The mass exodus of Americans from Europe doesn't look to be ending anytime soon. United States youth national teamers Sebastian Lletget and Will Packwood look set to be the latest to join Major League Soccer.
The 22-year-old midfielder, who has been under contract with West Ham United of the English Premier League for the last five years, will join the MLS Cup champions on a free transfer. Lletget has represented the USA at the U-17, U-20, and U-23 levels with a combined eleven official caps between the three teams.
Packwood recently requested his contract at Birmingham City be terminated early (originally set to expire on June 30) in order of him to be able to sign with an MLS side before the deadline. Like Lletget, Packwood has represented the U.S. at various youth levels. The Olympic team hopeful confirmed he will go on trial with the New England Revolution with a view toward signing a permanent contract.
The 21-year-old center back has been with Birmingham City for an astonishing eight years. However, this year he spent the majority of his time battling injuries and on several short loan stints in League One and League Two.
Playing time for young Americans in Europe seems to be rapidly decreasing across the board. MLS will welcome these talented but unproven players with open arms if the price is right. Whether that's good or bad for the US Soccer program is still to be determined.