Memorable moments for Americans on transfer deadline day
It's transfer deadline day in England, where some teams are plagued by impulse buys, others make smart reinforcements and either way a ton of money is exchanged.
While the day is typically reserved for some of European soccer's biggest names, Americans have been involved in the mix over the years, and another joined the fold this summer, with DeAndre Yedlin leaving Tottenham on loan to Sunderland in hopes of accruing more first-team playing time. He joins a number of other CONCACAF players on the move, with Mexico's Javier Hernandez, Jesus Corona and Miguel Layun switching addresses and Jamaica's Michael Hector reportedly signing with Chelsea (only to be loaned back to Reading).
Here are a few memorable moments through the years involving Americans on transfer deadline day overseas:
Clint Dempsey's move to Tottenham
No American endured more drama on deadline day than Dempsey did upon leaving Fulham on August 31, 2012. Tottenham, Liverpool, Arsenal, Aston Villa and Sunderland were all engaged in an apparent tug of war for Dempsey's services, with Spurs ultimately winning out with a late swoop for the Fulham fan favorite (the New York Times does a great job of explaining the back-and-forth, hectic nature of Dempsey's eventual move to White Hart Lane).
It marked a big moment in Dempsey's career, with the club offering him as good a chance as he would get to reach the UEFA Champions League. Dempsey came close but never did reach that stage prior to returning to MLS in a shocking move at the time to join the Seattle Sounders.
Carlos Bocanegra escapes Rangers
On the day Dempsey left Fulham, another former ex-Cottager, Bocanegra, avoided having to play in Scotland's fourth division while attempting to remain U.S. men's national team captain. With Rangers going into administration, Bocanegra was faced with a dire scenario, and he escaped, albeit to another team on unstable ground, going on loan to Racing Santander. Amid being relegated to Spain's second tier, Santander went through financial upheaval of its own, and Bocanegra found it to be tough sledding while at the troubled club.
Bocanegra's move finished off the mass American exodus from Rangers that August, with Alejandro Bedoya moving to Sweden's Helsingborg and Maurice Edu heading to Stoke City in the days prior to the deadline.
Brek Shea's car interview
OK, so this happened in the winter transfer window, but being crowned with a live TV car interview cements one's status as a transfer deadline day celebrity, and Shea earned that honor in January 2013 after his move from FC Dallas to Stoke City.
The move didn't go very well, and Shea bounced around on loan to Barnsley and Birmingham City before returning to MLS this season with Orlando City. At the time, though, the wide-eyed Shea was Stoke's next hero (not to mention a man of few words). Watch his moment in the deadline-day spotlight:
Michael Bradley moves to Serie A
Bradley has the rare distinction of being moved on two deadline days (and he was also loaned to Aston Villa on a winter deadline day!). He joined Borussia Monchengladbach from Heerenveen on summer deadline day 2008, and three years later traded the Bundesliga for Serie A when he was introduced as a member of Chievo Verona.
Bradley became the first American since Alexi Lalas to play in Serie A as a result of the move (Oguchi Onyewu played for AC Milan briefly, but not in league play), and it was there that he earned the nickname "Il Generale." After a subsequent move up the Serie A ladder to AS Roma, Bradley returned to MLS with Toronto FC ahead of the 2014 campaign and is currently the U.S. men's national team captain.