Americans Abroad 2021-22: The Hype Train Is Leaving The Station

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It's a new era for the US men's program. We have big club stars. We have more players who can command eight figure transfer fees than ever before. A few of them are even fetching that kind of money coming from MLS. Local academies are producing more talent, local teams are playing and selling more talent. There's American representation in all of the big five leagues, and not just at the bottom.

Last year, American players won:

- the Champions League (Pulisic)
- the Premier League (Steffen)
- Ligue 1 (Weah)
- DFB Pokal (Reyna)
- Copa del Rey (Dest)
- Coppa Italia (McKennie)
- EFL Cup (Steffen)
- Austrian Bundesliga (Aaronson)
- Austrian Cup (Aaronson)
- Belgian League (Horvath)
- Belgian Cup (McKenzie)
- Swiss League (Pefok)
- Hungarian League (Wingo)
- Israeli Premier League (Cohen)
- Polish Cup (Lederman)

We have ten guys currently on clubs that have qualified for the CL group stage, and at least two more are guaranteed to join them after qualifying is over because there are two American vs. American matchups (Salzburg-Brøndby, Young Boys-Ferencváros)

This is not what normally happens! The good news is that the signs are that this not a flash in the pan and that there is a sustainable production line of talent now in place. This summer saw Tanner Tessmann, Gianluca Busio, and Sam Vines make permanent moves abroad, and there will be more to come. Caden Clark is going to Leipzig in the winter, Jonathan Gomez is strongly rumored to be joining Real Sociedad when he turns 18, Dante Sealy is on an extended loan to PSV, and I'd expect more sales over the next few windows with a very strong 2003 class in the pipeline.

There will always be players who sign directly in Europe, but it seems like MLS is capturing a larger percentage of the top prospects because they can offer them playing time at a decent level before they turn 18, and because all of a sudden it looks like a more proven path where players can develop and where they will be sold in a reasonable time frame.

This isn't the most comprehensive list of players abroad I've ever posted, but it'll do:

England
Premier League
GK Zack Steffen, 1995, Manchester City
CM Owen Otasowie, 2001, Wolves
AM Christian Pulisic, 1998, Chelsea
FW Josh Sargent, 2000, Norwich City

Loan Army Footsoldiers
CB Matt Miazga, 1995, Chelsea
CB Cameron Carter-Vickers, 1997, Tottenham Hotspur
CB Erik Palmer-Brown, 1997, Manchester City

Championship
GK Ethan Horvath, 1995, Nottingham Forest
RB Matthew Olosunde, 1998, Preston North End
CB Tim Ream, 1987, Fulham
LB Antonee Robinson, 1997, Fulham
CM Duane Holmes, 1994, Huddersfield Town
FW Charlie Kelman, 2001, QPR

League One
AM Lynden Gooch, 1995, Sunderland
AM Shane McLoughlin, 1997, Morecambe

League Two
AM Vaughn Covil, 2003, Forest Green Rovers

Spain
La Liga
RB Sergino Dest, 2000, Barcelona
CM Yunus Musah, 2002, Valencia

La Liga 2
RB Shaq Moore, 1996, Tenerife

Primera División RFEF
AM Armando Shashoua, 2000, Atlético Baleares

Segunda Divsión RFEF
GK Victor Vidal, 1999, Lleida

Germany
Bundesliga
RB Timothy Chandler, 1990, Eintracht Frankfurt
RB Joe Scally, 2002, Borussia Mönchengladbach
CB John Brooks, 1993, Wolfsburg
CB Chris Richards, 2000, Bayern Munich
CM Julian Green, 1995, Greuther Fürth
CM Tyler Adams, 1999, RB Leipzig
AM Gio Reyna, 2002, Borussia Dortmund

2.Bundesliga
CB Ryan Malone, 1992, Hansa Rostock
AM Jann George, 1992, Jahn Regensburg
AM Tyler Freeman, 2003, Karlsruhe (on loan from Sporting Kansas City)
FW Matthew Hoppe, 2001, Schalke

