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Top 100 Americans in the 2022 World Cup player pool

5:05 PM WAT 29/07/2019
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As the USMNT begins to march into a new World Cup cycle, it is time to look at the generation of top talent ready to lead the way to 2022

If the 2022 World Cup seems a million years away, it's because it's going to feel that way as U.S. national team fans are forced to endure a longer wait than they are used to in order to see their team return to the sport's biggest stage. 

The next World Cup is slated to take place in November and December of 2022, adding half a year before we can hope to see American players taking on the world's best in an event U.S. fans grew to take for granted after qualifying for seven straight tournaments. 

All that changed in 2017 on a fateful night in Trinidad. The dust has settled since that historic disappointment and the USMNT has a new coach in Gregg Berhalter.  

The process of rebuilding the program has begun.  

The good news is that there is a considerable amount of young talent on the way up the pipeline – arguably more talent than we have ever seen at once - in MLS and abroad. Christian Pulisic's meteoric rise in Germany has inspired dozens of fellow Americans to make the jump overseas in search of glory, while more and more teenagers are signing deals in MLS. 

With that in mind, here is a closer look at the talent pool that will be drawn from to build the next U.S. World Cup — assuming the Americans successfully qualify. The Top 100 is based on a variety of factors, including recent form and high-end potential. This is why some top prospects just beginning their careers are listed ahead of established professionals, and why an elite talent like Giovanni Reyna can be included despite having yet to formally start his professional career. 

The list excludes some dual-national players who have reportedly expressed interest in playing for the United States but have yet to fully commit, such as Theoson Siebatcheu and Folarin Balogun, though they could be added eventually if they declare for the USA.  

After originally excluding players who will be older than 30 by the next World Cup, we are including older players on the revised rankings. Obviously there should be a few players in their 30s on the 2022 U.S. World Cup squad, but the number of players in their 30s is limited on the list, and players such as Tim Ream, Brad Guzan and Fabian Johnson were left out even though they could very well still have parts to play in the next World Cup qualifying cycle.

The Top 100 has been updated to reflect changes in status after the Gold Cup, a tournament which served to help boost the stock of some players, while also leaving some others sliding down the list.

Here are the Top 100 Americans in the U.S. national team player pool for the 2022 World Cup.  

  • Christian Pulisic United States 2019

    #1 Christian Pulisic, Chelsea

    The unquestioned star of the USMNT, Pulisic is the centerpiece of Berhalter's reconstruction project, the program's most dangerous attacking player and a player set to join Chelsea after his $73 million transfer. Though his playing time at Borussia Dortmund wasn't as consistent this past season, he remains the U.S. team's biggest star, as he showed this summer at the Gold Cup, and will have a chance now to prove himself in the Premier League.

  • Tyler Adams USMNT 03212019 ISI.

    #2 Tyler Adams, RB Leipzig

    No American player has seen their stock rise more in the past year than Adams, who established himself as a USMNT regular in 2018 and enjoyed a smooth transition from MLS to the Bundesliga after his transfer from the New York Red Bulls to RB Leipzig. Boasting an unmatched work rate, ever-improving passing skills and the versatility to play multiple roles, Though he sat out this summer's Gold Cup to rest a groin injury, Adams has already established himself as a player Berhalter will make a key part of his plans, all at the age of 20. 

  • Weston McKennie USMNT Ecuador 03212019 ISI JD

    #3 Weston McKennie, Schalke

    The 20-year-old has evolved over the past year, going from more of a defensive midfielder to a player capable of contributing to the attack. Schalke has used him everywhere from attacking midfield to right back, and Berhalter has already pegged him for an attacking midfield role with the USMNT, a role McKennie grew into during the recent Gold Cup. He wore the captain's armband in the Gold Cup final, a good sign that he is developing into a leader on Berhalter's team.

  • Zack Steffen USMNT 02092019 ISI JD

    #4 Zack Steffen, Fortuna Dusseldorf (via Manchester City)

    No American player had a bigger 2018 than Steffen, who won MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, established himself as the first-choice starter for the USMNT and secured a record-setting transfer to Manchester City. His 2019 has gone well too, with a strong showing at the Gold Cup, followed by the securing of a loan move to Bundesliga side Fortuna Dusseldorf, where he should challenge for the starting role.

  • John Brooks USA Ecuador 2019

    #5 John Brooks, Wolfsburg

    Brooks rebounded from an injury-plagued first season at Wolfsburg and has established himself as a consistent force in the German's club defense. Brooks is the best defender in the USMNT talent pool when healthy, but injuries have continued to hamper his career. He missed this summer's Gold Cup, but remains the top central defender in the pool when he is available.

  • Josh Sargent USMNT 10162018

    #6 Josh Sargent, Werder Bremen

    After tearing up Werder Bremen's reserve team, Sargent earned his step up to the first team and a memorable Bundesliga debut that saw him score a goal with his first touch. Though consistent playing time has been tough to come by, Sargent still impressed enough to earn a new contract with the Bundesliga club. On the USMNT front, Sargent scored his first two goals in 2018, and earned his first call from Gregg Berhalter, who brought him into the senior team rather than having him play in another Under-20 World Cup. Though he didn't wind up featuring in the Gold Cup, Sargent is very much the national team's striker of the future.

  • Tim Weah USMNT U20s 2019

    #7 Timothy Weah, Lille

    It has been an eventful 2019 for Weah, who enjoyed some success on loan to Scottish club Celtic before starring in the U.S. Under-20 national team's quarterfinal run at the Under-20 World Cup. With playing time scarce at PSG, Weah made the inevitable move away from the French champions, securing a transfer to Ligue 1 side Lille, where he will look for the consistent playing time that will help him make his highly-anticipated return to the USMNT.

  • Giovanni Reyna USMNT 11282018 ISI

    #8 Giovanni Reyna, Borussia Dortmund

    The youngest player on the list, Reyna is the son of former U.S. national team captain Claudio Reyna. His high-level technical skills and ability to create chances and score goals drew the attention of several European clubs, but he has officially joined Borussia Dortmund in a move that was more than a year in the making. While it may be seen as a stretch to project him on the 2022 U.S. World Cup team — when he would be 20 — if anyone in his age group is going to make that jump, he's the most likely to make it happen. Anyone who watched him shine at the Concacaf Under-17 championships saw why.

