The United States still do not have an international superstar in the world of football, but many Americans are now making their name across Europe.
With CONCACAF World Cup qualifying gearing up this spring, GiveMeFootball examines five Americans playing in Europe that should be a part of USA manager Jurgen Klinsmann’s plans.
Jozy Altidore | AZ Alkmaar
Despite AZ languishing in mid-table in the Eredivisie, Jozy Altidore has not struggled at all this campaign, finding the net 16 times in 22 league matches.
The former Hull City front man has been controversially left out Klinsmann’s USA teams before and his good form in the Eredivisie this season will be needed by an American side that has struggled for goals under the reign of the former German international.
Still only 23 and having scored 13 goals in 53 international caps, Altidore has a great combination of both youth and experience needed to qualify in a CONCACAF region that is only getting better.
Josh Gatt | Molde
Josh Gatt, a winger who can play on either side, made his debut for the USA last November in the 2-2 draw away to Russia.
At the club level he plays for Norwegian side Molde, signing for the club in January 2011. Gatt has grown into an important player for Manchester United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjær and helped the club win back-to-back Tippeligaen titles in 2011 and 2012.
Gatt is a winger who knows how to find the back of the net, scoring eight goals in 41 Tippeligaen appearances for Molde. Under the guidance of Solskjær and continued good form in the league, Gatt will only get better, helping his personal stock rise in Europe and the USA’s goal of qualifying for Brazil 2014.
Michael Bradley | AS Roma
Michael Bradley has shone for Roma in his second season in Serie A. Occupying the holding midfield role, Bradley has been the foundation of a Roma side that has recently had a resurgence in the league following the sacking of former manager Zdenek Zeman.
Bradley, the son of former USA boss Bob Bradley, made a name for himself at Heerenveen, before a stint in Germany with Borussia Monchengladbach and a successful debut season in Italy with Chievo.
Bradley has cemented himself as en ever present in the Roma side and the USA national team and if his performances in South Africa are any indication, Bradley will be a key figure in qualifying and in Brazil if the USA are to make it to the finals.
Geoff Cameron | Stoke City
Geoff Cameron joined Stoke from MLS side Houston Dynamo in August 2012 and his debut season in England has been nothing short of exceptional.
Cameron, a central defender by trade, has adapted his playing style to fit in at right back in manager Tony Pulis’s starting XI and has quickly become a fan favourite at the Britannia.
The 27-year-old has taken no time to adjust to the pace and physicality of the Premier League and this experience will be crucial in the USA’s tough away games that await them, including notoriously difficult trips to Mexico and Costa Rica.
Terrence Boyd | Rapid Vienna
Born in Germany to an American father and German mother, Boyd started his career at the youth ranks of Hertha Berlin before moving to Borussia Dortmund in 2011.
Boyd found it difficult to break into the first team squad at Dortmund but managed 20 goals in 32 appearances for the club’s reserve side. Last summer he switched reserve football for first-team action as he transferred to Austrian side Rapid Vienna. At Rapid he has quickly made an impact, scoring 10 Bundesliga goals so far this season.
Never approached by the Germany national team setup, Boyd was part of the USA U20 and U23 sides before making his senior debut in 2012. His most memorable contribution for the national team was assisting Michael Orozco Fiscal’s winning goal against Mexico at the Estadio Azteca, USA’s first ever win there.
Paired with Altidore up front, the two could be a danger combination as the USA seek to secure qualification to the World Cup for seventh straight time.
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