Spector strikes for West Ham; Buddle on the move to Germany
The winter transfer season is in full swing, and plenty of Americans have had their names tossed around in the daily rumor mill in one form or another, for better or for worse.
First the good: Oguchi Onyewu may see playing time this season after all. Yet to make a gameday roster for AC Milan, Onyewu is
Now the bad: Aston Villa acquired England U-21 right back Kyle Walker on loan from Tottenham for the rest of the season, which can't be a promising sign for up-and-coming U.S. national team fullback Eric Lichaj. After making some headway and earning a few starts at right back, Lichaj appears to have fallen out of favor with manager Gerard Houllier and might benefit from a loan himself. He spent the bulk of last year on loan with Lincoln City and Leyton Orient and may have a better shot at accruing more matches if he goes that route again.
Elsewhere of note, Germany's second division could be swapping one American striker for another, as Los Angeles Galaxy striker
Buddle might not be the only American headed to Ingolstadt, either. The 2. Bundesliga bottom feeder also had Freddy Adu in for a trial through the weekend, and the club has extended a reserve team offer to the midfielder, who could certainly benefit from consistent playing time after seemingly being stuck in perpetual career purgatory.
Other names of U.S. national team players to keep in mind during transfer season include Jonathan Spector, who helped his own value by scoring again for West Ham in a central midfield role in Saturday's FA Cup win over Barnsley, and Benny Feilhaber, who has been seeking a move from Denmark's second tier to a top fligh leaguet. With Spector being linked to FC Cologne in Germany and Feilhaber's name connected to clubs in Europe, Mexico and Brazil, it wouldn't be surprising to see either in a new uniform in the coming weeks.
As for the Americans playing abroad who were in action over the past week, including those that kicked off the 2011 Mexican Clausura, here's how they fared (season statistics encompass all competitions):