Tyler Adams, Josh Sargent and Weston McKennie (l-r.) and are among those flying the stars and stripes for German clubs in 2019/20. - © 2019 DFL
Tyler Adams, Josh Sargent and Weston McKennie (l-r.) and are among those flying the stars and stripes for German clubs in 2019/20. - © 2019 DFL
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American Soccer Players in Germany: weekly overview

Upwards of 30 American nationals are currently on the books of soccer teams in Germany. bundesliga.com brings you weekly progress reports on the likes of Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams, Josh Sargent and Gio Reyna...

Bundesliga (season started on 16 August)

Weston McKennie

Club: Schalke
Position: Midfielder
Age: 20

McKennie started in central midfield for the Royal Blues on Matchday 1, winning 16 tackles and covering 6.9 miles before being substituted off in the 85th minute of his side's 0-0 draw away to Gladbach.

Weston McKennie was his usual tireless presence in midfield for Schalke in Gladbach on Matchday 1. - 2019 Getty Images

Zack Steffen

Club: Fortuna Düsseldorf (on loan from Manchester City)
Position: Goalkeeper
Age: 24

The reigning US Men's Soccer Player of the Year was outstanding on his Bundesliga debut, making 10 saves to help Düsseldorf record a surprising 3-1 opening-day win away to Werder Bremen.

Zack Steffen made 11 saves and kept a clean sheet on his Fortuna Düsseldorf debut. - imago images / Nordphoto

Tyler Adams

Club: RB Leipzig
Position: Midfielder
Age: 20

Tyler Adams was unable to participate in Leipzig's 4-0 win away to Union Berlin on Matchday 1 due to a persistent groin injury.

Josh Sargent

Club: Werder Bremen
Position: Striker
Age: 19

With Bremen 3-1 down at home to Fortuna Düsseldorf on Matchday 1, Sargent was brought on as an 82nd-minute substitute. He still managed two attempts on goal in his eight-minute cameo, but was denied by an inspired Zack Steffen.

Sargent put in a bustling display as a late substitute against Fortuna Düsseldorf on Matchday 1. - 2019 Getty Images

John Brooks

Club: Wolfsburg
Position: Centre-back
Age: 26

Brooks was as imperious as ever for the Wolves, winning nine tackles and completing a team-high 37 passes to help Oliver Glasner's men start the season with a 2-1 victory over Cologne.

Wolfsburg bedrock John Brooks (l.) has domestic and European football to contend with in 2019/20. - 2019 Getty Images

Fabian Johnson

Club: Borussia Mönchengladbach
Position: Winger
Age: 31

Johnson is a veteran of some 203 Bundesliga appearances. He hasn't played for the USA since starting a FIFA World Cup qualifying loss to Costa Rica in September of 2017, but was contacted by Berhalter about a potential return earlier in 2019. The former 1860 Munich and Wolfsburg wide man came off the bench for Gladbach in the 63rd minute of their goalless draw with Schalke on Matchday 1.

Fabian Johnson (l.) can play at full-back or on either wing, but where will he fit in under new Gladbach coach Marco Rose? - 2019 DFL

Timothy Chandler

Club: Eintracht Frankfurt
Position: Full-back
Age: 29

Chandler was an unused substitute in Frankfurt's hard-fought 1-0 win over Hoffenheim on Matchday 1.

Staying fit is the priority for Eintracht Frankfurt's Germay-born US international Timothy Chandler. - imago/Sch¸ler

Alfredo Morales

Club: Fortuna Düsseldorf
Position: Midfielder
Age: 29

The 13-time USA international started and played the full 90 minutes in central midfield for Fortuna in their 3-1 win away to Werder Bremen on Matchday 1.

Will Alfredo Morales (l.) play his way back into USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter's plans this season? - imago/Uwe Kraft

Khiry Shelton

Club: Paderborn
Position: Winger/ Forward
Age: 26

Shelton was an unused substitute in Paderborn's 3-2 opening loss away to Bayern Leverkusen.

