Hello my fellow Americans and football fans abroad! Today I will be doing a post highlighting my homeland. As you may know, the United States has not been an international power in soccer/football really ever. However, we Americans have hope. The future looks bright. Young stars are breaking into their MLS teams and others are making waves overseas as well. For this article, let’s take a look at those players who look to be the future for American footy. Here are the top 5 twenty year old American soccer players!
#1- Christian Pulisic, RM, Chelsea FC
Let’s start with the biggest name for the top 5 twenty year old American soccer players! Pulisic has already made his big money move to Chelsea, where he will compete for the starting job next summer. Pulisic is the captain of the US Men’s National Team (USMNT) already and is clearly their best player. He is capable of playing on the left and right wing. At the national team level he has also played in the central attacking midfield position as well! Pulisic could be the first American to reach superstar status!
#2- Weston McKennie, CM, FC Schalke 04
Part one of the American midfield duo is the Schalke’s jack-of-all-trades, Weston McKennie. I love to watch McKennie every chance I get. He is able to play throughout the midfield as well as the defense. He’s strong, aggressive and has good speed as well. Although he is capable of playing in a deeper role, he has no problem getting forward. On his first appearance for the USMNT, McKennie won possession for the Americans and laid the ball off to striker Juan Agudelo. As the US worked the ball around, McKennie made a run, received a pass, and beat the Portuguese defense with a nice piece of skill. He then tucked the ball away with a nice finish to the near post. Every team needs a star like Pulisic, but guys like McKennie who can do it all are just as valuable.
#3- Tyler Adams, CDM, RB Leipzig
Weston McKennie’s present and future running mate, Tyler Adams is another 20 year old ready to take the reins for the US. Adams cut his teeth in the MLS with New York Red Bulls before making a transfer to Red Bull Leipzig in Germany (There are multiple clubs in the world owned by Red Bull). Quick and smooth on the ball, Adams can run a midfield or play as an outside back in defense. Just like McKennie, he can pop up with a goal or two. He scored his first goal for the USMNT against rivals Mexico on 9/11 this past fall. Young Americans and the Bundesliga clearly mesh well as every player on this list so far, has played, or currently plays over in Germany.
#4- Jonathan Amon, LW, FC Nordsjælland
Amon may be an unknown product to the casual football fan and American fan alike, but he definitely has a future with the USMNT. He is currently carving out a role in Denmark. Amon has had to shake off his fair share of minor injuries, but has flashed enough promise to earn a call up to the USMNT last November. His skill and speed is evident whenever he sets foot on the field. Amon has left many defenders in his dust as he burns past them with his promising blend of speed and strength. I expect his name to pick up steam among American fans. New USMNT manager Gregg Berhalter would be wise to get Amon more game time with the national team.
#5- Djordje Mihailovic, CAM, Chicago Fire
The last of the top 5 twenty year old American soccer players to make my list is also more of an unknown commodity. However, Mihailovic has already made his USMNT debut this past January. He scored his first goal on that debut against Panama and showed a great ability to run the midfield for the USMNT. He also takes great set pieces, delivering great corners. His technical abilities, paired with his great attacking instincts have him well set to push for an attacking role for the US in the near future! With the Gold Cup coming up this summer, Mihailovic deserves a chance to make that squad and push for silverware with the US.
So that’s my list for the top 5 twenty year old American soccer/football players! What do you think? Did I miss anyone? If you like this content let me know and I’ll look at some even younger future stars for the US. Thanks as always to Fredrik @F_edits for his great work! Until next time, have a great day and God bless!