USMNT Eligible Players in UEFA Champions League

Discussion in 'USA Men: News & Analysis' started by Patrick167, Mar 30, 2018.

  1. Patrick167

    Patrick167 Member+

    United States
    May 4, 2017
    Spots in the UCL are being clinched every weekend now. The following USMNT players look to be involved:

    Christian Pulisic
    Tyler Adams

    A coach and several players will be involved in the Playoff rounds to get in the UCL. Jesse Marsch, Aaron Schoenfeld, are on the first team of teams clinched at various playoff stages (Salzburg is just outside the Group stage while Tel Aviv and Celtic are in the lowest rung). Gutman and Perez are on the books at Celtic. Ethan Horvath will be on the second rung.

    Interestingly, all these players are on the books of teams that are in the UCL or near it:

    Zac Steffan
    Erik Palmer Brown
    Cameron Carter-Vickers
    Tim Weah
    Matt Miazga

    John Brooks is 2.5 points out of a UCL spot. Timothy Chandler is in the last spot.

    Youth players at teams in the UCL or in the last stages of the Playoff:

    Richie Ledezma
    Sergino Dest
    Gio Reyna
    Chris Richards
    Taylor Booth
    Konrad De La Fuente
  2. Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Somerville, MA
    FC Dallas
    Also a reserve/youth midfielder at Celtic named Cameron Harper.
  3. Patrick167

    Patrick167 Member+

    United States
    May 4, 2017
    Matteo Rittacchio is another, but pretty far from the first team. I think Ledezma and Richards probably have the best chance, of all the non-first team guys I listed, of being on a UCL roster next year.

    If Wolfsburg make it, and it is a long shot, I think Llanez could emerge quickly as his skill set can probably play if his position is freed from major defensive responsibility (like Sancho or Pulisic at BVB on the wings).
  4. Sebsasour

    Sebsasour Member+

    New Mexico United
    May 26, 2012
    Albuquerque NM
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    In a name I haven't heard in a long time, Dilly Duka's club won The Albanian SuperLiga today.

    They'll be in The Champions League
  5. Patrick167

    Patrick167 Member+

    United States
    May 4, 2017
    Seems like the Tyler Boyd move to Besiktas is done and just pending some other banking business, unrelated to Boyd, to be completed to be announced. This puts Boyd on a team in the Group Stage of the Europa League.

    Champions League:
    Christian Pulisic
    Tyler Adams
    Tim Weah

    Possible Group Stage entrants: Ethan Horvath

    Europa League:
    Tyler Boyd
    Fabian Johnson
    John Brooks

    Lots of youth players at many clubs in both competitions. Will be interesting to see if any of them make the tournament rosters.

    Interesting that of the 8 names above, only 2 were on the Gold Cup roster and only 1 played in the Final.
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  6. DHC1

    DHC1 Member+

    Jun 3, 2002
    I think Chandler's Eintracht Frankfurt is in Europa
  7. Patrick167

    Patrick167 Member+

    United States
    May 4, 2017
    Yeah, but they are down in the 4th tier of qualifying or somewhere. If a team wasn't in the final round of qualifying then I don't want to really list them. If they get there, then he goes right on the list.

    I'm very interested to see if Dest, Richards, Ledezma, or even CCV make the UCL roster. We are already half-way through the First round of Qualifying. All the Americans at Celtic are on loan.
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  8. Cubanlix63

    Cubanlix63 Member

    Feb 19, 2014
    Manchester United FC
    Dest would not need to be registered on Ajax's CL squad since he is u21 and is homegrown.
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