Americans Abroad Wrap: Michael Bradley Makes Shock Move to MLS

John D. Halloran@JohnDHalloranContributor IIJanuary 12, 2014

It was another busy week for Americans playing abroad with Michael Bradley's shock transfer to Major League Soccer topping all the headlines.

In addition to Bradley's move, Oguchi Onyewu announced a club move this week and Clint Dempsey got his first league start since returning to England.

Jozy Altidore made several important contributions to Sunderland's win, Julian Green scored a goal for Bayern Munich and Edgar Castillo helped Tijuana to an early Liga MX victory.

There are also injury updates on John Anthony Brooks and Joe Corona in this week's Americans Abroad Wrap.


The English Premier League Boys

Clint Dempsey started and played 79 minutes for Fulham in their 4-1 loss to Sunderland. Jozy Altidore came on for the Black Cats in the 66th minute and helped contribute to Sunderland's third and fourth goals.

Everton beat Norwich City 2-0; Tim Howard had three saves in the win.

Geoff Cameron started for Stoke City in their Sunday matchup against Liverpool. Maurice Edu was not in the 18 for the Potters.

Sebastian Lletget was not in the squad for West Ham as they beat Cardiff City 2-0.

Cody Cropper was not in the squad for Southampton as they beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0.

Brad Guzan and Aston Villa take on Arsenal on Monday.


Ze Germans

John Anthony Brooks suffered a knee injury in training this week and is expected to miss 10-14 days.

On Thursday, USMNT-eligible Julian Green scored the game-winner in a winter break friendly for Bayern Munich (h/t @socceroverthere for the video link).


In the English Championship

Oguchi Onyewu switched clubs in the English Championship this week. Shortly after it was revealed that he was leaving Queens Park Rangers, Onyewu announced via Twitter that he was joining Sheffield Wednesday.

Danny Williams played 90 minutes in Reading's 1-0 win over Watford.

Tim Ream started and went the distance as Bolton tied Nottingham Forest 1-1. Eric Lichaj was not in the squad for Forest after picking up a slight injury midweek in FA Cup action.

Duane Holmes came on in the 56th minute of Huddersfield's 1-0 win over Millwall.

Will Packwood made the 18 for Birmingham in their 1-0 loss to Brighton, but did not play. Jonathan Spector is still recovering from injury.

Gboly Ariyibi was not in the squad for Leeds as they lost 6-0 to Leeds United.

Brek Shea and Barnsley's match against Charlton was abandoned due to poor pitch conditions.


Elsewhere in Europe

Topping all news for Americans abroad this week was Michael Bradley's shock midweek transfer away from AS Roma. Shortly after ESPN soccer analyst Taylor Twellman posted on Twitter that Toronto FC of Major League Soccer was close to making a deal, Roma announced via their website that a deal had been completed and that Bradley would be leaving the club.

Alejandro Bedoya played 70 minutes in Nantes' 1-0 win over Lorient.

The rest of the European leagues are still on winter break.


South of the Border

Tijuana beat America 1-0. Edgar Castillo, Joe Corona and Herculez Gomez all started. Castillo went the distance, Corona was subbed for fellow Yank Paul Arriola in the 80th minute. Gomez came off in the 68th minute and Greg Garza didn't make it off the bench.

Castillo was part of the buildup on Tijuana's goal (h/t @socceroverthere for the video). According to ESPN reporter Tom Marshall, Corona was subbed off due to an injury.

Jose Torres was on the bench, but did not play in Tigres' 0-0 tie with Pachuca.

Puebla and their American contingent of DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco play Monterrey on Sunday afternoon.


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