Americans Abroad: Summer Window 2019

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With the transfer window about to officially open and the 2018-19 season having officially ended a while ago, it's time to start a new thread. There's no use in posting a mega-list right now with so many players' futures up in the air. Here's what's happened so far:

Player Pos / Yr Old Lg / Club New Lg / Club Note / Rumor
Mike Lansing GK / 1994 AaB Aalborg (DEN-1) AC Horsens (DEN-1)
Zack Steffen GK / 1995 Columbus Crew (MLS) Fortuna Düsseldorf (GER-1) on loan from Manchester City
Jonathan Klinsmann GK / 1997 Hertha Berlin (GER-1) St. Gallen (SUI-1)
Desevio Payne RB / 1995 Excelsior (NED-1) FC Emmen (NED-1)
Ken Gipson RB / 1996 Sandhausen (GER-2) free agent
Stephen Payne RB / 1997 Varzim (POR-2) Portimonense (POR-1)
Niall Mason RB / 1997 Doncaster Rovers (ENG-3) [fired for criminal charges...] Peterborough United (ENG-3)
Matthew Olosunde RB / 1998 Manchester United (ENG-1) Rotherham United (ENG-3)
Corey Anton RB / 1999 Hoffenheim II (GER-4) Mainz II (GER-4)
Jonathan Esparza RB / 1999 Tijuana (MEX-1) Celaya (MEX-2) loan
Jonathan Spector CB / 1986 Hibernian (SCO-1) free agent
Michael Orozco CB / 1986 Lobos BUAP (MEX-1) Orange County SC (USL)
Omar Gonzalez CB / 1988 Atlas (MEX-1) Toronto FC (MLS)
Matt Miazga CB / 1995 Reading (ENG-2) Chelsea (ENG-1) loan return; new loan/sale?
Cameron Carter-Vickers CB / 1997 Swansea City (ENG-2) Tottenham Hotspur (ENG-1) loan return; new loan/sale?
Erik Palmer-Brown CB /1997 NAC Breda (NED-1) Manchester City (ENG-1) loan return; new loan/sale?
Jonathan Tomkinson CB / 2002 Solar (Dev Academy) Norwich City (ENG-1)
Antonee Robinson LB / 1997 Wigan Athletic (ENG-2) Everton (ENG-1) loan return
Stuart Ritchie LB / 2001 Groningen U19 (NED-1) Hannover U19 (GER-2)
Travian Sousa DF / 2001 Sacramento Republic (Dev Academy) Hamburg (GER-2)
Danny Williams CM / 1989 Huddersfield Town (ENG-1) free agent
Royal-Dominique Fennell CM / 1989 VfR Aalen (GER-3) free agent
Mael Corboz CM / 1994 Wattenscheid (GER-4) Go Ahead Eagles (NED-2)
Emerson Hyndman CM / 1996 Bournemouth (ENG-1) Atlanta United (MLS) loan
Kyle Scott CM / 1997 Chelsea reserves free agent
Kenny Saief AM / 1993 FC Cincinnati (MLS) Anderlecht (BEL-1) loan return
Josh Gatt Winger / 1991 Rheindorf Altach (AUT-1) free agent
Gboly Ariyibi Winger / 1995 Motherwell (SCO-1) Nottingham Forest (ENG-2) loan return
Christian Pulisic Winger / 1998 Borussia Dortmund (GER-1) Chelsea (ENG-1) loan return
McKinze Gaines Winger / 1998 Darmstadt (GER-2) Sonnenhof Großaspach (GER-3) had been on loan with Zwickau (GER-3)
Isaiah Young Winger / 1998 Werder Bremen II (GER-1) Royale Union Saint-Gilloise (BEL-2) loan
Tim Weah Winger / 2000 Paris Saint-Germain (FRA-1) Lille (FRA-1)
Ulysses Llanez Winger / 2001 LA Galaxy academy Wolfsburg (GER-1)
Andrew Wooten Forward / 1989 Sandhausen (GER-2) Philadelphia Union (MLS)
Aron Jóhannsson Forward / 1990 Werder Bremen (GER-1) Hammarby (SWE-1)
Bobby Wood Forward / 1992 Hannover (GER-1) Hamburg (GER-2) loan return
Andrija Novakovich Forward / 1996 Fortuna Sittard (NED-1) Reading (ENG-2) loan return
Haji Wright Forward / 1998 Schalke (GER-1) VVV-Venlo (NED-1)
Jeremy Rafanello Forward / 2000 Penn State FC Helsingør (DEN-3)
Matthew Hoppe Forward / 2001 Barca academy AZ (Dev Academy) Schalke (GER-1)



