American Stars in Transfer Window Movement

The MLS is fast becoming a fluid transfer market.Monday night’s transfer window closure turned out to be a big night as some of the USA national team’s biggest and brightest stars found themselves on the move, some even into the Premiership.

USA World Cup star centre midfielder Michael Bradley had found himself out of favour at Borussia Mönchengladbach in Germany, and as a result, was able to secure himself a loan move to Aston Villa. Villa already have strong American ties with goalkeeper Brad Friedel and owner Randy Lerner, also owner of the NFL’s Cleveland Browns. Of the move, Bradley said “I am really excited to be joining Villa,” Bradley told Aston Villa’s official website. “I am proud and thrilled and can’t wait to get going now.” It is certainly a great opportunity for Bradley to get some Premiership playing time and will no doubt help develop his game; he may even face Fulham’s fellow American Clint Dempsey this weekend.

Jozy Altidore, the USAs mercurial striker, has also found himself on the move, going on loan from Spanish side Villareal to Turkish champions Bursaspor. Having had a stint at Hull City, Altidore should compete for a starting position with Bursaspor and may accompany new signing from Rangers Kenny Miller. Altidore’s agent claims Villareal fielded offers from all over Europe for Altidore, but Bursaspor were the eventual winners. Freddy Adu, the former wunderkind, will join Altidore on loan in Turkey at Rizespor.

Forward Eddie Johnson, currently at Fulham FC, will be spending 6 months on loan at Championship side Preston North End after failing to break into the Fulham first team. Preston currently sit at the bottom of the Championship, so will need Johnson’s help to ensure survival.

Finally, former Real Salt Lake frontman Robbie Findlay has completed his move to Championship side Nottingham Forest after securing his visa. Although the details of the free transfer were finalized weeks ago, the move has only just been confirmed due to a complication with Findlay’s visa application. Findlay, 11 caps for the USA, will add some firepower to the Nottingham front line.

Do you think there are any hidden gems in the MLS who could help a Premiership side? Should American players look to play in the MLS to help its development rather than play abroad?

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