USMNT Eligible Players in UEFA Champions League

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

  1. Patrick167

    Patrick167 Member+

    Dortmund
    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
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Also a reserve/youth midfielder at Celtic named Cameron Harper.
     
  3. Patrick167

    Patrick167 Member+

    Dortmund
    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
    Club:
    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+

    Dortmund
    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.
     
  6. DHC1

    DHC1 Member+

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

    Patrick167 Member+

    Dortmund
    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

    AFC Ajax
    Feb 19, 2014
    Club:
    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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  9. Clint Eastwood

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    Dec 23, 2003
    Somerville, MA
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    FC Dallas
  10. Patrick167

    Patrick167 Member+

    Dortmund
    United States
    May 4, 2017
    Champions League:
    Christian Pulisic
    Tyler Adams
    Tim Weah

    Possible Group Stage entrants: Ethan Horvath, Sergino Dest. Neither would probably be starters at this point.

    Europa League:
    Tyler Boyd
    Fabian Johnson
    John Brooks

    Possible Group Stage entrants: Timmy Chandler (they should make it in but I doubt Chandler plays much and ever gets called again to the USMNT).
     
  11. Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    #111 Clint Eastwood, Aug 13, 2019
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2019
    I will not be surprised to see Dest as a starter this year in a Champions League match. He appears to be as much of a first team player as Weah does at Lille.....................

    As I speak we have Sergino entering the match at halftime:
     
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  12. jnielsen

    jnielsen Member

    May 12, 2012
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    So, how did he do? Who won the game?
     
  13. Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Dest and Ajax reach the Champions League group stage.
    So...………………...USMNT players in the Champions League group stage. Five of 'em all still 24 years old or younger. Also have players yet to make first team debuts at other Champions League clubs (Chris Richards, Alex Mendez, and company).

    Pulisic (Chelsea)
    Dest (Ajax)
    Adams (Leipzig)
    Weah (Lille)
    Horvath (Club Brugge)

     
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  14. rgli13

    rgli13 BigSoccer Yellow Card

    Mar 23, 2005
    Memphis, Tn
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    pulisic, weah, dest all in same group (what, youre too good for americans, valencia?). leipzig should get through. brugge probably wont.
     
  15. Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    FC Dallas
     
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  16. largegarlic

    largegarlic Member+

    Jul 2, 2007
    At least we're guaranteed 1 YA in the next round with 3 in 1 group. I've never seen Lille play, so I have no idea about Weah's chances to advance, but I will say that Chelsea and Ajax have failed to impress me so far. I wouldn't be shocked to see either fail to advance.

    It does seem like Leipzig has a good shot at going through. It's a relatively easy group, and they seem to be in good form (and we all know they'll be even better once Adams comes back).
     
  17. #1 Feilhaber and Adu

    Aug 1, 2007

    I see Omar Gonzalez was going to be on this upcoming roster, welp that's seals it for Chandler.

    old buddy friends club over performance.

    BTW, I love it how Nagbe can continue to get called in by Bruce Arena's crew after rejecting call-ups on his own free-will but chandler gets scapegoating for doing this when his clubs in Germany actually try to block him.

    As Bob Bradley Confirmed to media and should have put the Chandler not-committed non-sense to rest. With Nagbe case, Bruce and Gregg have no standing to ignore chandler anymore, as the " we want committed players" motto dosen not work anymore because they kept calling an MLS player who wants nothing to do with USMNT at this point.

    Chandler during a Nurnberg training session ended Omar Gonzales european career. Chandler has been scapegoated ever since.


    Not the case? Prove me wrong Bruce and Gregg.
     
  18. Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Reyna and Mendez turned out to be true :) :) All but one is still eligible for USYNTs. The one that isn't is Horvath who's still young for a keeper @ 24.

     
  19. Patrick167

    Patrick167 Member+

    Dortmund
    United States
    May 4, 2017
    Good to see Mendez and Reyna are considered one of the Top 25-35 players at their clubs. Weah and Parks had been included similarly in years past but never played for PSG or Benfica.
     
  20. Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Yeah.......................it doesn't necessarily mean that playing time is imminent.
    It does mean that if there are some meaningless group games (because the team has already clinched advancement or elimination), these guys can play.
     
  21. Patrick167

    Patrick167 Member+

    Dortmund
    United States
    May 4, 2017
    Plenty of other U19 players were not included. You have to fill a certain amount of the A list with a certain kind of player. Not sure that Reyna or Mendez actually qualify as homegrowns for the UCL since they just got there. Makes their inclusion more positive.
     
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  22. Clint Eastwood

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  23. glutton4Bolts

    glutton4Bolts Member

    Chelsea
    United States
    Mar 18, 2019
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Has the Chelsea lineup even come out yet? All the predictions I have seen have Pulisic on the bench again. Mount is to Pulisic in 2019 as Sancho was to him in 2018. Most predictions have Pedro starting in his stead. I hope they are wrong... but I think Pulisic will be spending more time on the bench than I thought this year. Such a bummer.
     
  24. nobody

    nobody Member+

    Jun 20, 2000
    Well, his first game on the bench and Chelsea score 5 and look good for the first time this year. I think a start would either be a surprise, but ya never know.
     
  25. glutton4Bolts

    glutton4Bolts Member

    Chelsea
    United States
    Mar 18, 2019
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    People said I was in a panic when voicing my concerns about him not playing at all against Wolves... they said it was the norm for US players to be given rest after an Int'l week.... But I think Pulisic has already been relegated as the 4th winger option after Mount, Willian and Pedro. It will be 5th once Odoi returns. He should have gone elsewhere.... somewhere he could play every game. You don't grow by practicing. Unless he seriously comes thru in his limited opportunities than I think Chelsea seeks to loan him out once their transfer ban is done.
     

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