American soccer player is currently one of the most sought after American soccer players in Europe despite his current contract with Juventus.


Moving to Schalke 04 and establishing himself as a major force in the middle of the park in the Bundesliga.


The 23-year old McKennie who is capable of playing in midfield mainly as a box-to-box or as a deep-lying defensive midfielder forced Juventus to enquire about his availability.


Moving to Juventus initially on loan from Juventus, Mckennie took the Série A by storm with his excellent performance across all Competitions for the club.


One of the major contributions for Juventus was his goal against AC Milan in the Série A on January 6, 2021.


The goal scored against Milan on the road started Milan’s poor form at the top of the table which led to the surrender to Inter Milan who eventually won the league.



Throughout the 2020/2021 season, Weston Mckennie was on fine form for Juventus.


For the 2021/2022 season, Juventus are hoping the young American would remain with the club amid transfer speculations.


This could be unconnected with his consistency and comparison with other top box-to-box midfielders in Europe.


Weston Mckennie is expected to continue with his excellent form in a season that promises more action.


For USMNT, the team hopes on his brilliance as the United States eye a place in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.


6. Matthew Hoppe


[Schalke 04, Bundesliga 2 – Germany]


Matthew Timothy growing from Schalke 04 faithful to an internationally recognized star.


The young American soccer player who plays as a forward for Bundesliga 2 side Schalke 04 is currently one of the major headliners of the German second division.


Hoppe who moved from Barça Residency Academy Academy in 2019 to Schalke 04 was already in the books of the club before the unexpected relegation to the second division.


As he debuted for Schalke 04 against Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Bundesliga, Mathew went on to score a hat-trick as the club demolished Hoffenheim.


As he made the statement with his first hat-trick, Hoppe became the first American Soccer player to score a hat-trick in the Bundesliga.


This remarkable form earned him the Bundesliga Rookie of the Month for January 2021.

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For the 2021/2022 season, Matthew Hoppe has already started like a house on fire.


He is currently linked with some Premier League clubs as the transfer rumours continue to circulate in europe.


7. Sergiño Dest


[FC Barcelona, La Liga – Spain]

Sergiño Dest is a young promising full-back who currently plays for La Liga club FC Barcelona.


The 20-year old has moved from an observer to a more stable defender at FC Barcelona since making moving from The Netherlands to Spain.


Dest had his internal recognition while at AFC Ajax in the Dutch Eredivisie.


His performance as Ajax progressed to the knocked stages of the UEFA Champions League quickly sent the strongest words across boards, announcing the birth of a new full-back.


For Barcelona, it was an opportunity to shop for a young talent who can confidently replace the already ageing backline.


Dest signed for FC Barcelona for an initial €21 million fee.


He later went on to sign a five-year deal that had a whopping buyout clause set at €400 million.


Debuting for Barcelona, Sergiño Dest became the first American Soccer player in history to feature in an El Clásico which ended on a sad, not as Real Madrid ran away with a 1–3.


During the game, Dest had an outstanding performance which attracted the media hype and praise which was a good sign.


Although the arrival of Ronald Koeman seems to have shifted attention to Emerson Royal, Sergiño Dest still holds a major position in the full-back position at FC Barcelona.


Sergiño Dest and his teammates will have to put up a great fight to challenge the Spanish La Liga title alongside Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, Sevilla, Valencia, etc.


Dest will participate in the UEFA Champions League, Copa del Rey, Spanish Super Cup, and La Liga Santander this season.


8. Tyler Adams


[RB Leipzig, Bundesliga – Germany]

Tyler Adams as RB Leipzig’s new stronghold at the back under the guidance of Jesse Marsch at RB Leipzig is expected to help the club challenge for titles this time.


After the seizure of the top three in the last three seasons, RB Leipzig has finally decided on an approach that would help them challenge for the Bundesliga title off Bayern Munich.



For Tyler Adams, it was an opportunity to further redeem himself under a new manager and compatriot Jesse Marsch who was appointed after Julian Nagglesman left his role for the Bayern Munich job.



Adams was in the books of New York Red Bulls in the Major League Soccer, although he was identified through the New York Red Bulls II in the USL Championship.


Adams was quickly drafted into the professional side, making his debut for New York Red Bulls in a loss to New England Revolution.


He became a starter and enjoyed his place in the first team throughout 2017.


He made a mark as New York Red Bulls enjoyed a comfortable 3–1 victory over Mexican Liga MX outfit Club Tijuana in the CONCACAF Champions League.


Starting with Leipzig, he went on an injury layoff but returned to regain his place in the team.


With the appointment of Jesse Marsch a United States Soccer coach, Tyler Adams has further been certified as most preferred in the defence and has been outstanding.


For RB Leipzig, the club wants to challenge for titles and Jesse Marsch has been saddled with the responsibility of ensuring the club stays at the top.


9. Timothy Chandler


[Eintracht Frankfurt, Bundesliga – Germany]

Timothy Chandler is no novice when it comes to soccer in the Bundesliga. The veteran currently represents the best American soccer players in Europe.


Timothy Chandler currently in the books of Eintracht Frankfurt had an outstanding performance last campaign.


The 31-year old Right-back has played all his years as a professional soccer player in the Bundesliga.


He began with Eintracht Frankfurt II but switched to 1. FC Nürnberg II and Event represented the main team, having over 95 appearances with four goals.


10. Brenden Aaronson


[RB Salzburg, Austria Bundesliga – Austria]

Brenden Aaronson has quickly established himself as one of the major forces in the attack for RB Salzburg.


Aaronson was scouted from the Philadelphia Union Academy by Bethlehem Steel where he had over 21 appearances for the club.


