The USMNT had a strong performance that both fans and the US soccer federation can be proud of after advancing to the Round of 16 at the Qatar World Cup.
Team USA recorded draws against both England and Wales before defeating Iran to reach the knockout stage. During large portions of all three games the US looked like the stronger team and by all means should have walked away with two wins if not for an absolutely foolish penalty that allowed Wales to tie the game.
The United States were simply outclassed by Holland before being sent home. Impressive performances from several players has sparked transfer interest among some of Europe’s biggest teams ahead of the January window.
Here, Dailymail.com takes a look at the US stars who are now in the shop window…
The young USA national team impressed en route to the World Cup last-16 in Qatar this winter
Chrisitan Pulisic was a key player for the USA
There’s only one place to start and that’s with Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic.
The attacker has been on the fringes of Chelsea’s team and has struggled to find starting minutes over the last 18 months.
Playing under multiple managers during his time in London has not helped the 24-year-old. After a promising start to his Chelsea career during Frank Lampard’s time in charge of the Blues, things have gone downhill during the tenures of both Thomas Tuchel and now current manager Graham Potter.
Pulisic’s name has been linked with a move away from Chelsea since the summer with frustration at a lack of minutes with the World Cup just months away. He ended up staying put.
Pulisic showed that he’s too good to be sitting regularly on the substitutes’ bench in Qatar as he played a pivotal role for the USA.
As the focal point of the American attack, he registered the opening assist for Timothy Weah’s goal against Wales.
The Chelsea winger has been frustrated at a lack of game time with the Premier League club
During the game against England he outplayed and outperformed both of England’s starting wingers Mason Mount and Raheem Sterling. Both of which are repeatedly picked over him for Chelsea.
The American No. 10’s future is really up in the air with his Chelsea contract only having a season and a half left. As his transfer value drops with the end of his deal approaching the question is whether Chelsea will cash in before it drops even more?
Manchester United, Newcastle, Arsenal, and several teams in Serie A have registered interest in Pulisic, who may fancy the chance to find more minutes elsewhere if he does not see improved playing time following the World Cup.
Weston McKennie plays a pass in the World Cup defeat by Holland
Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie is the next big-name American that could potentially move to a new home in the near future.
The 24-year-old has seen a decrease in his playing time and the club are reportedly open to selling him.
The Old Lady have set an asking price of around $31million but may be willing to accept less, according to Football Italia.
McKennie has improved his game greatly since being acquired by Juventus from German side FC Schalke for around $20m.
He has also started to expand his game, being utilized in a role that allows him to surge forward and attack rather than only playing as a ball-winning midfielder.
Manchester United and Tottenham were said to have enquired about McKennie last summer and are still monitoring him along with Chelsea, while his representatives have already engaged in conversations with Borussia Dortmund and Aston Villa, reports Calciomercato.
McKennie celebrates after scoring a goal in the UEFA Champions League game against PSG
Yunus Musah has impressed with Valencia
Yunus Musah, 20, was already in the process of turning heads and garnering attention from several clubs around Europe, but he did a terrific job at the World Cup to boost his profile.
Not only has Musah become a regular in the Valencia squad, but he also showed just how much of an important piece he is to the United States midfield during the tournament.
When Musah did not feature in America’s squad during the warm-up friendlies against Japan and Saudi Arabia it highlighted just how crucial of a role he played in helping the USA transition the ball from the midfield into the final third of the pitch.
Following his impressive four games with America, the Premier League trio of Liverpool, Arsenal, and Chelsea have all set their sights on Musah, according to multiple recent reports.
Musah was originally part of Arsenal’s youth academy where he played for seven seasons before leaving to play for the Spanish club, which has tied him down to a long-term contract that runs through 2026.
The deal is also set to have a massive release clause of around $110m, however Musah’s agent stated that he believes his client can be had for around $30-$40m, as reported by Calciomercato.
Musah dribbles the ball through midfield while playing against Holland during the Round of 16
Sergino Dest chases a ball during the match against Holland in the knockout stages
Sergino Dest appears to be the easiest transfer to predict of all the players on the USMNT due to his loan status at AC Milan.
Dest joined Milan this season on loan from Barcelona after being told he was not going to be part of manager Xavi’s plans.
The 22-year-old has featured sparingly in Milan, totaling 375 minutes in nine appearances, however he has apparently shown enough for the Rossoneri to want to keep him in town.
Corriere dello Sport report Milan is ready to pay a cash-strapped Barcelona team $20m for Dest to get the deal done.
According to the report Dest’s solid performances with Team USA during the World Cup were the deciding factor in convincing the bosses at Milan that he was a player they should invest in going forward.
Dest of AC Milan in action during the UEFA Champions League Group E match against Chelsea
Antonee Robinson of Fulham is attracting interest
America’s other full-back Antonee Robinson has also become the subject of speculation following strong showings with not only the national team but also with his club Fulham.
Throughout the United States’ group games and the Round of 16 Robinson not only looked like the fastest player on the field, but also one of the fastest in the entire tournament.
His performances have opened up the possibilities of moves to the higher echelons of the Premier League or to the top of Serie A.
Newcastle seem to be the hottest on his trail and reportedly ready to send an offer in the neighborhood of $16m come January. Arch-rivals Inter and AC Milan are both also said to be interested, in the 25-year-old known to his teammates as Jedi, as reported by The Sun.
The outlet reported that Robinson nearly signed for AC Milan several years ago but a misleading medical suggested he had a heart issue that led him to eventually sign with Fulham.
The Italian route may have more appeal to Fulham rather than selling him to another Premier League team.
It is also worth noting that even though Fulham are said to have no interest in selling him, Robinson is entering the final 18 months of his contract and it may be time to cash in on the player.
Robinson looks to clear a ball during the World Cup group stage match between USA and Iran
Matt Turner looks on during group stages
Matt Turner may seem like the most surprising player on this list due to the fact that he just joined Arsenal from the New England Revolution of MLS, however he stood out at the World Cup.
Throughout all four of America’s games Turner showed his quality after being given a chance. He has also produced strong performances when used for his domestic team but he is Arsenal’s backup and is having to bide his time.
During the group stage Turner allowed only one goal to slip past him, and it was a penalty kick. In the matches against England and Iran, he pulled off several acrobatic saves to hold on to the clean sheets and help the United States advance to the last-16.
Turner has also been urged to look to leave Arsenal by former USMNT manager Bruce Arena – who also managed Turner with the Revolution.
‘He has to move out of Arsenal to start playing on a regular basis, but he’s proven himself to be a very good goalkeeper for the US,’ Arena told MLS Soccer. Former USMNT goalkeeper Brad Friedel also made similar statements about Turner needing to depart for more game time before the World Cup began.
The 28-year-old has firmly put himself in the shop window should he want a new challenge, and more importantly, regular action elsewhere.
Turner has had to bide his time at Arsenal and is backup goalkeeper but impressed for the USA