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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

There may not be a more well-rounded center back in the U.S. men’s national team’s player pool than Chris Richards. Born in Alabama, Richards signed a professional contract with FC Dallas in 2018 before moving over to Bayern Munich in Germany later that year. Richards made a handful of appearances for Bayern, but spent most of his first-team minutes on the field on loan for Hoffenheim before m

There’s something to be said for players who run really, really fast. Antonee Robinson, also known as “Jedi”, is one of those players. Robinson, who was also eligible to play for England at the international level, is a mainstay for the U.S. men’s national team at left back. Playing for Fulham in the Premier League, Robinson gets up and down the left wing and has the speed to overlap in th

Matt Turner has one of the best stories in American soccer. Turner didn’t start playing soccer until he was 14 years old. 14! Despite missing a huge chunk of the most important developmental years as a young player, Turner eventually made a name for himself with the New England Revolution and became one of the best shot-stoppers in MLS history. His emergence in MLS and with the U.S. men’s nati

Okay, okay, we know that the video up above includes more than one play. But even if you just watch one play in that video, you’ll get an idea of a major talking point surrounding Zack Steffen’s professional career: his distribution. After playing for Gregg Berhalter with the Columbus Crew in MLS and later as a backup for Pep Guardiola with Manchester City, Steffen isn’t afraid to try to pic

If you remember one thing about Luca de la Torre, remember that he is all about moving the ball forward. At 24, De la Torre is an aggressive, forward-thinking central midfielder who played in England and the Netherlands before moving to Celta Vigo in Spain. De la Torre’s comfort on the ball and his energy in transition make him a valuable midfielder in the modern game. He’s one of the most ent