Transfer Activity Brews, DFB Pokal Begins

4 Americans move clubs while various leagues continue play & the German DFB Pokal kicks off
by Austin Farrow   |   Friday, August 09, 2013

Americans Overseas – column on USA soccer players playing abroad for clubs outside of North America


The big story this week was Clint Dempsey’s move back to the United States and Major League Soccer. The Seattle Sounders struck a deal with Tottenham Hotspur for the US Men’s National Team captain, who then signed a deal to keep him in Seattle for 3.5 years for approximately $24 million total.

On Championship opening weekend, Eric Lichaj and Danny Williams saw playing time for their respective sides. Lichaj played 90 minutes against Huddersfield as Nottingham Forest won the game 1-0. Williams played the final 23 minutes for Reading in their 2-1 defeat of Ipswich. The Capital One Cup kicked off for Lichaj’s Forest as they took down Hartlepool 3-1.

Unfortunately, all news out of the Championship isn’t good. Zak Whitbread suffered yet another injury this past weekend with Leicester. Whitbread left Leicester’s match against Middlesbrough in the 18th minute after a collision to the head on a corner kick. Leicester went on to win the match 2-1. Despite being stretchered off on the weekend, the defender was back in “non-contact training” Monday. A day later, Leicester kicked off its Capital One Cup campaign by besting Wycombe 2-1.

Elsewhere, Tim Ream and Bolton drew Burnley 1-1. Ream dressed but did not play on the occasion. However, days later in the Capital Cup, Ream played 90 minutes in Bolton’s 3-1 win against Shrewsbury Town.


Americans in both the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 found themselves advancing in their opening match of the DFB Pokal this past week besides just one. That American and club would be Timothy Chandler and Nurnberg. The side saw itself exit the tournament in the first round against Bundesliga 2 side Sandhausen. Unfortunately for Chandler, he caused a penalty for Sandhausen that led to a goal. That goal was a vital one as it tied the match at one. The match subsequently went to penalty kicks where Sandhausen would go on to win.


Aron Johannsson came away from AZ Alkmaar’s opener with a goal and an assist. However, AZ did not start their campaign very well on the road as the side fell to Heerenveen 4-2.


Steve Clark and Honefoss continue their woes as they were victims of a 5-2 loss to Aalesund this past Sunday. Clark played 90 minutes once again. League-leading Rosenborg won yet another fixture, this time against Sogndal. Mikkel Diskerud played the final 44 minutes and picked up an assist as the match ended 2-0.


Alejandro Bedoya has officially joined French Ligue 1 side Nantes. The 26-year-old midfielder signed a 3-year deal this week after his contract with Swedish club Helsingborg ran out earlier this summer. Nantes kick off their season this Saturday against Bastia.


Eugene Starikov is also on the move after being loaned from parent club, Zenit Saint Petersburg, to Tom Tomsk. Starikov spent a loan period with Tomsk once before from 2010 to 2011. Starikov’s last loan to Tomsk was arguably the most successful loan stint of his career with 30 appearances for the Siberian club. After 4 matches into the season, Tomsk is winless and sits in last place in the Russian Premier League. The team’s most recent defeat came at the hands of Ural. Starikov dressed but did not play in the 2-1 loss.


There are 4 clubs currently winless in the Danish Superliga. Nordsjaelland and Viborg are 2 of them. Conor O’Brien did not dress in Nordsjaelland’s most recent loss against AGF. The 2-1 loss marks the 3rd match in a row where O’Brien has not dressed for the club. O’Brien last played in the season opening 4-0 loss to Esbjerg. Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg lost to OB 4-2 on Sunday. Ogunbiyi was subbed on in the 77th minute.

Elsewhere, Charlie Davies looks to be following in Clint Dempsey’s footsteps by leaving Europe and returning to the US to play in MLS, report say, for the New England Revolution.


Anderlecht thrashed Cercle Bruges 4-0 last Friday as Sacha Kljestan played the entirety of the game.


Brian Span dressed but did not play in Djurgaarden’s most recent fixture against Bedoya’s former club, Helsingborg. Djurgaarden defeated the league-leaders 2-1.  


Terrence Boyd was named as a substitute for Rapid Wien against Sturm Graz but did not play in the 4-2 Rapid win.


Freddy Adu made the bench for Bahia in their 1-0 loss to Atletico Paranaense. With much attacking talent perhaps blocking Adu’s chances of playing time, it may be welcoming news that attacking midfielder, Anderson Talisca, will now be serving a 4-match suspension.  


Eighteen-year-old Paul Arriola picked up another assist for Tijuana last Saturday against Morelia after coming on for fellow American Edgar Castillo in the 65th minute. Greg Garza continued his run in the starting XI by playing another 90 minutes and Joe Corona played 46 minutes from the start. Tijuana lost 2-1, however.

Elsewhere in Mexico, Beasley played the final 44 minutes once again for Puebla against Chiapas and came away with an assist from a corner. Michael Orozco played the full 90 but Puebla went on to lose 4-2.

Alonso Hernandez did not get the chance to play Saturday. However, he was named as a substitute in Monterrey’s 1-1 draw against Toluca.

Jose Torres played 89 minutes for Tigres in a 2-0 win against Pumas last Sunday. 


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Bringing you news on soccer players across MLS and American players playing in top leagues around the world, Austin is a journalism major who enjoys the fine arts. He doesn't favor one club over another, but just enjoys all MLS play.