With the 2017-18 European season getting underway, it’s time to get back to our Americans Abroad list in this section. This year’s list has a little bit of a different look to it.
First of all, we’ve removed three names from our updates: Brad Guzan, Perry Kitchen, and Bjorn-Maars Johnsen. Guzan has returned to the United States and has linked up with Atlanta United following his lengthy spell in England. Kitchen has moved from Scottish club Hearts to Randers in Denmark, a country that we generally don’t include in this section. We’ll add him back if he makes a move to a club where information is more easily available. Lastly, Johnsen has also left Hearts for the Eredivisie and ADO Den Haag, but he accepted a call-up from the Norwegian national team this summer and thus is no longer in the USMNT’s pool of available players.
The other difference you’ll notice in this year’s list is that we’ve included a youth section. The updates on these players will usually be shorter, simply because the majority of the information generally available doesn’t go beyond a score (and occasionally goal
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Cameron was a key utility player for Stoke when healthy last year, making 19 appearances (18 starts) across right back, center back, and — most frequently — defensive midfield. The midfield position was a new one for Cameron, who is generally slotted in the backline and has always played center back for the USMNT, but he stepped into the new role with class and actually had the best overall season rating on whoscored.com (7.11) for Stoke City. At 32, the aging Potter will probably have a similar role this season, but his impressive play last year could work him back up the pecking order.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers saw very limited action for Spurs last year, making four appearances across the FA and League Cups and not once touching the pitch during a Premier League match. The 19-year-old has earned praise from Mauricio Pochettino for his play in practice and with the youth side, but with Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier, and Kevin Wimmer all in front of him on the depth chart at center back, it is hard to think that Carter-Vickers will get much more of a look this season. The future is still very bright for the budding star, but at Spurs, he is going to have to wait for his turn.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth)
After moving to Rangers on loan in the January window last season, Hyndman had a second half to remember for the Scottish club. He netted four times in 13 league appearances, and though he was only in Glasgow for five months, he won the title as the club’s young player of the season. Hyndman returns to Bournemouth, where he should get his chance to break into the starting XI this year. If the midfielder’s play of last year is any indication, he is certainly ready for top-flight football, but whether or not he is selected regularly for Eddie Howe’s side remains to be seen.
Danny Williams (Reading -> Huddersfield)
After Reading were defeated in the promotion playoff final, Williams hit the jackpot with a move to the very side he lost to, Huddersfield Town. It is undoubtedly going to be a huge battle just to keep the minnows in the top flight, but Williams will finally get his chance to perform on the biggest stage. Huddersfield did make quite a few moves in the window, but they weren’t exactly in a position to add pieces solely for depth, meaning Williams should factor heavily in the mix in the center of the park. It could very well be a make-or-break season for Williams at 28 years old, as impressing in the PL would open up doors to aim even higher should he choose to move on at any point.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin appeared 27 times and starred for Newcastle a season ago, but his season was cut short by injury. Worse, after regaining his health in the offseason, Yedlin then proceeded to pick up a hamstring injury that will likely keep him out for the first few weeks of the season. Still, the pacey 24-year-old has massive upside, and if he can shake off the knocks, he could be an integral piece for Rafa Benitez this season. It is hard to say what Benitez’s plans are with Chancel Mbemba also getting time at right back in the preseason, but it does appear that Yedlin should be the first choice when fit.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal)
Zelalem suffered a setback when he tore his ACL at the U-20 World Cup this offseason, so it is hard to say what the youngster has in store next. Last season, after he switched to VVV Venlo on a midseason loan, Zelalem was mostly used as a substitute and rarely cracked the starting XI. He scored once in nine appearances, and given he wasn’t a surefire starter for the Dutch second-tier side, it appears he has a long way to go before he could even think about the Arsenal senior setup. Still, at 20, Zelalem has plenty of time to mature, but after he recovers from his ACL tear, it will have to be with another loan or more time with the Arsenal academy sides.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
Gooch appeared to come out of the gates in David Moyes’ good graces last year, earning valuable playing time in the first couple months of the season before an injury halted his progress. Later, as Sunderland’s season began to slip away, so did the 21-year-old Santa Cruz native’s playing time, as he ended the year primarily with the reserves. Now in the Championship, with easier competition, Gooch will look to break back out of the reserve side and into the senior squad. It is hard to tell what new manager Simon Grayson has in
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj has been a stalwart for Forest over the last three seasons, playing more than 40 league games in each, but that streak could be coming to an end. Last season, Lichaj was probably one of the first names on the team sheet weekly, but he seems to have slipped behind Tendayi Darikwa, who came in from Burnley, as the first-choice right back. There’s no doubt that Lichaj will still be a contributing member to the team, and his commitment to Forest cannot be questioned, but it just might be in more limited appearances this year. He still has plenty of time to win his job back though.
