United States Men's National Team: Best Footballer Playing in Each Country
Once upon a time, only a select few Americans were able to play abroad. It's a different story today though. From Mexico to Israel Americans can be found in leagues all over the world, from the first to the fourth division.
Now while all of them are not stars, they still represent the United States. 21 countries, 21 players
Austria: Shawn Berry
A stand out player at Virgina at right back the 21-year-old Barry left after two years to try his luck overseas. He signed with LASK Linz of the Austrain Bundesliga in 2010. He spent most of his first year in the reserves as LASK were relegated. Now in the Erste Liga, Barry is getting minutes on the first team, and has started the last three games.
Belgium: Sacha Kljestan
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A favorite of Bob Bradley, Sacha currently is starting in the Midfield for Belgian powerhouse Anderlecht. After a solid beginning of his career with Chivas USA and a trial with Old Firm power Celtic, Sacha won a transfer to Anderlecht.
After struggling for a first team spot in his first year, Sacha has nailed down his spot in the midfield this year, starting in both the domestic campaign and the Europa league. Most remembered for his hat trick against Sweeden, Kljestan has seen his spot over taken in the midfield, though was called up for the recent round of friendlies.
Bosina: Danijal Brkovic
The 20-year-old Foward was born in what is now Croartia and moved to the U.S at a young age. After high school, Danijal skipped out on college, tried his luck in Europe and found a home with Velez.
After impressing with the junior squad, he signed a professional contract in 2010 and made his debut in April of 2011. Danijal has both a Bosnian and American passport, but has not been part of the youth or senior side for either nation.
A graduate of the Bradenton residency program, Diego played college soccer for both South Florida and Virgina. He signed for the MLS, but looked else where for employment and found it down in Colombia with America de Cail. A member of the U-17 world cup team in 2005, Diego has also been called up to the U-20 side.
Czech Republic: Stefan Jerome
A former member of the U-17 national team, the 19-year-old Forward is currently finding solid minutes in the Czech Liga 1. Jerome started his career at the Bradenton Academy, until 2010 when he signed with Traffic Sports and joined Miami FC.
After only seven appearances, he won a trail at Sigma Olomouc, and ended up working out a loan deal with them. After playing for their reserve team, Jerome had his loan extended through 2011 and is currently finding minutes off the bench for the first team.
Denmark: Clarence Goodson
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Now at the top on the depth chart at center back for the national team, Goodson was named captain of Danish power house Brondby IF in 2011. Goodson started off his career with the Dallas Burn in 2004 and stayed there until 2007, when instead of moving to the San Jose Earthquakes he went over seas to sign with Norwegian club IK Start.
After spending a season in the second division, Start gained promotion and Goodson established himself as a top defender in the league. At the end of his Start contract in 2010, Goodson moved to Denmark with Brondby IF, and as again established himself as a top defender.
England: Brad Firedel
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The model of consistency, the 40 year old is still manning the goal posts in the Premiership with Tottenham. After a short stint in Europe with Denmark and Turkey Friedel returned to the MLS in 1996 for two years with the Crew.
After two solid years in Columbus he moved to England with Liverpool where he struggled for for playing time. Eventually, he moved onto Blackburn in 2000, and that's when his career took off. He started for Blackburn eight years before a transfer to Aston Villa at the end of the 2008 season.
After a two-year stop there, he moved to Tottenham in the latest window. Brad retired from International play in 2005, but will always be remember for his great play in the 2002 world cup run.
Finland: Etuchu Tabe
Born in Cameroon, Tabe had a stop in Sweden before ending up in Finland. After leaving the U.S to look for playing time, Tabe ended up in Sweden with Ljungskile. After some on-field problems, though he transferred to RoPS in Finland.
In the second division at the time, Tabe helped them back to the first division where he currently marshells the back line.
France: Quentin Westberg
This 25-year-old shot stopper is the product of the Clairefontaine Football Academy in France, and has spent his entire professional career there.
Westberg signed for ESTAC Troyes youth club in 2002, and spent four years there before being promoted to the senior side in 2006, where he spent three years as the back-up and cup keeper in Ligue 2. He finally saw time as the regular first team keep when they were demoted to the third division of French football.
After leading them back to Ligue 2 Westburg left and signed with Evian, where is his current the back up keeper for the newly promoted Ligue 1 side.
Germany: Steve Cherundolo
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The 32-year-old is still going strong for both club and country and will look to lead Hannover 96 through the Europa League this year. Cherundolo has spent his whole 11 year career with Hannover after leaving the University of Portland and recently was named captain.
