Firstly, you know it’s an Eredivisie highlight when there are backheeled passes in the defending third.
But we should be grateful for that sort of tomfoolery from PSV Eindhoven, as it allowed a young American center forward to bag his first Eredivisie goal.
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Andriya Novakovich lit up the Dutch second tier during a loan spell a Telstar last season, and earned a new deal with Reading and loan to the first tier this season.
The Fortuna Sittard striker turns 22 next month, and has gone 90 minutes in his first two matches for the club. His second took advantage of hesitant defending with physical play and a scorer’s touch.
Novakovich scored 22 times with five assists last season, and made his USMNT debut in 2018 with caps against Paraguay and Bolivia.
The next level is within reach for these five Americans abroad, whether it’s a step to stardom or just a move toward finding a new permanent home.
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- Andriya Novakovich, Fortuna Sittard — He’s re-signed with Reading, but the Football League Championship side isn’t ready to hand him the keys to a big role (or lose him before he reaches peak value). The Wisconsin-born 21-year-old with two USMNT caps will attempt to bring his prolific Dutch second division season (19 goals for Telstar) to Eredivisie with promoted club Fortuna Sittard.
- Erik Palmer-Brown, NAC Breda — The 21-year-old center back has taken baby steps in Europe, but defending in the prolific Eredivisie (on loan from Manchester City) is a tall ask. While Matt Miazga’s proven he could handle the load, EPB will look to do the same.
- Tim Weah, Paris Saint-Germain — This one’s rather obvious, but we’re not watching to see whether the fiery young striker is quality. Rather, what would it say if the 18-year-old can get significant playing time with a Champions League mainstay?
- Julian Green, Greuther Furth — Last season’s loan to Furth was enough to make the 2.Bundesliga club want to buy the former Bayern Munich man from Stuttgart. Green is now 23, four years removed from his World Cup goal against Belgium but mere months from his friendly goal against France. Is the next step now?
- Emerson Hyndman, Bournemouth — The 22-year-old’s former club, Fulham, is now in the Premier League, and Hyndman sure is hoping to face them. He spent all of 2017-18 with the Cherries but only found the pitch in the final match, a year after making an impact on loan to Rangers. He may be set for another loan, but needs to break through wherever he ends up (and if he gets playing time, he’s a good bet for it. Smart player).