James Murphy (Sheffield Wednesday)
A new addition to the list, Murphy is a 19-year-old New Jersey native who plays midfield for Wednesday. After coming up through USA’s Players Development Academy, Murphy made the switch to England last summer. He played just one game for Wednesday’s senior side, as a substitute in the League Cup. It is hard to think that he is going to factor in too much for Wednesday’s side which finished fourth last year (he was not in the 18 for their opening day match), but his progress is certainly worth monitoring.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream was a consistent contributor to Fulham’s backline last year, making 42 total appearance for the club during their 2016-17 campaign. Ream was usually sent out in the center of the backline last season and seemed to take on that role well. Fulham finished sixth last year and lost out in the promotion playoff, so if Ream and his side can have another good year, it wouldn’t be inconceivable for them to earn a promotion. Ream seems to be sticking in the starting lineup as well, as he played 90 minutes in Fulham’s 1-1 draw with Norwich that began their Championship season.
Antonee Robinson (Bolton, on loan from Everton)
The second addition to our list is 19-year-old Antonee Robinson, a left back who joins Bolton by way of a loan from Everton. The English-born Robinson will now get the opportunity to play first-team football as he prepares to make a run up the footballing ladder. Even though he was an unused sub in Bolton’s 3-2 loss to Leeds, Robinson wasn’t loaned to sit on the bench, so he will at least get a shot at the valuable minutes he craves.
Gboly Ariyibi (MK Dons, on loan from Nottingham Forest)
Ariyibi did not make an appearance for Nottingham Forest after joining the club in January, and it is clear the coaching staff, who have sent him on loan to MK Dons, do not think he is quite ready for the jump to Championship football. Still, Dons will allow him to get the crucial first-team minutes he needs to continue his development. It looks to be a promising move, too, as the 22-year-old started and played 90 minutes for Dons in their first game of the season, a 1-0 loss to Wigan.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
Holmes was a rock for Scunthorpe a season ago, playing in 32 games, scoring three times, and assisting on two more. Holmes’ side finished in third, four points from automatic promotion, and they were eliminated in the first round of the promotion playoffs by Millwall. The 22-year-old midfielder, who is deployed both on the right and centrally, is still improving, too, and should again be a major minute contributor to Scunthorpe. He didn’t start their first game of the season, but Holmes did make a substitute appearance, coming on with 15 minutes to play in an eventual 1-1 draw with AFC Wimbledon.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin -> Wolfsburg)
Brooks again was one of Hertha Berlin’s best players last year, and that earned him a pay upgrade and a move to Wolfsburg. Brooks appeared 24 times for Hertha and even scored twice while helping the side to sixth place. However, the new task at hand is turning the tale around for Wolfsburg, who have been on a drastic fall. The Wolves need all the help they can get, and Brooks along with some other incoming talent will be on the front lines of doing so. Brooks was the club’s most expensive purchase this offseason and became the most expensive American player ever, so expect him to be right in the thick of things from day one. Still just 24, Brooks has a more than a few good years in front of him, and if he keeps developing like he has so far, he could become an elite center back.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler was a mainstay in the Frankfurt lineup last year, seeing the pitch in all but two of the club’s Bundesliga fixtures, which included 31 starts. The right back should pick up right where he left off last season, but he will have some competition as Frankfurt have brought in a few defenders in the offseason. Still, though, it would appear the job is the 27-year-old’s to lose at the moment. This will mark Chandler’s eighth season running in the Bundesliga, and that wealth of knowledge should help him get a leg up on his competition as well.
