Christian Pulisic was back among the Borussia Dortmund goals against VfB Stuttgart on Saturday. - getty images
Christian Pulisic was back among the Borussia Dortmund goals against VfB Stuttgart on Saturday. - getty images
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American players in the Bundesliga: weekly overview

How have Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams and the growing list of Americans in the Bundesliga been doing? Join bundesliga.com for a star-spangled overview of how the U.S. soccer stars are faring in Germany’s top division, week on week.

Christian Pulisic

Club: Borussia Dortmund
Age: 20
Position: Winger/Attacking midfielder

Pulisic has been largely restricted to a role as substitute this season following the emergence of Jadon Sancho, but he has still made 15 Bundesliga appearances - nine of which have come as a substitute. The Chelsea-bound attacker scored the equaliser in the Matchday 4 draw at Hoffenheim, as well as laying on assists against Nuremberg and Stuttgart. Muscular problems have also kept him out of seven games, but he came off the bench to get a goal and an assist in BVB's win over VfB Stuttgart on Matchday 25, while he played the full 90 minutes in Dortmund's last-gasp 3-2 win over Hertha Berlin on Matchday 26.

Watch: Pulisic's top three goals for Dortmund

Weston McKennie

Club: Schalke
Age: 20
Position: Central midfielder

McKennie followed up on his maiden UEFA Champions League goal against Lokomotiv Moscow with his second strike in as many games, opening the scoring in Schalke’s 2-0 win at Fortuna Düsseldorf on Matchday 7. He's had a couple of minor niggles, but has still made 19 appearances, even moonlighting as a second striker on a couple of occasions, and once as a wing-back. He's started six out of Schalke's nine Bundesliga matches in 2019, missing one game through suspension and sitting out on Matchdays 23 and 24 due to a thigh complaint. He returned to the starting line-up for Matchday 25's trip to Bremen but was unable to prevent Schalke slipping to a 4-2 defeat. McKennie played the full 90 minutes again on Matchday 26, a 2-1 reverse at home to Leipzig.

Weston McKennie has scored two goals so far this season, one in the Champions League and one in the Bundesliga. - AFP/Getty Images

Bobby Wood

Club: Hannover
Age: 26
Position: Striker

Wood joined Hannover on loan from northern rivals Hamburg at the start of the season and hit a brace in a 3-1 win over VfB Stuttgart on Matchday 7. The Hawaii native followed that up with another goal against Borussia Mönchengladbach on Matchday 12, but has struggled to establish himself as a first-team regular and has not found the net again since. He has made 20 Bundesliga appearances so far this term (eight as a substitute), and came on in the second half in the Matchday 23 defeat at home to Eintracht Frankfurt. He played the full 90 minutes in the 5-1 defeat away to fellow strugglers VfB Stuttgart, but wasn't in the squad for the five-goal thriller with Bayer Leverkusen on Matchday 25 and was sidelined on Matchday 26 due to a kidney complaint.

Bobby Wood is Hannover's joint-top scorer this season with three goals. - 2018 Getty Images

Josh Sargent

Club: Werder Bremen
Age: 19
Position: Striker

After head coach Florian Kohfeldt said the 18-year-old had "outgrown the reserves" earlier this season, he has gradually introduced Sargent to first-team action. The USA international made his Bundesliga debut on Matchday 14 and scored within seconds of entering the pitch in the 76th minute, helping seal a 3-1 win over Düsseldorf. Sargent was on target again a couple of weeks later against RB Leipzig and, following a sprinkling of further substitute appearances, made his first Bundesliga start on Matchday 23 in a 1-1 draw with VfB Stuttgart. He was an unused substitute in Werder's 1-1 draw with Wolfsburg on Matchday 24 and in the Matchday 26 victory away to Bayer Leverkusen.

Watch: Sargent's maiden Bundesliga goal

Tyler Adams

Club: RB Leizpig
Age: 20
Position: Central midfielder

The day after his 20th birthday, Tyler Adams celebrated with his first Bundesliga assist, setting up Yussuf Poulsen for his second goal in the 3-1 win over Stuttgart on Matchday 22. The game marked the midfielder's third start of the season and the third match in which he played the full 90 minutes since joining Leipzig from New York Red Bulls during the winter transfer window. Adams was a half-time substitute against Hoffenheim on Matchday 23 and helped his side fight back to earn a 1-1 draw, following that up with a 90-minute appearance in their 1-0 win over Nuremberg, and a starting berth against Augsburg on Matchday 25. He went the distance again in the Matchday 26 win away to Schalke and is still yet to taste defeat in his eight top-flight outings so far.

