GOAL takes a look at the history of American stars in Italy’s top flight as a number of the current crop prepare to join Scudetto challengers
For years, the United States men’s national team’s biggest stars have generally zeroed in on two of the so-called ‘Big Five’ European leagues. If there was an American star bound for big things, the odds would be on them winding up in the Bundesliga or Premier League. The former has long been a home willing to welcome top USMNT stars, while the other has always seen as the pinnacle of the sport, and for good reason.
This summer, though, the tide is shifting. It appears that the current crop of American stars are flocking to Italy. Last season, we saw Leeds United States of America; this summer we’re seeing Serie USA.
Tim Weah has joined Juventus, where he’ll join up with Weston McKennie, at least for now. Christian Pulisic, meanwhile, is close to completing a move to AC Milan, while Yunus Musah has been heavily linked with both Milan clubs. Those are four key starters for the USMNT, and there’s a chance that, come the start of the season, all four will be plying their trade in Serie A.
The league, traditionally, hasn’t been the most welcoming to Americans, although that appears to be changing. But who are the American stars that have played in Italy, and how did they fare? GOAL takes a look…
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