Two of the remaining dominoes fell.
With the August 31 transfer deadline in most of Europe’s top leagues quickly approaching, it’s a critical time for players who need a change of scenery, and it’s no different for the US contingent based abroad. Two of those players received their new assignments on Friday. Center-back Matt Miazga has been on loan from Chelsea for the fifth time and in a fifth country in six seasons since leaving the New York Red Bulls, joining Deportivo Alavés in La Liga for the season. The club narrowly escaped relegation last season (with their 57 goals conceded tied for third in the league) and started this season with a 4-1 loss to Real Madrid, so they could use a kick. inch, just like the 26-year-old. native of old New Jersey. With Miles robinson and Mark McKenzie emerging this summer as viable starters at center-back to team up with John Brooks, Miazga, who effectively wasted an opportunity to fit more firmly into the rotation of the US center-back in recent years despite his 22 selections, will have to replay his way into the fight in another unfamiliar setting.
A less experienced American international is also in a similar boat. Owen Otasowie, the 20-year-old midfielder, has signed a four-year contract with Club Brugge after securing a transfer from Wolves to the Premier League. Brugge, the reigning Belgian champion and former club of US goalkeeper Ethan Horvath, reportedly spent a whopping $ 4.8 million to sign Otasowie, and for the player, it is a necessary decision given his lack of way to minutes at Wolves. Otasowie was largely bench fodder at best last season, although he was able to win an American senior cap, in the dying minutes of a November 2020 friendly against Wales. A second cap (and more beyond) won’t materialize without a more productive club season. With that move, at the very least, comes the potential to make it into the Champions League group stage.
But that general situation is exactly the kind of place many of its compatriots find themselves, with an urge to make it into World Cup qualifying – and, in an ideal world, the World Cup itself – offset by a inability to achieve a level of consistency. and excellence on a regular basis at the club level.
Beyond Miazga and Otasowie, a number of other US internationals have already secured transfers to clubs overseas this summer. Horvath’s move to Nottingham Forest, Josh Sargent’s move to Norwich City and Konrad de la Fuente’s move to Marseille are the three most notable from a senior national team perspective. A few others have moved from MLS to clubs overseas, with Gianluca Busio and Tanner Tessmann joining the promoted Serie A side Venezia and Sam Vines heading to Antwerp, where the former Colorado Rapids left-back will now face Otasowie. . .
However, they are not the only ones who have to change address before the window closes. Here are five other U.S. internationals – almost entirely defenders – who would benefit greatly from a change of scenery before transfer deals are finalized for the summer:
Chris Richards, Bayern Munich
Richards, 21, is in the same situation as several young elite club players: he is unlikely to play much with the first team and remains to be seen whether to be surrounded by these top talents and train. daily against it is just as beneficial as playing regularly at a club a step below. Last winter he was loaned to Hoffenheim for the second half of the season and got the playing time he didn’t get at Bayern. Even though he was on the bench on match day for new manager Julian Nagelsmann in the Bundesliga and German Super Cup opener, the regular first-team exposure is unlikely to follow. This is the downside of being part of a club juggernaut. According to German reports, a full transfer is not out of the question.
Cameron Carter-Vickers, Tottenham
Like Miazga, Carter-Vickers, 23, had little chance of carving out a role at his parent club, instead embarking on several loans (six in four seasons) with varying degrees of success. The England-born center-back, who has eight senior US caps to his name, is in the final year of his contract, which means if the club wants to recoup anything from his investment, now is the time to sell.
He’s been linked with clubs ranging from Newcastle to Bournemouth (where he spent half of last season on loan) to Celtic, and what’s important is he’ll end up where he wants and where he plays. (he started in Thursday’s Europa Conference League qualifying first leg loss to Portugal’s Paços de Ferreira, but his prospects for the club for the season are not bright). Otherwise, he is doomed to completely miss this World Cup cycle because the other peers in his position are excellent.
(UPDATE: An ankle injury suffered in the Europa Conference League can thwart any chance Carter-Vickers has to secure a move. “The doctor is going to do a scan and all that stuff,” Spurs manager Nuno said. Espírito Santo. It doesn’t look good. It’s the worst thing that can happen to us. “)
Erik Palmer-Brown, Manchester City
Like Miazga and Carter-Vickers, Palmer-Brown, 24, is another nomadic young center-back. He has never played once for parent club Manchester City and has instead spent time on loan in Belgium, the Netherlands and Austria since leaving Sporting Kansas City in 2018. He has reached a semblance of stability over the past two seasons with Austria Vienna, and he had reportedly been assigned to a move to join the other two Americans of the promoted Serie A Venezia team, but nothing has materialized yet. He has also reportedly been linked with Troyes de Ligue 1, which is run by City Football Group, which owns Man City.
Reggie Cannon, Boavista
Cannon’s time at Boavista started off so promisingly, with the right-back moving smoothly from FC Dallas to the Portuguese elite and becoming a staple in the roster. Then the club went through a relegation struggle – eventually survived – and financial woes, and that left Cannon in limbo, with the player not yet a part of any of the club’s games this season. With 22 caps and two Concacaf trophies under his belt after being part of the two summer triumphs, the 23-year-old is set to play an important role with the United States in the future, but to ensure that the trajectory remains oriented in the right direction, the minutes club must be there. Nottingham Forest is said to have made an offer for its services.
Matthew Hoppe, Schalke
Hoppe was among the biggest individual winners at the Gold Cup this summer for the United States, and turning that into a transfer elsewhere seems to be a priority. He scored six goals (five in three games over the winter) to become one of Schalke’s only strong points in a season in which he was relegated. Now the options are either to stay in the Bundesliga with a reduced squad or to look for another home and leave the club that gave it its big bang and breakthrough after an unorthodox road to one of the best European leagues.
Hoppe brought an element of fire and rocket to the United States in the Gold Cup, and it would benefit the 20-year-old striker if he could cultivate that in a high-flying environment. He has been linked with a handful of Premier League clubs and has clearly won the adoration of US coach Gregg Berhalter.
“He’s got a very interesting personality,” Berhalter said on the US Soccer podcast this week. “A lot of confidence, a lot of self-confidence. I think that takes him a long way.”
Applying that at another club could help him carve out a bigger role with the United States in World Cup qualifiers. He has proven to be skillful as a winger, although he usually plays a more central role, and that extra versatility could make him a more attractive asset, if Schalke succeeds in his valuation.
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