If you’re looking for the charismatic face of the U.S. men’s national team, look no further than Weston McKennie. Along with Christian Pulisic and Tyler Adams, McKennie was one of the first members of this young generation of American players to move over to Europe. He moved from the United States to Schalke in 2016 and from Schalke to Juventus in 2020. WIth his entertaining antics in training

Yunus Musah glides. When you watch Musah play, one of the first things you’ll notice is how much he loves to knife right through central midfield. With his mixture of strength and technical ability, Musah avoids defensive pressure, reliably moves the ball from Point A to Point B, and creates space and opportunities for the players around him. Musah, who was eligible to represent a number of othe

Born in Germany, Malik Tillman is another dual-national who decided to play for the United States. Tillman joined Bayern Munich’s system back in 2015 and rose through the ranks there before securing a loan move to Rangers in the Scottish Premiership. Tillman has quick feet, is comfortable playing underneath a striker or as a winger, and has good size for a dangerous attacker. He still has a lot

You know that fly that just won’t stop buzzing right by your ear? The one that you keep batting away, but just keeps coming back? Imagine that fly is much larger and stronger than a fly. Also, imagine that fly isn’t a fly. Imagine that it’s a soccer player. Congratulations, you’re now imagining Tyler Adams. Adams is a pressing, ball-winning defensive midfielder who isn’t afraid to get in

After coming up through the Colorado Rapids academy, Sam Vines became a first team regular during his time in Major League Soccer before moving to Belgium in 2021. Vines can contribute defensively, get forward, and pick out clever passes from the left wing. He’s also more than comfortable rotating into the midfield or into the left halfspace to create space for one of his left-sided teammates.

He’s not the fastest player in the world, but James Sands seems to be everywhere all at once. Because he reads the game so well, Sands can slide over to make a critical tackle in a decisive moment or he can slide over to stop an opposing attack before it’s even begun. Sands can play as a center back or a defensive midfielder and has performed both of those roles for New York City FC in Major L

Ethan Horvath isn’t the biggest name on the U.S. men’s national team’s goalkeeper depth chart, but he’s been stopping shots over in Europe for almost a decade now. At 6’4”, Horvath is an athletic, rangy goalkeeper who has had some promising moments (and some difficult ones) for the USMNT. Perhaps his most famous moment for the United States came back in 2021, when he stepped in during

Cameron Carter-Vickers is a presence in the back. With his frame, Carter-Vickers can knock attackers off the ball with ease – and with his quality right foot, he can break lines with his passing after winning the ball. So far in his career, CCV has only played in the United Kingdom, bouncing around various clubs in the English Championship before finding a permanent home with Celtic in the Scott

Jonathan Gomez wants the ball. He’s an extremely technical, possession-focused fullback who can do some impressive things in the attack. Want some proof? Look no further than that goal he scored in the U.S. youth national team system up above. Now, Gomez has yet to decide his national team allegiance (he’s also eligible to play for Mexico) so he’s not guaranteed to be an option for the U.S.

Josh Sargent was the guy for stretches of his time with the U.S. youth national teams. He’s one of the only American players to ever play in both the U-17 and the U-20 World Cups in the same year. After those World Cups, he moved over to Werder Bremen in Germany before heading to Norwich City in England. Unfortunately for Sargent, we haven’t seen much of his goal scoring ability and smooth tur