Other notes/rumors:
  • Weston McKennie has just signed a new contract with Schalke, extending his deal from 2022 to 2024.
  • There are a number of players at big clubs who will surely be loaned out or sold: Matt Miazga, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Erik Palmer-Brown.
  • Tyler Boyd has a lot of rumored destinations, particularly Besiktas and Inter Miami, but whatever the case it seems quite likely that he won't return to Vitória Guimarães next year.
  • Emerson Hyndman is rumored to be in contract negotiations with Atlanta United
  • Winger Emmanuel Sabbi seems likely to be sold by Hobro, perhaps to a bigger club in Denmark like Brøndby, perhaps to a slightly bigger league like Belgium.
 
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Updated European competition involvement info:

*Likely to be sold or loaned
**Youth player who could break out and play but probably won't

Champions League
First Qualifying Round
Dilly Duka (Partizani Tirana) vs. Qarabağ

Second Qualifying Round
Aaron Schoenfeld (Maccabi Tel Aviv) vs. Astana/CFR Cluj
**Richie Ledezma (PSV Eindhoven) vs. Basel

Third Qualifying Round
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge)
**Sergino Dest (Ajax)

Group Stage
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea)
Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig)
Timothy Weah (Lille)
*Matt Miazga (Chelsea)
*Zack Steffen (Man City)
*Erik Palmer-Brown (Man City)
*Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
**Chris Richards (Bayern Munich)
^Jesse Marsch (Red Bull Salzburg) [manager]

Europa League
First Qualifying Round
Romain Gall (Malmö) vs. Ballymena United / NSÍ Runavík
Matt Polster (Rangers) vs. Prishtina / St Joseph's
Macario Hing-Glover (Spartak Trnava) vs. Radnik Bijeljina
Eric McWoods (Narva Trans) vs. Budućnost Podgorica

Second Qualifying Round
Timothy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt) vs. Flora Tallinn / Radnički Niš
*Tyler Boyd (Vitória de Guimarães) vs. Jeunesse Esch / Tobol

Group Stage
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach)
John Brooks (Wolfsburg)
Jordan Siebatcheu (Rennes)
**Ulysses Llanez (Wolfsburg)
**Michael Edwards (Wolfsburg)
 

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Given how he’s performed on loan in Scotland, I’m sure Hyndman could have found a contract there. But he’s still only 23. He’s had good coaching, now he needs minutes in the pitch to get his development restarted.
 

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Given how he’s performed on loan in Scotland, I’m sure Hyndman could have found a contract there. But he’s still only 23. He’s had good coaching, now he needs minutes in the pitch to get his development restarted.
Shoutout to Jurgen Klinsmann on this one. He told Hyndman that he wasn't going to get USMNT chances as long as he was in the Championship, so Hyndman decided to play out his contract. After he declined to sign an extension, Fulham dropped him from their 18, and moved on a free to an EPL club that didn't much care about him because he was just a cheap flyer.

You can only go to clubs who offer you contracts, but I wonder what the alternate universe where Hyndman signs in Belgium or the Netherlands looks like.

Anyway, Hyndman's first loan stint at Rangers went much better than his second loan stint at Hibernian. I'm sure someone in Scotland would have signed him, but MLS is a significantly stronger league on the whole at this point. I can't imagine the pay is very good in Scotland either, outside of the Old Firm.
 

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Excited for Boyd at Besiktas
It's not over 'til it's over. No done deal yet, and Turkish transfer drama is a total soap opera.



Here's Heath Pearce at a press conference announcing his signing for Bursaspor in 2009. The next day, the transfer was invalidated because the paperwork didn't go through before the transfer window deadline.
 

