Category: Americans Abroad

Five US Players I Want to See in MLS

The news that Wolves and U.S. national team keeper Marcus Hahnemann is open to retuning to MLS in 2011 got me thinking about other Americans abroad.  As the MLS has matured in a good and competitive soccer league, it is no longer absurd to think a world-class player could play in MLS.  This is true of younger players who are the future of the USMNT and may want to be close to the coaching staff to increase their chances of making the squad.  And, as we have seen with some of the designated player signings, MLS is a good location ... Read more

Having MLS Stars Go to Europe is Great for US Soccer … and Good for the MLS

As Landon Donovan settles into the Everton, Michael Bradley becomes even more a fixture at the Bundesliga, and Stuart Holden and Ricardo Clark leave the US and take big career risks to fight for a position on European teams, many American fans are bemoaning the fate of the MLS. What if all our stars go to Europe? What if the MLS becomes just a developmental league for European teams? It may be counter-intuitive, and perhaps a little heretical, but soccer in America, and MLS in particular, can thrive as an exporter of quality domestic talent. As I have said before, ... Read more

Thoughts on MLS Moves Abroad

Landon Donovan’s spectacular first goal for Everton, yesterday confirmed what those of us in the United States already knew: Donovan is a world class player who is one of the top international footballers around. Donovan’s move to Everton, however is not permanent. In March, one of the top players anywhere on the globe returns stateside to pursue glory with the Los Angeles Galaxy. Donovan’s contract extension with MLS, means that one of the top world footballers is contractually tied to our domestic first division for the next several years. But unlike Donovan, several other MLS players of note who are ... Read more

Vincenzo Bernardo Is A Free Agent But Will Major League Soccer Let Another Italian Get Away?

This past week it was officially announced that Vincenzo Bernardo had opted out of his contract with Italian Serie A club Napoli and is now a free agent. For some weeks there has been speculation that the New Jersey native, who joined Napoli’s primavera squad in 2006, would be coming to Major League Soccer; however, no MLS side has publically expressed a strong interest in signing the small but talented Italian-American midfielder/striker. Despite having success in practice matches against Napoli’s first squad, Bernardo was not getting call-ups from Napoli Coach Roberto Donadoni, who spent time playing for the New York/New ... Read more

Matt Taylor: An American Story

Who said Americans cannot buy a break in Europe? The story of Jay DeMerit’s rise from the PDL to the EPL has been well written, but fewer have tracked the fall and then the rise of Matt Taylor from MLS to USL to USASA to Bundesliga. Many MLS and USL fans remember Taylor. While at UCLA, Taylor played in the PDL for the Orange County Blue Star, and for eleven games he was paired up top alongside Jurgen Klinsmann. Then Taylor was signed by the KC Wizards who then featured US National Team regular Josh Wolff. In 2005, Taylor went ... Read more

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

Hello everyone. This weekend is shaping up to be another intense weekend for Americans Aboard. Here’s a look at upcoming match fixtures for Americans Aboard: Sat, February 7 English Premier League Clint Dempsey, Fulham v Wigan Athletic Tim Howard, Everton v Bolton Wanderers Brad Friedel and Brad Guzan, Aston Villa v Blackburn Rovers English League Championship Frank Simek, Sheffield United v Sheffield Wednesday Spanish Segunda División Jozy Altidore, Xerez C.D. v Albacete Italian Serie B Danny Szetel, Brescia v Bari German Bundesliga Michael Bradley, Borussia Monchengladbach v TSG Hoffenheim French ligue 1 Carlos Bocanegra, Stade Rennais v Le Havre AC ... Read more

Yanks in the Motherland

Brad Friedel Conceded three goals in Aston Villa’s 3-2 loss to newly promoted Stoke City. Tim Howard Made three saves in Everton’s 2-1 win over West Brom. Clint Dempsey Played 13 uninspiring minutes in Fulham’s 1-0 win over Arsenal. Jay DeMerit Went the full 90 in Watford’s 3-2 loss to Nottingham Forest Bobby Convey Played 73 minutes in Reading’s 4-2 loss to Charlton Marcus Hahnemann Made seven saves in Reading’s 4-2 loss to Charlton Jemal Johnson Played 25 minutes for MK Dons in a 3-1 win over Huddersfield Zac Whitbread Played 90 minutes for Milwall in a 0-0 draw with ... Read more

Americans in Germany: Matchday Two

Steve Cherundolo Returned quickly from US National Team duty to play 18 + minutes for Hanover in a 1-1 draw with Energie Cottubus barely 36 hours after the US match concluded . Matt Taylor Played 60 minutes in Koblenz 0-0 draw with FSV Frankfurt. Gregg Berhalter Played 77 minutes in 1860 Munich’s 2-1 loss to Mainz Grover Gibson Played 52 minutes Ahelen’s 3-0 loss to FC Augsburg Bryan Arguez did not make Hertha Berlin’s match squad Kamani Hill did not make the match squad for Wolfsburg Preston Zimmerman did not make the match squad for Hamburg