Born in Washington D.C., Jordan Pefok grew up in France and played in their youth national team system before deciding to play for the U.S. men’s national team at the senior level. Pefok is your classic, get in the box and put the ball in the back of the net No. 9. He’s tall, moves well off the ball in the box, and exploits the small spaces left behind by opposing defenders. After some time pl

We know, we know, that clip up above is more than one play. But by watching just a few seconds of the video, you can get a pretty strong idea of how Erik Palmer-Brown plays. He’s a capable passer and has solid defensive mobility that allows him to slide over and snuff out opposition attacks. After leaving Sporting Kansas City and spending some time on loan with Porto, Palmer-Brown became a part

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

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

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