  • Chris Richards USMNT U20s Poland 2019

    #9 Chris Richards, Bayern Munich

    Another beneficiary of a dream 2018, Richards went from youth prospect to signed pro, to playing with Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup, to earning a permanent transfer to Bayern after impressing with their U-19 team. The former FC Dallas academy player starred at the Under-20 World Cup as one of the best defenders in the tournament, boosting his stock even more, and making him one of the most highly-regarded defensive prospects in the USMNT system. He will spend the upcoming season with Bayern Munich II.
  • Sergino Dest USMNT U20s 05282019

    #10 Sergino Dest, Ajax

    One of top prospects on the recent U.S. Under-20 World Cup team, Dest shook off a shaky opening performance to finish the tournament in strong form. He has carried that momentum into the new club season, where he has broken through with Ajax's first team, making his debut in the Dutch Super Cup. A versatile fullback who can play on either side, Dest looks like a good bet to earn regular playing time at Ajax as a left back, though his future could be at right back for the USMNT.

  • Alex Mendez USMNT U20s Poland 2019

    #11 Alex Mendez, Ajax

    The star of the U.S. Under-20 national team's World Cup qualifying campaign last November, Mendez dazzled with his dynamic midfield play. Boasting a deadly left foot, tireless engine and sharp passing, Mendez has the total package to be a difference-maker in the senior national team level. His Under-20 World Cup wasn't the breakout performance some had hoped, but he did flash the quality that has him so highly rated, and showed enough to convince Ajax to sign him to a three-year deal as part of its next generation of promising prospects.

  • Aaron Long USMNT Gold Cup 06222019

    #12 Aaron Long, New York Red Bulls

    One of the more impressive success stories in American soccer due to his career climb over the past five years, Long enjoyed a dream 2018, emerging as the best defender in MLS, leading the New York Red Bulls to the Supporters' Shield while also breaking into the U.S. national team. Long has taken a step further in 2019, impressing under Gregg Berhalter and emerging as a lock starter at the Gold Cup, where he earned Best XI honors with an outstanding tournament. European clubs have taken notice, and a move abroad could be in his future if the right offer is made for his services.

  • Matt Miazga, USMNT

    #13 Matt Miazga, Reading FC (via Chelsea)

    It has been a positive 2019 for Miazga, who shook off an awful loan stint with French club Nantes to rebound with a strong stint with League Championship side Reading FC. Miazga then had a solid showing at the Gold Cup, starting three of the USMNT's final four matches, including the final. He will return to Reading for another season, and will need to maintain his top form to remain a starting option for Gregg Berhalter when Nations Cup kicks off in the fall.

  • Sebastian Soto U20 World Cup France USA 06042019

    #14 Sebastian Soto, Hannover 96

    One of the most prolific goal-scorers in the U.S. youth national team ranks, Soto rose quickly up the ranks at Hannover 96 after joining from the Real Salt Lake academy last summer. The 18-year-old is part of a new wave of young American strikers who will be called on to fill a void at the position. A composed forward with good back-to-goal skills and technical quality in the penalty area, Soto made his Bundesliga debut for Hannover in the spring and made his mark at the Under-20 World Cup, delivering a performance that has led to heightened interest in his services from clubs throughout Europe.
  • DeAndre Yedlin USMNT 10112019 ISI RM

    #15 DeAndre Yedlin, Newcastle United

    Sidelined by sports hernia surgery that forced him to miss the Gold Cup, Yedlin has been made to wait as he prepares to compete for a place in Gregg Berhalter's plans. Yedlin is poised for a big bounce-back season for club and country now that he has had a chance to address his injury, and take a rare summer off, and at 26, he should be hitting his prime.
  • Ethan Horvath USMNT Portugal 11142017

    #16 Ethan Horvath, Club Brugge

    It was a rough 2018 for Horvath, at least before he grabbed a hold on the starting job at Club Brugge, leading to some impressive performances in the Champions League and with the USMNT. Now Horvath is in the conversation to challenge Zack Steffen for the starting goalkeeper spot with the United States, and at 23, he is the youngest of the top options, though an injury cost him a chance at the Gold Cup.
  • Chris Gloster USMNT U20s 11012018 ISIRKM

    #17 Chris Gloster, Hannover 96

    One of the most exciting natural left back prospects in the player pool, Gloster has seen his career skyrocket over the past year. He signed a pro contract with Hannover after leaving the New York Red Bulls academy when he turned 18, and followed that up with a strong showing at the Concacaf Under-20 Championships. The 18-year-old has worked his way up to Hannover 96's Under-23 team and was impressive as the starting U.S. left back at the Under-20 World Cup. Top Euopean clubs have taken notice, leading to considerable interest in trying to pry him away from Hannover.
  • Paxton Pomykal USMNT U20 11012018

    #18 Paxton Pomykal, FC Dallas

    Long regarded as a top prospect in the FC Dallas academy system, Pomykal has realized his considerable promise over the course of the past six months. He impressed at the Concacaf Under-20 Championships, and then rolled into the 2019 MLS season as a starter for Luchi Gonzalez's FC Dallas side. Pomykal has responded by playing some of the best soccer in MLS despite being just 19. He carried that good form into the Under-20 World Cup, where he was one of the U.S. team's standouts.
  • Paul Arriola USMNT 02022019 ISIJT

    #19 Paul Arriola, D.C. United

    One of the better wing options in the national team pool, Arriola has seen his career blossom since making the move from Club Tijuana to D.C. United. He has established himself as a USMNT fixture, and has been a regular call-up by Gregg Berhalter. He's also 24, and should be in his prime when the 2022 World Cup rolls around.

