As the seasons in both the Premiership and Championship draw to a close the fate of several American Internationals lies in the balance. Some Americans including Leeds United’s Eddie Lewis and Watford’s Jay DeMerit have already been relegated. Others including Jonathan Spector, Cory Gibbs and the three Americans on Fulham will have a nervous few weeks. In addition, on loan Americans DeMarcus Beasley and Oguchi Onyewu are by no means certain to stay with their current clubs. Here’s a look at the future possibilities for each American currently playing in England’s top two divisions.
Tim Howard (EVERTON): Howard recently signed a long term deal to stay at the Merseyside club and will likely be the first choice keeper for the USA as well.
Brad Friedel (BLACKBURN): Freidel is getting up their in years but continues to be a staple of his club.
Marcus Hannehman (READING): Has had an outstanding first season in the EPL and is Reading’s long term starter at keeper.
Bobby Convey (READING): Has missed much of the season with injury, but should return to Reading’s starting eleven next season.
Johann Smith (BOLTON): Smith only got EPL game action once before being loaned to Carlisle. At 20, Bolton could choose to loan him out again next season or let him work his way into the first team. In either event, expect Smith to continue blossoming into a top American attacking threat.
DeMarcus Beasley (MANCHESTER CITY): Beasley has had a complicated time at Manchester City since coming on loan from PSV. He has been injury plagued and every time it appears he can be safely discarded by the club, he steps up and makes an impact. A few weeks ago Stuart Pearce stated Beasley hadn’t yet earned a permanent stay at Eastlands but that he could very well still be in the club’s long term plans. Beasley then proceded to score two critical goals in three matches before getting injured again. Chances are that Beasley’s fate will be largely determined by who buys the club this summer.
Oguchi Onyewu (NEWCASTLE): When Onyewu arrived at St James Park on loan from Standard Liege it appeared a long term deal was a mere formality. However Onyewu has played poorly with the Magpies and has only seen action in nine league games. Onyewu’s contract with Standard Liege expires this summer and he could be available to sign with any club. Given his propensity to foul and poor positioning, Onyewu may need more time in Belgium or a comparable league before swimming with the big boys again.
Jonathan Spector (WEST HAM UNITED): Spector is stuck with West Ham regardless of whether the club survives the drop or not. Having signed a long term deal last season and subsequently become a regular on the back line, Spector has improved his profile for the National Team. However if West Ham is relegated and fails to win promotion next season the door could close on Spector to play a large part in the US World Cup qualifying campaign.