Tobin Heath controls the ball during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup on July 7, 2019 in Lyon, France.
International soccer’s transfer window closed on Monday, and oh what a 10 weeks it was for U.S. players.
In what might have been the most significant transfer window in U.S. soccer history, six veteran stars from the USWNT crossed the Atlantic, with five of them ending up in the burgeoning English Women’s Super League. Although most are expected to come back to the NWSL if next season goes off as planned, their transfers represent a new level of European investment in the women’s game, as well as an opportunity to see U.S. stars wearing some of the most famous uniforms in the world.
Meanwhile, on the men’s side, an unprecedented group of talented young players continued moving around as they position themselves for big steps ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying period. Among the blockbuster moves were the first Americans signing with the senior teams at Barcelona and Juventus, two of the sport’s biggest clubs of all time.
Here’s a look at 11 key moves from U.S. players this summer.
Reggie Cannon - Boavista
One of the MLS’ most promising young American players, Cannon made his long anticipated move to Europe when he joined Portuguese first-division club Boavista in September. The 22-year-old right back had been a starter for Dallas since 2018, and he’s played every minute of Boavista’s first three games this season.