3. Liga
CB Lennard Maloney, 1999, Borussia Dortmund II
CM Yannis Becker, 1991, Viktoria Berlin
CM Mael Corboz, 1994, Verl
CM Maximilian Dietz, 2002, Freiburg II
CM Bryang Kayo, 2002, Viktoria Berlin (on loan from Wolfsburg)
AM Marcel Costly, 1995, Waldhof Mannheim
AM Gillian Jurcher, 1997, Waldhof Mannheim
AM Kevin Lankford, 1998, Wehen Wiesbaden
AM Jalen Hawkins, 2001, Ingolstadt
FW Terrence Boyd, 1991, Hallescher FC
FW Marc Heider, 1986, Osnabrück
FW Andrew Wooten, 1989, Osnabrück
FW Justin Butler, 2001, Ingolstadt
FW Johan Gomez, 2001, Zwickau

Regionalliga
RB Ashton Götz, 1993, Drochtersen/Assel
RB Lucas Stauffer, 1995, Carl Zeiss Jena
RB Ken Gipson, 1996, Sonnenhof Großaspach
CB Lamar Yarbrough, 1996, Schweinfurt
CB Nico Carrera, 2002, Holstein Kiel II
CB Michael Wentzel, 2002, Borussia Mönchengladbach II
LB Stuart Ritchie, 2001, Hannover II
CM Sean Vinberg, 1994, Phönix Lübeck
CM Mohamed Lamine Diakite, 1996, Sonnenhof Großaspach
CM Austin Amer, 2000, Sportfreunde Lotte
CM Joel Bustamante, 2000, Hertha Berlin II
CM Taylor Booth, 2001, Bayern Munich II
CM Gerret Grage, 2002, Phönix Lübeck
CM Adam Lenges, 2002, Rot-Weiß Oberhausen
CM Pablo Santana, 2002, Borussia Mönchengladbach II
AM Malik McLemore, 1997, Union Fürstenwalde
AM Isaiah Young, 1998, Rot-Weiß Essen
AM Benyas Junge, 1999, Tennis Borussia Berlin
AM Joon Kang, 2002, Greuther Fürth II
FW Branden Stelmak, 1989, Eilenburg
FW Del-Angelo Williams, 1993, Eintracht Stadtallendorf
FW Quincy Butler, 2001, Hoffenheim II

Italy
Serie A
RB Bryan Reynolds, 2001, Roma
CM Weston McKennie, 1998, Juventus
CM Tanner Tessmann, 2001, Venezia
CM Gianluca Busio, 2002, Venezia

Serie B
FW Andrija Novakovich, 1996, Frosinone

France
Ligue 1
AM Timothy Weah, 2000, Lille
AM Konrad de la Fuente, 2001, Marseille

Ligue 2
FW Nicholas Gioacchini, 2000, Caen

Championnat National
FW Patrick Koffi, 2001, Créteil (on loan from Paris FC)

Netherlands
Eredivisie
CM Luca de la Torre, 1998, Heracles Almelo
AM Richy Ledezma, 2000, PSV Eindhoven

Eerste Divisie
RB John Hilton, 2001, Volendam
AM Dante Sealy, 2003, Jong PSV (on loan from FC Dallas)

Portugal
Primeira Liga
RB Reggie Cannon, 1998, Boavista
CM Alex Mendez, 2000, Vizela

Liga Portugal 2
GK C.J. dos Santos, 2000, Benfica B
FW Sebastian Soto, 2000, Porto B

Belgium
First Division A
CB Mark McKenzie, 1999, Genk
LB Sam Vines, 1999, Royal Antwerp
CM Chris Durkin, 2000, Sint-Truiden
AM Kenny Saief, 1993, Anderlecht

First Division B
CM Jacob Montes, 1998, Waasland-Beveren (on loan from Crystal Palace)
FW Joseph Efford, 1996, Waasland-Beveren

Argentina
Liga Profesional
CM Alan Soñora, 1998, Independiente
AM Joel Soñora, 1996, Banfield

