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USA 2737 2341 Americans Abroad - Players looking to talents overseas 31993452 International interest International+interest USA

It isn't easy to pinpoint the next crop of Americans Abroad stars. Many of the likely targets -- probable fixtures for the United States men's national team at the World Cup, for instance -- already play overseas or see their futures Stateside in MLS. The increasing desire for top domestic standouts to extend their deals with MLS does not eliminate them as prospects, though. It merely ensures both club and player are protected from the undulations of the global transfer market.

 

This edition of Americans Abroad highlights a few players who might find themselves in the mix for a move to Europe or Mexico at some point in 2014. Read on to ponder a few potential transfer targets heading into the New Year.

 

--Kyle McCarthy

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USA 2737 2341 Americans Abroad - Players looking to talents overseas 31994992 Matt Besler, D, Sporting KC Matt+Besler%2C+D%2C+Sporting+KC USA

Besler signed a new deal with Sporting prior to the 2013 season after fielding potential offers from overseas. The caliber of side interested in his services could increase substantially this summer with solid performances at the World Cup. If Besler and Sporting want to reassess the situation at that juncture, then both parties could reach a mutually agreeable situation similar to Kei Kamara's move to English Championship side Middlesbrough last August.

 

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USA 2737 2341 Americans Abroad - Players looking to talents overseas 31993455 Shane O'Neill, D, Colorado Rapids Shane+O%27Neill%2C+D%2C+Colorado+Rapids USA

O'Neill – an emerging force for the Rapids and a standout with the U.S. under-20 side – boasts a unique selling point to European clubs: he holds an Irish passport. The Midleton, Ireland native impressed U.S. coach Jürgen Klinsmann enough to earn a place in the January camp. If his growth continues during the 2014 season, then O'Neill could see the interest in his services grow substantially.
 

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USA 2737 2341 Americans Abroad - Players looking to talents overseas 31993454 Perry Kitchen, M, D.C. United Perry+Kitchen%2C+M%2C+D.C.+United USA

Kitchen functions as a symbol for a wide swath of players coming to the end of their first MLS contracts. At this stage of his career, Kitchen – likely with his contract ticking down to its conclusion at the end of the campaign – possesses the flexibility to ponder a move overseas or remain with United for the next few years. Several other members of the 2011 SuperDraft class fall into the same category.
 


 

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USA 2737 2341 Americans Abroad - Players looking to talents overseas 31994994 Graham Zusi, M, Sporting KC Graham+Zusi%2C+M%2C+Sporting+KC USA

Zusi committed his short-and medium-term future to Sporting when he agreed to fresh terms last year. That deal, however, will not prevent either the club or the midfielder from weighing lucrative bids in the wake of a successful World Cup. Zusi's revamped contract ensures both parties can sift through the offers carefully before deciding whether to accept them or stick with Sporting.

 

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USA 2737 2341 Americans Abroad - Players looking to talents overseas 31993453 Omar Gonzalez, D, Los Angeles Galaxy Omar+Gonzalez%2C+D%2C+Los+Angeles+Galaxy USA

Gonzalez spurned the opportunity to pursue a Bosman move to Europe when he opted to re-sign with the Galaxy last year. His decision to extend his relationship with MLS likely precludes a cost-effective move overseas, but he could spark further interest with a series of assured displays at the World Cup this summer. Whether he will decide to pursue a move remains uncertain.
 

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