In recent years, the United States has witnessed an abundance of talent coming out from the country. We have seen U.S soccer legends like Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey, arguably two of the country’s biggest stars. Currently, there have been young promising prospects from the United States. Players such as Christian Pulisic, Serginho Dest, John Brooks, and Deandre Yedlin, among others.
Let’s take a look at some of the most significant American prospects, what they have been doing, and what the future holds for them.
First in line is Christian Pulisic, who is undeniably the biggest star in the country as of the moment. Pulisic started his professional career in German club Borussia Dortmund, after rising through the academy, before making his debut at the young age of 17. In 2018, he finished second in the Kopa Trophy competition, which is awarded for the best young players before 21.
In January 2019, Pulisic started playing for Chelsea, one of the Premier League’s most prominent teams, after moving for a $73 million transfer fee. He has shown tremendous ability, and his goal production in his first season for the club has been impressive so far. He played 34 games in all competitions and was involved in 21 goals (11 goals, 10 assists) in the 34 games he played in. He was added in the 8-player shortlist for PFA Young Player of the Year, and his performance, especially after the restart, earned him praise from multiple critics. For the United States Men’s National Soccer Team (USMNT), Pulisic became the youngest player to captain the side in the modern era. His performance in the CONCACAF Gold Cup helped the team reach the Finals. At the young age of 21, he has won numerous awards, such as the U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year and the U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year. Pulisic has shown that he strives to improve his game, and he has the mentality of a winner. He doesn’t settle for second best; he wants to become the best. A mentality like that cannot be taught, which is proof that he can become a star in future years.
Next, we have fullback Serginho Dest. Born of American-Dutch descent, Dest has shown glimpses of excellence in recent seasons. He started his professional career with Ajax shortly after joining their exclusive academy, Jong Ajax. In the 2018-2019 season, Dest played in 17 games for the team’s development academy, providing a goal and an assist; but, it was his work on defense that really brought fans towards the hype. Dest is a fullback warrior. He will do everything to ensure his side of the pitch is his. No matter who the opposition is, he will make sure to come out on top, to help his team to victory.
Timothy Weah is also another significant American prospect. Being the son of a soccer legend can be difficult, given the added expectation to live up to your parents’ success. But with the young star, it looks like this doesn’t phase him.
During Weah’s early years, he was coached primarily by his father, who helped him develop and polish his initial skills before he finally started joining multiple academies across the United States. He had a trial for Premier League giant Chelsea but eventually decided to begin his professional career with Paris Saint-Germain – the same club his father played for in the 1990s. Weah scored his first competitive goal against Monaco in the “Trophee des Champions” on August 4, 2018. A week later, he scored his first league goal. Eventually, his career saw him on loan to the Scottish side, Celtic. He became an integral part of the team, who ended up naming him part of their Europa League side. However, he was called up to the U20 USMNT, which saw him compete in the U20 World Cup. Consequently, his contract for Celtic was terminated. Weah currently plays for the French side after signing a massive 5-year contract.
These names are only a few of the many young stars who have displayed glimpses of greatness from the United States. These players have already shown what they are capable of even at a young age, and it is exciting to see what they can do in the long run of their careers when they have already built experience and matured as athletes.