The Bundesliga has long been a haven for Americans to hone their craft, with plenty of USMNT legends cutting their teeth in Germany. This season saw a record number nine American internationals playing in the German top flight.
How did their respective seasons turn out?
Weston McKennie — Schalke
McKennie only made one appearance for Schalke's senior side this season, making a cameo in the team's final match on Saturday. He came on in the 77th minute in Schalke's finale against Ingolstadt after making Markus Weinzierl's matchday squad. With Schalke down a man, the 18-year-old midfielder and his teammates managed to hold on for a 1-1 draw. McKennie figures to feature into Schalke's future plans more heavily, but making your senior debut is always worth noting.
Terrence Boyd — Darmstadt
Boyd's career has been derailed by injury, but he scored his first Bundesliga goal with Darmstadt back in February. The forward made seven appearances with the club this year, but an ankle injury effectively ended his season in early April. It was a rough season for Boyd and Darmstadt as a whole, as the club finished dead last in the Bundesliga.
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Aron Johannsson — Werder Bremen
Playing time with Bremen came at a premium for Johannsson this season. The American found himself down the pecking order with manager Alexander Nouri preferring Max Kruse and Claudio Pizarro over Johannsson. The 26-year-old forward started the season decently with a goal and assist in his first three matches, but was out of the squad by the end of the year. He finished with nine appearances for the side.
Fabian Johnson — Borussia Monchengladbach
Johnson made a total of 21 appearances with Gladbach, but could have made more if not for a midseason injury. Nevertheless, the American midfielder has become somewhat of an institution with the Foals and the club signed him to a contract extension through 2019/20. He scored three league goals and chipped in with two assists in his abbreviated season. When he's healthy, he's a truly dynamic force on the left.
John Brooks — Hertha Berlin
A handful of knocks kept Brooks from playing his best with Hertha this season, but the American center back was an automatic starter when healthy. The 24-year-old made 23 appearances for sixth-place Hertha this season, scoring a pair of goals.
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Alfredo Morales — Ingolstadt
Morales made 27 appearances as Ingolstadt ultimately failed to avoid relegation. As a defensive-minded midfielder, he scored just once this season. Morales hasn't factored into the USMNT picture since his last start in a friendly a year ago, but perhaps that could change after he showed once again that he's a Bundesliga quality player.
Bobby Wood — Hamburg
Hamburg have never been relegated from the Bundesliga, and though they flirted with disaster this season they managed to keep that streak alive. Wood joined Hamburg from 2. Bundesliga side Union Berlin over the summer and performed when called upon. He didn't match last season's production in the lower tier, but the forward routinely started for the club. He made 28 appearances on the year, scoring five times and notching two assists, all while drawing consistent praise from his manager.
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Christian Pulisic — Borussia Dortmund
After making a strong first impression last season with Dortmund, Pulisic followed it up with a stellar sophomore season. BVB's loaded stable of attacking talent meant splitting minutes, but Pulisic made his count. In his 29 Bundesliga appearances, the 18-year-old scored three times and dished out eight assists. He seems to just be scratching the surface of his potential, too.
Timmy Chandler — Eintracht Frankfurt
After a brutal 2015/16 season marred by injury, Chandler bounced back in a big way this season. He became a fixture in Frankfurt's back line, taking the right back position and stamping his name on it. He made 32 appearances this season, chipping in with four assists in the best campaign of his career.