It is difficult to remember a year more people will be glad to see end than 2020, but in many ways this year has been a special one on the American soccer front, and particularly for American players in Europe, where a booming generation of young stars enjoyed a breakout year.
Led by Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, and new faces like Gio Reyna, the Americans Abroad contingent blazed new trails across Europe, and also delivered as impressive a collection of goals as have ever been produced by Americans in one year. Considering all the challenges this year presented, and the fact seasons were cut short, that is no small accomplishment.
The SBI editorial team has put together a list of the Top 25 goals scored by Americans Abroad in 2020, and ranked them based on degree of difficulty, level of competition, game context and overall entertainment value.
Christian Pulisic didn’t finish with the top goal on our list, but he did dominate the Top 25 with a whopping five entries, with Gio Reyna the next on the list with three goals worthy of being ranked.
It should be noted that we were not able to track down video of every single goal scored by Americans Abroad, so there could definitely be some goals from 2020 that deserve to be on this list, so feel free to let us know if any goals we missed that you believe deserve being included.
Now, without further delay, here are the Top 25 goals scored by Americans Abroad in 2020:
25. Timmy Chandler vs. Freiburg, May 26
— The Sports Cast (@thesportscast1) May 26, 2020
24. Tim Weah vs. Celtic, Dec. 10
— Champions League on CBS Sports (@UCLonCBSSports) December 10, 2020
23. Tyler Boyd vs. Trabzonspor, Sept. 13
— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) September 13, 2020
22. Christian Pulisic vs. Aston Villa, June 21
🇺🇸 Christian Pulisic vs Aston Villa 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/dsidktmEZr
— Chelsea FC Español (@ChelseaFC_Sp) December 27, 2020
21. Lynden Gooch vs. MK Dons, Jan. 18
🏆 We'll go ahead and file this under:
📂 Sky Bet League One
└📁 Goal of the Month
└📁 Winner pic.twitter.com/xQBG6hRB7z
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) February 14, 2020
20. Yunus Musah vs. Getafe, Nov. 1
— LaLiga English (@LaLigaEN) November 3, 2020
19. Sebastian Soto vs. Helmond, Oct. 23
Sebastian Soto connects for a ridiculous volley from a tight angle! What a goal from the #USMNT prospect and on-loan Telstar forward
— Planet Fútbol (@si_soccer) October 23, 2020
18. Sebastian Saucedo vs. Pachuca, January 12
— Mexican Prospects (@MXProspects) January 12, 2020
17. Gio Reyna vs. Eintracht Frankfurt, Dec. 5
What a strike by Gio Reyna 🔥
He becomes the second youngest American to score two Bundesliga goals after Christian Pulisic. pic.twitter.com/FyDGXe433O
— ESPN (@espn) December 5, 2020
16. Christian Pulisic vs. Liverpool, July 22
CHRISTIAN #PULISIC GOAL ALERT
The 🇺🇸 can't be stopped! It's 4-3! #LIVCHE
— SiriusXM FC 157 ⚽️📻 (@SiriusXMFC) July 22, 2020
15. Emmanuel Sabbi vs. Randers, July 5
14. Duane Holmes vs. Wycombe, Nov. 29
👌 Duane Holmes became the first player to score a goal under Wayne Rooney's management – and what a finish it was too!
— Sporting Life Football (@SportingLifeFC) November 29, 2020
13. Tim Weah vs. Dijon, Dec. 16
🚨 TIM WEAH GOAL 🚨
The #USMNT forward seals a Ligue 1 victory for Lille 🇺🇸
— Yahoo Soccer (@FCYahoo) December 16, 2020
12. Duane Holmes vs. Middlesbrough, Jan. 11
— James Nalton (@JDNalton) January 11, 2020
11. Josh Sargent vs. Hertha Berlin, March 7
WHAT A HIT JOSH SARGENT! 🚀
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) March 7, 2020