Mexico
Liga MX
GK Benny Diaz, 1998, Tijuana
CM Fernando Arce, Jr., 1996, Necaxa
AM Sebastian Saucedo, 1997, Pumas
AM David Rodriguez, 2002, Atlético San Luis
FW Joe Gallardo, 1998, Querétaro

Liga de Expansión MX
LB Jonathan Suarez, 1997, Dorados de Sinaloa
CM Pedro Santos, 1998, Celaya
CM Jared Romero, 2000, Dorados de Sinaloa (on loan from Tijuana)
AM Jesus Vazquez, 1994, Dorados de Sinaloa
AM Antonio Nava, 1999, Dorados de Sinaloa (on loan from Tijuana)
AM Orlando Sanchez, 2000, Tlaxcala (on loan from Atlético San Luis)
FW Christian Pinzon, 1998, Tapatio
FW Manuel Lopez Terrazas, 2000, Atlante (on loan from Santos Laguna)

Denmark
Superliga
CM Christian Cappis, 1999, Brøndby
AM Emmanuel Sabbi, 1997, Odense
AM Jonathan Amon, 1999, Nordsjælland

1. Division
GK Jacob Samnik, 2000, Hobro

Austria
Bundesliga
AM Brenden Aaronson, 2000, Red Bull Salzburg
AM Thomas Roberts, 2001, Austria Klagenfurt (on loan from FC Dallas)

Second League
AM Uly Llanez, 2001, St. Pölten (on loan from Wolfsburg)

Regionalliga
CM Sota Kitahara, 2003, Pinzgau Saalfelden (on loan from Tacoma Defiance)
FW Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez, 2002, Pinzgau Saalfelden (on loan from Seattle Sounders)

Brazil
Campeonato Série A
CM Johnny Cardoso, 2001, Internacional

Turkey
Süper Lig
RB DeAndre Yedlin, 1993, Galatasaray
AM Tyler Boyd, 1994, Besiktas
FW Haji Wright, 1998, Antalyaspor (on loan from SønderjyskE)
FW Arda Bulut, 1999, Kasimpasa

1.Lig
AM Gboly Ariyibi, 1995, Ankaragücü

Switzerland
Super League
FW Jordan Pefok, 1996, Young Boys

Challenge League
CB Lucas Pos, 1998, Stade Lausanne
AM Josiah Daniel, 2000, Wil
FW Noah Jones, 2002, Wil

Norway
1.divisjon [2nd tier]
GK Mike Lansing, 1994, Aalesund
CB Sam Rogers, 1999, HamKam (on loan from OKC Energy)

Sweden
Allsvenskan
GK Jeff Gal, 1993, Degerfords
RB Christopher McVey, 1997, Elfsborg
AM Romain Gall, 1995, Malmö

Superettan
GK Josh Wicks, 1983, AFC Eskilstuna
AM Brian Span, 1992, Våsterås
AM Luis Argudo, 1995, Norrby
FW Andy Stadler, 1988, Akropolis

Chile
Primera División
CB Matias Fracchia, 1995, O'Higgins
AM Andres Souper, 1999, Antofagasta

Scotland
Premier League
CM Ian Harkes, 1995, Dundee United
FW Christian Ramirez, 1991, Aberdeen

Hungary
NB I
RB Henry Wingo, 1995, Ferencváros

Poland
Ekstraklasa
FW Aron Jóhannsson, 1990, Lech Poznań
CM Ben Lederman, 2000, Raków Częstochowa

Slovakia
Fortuna Liga
CM Chris Goslin, 2000, Senica
AM Lucas Demitra, 2003, Trenčin
FW Eduvie Ikoba, 1997, Trenčin

Cyprus
First Division
CM Mix Diskerud, 1990, Omonia

Finland
Veikkausliiga
GK Tim Murray, 1987, Honka
RB Macario Hing-Glover, 1995, HIFK
CM Jacob Bushue, 1992, Haka
 

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Pretty cool to see Ryan Malone still kicking around in the 2.Bundesliga. Played against him in high school and he was quite a player. He was dominant in the games we played against him and I believe he was only a freshman at the time. Never would have imagined he'd end up with a decent playing career over seas though.
 

