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American soccer players in Europe: Giovanni Reyna loaned to Nottingham Forest

More Americans than ever are playing abroad and growing into roles with teams in top leagues.

While some players are finding their feet at new clubs, others have hit the ground running early this season.

We've listed the top performing Americans from the past week of matches.

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Player of the Month for Pulisic

Pulisic marked his AC Milan debut with a goal just 21 minutes into his first game with the club. He did a give-and-go with Olivier Giroud and controlled the return pass amid a crowd of defenders before firing into the far side netting from just outside the box.

Pulisic missed the USMNT's November international break, but that allowed him to recover from a thigh injury that saw him miss Milan's 2-2 draw with Lecce right before the break. Since the break, he started all four of Milan's matches and contributed one goal and two assists in matches against Frosinone, Atalanta, and Monza.

In all competitions this season, Pulisic has seven goals and five assists in 23 appearances. With 11 goal contributions in Serie A, he is two more goal contributions away from beating his career high of 13 combined goals and assists in the 2019/20 Premier League season with Chelsea.

Pulisic won Serie A's Player of the Month Award for December, during which he scored two goals and provided two assists.

Matt Turner regains No. 1 position

Greece's No. 1 goalkeeper Odisseas Vlachodimos, formerly the starter for Benfica, was signed by Nottingham Forest over the summer to rival Matt Turner. Forest also signed Turner in the summer.

Vlachodimos finally broke into the starting XI and made three saves in a 2-0 Forest win over Aston Villa on Nov. 5. He also started Forest's two games since then. Still, Turner has had impressive performances this season and evidently regained his place, starting the final five of Forest's seven matches in December.

He kept a clean sheet and was named Man of the Match in a 1-0 win over Chelsea on September 2, his best game in the Premier League so far. Forest also shut out Crystal Palace with Turner in goal, and he started in a 2-1 win over Manchester United.

Fellow American player Gio Reyna joined him on loan in the January transfer window after the midfielder arrived from Borussia Dortmund.

Josh Sargent returns from injury

Josh Sargent started the season as one of the top strikers in the English Championship, but the Norwich City star's lethal form was halted by an injury suffered 14 minutes into Norwich's game against Huddersfield on August 26.

Luckily for Sargent and his teammates, he only needed 11 minutes to get on the scoresheet in that game. Four months and three days after his injury, he returned in a 1-0 loss to Milwall on December 29, and three days later, he scored on New Years Day against Southampton for his first goal post-injury.

Now 23, Sargent has been on the fringes of the US Men's National Team over the past year, but he has five goal contributions in six games in this season's English Championship and will likely be considered for a call-up ahead of the February international break.

Folarin Balogun adjusting to Monaco

Of the many USMNT players to make transfers this summer, Folarin Balogun's was arguably the highest profile considering the nearly $40 million transfer fee that AS Monaco paid to Arsenal.

Entering his match as a Monaco player with less than 25 minutes left, Balogun received a pass from Aleksandr Golovin on the left side of the six-yard box, shifted the ball with his right foot toward the byline, and finished inside the near post with his left foot. His goal salvaged a point for Monaco in a 2-2 draw with Lorient.

Balogun has played 14 of Monaco's 17 Ligue 1 matches, and he scored in their latest match, a 5-2 loss to first-placed PSG. Monaco sits in third place, seven points behind PSG, and the league resumes play post-winter break on January 12.

Robinson, Ream key to Fulham's stability

Fulham, nicknamed "Fulhamerica" due to having two Americans in Antonee Robinson and Tim Ream, owe some of their stability to the presence of those two players on the left side of defense. Fulham is in 13th place 20 games into the season, nine points clear of the relegation zone.

Ream, a left-sided center back, captains Fulham while left-back Robinson holds down the left flank.

Fulham has suffered a few poor results this season including a 3-0 loss to Brentford, a 5-1 loss to reigning treble winners Manchester City, and a 3-0 loss to Newcastle, but Ream scored the lone Fulham goal in the City game and helped his side keep clean sheets against Everton and Luton Town.

