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USA 2737 2341 Americans Abroad - Best of 2013 Edition 31991772 Missing the cut Missing+the+cut USA

Picking out the top Americans Abroad isn't a straightforward task anymore. The increasingly common sight of top players at established clubs makes culling through the ranks considerably more difficult. And the successes for several established figures in 2013 complicates the matter further.


In this edition of Americans Abroad, we pick out the very best of those contributors over the past calendar year. Here is our list of the top five performers from the past calendar year, plus the next five who just missed the cut:


Honorable mention:

DaMarcus Beasley, Puebla

Terrence Boyd, Rapid Wien

Michael Bradley, AS Roma

Geoff Cameron, Stoke City

Sacha Kljestan, Anderlecht


--Kyle McCarthy

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USA 2737 2341 Americans Abroad - Best of 2013 Edition 31991769 Brad Guzan, GK, Aston Villa Brad+Guzan%2C+GK%2C+Aston+Villa USA

The reigning Aston Villa player of the year tops our rankings after his consistently excellent displays over the past 12 months. Guzan often stands as the last (only?) line of defense for a side often found wanting in its defensive duties. His performances kept Villa away from relegation last season and steered Paul Lambert's side toward mid-table safety by Christmas.

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USA 2737 2341 Americans Abroad - Best of 2013 Edition 31991771 Jozy Altidore, F, Sunderland Jozy+Altidore%2C+F%2C+Sunderland USA

Altidore attracted interest from clubs across Europe after he finished the 2012-13 season with 31 goals in all competitions. His sterling displays in the Eredivisie eventually prompted Sunderland to spend a reported $13 million (breaking his own mark for the largest fee paid for any American player) for his services. The resulting tumult at the Stadium of Light restricted his ability to make an impact in the first half of the season, but he will strive to rectify his suspect goal record (two goals from 21 matches in all competitions) after the turn of the year.

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USA 2737 2341 Americans Abroad - Best of 2013 Edition 31987420 Alejandro Bedoya, M, Nantes Alejandro+Bedoya%2C+M%2C+Nantes USA

Bedoya's decision to return to Sweden after a frustrating spell at Rangers paid dividends. The former Boston College star excelled with Helsingborgs for 18 months and slid onto the radar for a move to one of Europe's top leagues. Ligue 1 side Nantes eventually pounced during the summer to hand the 26-year-old a chance to impress at a higher standard. Bedoya responded to the challenge by establishing himself as a regular starter for one of France's surprise packages during the first half of the campaign.

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USA 2737 2341 Americans Abroad - Best of 2013 Edition 31991768 Aron Jóhannsson, F, AZ Alkmaar Aron+J%26oacute%3Bhannsson%2C+F%2C+AZ+Alkmaar USA

Jóhannsson arrived in January as Jozy Altidore's eventual replacement for AZ and spent his first few months waiting for his chance to impress. Altidore's move to Sunderland in the summer paved the way for Jóhannsson's emergence with his new side. He took it with both hands by collecting 17 goals in all competitions during the first half of the campaign.

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USA 2737 2341 Americans Abroad - Best of 2013 Edition 31991819 Tim Howard, GK, Everton Tim+Howard%2C+GK%2C+Everton USA

The steady Everton number one benefited from the overall uptick in form after Roberto Martinez's appointment. His assured displays between the sticks played a significant role in the Toffees' success during the first half of the Premier League season. More of the same in 2014 could see Everton sustain its push for a Champions League place.

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