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Pretty cool to see Ryan Malone still kicking around in the 2.Bundesliga. Played against him in high school and he was quite a player. He was dominant in the games we played against him and I believe he was only a freshman at the time. Never would have imagined he'd end up with a decent playing career over seas though.
Yes, this is a big career achievement for him. He played DIII soccer at Springfield College and tried his luck abroad. There are a lot of guys like this: unknown and unheralded NCAA players who try to latch on at a low level in Europe and work their way up. Usually they chase the dream for a few years, don't really get anywhere, and then either play a couple of years in USL if they are good enough and still feel like playing or move on with their lives.

Malone managed to swing a deal with a third division club, but didn't play much, and spent four years in the regional fourth division which is a mix of full-time and higher-end semi-pro clubs. He eventually got promoted with VfB Lübeck and although they went straight back down, he apparently performed well enough to get a deal with Hansa Rostock, who won promotion last year.
 

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It's funny to think back a few years and all the doom and gloom and concern about our youth development and how the system was completely broken. A lot changes in a few years and now it feels like the US has almost an elite-level of youth development and there is an endless assembly line of talent that is finding their way to bigger clubs in Europe
 

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Pretty cool to see Ryan Malone still kicking around in the 2.Bundesliga. Played against him in high school and he was quite a player. He was dominant in the games we played against him and I believe he was only a freshman at the time. Never would have imagined he'd end up with a decent playing career over seas though.
Where did you go? Minnechaug '05 here so I would have missed him by a couple years. Lots of great teams around but rare in my recollection for guys to go much beyond D1 ball. The greatest notoriety in the region may have been a pretty good Cathedral player who robbed a bank and has since been arrested again as part of a drug ring.
 

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Where did you go? Minnechaug '05 here so I would have missed him by a couple years. Lots of great teams around but rare in my recollection for guys to go much beyond D1 ball. The greatest notoriety in the region may have been a pretty good Cathedral player who robbed a bank and has since been arrested again as part of a drug ring.
Commerce '07. We were awful but somehow ended up with a couple large schools on our schedule every year. He was so much smaller physically then everyone on the field but no one was in the same stratosphere as him skill wise.

I remember that Cathedral kid. I went there my freshman year and he was a major douche then so I wasn't surprised to see him get wrapped up in that BS.
 

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It's funny to think back a few years and all the doom and gloom and concern about our youth development and how the system was completely broken. A lot changes in a few years and now it feels like the US has almost an elite-level of youth development and there is an endless assembly line of talent that is finding their way to bigger clubs in Europe
The truth is that whatever we are talking about with regard to the current player development system is actually mostly a discussion of the player development system of 5-10 years ago.

There are many reasons why Couva happened. A big one is that players born in the first half of the 1990s really sucked by international standards, and by historical USMNT standards. But even though Couva was in 2017, these guys were in their most important formative years from the early 2000s to early 2010s and whatever went wrong with that generation happened long before Couva.

Likewise, it's basically impossible for field players like Pulisic and McKennie to achieve the heights they've reached without having achieved important foundational work that would have started at least half a decade before Couva.

Obviously stuff that happens when players are "visible" to us fans matters too. Do clubs have a culture that prioritizes and makes room for development? Is there an intermediate place to play to develop between MLS and the academy? But a lot of the work has a really long time horizon.
 

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One thing I’ve started to notice is reputation, which lags behind talent, has started to catch up. In Serie A, McKennie’s great season has paved the way for three other American players, two of whom were also developed by FC Dallas. Serie A is historically a hard league for non-EU players to crack. For example, Juventus signing McKennie cost them a chance to acquire Luis Suarez later that off-season and AJ Soares had his roster spot stolen at the last second by fellow Concacaf star Rafa Marquez.

(American ownership may have also helped our cause this year at Venezia, but American ownership is not particularly new to the Italian top flight. Bologna are also Canadian-owned.)
 

