USMNT: Exciting Week for Americans Abroad
Numerous Americans were in action this week, both in mid-week matchups and in weekend fixtures. In addition to some exciting action on the field, several Americans finalized their transfer plans abroad and US Soccer looks set to provide American soccer fans with some tantalizing spring friendlies.
Here's what happened.
Donovan Gets the Assist in Everton’s 1-1 Tie with Villa
On a gorgeous through ball, Landon Donovan set Victor Anichebe free behind the Villa defense for a smooth finish. Trailing 1-0 at the time, Donovan’s assist helped the Toffees avoid a third consecutive league defeat since Donovan’s arrival.
George John’s Move to England Finally Goes Through
George John nearly became a Blackburn Rover this summer before the deal fell through. Last week, he pulled out of the USMNT’s January camp to pursue another possible transfer to England.
Announced this week, John will join West Ham on a two-month loan that could turn into a full transfer should all go well.
Jose Francisco Torres Returns from Injury
After starting the first few games this fall under Jurgen Klinsmann’s new reign with the USMNT, Torres injured his foot and required surgery.
After having rarely been called upon by Bob Bradley, Torres had been selected by Klinsmann to be the team’s maestro and, in the few games he played under Klinsmann, had looked the part.
Last week Torres returned to Pachuca’s starting lineup, and he started again Saturday night for the team against fellow American DaMarcus Beasley’s Puebla.
Robbie Rogers Signs with Leeds United
Although typically a fringe player with the USMNT, Robbie Rogers has made the move to England, signing a two-and-a-half-year contract with storied club Leeds United.
Leeds is no longer the powerhouse it once was, as they are now playing in the English Championship, but it is a big move nonetheless. Rogers' move is contingent on him receiving a work permit.
Tim Ream Looks Set to Join Bolton
Cahill was in attendance at Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over Sunderland on Saturday, even cheering Chelsea’s goal. With Cahill moving on, Bolton will most likely quickly sign Ream to provide some defensive cover for their struggling back line.
USMNT Set to Play High-Profile Friendlies
In a rematch of the notorious 2006 World Cup matchup, US Soccer confirmed this week that the USMNT will be playing Italy in an away friendly in February.
It also looks highly likely the US will play Brazil in May either in Washington, D.C. or Boston.
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