Unprecedented transfer window for Americans on the move in Europe

A flurry of activity ended what has been an unprecedented window for American men on the move in Europe.

The biggest deal was Roma's move to sign 19-year-old right back Bryan Reynolds from FC Dallas, which will receive a club-record fee when the loan is converted to a permanent transfer in six months. The terms, per Roma:

-- Transfer fee of 6.75 million euros ($8.12 million);
-- Conditional payments of 5.65 million euros ($6.82 million);
-- Sell-on fee of 15 percent in excess of Roma paid FC Dallas.

Reynolds started just one game in his first three seasons at FC Dallas but was a revelation after breaking into the starting lineup following Reggie Cannon's transfer to Portugal's Boavista in August 2020.

For most of January, Juventus was tipped as the likely destination for Reynolds, who was called in the U.S. U-23 national team camp but returned home after he tested positive for COVID-19.

“We actually had a bidding war among several Champions League teams, which is a new dynamic," CEO and chairman Clark Hunt said in a media call on Monday. "I think that says a lot about where our academy is, but it also speaks to the quality of the American player. With Major League Soccer helping, we’re starting to develop world-class players through our academies.”

Other FC Dallas products in Europe include midfielder Weston McKennie (now at Italian champion Juventus after signing with Germany's Schalke 04 as a free agent when he turned 18 in 2016) and center back Chris Richards (who spent one season in the FC Dallas academy and never played for the FC Dallas first team and moved to Hoffenheim Monday on loan from German champion Bayern Munich).

For the U.S. national team, Richards' move is perhaps the most significant as he will likely earned regular playing time in the Bundesliga that he could not get at Bayern. Hoffenheim is coached by Sebastian Hoeness, Richards' coach last season at Bayern Munich II, the 2020 3. Liga champion. (Hoeness is the son of former German international Dieter Hoeness and nephew of Uli Hoeness, another former German international who is the former Bayern Munich president.)

Arriola and Dike on loan. Two players who played in the USA's 7-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago on Sunday night moved on loan to English (second-tier) Championship teams: D.C. United's Paul Arriola (Swansea City) and Orlando City's Daryl Dike Orlando City (Barnsley).

Arriola's move had been rumored, but Dike's was a surprise. The 20-year-old Oklahoman debuted for the USA on Sunday night. Indeed, the cap qualified him for a work permit under the new British rules.

Arriola and Dike brought to seven the number of players who have played for the USA or been in the senior national team camp in the last year and moved to or within Europe in January. In all, 12 current or former U.S. internationals moved in January.

Destination Turkey. Three players were involved in deals with Turkish clubs on Monday:

--  DeAndre Yedlin left England after six seasons, the last four and a half at Newcastle United, which agreed to let the right back sign with Galatasaray without an up-front transfer fee. Yedlin, who was third on the Magpies' depth chart at right back, would have been a free agent at the end of June.

-- Tyler Boyd moved from Besiktas on loan to Sivasspor, 14th in the 21-team Super Lig, after sitting out the last three months of the fall season because Besiktas chose not to register him with league authorities at the close of the transfer window because it had too many foreign players in its squad. Boyd has spent two years in the Super Lig (eight goals in 39 games).

-- Arda Bulut, who started at Stanford University, signed with Kasimpasa, which turned around and loaned him to Karacabey Belediyespor, a mid-table team in its group in the TFF 2. Lig, the third tier of Turkish soccer. Bulut signed with  Louisville City after Stanford postponed the 2020 fall season but never played in the USL Championship.

January signings (U.S. men's national team players):
Brenden Aaronson (20), Philadelphia Union to Red Bull Salzburg (AUT), transfer
Paul Arriola (25), D.C. United to Swansea City (ENG D2), loan
Tyler Boyd (26), Besiktas (TUR) to Sivasspor (TUR), loan
Mix Diskerud (30), Man. City (ENG) to Denizlispor (TUR), transfer
Daryl Dike (20), Orlando City to Barnsley (ENG D2), loan
Duane Holmes (26), Derby County (ENG D2) to Huddersfield Town (ENG D2), transfer
Mark McKenzie (21), Philadelphia Union to Genk (BEL), transfer
Jordan Morris (26), Seattle Sounders to Swansea City (ENG D2), loan
Chris Richards (20), Bayern Munich (GER) to Hoffenheim (GER), loan
Sebastian Soto (20), Telstar (NED D2) to Norwich City (ENG D2), loan return
Andrew Wooten (31), Philadelphia Union to Admira Wacker (AUT), free transfer
DeAndre Yedlin (27), Newcastle United (ENG) to Galatasaray (TUR), transfer