  • Walker Zimmerman USMNT 02022019

    #20 Walker Zimmerman, Los Angeles FC

    The move from FC Dallas to Los Angeles FC proved to be a career-boosting one for Zimmerman, who earned a USMNT look and established himself as one of the better central defenders in MLS. Playing for Bob Bradley has helped him improve his overall game, and he was rewarded with a new contract this winter. He's facing tough competition in the USMNT central defender depth chart, but the 25-year-old earned a starting role in the early stages of the Gold Cup, and should continue to vie for playing time in Gregg Berhalter's system.
  • Cristian Roldan USMNT 09112019

    #21 Cristian Roldan, Seattle Sounders

    The USMNT youth movement looked like it might threaten to overtake Roldan in the national team pecking order, but the Seattle Sounders midfielder has enjoyed a smooth transition into Gregg Berhalter's national team setup, and saw minutes in the Gold Cup semifinals and final. On the club side, Roldan is taking on more of a leadership role and has been a key contributor to Seattle's strong start to 2019.
  • Jozy Altidore USMNT  Panama 2 06302019

    #22 Jozy Altidore, Toronto FC

    One of the oldest players on the list, Altidore will be 33 when the 2022 World Cup rolls around, which is pushing the limits for a big striker, but the reality is he still the top striker in the USMNT pool. This much was made clear at the Gold Cup, where his old-up play and passing ability showed how he can thrive in Gregg Berhalter's system. Younger options like Josh Sargent and Sebastian Soto will be coming for the crown soon enough, but for the immediate future, Altidore is still the striker of choice for the USMNT.
  • Konrad De La Fuente Barcelona 2019

    #23 Konrad De La Fuente, FC Barcelona

    A speedy winger from Miami who has spent several years in Barcelona's youth academy, De La Fuente is blossoming into an elite prospect for the Spanish champions and the U.S. Under-20 national team. Currently a part of Barcelona B, De La Fuente can work as a winger or as a striker and established himself as a starter at the Under-20 World Cup despite being the youngest player on the U.S. team.

  • Emerson Hyndman AFC Bournemouth 07282018

    #24 Emerson Hyndman, Atlanta United (via Bournemouth)

    After finally breaking through for some late-season minutes at Bournemouth, Hyndman earned a call-up to the U.S. national team for a look, impressing Gregg Berhalter with his quality, and while he ultimately didn't take part in the Gold Cup, he is clearly on the radar. The attacking midfielder's loan move to Atlanta United could be the perfect opportunity to get the regular minutes that have eluded him for the past two years, as well as allowing American fans a chance to see him up close after spending a decade hearing about the one-time child prodigy.
  • Cameron Carter-Vickers USMNT 09112018

    #25 Cameron Carter-Vickers, Swansea City (via Tottenham)

    The 20-year-old defender has long been seen as a national team center back of the future, and 2018 has seen him take his first major steps with the USMNT. He put together a pair of successful loan stints in the Championship last season and should get another year of seasoning with Swansea City. He has plenty of room to develop but is already playing well enough to be considered a threat to start in the next World Cup qualifying cycle. 

  • Duane Holmes Derby County 01052019

    #26 Duane Holmes, Derby County

    The American-born, England-raised Holmes has blossomed under Derby County manager Frank Lampard, establishing himself as a regular starter for the League Championship playoff contenders. He has more yellow cards than goals, but Holmes showed some promising flashes in his first appearances for the USMNT. An injury kept him from taking part in the Gold Cup, but he should compete for call-ups as an attacking midfielder going forward.
  • Reggie Cannon USMNT 06262019

    #27 Reggie Cannon, FC Dallas

    After a breakout season with FC Dallas in 2018, Cannon played his way onto the national team radar with an invite to the January camp. He didn't break through then, but made enough of an impression to merit a call for the Gold Cup, and he proceeded to be one of the surprises of the tournament. The 21-year-old defender performed well in all three of his starts, including the Gold Cup final, pushing himself up the right back depth chart, and establishing himself as one of the leading candidates to start for the U.S. Olympic qualifying team.

  • Jonathan Amon United States USMNT Peru 16102018

    #28 Jonathan Amon, Nordsjaelland

    It has been a tough 2018 so far for the speedy 19-year-old, who has struggled to find regular minutes for Danish side FC Nordsjaelland after a strong run last fall that saw him starting, scoring goals and earning his first USMNT call. He is still very much a top prospect in the USMNT winger pool, and though he fell short in his bid to make the Gold Cup squad, he should be a factor for the Olympic qualifying team and a future wing option for Berhalter.
  • Richie Ledezma USMNT 03252019

    #29 Richie Ledezma, PSV Eindhoven

    The former Real Salt Lake academy star joined Dutch powerhouse PSV in December and only an injury kept him from being one of the breakout stars at the Concacaf Under-20 championships last fall. A highly-technical central midfielder who could eventually fit in well with Berhalter's preferred style of play, Ledezma is just 18, but is one of the more skilled midfield prospects in the national team pipeline.

  • Tyler Boyd USA USMNT Guyana Gold Cup 2019

    #30 Tyler Boyd, Beskitas

    The New Zealand-born left winger has filed a one-time switch to play for the United States, and Gregg Berhalter wasted no time making him a key part of the U.S. Gold Cup squad. The 24-year-old showed excellent attacking qualities as a versatile winger, even though he was scarecely used in the knockout rounds of the tournament. He recently completed a summer transfer to Turkish powerhouse Besiktas.
  • Ulysses Llanez USMNT U20 11032018 ISI RKM

    #31 Ulysses Llanez, Wolfsburg

    One of the stars of the U.S. Under-20 national team during World Cup qualifying last November, Llanez finalized his move to Bundesliga side Wolfsburg after turning 18 on April 2. Boasting game-breaking speed and the ability to take defenders on the dribble, Llanez impressed in his limited minutes at the Under-20 World Cup, and could be the next American teenager to break through in the Bundesliga after having completed his move to Wolfsburg this summer.
  • Michael Bradley USMNT

    #32 Michael Bradley, Toronto FC

    The oldest player on this list, Bradley will be 35 when the 2022 World Cup begins, but it's tough to call his chances of being on the USMNT for that tournament impossible. The 32-year-old is still playing at a high level, as evidenced by his Best XI selection in the Gold Cup. The challenge for him will be holding off a wave of dynamic young central midfielders in the pipeline, which won't be easy.
  • Gyasi Zardes USMNT 02022019

    #33 Gyasi Zardes, Columbus Crew

    One of the bigger beneficiaries of Gregg Berhalter's arrival as USMNT coach, Zardes has benefited from his familiarity with Berhalter's system, as well as the void at the striker position. Having shown improved finishing on the club level, Zardes still needs to work on his passing and touch, though he clearly looks comfortable playing for Berhalter. After impressing in the Gold Cup group stage, he struggled in the knockout rounds, raising fresh questions about his standing with the national team.
  • Jordan Morris USMNT 07072019