Julian Green (VfB Stuttgart)
Green and his boyhood club Bayern Munich finally parted ways in January of last year, when it became clear he wasn’t on the developmental path that first indications led most to believe. Green would go on to make 10 appearances for Stuttgart in the 2. Bundesliga, and his move was ultimately rewarded with Stuttgart winning the title and returning to the top flight. Now back in the Bundesliga with a chance to actually play, Green will have to work hard to break into the first XI, but it is by no means an impossible task. Just 22 years old, Green is far from done developing, but he does need to continue to make progress if he seriously wants a chance to become a mainstay in the Stuttgart side.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson had, to be frank, had a very disappointing season, which saw him get limited minutes for Bremen and struggle to find his way following an early injury. Even when he was at 100 percent, he was rarely selected for the side, playing just nine games and scoring once, from a penalty. We reported at the end of last season that Johannsson looked to be headed back to the U.S., and those rumours kicked up again recently, with the striker seemingly set for a change of scenery. A move away from Werder certainly seems best for both him and the club.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson also had somewhat of a let off 2016-17 season for Gladbach. The winger did play in 21 games, but he scored and assisted only three times each in league play (although he performed admirably in the Champions League). Those aren’t far away from his normal averages, but after Galdbach’s impressive run two seasons ago, Johnson and his side were not up to snuff and finished ninth. Furthermore, he is no longer a clear-cut starter for the side and had to often work his minutes off the bench or with little consistency (he started just 12 league games). At 29, Johnson could be starting his decline soon, so this is a pretty important year to assess whether he still has his previously high-quality play left in the tank. Otherwise, it would appear that a move away from Gladbach could not be too far away, even though he did sign a three-year extension towards the end of last season.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
Another new name to the list is Schalke’s Weston McKennie, who made his professional debut for the side in their final Bundesliga game last season, coming on as a sub with 15 minutes remaining. The German club clearly have high regard for the 18-year-old midfielder to put him on the pitch, even if it was the last game. McKennie also garnered praise from members of the senior side this offseason and could be ready for a full year at the top level. Though he is young, all signs point to McKennie getting some real minutes for Schalke this year, which could seriously help the FC Dallas product continue to rise. He might not be 100 percent ready yet, but a trial by fire could be just around the corner.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Far and away the fastest rising name on the list, and generally in American football, Pulisic had a 2016-17 season to remember. In his first full year with
Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg)
Stanko was used on and off for FC Vaduz last season, making 26 appearances, marking the scoresheet just once with an assist, in the Swiss Super League. Now, after Vaduz were relegated, he rejoins Freiburg, who loaned him to Liechtenstein at the start of last year. It is very hard to predict how much playing time the 24-year-old will get, but Freiburg seem committed to keeping him around for now, and recent news from the Bundesliga website seems to suggest hemight be making headway into the squad.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
After running rampant with 17 goals in the 2. Bundesliga two seasons ago, Wood cooled off last year against top-flight competition, scoring five times in 28 appearances for Hamburg. Most importantly, though, Hamburg avoided the drop by the thinnest of margins, and that means Wood will get another season of Bundesliga soccer. The Hawaiian apparently had offers from other clubs in the offseason, but he put any doubts to rest when he signed a new contract with Hamburg. Now settled into the Bundesliga, Wood should be able to show this year if he can actually hack it in the top flight or if he just isn’t quite ready yet. Last season showed signs that are exciting for Wood, and if he and Hamburg can get a bit more consistency, he could become a real commodity for the side.
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt)
Following his return to health after a long-term injury layoff, Boyd didn’t appear for Leipzig during the first half of last season as the club stunned the footballing world en route to a second-place Bundesliga finish. His move to Darmstadt was fruitful at first, but Boyd’s playing time dwindled down the stretch, and the club was eventually relegated, with the striker scoring once in seven appearances after his January arrival. The new season has started with Boyd coming on as a late substitute in each of Darmstadt’s first two games. He’ll likely be around the first-team squad all season, but he’ll need to start contributing in the playing time he does get if he wants to win a spot in the starting lineup for the side, which should challenge for promotion back to the Bundesliga.
Russell Canouse (Bochum, on loan from Hoffenheim)
The first season of Canouse’s two-year loan to Bochum was reasonably successful, as the midfielder started eight games, came on as a sub in 12, and scored one goal for the mid-table side. However, his second season with the club hasn’t started out as well, as Canouse hasn’t been in the squad for either of Bochum’s first two games. There are some reports that he could be on his way out, although those are right now unsubstantiated. This is a big season for the 22-year-old’s development, so it’ll be critical that he find playing time, be it at Bochum, Hoffenheim, or somewhere else.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg)
Another new face on the list, George is a 25-year-old German-born forward who keyed Jahn Regensburg to promotion a year ago. After scoring 10 goals and helping the club finish third in last year’s 3. Liga, George has picked up where he left off early in the season for the newly promoted side, starting each of the club’s first two games and scoring its only goal so far. The season ahead could be a challenging one for Regensburg, and George will likely play a significant role in determining whether or not the side remains in the second division. Whether he can work his way into the USMNT setup is another issue entirely, although George has been called up to the U-23 team in the past, so he has at least been on the radar at some point.
