A Threat to Win The 2026 World Cup? A Look at the Growing Talent Pool of Americans Playing in Europe

Can the United States win the World Cup within the next 10 years? The answer to this question is a bit complicated. However, we must admit that the program itself is currently in the midst of what appears to be a very promising Golden Generation. Young American players are emerging all across Europe. Even more exciting, these players are plying their trades at massive clubs.

This piece will take a look at the top Americans currently playing across the pond. Without question, this group should be integral in creating the spine for what many feel is the most talented collection of American players ever assembled.

Honorable Mentions: Matthew Hoppe, Tyler Boyd, Tim Chandler, Joe Scally, Emmanuel Sabbi, Indiana Vassilev, Richie Ledezma, Ethan Horvath, Bryan Okoh, Tim Ream, Matthew Olosunde, Bobby Pierre, Christian Cappis, Kik Pierie, Brendan Hines-Ike, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Malick Sanogo, Kobe Hernandez-Foster, Johan Gomez, Bryang Kayo, Leon Flach, Shaq Moore, Kenny Saief, Alex Mendez, Alfredo Morales, Duane Holmes, Jonathan Amon, Chris Durkin, Chituru Odunze, Damian Las, C.J. Dos Santos, Leo Sepulveda, Nico Carrera, Jonathan Tomkinson, Taylor Booth, Zach Booth, Federico Oliva, Aethan Yohannes, Adrian Simons Gill, Ben Lederman, Cameron Harper, Matteo Ritaccio, Aron Johannsson, Mason Judge

Note: We’ve chosen to not include speculative prospects who are highly rated — though might not yet be close to first-team football. Bryan Reynolds was also excluded for the fact his on-going transfer saga has yet to be definitively cleared up.

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