Transfer window unusually quiet for U.S. players
The January transfer window has been the cause for the usual chaos and speculation all around Europe, but unlike during the summer transfer window, not much of that rampant speculation involves Americans.
A little more than four months ago, Clint Dempsey was on his way to Tottenham; Carlos Bocanegra, Maurice Edu and Alejandro Bedoya moved to Racing Santander, Stoke City and Helsingborg, respectively; and Oguchi Onyewu landed at Malaga. Just before that, Michael Bradley moved to AS Roma. Now? Top-tier Americans around the globe are pretty set in for the remainder of the season.
Michael Parkhurst has already sealed his move from Danish side Nordsjaelland to Bundesliga outfit Augsburg. Mix Diskerud is reportedly closing in on a new deal with Norwegian side Rosenborg after being touted as a candidate for a move to Rapid Vienna and Major League Soccer's Portland Timbers. Bedoya is in search of a move after his short-term deal with Helsingborg expired, yet Swedish reports say the club is interested in re-signing Bedoya to a new contract. The pending club decisions for Diskerud and Bedoya did not harm their chances of competing in the U.S. January training camp, as both were called in by Jurgen Klinsmann and have the potential to play major roles in the Jan. 29 friendly against Canada.
If there's one American player in dire need of at least a loan, it is Edu, the U.S. national team midfielder who has languished on the bench save for all of 10 minutes since he signed with Stoke. His months of inactivity could prove costly with World Cup qualifying resuming in less than a month, and even though Fox Soccer Channel reported Sunday that Edu could be a late addition to Klinsmann's training camp -- provided Stoke releases him during the season, which would speak even greater volumes of his place in the pecking order there -- working his way into a stable club situation has to be priority No. 1.
As for the players in action, Dempsey is continuing to show his accelerated comfort in Tottenham's lineup, returning from a recent groin injury to score three goals in two games for Spurs as they maintained third place in the Premier League and advanced to the fourth round of the FA Cup. U.S. and Santos Laguna striker Herculez Gomez also got on the scoreboard with a header this weekend, as the Liga MX Clausura campaign kicked off, and Gomez, the 2010 Clausura Golden Boot winner, helped his team to a draw.
With some leagues in Europe still on break and England focused heavily on the FA Cup, here is how all of the Americans abroad in action fared this past week (season statistics encompass all competitions):