Ken Gipson (RB Leipzig -> Sandhausen)
Gipson is another new name after the 21-year-old’s move from the RB Leipzig youth setup to second-tier Sandhausen, where he’s been an unused substitute in each of the side’s first two games. A German-born right back, Gipson appeared twice for Leipzig during their promotion season after coming through the ranks at Stuttgart, but he didn’t make a senior squad last season during Leipzig’s outstanding campaign. He appeared for a few German national youth teams, but it’s unclear whether or not he’d consider playing for the USMNT. That seems a ways down the road, but if he can start to get regular minutes for Sandhausen, he could work his way onto the fringes of the USMNT setup.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Last season was a mediocre one for Kiesewetter, as he scored twice but started just five games for Dusseldorf, who finished in 11th place in the 2. Bundesliga. The new campaign has already gotten off to a good start, though, as the winger has started the club’s first two games and has already recorded an assist. This is a massive season for the 24-year-old, who has appeared twice for the USMNT but hasn’t appeared in the national team setup since early 2016. A good campaign could earn him a further look from Bruce Arena, and a move to a larger club could garner even more interest from the USMNT.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Morales was a key figure for Ingolstadt last season, but he couldn’t prevent the club from a 17th place finish and relegation. He’s played every minute of the side’s first two 2. Bundesliga games so far, although Ingolstadt have lost both. Still, Morales figures to be a key figure in the heart of the midfield as Ingolstadt tries to win its way back into the Bundesliga, and if he can do so, a return to the USMNT could follow.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
The 27-year-old scored nine times last season in a breakout campaign for Sandhausen, and he’s already building on that success in 2017-18. He didn’t appear in the squad for the season opener, but in Sandhausen’s second game, Wooten was deployed as a second-half substitute and scored the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Ingolstadt. That came at a price, however, as Wooten was later removed with what is apparently a thigh injury. It’s unclear how serious that knock is. Regardless, Wooten will need to return to the form he showed in the first half of last season if he’s going to get himself back into the USMNT picture.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Following his arrival in Belgium last January, Horvath eventually worked his way into Brugge’s starting squad, and the 22-year-old looks to have earned the No. 1 job this season. The keeper has started each of Brugge’s league games and both of their Champions League qualification contests, although he let in five goals over a two-legged defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir. Nonetheless, as long as Horvath keeps his job, he’ll gain valuable experience in the top flight for a club that has a chance to play in the Europa League, and a strong season could earn him a move to a bigger club as the youngster tries to solidify himself as the USMNT’s future No. 1 keeper.
Matt Miazga (Vitesse, on loan from Chelsea, Eredivisie)
Miazga has returned to Vitesse following a fruitful loan spell in which he became a regular late in the season. That was mostly due to an injury to a starting center back, however, and Miazga was not in the starting XI for the club’s Dutch Super Cup loss to PSV. Still, with Europa League games on the horizon following a KNVB Cup triumph and a club that’s familiar with what he can do, Miazga should get plenty of opportunities in the coming campaign as the 22-year-old tries to build on his Gold Cup showing and impress both Arena and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.
Andrija Novakovich (SC Telstar, on loan from Reading, Eerste Divisie)
Last season, Novakovich was a standout for Reading’s reserve side, and he’ll now get an opportunity to test himself in senior football for the first time. That chance will come in the Dutch second division with Telstar, who finished last season in 17th place. The side scored the third-fewest goals in the division last year, so Novakovich should have a chance to make his mark. He signed a contract extension with Reading in the summer, so his parent club still clearly has high hopes for the 6-foot-4 20-year-old striker.
Desevio Payne (FC Groningen, Eredivisie -> Excelsior Rotterdam)
Payne saw sporadic playing time at Groningen last season and now joins Excelsior Rotterdam, where he should have more opportunities to impress. The fullback has been involved in multiple friendlies this summer, and with a full preseason behind him, the 21-year-old will hope to be in the squad for this weekend’s season opener against Willem II. He’s another who could work his way into the USMNT setup with a strong campaign in the Eredivisie.
