Moving Clubs, Seasons Continue Abroad

As some US players move teams, others are still playing overseas
by Austin Farrow   |   Friday, June 28, 2013

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

Germany

Steve Cherundolo is due to have minor arthroscopic knee surgery on this Friday. Once surgery is completed, the defender’s recovery time will likely be discovered. News of the surgery further explains Cherundolo’s absence from the most recent US Men’s National Team matches as the 34-year-old hopes to be healthy for next year’s Bundesliga season.

Elsewhere in Germany, Daniel Williams is leaving Hoffenheim for English Championship side, Reading FC. The 24-year-old German-American was sold for an undisclosed fee.

England

While we see Williams make his move to England, another American is making a move, but in this case, within England. Eric Lichaj has completed his free transfer from Aston Villa to Championship side, Nottingham Forest.

For those who follow Americans abroad and the English Championship, you have 2 more players to pay attention to. Lichaj and Williams, both 24, will be looking to solidify places in their respective starting XIs this next season with World Cup hopes on the horizon.

Norway

With Tippeligaen action still in full throttle, Mix Diskerud and Rosenborg defeated 1st place Stromsgodset 1-0 this past Saturday. Diskerud played 78 minutes before being subbed due to a cramp.

A day later, Steve Clark and Honefoss faced off against Odd Grenland. Clark’s 90 minute display ended in a 1-1 draw.

Josh Gatt went 90 minutes in a 3-3 thriller on Saturday against Valerenga and picked up an assist along the way.

Though there is plenty of time left in the season, Molde sit second from bottom in Tippeligaen play. Molde face mid-table side, Sarpsborg next up. On the other side of the table, Rosenborg currently reside in second place on 27 points. The win this past weekend was a vital one in their hopes of catching Stromsgodset but work is still to be done in the coming match against Viking. Stromsgodset still remain first in the Tippeligaen with 29 points.

Sweden

Brian Span did not dress for Djurgaarden in their 1-1 draw against Gefle. This would mark the 4th match in a row where Span has not dressed for the Swedish side.

Alejandro Bedoya played 90 minutes for Helsingborg against AIK. The midfielder picked up a yellow card as the current second place team lost out to AIK 2-1 on the day. Peter Larsson of Helsingborg received 2 yellow cards by the 53rd minute, leaving the side with 10 men. AIK went on to score in the 74th minute before eventually netting the winner in the 85th.

Helsingborg is in a situation much similar to Rosenborg of Norway. Gothenburg is only 1 point ahead of Helsingborg, however. If you guessed that they play Gothenburg soon, you guessed right. Helsingborg’s next fixture is against Gothenburg on July 8.

Brazil

Freddy Adu dressed but did not play for Bahia in its most recent fixture against Vasco da Gama. The match resulted in a 1-1 draw. After traveling to Rio in their last match, the club will go up against Corinthians at home on July 7.

Austin FARROW

Nationality:
USA
College:
Indian River State
Club Domestic:
All MLS clubs
Club Foreign:
Manchester City
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.
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