American Players Abroad

Why Isn’t Landon Donovan Playing More?

Landon Donovan came in as a second-half sub for Club León on Tuesday night as the American continued his second comeback from retirement. He played about 30 minutes for the Liga MX side in a 4-1 win over second-tier Cafetaleros in Copa MX action. It was his second appearance in 10 León matches since announcing his return to football in January, which begs the question: Is he still getting back to match fitness or was his signing purely a publicity stunt?

7 Key Points From Geoff Cameron’s Important Players’ Tribune Article

Geoff Cameron is back at it. After giving an in-depth New York Times interview last week, the USMNT defender had more he wanted to say. A Players' Tribune article was published on Friday as the Stoke City player spoke about how he feels U.S. Soccer needs to move forward, a timely piece given the U.S. Soccer Federation presidential election on Saturday.

USMNT Defender Fined By Club For Grabbing A Man's Crotch

Matt Miazga is a very promising young American center back who plays for Vitesse Arnhem in the Eredivisie, on loan from Chelsea. Because we are interested in the goings-on of American players across the pond, we though it was newsworthy when Miazga was suspended for grabbing an opposing player's private region.

The incident happened on January 20, against Heerenveen in a 1-1 draw. The player whose crotch Miazga grabbed is Heerenveen right back Denzel Dumfries, which sounds like a made-up name but we assure you is not.

Here's a video of the incident:

5 Young Dual Nationals In Europe The U.S. Needs To Lock Down ASAP

When the USMNT lost Jonathan Gonzalez to Mexico, it highlighted a disconnect between U.S. Soccer and the Latino community. It’s an issue that desperately needs to be fixed. But while the U.S. focuses on keeping Mexican dual nationals stateside, they can’t forget about the European-based dual nationals who are eligible to represent multiple countries at the senior level. In particular, five young Americans abroad need to be locked down to ensure they play for the USMNT. 

Michy Batshuayi Dominates In Bundesliga Debut Thanks To Team America

It took just 34 minutes for new boy Michy Batshuayi to get his first goal for Borussia Dortmund. Fullback Jeremy Toljan, who is eligible to play for the USA, Germany and Croatia at the senior national level (please pick the USA, Jeremy) supplied the assist.