Americans Abroad: Premier League Ups and Downs

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

By JACK HAZZARD

imgresWith the Premier League set to wrap up the 2016-17 season in a few weeks, here is a look at the performance of Americans signed to English clubs.

Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough)

Brad Guzan’s 2016-17 campaign was not a result of his disappointing team; instead it was because he barely played in goal. After his previous team, Aston Villa, was relegated after last season, Guzan opted to remain in the Premier League and join newly promoted Middlesbrough. Boro went right back down. Guzan, a backup to the former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes, saw minimal game time. It led to a demotion from the United States national team and an eventual move back to Major League Soccer with Atlanta United.

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)

It was another average season for one of England’s oldest teams (founded as Stoke Ramblers in 1863) — an average finish (13th with two games to play), an average coach (Mark Hughes) and mostly average players. Cameron, the former Houston Dynamo defender, was limited because of a knee injury. When he did manage to get onto the field, he earned a look at defensive midfielder.

Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)

It was an exceptional season for Gooch, a native of California. The midfielder/attacker earned a spot with Sunderland’s first team under Manager David Moyes, making appearances in both the Premier League and the League Cup. It all led to a call-up by the U.S. national team before an injury forced him out in December and January. He spent the rest of the season on the reserve team as Sunderland was relegated.

Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)

Although he did not appear in a Premier League match, the English-born Carter-Vickers is considered a promising player in North London and for the U.S. — he has been included on the roster for this month’s FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea. He did get time during the FA Cup and Football League Cup.

Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth)

Loaned to Glasgow Rangers in the Scottish Premier League, playing in more than a dozen games and showing skill on offense.

Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal)

Loaned to VVV Venlo in the Netherlands; like Cameron-Vickers, he will be part of the U.S. team at the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Matt Miazga (Chelsea)

Loaned to Vitesse in the Eredivisie. Miazga was one of three Chelsea players who helped Vitesse win the Dutch Cup, qualifying for next season’s Europa League.

Bob Bradley (Swansea City)

Bradley earned the distinction of being the first American manager in the Premier League, though his stay was ever-so brief. The Swans lurked in the relegation zone most of the season and Bradley lasted only 85 days, and 11 games with a 2-2-7 record.