USMNT – Where are they now?

After an inspiring, yet disappointing, finish to the FIFA World Cup, there is still a lot of leftover hype and excitement about the US Men’s Soccer Team in the home of the free and the land of the brave. The performance by the USMNT has undoubtedly increased the popularity of soccer, even if it is by the slimmest of margins. With all of of this new interest, soccer fans might be wondering, “where can I see these USMNT players continue to play?” I’m here to answer this question and give you an opportunity to carry on with your amazing fandom.

Clint Dempsey (Forward): As the captain of this amazing team, Dempsey is sure to attract some of the most attention by fans. During the year, you can find him playing with the Seattle Sounders, a Major League Soccer (MLS) team. Though he went on a two month loan to Fulham in early 2014, he has since returned to the Sounders.

Jozy Altidore (Forward): Unfortunately we didn’t see as much of Jozy as we would’ve wanted to in this World Cup due to his hamstring injury, but he will be sure to make a brilliant comeback when he makes it back to the English Premier League as a part of Sunderland. Altidore joined the team last year after signing a four-year deal keeping him there through 2017.

Michael Bradley (Midfielder): As one of the more consistent players, Bradley will continue his career with Toronto Fútbol Club (FC) after being sold to them from AS Roma in the beginning of 2014.

Tim Howard (Goalkeeper): Our savior, and undeniably the MVP of the USMNT this year, Howard is near the top as one of the most popular players in this group. Howard will keep blocking shots for Everton of the English Premier League until 2018 with his new contract extension signed earlier this year. As a quick fun fact, Howard is the only goalkeeper in the Premier League to have ever recorded a goal in a match.

Aron Johannsson (Forward): Johannsson joined fútbol club AZ Alkmaar from the Eredivisie league in the Netherlands in January 2013 and has played with them ever since.

Kyle Beckerman (Midfielder): Remember the guy with the long, messy dreads? Well he has been with MLS team Real Salt Lake since 2007 and will now go back to making plays for them.

Mikkel “Mix” Diskerud (Midfielder): Diskerud didn’t get any playing time in Brazil, but he will surely be seeing the pitch in the Tippeligaen league with Rosenborg, Norway’s most successful fútbol club.

Chris Wondolowski (Forward): Unfortunately, Wondolowski will likely be remembered for all the wrong reasons after he missed the goal that could’ve sent the USMNT to the quarterfinals. When he’s not thinking about this shot, Wondo will maintain his dominance as the all-time leading scorer for the San Jose Earthquakes in the MLS.

DeAndre Yedlin (Defender): With his satisfactory performance after filling in for most of the match against Belgium, Yedlin has gotten a lot of attention. He will be playing alongside Dempsey as a Seattle Sounder.

DaMarcus Beasley (Defender): As one of the best defenders on this team, Beasley will move south of the U.S. to the Mexican Premier League, Liga MX, as a part of Puebla FC.

Jermaine Jones (Midfielder): The super striker who had an amazing goal against Portugal will be playing for the Turkish club Beşiktaş of the Süper Lig. He joined the club in January of 2014 and hopes to assert his dominance there.

Graham Zusi (Midfielder): Zusi has been in the MLS as a member of Sporting Kansas City since 2009. A couple years ago in 2012 he signed a four year contract, keeping him there until 2016.

Omar Gonzalez (Defender): Since 2009, Gonzalez has been playing for the Los Angeles Galaxy and will go back to the City of Angels after his brief stint with FC Nurnberg in 2012.

Geoff Cameron (Defender): Cameron is another one of the few USMNT players to be in the English Premier League and he has been a member of the Stoke City club since 2012.

Timothy Chandler (Defender): With a new three-year deal, Chandler is going to be spending his time in the Bundesliga playing for Eintracht Frankfurt over in Germany.

Alejandro Bedoya (Midfielder): Bedoya is yet another one who’s playing overseas in Europe; he will be with French fútbol club FC Nantes in Ligue 1, a team he has been with for almost a year now.

Fabian Johnson (Defender): The Bundesliga is a very popular place for USMNT players, and Johnson can be seen with Borussia Monchengladbach in Germany.

Brad Davis (Midfielder): Continuing the MLS brigade is Davis as he has been a member of the Houston Dynamo since 2006.

John Brooks (Defender): The man who all gave us hope at the end of the Ghana match is also in the Bundesliga with Chandler and Johnson, but as a member of Hertha BSC.

Matt Besler (Defender): Besler will be joining forces with Zusi as a member of Sporting Kansas City. He’s been with the club since 2009 and signed a three-year deal back in December 2012, keeping him there until the end of the 2015 season.

Brad Guzan (Goalkeeper): Guzan is one of the two backup goalies that obviously didn’t see any action because of his greatness, Tim Howard. However, when he’s not riding the bench in Brazil, you can also find Guzan stopping balls in the English Premier League with Aston Villa, a club he’s been with since 2008.

Nick Rimando (Goalkeeper): The other goalkeeper is Rimando, who is also a member of Real Salt Lake with Kyle Beckerman.

Julian Green (Midfielder): Our faith was restored late in the Belgium game when Green scored his acrobatic goal, but it was just a little too late. Green has an outstanding future ahead of him and will be showcasing his talents in the Bundesliga playing for FC Bayern Munich, which he’s been a member of since November 2013.

So there ya have it. Each and every team that your USMNT roster plays for. Unfortunately, it’s not going to be quite as easy to see them on TV, because after the World Cup ESPN doesn’t do much coverage of soccer unless it’s a bigger event. But hopefully I’ve provided you with enough information to follow some of your favorite players as they continue their careers. Thanks for keeping the belief alive and being part of One Nation, One Team!

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