Sergino Dest was born in the sauce. He still lives in the sauce. Well, actually, that’s not true. Dest was born in the Netherlands and he lives in Barcelona. As a dual-national, his decision to play for the U.S. men’s national team instead of the Netherlands was one of the biggest moments of Gregg Berhalter’s tenure. When you watch Dest play, the first thing you’ll notice is how much he lo

Reggie Cannon isn’t the flashiest player, but he’s been a useful presence in the backline at every level of his professional career. Cannon was a Homegrown Player with FC Dallas in Major League Soccer before he moved over to Europe with Boavista in the Portuguese first division in 2020. In possession, Cannon doesn’t fly forward on the overlap (although he can get forward). Instead, he often

Joe Scally might not have a lot of European experience - he made his Bundesliga debut for Gladbach in the 2021-2022 season - but for a teenager, he’s already proven himself to be a flexible player. So far in his young career, Scally has played as a right back, a right wingback, a left back, and a left wingback. With a strong right foot and a better-than-average weak foot, Scally can be a valuabl

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.

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.

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