From Christian Pulisic to Weston McKennie: Every USMNT player in the 2022-23 Premier League - ranked

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GOAL breaks down what was a pretty poor season for Americans in England as the contingent of national team stars hopefully look ahead to brighter days

Overall, it wasn't a very good seasons for Americans in the Premier League. In fact, you could probably call the 2022-23 campaign a bad one for U.S. men's national team stars in England's top-flight. The quantity was there, for sure, with several familiar faces plying their trade in the league, but the quality? Not so much.

Generally, it was a down year for Americans abroad everywhere, with many struggling with form and injuries at club level, but there was nowhere more impacted than the Premier League. Stars like Christian Pulisic, Tyler Adams and Tim Ream were all hit with long-term injuries, halting positive momentum for all three.

Meanwhile, an American contingent gathered at Leeds. It didn't take too long for it all to go south, though, leaving a trio of USMNT stars facing an uncertain future.

It wasn't all doom and gloom, though. Fulham overachieved, with their two Americans, Ream and Antonee Robinson, making massive contributions. So, while the season will be defined by struggles, there are some reasons for optimism heading towards the 2023-24 campaign.

For some, that optimism will be the opportunity to build on this season's successes. For others, it will be a chance to put this disastrous campaign behind them, perhaps outside of England altogether.

With that said, here's a look at how the USMNT stars in the Premier League fared this season:

  1. Gabriel Slonina (Chelsea)
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    #9 Gabriel Slonina (Chelsea)

    The former Chicago Fire goalkeeper will likely be higher on lists like these in future years. However, considering he hasn't yet been involved with Chelsea's senior team, he finds himself at the bottom for now.

    Slonina made his big move to London after the 2022 MLS season and has been a regular for Chelsea's reserves. This season is very much a taste of life in England for a player that the Blues' reportedly see as their goalkeeper of the future.

    It remains to be seen what's next for Slonina, who could spend another year developing at Chelsea or go out on loan in search of more playing time. Either way, the club seem to have high hopes for him, so that's good news for both the teenager and the USMNT.

  2. Matt Turner (Arsenal)
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    #8 Matt Turner (Arsenal)

    Considering we're just going on Premier League performances here, Turner finds himself next on this list. Like Slonina, Turner has not made a Premier League appearance this season, although he has served as Aaron Ramsdale's primary back-up. The American goalkeeper has played in seven matches across domestic cups and the Europa League, but that Premier League debut still eludes him.

    Turner's long-term future will be a subject of debate, as the USMNT would certainly prefer to have the No.1 get consistent minutes in goal. Turner, though, has certainly benefited from his time at Arsenal, even if the club fell just short of a title this season.

  3. Chris Richards (Crystal Palace)
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    #7 Chris Richards (Crystal Palace)

    The center-back's first season in the Premier League didn't go as well as many would have hoped. Injuries limited Richards for the first half of Crystal Palace's campaign after some brief appearances in August, ultimately keeping him off the USMNT squad for the World Cup.

    He didn't make his first Premier League start until January, earning praise from Patrick Vieira for that performance against Manchester United. He'd go on to play 90 minutes only three more times after that initial start, though, with just one start on his resume since early February.

    Richards has certainly shown flashes of being a top-tier center-back, but they have been few and far between due to a lack of opportunities. Minutes will need to pick up next season as the 23-year-old defender looks to start his push towards the 2026 World Cup.

  4. Brenden Aaronson (Leeds)
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    #6 Brenden Aaronson (Leeds)

    There were some positive moments early on, but it quickly became clear that Aaronson wasn't quite ready for the physicality of the Premier League. A regular under Jesse Marsch for the first half of the campaign, Aaronson's form cratered after the World Cup.

    Some have attributed it to a lack of strength, while others say its a lack of confidence due to Leeds' relegation fight. Whatever the reason, Aaronson could do little in that fight as he struggled to do much of anything in Premier League play during the season's final months.

    He's featured in 35 games, provided three assists and scored one goal, which came when he notably robbed Edouard Mendy in an early-season highlight against Chelsea. However, his energy and effort counted little once Marsch left as he fell out of favor under Javi Gracia and Sam Allardyce.

