Sunday, August 14, 2011

American Soccer Players Are Over In European Leagues And Kicking Butt (Scoring Goals!)

Unbeknownst to many Americans, there are currently 55 American soccer players playing soccer in European Leagues.  While most casual soccer fans know that Landon Donovan is a star player in the MLS, not many know that most of the men's national soccer team don't play regularly in this country.  Aside from the group that is currently playing in Mexico (many of which played in the friendly against El Tri)

Here are some of the names you might recognize and where they play in Europe:

  • Tim Howard - Keeper - Everton - English Premiere League
  • Clint Dempsey - Forward - Fulham - EPL
  • Maurice Edu - Forward - Rangers - Scottish Premiere League
  • Timothy Chandler - Defense - FC Nuremburg - Bundesliga (Germany top division)
  • Oguchi Onyewu - Defense - Sporting Lisbon - Premiera Liga (Portugal top division)
  • Eric Lichaq - Forward - Aston Villa - EPL
  • Jonathan Spector - Defender - Birmingham - Football League Championship (2nd division England)
  • Steve Cherundolo - Defense/Captain - Hanover 96 - Bundesliga (Germany top division)
  • Edson Buddle - Forward - Ingolstadt 04 - Second Budesliga
In fact, here's a video of a goal of Buddle's that is pretty amazing:

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