USMNT Summer Transfer Rumors

Michael Bradley of the US (L) argues with referee Koman Coulibaly of Mali during a 2010 World Cup Group C soccer match against Slovenia at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg June 18, 2010. REUTERS/David Gray (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP)

The World Cup is often a launching point for players seeking a move to a more established club. Today, FFG examines the transfer rumors/chances for each Team USA member.

Free Agents

Jay DeMerit – At the end of the 09-10 campaign, DeMerit’s contract with Watford was not renewed. At only 30 (not terribly old for a center back), he could find himself returning to the English Premier League.

DaMarcus Beasley – Like DeMerit, Beasley’s contract was not renewed by his club (Scotland’s Rangers). Mid-table European clubs may seek his services since they won’t have to pay a transfer fee, or Beasley may return to MLS.

Herculez Gomez – Footbama was picked up by Mexican league contenders Pachuca.

Done Deals

Carlos Bocanegra – Mr. Black Mouth has been sold from Staddes Rennes to St. Etienne, a move to a lower-ranked Ligue 1 squad.

Steve Cherundolo – Hannover 96, the only team Cherundolo has ever suited up for, extended his contract this summer.

Stuart Holden – Goldenballs will suit up for Bolton Wanderers next season. In the spring, Bolton offered Holden a one-year extension.

Marcus Hahnemann – After helping Wolverhampton Wanderers avoid relegation last season, Hahnemann’s contract was extended for one year.

High Chance of a Move

Michael Bradley – Despite being culpable on one of Slovenia’s goals, Bradley the Younger had an outstanding World Cup and could move to a bigger club. England’s Blackpool are said to be interested.

Jozy Altidore – A solid but unspectacular World Cup leaves Altidore in limbo. Villareal hold his rights (Altidore was on loan to Hull City in 2009-2010) but may again loan him to a lesser club. The Spanish club recently announced they’re willing to listen to transfer offers.

Benny Feilhaber – USA’s World Cup super sub has an excellent chance to move on from Danish club AGF Aarhus.

Clarence Goodson – His contract with IK Start (Norway) expires at the end of the year, so he may end up elsewhere before summer’s end.

For the Right Price…

Landon Donovan – He’s under contract with the LA Galaxy, but despite the statements of MLS commissioner Don Garber, it wouldn’t be surprising if Landon makes a permanent move to Europe later this summer.

Clint Dempsey – Though he only tallied one goal in the World Cup, Dempsey was just as much a talisman as Donovan, and his outstanding 09-10 season mean his transfer value may never be higher. In fact, there have been reports linking him to AC Milan.

Tim Howard – Howard is an established star at Everton, and unless a large club offers an obscene transfer fee, he’ll continue to be their number 1.

Oguchi Onyewu – With the manager who brought him in (Leonardo) no longer present, there’s a chance Onyewu could be on his way out of Milan. He’s been linked with Celtic.

Jonathan Bornstein – Now that Ricardo Clark is US Soccer’s scapegoat, Bornstein may actually be cut some slack by both fans and executives.

Unlikely to Move

José Torres – The second-youngest member of USA’s World Cup roster might be a bit too unseasoned to make the jump to Europe just yet. However, he is a star for Mexico’s Pachuca.

Brad Guzan – Guzan is entrenched as Aston Villa’s second keeper. He sits behind former US international Brad Friedel, who should retire within a year or two and hand Guzan the starting job.

Maurice Edu – Fully-recovered from injuries that curtailed his involvement last year, Edu should be a key contributor for Rangers this season. On a personal note, Edu has USA’s best World Cup story: while Edu was in South Africa, his girlfriend dated a cocaine dealer.

Not Even Their Mothers Would Sign Them

Jonathan Spector – A terrible end to the ’10 season led to Spector losing his spot as USA’s right back.  As such, it’s unlikely West Ham will receive any decent offers. FFG still thinks Spector is a quality player, however, and he could bounce back during the season.

Robbie Findley – Robbie will remain at Real Salt Lake. He did very little to impress during the World Cup.

Edson Buddle – As an upper twenty-something just starting to excel in his domestic league, Buddle is unlikely to ever leave MLS.

Ricardo Clark – Towards the end of the 2010 campaign, Clark inked an extension with Eintracht Frankfurt. His World Cup blunders may have made them regret the decision, but they won’t find any takers.

Do any of these rumors/deal surprise you? Do you have a particular club you’d like to see someone play for? Does Edu’s tabloid story mean the gringos are finally accepted as real soccer stars?

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  1. Bradley's Receding Hairline says:

    It’d be great to see Michael Bradley in the EPL.

    Here’s hoping Edu is just the first of many US stars to be in the European tabloids!

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