Despite most of the major European leagues being finished for the year, there was still plenty of news this week for Americans playing abroad, centered primarily around the announcement of the United States men's national team's provisional World Cup roster and transfer news involving a number of American players.
On Monday, USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced his 30-man provisional roster for this summer's World Cup, which included 15 Americans who play abroad.
Among those were English Premier League players Jozy Altidore, Geoff Cameron, Brad Guzan and Tim Howard. From the Bundesliga, Klinsmann named Timmy Chandler, Fabian Johnson, John Anthony Brooks and Julian Green. From Liga MX, Joe Corona and DaMarcus Beasley were selected while Jermaine Jones, Aron Johannsson, Terrence Boyd, Mix Diskerud and Alejandro Bedoya were chosen from their respective European clubs.
On the transfer front, Oguchi Onyewu—who missed the U.S.'s World Cup roster—told the Daily Mail that he hopes to remain in England next season.
It was also reported this week that Brek Shea—who also missed Klinsmann's provisional World Cup roster—has interest from several Major League Soccer sides. But his agent told MLSsoccer.com (h/t Starsandstripesfc) that he was determined to stay at Stoke and prove himself in the Premier League.
Jozy Altidore was also in the news this week as the Sunderland Echo reported that Altidore had a positive conversation with Black Cats manager Gus Poyet and plans on returning to England next year, despite a disastrous campaign in 2013-14.
In Liga MX, MLSsoccer.com reported this week that DaMarcus Beasley will likely be at a new club next season, as he was officially transfer listed by Puebla. MLSsoccer.com also reported this week that Tijuana left-back Edgar Castillo—who missed out on the U.S.'s World Cup provisional roster—may also be on the move this offseason.
For those still wrapping up their seasons, Jermaine Jones played 90 minutes for Besiktas in their 1-1 draw on Saturday. Besiktas finished in a position to play in the Champions League next year, but it remains to be seen whether Jones will be with them, as he becomes a free agent at the end of the season.
Aron Johannsson played 90 minutes of AZ Alkmaar's 3-0 loss to Groningen in their Europa League playoff showdown.
Sacha Kljestan did not play in Anderlecht's 3-1 win over Lokeren.
Conor O'Brien went 90 minutes in OB's 3-2 loss to Copenhagen.
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