Bundesliga | 24.07.2014 17:39:13
US stars in Germany: Ones to watch
- SC Freiburg defensive midfielder Caleb Stanko is one of several promising Americans playing their trade in the Bundesliga
- Fabian Johnson (r.) found the net for the USA at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but Jürgen Klinsmann's side were ultimately knocked out by Belgium
- Jürgen Klinsmann's side received worldwide plaudits for their efforts during the finals
Munich - After watching the U.S. Men's National Team reach the last 16 of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, America has truly caught the 'soccer' bug.
An incredible 21 million people across the USA watched Jürgen Klinsmann's side lose 2-1 to Belgium after extra-time, with stars such as Tom Hanks, Justin Timberlake, and even President Barack Obama watching on with interest. Despite the defeat, fans across the country found pride in the heroic display of the USA team, which included a number of Bundesliga regulars.
Fabian Johnson, Timothy Chandler, John Anthony Brooks and Julian Green aren't the only Americans currently plying their trade in Germany's top flight, however. bundesliga.com presents six players who could yet make a name for themselves in the Bundesliga in years to come...
Born in Michigan, Stanko joined SC Freiburg from Vardar Soccer Club in 2010. After a three-month trial at the MAGE SOLAR Stadion, the defensive midfielder joined the club's youth setup and quickly became accustomed to life in Germany. "It's great here," he said. "People's lives in Freiburg are all about soccer. I really like that." Now 20, Stanko is eyeing a place in the first team after reaching a half-century of appearances for the second string last term.
Born in Stuttgart, Yelldell
joined current third-tier side Stuttgarter Kickers in 2002, but failed to make a first-team appearance during his first season at the club. After spending two years in England, Yelldell rejoined die Kickers
, making 99 appearances for the first team between 2005 and 2008. A move to TuS Koblenz, then in Bundesliga 2, followed before a brief spell between the sticks at MSV Duisburg. The one-time USA international, on the books at Bayer 04 Leverkusen since 2011, has yet to get a run-out for the first team.
began his career with Powder Edge SC, before moving to California in 2004 to join Irvine Strikers. A striker by trade, Wood joined Bundesliga 2 side TSV 1860 Munich in 2007 when he was just 14. After scoring twelve goals in 46 appearances for 1860's reserves, he made his debut for the first team in January 2011 and netted his first goal for the club in a 1-1 draw with VfR Aalen. Wood has made 44 appearances for TSV to date and won his first international cap in May 2013.
A product of the Hertha Berlin youth academy, Morales
made his debut for the capital club's reserve side in 2008, before getting his first taste of senior action two years later in a 1-0 defeat to 1860 Munich. However, the midfielder was restricted to just 20 appearances for the first team in the following three years and joined Bundesliga 2 side FC Ingolstadt 04 in May 2013. Despite picking up a red card in Ingolstadt's opening league match of the 2013/14 season, Morales went on to make 24 appearances last term.
Following stints with Hertha Berlin's and Borussia Dortmund's amateur sides, Bremen-born Boyd moved to Austrian outfit SK Rapid Wien in 2012 and went on to net 37 goals in 80 appearances for the capital city side. In July 2014, Boyd signed a three-year contract with Bundesliga 2 newcomers RasenBallsport Leipzig. The 1.85-metre striker, who will miss the start of the season
, has won 13 international caps to date and was even included in Jürgen Klinsmann's preliminary squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
21-year-old forward Parker
was born in Wiesbaden to a German mother and an American father. He scored four goals in 27 appearances for 1. FSV Mainz 05 between 2012 and 2014, before signing for FC Augsburg in 2014. Parker has represented Germany at every youth level from the Under-15s upwards, but has yet to make his international debut for die Nationalmannschaft
. It remains to be seen which country Parker will opt to represent for the rest of his career.