The deals and loans set up an interesting season for USMNT players across Europe in 2022-23

By Clement Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (August 8, 2022) American Football Players – Another European club season is already upon us, though it feels like it has crept up on everyone, starting earlier for adjust to the long break in November and December for the World Cup. As has been the case for several years now, the Americans will play a major role for clubs across the continent.

While several Americans already playing in Europe have made the transfer market news this summer, there have also been some big loan deals. USMNT goalkeeper Zack Steffen has been on loan from Manchester City to Middlesbrough. “Everyone knows his situation. He needed to play because of the World Cup. Middlesbrough manager Chris Wilder has said in a press release.

While all eyes will be on USMNT players at some of Europe’s biggest clubs, there are several Americans, new to Europe or who have switched teams, worth watching over the coming weeks. before the World Cup and throughout the 2022 season. -23 European club season. Here are five, all of whom changed teams this summer, to watch in Europe this season:

Jordan Pefok (Union Berlin)

The 26-year-old striker continues to score after his spell in the Bundesliga, already contributing to a Union Berlin club who finished 5th in the Bundesliga last season and will feature in the Europa League this year. It’s an upward trajectory for player and club, with Pefok’s arrival bolstering an attack that could very well see Union Berlin push for a Champions League spot.

Matt Turner (Arsenal)

The Americans seem to be returning to the Premier League at a time when the USMNT has a presence in Europe’s top five leagues. The Premier League is a staple on American television, which means the more Americans the better, given the league’s reputation and global marketing reach. Turner, 28, will get the chance to test his goalkeeping skills across the pond after a strong 2021 season with the New England Revolution. Now at Arsenal, Turner is a substitute for an elite club.

As well as being a powerful stopper, Turner can play the ball with his feet and is calm in goal. His new club plays a high line and likes to create an attack from behind. Turner will certainly fit into the tactical setup as he competes for minutes this season.

Zack Steffen (Middlesbrough)

Steffen can certainly give Turner some advice on what it’s like to be a Premier League substitute. He has been a member of the Manchester City squad since 2019, spending the first season on loan at Germany’s Fortuna Dusseldorf before becoming City’s substitute. That meant being ready to step in when needed, but otherwise only playing two league matches and the domestic cups.

The 27-year-old goalkeeper moved to Middlesbrough in the summer on a loan deal with a chance to start in the Championship. It will be interesting to see what he can do week in and week out in a team looking to earn promotion this season.

Brenden Aaronson (Leeds United)

One of the most exciting midfielders in the USMNT, Aaronson swapped the red and white from Red Bull Salzburg for the Premier League after the club unsuccessfully tried to sign him last January. At Leeds, Aaronson brings with him the skills to make coach Jesse March’s 4-2-2-2 system work with great efficiency. The 21-year-old is good on the ball and has the creativity needed. Leeds survived the dip last season but could be aiming for mid-table or even something higher.

Tyler Adams (Leeds United)

Adams also signed with Leeds this summer after playing the last three seasons with RB Leipzig, joining Aaronson to adjust to the English top flight. It’s no small thing, something that may require valuable time at the start of this unique season.

Adams, 23, brings speed and the ability to come back with him. It makes Leeds a better team and gives them confidence in defense and when it comes to goal creation, two areas where they needed improvement. In attack, Adams can also score goals, headers are his strength, in what can truly be a great season for Leeds.

Not so long ago, USMNT players excelled in England. This trend has subsided, with the Bundesliga taking its place. Now Americans in England are back in fashion. For many players who have changed teams in recent weeks, this will once again represent a referendum on Americans, especially those in the Premier League.


Clemente Lisi is a regular contributor to US Soccer Players. He is also the author of A History of the World Cup: 1930-2018.

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