Two of the remaining dominoes have fallen.
With the August 31 transfer deadline in most of Europe’s major leagues fast approaching, it’s a crucial time for players in need of a change of scenery, and that’s no different for the US contingent. headquarters abroad. Two of those players received their new assignments on Friday. Central defender Matt Miazga has been loaned out by Chelsea for the fifth time and to a fifth country in six seasons since he left the New York Red Bulls and joined Deportivo Alavés in La Liga for the season. The club narrowly escaped relegation last season (with its 57 conceded goals tied for third-worst in the league) and started this season with a 4-1 loss to Real Madrid, so it could use a boost, just like the 26 year old. Old New Jersey native. With Miles Robinson and Mark McKenzie emerging this summer as viable starters in central defense to pair up with John Brooks, Miazga, who has effectively squandered the opportunity to etch himself more firmly in the U.S. center-back rotation over the past few years despite of his 22 international matches, he will have to play his way back into contention in another unknown setting.
A less experienced US international is also in a similar boat. Owen Otasowie, the 20-year-old midfielder, signed a four-year contract with Club Brugge after securing a transfer from Wolves in the Premier League. Brugge, the reigning Belgian champion and former club of American goalkeeper Ethan Horvath, reportedly spent $ 4.8 million to sign Otasowie, and for the player, it is a necessary move given his lack of path to minutes at the Wolves. At best, Otasowie was largely bench fodder last season, although it was able to earn a cap in the US, in the final minutes of a November 2020 friendly against Wales. A second cap (and more) won’t materialize without a more productive club season. This move, at the very least, has the potential to participate in the group stage of the Champions League.
But this general situation is precisely the kind of place that several of their compatriots find themselves in, with the desire to participate in qualifying for the World Cup and, in an ideal world, the World Cup itself, offset by the inability to achieve a level of consistency. and excellence on a regular basis at the club level.
Beyond Miazga and Otasowie, several other US internationals have already secured transfers to overseas clubs 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 team point of view. A few others have moved from MLS to overseas clubs, with Gianluca Busio and Tanner Tessmann joining the promoted Serie A team Venezia and Sam Vines heading to Antwerp, where the former Colorado Rapids left-back will now go head-to-head. with Otasowie. .
However, they are not the only ones who should change direction before the window closes. Here are five other US internationals, almost entirely defenders, who would benefit greatly from a change of scenery before the transfer deals for the summer are finalized:
Chris Richards, Bayern Munich
Richards, 21, is in the same position that several young players from elite clubs have found themselves in: They are unlikely to play much for the first team and he left to determine whether to be surrounded by such important talents and train against he daily is equally important. as beneficial as playing regularly for a club that is one notch below. Last winter he was loaned to Hoffenheim for the second half of the season and secured playing time that he was not getting at Bayern. Although he has been on the bench on game day for new coach Julian Nagelsmann in the first Bundesliga and German Super Cup game, he is unlikely to follow the usual first-team exposure. That is the downside of being part of a giant of a club. According to German reports, a full transfer is not out of the question.
Cameron Carter-Vickers, Tottenham
Like Miazga, the 23-year-old Carter-Vickers has had little chance of landing a role at his parent club and instead has embarked on multiple loans (six in four seasons) with varying degrees of success. The England-born central defender, who has eight caps in the United States to his name, is in the final year of his contract, which means that if the club wants to recoup some of its investment, now is the time to sell.
He has been linked with clubs ranging from Newcastle to Bournemouth (where he spent half of last season on loan) to Celtic, and the important thing is that he will finish where they want him and where he will play (he started in Thursday’s Europe. Conference League qualifying first leg against Portugal’s Paços de Ferreira, but their season-long outlook for the club is not bright). Otherwise, you are doomed to miss out on this World Cup cycle entirely, as other teammates in your position excel.
Erik Palmer-Brown, Manchester City
Like Miazga and Carter-Vickers, the 24-year-old Palmer-Brown is another young central defender nomad. He has never played for parent club Manchester City and instead spent time on loan in Belgium, the Netherlands and Austria since leaving Sporting Kansas City in 2018. He has achieved a semblance of stability in the last two seasons with Austria Vienna, and had been reportedly destined to join the other two Americans on the promoted Serie A squad, Venezia, but nothing has materialized yet. He has also reportedly been linked to Ligue 1’s Troyes, which is run by Man City owner City Football Group.
Reggie Canyon, Boavista
Cannon’s time at Boavista started off very promising, with the right-back transitioning seamlessly from FC Dallas to the Portuguese top flight and becoming a staple of the lineup. The club then went through a relegation fight – ultimately survived – and financial troubles, leaving Cannon in a bit of limbo, with the player still not a part of any of the club’s games this season. With 22 caps and two Concacaf trophies to his name after being part of both summer wins, the 23-year-old is poised for a major role with the United States in the future, but to ensure that the trajectory continues to point in the future. the right direction, the club the minutes must be there. Nottingham Forest has made offers for its services.
Schalke’s Matthew Hoppe
Hoppe was one of the biggest individual Gold Cup winners this summer for the US, and turning that into a transfer elsewhere seems like the most important thing. He scored six goals – five in a three-game span over the winter – to emerge as one of Schalke’s only bright spots in a season during which they were relegated. Now the options are to hold out in the 2. Bundesliga with a small squad or find another home and leave the club that gave him his big break and advance after an unorthodox path to a top European league.
Hoppe brought an element of fire and flare to the US in the Gold Cup, and it would be beneficial to the 20-year-old forward if he could cultivate that in a high-level environment. He has been linked to a handful of Premier League clubs and has evidently earned the adoration of American manager Gregg Berhalter.
“He has 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 goes a long way. “
Applying that to a different club could help you carve out a bigger role with the US during World Cup qualification. He proved an expert as a winger, even though he typically plays a more central role, and that added versatility could make him a more attractive asset, should Schalke hold his valuation.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.