It's going to be quite hard for MLS to shake off the reputation of being the retirement home of European players. However, every year we see more and more interesting American players feature on a weekly basis.
Here we present you seven American stars who could be easily playing in Europe right now.
7. Dax McCarty
The former New York Red Bulls' captain now features for Chicago Fire, but he has elevated his game to a whole new level over the past two years and Bruce Arena has considered in his first USMNT squads. He might not have the quality to feature on a Champions League team, but he shouldn't have problems to adjust to a mid-table Premier League or Bundesliga squad. His game is tailor-made for the Scottish Premier League, too.
6. Lee Nguyen
When you talk about Lee Nguyen, you think of flair, talent, vision and skill. The New England Revolution star has all those traits and more, and even though he's a bit old at 30 years of age, he could easily make a jump to Europe. Maybe a mid-level league like Portugal, Netherlands, Belgium or even France would be good for him. It remains to be seen whether the Revs allow him to leave, though. But he definitively belongs in Europe.
5. Bill Hamid
Tim Howard, Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan... it seems American goalkeepers are made to play in the English Premier League, right? Well, Bill Hamid could be the next name on a long list of shot stoppers that test their luck across the pond. Even though Hamid has had to deal with a lot early in his career, when healthy he's one of the best goalkeepers in the league. He played a key role in DC United's playoff run last season.
4. Sacha Kljestan
Sacha Kljestan has been one of the most consistent playmakers in MLS ever since he returned from a stint in Anderlecht. He has always been talented, but it seems now he is just putting it together and could be ready to try his luck in Europe once again. He was a bonafide MVP candidate in 2016 as he built an impressive rapport with Bradley Wright-Phillips for the Red Bulls.
3. Kellyn Acosta
Some experts have called Kellyn Acosta the best player to ever come from an academy in the MLS. The 21-year-old offers versatility (because he can be a center back or a midfielder), pace, knowledge of the game, and he can score when given the chance as well. There's no question he won't be playing for FC Dallas much longer, because several European giants have already asked about him.
2. Steve Birnbaum
Few players have been able to live up to the hype as well as Steve Birnbaum has done it throughout his career. Back when he was in college he gathered national attention despite the fact he is a center back, and he's continued to thrive while defending DC United's shirt. His name constantly popped up in transfer rumors over the past summer, and it wouldn't be a shock if European clubs come knocking on his door again. Teams from the German Bundesliga, the Belgian Jupiler League, the Dutch Eredivisie and the Israel Pro League have already asked about him.
1. Jordan Morris
Jordan Morris is undoubtedly the top youngster in MLS, and just like Birnbaum, he might get a shot to try his luck overseas in a few months. An integral of the Seattle Sounders last season, Morris gained attention for shattering the scoring record for a rookie in his debut and his performances made him a regular name in the USMNT. It seems it's not a matter of if, but when he makes the move to Europe.