Quantcast
X

Have feedback / suggestions? Let us know!

Soccer MLSUS National Team

5 USMNT Players Who Need To Leave MLS For A Club In Europe

5 USMNT Players Who Need To Leave MLS For A Club In Europe

USMNT
Kirby Lee - USATODAY Sports

If the USMNT is going to continue to improve following the 2014 World Cup, the team's top players are going to have to play in the world’s top leagues. Like it or not, that will mean leaving MLS for many players. The post-World Cup period is a great time for players to look for new club teams, and here are five American players who need to leave MLS and find a club in Europe for the benefit of the next World Cup cycle.

5. Sean Johnson

Sean Johnson Goalie
Getty Images

5. Sean Johnson

Sean Johnson Goalie
Getty Images

Johnson wasn't at the World Cup, but he has the inside track on being Brad Guzan's backup for the next World Cup cycle. He'll certainly have some competition for the spot, so it'd be great if he could find a club in Europe where he can become the starter, which will help him become a better player and ensure that he has a future with the national team.

4. DeAndre Yedlin

DeAndre Yedlin
Mark J. Rebilas - USATODAY Sports

4. DeAndre Yedlin

DeAndre Yedlin
Mark J. Rebilas - USATODAY Sports

It hasn't taken long for rumors to swirl about Yedlin moving to Europe after the MLS season, most likely to AS Roma in Italy, which would be a great move for him. He's still a young player, and there's bound to be growing pains for him if he goes to Europe; however, he's at the prime age for development, and playing for a major club team in Europe can help him maximize his potential and give the U.S. a top-notch right-back for the 2018 World Cup.

3. Graham Zusi

Jamaica v United States - FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier
Getty Images

3. Graham Zusi

Jamaica v United States - FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier
Getty Images

Zusi made an impact with two assists at the World Cup and watching him in MLS, it's obvious that he's too good to still be playing there. Moreover, Zusi is bound to get a lot of competition for playing time with the national team from younger midfielders, so if he wants to remain with the national team for another four years, he needs to head to Europe and play against better competition.

2. Matt Besler

matt besler - Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
Winslow Townson - USATODAY Sports

2. Matt Besler

matt besler - Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
Winslow Townson - USATODAY Sports

Besler had a strong performance at the World Cup, and even though he's said he wouldn't mind spending his whole career with Sporting Kansas City, his game is a perfect fit for several European leagues. If he's going to lead the U.S. back four for the next four years, he needs to play his club soccer at the highest level.

1. Omar Gonzalez

Omar Gonzalez USAvMEX
Mark J. Rebilas - USATODAY Sports

1. Omar Gonzalez

Omar Gonzalez USAvMEX
Mark J. Rebilas - USATODAY Sports

Gonzalez played well in his two World Cup appearances, and he has the size and physical tools to be a big-time international defender. But to get there, he needs to play against better competition. There have been rumors linking him to the Mexican league, and if Gonzalez doesn't end up there or with a club in Europe, he risks John Brooks passing him as Jurgen Klinsmann's top choice at center-back.