Football (or soccer as it is commonly referred to in America) has made great inroads into the world’s biggest sports market since the USA 94 World Cup. With the likes of Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard having graced the English Premier League, Christian Pulisic currently making a name for himself at Chelsea, and the continued success of the USWNT, it’s hard to think of a time where soccer in America was this popular. While the USMNT (who disappointingly missed out on the last World Cup) have never quite had the success of the USWNT, the next generation of youngsters look as if they might be the generation to change all of that. Check out our list of the best young American players in FIFA 20 who could help lead America to glory in years to come.
10. Edwin Cerrillo (FC Dallas: CDM, CM)
Despite being only 18, Edwin Cerrillo from FC Dallas is considered one of the brightest young stars of the American scene. Having already made 12 appearances, Edwin will be looking to cement his role in the midfield for years to come. Able to play as both a CDM and a CM, Cerrillo is rated at 64 to begin with, but the 5’10” youngster can soon become an 81 rate player. His best attributes include short passing (71), balance (71) and stamina (71) and he his low release clause of €1.9M makes him a great bargain to pick up early in your save.
9. Chris Durkin (Sint-Truidense VV: CDM, CM)
Next on this list is 19-year-old midfielder Chris Durkin. The 6’0” currently turns out for Sint-Truidense VV in the Jupiler Pro League in Belgium where he is on loan from DC United. Having represented the USMNT through all age groups, he will now be looking to break into the first team for both club (he hasn’t featured so far this season) and country. Starting off with an overall rating of 67, the youngster can blossom into an 81 rated overall player and his key attributes in FIFA 20 include his jumping (74) and stamina (73).
8. Sergiño Dest (Ajax Amsterdam: RB, LB)
After stepping up from the Ajax U21s, 18-year-old attacking full back Sergiño Dest already looks destined for the very highest level. Having already provided 4 assists in 9 games, the youngster has also started every Champions League game so far this season. A 4-star weak foot means he is equally adept on both wings and 4-star dribbling enhances his ability to beat the opposing full back. Rated at 70 overall at the beginning of your save, Dest can grow into an 82 rated player. His game is based on skill (dribbling – 75 and ball control – 74) and movement (acceleration – 88, sprint speed – 87 and agility – 86). His amazingly low release clause of only €4. 3M means he’ll be in major demand with gamers playing the latest version of FIFA.
7. James Sands (New York City FC: CDM, CB)
James Sands might still be playing in the MLS, but if he continues to impress he may not be there much longer. Already part of the first team setup, the 18-year-old who has played 19 times so far this season will be looking to become a mainstay in the first team. With an overall rating of 66 that can grow into a rating of 84, the defensive midfielder who can also play at centre back has high potential and with a release clause is €2.7M would make a great signing for gamers looking to strengthen their defence.
6. Josh Sargent (SV Werder Bremen: ST, RW)
One of the many American youngsters to join the Bundesliga, 19-year-old Josh Sargent is being watched keenly from American soccer fans. Standing at 6’1”, Sargent has already made a big impression with 2 goals and 2 assists in only 8 appearances. Able to lead the line or support it as a winger, Josh Sargent starts with a rating of 68 which can grow to 84. Notable attributes include acceleration (78), Sprint speed (77) and agility (76). Sargents’s current release clause is set at €4.5M.
5. Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas: CAM, CM, RM)
Another youngster from FC Dallas, 19-year-old Paxton Pomykal is already a part of the first team picture at the club and has the world at his feet. 2 goals and 2 assists from 25 appearances has shown just how vital he is to his team. Rated as a 69 overall, he can blossom into an 84 overall rated player. Notable attributes include acceleration (77), agility (81) and balance (82) and with a release clause of only €4.8M, Paxton will surely be looking to move on to bigger and better things in the not to distant future.
