USMNT Stock Watch: Up with McKennie, Weah for vanguard sports

USMNT Stock Watch: Up with McKennie, Weah for vanguard sports ,

The Bundesliga is back following its month-long winter break, and so is your U.S. men’s national team Stock Watch. The timing is good.  There is no shortage of American players impressing with their clubs early this year.

USMNT Stock Watch: Weston McKennie and Tim Weah trending up, Bill Hamid and injured Greg Garza down .

That’s a welcome change from 2018, when more than a few USMNT regulars found consistent minutes hard to come by. It’s not all kittens and ice cream this week, though. Here are 10 Americans based in Europe, MLS or Mexico who are making waves right now, for better or worse.

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M Weston McKennie, Schalke (Germany)

The 20-year-old midfielder got the start and the game-winning assist in Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Wolfsburg and USMNT teammate John Brooks.

F Tim Weah, Celtic (Scotland)  

Weah got his six-month loan from Paris Saint-Germain got off to a perfect start, coming off the bench to score a well-taken goal on his Celtic debut:

Takeaway: Sure, it was a Cup match against semi-pro side Airdrieonians. Still, don’t underestimate the impact the strike could have on the 18-year-old’s Weah’s confidence, especially after spending the last four months idle at PSG. It can’t hurt when it comes to earning the trust of manager Brendan Rodgers, either.

M Duane Holmes, Derby County (England)

The fleet-footed winger built on his standout recent performances by notching his first goal for the Rams in Saturday’s 2-1 win against Reading.

Takeaway: Holmes, 24, has now started three of second-tier Derby’s last four matches, and he entered off the bench to help Frank Lampard’s team knock Premier League Southampton out of the FA Cup in the other. He’s making a strong case for consideration when Berhalter convenes his first full-strength USMNT for a pair of March friendlies.  

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