The vast majority of leading players on the United States Men’s National Team have, by and large, settled their situation at club. With the exception of Weston McKennie, whose future at Juventus was clarified by manager Max Allegri over the weekend despite a series of late reports that he could head to the Premier League after a season in Serie A, there isn’t much uncertainty about the core of the squad as they prepare for World Cup qualifying.
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But qualifying is perhaps going to require a larger pool of players than ever before due to its compressed nature and the unpredictability brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Between the spread of the coronavirus and its impact on travel restrictions, managers can only plan as best they can while anticipating some staff disruption along the way. US manager Gregg Berhalter took this into account when using two teams with little overlap for the final four in the Concacaf Nations League and Gold Cup this summer. But the needs could even go beyond players who have adapted to the United States in the past two months, making it imperative for a number of players to block any loose clubs before the transfer window closes. .
So it was a relatively busy day for US international players overseas. Here’s who got moves that changed their club’s outlook for the season, and possibly beyond:
Matthew Hoppe in Mallorca (full transfer)
Hoppe, 20, secured a permanent move from Schalke and signed a four-year contract with Mallorca, joining Sergiño Dest (Barcelona), Yunus Musah (Valencia) and Matt Miazga (a recent lender in Alavés) in La Liga. It’s a unique decision from an American perspective for the forward, given the club’s ownership. It’s led by Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver, and his squad also includes former US international Stu Holden and current Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash. For Hoppe, this puts him in a top league after Schalke’s relegation, which should allow him to build on the positive personal momentum he generated during the Gold Cup. Mallorca got promoted to La Liga after last season so there’s always the danger of Hoppe, who scored six goals for Schalke last season, finding himself in relegation again (his decision is very similar to that of Josh Sargent, with the other US striker Trade relegated Werder Bremen for promoted Norwich City), but the club is enjoying a 2-0-1 start to the season.
Chris Richards in Hoffenheim (loan)
Richards is returning to Hoffenheim, where he played regularly on loan last season, after extending his contract with Bayern until the 2024-2025 season. It’s encouraging for him in several ways, given the path to the regular Bundesliga minutes he will receive now and the vote of confidence Bayern have given him for the future. The Alabama native and former FC Dallas academy product, 21, is expected to have every chance of returning to the image of the U.S. national team in the next six months and beyond, which is a precious commodity for manager Gregg Berhalter given the depth of rotation. graphic beyond John Brooks at center back.
“We are very happy with the way Chris Richards has progressed with us which is why we have extended his contract. Chris is a young player who will now gain more Bundesliga experience at Hoffenheim, which is exactly what he needs, ”Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić said in a statement.
Erik Palmer-Brown in Troyes (loan)
Palmer-Brown, 24, was on loan from Manchester City (where he never played) to another City Football Group club in Troyes. There had been reports that Palmer-Brown, who has two USMNT senior caps but was a fixture at the youth level, would join the US crew being trained in Venezia (which is owned by the Americans), but it never materialized.
Instead, after two seasons on loan in the Austrian top flight at Austria Vienna, Palmer-Brown moved to Ligue 1, which now offers the opportunity to face Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappé and Neymar a few times per season (Troyes , however, hosted PSG in their first game of the season, so there is only one trip left to Parc des Princes later for Palmer-Brown in the 2021-2022 campaign).
Nicholas Gioacchini in Montpellier (loan)
The contingent of American internationals in Ligue 1 is still growing with the transfer of Gioacchini, 21, from Caen in Ligue 2 to Montpellier with a loan with an announced and modest purchase option of $ 2.4 million. He will join Konrad de la Fuente (Marseille), Tim Weah (Lille) and Palmer-Brown after being loaned for the season. Gioacchini has proven to be a valuable player on the bench during his brief stint in the United States, and a leap into club competition can only be seen positively by Berhalter and his team, provided the minutes of the first team are there. Given that Montpellier landed two of their best forwards and brought in Valère Germain and Gioacchini as replacements, they should be.
Cameron Carter-Vickers at Celtic (loan)
Carter-Vickers recently injured his ankle while playing for Tottenham in the UEFA Europa Conference League preliminary round, but that didn’t stop the 23-year-old center-back from getting a late transfer. This is the seventh club (in addition to parent club Spurs) he has played for since 2017, following a series of loans in the English pyramid. This time he’s heading to Scotland to play for a national center looking to reclaim Rangers superiority. Celtic have also been trained in a tough Europa League group against Real Betis, Bayer Leverkusen and Ferencváros, which offers more opportunities for solid competition. Carter-Vickers is out of contract at the end of the season, so if he impresses, he could find himself a new stable home.
Jack de Vries in Venice (loan)
This one is on the periphery of the radar given that de Vries, a 19-year-old Philadelphia Union midfielder who missed much of the MLS season after suffering a preseason concussion, will play for the Primavera (U-19) team from Venezia. and not the senior side which presents US midfielders Gianluca Busio and Tanner Tessmann.
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