5 USMNT Players Who Are Likely to Transfer off the World Cup
One of the most entertaining and maddening things about being a world football fan is the summer transfer season.
What's more, in a World Cup year, things always seem to get a little more silly than usual.
For the men who represented the United States men's national team at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, there has been no exception, as several have been linked with transfers following the tournament.
Here are five who might make a move.
Mix Diskerud didn't play a single minute in the 2014 World Cup. Things at current club Rosenborg haven't exactly been rosy, either.
Out of the nine matches Diskerud has played for Rosenborg in the 2014 campaign, he's come off the bench in four of them, including Thursday's 2-1 Europa League qualifying loss to Irish side Sligo Rovers.
The news regarding Matt Besler's club situation since the World Cup has been all over the place, with Fulham and Sunderland leading the list of clubs rumored to be in the market for the American defender, according to Graeme Bailey of Sky Sports.
After a standout performance in Brazil, Besler deserves to be rewarded.
His current contract, which pays him a relatively low $200,000 per year, expires in 2015.
Throwing a monkey wrench into any transfer may be Besler himself. The Sporting Kansas City center-back and Major League Soccer are now reportedly negotiating a new long-term deal to keep him in the United States, according to Sam McDowell of the Kansas City Star.
Omar Gonzalez was one of several American players who confounded expectations in the 2014 World Cup, playing an outstanding match against eventual champion Germany in the final group game and well again against Belgium in the round of 16.
Gonzalez has a designated player contract with MLS, so he's not likely to move, but one has to wonder if he's hungry to try his hand again in Europe.
He was loaned to Bundesliga side Nurnberg in January 2012, but his trip ended as quickly as it started when fellow U.S. men's national team defender Timmy Chandler injured Gonzalez in his first training session with the German club.
Coming on for an injured Fabian Johnson against Belgium in the round of 16, DeAndre Yedlin put in an outstanding performance and catapulted himself into the European transfer fray.
Both Yedlin and Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid have said they are trying to balance what is best for Yedlin and the club before making a final decision on whether the young defender will make a move, according to MLSSoccer.com.
John Anthony Brooks
John Anthony Brooks only made one brief appearance in the World Cup, but it was a memorable one.
Brooks came off the bench against Ghana to score the late winner.