The 2020 MLS season is here and the USMNT players in the league are ready to make a big impact. Here are 10 American players to watch in MLS this season.
With a strong representation in the domestic league, the USMNT have plenty of options in the player pool from the MLS.
Here are 10 USMNT players, in no particular order, to watch for in the upcoming MLS season.
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10. Walker Zimmerman
Defender Walker Zimmerman made a big offseason move to Nashville SC. After establishing himself as LAFC’s go-to center-back, the 26-year-old will be tasked with helping lead another MLS Expansion club as it creates its defensive identity. Zimmerman can really show Gregg Berhalter something with this opportunity. Nashville will need his on-field leadership to help pave the way to a successful season. If he can help guide the club to a decent first season, it should improve his standing in the player pool.
9. Cristian Roldan
The 2019 season was the first time in his career that Cristian Roldan won an MLS title. He was a massive part of the Seattle Sounders’ success. All in all, 2019 was a great year for Roldan, who shone for the USMNT too. He was involved in the Nations League fixtures and was used as a substitute during the Gold Cup. This year, he will want to solidify that place in the squad and will have a terrific opportunity to do so playing in the heart of an excellent Sounders side.
8. Gyasi Zardes
For the most part, it was a decent season in 2019 for striker Gyasi Zardes. The Columbus Crew goalscorer netted 13 goals in 28 appearances. As a result, he was selected for the Gold Cup and Nations League rosters. He did not quite have the same impact with the USMNT, and with Josh Sargent emerging, as well as Giovanni Reyna entering the mix, it is going to be very important for Zardes to have a big season in MLS in 2020 as younger talent continues to develop.