    #34 Jordan Morris, Seattle Sounders

    Sidelined for most of 2018 with a torn ACL, Morris has returned to his goal-scoring ways for the Seattle Sounders. The 24-year-old has looked sharp playing on the right wing for the Sounders, though he disappointed in the role with the USMNT in March. His speed can make him a difference-maker in Gregg Berhalter's system, though he's going to need to keep improving to challenge for a regular role as a national team winger.
  • Miles Robinson Atlanta United MLS 04072019

    #35 Miles Robinson, Atlanta United

    One of the leading candidates for 2019 MLS breakout player of the year, Robinson has jumped into a starting role with the defending MLS Cup champions and flourished. The 6-foot-2 central defender has showed improved technical quality along with strength and is poised to be a prospect worth keeping tabs on. Eligible for the U.S. Under-23 national team, Robinson should push for a role in Olympic qualifying, and has earned a look from Gregg Berhalter with the USMNT.
  • Nick Lima USA Francisco Calvo Costa Rica

    #36 Nick Lima, San Jose Earthquakes

    One of the standouts of the USMNT's January friendlies, Lima looked very comfortable playing right back in Gregg Berhalter's system and appeared like he might be poised for a big 2019. An early-season stint on the bench with the San Jose Earthquakes threatened to halt his progression, but he played his way back into the lineup — though at left back. He was the U.S. team's starting right back early in the Gold Cup, but was replaced by Reggie Cannon for the semifinals and finals.

  • Antonee Robinson USA 2018-19

    #37 Antonee Robinson, Wigan

    One of the best fullback prospects in the pool, Robinson has had his ups and down in USMNT appearances, but he has also done well establishing himself on the club level. He fell short in his attempt to make the U.S. Gold Cup team, but he should feature in Olympic qualifying. Robinson recently completed a transfer to Wigan after a successful loan spell, leaving Everton after more than a decade in the Toffees system.
  • Erik Palmer-Brown USA U-20

    #38 Erik Palmer-Brown, Manchester City

    The 22-year-old defender's loan to last-place Dutch side NAC Breda started off poorly, with Palmer-Brown struggling for playing time, but in recent months he has settled into a starting role, earning the experience that will help him develop. He has become a bit of a forgotten man in the USMNT conversation, but Palmer-Brown should factor into the Olympic qualifying team, and could play a key role on that team, even though there is growing competition at the position. Manchester City will need to figure out his next loan option, with reports linking him to interest from Germany and Spain.
  • Sebastian Lletget USMNT 01272019

    #39 Sebastian Lletget, LA Galaxy

    It is clear Gregg Berhalter likes what Lletget can offer in midfield, but the real question is whether Lletget can stay healthy long enough to start making a real mark for club and country. The talent is there, and he's playing well for the LA Galaxy, but the injury bug needs to stay away for him to make a real run at some minutes for the USMNT.
  • Auston Trusty MLS Philadelphia Union

    #40 Auston Trusty, Philadelphia Union

    After his first full professional season as a starter in 2018, Trusty earned his first U.S. national team camp call-up and established himself as a rising center back prospect for the USMNT and U.S. Under-23 national team. His passing ability and left-footed skill set make him someone Gregg Berhalter will be keeping a close eye on in years to come.
  • Wil Trapp USMNT 09112018

    #41 Wil Trapp, Columbus Crew

    Perfectly-suited to play in the defensive midfield role in Gregg Berhalter's system, Trapp is Michael Bradley's leading competition for the role in the short-term, and a good long-term option at the position as well. Trapp will be 29 by the 2022 World Cup, but with several dynamic and intriguing central midfield options in the pipeline, Trapp could find himself squeezed out of the picture if he isn't able to regain his top form.
  • Sean Johnson USMNT 03212019

    #42 Sean Johnson, New York City FC

    There are several younger goalkeeper options in the player pool, but few of them have seen as much growth and improvement as a player as Johnson has over the past few years. His passing ability and confidence on the ball have grown considerably, and even though he'll be 33 by the 2022 World Cup, Johnson has positioned himself as a goalkeeper that Gregg Berhalter rates highly.
  • Julian Araujo LA Galaxy 02092019

    #43 Julian Araujo, LA Galaxy

    One of the beneficiaries of the Galaxy's renewed emphasis on developing young talent, Araujo has made a good early impression with the first team, holding his own as a starting right back. One of the youngest members of the Under-20 World Cup team, Araujo has established himself as one of the better young fullback prospects in the USMNT pipeline.
  • Andija Novakovich USMNT 10112018 ISI

    #44 Andrija Novakovich, Reading FC

    The 6-foot-4 striker enjoyed a breakout season with Dutch second-division side Telstar a year ago, playing well enough to pave the way for a move into the Eredivisie with Fortuna Sittard. He has made the most of that move, scoring nine goals this season, and six since the new year began. It wasn't enough to earn him a look on the U.S. Gold Cup team, but if the 22-year-old can continue scoring goals in Europe, a national team return should be in his future.
  • Chris Durkin USMNT 03222019 ISI

    #45 Chris Durkin, D.C. United

    Arguably the most impressive player on the U.S. team at the Under-17 World Cup in 2017, Durkin broke through with the D.C. United first team in 2018, but the 19-year-old defensive midfielder has found minutes tough to come by in 2019. Despite that, he stepped into a starting role on the U.S. Under-20 World Cup team, and is continuing to draw considerable transfer interest from European clubs who see him as one of the best young American prospects in the USMNT talent pool.
  • Gianluca Busio MLS Sporting Kansas City

    #46 Gianluca Busio, Sporting Kansas City

    Sporting Kansas City's participation in Concacaf Champions League has meant more playing time to spread around and more opportunity for the 16-year-old Busio to make his mark and he is taking full advantage of it. The second-youngest player on this list, Busio is a dynamic attacking talent who will look to make his mark with the U.S. Under-17 national team in 2019.