Kenny Saief (Gent, Jupiler League)
The Florida-born former Israel international made his one-time switch to the USMNT in the summer and was in the Gold Cup squad before an injury forced him out. The Gent attacking midfielder will be out for the first month or more of the season with a hernia surgery, but he should be a vital player for Gent after he returns to health. He obviously was in Arena’s plans before his injury, and he should get another opportunity to prove himself for the USMNT after impressing in his only appearance for the national team.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Reims, Ligue 2)
Reims has included Siebatcheu in the starting lineup for each of their first two games after his tremendous loan spell in which he scored 10 goals in 15 third-division appearances for Chateauroux. He has yet to score this season in the second division, but it should only be a matter of time for the 21-year-old striker. What’s less clear is his international future. Siebatcheu has appeared for the French youth outfits, but he’s also shown interest in the USMNT in the past. His status will be one to watch this season.
A 21-year-old striker, Tall was prolific for Tours’ reserve team last year, scoring 10 times in 18 games after leaving Swiss club Sion. The Washington, D.C.-born Tall has appeared for U.S. youth teams and could play his way into the picture, as he’s appeared twice off the bench early this season for Tours. The club has yet to score in either of its two league games, so a further look could be in order if Tours continues to struggle offensively.
Juan Pablo Torres (Sporting Lokeren)
Torres became the latest USMNT prospect to jump to Europe when he signed with Jupiler League side Lokeren last week. The youngster signed a three-year deal with the Belgian club after having previous trials with a few Bundesliga sides, and the 18-year-old defensive midfielder should have a chance to impress. He wasn’t bought to ride the bench, after all, although it remains to be seen whether or not his opportunity with the first team will come this season or not.
Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal, La Liga)
Akale is a 20-year-old attacking midfielder who played extensively for Villarreal’s second team last season. He has appeared for the senior side in preseason games and might earn a look this season if he continues to progress. Born in Minnesota, Akale has featured for multiple U.S. youth sides.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham, Championship)
Another attacking midfielder, de la Torre was a staple of our list last season. He appeared for Fulham’s senior side in the League Cup and played significant minutes for the reserve team in the PL 2, and he’ll likely reprise a similar role this season. The 20-year-old shined in the U-20 World Cup for the United States and impressed in preseason for Fulham, so first-team league appearances may not be far off.
Marlon Fossey (Fulham, Championship)
The Los Angeles-born Fossey was a standout for Fulham’s youth teams last season, tallying six assists between the U-18 and U-23 sides and earning significant minutes for the U.S. U-20 side, although he missed out on the World Cup through injury. Still, the 18-year-old fullback is a highly touted prospect and should see plenty of time with the Cottagers’ U-23 side this season. A first-team debut still looks to be a ways away, but it’s not inconceivable that Fossey could be included in a Cup squad at some point this season.
Kyle Gruno (Leicester, Premier League)
Like Fossey, Gruno is an 18-year-old defender, although he’s probably a bit further away from the Leicester first team than Fossey is for Fulham. Gruno is a versatile player capable of lining up anywhere along the back line, but it remains to be seen what level he’ll play at this season for the Foxes.
Jonathan Klinsmann (Hertha Berlin, Bundesliga)
Former national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann’s son signed with Hertha Berlin this summer after a standout performance at the U-20 World Cup, where he was the USMNT’s No. 1 keeper. The 20-year-old has reportedly impressed since arriving in the German captial, but it’s likely that a first-team debut is pretty far away. Klinsmann will probably spend most of this season with the club’s reserves in the fourth division or with the youth side.
Shaquell Moore (Levante, La Liga)
With Levante on their way to La Liga, it’s hard to tell what the upcoming season has in store for Moore, a 20-year-old right back from Georgia. He played 23 times for Levante B last season and could be in line for a similar campaign in 2017-18, but there are also reports that the U-20 U.S. international might not be too far off from the first team. In fact, he has seen significant playing time for the senior squad in the preseason, so his status is certainly something to look for during the early part of the campaign.
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United, Premier League)
Olosunde was a mainstay in our list last season, although he has yet to appear for the United senior side. Nonetheless, the 19-year-old right back became a key contributor for United’s U-23s last year and eventually found himself participating in Jose Mourinho’s first-team training sessions. He’s still a teenager, and at a huge club like United, he likely won’t see the pitch for the senior squad. But another productive campaign for the reserves could allow the New Jersey native to work his way into Mourinho’s future plans.
