USMNT: Americans That Need a Transfer Before August 31st

August 14, 2011

With the transfer window closing in a little over two weeks, which American players need a move? So far this off-season, Americans Jozy Altidore, Alejandro Bedoya, Freddy Adu and Oguchi Onyewu have already secured transfers into seemingly better club situations that promise more exposure, more playing time, or both.

Here’s my list of Americans who need to be packing their bags in the next 17 days.

Michael Bradley – Following an unsuccessful loan stint at Aston Villa last spring, Bradley has returned to his parent club, Borussia Monchengladbach, only to be explicitly told that he is not in their plans for this season. At 24 years young, Bradley needs to find regular playing time in one of Europe’s top flight leagues. He has already proven he can get the job done at a mid-tier club as he did during his stint at Heerenveen in the Dutch league. With only one year left on his contract, Bradley can be picked up by someone on the cheap.

Eric Lichaj – A revelation for the U.S. this summer in the Gold Cup, Lichaj is very unlikely to displace any of the six regular starters along Villa’s backline. A move to another Premier League team, or even another loan to the Championship like last year’s loan to Leeds would do him well. With the national team desperate to find regular dependable starters at the outside back position, Lichaj needs regular playing time.

Brad Guzan – Unless a long-term injury hits Shay Given, Guzan will never see the field with Aston Villa. He needs a move, or even another loan to the Championship like his stint with Hull City last spring. Tim Howard isn’t getting any younger and no one seems to have staked a claim to the #2 spot with the national team. With regular playing time, Guzan could win the job.

David Yelldell – It will never happen because he just transferred to his current club, Bayer Leverkusen, but Yelldell is, at best, competing for the backup spot at Leverkusen. Even that is shaky, as the manager has 2 other capable back-ups to choose from. A loan deal and regular playing time could help him stake a claim to the #2 spot with the national team.

Clint Dempsey – No, he doesn’t need a transfer, as he is one the top performers at Fulham playing in the most competitive league the world, but wouldn’t it be fun to see Dempsey in the middle of a top 4 battle playing with Liverpool or Tottenham?

John D. Halloran

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