  • Haji Wright Schalke 12152018

    #47 Haji Wright, VVV Venlo

    The 21-year-old American striker broke through with Schalke's first team for the first time, and scored his first Bundesliga goal, the highlight of his seven appearances. He didn't play after February, but opened some eyes, which helped him earn a transfer to Dutch side Venlo. The 6-foot-3 striker also earned a call to the U.S. national team's combined preparation camp in May, and should be a contender for a role on the U.S. Olympic qualifying team later in 2019.
  • Ventura Alvarado Necaxa 03172019

    #48 Ventura Alvarado, Necaxa

    The 26-year-old defender hasn't been in the USMNT mix since taking part in the 2015 Concacaf Gold Cup, but he is coming off an impressive season in Mexico. He earned the captain's armband while helping Necaxa reach the playoffs, drawing praise for his consistent play. He is still waiting for a return to the national team, but if he continues to play at a high level in Liga MX, a return is a good possibility.
  • Tyler Miller LAFC 07152018

    #49 Tyler Miller, LAFC

    The 26-year-old goalkeeper has been a standout for Bob Bradley's LAFC side, and his overall game has improved enough to earn him a call-up to the U.S. national team. The former Seattle Sounders netminder has secured a place on the 2019 USMNT Gold Cup squad, and his passing ability and age gives him an edge over some bigger names in the national team goalkeeper pool.
  • Darlington Nagbe MLS Atlanta United 12062018

    #50 Darlington Nagbe, Atlanta United

    The 28-year-old midfielder has made his return to the USMNT after 20 months away from the team, having earned a look after an impresive start to the 2019 season with Atlanta United,. Nagbe's ability to keep the ball, take on defenders and play a variety of positions make him someone Gregg Berhalter will take a close look at as he tries to build his midfield.
  • Jackson Yueill San Jose Earthquakes 2019

    #51 Jackson Yueill, San Jose Earthquakes

    A third-year pro who has flourished under new San Jose coach Matias Almeyda, Yueill has enjoyed a breakout 2019 as a smooth central miefielder with a sharp passing eye and excellent positioning. Yueill earned his first USMNT camp in June, and is a prospect to keep an eye on as a good fit for Gregg Berhalter's system.
  • James Sands NYCFC 0062018

    #52 James Sands, New York City FC

    One of the true breakout young players in MLS in 2019, Sands has become an integral part of NYCFC's starting lineup, showing matiurity beyond his 18 years. A defensive midfielder by trade, Sands made a seamless transition from the midfield to a central defender role, flashing the versatility that made him a standout for the U.S. Under-17 national team. He missed out on an Under-20 World Cup call, but is playing like one of the best teenagers in MLS.
  • Bobby Wood 11202018

    #53 Bobby Wood, Hannover 96

    The 26-year-old forward has endured a grueling club career since playing a part in the USMNT's failed World Cup qualifying campaign, with his most recent stint at Hannover 96 yielding disappointing results. He showed back in October with his goal against Colombia that he can still score for the national team, though he wasn't called in for the March friendlies. Wood's next move will be big to help revive his career, and a move to MLS would make sense. If he can do that, and start scoring goals again, a USMNT return is a strong possibility.
  • Emmanuel Sabbi Hobro IK 0812201

    #54 Emmanuel Sabbi, Hobro IK

    The 21-year-old forward made waves in Denmark, when he scored in his team's final three matches, including both legs of Hobro's relegation playoff victory to stay in the Danish first division. A former U.S. Under-20 national team player, Sabbi is a versatile forward who has played a variety of positions for Hobro and should compete for a place on the U.S. Under-23 national team as it prepares for Olympic qualifying..
  • Jeremy Ebobisse USMNT 01272019

    #55 Jeremy Ebobisse, Portland Timbers

    The 22-year-old striker enjoyed a breakout year in 2018, when he broke through as a starter for the Timbers on their run to the MLS Cup final. Ebobisse earned his first USMNT call, and appearance, in January, and while he hasn't been back, the young forward will be a top forward candidate for the U.S. Under-23 national team as it prepares for Olympic qualifying..
  • Djordje Mihailovic USMNT 1 01272019.

    #56 Djordje Mihailovic, Chicago Fire

    A surprise inclusion in the USMNT January camp, Mihailovic impressed Gregg Berhalter with his creativity and dynamism, suddenly making the 20-year-old midfielder hot commodity. He still needs to establish himself on the club level, and is more likely to figure in U.S. Olympic qualifying, but Mihailovic has already shown impressive flashes of potential.
  • Jesus Ferreira FC Dallas 05162019 ISI

    #57 Jesus Ferreira, FC Dallas

    One of the stars of the FC Dallas youth movement, Ferreira has settled into a regular starting role in the FCD attack at the age of 18, and has shown the skills and nose for goal that make him one of the most exciting prospects in MLS. Currently in the process of securing his U.S. citizenship, the son of former MLS MVP David Ferreira should be a candidate for the U.S. Under-23 national team Olympic qualifying pool even at his young age.
  • Jesse Gonzalez MLS FC Dallas 03162019

    #58 Jesse Gonzalez, FC Dallas

    Long considered a solid USMNT prospect since he made the decision to file a one-time change of association after playing for Mexico on the youth level, Gonzalez endured a lackluster 2018 that hurt his stock. He has rebounded well in 2019, playing well for FC Dallas and earning a look from USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter. His size, quickness and good passing skills should keep him on the national team radar going forward, and at 24, he is still young for a goalkeeper, so we haven't seen his best yet.
  • Bill Hamid DC United 03102019

    #59 Bill Hamid, D.C. United

    Since returning from a failed stint in Europe Hamid has re-established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in MLS. That hasn't translated into a return to the USMNT though, with his lack of strong passing skills hurting his standing on Gregg Berhalter's USMNT depth chart. He hasn't let that stop him from continuing to turn in outstanding performances for D.C. United, and it shouldn't be long before the 28-year-old gets another look with the national team.
  • Romain Gall USMNT 11202018

    #60 Romain Gall, Malmo

    One of American soccer's more inspiring success stories in recent years, Gall went to Europe to revive his career after seeing it stall out in MLS, and began in the Swedish third division. From there, Gall played his way up the ladder, culminating in a transfer to Swedish powerhouse Malmo. A skilled left winger with a nose for goal, Gall has become a goal-scoring threat, and while he isn't a traditional speedy winger, his skill and success in Europe should lead to another USMNT look eventually for the 24-year-old.
  • Daniel Lovitz USMNT 01272019

    #61 Daniel Lovitz, Montreal Impact

    Few players have seen their national team stock rise faster in 2019 than Lovitz, who has firmly positioned himself as one of Gregg Berhalter's preferred options at the position. The 27-year-old former midfielder has also enjoyed a breakout season in MLS, and has been one of the league's best fullbacks. A member of the U.S. Gold Cup team, Lovitz should get an opportunity for some playing time in his first international tournament.
  • Marky Delgado USMNT Italy 11202018