Joshua Perez (Fiorentina, Serie A)
Perez appeared for Fiorentina’s senior side last year in December before finding himself back in the reserves. Still, the 19-year-old winger, the son of longtime U.S. international Hugo Perez, has the potential to become a standout for club and country. The California native could be in a similar situation as last season, playing mostly with Fiorentina’s reserve squad and getting occasional looks in the senior side, and that would constitute another successful campaign for the teenager.
Emmanuel Sabbi (Las Palmas, La Liga)
A 19-year-old attacker, Sabbi spent last season with Las Palmas’s reserve team and will likely be in a similar boat this year. The Italian-born player has been a consistent piece of the U.S. youth setup and should have every opportunity to continue on that path moving forward.
Brady Scott (FC Koln, Bundesliga)
Scott was the backup keeper on the U.S. U-20 World Cup team this summer and proceeded to jump to Germany, signing with FC Koln last month. The 18-year-old from the Bay Area should see playing time for the club’s reserves this season and could parlay that into further looks for the U.S. youth squads.
Kyle Scott (Chelsea, Premier League)
It’s hard to know what the coming season will look like for Scott, a 19-year-old midfielder. On the one hand, he seemed to be on his way out of Stamford Bridge last season after falling down the pecking order (LINK), but he stuck it out and now looks like he may be on the fringes of Antonio Conte’s first-team squad, as he was on the bench for the Blues’ Community Shield defeat to Arsenal over the weekend. Born in England, the versatile midfielder is highly regarded and is eligible to play for the United States, England, and Ireland, and after serving as a regular for the club’s reserves in 2016-17, he could make a jump this season, especially since it seems as though Conte has taken a liking to him.
Joel Sonora (Stuttgart, Bundesliga)
A former Boca Juniors youth player, Sonora made the jump to Germany last year and immediately became a regular for Stuttgart’s reserve team. It seems likely that the USMNT U-20 midfielder will continue in a similar spot this season. The Texas native is 20 and has a bright future ahead of him, and it’s not inconceivable that he could break into the Stuttgart senior team for some cup competitions this year.
Nick Taitague (Schalke, Bundesliga)
One of the three Americans in Schalke’s ranks, the 18-year-old Taitague will likely see most of his time with the reserves this season. The midfielder played with Schalke’s U-19s after moving to Europe last year and has appeared for the U.S. U-20 team, and while he’s the furthest of Schalke’s yanks from the first-team squad, he’s a highly touted player who could see consistent time with the national team setup in the near future.
Timothy Tillman (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
It’s unclear as of now whether or not Tillman will commit his future to the U.S. or Germany, but if the United States setup can nab one of Bayern’s top prospects, it would be a coup for Arena. Tillman is an attacking midfielder dripping with promise who was born in Germany and has appeared for the German youth teams, and as of February, he was reportedly leaning towards representing his birth country at the next level. If he does play for the U.S., though, the 18-year-old could have a major impact. He’ll likely spend this season with Bayern’s reserves, although he has already played for the senior side in friendlies and could work his way onto the fringes of the first team this season if all goes well.
Timothy Weah (PSG, Ligue 1)
Another big name in prospect circles, Weah signed his first professional contract with Paris Saint-Germain in early July after impressing for the youth sides previously. The 17-year-old is the son of former Liberian striker George Weah, who won the Balon d’Or in 1995. The younger Weah was born in New York City and has represented the U.S. at the U-17 level, and he is expected to play mostly for PSG’s U-19s this season, although he could make a jump to the reserve side. The forward has been open about his commitment to the USMNT despite his parents being from Liberia and Jamaica, so expect to hear more about Weah in the coming months as he continues to establish himself at one of Europe’s biggest clubs.
Haji Wright (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Wright could very well find himself in the Schalke senior side sooner rather than later, but he’ll most likely start the season playing for the Royal Blues’ reserve squad. After being on the bench for Schalke’s final Bundesliga game last season, the 19-year-old striker had a terrific summer, impressing in a number of friendlies for new manager Domenico Tedesco. It might not be long before the Los Angeles native is appearing for Schalke in Bundesliga games, and we’ll be closely monitoring his status over the first few weeks of the German season.
Isaiah Young (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
A 19-year-old New Jersey native, Young has started this season playing for Werder Bremen’s reserve side in the 3. Liga and should see action for both the reserves and the U-23 squad this season. His campaign got off to a rocky start, though, as he was sent off for the U-23 team this past weekend. Nonetheless, the striker is rated highly and should see plenty of playing time for the reserve team this season, with the potential to make a senior-team debut within the next few years.