It was a flagship year for the American delegation, along with the ever-increasing number of Americans trading in the top European teams and the number of Americans making a big impact in big clubs.
With Weston McKennie’s move to Juventus, Sergino Dest’s blockbuster move to Barcelona, and Giovanni Reyna’s breakout at Borussia Dortmund, American football fans had a lot of excitement.
Who was the best American performer abroad in 2020?
2020 SBI Americans Abroad Vest XI
Zack Steffen, Manchester City
Starting in 2020 with only four times, a light workload for Steffen, these four times have been played in the Cup and Champions League in Manchester City, with American goalkeepers regularly starting on top European flights. I nodded when I wasn’t there.
Due to a knee injury in early 2020, Steffen was unable to continue his impressive form on a loan with Fortuna Düsseldorf on the German side, but later joined Manchester City as a backup for Ederson, maximizing the start given. I used it to the limit. His 4 games.
McCabi Haifa Josh Cohen He is the only American who regularly plays for goals in Europe and deserves an honorable mention.
Sergino Dest, Barcelona
The $ 25 million transfer from Ajax to Barcelona put serious pressure on Dest to carry out, and Dutch-born Fullback stepped up the challenge. He took over Barcelona’s right-back mission and was impressed with his ability to move forward as his defenses improved.
Dest, who can play on the left or right back, took full advantage of Sergi Roberto’s injury and made the right back his own. He is Barcelona’s most stable defender this season.
Boavista Reggie Cannon Deserves an honorable mention for his apparent transition from FC Dallas to the Portuguese League.
John Brooks, Wolfsburg
One of the more stable defenders in the Bundesliga, Brooks is in the midst of another strong season for Wolfsburg, finishing fourth for the New Year.
Eric Palmer Brown With a loan from Manchester City, he settled on a steady role with Vienna, Austria, and deserves an honorable mention.
Chris Richards, Bayern Munich
Richards, the only player on the list to lead the team to number one in 2020, was an important starter for Bayern II to win Germany’s third division title.
Richards made this best XI after breaking through the first team in Bayern. He made his league debut at the end of the previous season, then played in the German Super Cup and started in the Champions League.
Almost a smooth transition to Anderlecht Matt Miazga His time in Reading in the first half of 2020 didn’t work as well as he wanted, but it’s the best XI place.
Antonee Robinson, Fulham
Robinson, who had seen the transfer plan to AC Milan collapse after a health check revealed his heart condition, wouldn’t have gotten worse this year. He eventually dealt with this situation and returned to Wigan, ending the season with enough play to draw attention from Premier League clubs, including Fulham.
Robinson’s move to Fulham was a dream, and USMNT’s fullback became a consistent starter for the cottage.
Tim Ream Although he lost his first role in Fulham, he has gained an honorable mention of his important role in helping Fulham secure his promotion from the League Championship.
Tyler Adams, RB Leipzig
Injury was a persistent problem for Adams, but he once again showed in 2020 that he was a differentiator for RB Leipzig when he was healthy. His winning goal of eliminating Atletico Madrid in the Champions League quarterfinals was one of the biggest moments of American football this year, consolidating his position as an impact player.
Chris Darkin Leaving MLS in search of the minutes of Europe and moving to St. Truyden, Belgium, allowed him to continue to grow.
Weston McKennie, Juventus
McKennie started 2020 as one of the few glorious spots on the terrible Schalke side, but his performance helped increase his stake as a transfer destination and led to the transfer of the loan to Juventus. ..
He took full advantage of that move, starting regularly on the side of Andrea Pirlo and scoring the best goal of the year for Americans in his Man of the Match performance with Barcelona in the Champions League.
Duein Holmes There were some nicely shaped stretches, but withstood the stretches of multiple injuries that slowed his momentum, but he still did enough to get the honorable mention in 2020. did.
Julian Green, Gruzer Firth
Green, the only player in Best XI who does not play in the first division, has performed consistently throughout the year with Germany’s second division, Gruether Furth, celebrating the New Year in a promotion position. ..
The 2014 World Cup veteran has evolved into an impressive two-play player, offering goals, assists, and types of work rates to help return to the Bundesliga.
Yunus Musah From an academy player to the starter of the first team in Valencia, his 15 starts made him a featured player in 2021. Musa led the form to the USMNT debut, but he is still eligible to play in England and Ghana.
Jo Reina, Borussia Dortmund
It’s crazy to think that Reina was still waiting for her first team debut at this time last year, but 2020 was a dream breakout season for teenagers. He has become a regular Borussia Dortmund starter in a new campaign since last season’s Super Substitute.
Reina has evolved into one of Europe’s top young playmakers, scoring 3 goals and 4 assists so far in the current Bundesliga season.
Andria Novaković It was just starting to get hot at the end of the year when Froginone helped him approach his promotion to Serie A last season and he tested positive for COVID-19. Novaković finished the year with nine goals on the Serie B side.
Josh Sargent, Werder Bremen
Sargent, the only American striker to start regularly in the top league, has moved from a bench option to a starter in Werder Bremen. The goal may not be flying, but Sargent has clearly evolved and improved his all-round game.
Bremen slightly avoided being demoted last season, but rebounded with a strong start to the new season. Sargent plays an important role in it and will be the key to the survival of Bremen in 2021.
Aron Jóhannsson revived his big career in 2020 and scored a goal for Hammarby on the Swedish side.
Christian Pulisic, Chelsea
Due to a New Year’s Day injury, Pulisic was destined for a long stint on the sidelines to start 2020, but he soon returned and prospered, playing some of the best football of his career. And helped Chelsea reach the top four finishes in the Premier League FA Cup final.
Pulisic has endured the problem of injuries, but still has an impact when he is healthy. Chelsea struggled to get results in 2020, but Pulisic will be the key to Bruce turning things around in 2021.
Emmanuel Sabbie He made a smooth transition from Hobro to Odense BK, continued to score goals and showed off his versatility as a striker and winger.
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McKennie, Reina, and 2020 American Best XI Overseas
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