Watch: Adams enjoying life in the Bundesliga so far

John Brooks

Club: Wolfsburg
Age: 26
Position: Central defender

After injuries restricted his appearances last season, Brooks has been a rock at the centre of Wolfsburg's defence this term, starting 25 of his team's 26 Bundesliga games. The only one he has missed was through suspension. He scored in his first outing of the season, a 2-1 victory over Schalke on Matchday 1 and has been a key figure as Wolfsburg push to qualify for European football next year, helping them keep eight clean sheets along the way. He also has two assists for the season, notching his second in the Matchday 23 victory away to Borussia Mönchengladbach, and headed in his second goal of the campaign in the 1-1 draw with Werder Bremen on Matchday 24. The Berlin native played the full 90 minutes in Wolfsburg's 6-0 loss to Bayern Munich on Matchday 25 and in the 5-2 win over Düsseldorf the following week.

John Brooks is one of the first names on the teamsheet at Wolfsburg this season. - imago/Camera 4

Alfredo Morales

Club: Fortuna Düsseldorf
Age: 28
Position: Central midfielder

Morales has made 15 starts for promoted Düsseldorf in 2018/19. He scored in the Matchday 3 win over Hoffenheim, and provided an assist in the 2-1 triumph in Augsburg. The 28-year-old has played in defensive, central and attacking midfield positions and could be forgiven for expecting a return to the international set-up having started 15 of Fortuna's 25 Bundesliga matches so far this term. Morales was as a 77th-minute substitute at home to Frankfurt on Matchday 25 but remained on the bench throughout the Matchday 26 defeat in Wolfsburg.

Berlin-born midfielder Alfredo Morales is hoping to keep promoted Fortuna Düsseldorf in the top flight. - Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images

Haji Wright

Club: Schalke
Age: 20
Position: Striker

The Los Angeles native was the beneficiary of a wave of injuries at Schalke that struck down fellow forwards Breel Embolo, Guido Burgstaller, Mark Uth and Franco Di Santo towards the end of 2018. He grabbed the opportunity with both hands after making his long-awaited Bundesliga debut as a substitute in Schalke's 5-2 win over Nuremberg in November. Wright was handed his first start the following week and scored on his second, in the 2-1 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen on Matchday 16. As the first-team regulars have recovered, he has only made two three substitute appearances since then, most recently on Matchday 23.

Haji Wright scored his first Bundesliga goal for Schalke against Bayer Leverkusen on Matchday 16. - 2018 Getty Images

Fabian Johnson

Club: Borussia Mönchengladbach
Age: 31
Position: Left winger

Despite scoring in Gladbach's opening-day win over Bayer Leverkusen, Johnson has featured only sporadically since. He has made eight starts and six substitute appearances all told, also registering an assist, and was in the first XI for the first time in 2019 on Matchday 22, playing the full 90 minutes at right-back in his side's 1-1 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt. He also went the distance at right-back on Matchday 23 in a home defeat to Wolfsburg and came on in the 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich a week later, before playing the full 90 minutes at right-back in Matchday 25's 1-0 victory at Mainz and in the 1-1 draw with Freiburg on Matchday 26.

Fabian Johnson has been on the fringes for Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2018/19, but his versatility still makes him a valuable option for coach Dieter Hecking. - imago/DeFodi

Timothy Chandler

Club: Eintracht Frankfurt
Age: 28
Position: Right-back

Chandler played in 24 matches for Frankfurt last season and featured in several friendlies in pre-season, before undergoing surgery to repair torn ligaments in his right knee. Although back in team training, he is yet to play for the Eagles in 2018/19.

Timothy Chandler is yet to feature for Eintracht Frankfurt in 2018/19 after suffering a serious injury in pre-season. - imago/Sch¸ler

Timothy Tillman

Club: Nuremberg
Age: 20
Position: Attacking midfielder

On loan from FC Bayern Munich's reserves, Tillman made his professional debut on Matchday 25, coming off the bench early in the second half of Nuremberg's clash with 1899 Hoffenheim. Unfortunately, the youngster was unable to prevent Der Club suffering a 2-1 loss that left them rooted to the foot of the table. He made his first Bundesliga start on Matchday 26, playing 59 minutes of the narrow defeat away to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Watch: Tillman on giving his mum a special gift

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Jonathan Klinsmann

Club: Hertha Berlin
Age: 21
Position: Goalkeeper

Maurice Malone

Club: Augsburg
Age: 18
Position: Striker