I really enjoyed writing the first part of my young American soccer players series (https://www.topfootytalk.com/2019/05/26/top-5-twenty-year-old-american-soccer-players/), so I decided to write another! Let’s go one year younger and look at the top nineteen year old Americans that seem poised to break out as young stars or already are making a name for themselves! Without further ado, let’s get into it. Here are my top five nineteen year old American soccer players.
#1- Timothy Weah, ST, PSG (On loan at Celtic)
If that last name sounds familiar to any of you, that’s because Tim’s father is legendary Liberian striker George Weah. With such a legendary father Timothy has worked hard to make a name for himself. He has progressed through the PSG youth academy, and eventually made his way into the first team. Once there, it was tough for Weah to get playing time. Can you imagine being stuck behind Neymar, Mbappe, and Cavani? As you might guess, it wasn’t ideal for the youngster. Since minutes were not coming to him at PSG, Weah was loaned out to Celtic this past winter. In Scotland, Weah scored on his debut but has been more of a substitute for the Scottish champs since. Hopefully, he will be able to land in a situation where he can get some playing time this fall!
#2- Josh Sargent, ST, Werder Bremen
As a seventeen year old, Josh Sargent joined the US U-20 World Cup team in 2017 and scored four goals in five matches for the team. Ever since then, his star has continually risen. As soon as he turned eighteen, his club team Werder Bremen, brought him into the first team. In the very first match he played for the club, he scored within two minutes and three months ago, Sargent made his first start in the Bundesliga. He has solid quickness and strong finishing abilities which will help him continue to earn minutes in Germany. Keep an eye on Sargent next season, he could be a breakout star!
#3- Chris Durkin, CDM, DC United
Durkin has been with DC United since he was sixteen and is a strong holding midfielder. With an injury riddled squad at DC United, Durkin has made the most of his opportunities. He seized a starting job and was also selected to the US U-20 World Cup team. He just scored his first goal for the club on April 13 against the Colorado Rapids. Durkin was supposedly attracting European interest this past January. Will it lead to his big break? Time will tell!
#4- Jaylin Lindsey, RB, Sporting Kansas City
Lindsey was poised to make a major leap this season with Sporting Kansas City, but went down with a knee injury at the end of March. Unfortunately, Lindsey is missing out on the U-20 World Cup currently where he would have featured. Hopefully this is just a minor setback for the young defender who shows great speed and strength on the field. He became the youngest player in Sporting KC history to reach ten appearances in a season last year. Get well soon Jaylin, the US needs more young talent like you!
#5- Paxton Pomykal, CAM, FC Dallas
Earning the final spot on my top 5 nineteen year old American soccer players list is Paxton Pomykal. This young man has been on fire for the US U-20 World Cup team. His versatility on the pitch allows him to play in an attacking midfield role, deep forward position, or even out wide. In nine matches, eight of which he has started for FC Dallas this season, Pomykal has two goals and an assist. Pomykal has been a major catalyst for the U-20 side and has helped them advance to the knockout stages of the tournament. The US midfield is loaded with promising players, and Paxton Pomykal is right there with them.
That’s my list of the top 5 nineteen year old American soccer players! Did I miss anyone? Feel free to let me know in the comments and don’t forget to share this article and subscribe! Have a great day and God bless!