The European transfer window is still more than a month away, but it isn’t too early to think about just how many top American players could find themselves on the move what is going to be an interesting summer transfer window. Last year, we witnessed top US national team players like Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore make outstanding moves in their careers. From Bradley, who stepped into Serie A side Chievo Verona and established himself as one of the club ‘s best players, to Altidore, who emerged as one of the Dutch League’s leading scorers in his first full season as a starter in Europe, it isn’t hard to see that last summer’s transfer move produced some outstanding results for Americans. This summer, we have players such as Clint Dempsey and Brad Guzan, facing the likelihood of making summer exits, whether within the Barclays Premier League or elsewhere in Europe. We also players such as Charlie Davies and Zak Whitbread, who face uncertain futures after seasons they would surely love to forget. Here are top ten Americans who should strike gold this summer:
Zak Whitbread, F, Norwich City
Injuries have plagued Whitbread for much of his career, and they ultimately cost him his place with Norwich City, which didn’t renew his contract. Whitbread was a strong defender for the Canaries, and a regular starter when healthy, but proved unreliable due to his injuries. He is still a valued commodity though, and should find plenty of interest from clubs in the Championship league.
Alejandro Bedoya, M, Rangers
The third Glasgow Rangers player on this list, but the only one not here because of the club’s financial woes. Bedoya endured an injury-hit season that saw him sidelined for most of the campaign. He earned some minutes at the end of the season, and showed some flashes, but didn’t quite settle in. Unless the club decides to turn to him after unloading some other more pricey options, Bedoya could be on the move.
Charlie Davies, F, Sochaux
A bit of a forgotten man in American soccer circles, Davies endured a forgettable half season with French side Sochaux, after returning from his tumultuous stint with MLS side DC United. A coaching change and team instability left Davies the odd man out, and now he heads towards an uncertain future. A return to Sweden is an option, as is a return to MLS.
Herculez Gomez, F, Santos Laguna
The first American-born player to win both an MLS Cup title and Mexican League title, Gomez put together another outstanding season in Mexico, tallying 18 goals between his time with Tecos and Santos Laguna. Gomez has expressed a desire to stay with Santos Laguna, but the team’s wealth of attacking options could make him expendable. His established scoring prowess in the Mexican league will certainly make him an attractive transfer target.
DaMarcus Beasley, W, Puebla
Beasley enjoyed a career renaissance with Mexican side Puebla, scoring the most goals he had in eight years. Yet, the club’s financial struggles could force Puebla to trade Beasley. There won’t be a lack of interest for a player who enjoyed much success in his first season in Mexico.
Carlos Bocanegra, D, Rangers
The 32-year-old defender enjoyed a strong first season with Rangers, but the club’s financial meltdown could pave the way for a quick exit for Bocanegra. There is considerable interest from MLS clubs, but the US captain may not be ready to return home just yet.
Brad Guzan, GK, Aston Villa
The highest-rated free agent on this list, Guzan passed on signing a new contract with Aston Villa last season to keep his options open heading into the summer. Now, the former understudy for Brad Friedel and Shay Given, can control his destiny. A return to Villa isn’t out of the question, but several clubs in England have already expressed interest the 27-year-old, and a move to another club in the Premier League is a real possibility.
Maurice Edu, M, Rangers
The dire situation at Glasgow Rangers has all of the club’s players facing uncertain futures and standout players like Edu are going to be on the wish lists of European clubs looking to take advantage. Edu has been linked to Ligue 1 and Premier League interest in the past and is the American at Rangers most likely to make a big summer move.
Michael Bradley, M, Roma
It may seem strange to see Bradley on this list since he only just joined Chievo Verona last summer, but he had such a good season for the Flying Donkeys that rumors have bigger Serie A clubs ready to pounce on the 24-year old. His outstanding performance in the USMNT’s 1-0 victory against Italy certainly turned heads across Europe, which is why Roma purchased his services from Chievo in July.
Clint Dempsey, M/F, Fulham
The biggest storyline of the summer in American soccer will be where Dempsey winds up. The rumors have already begun to swirl, linking the Fulham standout to Liverpool and Arsenal. After putting together a historic season in the Premier League, and establishing himself as one of the top players in the league, the chances of teams stepping forward and meeting Fulham’s asking price are extremely high.