The German Bundesliga has become an American hotspot in European football, with four players currently plying their trade in Germany encouraging the manager Bruce Arena to select them for the United States national team squad.
Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Fabian Johnson, Hamburg striker Bobby Wood, Hertha Berlin defender John Anthony Brooks and Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Christian Pulisic have been included in Arena’s first squad selection.
Three Bundesliga players have been dropped from the squad previously picked by former manager Jurgen Klinsmann for World Cup qualifiers against Mexico and Costa Rica. Bayern Munich’s Julian Green, Eintracht Frankfurt defender Timothy Chandler and Werder Bremen player Aaron Johannsson have all been left out by the new national team manager.
The selected players have been impressive in the current Bundesliga season and the quality of American players is increasing rapidly in Germany. The Bundesliga has struck a chord with the general public in the United States and is the second-most watched European league in America.
Fabian Johnson, who plays as a midfielder for Borussia Monchengladbach, has scored 4 goals in 32 appearances in all competitions this season. The 29-year-old has played his entire professional career in Germany and he also represented their national team until under-21 level.
Johnson has played for 1860 Munich, VfL Wolfsburg, 1899 Hoffenheim and his current club Borussia Monchengladbach, who he joined in 2014. Since joining Borussians, he’s scored 13 goals in 100 appearances. The German-born American international has represented the United States on 54 occasions, since making his international debut in 2011.
Hamburg striker Bobby Wood has been a shining light in an incredibly dark and miserable season for the Red Shorts. The German club are currently in the relegation play-off place and sit seven points above the bottom-two. Wood, 24, has scored 8 goals in 23 appearances in all competitions this season.
Hertha Berlin centre-back John Anthony Brooks has become a regular figure in the Old Lady’s defence. He’s made 17 appearances in the Bundesliga this season and has only conceded 14 and 5 goals at the Olympiastadion.
Pulisic, the youngest Bundesliga player to be selected, is one of the most promising prospects in Germany. He’s featured in 32 matches for Borussia Dortmund this season and has been involved in 14 goals.
American’s On Fire in Germany
The first players from the United States of America was Andy Mate, who joined Hamburg and played for them between 1964/65. The first batch of stars arrived in the Bundesliga in the 1990s with Claudio Reyna and David Wagner testing themselves in the German top flight.
The trend continued into the early 2000s with Jermain Jones, Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley playing for major clubs. The new generation have emerged and they are seriously attracting the attention of the national team.
Eight American players currently compete in the German Bundesliga, which is considerably more compared to the Premier League, Serie A, La Liga and Ligue 1. There are only three players in the Premier League and La Liga and one player in Serie A. No American players are currently playing in the French Ligue 1.
This hasn’t transmitted in Major League Soccer with only four German players playing in the United States. On the other hand, there are 6 French player, 9 English players and 6 Italian players playing Major League Soccer.