The 10 most expensive American players of all time

Carlo Garganese
Carlo Garganese
  • Updated: 25 Jan 2023 14:19 GMT
  • 3 min read
Christiano Pulisic enjoyed a productive first season with Chelsea but has struggled for game time lately

Christian Pulisic is the most expensive United States footballer of all time for his transfer to Chelsea from Borussia Dortmund for €64 million.

Pulisic made the move to the Premier League in 2019 but largely struggled for consistency - both in terms of form and fitness - at Stamford Bridge. The move has not been a success.

The second most expensive American soccer player in history is Brenden Aaronson, who moved to Leeds United from Red Bull Salzburg in the summer of 2022 for €33m.

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The attacking midfielder actually features in the top 10 most expensive Americans twice as his move to Salzburg from Philadelphia Union in 2020 cost €12.7m.

The third most expensive USMNT player ever is Sergino Dest, who moved to Barcelona from Ajax in 2020 for €21m.

Dest was a disappointment at Barcelona

Dest was a disappointment at Barcelona

However, Dest proved to be a huge disappointment during his first two years at Camp Nou, before being loaned out to AC Milan in 2022.

The fourth most expensive American ever is Weston McKennie for his switch to Juventus from Schalke in the summer of 2020 for €20.5m.

McKennie has had his ups and downs in Turin but is expected to be sold to the Premier League in the January 2023 transfer window.

The 10 most expensive United States soccer players of all time

PlayerClubsFeeSeason
Christian PulisicBorussia Dortmund to Chelsea€64m2019
Brenden AaronsonRed Bull Salzburg to Leeds€33m2022
Sergino DestAjax to Barcelona€21m2020
Weston McKennieSchalke 04 to Juventus€20.5m2020
Tyler AdamsLeipzig to Leeds€17m2022
John Anthony BrooksHertha Berlin to Wolfsburg€17m2017
Ricardo PepiFC Dallas to Augsburg€16m2022
Brenden AaronsonPhiladelphia Union to Salzburg€12.7m2020
Chris RichardsBayern Munich to Crystal Palace€12m2020
Timothy WeahPSG to Lille€10m2019

In fifth place is central midfielder Tyler Adams, who joined Leeds in the summer of 2022 from Leipzig for €17m. Adams has had an impressive start to his career at Leeds.

Next in the top 10 American signings is John Anthony Brooks’ move to Wolfsburg from Hertha Berlin for €17m in 2017. He spent five years at Wolfsburg before moving on to Benfica in 2022.

In seventh place is Ricardo Pepi’s €16m transfer to Augsburg from FC Dallas. Pepi had a troubled start to his Augsburg career.

Completing the top 10 are Chris Richards (Bayern Munich to Crystal Palace, 2022) and Timothy Weah (PSG to Lille, 2019).