January signings (Other U.S. men's players):
*Arda Bulut (21), Louisville City to Kasimpasa (TUR), free transfer
Mael Corboz (26)
, Go Ahead Eagles (NED D2) to SC Verl (GER D3), free transfer
Bryan Reynolds (19)
, FC Dallas to Roma (ITA), loan-transfer
Joe Scally (18), NYCFC to Bor. M'Gladbach (GER), transfer
Indiana Vassilev (19), Aston Villa (ENG) to Cheltenham Town (ENG D4), loan
Henry Wingo (25), Molde, Norway, to Ferencvaros (HUN), transfer
*Loaned to Karacabey Belediyespor (Turkey D3).

8 comments about "Unprecedented transfer window for Americans on the move in Europe".
  1. R2 Dad, February 2, 2021 at 2:11 a.m.

    Props to FC Dallas for developing so many quality academy players. Imagine if all MLS teams were as accomplished.

  2. frank schoon replied, February 2, 2021 at 9:12 a.m.

    R2, we'll see. So far it basically defender types, for we don't develop creative attacker types going to Europe . Hopefully ,he'll be taught how to play tough man to man defense, nothing as far as building up from the back which is not a real demand for a defender in Italy...

  3. Santiago 1314, February 2, 2021 at 6:50 a.m.

    It's Disappointing to see the "Progress" of Yedlin... Always liked him,  but he doesn't seemed to have Adapted at the Highest Levels..  It will be hard for him to Find a Spot at Right Back in Future USA Team... Wish him well in Turkey,  but that seems to be the "Graveyard" of a Players Career. 

  4. frank schoon replied, February 2, 2021 at 9:13 a.m.

    Include Scotland as well....

  5. Ben Myers, February 2, 2021 at 11:17 a.m.

    Frank, Defender types in this cycle, but midfieldsrs and forwards previously.  The American defenders previously playing abroad know how to handle the ball well.

  6. frank schoon replied, February 2, 2021 at 11:52 a.m.

    Ben ,I'm looking at the total picture of things not exceptions. We've had more luck with goalies and defenders. We don't produce as a nation creative, attacking players, and one of the reasons is the Turbo approach to our soccer. 
    Even back in the late 80's or early 90's we had Eric Wynalda, Tab Ramos, later Brian McBride,Landon, the other one who just retired and Pulisic. Pulisic thus far has done the best, he's still a work in process but the rest as far as real creative attackers...it's been very,very spotty.

    Unfortunately, we don't have soccer culture that produce great ,creative individualists.
    It is much easier to play defense than offense ofcourse and therefore defender types will go much faster than attackers.

    As far as our defenders abroad capable of handling  the ball well, that's an opinion that I differ greatly with you on. We can't build up from the back,  playing possession , playing the ball nicely, controlling it because we lack good ball handlers in the back and on the midfield. That is  why we play more of a Turbo, counterattacking type of game which does not fit with in the close possession, controlling ,building up which as a result our defenders are not good ballhandlers.  

  7. Farid Hadj-Hamou, February 2, 2021 at 12:56 p.m.

    Yes, I conquer Frank - very good point - we are seeing some young talented players here and there but we are missing out the big picture...a country with 21 millions youth soccer players and we are sending 5-7 players per year to Europe .....I think we can do better than that - we have settle in mediocrity for a long time .......

  8. Seth Vieux, February 2, 2021 at 3:43 p.m.

    Dallas and Philadelphia certainly seem to be producing the highest quality in-house young players among the MLS clubs. That commitment is going to put them at an advantage soon as they start to receive more and more transfer fees and sell-on fees. Will be a very good thing when the other clubs recognize this and start investing more in the development of the youth as well.

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