    #62 Marky Delgado, Toronto FC

    A versatile central midfielder who has developed a well-rounded game, Delgado has an MLS Cup title under his belt and earned a call-up from Gregg Berhalter in January. The 24-year-old is a crisp passer with a high work rate, and can play on the wing, in a central role, and even as a deep-lying midfielder. Currently on the second tier of options in a crowded USMNT central midfield pool, Delgado is good enough to push himself back into the top group.
  • Keaton Parks USMNT 05282018 ISI

    #63 Keaton Parks, New York City FC (via Benfica)

    A technically-skilled 6-foot-3 central midfielder, Parks had seen his club career stall a bit due to the limited minutes he has received during his loan to New York City FC, but things are improving. A recent stretch of starts has allowed him to show the qualities — good feet, smart passing eye and toughness on the ball — that have him regarded as a top young midfielder in the U.S. Under-23 national team pool. The 21-year-old earned a look in the USMNT preparation camp in May, and he remains a good option for the U.S. U-23 team as it prepares for Olympic qualifying later in 2019.

  • Jonathan Lewis USMNT 01272019

    #64 Jonathan Lewis, Colorado Rapids

    It isn't often when a player makes a real breakthrough with his national team before his club team, but Lewis really turned heads after doing well as a substitute for the USMNT in the early 2019 friendlies. His speed and willingness to take on defenders made him an enticing option for Gregg Berhalter, who has since included him to the U.S. Gold Cup squad. Lewis didn't have as much success at New York City FC though, but a trade to Colorado has led to him earning regular minutes and looking like a player poised to take another step futher in 2019..
  • Russell Canouse DC United MLS 1106201

    #65 Russell Canouse, D.C. United

    A poised and tough-tackling defensive midfielder, Canouse made a successful move to MLS last summer, and settled right into an impact role at the heart of the D.C. United midfield during the team's impressive 2018 turnaround. His play earned him a January USMNT call-up, and while he has stiff competition in the national team pool, the 23-year-old should continue to be on Gregg Berhalter's radar.
  • Kellyn Acosta USMNT Colombia 10112018

    #66 Kellyn Acosta, Colorado Rapids

    The 23-year-old central midfielder has settled into a leading role with the Rapids, but has fallen down the pecking order in the USMNT midfield pool. He took part in the January camp, but Gregg Berhalter has other midfield options ahead of him. Colorado's recent turnaround should help boost Acosta's profile, but he has work to do to play his way back into the USMNT picture.

  • Sean Davis New York Red Bulls MLS 10112018

    #67 Sean Davis, New York Red Bulls

    One of the most underrated players in MLS, Davis has become a mainstay in the Red Bulls system, and a key starter during the past four seasons. His work rate, tenacity and poise on the ball make him a coach's dream, but the real question is whether the 26-year-old would fit into Gregg Berhalter's system. He has yet to receive a USMNT call-up, but would be a good option for defensive midfield depth.
  • Shaq Moore USMNT 09112018

    #68 Shaq Moore, CD Tenerife

    It was a dream 2017-2018 for Moore, who made his La Liga debut with Levante, and earned multiple call-ups to the U.S. national team. He hasn't had as memorable a 2019, having a loan to Spanish second division side Reus Deportiu terminated due to unpaid wages. That forced him to settle for playing with Levante's B team in the third division. A speedy and physical right back, Moore hasn't received a call from Gregg Berhalter yet, but his move to Tenerife could help him earn the steady playing time he needs to become a viable right back option for the USMNT.
  • Steve Birnbaum 08292018

    #69 Steve Birnbaum, D.C. United

    The 28-year-old hasn't been in the USMNT picture since 2017, bit he has continued to play at a high level as the leader of the D.C. United defense. Boasting a good combination of good passing, dominant aerial presence and good one-on-one defensive skills, Birnbaum should be on the national team radar, but at his age, he is fighting an uphill battle against the wave of younger center back options.
  • Justen Glad USMNT 01112019

    #70 Justen Glad, Real Salt Lake

    A player who used to reside much higher on this list when he was a standout with the U.S. Under-20 national team, Glad began the 2019 MLS season stuck on the bench, but has returned to a regular starting role. A good passer and smart defender. Glad should climb back up this list as he re-asserts himself with RSL, and as he competes for a place on the U.S. Under-23 national team.
  • Aboubacar Keita USMNT 06022019

    #71 Aboubacar Keita, Columbus Crew

    The 6-foot-2 central defender enjoyed a rapid rise in the U.S. Under-20 national team player pool, going from being on the fringes to playing his way onto the Under-20 World Cup squad and starting all five matches. Keita showed the impressive physical attributes that scouts love, but his decision making was often shaky, particularly in the knockout rounds. The talent is there to see though, and he has taken the momentum from the Under-20 World Cup into a starting role with the Crew.
  • Matt Hedges FC Dallas 03232019

    #72 Matt Hedges, FC Dallas

    Consistently one of the best central defenders in MLS over the past five seasons, Hedges is a veteran central defender who was a member of the U.S. national team that won the 2017 Gold Cup. He hasn't been back with the national team since, and at 29, is facing a long road back, but if he can keep playing at a high level, he could position himself as a veteran option at some point in the next World Cup qualifying cycle.

