This one’s for all the gamers out there. EA Sports has released the latest title in its famous FIFA video game series, complete with new player ratings (and new player nationalities). Ratings are updated periodically throughout the year, but it’s the new game releases that key the biggest updates. Let’s see how things look!
Bryan Reynolds is the most improved player from the FIFA 21 release until now, having jumped a massive 15 points in overall, from 51 to 66. Crazy to think he was 51 overall a year ago. Ricardo Pepi and Joe Scally are the next closest, rising to 65 and 62, respectively.
Justin Morrow and Dom Dwyer have the steepest dropoffs in FIFA 22, although it’s national team veterans Yedlin, Bradley, Altidore, and Guzan who are more interesting to national team fans, with all four of them dropping 3 points since the FIFA 21 release.
Dual national action
A few players switched nations in FIFA since the FIFA 21 release. The US saw Yunus Musah and Jordan Pefok (who’s listed in the game as Jordan Siebatcheu) join from England and France, respectively. We also lost a few players to Concacaf rivals in David Och oa, Ayo Akinola, Alex Roldan, and Eriq Zavaleta.
One of the exciting things about the young USMNT player pool is all the new players who weren’t even in the game when FIFA 21 was released: Konrad de la Fuente, Caden Clark, Matthew Hoppe, Richy Ledezma, Justin Che, Cade Cowell, and several others have made their club debuts in the past 12 months.
A few fringe national team players are not in FIFA 22 (at least not yet). A few have been removed due to being out of contract altogether (Ike Opara, Eric Lichaj), Luis Robles retired, and Joe Efford was relegated out of Belgium’s top tier with Waasland-Beveren. A handful of players also moved to clubs that aren’t in FIFA (Uly Llanez, Kenny Saief, Mix Diskerud, and Josh Perez, who is an El Salvador national now anyway).
High potential players for career mode
It won’t be a huge shock to see many USMNT regulars in the “high potential” category, although there are a couple relative outsiders in Caden Clark and Jesús Ferreira.
Top US players all around
If you intend to play FIFA with USA players, here are the top options right now in pure terms of overall rating:
Position by position
The biggest change from last year is Brad Guzan’s downgrade. Zack Steffen and Matt Turner each with a nice +1 bump.
Chris Richards and Mark McKenzie are the biggest growers in the top tier, although it’s nice to see John Brooks also increasing. Henry Kessler gets the biggest bump, partially because he was rated so low to begin with.
Four guys with huge improvement at RB: Kyle Duncan, Julian Araujo, Joe Scally, and Bryan Reynolds. That, combined with DeAndre Yedlin’s 3-point drop, leaves this position pretty wide open after Sergiño Dest.
Left back is pretty wide open after Antonee Robinson, but it’s good to see youngsters like George Bello, Sam Vines, and John Tolkin on the right track.
James Sands and Aidan Morris have improved the most since last time around, although no one is particularly close to Tyler Adams.
Cole Bassett, Leon Flach, Taylor Booth, Eryk Williamson, and Luca de la Torre all saw massive gains over the past season, making the competition for CM spots much more interesting.
Gio Reyna got the biggest upgrade last year, with Djordje Mihailovic and Alan Soñora the next-biggest increases.
Little movement in the winger pool, although young Kevin Paredes jumps way up from his original 52 overall rating.
Good to see growth from guys like Tim Weah and Daryl Dike, but Ricardo Pepi is the obvious outlier once again, with his jump from 53 to 65 in just one season. It doesn’t seem hard to believe he could do that same jump again in the next 12 months, with the right club situation.
Is there a particular team you play with in FIFA? Do you have any USMNT players on your team? Do you have a whole team of USMNT players? Let us know in the comments.