The number of USMNT winter transfers to Europe continues to grow by the day. With Major League Soccer not beginning until Feb. 26, some of the brighter stars are skipping out on next season with their respective MLS clubs and looking for minutes in Europe.
One of the latest Americans to head overseas is Colorado Rapids homegrown midfielder Cole Bassett. After helping the Rapids finish first in the Western Conference with five goals and three assists on the season, the player from Littleton, Colorado, (where the author of this story is from, coincidentally) is taking his talents on loan to Dutch side Feyenoord.
Liking this American boyyy! #CoolKidCole— Feyenoord Rotterdam (@Feyenoord) January 20, 2022
: @colebassett19 has joined @FeyenoordFrom your entire #Rapids96 family, wishing you nothing but the best in Rotterdam!
: https://t.co/ahbpfYK3aT pic.twitter.com/K4liedu2e5
— Colorado Rapids (@ColoradoRapids) January 20, 2022
The loan deal lasts for 18 months, meaning Bassett will play the remainder of Feyenoord’s 2021-22 season and all the 2022-23 season. The Dutch club will have the option to buy him permanently by the end of the loan.
The Colorado youngster got his first cap for the USMNT in December and scored the game-winning goal against Bosnia and Herzegovina.
First cap, first goal.Welcome to the #USMNT, @colebassett19 pic.twitter.com/BCNT5hyeYQ
— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) December 19, 2021
All that’s left for Bassett to do will be to break into Feyenoord’s starting squad. The famous Dutch club is in a tight battle for the Eredivisie title with Ajax and PSV.
Bassett won’t be the only American in the Dutch league as he will also have Richard Ledezma on PSV and Luca de la Torre on Heracles.
Feyenoord is getting a good one.
Cole Bassett with a banger pic.twitter.com/2gdt6dWJxg— USMNT News (@USMNTNews2) November 8, 2021
Other USMNT Winter Transfers And Loans In Europe
Ricardo Pepi to Augsburg from FC Dallas
Transfer Fee: $20 million
Now arriving in Augsburg: Ricardo Pepi pic.twitter.com/pLVjFK5RNN— FC Augsburg (@FCA_World) January 3, 2022
Daryl Dike to West Brom from Orlando City
Transfer Fee: $9.5 million
New year. New signing.We're delighted to welcome @USMNT international forward @DarylDike to the club on a permanent contract. ✍️
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) January 1, 2022
James Sands to Rangers from NYCFC
18-month loan with option to buy
Welcome to #RangersFC, James Sands. pic.twitter.com/aHfCbStILs— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) January 5, 2022
Justin Che to Hoffenheim from FC Dallas
18-month loan with option to buy
Welcome to #TSG, @JustinChe618-year-old USA youth international Justin #Che has completed a loan move to Kraichgau from @FCDallas until 30th June 2023. There is also an option to buy included in the deal ✍️ pic.twitter.com/NhJbsgVEU7
— TSG Hoffenheim EN (@tsghoffenheimEN) January 21, 2022
Bryan Reynolds to Kortrijk from AS Roma
Loan no option to buy
Source confirms @DiMarzio's report: USMNT's Bryan Reynolds will join Belgian club Kortrijk on loan through the end of the season from AS Roma. Deal DOES NOT include purchase option.Reynolds, 20, nearly joined Anderlecht earlier. Club Brugge, Hull City and more wanted him too.
— Tom Bogert (@tombogert) January 21, 2022