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One thing I’ve started to notice is reputation, which lags behind talent, has started to catch up. In Serie A, McKennie’s great season has paved the way for three other American players, two of whom were also developed by FC Dallas. Serie A is historically a hard league for non-EU players to crack. For example, Juventus signing McKennie cost them a chance to acquire Luis Suarez later that off-season and AJ Soares had his roster spot stolen at the last second by fellow Concacaf star Rafa Marquez.

(American ownership may have also helped our cause this year at Venezia, but American ownership is not particularly new to the Italian top flight. Bologna are also Canadian-owned.)
Pulisic does feel like kind of a watershed player for US hopes in the sense that post-Pulisic breaking out at Dortmund, it seems like more clubs are sniffing around the US for potential steals.

More importantly than Pulisic is perhaps the development of players like McKennie, and Alphonso Davies. Players coming up through the MLS youth system and then getting signed at a young age by Big 5 clubs because they believe they can be good has been huge, and now you are seeing more and more players who are barely even playing in MLS before getting snapped up. The word is out that American players are out there ready to contribute and we are seeing a steady stream of teenagers getting signed to European clubs. Not all of them will turn into Pulisic/Davies/McKennie, but some of them will.
 

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Aaronson doing Aaronson things with the 90th minute winner in 1st leg of CL qualifier today. Was apparently a live wire for all 45 off the bench in 2H.
 

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LOL. They played with the semipro team my kid played on last year. Wondering what the pay is for a 3rd tier squad in Croatia. City is on the Adriatic though, so they could do worse.
 

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LOL. They played with the semipro team my kid played on last year. Wondering what the pay is for a 3rd tier squad in Croatia. City is on the Adriatic though, so they could do worse.
Just guessing here, but I'd wager that most of their compensation will come in the form of some sort of club-provided housing arrangement. From doing a little googling, salaries for the small clubs on the top division are mostly in the range of €30-50k, so it's hard to imagine anyone making much at all in the 3rd division.
 

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I recognize two names on that bench.
One of the guys on the bench is Brandon Austin, who started five games on loan at Orlando City earlier this season when Pedro Gallese was at Copa América, once suited up for the US U18s. It's unclear if he's actually eligible for the US though, or just the US Virgin Islands. There is some arcane reading of FIFA regs but I forget the details.
 

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Gun to my head, I'd say he's not vaccinated. He seems to be the type.

Feels good to not completely freak out about this. We can survive without him for the first three games if we have to.
 

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There's an undercurrent of fans who are convinced that Pulisic is quietly a big MAGA guy based on evidence that I consider to be quite flimsy.
 

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There's an undercurrent of fans who are convinced that Pulisic is quietly a big MAGA guy based on evidence that I consider to be quite flimsy.
I definitely don't think he's a big one, but I do think there's a decent chance that at the very least he was at one time MAGA-ish. Besides all the little clues people have pointed to, I just think his dad gives off very strong MAGA vibes, and he comes from a red area. It wouldn't surprise me if as he's matured and spent more time in Europe, his views have evolved a bit.

At the same time, I see your point: I'm basically guessing all of this based on almost no evidence. I also think the contrast between him and other core USMNT guys plays a part. I'm 100% sure where Reyna, McKennie, and Adams stand on these issues. They have made it very clear. Pulisic, not so much.
 

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I definitely don't think he's a big one, but I do think there's a decent chance that at the very least he was at one time MAGA-ish. Besides all the little clues people have pointed to, I just think his dad gives off very strong MAGA vibes, and he comes from a red area. It wouldn't surprise me if as he's matured and spent more time in Europe, his views have evolved a bit.

At the same time, I see your point: I'm basically guessing all of this based on almost no evidence. I also think the contrast between him and other core USMNT guys plays a part. I'm 100% sure where Reyna, McKennie, and Adams stand on these issues. They have made it very clear. Pulisic, not so much.
yeah, afaik it’s basically based on the fact that his dad is conservative and two Instagram likes. Maybe I’m missing something else. One of the IG likes is totally ridiculous to use as a barometer of one’s politics. The other post was very bad, but it’s hard to know what a ‘like’ means or whether he even read the comments. Personally, I’d like to wait for him to say something, anything that indicates his beliefs before I draw anything close to a conclusion. And if I had to engage in wild speculation of my own, I’d guess with ‘fairly apolitical guy who mostly wants to fit in with the people around him’. (And if I’m right, it’s probably good that Cameron moved from London to Cincinnati!)
 

