It’s not all rest and relaxation for Major League Soccer players this offseason. Some of the league’s best young players have traveled overseas to train with clubs around the world.
A few of the clubs are the biggest in the world, with Arsenal, PSV and Bayern Munich all opening their training grounds for MLS players.
Who is training where? We have your definitive list.
- FC Cincinnati defender Andrew Gutman — Celtic
“They’re in season, but they have such a big squad, so the guys that aren’t rostered for games will have training sessions,” Gutman said of his training with Celtic. “I’ll have a good stint of training over there with them just to get back in front of their faces and so them my qualities again.”
- FC Cincinnati goalkeeper Spencer Richey — Crystal Palace
Richey went on a 10-day training stint with the English Premier League club at the end of last month, declaring that it would be "an amazing experience.”
- Colorado Rapids Homegrown midfielder Cole Bassett — Arsenal
After training with Freiburg in Germany a year ago, Bassett headed for England and the U-23 team of London giants Arsenal for this offseason.
- FC Dallas’ Homegrowns Edwin Cerrillo, Ricardo Pepi, Bryan Reynolds, Thomas Roberts — Bayern Munich
Five products of Dallas' famed academy have headed for Germany and the youth teams of five-time European champions Bayern Munich. "We think it's just fabulous for them, putting them in a different environment," FC Dallas President Dan Hunt told MLSsoccer.com. "It's a great opportunity for these kids."
- D.C. United Homegrown midfielder Moses Nyeman — Borussia Dortmund Under-19s
The 16-year-old, who signed a contract with D.C. on Oct. 3, will get a valuable learning experience with one of Europe's top youth teams.
- D.C. United Homegrown defender Donovan Pines — Swansea City
The 21-year-old defender made 10 appearances (9 starts) for the Black-and-Red last season, and a training stint with the Championship side could help groom him for a bigger role in 2020.
- New York City FC Homegrown defender James Sands — Fortuna Dusseldorf
Sands is expected to remain with the home of US national team players Zack Steffen and Alfredo Morales until mid-December.
- Orlando City SC Homegrown striker Benji Michel — Athletico Paranaense
Michel has headed to the home of jogo bonito and Orlando City's partner club in Brazil.
- Vancouver Whitecaps Homegrown midfielder Simon Colyn — PSV
As first reported by MLSsoccer.com, the 17-year-old is headed to the Dutch club for a training stint that could develop into a loan with an option to buy.