USMNT: Exciting week for Americans Abroad

January 14, 2012

Numerous Americans were in action this week, both in mid-week fixtures and at the weekend. In addition to the action on the field, several Americans finalized their transfer plans abroad and US Soccer looks set to provide American soccer fans with some tantalizing spring friendlies.

Donovan gets the assist in Everton’s 1-1 tie with Villa

On a gorgeous thru-ball, Landon Donovan set Victor Anichebe free behind the Villa defense for a smooth finish. Trailing 1-0 at the time, Donovan’s assist helped the Toffees avoid a third-consecutive league defeat since Donovan’s arrival.

George John’s transfer to England finally goes through

John nearly became a Blackburn Rover this summer before the deal fell through. Last week, John pulled out of the USMNT’s January camp to pursue another possible transfer to England.

Announced this week, George John will join West Ham on a two-month loan that could turn into a full transfer should all go well.

Jose Francisco Torres returns from injury

After starting the first few games this fall under Jurgen Klinsmann’s new reign with the USMNT, Torres injured his foot and required surgery.

After having been rarely called upon by Bob Bradley, Torres had been called upon by Klinsmann to be the team’s maestro and, in the few games he played under Klinsmann, had looked the part.

Last week, Torres returned to Pachuca’s starting lineup and started again Saturday night for the team against fellow American DaMarcus Beasley’s Puebla.

Robbie Rogers signs with Leeds

Although typically a fringe player with the USMNT, Robbie Rogers looks to have made the move to England, signing a two-and-a-half-year contract with storied club Leeds United.

Leeds is no longer the powerhouse they once were, now playing in the English Championship, but it is a big move nonetheless. Rogers move is contingent on him receiving a work permit.

Tim Ream looks set to join Bolton

The long saga between center back Gary Cahill and Chelsea finally looks as if it will be finished, making way for Bolton to officially sign New York Red Bulls defender Tim Ream.

Cahill was in attendance at Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over Sunderland on Saturday, even cheering Chelsea’s goal. With Cahill moving on, Bolton will most likely quickly sign Ream to provide some defensive cover for their struggling backline.

USMNT set to play some high profile friendlies

In a rematch of the notorious 2006 World Cup match-up, US Soccer confirmed this week that they will be playing Italy in an away friendly in February.

It also looks highly likely the U.S. will be playing Brazil in May either in Washington D.C. or New York.

John D. Halloran

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