Cherundolo has been the first choice right back for most of the U.S games since the 2005 Gold Cup, and started every game in the last two World Cups. Despite his age Cherundolo is still the first choice right back, and looks to still be at his spot when 2014 world cup qualifying comes around.
Holland: Jozy Altidore
The story of Jozy is well known to American soccer fans. After bouncing around Europe for a while, it seems as If Jozy has found a home in Holland with AZ Alkmaar. Having scored six goals in nine games for AZ, three in Europe and three in the league it seems as if Jozy as found the scoring touch that had eluded him in the past. The best striker right now in the U.S player pool and the best player in Holland
Italy: Michael Bradley
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No longer the coaches son, Bradley is hoping his new home in Chievo works better than his recent spot in England with Aston Villa. Starting out his career with the MetroStars, Bradley spent little time in the MLS after been drafted in 2004, making the move to Dutch side Heerenveen. His breakout season came during 2006-2007 where he banged in 20 goals for Heerenveen.
On the back of that season, he won a transfer to Borussia Monchengladbach in Germany. After a solid season there, Bradley was loaned to Aston Villa in the second half of the season, but made only three appearances. Told he was not in the plans for this current reason Bradley, moved to Italy with Chievo right before the deadline. Bradley as been a rock in the middle for the national team, appearing in every game of the 2010 world cup.
Israel: Bryan Gerzicich
The 27-year-old was born in Los Angeles. Bryan played in Argentina with Arsenal de Sarandi before his move to Israel. Starting in the second division with Hapoel Haifa he eventually worked his way up to the first division. Currently starting in the midfield with Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona, Bryan has yet to be called up to any level of the national team.
Mexico: DaMarcus Beasly
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A tough choice, but in the end experience wins over potential. His time in Europe has had its high and lows. The highs being in Holland with PSV and Scotland with Rangers. The lows being his short England stint with Man City and his last year in Germany with Hannover 96. A key player in the U.S World Cup runs in 2002 and 2006, Beasley may be on the down side of his career but still is the best player in Mexico and will do a job for Puebla.
Norway: Mikkel "Mixx" Diskerud
A tight race in a surprising large American-Norway contingent, Mix beats out another young midfielder Josh Gatt for the title. Diskerud started out his playing career in the youth ranks of Stabaek, he has worked his way up the ranks and currently is a fixture in the midfield for Stabaek. He represented both the U.S and Norway in the youth ranks, but mix picked the U.S and earned his first cap in 2010 against South Africa.
Peru: Diego Chavarri
The 22-year-old midfielder was born in New York New York, but grew up in Peru. He joined Sporting Cristal in 2009, but struggled for playing time until this season. Now a regular in the starting lineup, Diego is looking forward to representing his country and has expressed his desire to play for the U.S over Peru.
Portugal: Oguchi Onyewu
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A knee injury and the depth chart at A.C Milan seemed to have put Onyewu's career on hold, but he has rise from the soccer grave yard in Portugal with Sporting Lisbon. The " Gooch" has started the last three games for Sporting, two in the league and one in Europe,taking three points from each. If Onyewu can get his career and fitness back on track, he would be a huge life to the American back line.
Russia: Eugene Starikov
The 22 striker was born in the Ukraine but moved to America at a young age and stayed here until he graduated college. Instead of trying to find a team in the U.S, Starikov joined Zenit St. Petersburg youth team in 2010.
Unable to break into the senior team there he was loan out to Tom Tomsk where playing time was easier to find. Starikov was called into the latest January camp for the U.S but has not been capped.
Scotland: Carlos Bocanegra
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In another case where experience wins over youth, Rangers new center back wins the title of best player in Scotland. Before Scotland, Carlos has had successful stops in the the English Premier League with Fulham, and in France League One with Rennes, and Saint-Etienne.
At the age of 32, Bocanegra is still performing at the heart of the American defense and should still be hanging around the next world cup cycle.
Sweden: Ryan Miller
The 26-year-old defender is the best of a surprising amount of American's playing in Sweden. After a rocky start to his MLS career, Miller looked over seas for a job and found it in the second Swedish division with Ljungskile SK in June of 2009.
After only a half of season there, he impressed enough to win a transfer to first divison side Halmstads BK, where he is currently a fixture on the back line.
USA: Landon Donvan
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Well, that's it folks, 21 different countries 21 different players. If I have missed any countries, let me know below.