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Pulisic, McKennie, Brooks & the Americans Abroad Best XI

21:54 EAT 17/05/2019
Pulisic Mckennie Brooks AA Split
A trio of Bundesliga regulars headline the best of the U.S. national team stars overseas

It was a season of transition for the Americans Abroad contingent.

Christian Pulisic dealt with a cut in his playing time, and a record-setting transfer to Chelsea. Weston McKennie had to cope with a coaching change as his Schalke had a terrible campaign. Matt Miazga had to endure a terrible loan stint in France before rescuing his season with a successful stint at Reading FC.

It was also a year that saw some Americans rebound and recover from rough periods in their career. John Brooks put together an outstanding season for Wolfsburg after missing much of the previous season through injury. Ethan Horvath rebounded from a season spent on the bench at Club Brugge to not only become a starter, but standout for the Belgian club. Lynden Gooch endured a second straight relegation season with Sunderland last campaign, but has been a top performer for the Black Cats as they work to climb back up the promotion ladder.

There were also some career years, including Andrew Wooten's goal-filled campaign at Sandhausen, and Ventura Alvarado's season as captain and defensive leader for Necaxa. Tyler Adams had a special year as well, making a successful transition from MLS to the Bundesliga, becoming a starter for RB Leipzig.

Which Americans Abroad enjoyed the best seasons? Here are Goal's selections for the Americans Abroad Best XI for the 2018/2019 season:

  • Ethan Horvath Club Brugge 11282018

    Ethan Horvath, Club Brugge

    After a disappointing 2017/2018 campaign, Horvath won the starting job at Club Brugge early in the season and never let it go, posting some impressive performances in UEFA Champions League as well as in the Belgian League.
  • John Brooks Wolfsburg Bundesliga playoff

    John Brooks, Wolfsburg

    Limited by injury to just nine matches during his first season at Wolfsburg, Brooks rebounded with the type of season expected of him when he made his move from Hertha Berlin. Brooks made 29 starts for Wolfsburg, contributing three goals and two assists, along with steady defending.
  • Ventura Alvarado Necaxa

    Ventura Alvarado, Necaxa

    After winning a Copa MX in his first season at Necaxa, Alvarado managed to enjoy an impressive encore, becoming a regular starter and captain in his first full season at Necaxa. He helped the club reach the Clausura playoffs, playing well enough to begin garnering attention as a potential U.S. national team option.
  • Antonee Robinson Wigan Athletic 04062019

    Antonee Robinson, Wigan Athletic (via Everton)

    An injured suffered while with the U.S. national team cost him a chunk of the season, but when he was healthy he established himself as a steady presence at left back for Wigan in what was just his second season of first-team action. The 21-year-old defender looked sharp enough in his return from injury to be considered a candidate to return to the USMNT setup, and should be given a chance to compete for a place on the Everton roster next season.
  • Cameron Carter-Vickers Swansea 02132019

    Cameron Carter-Vickers, Swansea City (via Tottenham)

    The season began in somewhat disappointing fashion when Tottenham decided to loan out Carter-Vickers rather than keeping him for the campaign, but the young defender made the most of his latest opportunity, establishing himself as a consistent starter for the Swans. Carter-Vickers finished the season with the highest passing completion percentage in the Championship, and made 30 starts for Swansea after becoming a regular starter last November.
  • DeAndre Yedlin Newcastle Premier League 2018

    DeAndre Yedlin, Newcastle United

    A late-season sports hernia injury cut short the close of his season, but Yedlin still finished another strong campaign in England. He played with an injury for much of the season and was still able to become a regular starter for Rafa Benitez's Newcastle, making 29 appearances and scoring his first goal in the Premier League against champions Manchester City.
  • Christian Pulisic Borussia Dortmund 2018-19

    Christian Pulisic, Borussia Dortmund

    Though he wasn't a regular starter in his final season at Borussia Dortmund, Pulisic still made his mark, setting a new personal best for goals in a season despite seeing his number of minutes reduced. Pulisic finished with seven goals and four assists in all competitions.
  • Duane Holmes Derby County 01052019

    Duane Holmes, Derby County

    Acquired by Derby County from Scunthorpe United last summer, Holmes endured a slow start with his new club, but by the start of 2019 he established himself as a regular start for Frank Lampard's squad. He has made 27 appearances, starting in both of Derby County's promotion playoff semifinal matches against Leeds. The 24-year-old has put himself firmly on the USMNT radar and should be in line for his first national team call-up.
  • Weston McKennie Schalke 09182018

    Weston McKennie, Schalke

    It was a disappointing season for Schalke, going from second place in the Bundesliga to fighting relegation and seeing manager Domenico Tedesco fired. McKennie battled through the adversity and maintained his status as a regular starter. He showed his versatility, playing everywhere from attacking midfield to right back. He finished with two goals and five assists in 32 appearances in all competitions.
  • Andrew Wooten Sandhausen 01302019

    Andrew Wooten, Sandhausen

    After a disappointing 2017/2018 season where he barely played, Wooten enjoyed a career year with Sandhausen, scoring a career-high 18 goals, fourth-most in the 2.Bundesliga. His 13 goals in 15 matches to finish out the season has helped Saundhausen avoid automatic relegation, and has led for calls for the 29-year-old Wooten to earn a look with the USMNT.
  • Andrija Novakovich Fortuna Sittard 09222018

    Andrija Novakovich, Fortuna Sittard (via Reading FC)

    After a dominating season in the Dutch second division with Telstar in 2017/2018, Novakovich made the jump to the Eredivisie with a loan to Fortuna Sittard and he continued to score goals. He finished with 10 goals in all competitions, including six goals in a better second half of the season, helping Fortuna Sittard avoid relegation, and boosting his stock as he prepares for his next move, which could be a return to Reading.