Ranking the 10 Best American Players Abroad This Season

John D. Halloran@JohnDHalloranContributor IIFebruary 27, 2014

Ranking the 10 Best American Players Abroad This Season

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    It hasn't been the easiest season this year for many Americans playing abroad, whether it's been the rough season Jozy Altidore has suffered through at Sunderland, or the fact that so many high-profile Americans in Europe, lacking regular playing time, have been forced to come home.

    Still, there have been more than a few bright spots this season. Here are the 10 best American players abroad this season.

No. 10: Danny Williams (Reading)

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    Danny Williams is one of several Americans who have found success this year in the English Championship. After falling out of favor at Hoffenheim last season, Williams found a new home this year with Reading. Over the past few months, Williams has been one of Reading's more consistent performers as a regular in their lineup. Reading currently sits sixth in the English Championship table.

No. 9: Tim Ream (Bolton)

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    After a rough start when he first came to England in 2012, Tim Ream has finally made the adjustment to Bolton quite nicely. He has started 28 games for the Wanderers this season and has shown his versatility by playing as a holding midfielder, left-back and center-back.

No. 8: Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim)

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    Fabian Johnson has had to battle through a few injuries this season, but he has still been an important piece of the puzzle for Hoffenheim in the German Bundesliga this year. Johnson is another player who has shown his versatility, playing as a left midfielder, left-back and right-back this season and has turned several solid seasons in Germany into a regular place in the United States men's national team lineup and a move next season to Borussia Monchengladbach.

No. 7: Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna)

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    Terrence Boyd, the 23-year-old American striker, might be in a battle for a World Cup spot, but he's had another bright year for Rapid Vienna in the Austrian Bundesliga. In all competitions in the 2013-14 season, Boyd has tallied 13 goals.

No. 6: Edgar Castillo (Tijuana)

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    Edgar Castillo may have driven some USMNT fans crazy with his uneven performances on the international stage over the past year, but there's no doubting his importance to Tijuana. Playing as a left-back, left wing-back or left midfielder, Castillo has been a regular fixture in Tijuana's lineup for the past two-and-a-half years.

No. 5: Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)

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    It could easily be argued that Geoff Cameron has been the most consistent American in Europe this season. He's started 26 of 27 English Premier League games for Stoke City this season and has played every single minute of those 26 starts.

No. 4: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)

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    Brad Guzan has started 27 of 27 league games for Aston Villa this season. He hasn't been in the news as much as last year, but that isn't due to poor performances, just the fact that he's not being shellacked as badly as he was on a weekly basis last season.

No. 3: Timmy Chandler (Nurnberg)

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    USMNT fans seem to have a love-hate relationship with Timmy Chandler, but there's no doubt that he's been one of the best Americans in Europe this season. Before suffering a torn meniscus a few weeks ago, Chandler was a week in, week out starter for Nurnberg. He's even been named in the Bundesliga Team of the Week on several occasions this year.

No. 2: Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar)

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    Aron Johannsson has had one of the most exciting seasons for an American in Europe in recent years. With national team teammate Jozy Altidore leaving AZ Alkmaar for Sunderland this summer, Johannsson has taken up goal-scoring duties for the team. So far this season, he has 22 goals in all competitions.

No. 1: Tim Howard (Everton)

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    Prior to this season, Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard was warned by new manager Roberto Martinez that his place in Everton's squad was not a given. This season, Everton has been on a hot streak with Howard in the net for 26 of Everton's 27 games. He's the only American who regularly starts in a top-four league on a team in contention for a spot in Europe.