Khiry Shelton (r.) could be a huge asset to promoted Paderborn, if he can stay clear of injury. - imago images / Hubert Jelinek

Gio Reyna

Club: Borussia Dortmund
Position: Midfielder
Age: 16

Described as "one of the world's best midfielders is his age group", Reyna has wasted little time settling in. He scored just a minute into his debut for the BVB U19s before providing two further assists in a 9-2 win over Wuppertal dominated by Yousoufa Moukoko's six goals.

Gio Reyna made huge strides on Borussia Dortmund's US tour, though the club insist they are in no rush to blood him in the first team. - imago images / Icon SMI

Brady Scott

Club: Cologne
Position: Goalkeeper
Age: 20

Scott is listed as a member of Cologne's first-team squad this season, but is third choice behind Timo Horn and Thomas Kessler so was not included in the party that travelled to Wolfsburg on Matchday 1. He has made three appearances for the reserve side in the fourth-tier Regionalliga West this term, most recently in a 3-1 defeat to Sportfreunde Lotte on 17 August.

Young American goalkeeper Brady Scott is still waiting in the wings at Cologne. - imago images / Eduard Bopp

Chris Richards

Club: Bayern Munich
Position: Centre-back
Age: 19

The first signing to come out of Bayern's youth player development partnership with FC Dallas, Richards made 21 appearances for the club's U19s last term. He was promoted to the Bayern reserves in the summer following their promotion to Germany's third division, but missed the first three games of the 2019/20 season due to an ankle injury. He was an unused substitute in the Matchday 4 defeat to Viktoria Köln.

Chris Richards featured for Bayern's senior team on the club's 2018 Audi Summer Tour. - 2018 Getty Images

Bundesliga 2 (season started 26 July)

Bobby Wood

Club: Hamburg
Position: Striker
Age: 26

Back at Hamburg following a season-long loan spell with relegated Bundesliga side Hannover, Bobby Wood was an unused substitute in HSV's Matchday 3 win over Bochum. The 45-time US international broke the record for most single-season goals (17) by an American in his last campaign of second-tier football with Union Berlin in 2015/16.

What role will Bobby Wood have to play in Hamburg's promotion bid? - imago images / Philipp Szyza

Julian Green

Club: Greuther Fürth
Position: Winger
Age: 24

Now in his third season as a Greuther Fürth player, former Bayern Munich, Hamburg and VfB Stuttgart forward Green scored his second goal of the season with a headed winner in the 1-0 victory over Jahn Regensburg on Matchday 3.

Greuther Fürth's Julian Green (c.) opened his Bundesliga 2 account for the year in Matchday 2's 3-1 win at St. Pauli. - imago images / Zink

Sebastian Soto

Club: Hannover
Position: Striker
Age: 19

After making his Bundesliga debut last season, and scoring four goals in five appearances at the U20 World Cup, Soto made his bow in Bundesliga 2 as a late substitute for Marvin Ducksch in Hannover's 1-1 draw with Regensburg on Matchday 2. He was an unused substitute in the Matchday 3 victory over Wiesbaden.

Prolific at youth level for club and country, Sebastian Soto made his competitive Hannover debut in April 2019. - imago images / Christian Schroedter

Look out for

Lennard Maloney - Union Berlin
Ulysses Llanez - Wolfsburg
Maurice Malone - Augsburg
Timothy Tillman - Bayern
Malik Tillman - Bayern
Giona Leibold - Wehen Wiesbaden
Matthew Hoppe - Schalke
Justin Butler - Bayern
Nick Taitague - Schalke
Isaiah Young – Bremen
Max Rugova - Nuremberg
Taylor Booth - Bayern
Michael Edwards – Wolfsburg
Mason Judge – Frankfurt
Maximilian Göggel – Stuttgart
Michael Wentzel – Gladbach
Joon-mo Kang – Dresden
Noah Jones – Leipzig