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As Chinese league's transfer window opens, Jiangsu Suning FC making a transfer offer of ~$10m to @TorontoFC for #usmnt striker @JozyAltidore. Contract would pay him ~$25m for 3 years. Altidore, 29, signed extension with TFC in Feb through '22 season. This year, he'll make $6.3m.


3:22am · 1 Jul 2019

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Nice pay raise but seems unlikely Altidore would want to go. Has seems to like living in Toronto, is making good money and just got engaged to tennis star @SloaneStephens. #mls #tfc


3:24am · 1 Jul 2019
 

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A long journey from New York to the New York Stadium.

Also maybe the apotheosis of the deep generosity with which transfer news refers to any capped player as an international. It's technically correct, but jeez.
 

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Winger McKinze Gaines '98 has moved from Darmstadt to Sonnenhof Großaspach in the German 3.Liga.


He had solid season, stats-wise, in the U19 Bundesliga for Wolfsburg several years ago, but after the season he was sold to Darmstadt for a small fee. He never got any traction in the 2.Bundesliga and had a not-particularly-thrilling loan to Zwickau in the 3.Liga last year. By reputation, he's a speed merchant; his lack of club progression suggests there may not be all that much more to his game.
 

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22 year old right back / right winger Stephen Payne has moved from Varzim (2nd division) to Portimonense (top division) in Portugal.
 

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Haji Wright has signed for VVV-Venlo in the Eredivisie.


He wasn't in Schalke's plans, so I'm glad he found an exit this summer rather than play for their reserve team in the fourth division. The Eredivisie is a nice landing spot for a player with some tactical deficiencies; hopefully he can really make strides in shoring up his weaknesses. I think Wright also has a rep for being a but lackadaisical and low work-rate, so improving that part is basically on him.

It's just a 1 year contract with a 1 year option, so VVV-Venlo isn't going all-in just yet.
 

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More moves:

  • For those who like not-gonna-happen dual nationals, Jeremy Toljan has gone on loan from Dortmund to Sassuolo

  • Winger Isaiah Young '98 has gone on loan from Werder Bremen II to Saint-Gilloise in the Belgian second division.

  • LB Stuart Ritchie '01 moved from Groningen U19 to Hannover U19

  • An American signed for FC Helsingør in Denmark, a club that was recently purchased by an American who says he wants to turn it into a gateway to Europe for young American players. They were just relegated to the third tier, so good luck getting any decent transfer fees for players in that league. Anyway, they did sign a semi-interesting prospect, forward Jeremy Rafanello '00. He's a Union academy prospect who would have been a sophomore at Penn State. He played a lot as a freshman, but only scored three goals, and he's the same age as Sargent and Soto, just to put things in perspective.
 

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Ajax is taking repeated looks at Sergino Dest at left back this preseason. If he can hack it, it seems that there's an easier pathway to playing time that way.

My understanding is that the backup role to Nicolas Tagliafico at LB is up for grabs, whereas there are three RBs in Dest's way.
 

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My dreams of seeing more Yanks soaking in the roars of the Goodison crowd have taken a hit, now that Everton have sold Antonee Robinson to Wigan, where he spent last season on loan:


In truth, he had little hope of getting into the side, with Lucas Digne having shown himself among the elite LBs in the PL, and Leighton Baines signing a new one-year deal as his still very capable backup.

And, frankly, on what I've seen of him with the USMNT, I think he may not be a PL-class player.
 

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My dreams of seeing more Yanks soaking in the roars of the Goodison crowd have taken a hit, now that Everton have sold Antonee Robinson to Wigan, where he spent last season on loan:


In truth, he had little hope of getting into the side, with Lucas Digne having shown himself among the elite LBs in the PL, and Leighton Baines signing a new one-year deal as his still very capable backup.

And, frankly, on what I've seen of him with the USMNT, I think he may not be a PL-class player.
This is now official. Three years and an undisclosed fee. I suspect he'll be a Championship lifer, but we'll see. It's all well and good to be able to maraud forward, but defenders still need to defend and Robinson is nowhere near EPL quality in that department.

 

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We're hoping for better, but we're not yet at the point where "Championship lifer" and "ten-year USMNT left-back" would be mutually exclusive, so I hope he becomes the best goddamn Championship lifer he can be.