The USA national soccer team might have one of the most talented generations in years. Their middle of the field is an important staple that helps to bring positive results. Let’s think of the best possible players in the midfield for the USA national team.
Central defensive midfielder
Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig, 22)
Adams is a world-class player. He was almost 19 when he moved from Red Bull New York to Leipzig and played in the Champions League and the German championship for two years. The games with his team are always exciting to watch and bet on. You can use bookmaker ratings to check the news about RB Leipzig and find the best gambling sites.
Tylers’ place in the national team is out of the question.
Michael Bradley (Toronto, 34).
Son of Bob Bradley, one of the most respected coaches in the United States. Michael has played for Roma and Borussia Mönchengladbach. He has played in the 2010 World Cup, 2014, the 2016 America’s Cup, and four CONCACAF Cups.
Michael is now 34 and has removed the phrase ‘U.S. national team player’ from his social media, but we may well see him still in a national team shirt. Especially given the busy 2021 schedule.
Jackson Yueill (San Jose, 24)
Yueill is excellent under pressure: he can take the ball facing the goal, turn around, and pass. His only problem is the long pass. Yueill is the first choice after Adams.
The rest of the list:
Owen Otasoui (Wolverhampton, 20)
James Sands (New York City, 21)
If Sands hadn’t been injured so often, he’d probably have had a few games for the national team by now. The main drawback, Sands has a problem with sharpening passes.
Andres Perea (Orlando, 20)
Some sites list him as a Colombian in his profile. That’s not exactly true. He has dual nationality. Andreas played at the youth level for the Colombia national team, but FIFA allowed Perea to move. The 20-year-old midfielder is now a U.S. national team player.
Weston McKennie (Juventus, 23).
He became the top scorer in Serie A in the U.S., just beating Bradley, about whom we wrote above. Before joining Juventus, he played for Schalke.
Yunus Musah (Valencia, 18)
McKennie’s partner in midfield is more complicated. We’ll name the 18-year-old Musah here, but with a few caveats.
Firstly, he has dual citizenship and has only played for the USA in friendlies, which means he can still theoretically choose England.
Secondly, when he played a friendly against Panama (6-2 in favour of the USA), the entire American press was gushing with delight at the Adams-McKennie-Musah midfield lineup. We’re not ready to argue with professionals, but Musah seemed to be the weakest link in that match.
And the American season at Valencia is not exactly a brilliant one.
Brenden Aaronson (RB Salzburg, 20)
There’s plenty of room here. Let’s start with Brenden Aaronson, the MLS champion with Philadelphia, who recently moved to Salzburg under the wing of Jesse Marsch.
Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy, 28)
Of course, any Galaxy player after the previous season (including Chicharito) should be excommunicated from any national teams until they wash away the shame with blood and sweat, but so be it.
Christian Roldan (Seattle, 25)
One of two Roldan brothers playing for Seattle. Seattle is a team that made four (!!!) MLS Cup finals in the last five years, and Christian is one of the key players there. He’s played twice for Team USA in CONCACAF Cups.
The rest of the list:
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna, 30)
The Second Bundesliga is no longer the level from which an American can qualify for a national team spot, but the section will do for the rest of the roster.
Julian Green (Groiter, 26)
Another representative of the second German league. I haven’t seen it myself, but they say Green is having the best season of his career.
Paxton Pomykal (Dallas, 21)
A second-year hopeful for Dallas. He participated in that Youth World Cup when the USA beat the French in the 1/8 before unexpectedly losing to Ecuador in the quarterfinals.
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