Major league soccer clubs have sold or loaned many Americans to European clubs. Ricardo Pepi, a former FC Dallas player, is the latest high-profile young American to make a move across Europe, signing for German club FC Augsburg.

 

Pepi’s transfer to Bundesliga side Augsburg cost roughly $20 million, setting a new club transfer record for FC Dallas. Ricardo Pepi’s transfer is the second most costly in Major League Soccer history, after only Miguel Almiron’s January 2019 move to Newcastle. On the other hand, Pepi becomes the most expensive USA major league soccer player to leave MLS for European football.

 

No other CONCACAF league made more moves to European teams than MLS (33), followed by the USL (four), Canadian Premier League (two), and Liga MX (one) (two). It covered players that were sold or loaned out. It included players ending a loan term or being out of contract at the end of the 2021 season. 

 

33 Notable MLS Players Moved to European Teams

 

  1. Ricardo Pepi (USA) has transferred from FC Dallas to FC Augsburg.
  2. Kevin Paredes (USA) has transferred from DC United to Wolfsburg.
  3. Justin Che (USA) has transferred from FC Dallas to Hoffenheim.
  4. George Bello (USA) has transferred from Atlanta United to Arminia Bielefeld.
  5. Auston Trusty (USA) has transferred from Colorado Rapids to Arsenal.
  6. Daryl Dike (USA) has transferred from Orlando City to West Bromwich Albion.
  7. Chris Mueller (USA) has transferred from Orlando City to Hibernian FC.
  8. James Sands (USA) has transferred from NYCFC to Rangers FC.
  9. Cole Bassett (USA) has transferred from Colorado Rapids to Feyenoord.
  10. Kyle Duncan (USA) has transferred from NYRB to KV Oostende.
  11. Caleb Stanko (USA) has transferred from FC Cincinnati to PAS Giannina.
  12. Dante Polvara (USA) has transferred from NYCFC to Aberdeen.
  13. Jonathan Gómez (USA) has transferred from the Louisville City/FC Dallas Academy to Real Sociedad B.
  14. Jay Chapman (Canada) has transferred from Inter Miami to Dundee FC.
  15. Richie Laryea (Canada) has transferred from Toronto FC to Nottingham Forest.
  16. Julian Dunn (Canada) has transferred from Toronto FC to HamKan.
  17. Clement Bayiha (Canada) has transferred from CF Montréal to HamKan.
  18. Tajon Buchanan (Canada) has transferred from the New England Revolution to Club Brugge.
  19. Theo Bair (Canada) has transferred from St. Johnstone to Vancouver Whitecaps.
  20. Ignacio Aliseda (Argentina) has transferred from the Chicago Fire to FC Lugano.
  21. Milton Valenzuela (Argentina), a free agent, has transferred from Columbus Crew to FC Lugano.
  22. Riley McGree (Australia) has transferred from Charlotte FC to Middlesbrough.
  23. Maikel van der Werff (Netherlands) has transferred from PEC Zwolle to FC Cincinnati.
  24. Nani (Portugal) has transferred from Orlando to Venice.
  25. Jess Medina (Paraguay) has transferred from NYCFC to CSKA Moscow.
  26. Mathias Jorgensen (Denmark) has transferred from the New York Red Bulls to Esbjerg FB.
  27. Vito Wormgoor (Netherlands) has transferred from Columbus Crew to IK Start.
  28. Jukka Raitala (Finland) has transferred from Minnesota United to HJK Helsinki.
  29. Erik Sorga (Estonia) has transferred from DC United to Goteborg.
  30. Jamal Blackman (England) has transferred from LAFC to Huddersfield Town.
  31. Marko Maric (Croatia) has transferred from Houston Dynamo to Atromitos FC.
  32. Janio Bikel (Portugal) has transferred from LR Vicenza to Vancouver Whitecaps.
  33. Issiar Dramé (France) has transferred from NYRB to PFK Lviv.


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