The 16 Best American Soccer Players In Europe In 2022

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This is an article that will throw more light on the 16 best American (USMNT) soccer players in Europe in 2022.

We are already in the second half of the season across major leagues in Europe and we’ve some American players stand out in the ongoing 2021/22 season.

Some of the best American soccer players in Europe mentioned here have played major roles in successes for their clubs in their domestic leagues, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League amongst others. Therefore, they deserve the plaudits for painting America in good soccer light across Europe.

Regardless, before we proceed, there are some questions that have been begging for answers, such as:

Who is the best US soccer player?

Chelsea FC’s Christian Pulisic is arguably the best US soccer player in Europe going by his antecedents at Chelsea. 

He has blown hot and cold this season but won the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Super Cup with Chelsea in the 2020/21 season. 

He is also in line for more trophy successes with the Blues who are in the finals of the FIFA Club World Cup and the Carabao Cup. Therefore, he could yet win more laurels this term.

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Do any US soccer players play in Europe?

A good number of United States players ply their trade in Europe’s elite leagues such as Christian Pulisic (Chelsea), Tim Weah (Lille), Weston Mckennie (Juventus), Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig), John Brooks (VfL Wolfsburg), Giovanni Reyna (Dortmund), Sergiño Dest (Barcelona), Josh Sargent (Norwich City), amongst others.

The 2021/22 season is getting hotter and we’ll be taking a look at the best USMNT players playing across Europe’s top 5 soccer leagues. 

The top 10 and the 16 best USMNT American soccer players to watch in Europe in 2022

1. Christian Pulisic (Chelsea FC, Premier League – England)

Pulisic has been impressive under Thomas Tuchel but has suffered some inconsistencies due to injuries and other factors. Regardless, he is one of the best players at Chelsea. 

The 23-year-old attacker is always in the news and one of the key men at Stamford Bridge this term regardless of the challenges he has faced in the ongoing season. 

He is normally referred to as Captain America and established himself as the first American to play in the UEFA Champions League Final on May 21, 2021. We hope to see him return to his best and impress for the Blues as the 2021/22 season nears completion.

1. Giovanni Reyna (Borussia Dortmund, Bundesliga – Germany)

Giovanni Reyna is gradually carving a niche for himself as one of the fastest-rising American professional soccer players in Europe. The fact that he is a teenager. 19, shows that he can only get better based on his performances for the USMNT and Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga

Reyna made his Dortmund debut in 2020 after coming on as a substitute in Dortmund’s 5:3 win against Augsburg. He became the youngest American soccer player, aged 17 years and 66 days, ever to play a Bundesliga game, breaking a record previously set by Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic

The 2021/22 season has been a mixed one for Reyna as he has 2 goals in 6 games in all competitions for the Signal Iduna Park outfit at the time of writing. 

 1. Zack Steffen (Manchester City, Premier League – England)

Zack Steffen is one brilliant American shot-stopper but is under the shadow of elite goalie Ederson Moraes at Manchester City. Regardless, the 26-year-old is one of the top goalkeepers for the USMNT. 

He made his debut for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City when he featured against Bournemouth in the third round of the League Cup at the Etihad. He made a winning start for the Citizens as they came out tops with a 2:1 victory.

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He has also won the Premier League with the Citizens. Zack Steffen and the Citizens are in line for another Premier League triumph as they lead the log with 9 points having played one game more than second-placed Liverpool at the time of writing.

1. Chris Richards (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga – Germany)

Chris Richards is one of the upcoming youngsters at the Allianz Arena and is expected to break into the first team. He broke into the first team at Bayern in 2020 and has played 5 games for the Bavarian giants. 

Chris Richards, 21, has won the UEFA Super Cup and the DFL Supercup with Bayern but is yet to become a mainstay in the Bayern team. 

The defender was sent out on loan to Bundesliga neighbors Hoffenheim in February 2021. He is also playing for them this season and has 1 goal in 17 appearances in all competitions at the time of writing.

1. Weston McKennie (Juventus, Série A – Italy)

Weston McKennie is one of the elite versatile attacking midfielders in Serie A and Europe this season. 

McKennie, 23, can be deployed as a deep-lying playmaker and also as a box-to-box midfielder and this was one of the reasons why the Old Ladies went all out to acquire him from Schalke 04. 

He has been a mainstay under Massimiliano Allegri and has scored 4 goals in 25 games in all competitions thus far in the ongoing 2021/22 season.

1. Matthew Hoppe (RCD Mallorca, La Liga – Spain)

Matthew Hoppe plays in La Liga outfit RCD Mallorca and stole the limelight when he scored a hat-trick against Hoffenheim for Schalke in the Bundesliga before his move to Spain. 

The feat made him the first American to score a hat-trick in the Bundesliga. Fast forward to the 2021/22 season, he has played 4 games for RCD Mallorca in all competitions thus far but is yet to find the back of the net.

1. Sergiño Dest (FC Barcelona, La Liga – Spain)

Sergiño Dest is one of the young upcoming fullbacks in Europe and plays for Catalan giants Barcelona in La Liga. 

The 21-year-old is gradually establishing himself as a mainstay in the Barcelona side and is playing his part in the club’s recent resurgence under new boss Xavi Hernandez. 

It can be recalled that he joined Barcelona from Eredivisie giants Ajax for a €21 million fee and the buyout clause was set at €400 million. He has played 19 games in all competitions for the Catalans in all competitions this term.

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1. Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig, Bundesliga – Germany)

Tyler Adams, 22, is a key man at RB Leipzig. He has spent 4 seasons at the club and seems to get better with each passing season. He has played 24 games in all competitions thus far for the Bundesliga outfit this term.

1. Timothy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt, Bundesliga – Germany)

Timothy Chandler is an American veteran in the Bundesliga and needs no introduction as one of the best American soccer players in Europe. 

The 31-year-old has been a consistent performer with Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga since 2014 and has undoubtedly been a mainstay in the team. He has made 16 appearances in all competitions for the Bundesliga outfit this term.

1. Brenden Aaronson (RB Salzburg, Austria Bundesliga – Austria)

Brenden Aaronson is one of the mainstays at RB Leipzig and is one of the major attacking forces on the team. He joined them in January 2021 and made his debut as a substitute in a 2:1 victory over Rheindorf Altach. 

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He has played his part in domestic triumphs for the Austrian giants with the Austrian Bundesliga triumph in the 2020/21 season and the Austrian Cup in the same season.

 Other notable mentions in our list of the best American (USMNT) soccer players in Europe include:

  • John Brooks (VfL Wolfsburg, Bundesliga – Germany)
  • Yunus Musah (Valencia CF, La Liga – Spain)
  • Josh Sargent (Norwich City, Premier League – England)
  • DeAndre Yedlin (Galatasaray SK, Super Lig – Turkey)
  • Jordan Siebatcheu (BSC Young Boys, Super League – Switzerland)
  • Mark McKenzie (KRC Genk, First Division A – Belgium)