As European football enters its preseason stages, American and USMNT players abroad are finding themselves involved in the action. Here’s how they fared this past week.
It was a well-taken goal. A nicely timed run curved in behind the defense. Sargent, with time on his hands to turn calmness into calamity, dribbled into the penalty area, set himself with a touch to the right, and then curled a low shot into the bottom corner.
Sargent will be vying for first-team minutes this season as he begins his professional journey in the German top flight. Even though it is a preseason friendly, it will be important for Sargent to continue to light up the scoreboard in order to get him in good standing entering the Bundesliga season.
Meanwhile, and also in the Bundesliga, Christian Pulisic is back on the pitch and recorded an assist for Borussia Dortmund.
Regarding Pulisic’s potential transfer to England, it sounds as if the Dortmund midfielder is still being pursued by the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United. It remains to be seen if a deal will be reached by August, but the interest is proof of the young American’s talent, potential and production.
Bobby Wood scored a goal for his new club Hanover in a friendly. Fabian Johnson and McKinzie Gaines produced the most goals out of any American players by recording a brace for their respective clubs Borussia Mönchengladbach and Darmstadt.
Emmanuel Sabbi also scored a half-volley that is worth a couple of clicks of the replay button. Unfortunately, his club Hobro were defeated 3-1 in the opening match of the Danish Superliga. Nonetheless, it was the top goal of the week in this week’s edition of USMNT abroad.
Elsewhere, Luca De La Torre (Fulham), Jonathan Klinsmann (Hertha Berlin), Tim Weah (PSG), and Antonee Robinson (Everton) all saw playing time over the course of the week.
Tyler Adams staying put despite RB Leipzig rumors
Despite a flurry of rumors regarding Tyler Adams’ potential departure to RB Leipzig, the New York Red Bulls midfielder stated there had not been any contact made with the Bundesliga club.
Adams is one of the brightest prospects the USMNT have and he seems destined to sign with a European club in the near future. Although it sounds as if Leipzig won’t happen, this will likely be the final season in Major League Soccer for the 19-year-old. It is hard to see clubs in Europe passing up on the opportunity to sign him in the either this summer window or in January of 2019.
US Soccer produces rising series
U.S. Soccer has produced a series which highlights some of the top American talents at the moment. All 11 videos can be found on the U.S. Soccer Youtube channel and is well-worth a watch.