The transfer deadline is always busy, but this one in particular was busier than most American players.
A total of six US internationals were on the move Monday, following what had already been an attractive January window for USMNT fans.
Having seen Jordan Morris, Joe Scally, Brenden Aaronson and Mark McKenzie travel to Europe this month, several others followed suit on Monday to wrap up what was a series of wire transfers.
From seasoned international stars to young American stars looking to make their own European breakout, objective look back at the American stars who switched clubs on Monday, as well as two who didn’t despite widespread rumors …
Bryan Reynolds: FC Dallas to Rome
The much-discussed transfer saga is over, and Bryan Reynolds is now a Roma player.
Previously linked to Juventus during the first weeks of January, Reynolds finally made his way to Rome with some surprising happenings along the way.
The FC Dallas product was at the center of one of the window’s hottest transfer battles, and in the end, Roma won by paying an initial loan fee of € 100,000 ($ 121,000) with a purchase option for 6 , 75 million euros (8.2 million dollars).
On top of that, there are several performance-related bonds that could end up worth a total of € 5.65 million ($ 6.8 million), while FC Dallas will maintain a sale clause going forward.
As for Reynolds, he gets the big step forward that he gained through his half-season of flashy exhibitions in MLS. His attacking ability has never been in doubt, but, in Rome, the 19-year-old winger is now at a club that could help him refine his defensive skills in a five-on-the-back system built to get the most of it. outside the.
And, if that happens, The USMNT right-back battle will only get more interesting, with Reynolds set to join Sergino Dest and Reggie Cannon in that fight. Better sooner than later.
Paul Arriola: DC United to Swansea City (loan)
Paul Arriola, one of the USMNT’s most versatile veterans, will head to Swansea to get back in top form after a catastrophic injury.
The winger suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament at the start of the 2020 MLS season, and only returned to action one game before the season ended.
However, he has since returned to the USMNT, scoring three goals in two games against El Salvador and Trinidad and Tobago.
With the MLS season not starting until April, the move to Swansea will give Arriola the much-needed games while offering the Championship club another dynamic forward in their drive for promotion.
The Welsh team does not have the option to buy Arriola, although Swansea and DC United are owned by Jason Levien.
Arriola will join Morris, whom Swansea has the option to buy from the Seattle Sounders once his loan period is complete.
DeAndre Yedlin: Newcastle at Galatasaray
After four and a half years, DeAndre Yedlin’s time in Newcastle is over, with the former Seattle Sounders and Tottenham full-back signing with Turkish giants Galatasaray.
The move is far from a surprise as Yedlin’s deal with Newcastle was due to end this summer and the club was not expected to offer him a new deal.
Yedlin, who has played 62 games for the USMNT, signed a deal in Istanbul that runs through the summer of 2023 and will net him around € 2.6 million ($ 3.1 million / £ 2.3 million).
By trading Tyneside for Turkey, Yedlin will now look to help Galatasaray return to the Champions League, with the club currently third in the Super Lig behind neighboring Fenerbahce and Besiktas.
Daryl Dike: Orlando City to Barnsley (loan)
Daryl Dike’s move to Barnsley apparently came out of nowhere.
Having made his USMNT debut on Sunday, Dike moved to England to join Barnsley on loan less than 24 hours later.
Barnsley will have a $ 20 million purchase fee, and the City of Orlando will retain a 20 percent sales fee, reports the Orlando sentinelAlthough taking that option would break the club’s transfer record.
The move to the Championship only continues with Dike’s meteoric rise, as the forward was only selected by the Lions last year.
The 20-year-old scored eight goals in 17 appearances last season, earning two calls to the USMNT in response to those solid numbers from the rookie season.
Like Arriola, Dike is expected to miss the start of the MLS preseason and could also miss the start of the regular season.
Chris Richards: Bayern Munich to Hoffenheim (loan)
Chris Richards has had a taste of first-team minutes at Bayern Munich this season but, at this point in his career, his development requires more than just that taste.
The 20-year-old central defender will remain in the Bundesliga as he leaves on loan to join Hoffenheim, where he will meet Sebastian Hoeness.
Last summer, Hoeness took over at Hoffenheim after coaching Richards with Bayern Munich II, where the defender made 38 third-division appearances.
Richards, considered one of the brightest defensive prospects in the USMNT group, has played eight times for Bayern, who have deployed the American as a right back.
Additionally, the FC Dallas youth product made its USMNT debut in November against Panama.
Tyler Boyd: Besiktas al Sivasspor (loan)
Tyler Boyd has fallen off the scene with the USMNT, but the winger had a much-needed change of scenery on Monday that could rekindle his career.
The winger has not played in months, having been excluded from the Besiktas squad to satisfy the foreign squad limit. In need of real matches, he will head to Sivasspor, which is ranked 14th in the Turkish Super Lig.
Before this season, Boyd had done relatively well with Besiktas, scoring four goals in 34 appearances after signing in the summer of 2019.
Internationally, Boyd has played 10 international matches, scoring two goals in the 2019 Gold Cup against Guyana. However, he has not been with the USMNT since November 2019.
Gregg Berhalter made the shocking revelation during the recent USMNT camp that Jozy Altidore might be on the move but, at least until the European deadline, that has yet to materialize.
Altidore’s future remains uncertain, with a ESPN Report claiming the forward “had reached a breaking point” with Toronto FC.
Altidore himself took to Twitter to apparently dispel those rumors, saying, “Don’t believe everything you read. The devil is working overtime.”
Berhalter himself said that there had been outside interest in Altidore, and that a move could still occur, even if it didn’t go to Europe.
Another window, another Aaron Long transfer saga that ends with a thud.
Having previously been denied transfers to England in three of the last four windows, Long looked like he could finally go on loan to Europe this winter.
They had linked him with people like Reading, but last week the big news broke that Liverpool might be interested in making a move.
That informed interest never came to anything, but even so, the New York Red Bulls rejected proposals from a championship club. According to the athleticThe Red Bulls had no intention of letting Long go, even on loan, as they want their defender in preseason.
With former star Tim Parker now in Houston and newcomer Andrés Reyes now with the team, the Red Bulls want Long to step in to help build a base this spring.
And so ends what may have been Long’s last real chance to head to Europe.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.