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yeah, afaik it’s basically based on the fact that his dad is conservative and two Instagram likes. Maybe I’m missing something else. One of the IG likes is totally ridiculous to use as a barometer of one’s politics. The other post was very bad, but it’s hard to know what a ‘like’ means or whether he even read the comments. Personally, I’d like to wait for him to say something, anything that indicates his beliefs before I draw anything close to a conclusion. And if I had to engage in wild speculation of my own, I’d guess with ‘fairly apolitical guy who mostly wants to fit in with the people around him’. (And if I’m right, it’s probably good that Cameron moved from London to Cincinnati!)
Yeah its a hard read, he goes on Weston's IG video and makes the Enough is Enough cameo, then likes the Seth Jahn post a few weeks later. Shrug, glad he's vaccinated and asymptomatic.
 

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Miazga's rumored loan to Deportivo Alavés is now official.

View: https://twitter.com/alaveseng/status/1428658619936124929


Owen Otasowie has transferred from Wolves to Club Brugge and signed a four-year contract. Brugge refers to him as a midfielder, but I hope they are open to converting him to CB. TM says it was a $4.4m fee.

View: https://twitter.com/ClubBrugge/status/1428658567477932034
I like both of these moves. Miazga hopefully gets a lot of minutes in La Liga. Alaves have built a reputation as a strong defensive team tough to break down, but their new manager Javier Calleja wants to play a more attacking and possession system than they have in the past. He played and coached at Villareal for most of his career. I guess we will see how Miazga fits. I don't know too much about Brugge outside of the fact they are traditionally top of the table in Belgium, and that the Belgian league is a good developmental league. It looks like Otasowie was offered a new contract at Wolves, which he turned down, so he was sold. He seemed to play more as 6 than a CB, but who knows where he ends up. Perhaps as a CB/DM hybrid ala James Sands?

Whatever the case, both players should get more minutes this season, which should help their cases for qualifying and WC2022.
 

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It looks like Otasowie was offered a new contract at Wolves, which he turned down, so he was sold. He seemed to play more as 6 than a CB, but who knows where he ends up. Perhaps as a CB/DM hybrid ala James Sands?

Whatever the case, both players should get more minutes this season, which should help their cases for qualifying and WC2022.
Hopefully Otasowie can take the next leap, as quality DM/CB depth is an area of need for the usmnt.
 

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I like both of these moves. Miazga hopefully gets a lot of minutes in La Liga. Alaves have built a reputation as a strong defensive team tough to break down, but their new manager Javier Calleja wants to play a more attacking and possession system than they have in the past. He played and coached at Villareal for most of his career. I guess we will see how Miazga fits. I don't know too much about Brugge outside of the fact they are traditionally top of the table in Belgium, and that the Belgian league is a good developmental league. It looks like Otasowie was offered a new contract at Wolves, which he turned down, so he was sold. He seemed to play more as 6 than a CB, but who knows where he ends up. Perhaps as a CB/DM hybrid ala James Sands?

Whatever the case, both players should get more minutes this season, which should help their cases for qualifying and WC2022.
I do hope Miazga finds the right fit. Vitesse was too poor to buy him, and he was hoping for a higher level anyway. The Nantes loan got cut short. He played plenty at Reading and Anderlecht, but at the end of the day both clubs had lukewarm feelings about him and weren't about to meet whatever price Chelsea have been asking.

Here's hoping he finds the right fit in the right system. I'm not especially bullish on Miazga as a USMNT CB option because I see him as too gaffe-prone, but we need depth and most of the CBs I rate above him are either injury-prone or not 100% proven at the international level.

I can see Otasowie as a CB/DM hybrid, but a different flavor than Sands. Sands' greatest strength is his anticipation and reading of the game and Otasowie has always looked very awkward out there when I've seen him at DM. (He is probably stronger than Sands though!!) I'm also very glad to see him depart the EPL for a developmental league like Belgium though like you I have no idea what his prospects for playing time are at Club Brugge.
 

