As the USA U20s confirm their place at next year’s World Cup after beating Costa Rica on Friday, a strong Bundesliga influence has been felt with Chris Richards, Alex Mendez, Chris Gloster, Sebastian Soto and Brady Scott all part of a squad rich in Germany-based talent.
Chris Richards(Bayern Munich)
After spending 10 days on trial at Bayern in May, FC Dallas defender Richards joined the record champions on loan until the end of the current calendar year. He impressed during Bayern’s summer tour of his home country and has continued to do so this season for Bayern’s U19s, scoring twice in 12 appearances. Having been called up to the US U20 team for the knockout rounds of the CONCACAF Championship, Richards will be expected to slot in seamlessly in the USA's final game against Honduras.
Chris Gloster (Hannover)
Gloster is another of the U20 talents to have already made the switch to the Bundesliga. The 18-year-old left-back joined Hannover from the New York Red Bulls this summer, and has already progressed from the Hannover U19 team to the Hannover reserves in his short time on German soil. Starting and finishing all but one of the USA's U20 CONCACAF Championship games to date, Gloster is proving himself to be an integral part of Tab Ramos' side.
Sebastian Soto (Hannover)
Like Gloster, Soto has made an immediate impact since joining Hannover last summer. The 18-year-old striker has scored nine goals and provided four assists in just 11 appearances for the U19s, earning a call-up to the USA U20s CONCACAF Championship squad for the knockout rounds. Given his scintillating form in Germany, it shouldn’t be long before he joins Gloster in Hannover’s second team.