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American Soccer Players in Germany: Weekly update

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 during the 2020/21 campaign.

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Gio Reyna

Club: Borussia Dortmund
Position: Midfielder
Age: 18
Bundesliga games this season: 27
Starts: 19

2020/21 so far

Reyna has become a key figure in Dortmund’s team this season, with the teenager featuring in the vast majority of games. After opening his Bundesliga goals account on Matchday 1 against Borussia Mönchengladbach, he made history as the first 17-year-old to get three assists in a German top-flight game on Matchday 3 against Freiburg. The attacking midfielder has a total of four goals and five assists in the league in 2020/21.

Last matchday

Reyna was named in the starting line-up for the 3-1 win over Werder Bremen on Matchday 29. He scored the equaliser for 1-1, and had a big hand in Erling Haaland's second goal.

Watch: Reyna: like father and mother, like son

Josh Sargent

Club: Werder Bremen
Position: Striker
Age: 21
Bundesliga games this season: 27
Starts: 25

2020/21 so far

Bremen head coach Florian Kohfeldt said before the season he couldn't "imagine a starting XI that doesn't include Josh Sargent," and he’s been true to his word. The Missouri native has started 24 of Werder’s 26 Bundesliga fixtures in 2020/21, with one substitute appearance and two missed through injury. Five goals and two assists only partially show the 21-year-old's importance to the Bremen team, with his 664 sprints the most of any player in green and white, and his 274 challenges won the best at the club.

Last matchday

Sargent was a second-half substitute in the 3-1 defeat in Dortmund on Matchday 29, passing up two reasonable chances to get on the scoresheet.

Watch: Sargent settling into life at Bremen

Tyler Adams

Club: RB Leipzig
Position: Midfielder
Age: 22
Bundesliga games this season:  25
Starts: 19

2020/21 so far

Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann has shown real trust in Adams this season, particularly his ability to perform in a number of positions. The New York state native has featured at right-back, the right of a back three, on the right wing and in central midfield across his 24 league appearances, of which 18 have been starts and 12 have seen him complete the 90 minutes. The 22-year-old has one goal and one assist to his name, boasts a top speed of 21.3 mph and has clocked up up a team-leading 589 sprints.

Last matchday

Adams started and finished Leipzig's 0-0 draw with Hoffenheim, missing a golden chance to make it 1-0 in the second half. The American was Leipzig's most pressed player, while also covering the second-most distance of any home man.

Tyler Adams has proven a crucial and versatile member of the RB Leipzig squad this season. - imago images

John Brooks

Club: Wolfsburg
Position: Centre-back
Age: 28
Bundesliga games this season: 27
Starts: 25

2020/21 so far

Brooks has featured in 27 of Wolfsburg's 29 Bundesliga matches this season, forming a formidable defensive partnership with Maxence Lacroix. The Berlin-born centre-back is in the league’s top three for aerial duels won (117), while his pass completion rate (87.5 percent) is the second best for Wolfsburg. He has two goals this season, in wins over Bremen and Freiburg, but did also put into his own net in the Werder game.

Last matchday

Brooks played all 90 minutes once again as Wolfsburg slipped to a 3-2 reverse at home to Bayern on Matchday 29.

John Brooks is a big reason why Wolfsburg boast the second-meanest defence in the Bundesliga this season. - imago images

Chris Richards

Club: Bayern Munich and Hoffenheim (currently on loan)
Position: Centre-back
Age: 20
Bundesliga games this season: 3 (FCB), 9 (TSG)
Starts: 1 (FCB), 9 (TSG)

2020/21 so far

It’s been a big year for Richards, who crowned his first Bundesliga start with an assist for Robert Lewandowski in a 4-3 win over Hertha before earning his first senior cap for the USA in November against Panama. The versatile defender played in three league games for the Bayern first team, as well as eight for the reserves in the 3. Liga (a title he also won in 2019/20), prior to a January loan move to Hoffenheim in search of more regular senior action. He has started eight of a possible nine Bundesliga games for TSG so far, providing one assist.

Last matchday

The 20-year-old again started in the middle of a four-man defence as Hoffenheim kept their second clean sheet in the space of five days in a 0-0 draw at Leipzig, which Richards impressing against the title-chasers.

Chris Richards has become a regular for Hoffenheim having signed on loan from Bayern Munich. - IMAGO / Eibner

Matthew Hoppe

Club: Schalke
Position: Striker
Age: 20
Bundesliga games this season: 18
Starts: 13

2020/21 so far

Hoppe has been a shining light in a dark season for Schalke. Beginning the campaign with the reserves, he was handed his senior debut from the start on Matchday 9 away at Gladbach. He then became the first American to score a Bundesliga hat-trick as the Royal Blues beat Hoffenheim 4-0 on Matchday 15 – the club’s sole league victory this season. That was followed with a goal in each of the next two games against Eintracht Frankfurt and Cologne. The Californian is Schalke's top scorer this season, but is without a goal in his last 11 matches.

Last matchday

Hoppe replaced Amine Harit for the final four minutes of Schalke's defeat away to Freiburg on Matchday 29, just days after helping out with the club's charity.

Watch: Meeting Matthew Hoppe

Timothy Chandler

Club: Eintracht Frankfurt
Position: Full-back
Age: 31
Bundesliga games this season: 10
Starts: 0

2020/21 so far

The 29-time USMNT international has found it tough to break into the Frankfurt team this season, making only 10 appearances from the bench, totalling just 134 minutes. The 2017/18 DFB Cup winner is capable of playing at wing/full-back on either side and has played in a total of 225 Bundesliga games over his career with Nürnberg and Eintracht.

Last matchday

Chandler came off the bench in the 65th minute on Matchday 29 as Frankfurt lost to Gladbach.

Timothy Chandler has so far only featured from the bench for Eintracht Frankfurt in 2020/21. - Jan Huebner/Voigt via www.imago-images.de/imago images/Jan Huebner

Look out for:

Joe Scally - joined Borussia Mönchengladbach in January 2021
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
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