"There are different things the Bundesliga provides. Certainly day-to-day training is at a higher level, the competition is at a higher level -- that’s a benefit for our players. We can get
players in the European conditions, where they’re competing against top-level players day in, day out -- it’s only going to benefit the players and our national-team programs. When young
Americans come to Europe, there are some many things they can gain. The Bundesliga certainly gives them that, and one of those things is a different setting. You’re put under pressure most days.
On top of that, there’s a growth that happens when you go through a change -- a change of language, a change of setting, being put in an uncomfortable position. If you can get through those
moments, it makes you a stronger player, it makes you a stronger person."
-- New U.S. men's national team general manager Brian McBride
on the German Bundesliga, where 10 Americans
have played this season. They include U.S.-bred players like Weston McKennie
, Josh Sargent
, Tyler Adams
and Gio Reyna
, who moved to Germany as teenagers. (Bundesliga.com