With the World Cup now in the past, the USMNT exports are back in action and most of them are contributing to their respective clubs. But it hasn’t exactly been a quiet return, and many of them are grabbing headlines right and left. It seems as if every overseas player has something happening on or off the field. Whether it be Fabian Johnson grabbing an assist in his last game with his new team Borrusia Mochengladbach or Julian Green dressing for Bayern’s opener, there is a lot of action. As an avid USMNT fan it’s a way to fill the boring stretches without seeing the red, white and blue on the field. Keep reading to find the recap of all things related to U.S. soccer!
Deandre Yedlin to Tottenham
The speedy full back that played a stars role in the World Cup was on the radar of many clubs for his performance. Tottenham rose to the front in the chase for Yedlin, and saw a bid in the range of $4 million accepted for the stylish 21 year old. Yedlin will finish the season with Seattle and then join the spurs at the end of the MLS season. However, this means that he will leave his enormous fan base at Seattle and have to earn a spot with an unfamiliar team. He will be facing competition from Kyle Walker, Kyle Naughton and Ryan Fredericks for time on the field. Hopefully his move won’t be a bust but only time will tell. We have seen too many American players disappear in the ranks of a competitive Premier League team.
Tim Howard takes break from USMNT
Tim Howard, the man who kept single-handedly kept the United States alive against Belgium with 16 saves, has decided to take a one year break from international break. He is not retiring however and plans to once again compete for a spot on his return. As a fan, it is sad to see our beloved keeper take a break but I do realize that this is a good time. Other than the Gold Cup, we won’t be competing in any important games and we also have one of the best number twos a team could ask for in Brad Guzan. Guzan has been quietly waiting for his turn and has been spectacular at Aston Villa and also kept us alive in Howard’s injury absence. Howard will continue to ply his trade for Everton until his potential September 2015 return. His break is for extra time to visit with family, and considering he has served so loyally for so long I feel he deserves our full support.
Geoff Cameron wants out at Stoke
Geoff Cameron was one of the most consistent American players in the Premier League last season with Stoke City, but has now asked for a transfer away from the club. Reports claim that Cameron has informally requested to leave because of a desire to play at defensive midfield or center back. He played mostly at right back with Stoke last season so I can understand his wanting to leave. There has been interest for clubs like Schalke, Southampton, Hull City, Sunderland and others that want his versatility. The transfer window is looming, so hopefully he will get a decent move. Ideally, I see his future with the U.S. at one of the two positions he wants to play because we already have Johnson and Yedlin competing for the right back position. I think the anticipated move would benefit both Cameron’s club and internation career.
Jozy Altidore Happy at Sunderland
I haven’t heard much about Jozy Altidore as of late, but Gus Poyet has claimed that the American striker is the happiest he has seen him at Sunderland. Altidore bowed out of the World Cup after a hamstring injury early on against Ghana. Jozy is still recovering but is apparently in Poyet’s plans for the future despite having two other forwards to choose from. Hopefully, he will have less pressure than last year as a high profile transfer and can instead focus on simply returning to his top form.
What other big news has happened to our American exports overseas? Let us know if we missed anything in the comments below!