  • Christian Ramirez USMNT 01082019 ISIJD

    #73 Christian Ramirez, Los Angeles FC

    The 28-year-old striker has had quite the 2019, making his USMNT debut while becoming a regular starter for the best team in MLS. Ramirez's goal-scoring output wasn't enough to keep him on the USMNT for the Gold Cup, but he's a striker Gregg Berhalter clearly rates, and if he can start finding the net again, a national team return is very possible.
  • Tim Parker MLS Red Bulls 03132018

    #74 Tim Parker, New York Red Bulls

    One of the best central defenders in MLS, Parker joined the Red Bulls in 2018 and helped them develop into the best defense in the league. He earned a run with the USMNT in 2018, including a start in the team's draw with France, but he has yet to receive a call-up from Gregg Berhalter. Known more as a physically dominant defender than technical player, Parker could find a national team return difficult, but if he maintains a high level in MLS, he should remain on the radar.
  • Sebastian Saucedo Real Salt Lake 2019

    #75 Sebastian Saucedo, Real Salt Lake

    A former member of the U.S. Under-20 national team, Saucedo has shown some impressive flashes at Real Salt Lake, even though consistent playing time has been tough to come by. A quick and technically gifted winger with the ability to create his own chances, Saucedo has been impressive at times in 2019, and should be a factor in the U.S. Under-23 national team's Olympic qualifying campaign..
  • Memo Rodriguez Houston Dynamo 10122018

    #76 Guillermo "Memo" Rodriguez, Houston Dynamo

    One of the breakout players of the 2019 MLS season, Rodriguez carried the momentum from his first season of extended playing time in 2018 to a strong 2019 that has already seen him set career highs in goals and assists. The 23-year-old left winger has shown a nose for goal, and sharp passing ability to help the Houston Dynamo be one of the surprises of the season.
  • Cole Bassett Colorado Rapids MLS 02192019

    #77 Cole Bassett, Colorado Rapids

    One of the youngest players in MLS to earn regular minutes in 2019, Bassett has been a bright spot in Colorado's up-and-down season, and has managed to keep earning playing even after the team's coaching change and resurgance. The 17-year-old central midfielder has also caught the eye of foreign scouts, with Bundesliga clubs interested in securing his services as another top young American prospect..
  • Brady Scott USMNT 2019

    #78 Brady Scott, FC Cologne

    After turning heads with an award-winning performance at the Under-20 Concacaf Championships, Scott had some struggles with form, and an injury that threatened to cost him his place on the U.S. Under-20 World Cup team. He recovered in time to be part of the team, and start in three of the team's five matches. Still very young by goalkeeping stands, he should continue to develop in the Cologne youth ranks.
  • Joe Gyau USMNT 05272019 ISI

    #79 Joe Gyau, MSV Duisburg

    Once one of the top young prospects in the USMNT pipeline, Gyau saw his career sidelined by a serious knee injury, but revived his career a year ago in the German third division. A move to German second-division club Duisburg didn't go as well as he would have liked, but Gyau ralled late in the season to make enough of an impression to 6earn a look from Gregg Berhalter, who brought him into his first national team camp in more than four years. The 26-year-old is weighing options in Europe and MLS, and remains an enticing winger, with his speed and ability to take on defenders.
  • Lynden Gooch Sunderland 0403201

    #80 Lynden Gooch, Sunderland

    A tenacious right winger who set a career high for club minutes played this past season, Gooch registered seven goals and seven assists in all competitions during Sunderland's failed bid to earn promotion from League One. The 21-year-old American winger has been with Sunderland through both of its recent relegation seasons, and will look to improve on his latest season in order to have a chance at a return to the USMNT.
  • Luca De La Torre Fulham 11062018

    #81 Luca De La Torre, Fulham

    The former U.S. Under-20 national team midfielder is still waiting for his professional breakthrough, and was limited to two League Cup appearances with Fulham in the 2018/2019 season after playing in five League Championship matches in the previous season. De La Torre is 21, and took part in the recent USMNT preparation camp. A skilled attacking midfielder, De La Torre should factor into the U.S. Under-23 national team's Olympic qualifying plans, though he will need to find some regular playing time to stay in the picture.
  • Corey Baird USMNT 01112019

    #82 Corey Baird, Real Salt Lake

    The 2018 MLS rookie of the year enjoyed a breakout first pro season, and parlayed that into a look with the U.S. national team. The former Stanford University standout is a smart and skilled wing midfielder who makes good runs in the attacking third. The 23-year-old has had a quiet first half of the 2019 MLS season, but remains a promising talent.
  • Michael Edwards Wolfsburg 2019

    #83 Michael Edwards, Wolfsburg

    The search for young defensive talent has clubs all over the world searching for center back prospects, so Wolfsburg has to be excited about having landed a talent like Edwards, who joined the Bundesliga club from the D.C. United academy in 2018. The 18-year-old made a smooth transition into the Wolfsburg U-19 setup, helping the team win a league title, and has earned a stint training in preseason with the Wolfsburg first team, which includes USMNT regular John Brooks.
  • Omir Fernandez New York Red Bulls 2019

    #84 Omir Fernandez, New York Red Bulls

    The rookie winger has turned heads in limited playing time with the Red Bulls, combining quickness with good technical quality to emerge as a real threat off the bench. An All-American at Wake Forest, Fernandez missed out on being part of the Under-20 World Cup team, but was on Tab Ramos' radar. If he can break into the Red Bulls starting lineup, a run at the Under-23 national team's Olympic qualifying campaign is a possibility.
  • Kyle Duncan New York Red Bulls 02032019

    #85 Kyle Duncan, New York Red Bulls

    After an unsuccssful stint in France, Duncan returned to the New York Red Bulls in 2018 — where he was developed in their academy — but promptly suffered a torn ACL after making an impressive MLS debut. He has made his way back, and taken full advantage of opportunities created by some injuries to Red Bulls starters. The 21-year-old right back would probably start for several MLS teams, but his play in 2019 has already earned him a call-up to the U.S. Under-23 national team.
  • Julian Green USA Mexico 09112018

    #86 Julian Green, Greuther Fürth

    The former standout Bayern Munich prospect and 2014 USMNT World Cup goal scorer has spent the past two seasons in the German second division trying to make the climb back to the Bundesliga. That climb has stalled out, and so has his involvement with the U.S. national team after multiple call-ups in 2018. It was just a year ago that Green scored the lone U.S. goal in a draw with World Cup winners France, but regaining that sort of glory hasn't been easy for the 24-year-old.
  • Brooks Lennon Real Salt Lake 09222018

    #87 Brooks Lennon, Real Salt Lake

    Originally one of the best young winger prospects in the U.S. talent pool, Lennon has spent the past two seasons playing as a right back for Real Salt Lake, which has put his standing in the national team pool in question. He has the speed, technical quality and crossing ability to be a dangerous winger, and would be a good fit in Gregg Berhalter's system, but the 21-year-old may need to leave RSL to realize that potential. The national team program still sees him as an attacking player, as evidenced by him being listed as a forward for the June U.S. Under-23 national team camp.
  • Brandon Servania USMNT U20s 05292019