4. Timothy Weah (LOSC Lille: ST, LM)
Remember George Weah? Yeah the Ballon d’Or winning, AC Milan legend who is now president of Liberia. His son Timothy Weah is looking to make a name for himself by following in his father’s footsteps and if the 19-year-old striker can achieve even half of what his dad did, then he’s destined for a special career. Having moved from PSG to LOSC Lille for €10M, Weah’s current season has been hamstrung by a muscle injury. However, he has bags of potential and both the Lille and EA Sports staff know it. Beginning with an overall rating of 69, 6’1” Weah can grow into an 84 rated striker. His modest release clause sits at €5.7M and notable attributes include his acceleration (87), sprint speed (87) and Agility (86).
3. Weston McKennie (FC Schalke 04: CM, CDM, CB)
Highly regarded 20-year-old Weston McKennie can play as both a midfielder and a defender. The young American has been making an impression off the bench for Schalke in the Bundesliga for the past two seasons and is looking to break into the first team proper. Having already made 7 appearances in the league this season, Schalke are only 4 points off the league leaders. Already an established member of the USMNT he has 17 caps and 6 goals. Rated as 76 in FIFA 20, he has the potential to grow to as much as 86. A €23.8M hints at how highly rated he is. Highly impressive stats include heading accuracy (82), jumping (92), stamina (83), strength (83 and aggression (82).
2. Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig: CDM, RWB)
After impressing last season for the New York Red Bulls, Tyler Adams finds himself in the Bundesliga with a glowing reputation and playing for one of the best teams in the league. Having already appeared 10 times and provided 2 assists, Adams is looking to make it big this season. The defensive midfielder who can also play as a right wing back is rated at 76 but can easily blossom into an 86 rated player. A release clause of €21.9M stands in the way of acquiring the this tireless wonderkid whose attributes include balance (84), jumping (83) and stamina (86).
1. Christian Pulisic (Chelsea: LW, RW, RM)
A name that requires no introduction. Christian Pulisic has been the golden boy of United States football for so long it’s hard to believe he’s only 20. Having swapped Dortmund for Chelsea in the summer, the youngster is looking to prove himself in the English Premier League. Already an established part of the USMNT, the American public have high hopes for Pulisic with many expecting him to grow into one of the world’s best players. In FIFA 20, he is rated at 79 to begin with, but can grow into an 86 overall. A weak foot of 4 stars means he can play on both wings, and 4-star dribbling skills should help him terrify any full back in his path. His key in-game attributes include dribbling (85), acceleration (93), sprint speed (87), agility (87) and Balance (86). If you’re looking to sign Chelsea wonderkid Pulisic in FIFA 20, you’ll have to meet his release clause of €37.8M, but, if you do, he’s sure to strengthen your team for years to come.
Summary: Best Young American Players in FIFA 20
|Name||Club||Position||Age||Overall Rating||Potential Rating|
|Christian Pulisic||Chelsea||LW RW RM||20||79||86|
|T. Adams||RB Leipzig||CDM RWB||20||76||86|
|W. McKennie||FC Schalke 04||CM CDM CB||20||76||86|
|T. Weah||LOSC Lille||ST LM||19||69||84|
|P. Pomykal||FC Dallas||CAM CM RM||19||69||84|
|J. Sargent||SV Werder Bremen||ST RW||19||68||84|
|J. Sands||New York City FC||CDM CB||18||66||84|
|S. Dest||Ajax Amsterdam||RB LB||18||70||82|
|C. Durkin||Sint-Truidense VV||CDM CM||19||67||81|
|E. Cerrillo||FC Dallas||CDM CM||18||64||81|
It seems America has struck gold with this strong group of youth prospects looking like they have the right blend of attack and defence to be challenging for silverware in years to come. European clubs – especially those in the Bundesliga – have already taken notice of this and have captured a few these prospects. While the likes of Pulisic may be hard to prise away from Chelsea in career mode, prospects like Dest and Weah would be fantastic signings for any side. Most of these players are available for relatively cheap prices and could make great backup players for your starting.
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