USMNT internationals Lennard Maloney, Brenden Aaronson, Joe Scally, Jordan and Kevin Paredes are all hoping to shine bright in the Bundesliga this season. - © DFL
USMNT internationals Lennard Maloney, Brenden Aaronson, Joe Scally, Jordan and Kevin Paredes are all hoping to shine bright in the Bundesliga this season. - © DFL

American Soccer Players in Germany: 2023/24 weekly update


Ever increasing numbers of American nationals are currently on the books of soccer teams in Germany, with the Aaronson brothers Paxten and Brenden joining in 2023 alone. But how did they, as well as the likes of Jordan and Joe Scally, get on in 2023/24? takes a look at their performances over the 2023/24 campaign...

Gio Reyna

Club: Borussia Dortmund (on loan at Nottingham Forest)
Position: Attacking midfielder
Age: 21 (born November 13, 2002)
Bundesliga games this season: 11
Starts: 1


Reyna took part in Dortmund's summer tour of his homeland, but did not feature in any games owing to a foot injury. He finally returned to action during Matchday 7 as Die Schwarzgelben faced Union Berlin and got his first start of the league campaign in Frankfurt on Matchday 9. He subsequently left on loan for Nottingham Forest in the Premier League in January.

Watch: All of Reyna's Bundesliga goals and assists


Club: Borussia Mönchengladbach (on loan from Union Berlin)
Position: Forward
Age: 28 (born April 26, 1996)
Bundesliga games this season: 26
Starts: 18


After registering four goals and three assists in his debut Bundesliga season last term, Jordan faced even stiffer competition for a place up front at Union after the arrival of Kevin Volland. As such, he was allowed to move on loan to Gladbach, scoring his first goal in a 3-3 draw with Darmstadt on Matchday 4.

Last matchday

Jordan played 80 minutes as Gladbach lost 4-0 in Stuttgart on the season's final day.

Jordan (c.) moved to Borussia Mönchengladbach on loan from Union Berlin in August 2023 - Lars Baron/Getty Images

Timothy Chandler

Club: Eintracht Frankfurt
Position: Full-back
Age: 33 (born 29 May, 1990)
Bundesliga games this season: 6
Starts: 0


After being limited to just 87 minutes of action in 2022/23, Chandler has made only a handful of late cameos so far this season

Last matchday

Chandler was an unused substitute as Frankfurt drew 2-2 against Leipzig on Matchday 34.

Timothy Chandler has proven himself to be a useful squad player at Eintracht Frankfurt. - DFL

Joe Scally

Club: Borussia Mönchengladbach
Position: Full-back
Age: 21 (Born December 31, 2002)
Bundesliga games this season: 31
Starts: 25


Now in his third full season with Gladbach, Scally - with freshly dyed blonde hair - has made a starting berth his own, even scoring in the 2-2 draw with Mainz on Matchday 7.

Last matchday

Scally was an unused substitute as Gladbach lost in Stuttgart.

Watch: Check out Scally's wonder goal against Mainz

Kevin Paredes
Club: Wolfsburg
Position: Winger
Age: 21 (born May 7, 2003)
Bundesliga games this season: 28
Starts: 15


Paredes established himself as a first-team squad member last term, making 22 top-flight appearances. A thigh strain suffered in pre-season ahead of 2023/24 set him back in the pecking order initially, but goals against Bremen and Cologne have aided his claim for more playing time. 

Last matchday

Paredes opened the scoring but was taken off at half-time as Wolfsburg lost 1-3 at home to Mainz on the season's final day.

Kevin Paredes scored his second goal of the season, and third for Wolfsburg, in a 1-1 draw against Cologne on Matchday 19. - Oliver Hardt

Paxten Aaronson
Club: Eintracht Frankfurt (on loan at Vitesse Arnheim)
Position: Attacking midfielder
Age: 20 (born August 26, 2003)
Bundesliga games this season: 7
Starts: 1


After arriving in Frankfurt in January 2023, Aaronson soon impressed former head coach Oliver Glasner enough to make seven Bundesliga appearances. He featured prominently for new boss Toppmöller in pre-season but with Mario Götze, amongst others, in his way for a place in attacking midfield, he was sent out on loan to Vitesse Arnhem in the Dutch Eredivisie in January.

Watch: Paxten Aaronson - Frankfurt's new US prospect

John Brooks
Club: Hoffenheim
Position: Centre-back
Age: 31 (born January 28, 1993)
Bundesliga games this season: 21
Starts: 18


Brooks left Wolfsburg at the end of the 2021/22 campaign and moved to Portugal. However, the Berlin-born defender only made five appearances for Benfica prior to joining Hoffenheim just after Matchday 17 in 2022/23. He is now very much a mainstay in New Jersey native Pellegrino Matarazzo's side. 

Last matchday

Brooks was an unused substitute as Hoffenheim finished the season with a 4-2 win over Bayern.

Watch: Brooks scores and then gets sent off as Hoffenheim beaten by Frankfurt

Brenden Aaronson
Club: Union Berlin
Position: Attacking midfield
Age: 23 (born October 22, 2000)
Bundesliga games this season: 30
Starts: 14


Aaronson arrived on loan from Leeds United in July 2023, joining his younger brother Paxten in Germany's top flight. He made his competitive debut for Union in the 4-0 DFB Cup first round win over Astoria Walldorf on 13 August.

Last matchday

Aaronson played 80 minutes of Union's key final day win over Freiburg that secured safety. 

Watch: Brenden Aaronson arrives in Berlin

Lennard Maloney
Club: Heidenheim
Position: Midfielder
Age: 24 (born October 8, 1999)
Bundesliga games this season: 29
Starts: 27


Maloney has become one of the first names on the teamsheet at promoted Heidenheim following his switch from Borussia Dortmund in June 2022, and was in the top two players across the Bundesliga for distance covered until suffering an injury.

Last matchday

Maloney made his first start since recovering from a shoulder injury and played the full 90 minutes as Heidenheim beat Cologne 4-1

Lennard Maloney has been key to Heidenheim's impressive first season in the Bundesliga. - IMAGO/H. Langer

Damion Downs
Club: Cologne
Position: Forward
Age: 19 (born July 6, 2004)
Bundesliga games this season: 10
Starts: 0


An U19s German Cup winner with Cologne last season, German-American Downs signed his first professional contract ahead of the 2023/24 campaign. He netted his first-ever Bundesliga goal as a substitute to level a Rhine derby in Mönchengladbach on Matchday 25 and scored the winner in a comeback victory over Union Berlin on Matchday 33.

Last matchday

Downs came on at the start of the second half, but could not prevent Cologne being relegated with their loss at Heidenheim. 

Watch: Downs nets winner as Cologne come back to beat Union