    It appears he'll remain at Leeds regardless of which league they play in next season and, should they go down, a season in the Championship could work wonders for a player that still needs a little seasoning.

  5. Weston McKennie (Leeds)
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    #5 Weston McKennie (Leeds)

    What once looked like a perfect fit rapidly descended into disaster. Brought in on loan from Juventus to add a bit of quality to Leeds' midfield, McKennie has struggled to make a positive impact as the club's season got worse by the week. Marsch's firing, and an injury to a player coming up soon on this list, left McKennie in no man's land, playing out of position frequently as the losses piled up.

    McKennie was never really able to capture the hearts of Leeds' fans, with many seeing his partnership with Marc Roca as one of many catastrophic flaws in the team. In total, McKennie has made 18 league appearances for Leeds, a club that seemingly never really knew how to get the best out of him.

    They certainly won't get the chance next season, even if they stay in the Premier League. McKennie's move was a bad one for all involved and both sides will likely be happy to see it end as soon as possible.

  6. Christian Pulisic (Chelsea)
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    #4 Christian Pulisic (Chelsea)

    Like just about every other player at Chelsea, Pulisic had a rough season. It was a horrendously bad campaign for all involved but, for Pulisic, it was more of the same as he was unable to convince three different managers of his quality.

    His inability to break in under Thomas Tuchel continued. A mid-season injury during Graham Potter's tenure derailed any hopes of making an impact. Finally, the return of Frank Lampard brought the return of Pulisic's spot on the bench.

    In 28 appearances, only eight of which have been starts, he's scored just one goal, the lowest total of his professional career. That goal came all the way back in October in a 3-0 win over Wolves in Potter's first game in charge.

    Is this the end of Pulisic's time at Chelsea? It may just be. It can't be this bad anywhere else, right?

  7. Tyler Adams (Leeds)
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    #3 Tyler Adams (Leeds)

    One of few bright spots for Leeds this season, the USMNT midfielder was more important to the team's structure than many realized. Prior to his injury in March, Leeds looked somewhat-competent but, after Adams went down with a hamstring problem, the team never recovered. It quickly became apparent just how vital Adams was as that midfield destroyer and, with that destroyer sidelined, Leeds totally melted.

    In the 24 games with Adams, Leeds conceded 1.45 goals per game. In the 13 without him, they've conceded 2.92. That tells you all you need to know.

    He made 24 Premier League appearances during his first, and perhaps only, season with Leeds. Adams, from the start, proved that he could be a player that can be counted on to perform in England's top-flight.

    It was, overall, a good season for Adams, who vaulted himself into the spotlight with a standout World Cup as U.S. captain as well. Because of that, there's almost no chance of him remaining with Leeds next season, especially if his team-mates can't pull off a miracle to retain their place in the Premier League on the final day.

  8. Antonee Robinson (Fulham)
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    #2 Antonee Robinson (Fulham)

    One of the Premier League's unsung heroes, although Fulham fans will know how good Jedi is. The USMNT left-back was quietly one of the best full-backs in the Premier League this season. Defensively, there may not have been a better player in Robinson's position, with the Fulham star among the best in the league when it comes to defending dribbles.

    Robinson is fast, athletic, composed and solid on the ball, which is why he's routinely linked with a move away from Craven Cottage. The 25-year-old defender has started 34 games in what was a good season for Robinson, although not the best from a USMNT star at Fulham...

  9. Tim Ream (Fulham)
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    #1 Tim Ream (Fulham)

    Probably the USMNT's MVP of the 2022-23 season, Ream turned back the clock in a way that few could have imagined. You could argue that Ream just put together one of the top Premier League campaigns by any American. He was simply that good for Fulham.

    After battling his way into the USMNT's World Cup squad with his good form in the first half of the season, Ream was outstanding in Qatar and never slowed down once returning. Only a late-season broken arm could stop him, although that injury will keep him out for the summer.

    It does little to diminish what he accomplished this season. At 35, Ream put together the best season of his career, proving that he still has what it takes to play at a high level when many would be looking ahead to their next step.

    Ream started 33 games, the same as in his two prior Premier League campaigns combined. After years of yo-yoing back and forth to the Championship, Fulham are here to stay in the top-flight, and Ream is one of the big reasons why.