Findley, Jones find new homes, more Americans Abroad
On this week's episode of "The Transfer Season," one American gets his final clearance to go overseas, one gets freed from his manager's doghouse and a few more get their names on the transaction ticker.
Former Real Salt Lake striker Robbie Findley is the one heading out of the country after being granted a United Kingdom work permit. This development clears the way for him to join England League Championship side Nottingham Forest, with whom he agreed on a 2 1/2-year deal late last month.
Jermaine Jones received his wish to get out of Schalke and be far from the wrath of coach Felix Magath, as Blackburn stepped up to acquire the United States national team striker on loan through the end of the season. Magath and Jones clashed to the point that Jones, one of the premier players at his position in the Bundesliga, had been demoted to train with the Schalke reserves weeks prior to the league's winter break. Jones hasn't featured in a match since Nov. 27, but he should be able to step in immediately and start for manager Steve Kean's club, which is currently 11th in the Premier League table but just three points out of contention for a berth in the UEFA Europa League.
Elsewhere, forward Mike Grella is on the cusp of getting another loan from Leeds United; goalkeeper Dominic Cervi (currently with the U.S. national team) had his loan to Dundee FC expire without him playing a minute for the club; veteran striker Kenny Cooper officially left TSV 1860 Munich to re-join Major League Soccer; 25-year-old attacker Jemal Johnson had his contract with English League One side Milton Keynes Dons terminated; U.S. Under-20 winger Josh Gatt signed with Molde FK in Norway's top flight; and another U-20 standout, budding center back Gale Agbossoumonde, is on trial with Djugardens IF in Sweden with hopes of securing a contract.
As for the Americans that played this past week, a few turned in notable performances. Brad Guzan notched his first clean sheet at Hull City; Jonathan Bornstein debuted for his new club in Mexico; Ricardo Clark put in a rare 90-minute shift -- at center back, no less -- for Eintracht Frankfurt; and Maurice Edu got back on the scoresheet for Rangers with a top-class finish that any striker would love to boast in his arsenal, let alone a defensive midfielder. Here is how the active Americans abroad fared this past week (statistics encompass all competitions):