Gio Reyna, Josh Sargent, Tyler Adams, John Brooks and Chris Richards are just some of the American talent in the Bundesliga for USMNT fans to watch. - © DFL
Gio Reyna, Josh Sargent, Tyler Adams, John Brooks and Chris Richards are just some of the American talent in the Bundesliga for USMNT fans to watch. - © DFL
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American Soccer Players in Germany: The season so far

Ever increasing numbers of American nationals are currently on the books of soccer teams in Germany, but how are the likes of Gio Reyna, Tyler Adams, Josh Sargent and Chris Richards doing?

bundesliga.com brings you up to date on their performances this term.

Watch: The top 10 USA goals of the past decade!

Gio Reyna

Club: Borussia Dortmund
Position: Midfielder
Age: 17
Bundesliga games this season: 5
Starts: 5

After establishing himself in the senior Dortmund roster in the second half of 2019/20, Reyna played himself into the first-team during pre-season by scoring four goals in six outings.

Head coach Lucian Favre kept faith in the teenager on Matchday 1, fielding him in attacking midfield against Borussia Mönchengladbach. The USA youth international continued his fine form by scoring the opening goal - his first in the Bundesliga - finishing from a difficult angle from Jude Bellingham's pass. He also won the penalty with a driving run that allowed Erling Haaland to score BVB's second of the game in a 3-0 win.

The 17-year-old also played the 90 minutes of the Black & Yellows' Matchday 2 defeat at Augsburg, before putting in a star turn in the Matchday 3 win over Freiburg. The American set up three of BVB's four goals, becoming the first 17-year-old to provide a hat-trick of assists in a Bundesliga game since data collection began. Reyna also started the Matchday 4 victory at Hoffenheim and the Revierderby encounter at home to Schalke on Matchday 5, meaning he has been named in all five of Favre's starting XIs so far.

Josh Sargent

Club: Werder Bremen
Position: Striker
Age: 20
Bundesliga games this season: 4
Starts: 4

During pre-season, Bremen head coach Florian Kohfeld said he couldn't "imagine a starting XI that doesn't include Josh Sargent," and he was true to his word on Matchday 1, sending the USA international out from the start at home to Hertha Berlin. Sargent played from start to finish, but was unable to find the target in a 4-1 defeat.

A week later, Sargent made his mark in his side's 3-1 win Schalke. The 20-year-old assisted the first of Niclas Füllkrug's three goals on the night in his 87-minute performance. He then played 81 minutes of the 1-0 win against promoted Arminia Bielefeld and the entire 90 of the 1-1 draw with Freiburg.

Watch: Sargent settling into life at Bremen

Tyler Adams

Club: RB Leipzig
Position: Midfielder
Age: 21
Bundesliga games this season:  3
Starts: 3

Adams began the season in Julian Nagelsmann's starting line-up, partnering Kevin Kampl in the centre of midfield. The 21-year-old covered the most distance of any Leipzig player by running 6.8 miles (11km) across his 90 minutes in his side's 3-1 win over Mainz to begin the campaign with victory.

On Matchday 2, Adams again excelled in the Leipzig midfield, again covering the most distance (7.5 miles/12.1km) and almost snatching a winner in a 1-1 draw at Bayer Leverkusen.

He was named in the starting line-up for the Matchday 3 encounter with Schalke, but suffered a back injury in the warm-up and pulled out as a precaution. Adams was back in the starting line-up when the Bundesliga returned after the international break as Leipzig saw off Augsburg 2-0 to stay top. A ligament injury forced him to sit out the Matchday 5 win over Hertha Berlin.

Tyler Adams covered the most distance of any RB Leipzig player in each of their opening two games of the season. - imago images

John Brooks

Club: Wolfsburg
Position: Centre-back
Age: 27
Bundesliga games this season: 4
Starts: 4

Brooks was an unused substitute in Wolfsburg's first two competitive games of 2020/21 (in the DFB Cup and UEFA Europa League qualifying), but has started and played all 90 minutes in his side's three draws to start the Bundesliga season against Bayer Leverkusen, Freiburg and Augsburg. Brooks was again in the starting line-up for the Matchday 4 trip to Borussia Mönchengladbach.

John Brooks has helped Wolfsburg to keep two clean sheets in their first three matches of the season. - imago images

Chris Richards

Club: Bayern Munich
Position: Right-back
Age: 20
Bundesliga games this season: 2
Starts: 1

Having made his Bundesliga debut towards the end of the 2019/20 season, Richards was included in Bayern's roster on Matchday 1 of the new season against Schalke. He replaced Jerome Boateng in the 72nd minute of the encounter, playing the last 18 minutes of the game at centre-back and helping the side maintain a shut-out in a thumping 8-0 win.

The 20-year-old played all 90 minutes for Bayern's second team in their first game of the 3. Liga season in a 2-2 draw with Türkgücü Munich, and made a second-half cameo in the DFL Supercup win over Dortmund.

A first Bundesliga start then came in the dramatic 4-3 win over Hertha Berlin on Matchday 3 and the 20-year-old made an immediate impact by laying on Robert Lewandowski's goal to make it 2-0. It was Richards' first Bundesliga assist as the youngster lasted 65 minutes in his maiden run-out in the Bayern starting XI. Injury kept him out of the squad for Matchday 4 and he was not included on Matchday 5.

Chris Richards made his first Bayern Munich start on Matchday 3 and provided his first Bundesliga assist in the same game. - imago

Timothy Chandler

Club: Eintracht Frankfurt
Position: Full-back
Age: 30
Bundesliga games this season: 3
Starts: 0

Chandler was on the bench as Frankfurt kicked off their Bundesliga season at home to promoted side Arminia Bielefeld, but he entered the pitch in the 88th minute of the 1-1 draw. He was an unused substitute on Matchday 2 away to Hertha Berlin, but was involved late in the 2-1 win against Hoffenheim the following weekend.

The 30-year-old came off the bench for the second half of the Eagles' 5-0 defeat away to Bayern Munich on Matchday 5.

Timothy Chandler made a brief cameo outing for Eintracht Frankfurt on Matchday 1. - Jan Huebner/Voigt via www.imago-images.de/imago images/Jan Huebner

Look out for:

Nick Taitague - Schalke
Ulysses Llanez
- Heerenveen (on loan from Wolfsburg)
Alfredo Morales
- Fortuna Düsseldorf (Bundesliga 2)
Bobby Wood
- Hamburg (Bundesliga 2)
Julian Green
- Greuther Fürth (Bundesliga 2)
Timothy Tillman
- Greuther Fürth (Bundesliga 2)
Malik Tillman
- Bayern Munich reserves
Lennard Maloney - Borussia Dortmund reserves
Matthew Hoppe - Schalke
Maurice Malone - Wehen Wiesbaden (on loan from Augsburg)
Justin Butler - Ingolstadt
Isaiah Young – Bremen
Taylor Booth - Bayern reserves
Michael Edwards – Wolfsburg reserves
Mason Judge – Frankfurt U19s
Michael Wentzel – Gladbach U19s
Joon-mo Kang – Dresden U19s