    #88 Brandon Servania, FC Dallas

    A player who has seen his stock rise in 2019, Servania took on a significant role at the Under-20 World Cup, where his box-to-box midfield abilities allowed him to hold his own. The 20-year-old has built on his success at the World Cup, breaking into the FC Dallas starting lineup, where he has settled in and become a regular since returning from Poland.
  • Aaron Herrera RSL 07082019

    #89 Aaron Herrera, Real Salt Lake

    The 22-year-old left back is in his first full season as a starter for Real Salt Lake, and he has developed into a steady defender and improving attacking threat. Versatile enough to play either fullback role, Herrera is age-eligigle for the next Olympic qualifying cycle and is developing into a good USMNT prospect.
  • Christian Cappis Hobro 2019 1

    #90 Christian Cappis, Hobro IK

    The former FC Dallas academy product took off for Europe to jumpstart his career after MLS rejected FC Dallas' homegrown player tag (Cappis is originally from Houston). Major League Soccer's loss was Danish side Hobro's gain, as the teenager wasted no time earning first-team minutes. Boasting speed, strength and size as a powerful central midfielder who can also work on the wings, Cappis turned heads with the U.S. Under-20 national team, though the 19-year-old fell short of making the Under-20 World Cup.
  • Mark McKenzie USMNT 01112019

    #91 Mark McKenzie, Philadelphia Union

    It was a dream 2018 for McKenzie, who turned pro after spending a season at Wake Forest, and quickly earned regular playing time with the Philadelphia Union before helping the U.S. Under-20 national team win the Concacaf Championship. The 2019 year started promisingly as well, with McKenzie earning his first USMNT call-up, but he failed to secure a starting spot with the Union in the new MLS season, and that lack of playing time coupled with an ill-timed appandectomy cost him his grip on the starting central defender role at the Under-20 World Cup (though he was named team captain). A strong and poised defender with good passing ability, McKenzie remains a promising long-term prospect, though his recent struggles have led to him sliding down the list of top American prospects.
  • Jonathan Klinsmann USMNT 11142018

    #92 Jonathan Klinsmann, St. Gallen

    A standout with the U.S. Under-20 World Cup team in 2017, Klinsmann made the jump from college soccer to the Bundesliga, but founjd playing time scarce, which led to his recent move to Swiss side St. Gallen. The 22-year-old son of former USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann will have his chance to earn the playing time necessary to establish himself as an option for the U.S. Under-23 national team.
  • Frankie Amaya USMNT U20

    #93 Frankie Amaya, FC Cincinnati

    The first player chosen in the 2019 MLS draft, Amaya turned heads with his impressive play with the U.S. Under-20 national team in last November's Concacaf Championships, but a lack of playing time with FC Cincinnati cost him a place at the Under-20 World Cup. The rookie has shown good clashes when he has seen the field, and his passing touch, work rate and toughness make him an enticing prospect with a bright future.
  • David Ochoa USMNT U20 05292019

    #94 David Ochoa, Real Salt Lake

    The U.S. Under-20 national team goalkeeper enjoyed an impressive showing at the Under-20 World Cup, building on the successful club campaign he has had with USL Real Monarchs. The 18-year-old Real Salt Lake academy product is a 6-foot-2 athletic shot-stopper who is age eligible for the next Under-20 cycle. He also looks to be the heir apparent to Nick Rimando as Real Salt Lake's next standout goalkeeper.
  • Brenden Aaronson Philadelphia Union 2019

    #95 Brenden Aaronson, Philadelphia Union

    There wasn't much expected from Aaronson in 2019, but the 18-year-old has broken into the starting lineup for the Philadelphia Union as a skilled and mobile attacking midfielder. He has benefited from Marco Fabian's injury issues, and has shown a confidence on the ball that has Union fans excited about his future. He still needs to work on finishing plays, but the talent is there, and he has earned a look with the U.S. Under-23 national team as a result.
  • JT Marcinkowski San Jose Earthquakes MLS ISI

    #96 J.T. Marcinkowski, San Jose Earthquakes

    The 22-year-old San Jose Earthquakes academy product was given a run of starts late in the 2018 MLS season, and showed glimpses of the quality that has long made him a youth national team prospect. He is currently on the bench as the backup to veteran Daniel Vega, but Marcinkowski remains one of the top goalkeepers in his age group, and will challenge for a place on the U.S. Under-23 national team as it works toward Olympic qualifying..
  • George Bello MLS Atlanta United 09222018 ATL

    #97 George Bello, Atlanta United

    The 17-year-old left back came into 2019 with high expectations, and it was believed he would challenge for a starting role with Atlanta United. He didn't grab that starting job though, and an adductor injury sidelined him and cost him a chance to play in the Concacaf Under-17 qualifying tournament. He should be back in time for a chance at the Under-17 World Cup, and should push for minutes with Atlanta United in the second half of the 2019 season.
  • Ricardo Pepi USMNT U17 05142019 ISI

    #98 Ricardo Pepi, FC Dallas

    The 16-year-old striker turned has turned heads with the U.S. Under-17 national team, and has already embarked on his professional career, playing for USL side North Texas SC. The FC Dallas academy product recently signed a first-team deal after his impressive run in USL, and is a tall striker with good feet and quickness. He should feature at the Under-17 World Cup in the fall. A dual national who is also eligible to play for Mexico, Pepi is a prospect El Tri will also have an eye on in coming years.
  • Rubio Rubin USMNT 06082018

    #99 Rubio Rubin, Dorados Sinaloa (via Club Tijuana)

    One of the stars of the U.S. Under-20 World Cup team in 2015, Rubin has endured a difficult career path ever since, from struggling for playing time in Europe, to moving to Mexico for a fresh start. A recent loan stint at Dorados gave him the opportunity to play for Diego Maradona, but playing time was still scarce. In the USMNT mix as recently as a year ago, The 24-year-old forward will need to find regular club minutes before he can make his way back to the national team.
  • Brendan Hines-Ike Kortrijk 2019

    #100 Brendan Hines-Ike, KV Kortrijk

    A versatile defender who has spent his professional career in Europe, Hines-Ike enjoyed a successful transfer to Belgian side  KV Kortrijk for the 2018/2019 season. A central defender by trade, Hines-Ike has also shown the versatility to play right back. The 24-year-old has yet to earn a call into the USMNT setup, but is reportedly in the process of securing an Irish passport that could allow him to play for Ireland.