Fulham won 5-0 against both Nottingham Forest and West Ham in the space of one week, and before that, Robinson contributed an assist in a 4-3 loss away to Liverpool. The team's form dropped late in 2023, losing to Newcastle, Burnley, and Bournemouth.

Pepi, Dest, Tillman thrive at PSV

Ricardo Pepi, the 20-year-old American striker, is still making up for lost time from a move that took him from boyhood club FC Dallas in Major League Soccer to FC Augsburg in Germany's Bundesliga.

At Augsburg, Pepi played less than 600 league minutes over two seasons and saw the club relegated. After scoring 12 goals in 29 matches on loan to Netherlands-based club Groningen - the club that brought legendary striker Luis Suarez to Europe - Pepi moved to PSV Eindhoven on a permanent deal.

Pepi has scored four goals and added an assist in the Dutch Eredivisie so far, and he added more goals in UEFA Champions League qualifying against Sturm Graz of Austria and in the group stage against Sevilla. All 13 of his Eredivisie appearances have come off the bench, as PSV coach Peter Bosz prefers to start 33-year-old Luuk de Jong.

De Jong has 12 goals in 16 league games, and there are few better strikers for Pepi to learn from as the veteran has played for clubs including FC Barcelona, Sevilla, and Newcastle United.

Dest has started 11 Eredivisie matches and six Champions League matches, splitting time between right and left back. He had not made a goal contribution until picking up two assists in three games, with those helpers happening against Zwolle in the league and Sevilla in the Champions League.

Attacking midfielder Malik Tillman, aged 21, joined him on loan from Bayern Munich. Tillman has five goals and three assists in nine Eredivisie matches as he battles with PSV's strong attacking talents for playing time. He's in the 99th percentile among attacking midfielders and wingers in goals, assists, shot-creating actions, tackles, and touches in the attacking penalty area.

Tillman's best PSV performance so far was in a 3-1 home win over last-place FC Volendam. PSV's No. 10 contributed a goal and an assist with four chances created and four shots. Recently, he scored against Zwolle and assisted against FC Twente. He assisted a Dest goal in the 16th minute of PSV's 4-0 win over AZ Alkmaar.

Mixed fortunes for Weah, McKennie at Juventus

One of Juventus fans' biggest criticisms of manager Max Allegri is his penchant for using players outside their best positions, and Americans Weston McKennie and Tim Weah are no exception.

Both players have played large percentages of their minutes at right wing-back this season, although McKennie started playing in midfield more often in late 2023 and his performances were strong enough to spark rumors of a contract extension.

Weah has found playing time in his preferred striker role very hard to come by with Federico Chiesa and Dusan Vlahovic taking the majority of the playing time in the two forward positions in Allegri's 3-5-2.

Weah's first - and so far only - goal contribution for Juventus came in the club's 1-0 Serie A win over Milan on Oct. 22. He drifted into midfielder from the right side and played a square pass to Manuel Locatelli, who drove the ball into the lower left corner from way outside the box.

McKennie has appeared in all 19 of Juventus's Serie A matches so far, as Juve sit in second place, two points behind league leaders Inter Milan.

Giovanni Reyna loaned to Nottingham Forest

Giovanni Reyna had only appeared in eight of Borussia Dortmund's 16 Bundesliga matches this season, and he has no goal contributions in all competitions. As a result, the club loaned him to Nottingham Forest, who are in a relegation battle in the Premier League.

His inability to stay healthy and Dortmund manager Edin Terzic's preference to play the likes of Marco Reus, Julian Brandt, Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, and Donyell Malen in attacking midfield have been the reasons why Reyna had not played much.

At Nottingham Forest, Reyna will likely start in one of the two attacking midfield positions used in the team's usual 3-4-2-1 formation. He plays his best when he's feeding passes to strikers who like to get in behind as was the case with Erling Haaland during his Dortmund days, so Reyna will probably enjoy feeding passes to Forest striker Taiwo Awonyi who plays in a similar style to Haaland, albeit with far fewer goals.

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