Returning to his youth club Philadelphia Union after a year at Bethlehem Steel, he could play as both playmaker and a left-sided box-to-box midfielder.


In his first season for Philadelphia Union, he was outstanding and was voted as one of the best young players of the Major League Soccer in 2019.


From January 2021, Aaronson move to Europe was confirmed and Red Bull Salzburg was mentioned as his main destination.


Coming into the game as a substitute, Brenden Aaronson won his first match in Europe as players of Red Bull Salzburg in Rheindorf Altach defeat.


Since the wait for the Austrian club, Brenden Aaronson has been able to secure a starring shirt in the team.


The 22-year old American professional soccer player Red Bull Salzburg have already won the Austrian Bundesliga during his first season (2020–21) as well as the Austrian Cup (2020–21).


Aaronson is one of the most probably American professional soccer players to watch in Europe.

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For the 2021/2022 UEFA Champions League season, Aaronson and Salzburg will compete in the group stages.


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11. John Brooks


[VfL Wolfsburg, Bundesliga – Germany]

John Brooks contributions endured VfL Wolfsburg made a return to the UEFA Champions League.


The American Soccer player who’s been with the club since 2017 was on fine form for the club.


Brooks contributions were enough to further help him secure his first-team position.


As Wolfsburg prepare for the 2021/2022 UEFA Champions League campaign, Brooks is expected to retain his place in the first team.


12. Yunus Musah


[Valencia CF, La Liga – Spain]

Yunus Musah is a young versatile midfielder.


Although mainly plays a right-winger, he can also play as a central midfielder.


Born Yunus Dimoara Musah currently plays for Valencia CF in the Spanish La Liga.


Musah was in the books of Arsenal FC Academy before moving to Valencia CF.


He made his debut for Valencia CF B on September 15, 2019.


The arrival of Javi Gracia paved way for Musah to enter the first team.


Since earning a place in the first team under Javi Gracia, Musah has now turned out to be a major part of the team.


Although injuries had prevented him on some occasions, Yunus Musah future at valence promises to be bigger.


Musah is one of the top American soccer players to watch in Europe. He is expected to help Valencia CF in the club’s quest to finish on a high note.


13. Josh Sargent


[Norwich City, Premier League – England]

One of the finest America Soccer players in Europe, Josh Sargent has continued to fly the American flag higher in the English Premier League.


Born Joshua Thomas Sargent, Sargent was one of the best performing players at second Bundesliga side SV Werder Bremen.


The relegated club would have allowed Sargent to seek a new challenge after about two and half years of union with the American.


The bid from the newly-promoted Premier League club Norwich City was an opportunity for the youngster to experience English Premier League Soccer.


Moving to the Yellow Canaries, Josh Sargent’s high expectations were cut short as Liverpool FC hammered his side Norwich City in Premier League opener when he also made his debut for the club.


Sargent however justified his signing by scoring the first two goals as Norwich City thrashed EFL Championship club AFC Bournemouth in the EFL League Cup.


Despite playing his first season with the club in his first English Premier League season, Josh Sargent is expected to continue with his consistency and replicate the same form at SV Werder Bremen in the EPL.


13. DeAndre Yedlin


[Galatasaray SK, Super Lig – Turkey]

Used to be in the books of Newcastle United, Sunderland and Tottenham Hotspur, Yedlin currently plays for Galatasaray SK.


The right-back played most of his career at Newcastle United in the Premier League. In total, he had over 112 appearances with three goals to his credit.


Moving to the Turkish Super Lig in 2021, Yedlin quickly established himself as a defensive stronghold.


14. Jordan Siebatcheu


[BSC Young Boys, Super League – Switzerland]

Born Theoson-Jordan Siebatcheu Pefok, the BSC Young Boys striker is currently one of the most prolific American soccer players in Europe.


After wrapping up his three-year stint at French Ligue 1 side Rennes where he stayed most of it on loan at Young Boys, the American finally signed for the Swiss club permanently.


From 2020–202, Jordan Siebatcheu during his loan stay at Young Boys scored twelve goals in over 32 appearances which helped the club win the 2020/2021 Swiss Super League.


Qualifications for the UEFA Champions League group stages, Young Boys are expected to represent Switzerland while Jordan Siebatcheu remains the key man upfront.


15. Mark McKenzie


[KRC Genk, First Division A – Belgium]

Born Mark Alexander McKenzie, currently plays for Belgium First Division A side KRC Genk.


Moving from Bethlehem Steel to Philadelphia Union after a breakthrough season in the Major League Soccer with the club, Mark signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with Genk.


His first campaign was successful as Genk won the Belgium Cup.


Competitions to watch some American Soccer players in Europe 2021/2022


UEFA Champions League

The UEFA Champions League prides itself as the world’s club most prestigious soccer competition.


Christian Pulisic (Chelsea), Giovanni Reyna (Borussia Dortmund), John Brooks (VfL Wolfsburg), Jordan Siebatcheu (BSC Young Boys), Brenden Aaronson (Red Bull Salzburg).


UEFA Europa League

The UEFA Europa League is the second tier European club soccer competition.


FIFA Club World Cup

The FIFA Club World Cup is an annual soccer tournament organized by FIFA as the other version compared with the FIFA World Cup for National Teams.


Christian Pulisic, (Chelsea).

Other Competitions

Premier League, Bundesliga, Série A, La Liga, Portugal Primeira Liga, Belgium First Division A, Austria Bundesliga, Germany Bundesliga 2, etc.


As the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar approaches, all United States Men’s National Teams players will be at their best to win a place in the final squad for Qatar.


The Top 10 best American soccer players in Europe overview with some relevant stats and figures.

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