The US Men’s National Soccer Team has been on the way up. The team has been in the limelight for quite a while now for good performances and incredible talents belonging to the country. With a large number of these young stars already playing key roles at some of the biggest clubs in the world, the future of the United States men’s national team has never appeared so bright. The 2026 World Cup on home soil is on the horizon and excitement is building around this gifted generation.
With the 2022 World Cup coming soon, let us look at the top 10 best young prospects from this golden generation of the United States Men’s football team.
1. Weston McKennie
Weston McKennie is that guy. The American midfielder has abundant amounts of creativity in the midfield and has often been the best player on the field for the team. McKennie is also the deadliest player in the air for the USMNT. A broken foot saw McKennie miss the last several months of the 2021-22 season, but he is still one of the best US soccer players. He is someone who can carry this US National Team and is very important for the squad.
NOT SO FAST! WESTON MCKENNIE 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/sLCRPhqML5
— CBS Sports Golazo ⚽️ (@CBSSportsGolazo) June 7, 2021
2. Christian Pulisic
Christian Pulisic is by far the biggest name and most popular player for the U.S. He’s the only American male player to win the UEFA Champions League and is full of tricks and goals. If Pulisic is at his best for the U.S. at the World Cup, then he will be causing nightmares for opposing defenses. He scored five goals during World Cup qualifying including a hat trick against Panama. He is crucial to the squad.
🎙️ Christian Pulisic on USA's chances in Qatar:
"We are going there with the intention to win the World Cup." 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/c1brE77j0k
— Football Tweet ⚽ (@Football__Tweet) July 20, 2022
3. Gio Reyna
Gio Reyna is the son of USMNT legend Claudio Reyna. Gio is one of the most exciting American players to watch. We’ve only seen glimpses of his full potential at Dortmund, where he has now established himself and we can only expect things to get better. Playing in this year’s World Cup won’t just be a great experience for the youngster, but also a way he can establish himself as the next superstar.
We see you Gio Reyna 🔥 pic.twitter.com/F49wJUzd07
— CBS Sports Golazo ⚽️ (@CBSSportsGolazo) March 25, 2022
4. Tyler Adams
Tyler Adams doesn’t score or assist goals, but he does just about everything else. He only missed one game of World Cup qualifying and was the captain for half of the games. Adams is the heartbeat of the midfield. He’s there to string passes together, win possession back and keep things calm. Adams left RB Leipzig this summer and linked up with Aaronson at Leeds United.
5. Sergiño Dest
Sergiño Dest left Barcelona this summer for AC Milan. Dest dealt with multiple injuries during qualifying, so he only featured in six of the qualifying games. Dest at his best offers as much in defense as he does when he comes forward on offense. Dest has scored some world-class goals for his country.
— Sergiño Dest (@sergino_dest) October 14, 2021
6. Brenden Aaronson
He’ll be a good bet to score at the World Cup. Aaronson recently completed one of the most expensive transfers of an American player. Premier League club Leeds United bought Aaronson from Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg for a reported $36.13 million.
PULISIC TO AARONSON. WHAT A GOAL!
— USMNT Only (@usmntonly) June 1, 2022
7. Walker Zimmerman
Walker Zimmerman is the best centre-back for the USMNT. He has been picked as the captain for two games and is one of the oldest players that feature for the team. For two years in a row (2020 and 2021) Zimmerman has been named the Defender of the Year in MLS and is an anchor in defense for the USMNT.
8. Yunus Musah
Yunus Musah is one of the youngest players on this list, being just 19 years of age. He has been an exciting addition to the team. Besides the U.S., Musah had the choice of playing for England, Ghana or Italy but ultimately decided on America. He featured in 10 of the 14 U.S. World Cup qualifiers and adds an exciting spark to the midfield.
9. Timothy Weah
Tim Weah is the son of legendary Liberian forward George Weah, who is also the president of Liberia. The 21-year-old struggled with his French club team Lille last season, only scoring three goals in 34 games during the 2021-22 season. He’s played better with the U.S. and supplied one goal and an assist in World Cup qualifying. Things can only look better for him with the enormous potential he has got.
Just look at what it means to Tim Weah to score for the USMNT ❤️🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/wlqxje7cfZ
— USMNT Only (@usmntonly) June 2, 2022
10. Antonee Robinson
Antonee Robinson is the best player at the left-back position for the U.S. He played in 13 of the 14 World Cup qualifiers for the USMNT and is a vital part of the team. He is also a crucial part of the Fulham team and he has been good this season. If he’s healthy expect him to start nearly every game for the U.S.