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I still remember the heated debates about whether Tyler Boyd had a guaranteed place in the USMNT best XI. I certainly hope that the 2010s will be seen as the absolute nadir of American soccer fandom, because in retrospect that shit was way bleaker than I ever realized at the time.
 

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Gladbach's starting right back Stefan Lainer has suffered a broken ankle, which is major news for Joe Scally.
 

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I still remember the heated debates about whether Tyler Boyd had a guaranteed place in the USMNT best XI. I certainly hope that the 2010s will be seen as the absolute nadir of American soccer fandom, because in retrospect that shit was way bleaker than I ever realized at the time.
I’d isolate the late ‘10s, when the “missing generation” should have carried the team. First half of the decade was pretty damn fun, relatively successful, and at that time we thought the kids were alright (whoops).
 

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Sargent got his first start for Norwich in the League Cup. They are killing Bournemouth 6-0 and he has two goals so far.

In Champions League qualifiers, Henry Wingo scored for Ferencváros who are leading Young Boys 2-1. It's tied 4-4 on aggregate. Pefok is starting for the opposition.
 

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Horvath with 5 first-half saves so far helping keep a dominant Wolves team off the scoresheet also.

Dunno how many were good saves and how many are the snakebitten finishing Wolves have started the season with.
 

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Bayern Munich beat fifth-division Bremer SV in the DFB Pokal with a 12-0 scoreline. Chris Richards played the second half, and Taylor Booth '01 made his first team debut. Booth is a CM who had a nice stint on loan in Austria last season and is back with their reserves. I don't think he's going to get any Bundesliga playing time and I very much hope he gets an improved loan because he's too good to play in the fourth division this season.

Malik Tillman '02, a German-American who is provisionally cap-tied to Germany from the U17 level, made his debut as well, and scored.
 

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Group A
Steffen (Man City)
Adams (RB Leipzig)
Otasowie (Club Brugge)

Group C
Reyna (Dortmund)

Group E
Richards (Bayern) <---- possible loan or sale?
Dest (Barcelona)

Group F
Pefok (Young Boys)

Group G
Weah (Lille)
Aaronson (Salzburg)
Brooks (Wolfsburg)

Group H
Pulisic (Chelsea)
McKennie (Juventus) <----- possible sale?
Malmö (Gall) <----- recently recalled from loan, not sure if he's in their first team plans
 

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With all the big names in the first two pots, I was hoping to see some marquee matchups for Aaronson. But from that perspective, his draw sucks. From the perspective of making the knockouts, it’s awesome.
 

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Europa League

Group A
Cappis (Brøndby)

Group B
Ledezma (PSV)

Group D
Chandler (Frankfurt)
Vines (Antwerp)

Group E
Konrad (Marseille)
Yedlin (Galatasaray)

Group G
Wingo (Ferencváros)

Group H
McKenzie (Genk)


Europa Conference League

Group C
Reynolds (Roma)

Group E
Cohen (Maccabi Haifa)

Group G
CCV (Tottenham) <---- possibly loan or sale, but also rumors he'll be kept as depth

Group H
Diskerud (Omonia)
 

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Farke: "Minor question mark behind Josh Sargent, who is struggling with some glute problems, but I'm carefully optimistic he will be available."

Bleh. Rest him up and get him over here.
 

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Nice goal for Gio. Now stay healthy for another 45 minutes.

Taken off (sort of surprisingly IMO) after an hour, so he should be all set for WCQ.
 
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Just put on the Venezia game and noticed Busio got the start. Two minutes in and he won a contested header, broke up a pass, and had a nice tackle 1v1 in the box. He's starting as the DM/6.
 

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I missed this until reading about the UCL draw - David Wagner is now managing Young Boys. Nice that her got them to the group stage, but they only have 4pts from 4 matches so far. That really has to improve. But he’s got a decent American striker to work with…
 

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There are many reports that Matthew Hoppe is nearing a move to Mallorca, who have just made their return to La Liga.