The number of American players in Europe seems to be growing with each transfer window Christian Pulisicand last Matthew Hoppe, have shown that you don’t necessarily have to get through a powerful MLS academy like that FC Dallas to take the plunge.
However, there are plenty of stars from Europe who have made their way into MLS (keep that in mind Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson), with safer travel. With the help of sources within the league and our scouting expert Tor-Kristian Karlsen, we break down the names you should familiarize yourself with and what makes them so attractive to European clubs.
Karlsen calls the Minnesota-born midfielder “exquisitely talented,” noting that “his great touch, brilliant medium and long range shooting skills, personal skills and both footed ability will undoubtedly make him a target for European clubs in the United States coming months. “
Our league sources match. “I think Caden Clark is in a great position, the Red Bull organization is thinking a lot about the kid,” said one, and reports suggest he will be leaving New York RB Leipzig at the end of the season. “He will get every chance to be successful.”
There’s a blow to the 17-year-old – he lacks a bit of strength – but that is sure to come as the 5-foot-11 playmaker continues to mature.
Caden Clark’s exquisite talent makes him a clear leader when it comes to aspiring MLS stars for Europe. Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Busio has been heralded as the next big thing in Major League Soccer since making his first-team debut for Sporting in 2018 as a 16-year-old. Since then, however, the North Carolina native’s path has been winding as he was moved from the wing to number 10 to the low-lying playmaker.
“Is he a number 6, is he a number 8, is he a number 10?” asks another source. “What’s his best position?” Recalling a report that SKC rejected a $ 4 million bid FiorentinaThe source added that they may struggle to get more than that amount “if only he’s seen as a versatile player who can play in a number of different positions and never really settle in one.”
Still, his talent is undeniable. “Technically gifted, he is characterized by his ability to read the game, always think a step or two ahead and his playing skills,” says Karlsen. “He also has a strong, powerful right foot shot that he still relies on a little too much. He has long been in the notebooks of European scouts – especially Italian ones as his father is Italian.”
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Tanner Tessman | 19 | Midfielder | FC Dallas
The godson of Clemson soccer coach Dabo Swinney, Tessman is another who doesn’t fit well in a position. Karlsen and league sources noted his 6-foot-2 frame, but one noted that the 19-year-old “isn’t a great tackler or ball winner,” which belies his usefulness as a No. 6, and “he probably isn’t. ” I’ll give you enough goals or assists to be number 10. “His ability to continue honing his skills on both sides of the ball to become an effective number 8 will be paramount to his progression.
Tessman has “an eye for a creative ball or cross-field game change,” says Karlsen, and while he still needs to improve his first touch, his “advanced understanding of the game gives him every right to achieve a goal” abroad.
Fontana’s “Off-the-ball movement often creates confusion for opposing defenses and creates scoring opportunities for yourself,” says Karlsen. “His strong, well-placed shots from outside the box with his powerful right foot, as well as a combination of good technical skills and a quick soccer sense, are eye-catching for boy scouts.”
A source believes the Delaware native will have every opportunity this season to showcase those talents, adding that Philadelphia will likely play Fontana as number 10 but with no expectation that he will set the pace of the game (he leaves that to) Jamiro Monteiro), which allows him to focus on creating or finishing the final ball.
“If he scores ten goals and five assists, he’ll be a really attractive piece for a club abroad.”
Pomykal has what it takes to make a name for himself in MLS and Europe, but his injury history at such a young age is worrying. Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Paxton Pomykal | 21 | Midfielder | FC Dallas
According to Karlsen, Pomykal is “one of the most exciting US prospects in recent years”. He adds that the domestic product’s 2019 breakout campaign has put him firmly on the radar of several European clubs given the midfielder’s offerings.
“He is an excellent passerby of the ball. He plays the central midfield role with confidence and authority and often tries to open the opposing defense with a deep pass,” says Karlsen. “It exhibits intelligent off-the-ball movement, generally plays with few touches, and its low center of gravity makes for good balance.”
The concern, however, is his injury history. In his four seasons with the Dallas first team, Pomykal has missed 35 games with various injuries. “I don’t think anyone is going to spend real money on him if he doesn’t get on the field and maintain his fitness for a good part of the season,” says a source. “So far we have not seen that he is capable of this.”
“He’s so good at it and he’s got that explosive first step,” a source said of Williamson. “Some people get turned off by Eryk because it looks like he’s idling and others look at his ability to choose his moments to influence the game and think, ‘Yeah, this kid is special.’ “
This laissez-faire perception is said to have kept him away from the unfortunate Olympic team in the USA, in which his presence in midfield was sorely missed. “This group needed someone of a special quality,” added the source, “and they didn’t have it.”
There is still a lot to do for the 23-year-old that could be a problem for a player on his development journey so far. Karlsen said he would like Williamson to become “even more dominant” in midfield, albeit otherwise. He speaks fervently of the Portland prodigy: “He’s hard to throw off, he fits it well and can hit a fine set piece. He likes to drive the ball forward and is often seen pulling past opponents. ” – Austin Lindberg
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Tyler Adams, RB Leipzig – On the rise: The somewhat underrated American player has had an excellent season in GermanyAfter establishing himself week after week as a starter for Germany’s second best team. This season, Adams is in the club’s top 5 for touches, restores, tackles, and interceptions. He’s been particularly sharp in the last six games, completing over 91% of his passes and helping Leipzig score three goals. Thursday brought more good news to Adams when Leipzig hired Jesse Marsch, his former New York Red Bulls coach and one of its biggest supporters.
Cameron Carter-Vickers, Bournemouth – On the rise: Remember him? The young center-back, 23, appears to have finally found a home in Bournemouth and emerged as the defensive defender of play-off qualifiers for the championship in the second half of the season.
CCV, still officially on the books at Tottenham, have played every minute of the last 17 games for their loan club, with the Cherries conceding one or fewer goals in 13 of those competitions. His long-term future has yet to be determined, but he is likely to leave Spurs this summer as the Premier League club turn to the £ 10million region for his services, sources told ESPN. Newcastle United, Bournemouth and Anderlecht have all shown interest in him, but Carter-Vickers enjoys learning from Jonathan Woodgate, Bournemouth’s interim manager.
Carter-Vickers was a bit off the USMNT radar, but his persistent play and possible promotion to the Premier League and permanent move to Bournemouth would certainly put him back in central defense. – Tom Hamilton
Tyler Boyd, Sivasspor – On the rise: After being frozen out of football at Besiktas for six months due to a foreign duty roster problemNot only is Boyd finally playing again, he is scoring goals again. The 26-year-old was an important loan for the Turkish Super Lig team Sivasspor and scored five goals in 13 games as a right winger. New Zealand-born Boyd has not performed for the USMNT since 2019, but his decision to represent the Stars and Stripes met with significant hype at the time, and has shown that he could be a useful squad player.
Reggie Cannon, Good view – downward trend: The 22-year-old followed suit Portugal to measure himself against better competition, and he is about to face the biggest test of his football life so far with Boavista in a relegation battle. His team is currently on the promotion / relegation zone, just two points from automatic throw-off, and recently lost “six points” to fellow relegation fighters Martimo and Farense. While Boavista’s problems are bigger than Cannon, the ex-UCLA man’s performances are mixed, which isn’t surprising to USMNT fans from his time with the national team. Boavista will need more consistency from Cannon in the last five games or he could be looking for a new club again this summer.