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How USMNT players performed in Europe’s top five leagues: 26-28 February

Jamie Spencer
Mar 1, 2021, 1:15 PM GMT
Christian Pulisic returned to action for Chelsea
Christian Pulisic returned to action for Chelsea | Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images
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The United States men’s national team is overseeing a golden generation of players in the leadup to the 2026 World Cup on home soil, with more American players than ever before plying their club trade at teams in one of the Europe’s top five leagues.

Here’s a roundup of how USMNT players in the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and Ligue 1 got on in the latest round of matches (26 – 28 February).

14. Konrad de la Fuente

Konrad de la Fuente was with Barcelona B
Konrad de la Fuente was with Barcelona B | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Position: Winger

Club: Barcelona

Having been on the bench in La Liga more often than not this season, albeit without actually making his debut in the competition, Konrad de la Fuente wasn’t involved with the Barcelona first-team over the weekend.

Instead, the 19-year-old Florida-born talent was with Barcelona B and played 89 minutes of their 1-0 win against Lleida Esportiu.

13. Zack Steffen

Zack Steffen is Man City #2 behind Ederson
Zack Steffen is Man City #2 behind Ederson | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Position: Goalkeeper

Club: Manchester City

Goalkeeper Zack Steffen, who is among the supporters of Common Goal’s newly launched Anti-Racist Project, remains the primary back-up for Ederson at Manchester City and was on the bench for his club’s 2-1 Premier League over West Ham on Saturday.

Steffen has played in the Premier League this season, against Chelsea in early January, but the majority of his chances have come in the EFL Cup and FA Cup.

12. Tim Ream

Tim Ream last played in the Premier League in October
Tim Ream last played in the Premier League in October | Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Position: Centre-back

Club: Fulham

Tim Ream is still yet to regain his place at Fulham and was an unused substitute for a 20th consecutive Premier League game as the Cottagers drew 0-0 with Crystal Palace.

Ream hasn’t played a league match since defeat to the same side in late October.

11. John Brooks

John Brooks is usually a starter but was supended
John Brooks is usually a starter but was supended | Alex Grimm/Getty Images

Position: Centre-back

Club: Wolfsburg

John Brooks is usually a regular starter for Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga, but the 28-year-old was missing over the weekend for the club’s 2-0 win against Hertha Berlin through suspension.

He has otherwise started 20 Bundesliga games this season, with Wolfsburg in contention to finish in the top four and return to the Champions League.

10. Antonee Robinson

Antonee Robinson came off the bench for Fulham
Antonee Robinson came off the bench for Fulham | Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Position: Left-back

Club: Fulham

Antonee Robinson played the second half of Fulham’s 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace, having been brought off the bench at half-time.

The 23-year-old, who qualifies for the USMNT through his American father, has usually been a starter this season.

9. Yunus Musah

Yunus Musah was subbed early for Valencia
Yunus Musah was subbed early for Valencia | Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Position: Winger

Club: Valencia

Yunus Musah returned to the Valencia starting XI in La Liga but only played 54 minutes of a disappointing 3-0 defeat against Getafe that left the club in 14th place.

The 19-year-old is no longer starting as regularly for Valencia as he was earlier in the season.

8. Chris Richards

Chris Richards started again for Hoffenheim
Chris Richards started again for Hoffenheim | TOBIAS SCHWARZ/Getty Images

Position: Centre-back

Club: Hoffenheim

20-year-old centre-back Chris Richards is making the most of his opportunity since joining Hoffenheim on loan from Bayern Munich in January and started his third Bundesliga game for the club in their 1-1 draw with Union Berlin.

Richards had also started twice in the Europa League before Hoffenheim were knocked out.

7. Tyler Adams

Tyler Adams played 90 minutes of an RB Leipzig win
Tyler Adams played 90 minutes of an RB Leipzig win | Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Position: Centre midfield

Club: RB Leipzig

Tyler Adams played the full 90 minutes for RB Leipzig in a fifth consecutive Bundesliga win for the club that keeps them second behind only reigning champions Bayern Munich.

Leipzig came from two down to win 3-2 against Borussia Monchengladbach.

6. Timothy Weah

Timothy Weah played nearly half an hour for Lille
Timothy Weah played nearly half an hour for Lille | John Berry/Getty Images

Position: Winger

Club: Lille

Timothy Weah appeared as a substitute for the final half hour as Ligue 1 leaders Lille looked to rescue a home game against struggling Strasbourg.

Lille were trailing but eventually got back on level terms to draw 1-1 late on. It was still a setback, though, cutting their lead over champions Paris Saint-Germain to just two points.

5. Josh Sargent

Josh Sargent scored Werder Bremen's winner
Josh Sargent scored Werder Bremen's winner | Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Position: Striker

Club: Werder Bremen

Josh Sargent scored the winner for Werder Bremen in their 2-1 comeback victory over Eintracht Frankfurt to kick off the Bundesliga’s weekend action on Friday night.

The win helped Bremen stay eight points clear of the relegation playoff, while Sargent has now started 20 of the club’s 22 league games season - a step on from last season when the Missouri-born forward was more of a rotational player.

4. Giovanni Reyna

Giovanni Reyna started Dortmund's Bundesliga win
Giovanni Reyna started Dortmund's Bundesliga win | INA FASSBENDER/Getty Images

Position: Attacking midfield

Club: Borussia Dortmund

Giovanni Reyna played just under 70 minutes of Borussia Dortmund’s 3-0 Bundesliga win over Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday.

It was his first start in any competition since mid-February and his team were already 2-0 up by the time the teenager was replaced by Thorgan Hazard.

3. Weston McKennie

Weston McKennie came off the bench for Juventus
Weston McKennie came off the bench for Juventus | Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images

Position: Centre midfield

Club: Juventus

A goal in his last start against Crotone a week earlier wasn’t enough for Weston McKennie to keep his place in the Juventus XI on Saturday. Instead, the USMNT midfielder was a substitute and played the final 22 minutes of the 1-1 draw with Hellas Verona.

That result saw the champions fall a full 10 points behind leaders Inter, although Juve have still got a game in hand that could reduce the deficit.

2. Christian Pulisic

Christian Pulisic was a substitute for Chelsea vs Man Utd
Christian Pulisic was a substitute for Chelsea vs Man Utd | Pool/Getty Images

Position: Winger

Club: Chelsea

Christian Pulisic made his first Premier League appearance since early February when he came off the bench for the final 25 minutes against Manchester United, having missed Chelsea’s previous three league matches.

Pulisic couldn’t make the difference and the game at Stamford Bridge finished 0-0.

1. Sergino Dest

Sergino Dest started Barcelona's win over Sevilla
Sergino Dest started Barcelona's win over Sevilla | Fran Santiago/Getty Images

Position: Right wing-back

Club: Barcelona

Sergino Dest was back in the Barcelona starting XI and played 90 minutes in a La Liga fixture for the first time since before Christmas.

Barça kept a clean sheet and won 2-0 in a vitally important away game against Sevilla in the race for a top four place.

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