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Past and Present U.S. Internationals Who Could Be Set for Summer Transfers

John D. HalloranContributor IIJune 23, 2013

Past and Present U.S. Internationals Who Could Be Set for Summer Transfers

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    As July approaches, the summer transfer window will begin kicking into high gear with a number of Americans, both home and abroad, set to make moves.

    The transfer window in the year before a World Cup is always an especially important one with players aware that any failed move could have disastrous consequences for their hopes of making the World Cup roster.

    Here are 15 U.S. internationals who could be set for a move before the window closes, plus updates on all the players whose deals have already gone through.

Jozy Altidore

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    Jozy Altidore’s 31-goal season for AZ Alkmaar this past year has caught the attention of a number of suitors, most recently Sunderland if some reports are to be believed.

    Altidore has also been linked with both Schalke and Lazio, although AZ general manager and former U.S. international Earnie Stewart has denied those claims.

    Altidore has also not ruled out staying at AZ next season. Considering that this is a World Cup year, staying at a club where he is settled and playing well might be his best option.

Need a Move

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    After he started only one league game for Malaga this season in Spain, another move would certainly be in the best interests of Oguchi Onyewu.

    He has seen success at Sporting Lisbon, FC Twente and Standard Liege, but at 31 years of age, the time may have come for him to return home to Major League Soccer.

    Onyewu recently stated he would prefer to play for D.C. United were that to happen. And considering D.C. United’s MLS fortunes so far this season, they would probably love to have him.

    After a tumultuous loan year with Racing Santander, Carlos Bocanegra may finally be ready to return home as well. Once a stalwart with the Chicago Fire, Bocanegra has had a terrific career abroad with Fulham, Rennes, Saint-Etienne and Rangers. A move back to Rangers would still put him in the third tier of Scottish football, making a move back to MLS more attractive by comparison.

    Earlier this week, Taylor Twellman, during a broadcast of the U-20 World Cup, once again linked Bocanegra with a return to MLS.

    Michael Parkhurst only made one league start for Bundesliga bottom-dwellers Augsburg after a winter transfer to Germany, but according to reports, he is happy at the club and will not be leaving. However, another year on the bench will virtually guarantee he does not make the U.S. World Cup roster for 2014.

    Alejandro Bedoya has scored nine goals for Helsingborg over the past year since leaving Rangers, but his contract expires on July 15, and he may be ready to move again.

    Danny Williams, who looked a shoe-in to lock down a position in the starting lineup for the United States Men’s National Team last fall, has had a precipitous fall from grace. In the final months of the Bundesliga campaign, he rarely featured for Hoffenheim and even struggled to make the team's game-day roster. This summer, he was unceremoniously released from the U.S. camp because of his lack of fitness.

    Joe Gyau started to see some game time this spring for St. Pauli in the Bundesliga 2, but his loan from Hoffenheim was not renewed. He is unlikely to break into Hoffenheim’s team and may opt for a transfer or another loan to continue his development.

    Maurice Edu will be returning to Stoke City in another attempt to make an impact at the club after failing to do so last fall and going out on loan in the spring to Bursaspor. If he fails to get regular playing time with Stoke, a move may be in the cards.

Pure Speculation

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    According to speculation in The Mirror, Tottenham may be ready to listen to offers for Clint Dempsey following the North London club's failure again this past season to reach the Champions League.

    There is also some seemingly wild speculation that Tim Howard may be following David Moyes from Everton to Manchester United.

    Back in May, there were rumors that West Ham was looking to bring in Brad Guzan, but nothing has been reported since then. Still, after a stellar season with Aston Villa in which he was named the team’s Player of the Year, many English Premier League clubs may be in the market.

    Finally, in another bit of speculation, Luis Gil, who scored a wonder goal for the U.S. U-20 squad this week against Spain in the U-20 World Cup, could be a choice target for a European team looking to stake its claim before Gil’s transfer value gets too high.

Sure to Re-Enter the Rumor Mills

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    After becoming regulars in the USMNT set-up over the past few months, MLS players Graham Zusi, Matt Besler and Omar Gonzalez are all sure to get some summer interest.

    Last winter, Besler reportedly received some interest from teams in England including Southampton and Queens Park Rangers.

    Zusi went on trial with West Ham last winter, and Gonzalez reportedly has interest from clubs in Mexico, Germany and England.

Done Deals

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    The following Americans have already completed transfers or signed new deals with their current clubs.

    Junior Flores, a Virginian teenager and U.S. U-17 player, is set to report to Borussia Dortmund in July after signing a contract with the Champions League finalists.

    Alfredo Morales, who was struggling for playing time with to-be promoted Hertha Berlin, signed a two-year deal with Bundesliga 2 side Ingolstadt back in May.

    Eric Lichaj, after a poor season with Aston Villa, signed a two-year contract with English Championship side Nottingham Forest this week after being released by Villa.

    Steve Cherundolo signed a one-year contract extension with Hannover 96 back in May.

    After being initially transfer listed, DaMarcus Beasley signed a new contract with Puebla last week.

    Herculez Gomez left club Santos Laguna earlier in June and will join fellow Americans Edgar Castillo, Joe Corona and Greg Garza at Club Tijuana.

    John Anthony Brooks has extended his contract with Hertha Berlin through 2017 according to reports published today.

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