Friday, March 30, 2012

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Perhaps you have noticed that when it comes to playing abroad, Americans tend to glom together at various Yankee-friendly clubs. Who am I kidding? NSC readers see all.

Well, Greg noticed too and asked me to put together a table of the All-American clubs of the world. There are the usual suspects and just as many journeyman stories as world-beating ones. Actually a lot more.

Nonetheless, before you dive in, understand a few parameters:

- At least three Americans had to actually play in the first team at some point for the club to be included (e.g. no Kirovski for ManU). Those clubs with only two Americans having graced the field - for the first team - in their colors are under "Honorable Mentions."

- Dual-nationals counted, but not if they chose to play for a a different country. Jermaine Jones counts though due to his final choice of national team. You'll notice there's no Giuseppe Rossi, as if I were to have included him, Brede Hangeland and who knows who else would have to be included as well.

- Youths/reserves on the verge of breaking into the first team were counted. Any first team appearance with the club gets you on the list as does my somewhat subjective determination of how close you are to making that leap. Reports of training with the first team were my go-to standard along with inclusion in the first team picture. Yes, I know, very scientific.

- Canadian teams did not count with the exception of Hamilton Steelers who played in the Canadian Soccer League, independent of any American league. In other words, Jay Demerit at Vancouver does not count.

- Players are listed in approximate order of signing.

Without further ado, your all-time table of American Imports ...

#1 (7 Americans)

Fulham - Marcus Hahnemann, Eddie Lewis, Brian McBride, Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Dempsey, Kasey Keller, Eddie Johnson

#2 (6)

1860 Munich - Matthew Okoh, Josh Wolff, Gregg Berhalter, Kenny Cooper, Fabian Johnson, Bobby Wood
Bayer Leverkusen - Thomas Dooley, Claudio Reyna, Frankie Hejduk, Landon Donovan, Jermaine Jones, David Yeldell
Everton - Preki, Joe Max-Moore, Brian McBride, Tim Howard, Landon Donovan, Marcus Hahnemann
Kickers Emden - Chad Deering, John van Buskirk, Grover Gibson, Adam Martin Coronado, Ruben Gonzales Jr., Navid Ali Torabian
Leeds United - Mike Lane, Eddie Lewis, Jemal Johnson, Mike Grella, Eric Lichaj, Robbie Rogers
Ljungskile SK - Colin Burns, Etchu Tabe, Nick Noble, Michael Thomas, Sam Brill, Ryan Miller
Mainz 05 - Aaron Biagioli, David Wagner, Mike Duhaney, Grover Gibson, Conor Casey, Jared Jeffrey
SV Elversberg - Brent Goulet*, Kenney Bertz, Grover Gibson, Michael Mason, Tim Lawson, Russell Payne
VfL Wolfsburg - Brian McBride, Mike Lapper, Chad Deering, Claudio Reyna, Kamani Hill, Fabian Johnson

#3
(5)

Borussia Dortmund - Jovan Kirovski, Conor Casey, Terrence Boyd, David Wagner*, Oskar Gasecki
Hannover 96 - Steve Cherundolo, Conor Casey, Clint Mathis, Sal Zizzo, Damarcus Beasley
Rangers - Claudio Reyna, DaMarcus Beasley, Maurice Edu, Alejandro Bedoya, Carlos Bocanegra

#4
(4)

1. FC Saarbrücken - Dario Brose, Eric Wynalda, Joe Max-Moore, Thomas Dooley*
Aalborg BK - Peter Woodring, Danny Califf, Marcus Tracy, Chris Rolfe
Aston Villa - Eric Lichaj, Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan, Michael Bradley
Blackburn Rovers - Roy Wegerle, Brad Friedel, Jemal Johnson, Jermaine Jones
Bolton - Juergen Sommer, Johann Smith, Stuart Holden, Tim Ream
Derby County - John Harkes, Benny Feilhaber, Eddie Lewis, Conor Doyle
Eintracht Frankfurt - David Wagner, Jermaine Jones, Ricardo Clark, Gale Agbossoumonde
FC Schatthausen - Nathan Medina, Dominique Logan, Joe Claycomb, Eric Lafon
Hertha Berlin - Christopher Sullivan, Tony Sanneh, Alfredo Morales, John Anthony Brooks
FC St. Pauli - Paul Caligiuri, Michael Mason, Cory Gibbs, Ian Joy
Karlsruher SC - David Regis, Conor Casey, Luis Robles, Parker Walsh
León - Marcelo Balboa, Eric Wynalda, Marco Vidal, Victor Sánchez García
Manchester United - Jim Brown, Ed McIlvenny, Jonathan Spector, Tim Howard
Millwall - Bruce Murray, Kasey Keller, John Kerr Jr., Zak Whitbread
Nottingham Forest - John Harkes, Ben Olsen, Jon-Paul Pittman, Robbie Findley
Osnabrück - Joe Enochs*, Greg Schwager, Marc Heider, Jeff Yu
Preston North End - Brian McBride, Eddie Lewis, Jemal Johnson, Eddie Johnson
Santos Laguna - Edgar Castillo, Sonny Guadarrama, Herculez Gomez, Adrian Ruelas
Stabaek IF- Mikkel Diskerud, Erik Benjaminsen, Ricardo Clark, Sean Cunningham
TuS Koblenz - Matthew Taylor, Josh Grenier, Erik Lukin, David Yeldell
UANL Tigres - Tab Ramos, Edgar Castillo, Jonathan Bornstein, Juan Pablo Ocegueda
Vfr Mannheim - Aaron Biagiolo, Damian Pritchett, Stacy Naoto Kodani, Kenny Kronholm
Viborg - Mike Burns, Robbie Russell, Joe Zewe, Babajide Ogunbiyi
West Ham - John Harkes, Jonathan Spector, Sebastian Lletget, Danny Potts

#5
(3)

1. FC Nuremberg - Joe Max-Moore, Tony Sanneh, Timmy Chandler
1899 Hoffenheim - Fabian Johnson, Danny Williams, Joseph-Claude Gyau
AGF Aarhus - Wade Barrett, Jeremiah White, Benny Feilhaber
Birmingham City - Jovan Kirovski, Jonathan Spector, Will Packwood
Brøndby - Christopher Sullivan, Brad Friedel, Clarence Goodson
Coventry City - Gerry Baker, Cobi Jones, Roy Wegerle
Club Tijuana - Joe Corona, Greg Garza, Edgar Castillo
FC Homburg 08 - Thomas Dooley, Rudi Collins, Christopher Wright, Irvin Parra
FC Ingolstadt 04 - Ian Joy, Amechi Igwe, Edson Buddle
FSV Frankfurt - Chris Henderson, Kenny Kronholm, Matthew Taylor
Hamburg - Peter Woodring, Michael Mason, Benny Feilhaber
Manchester City - Gerry Baker, Claudio Reyna, DaMarcus Beasley
Molde FK - Brian Waltrip, Josh Gatt, Sean Cunningham
Pachuca - José Francisco Torres, Herculez Gomez, Marco Vidal
Peterborough United - Alan Merrick, John Kerr Jr., Jon-Paul Pittman
Puebla - Herculez Gomez, DaMarcus Beasley, Edgar Castillo
Queens Park Rangers - Roy Wegerle, Juergen Sommer, Frank Simek
Rot Weiss Ahlen - John van Buskirk, Grover Gibson, Matthew Taylor
Schalke 04 - David Wagner, Thomas Dooley, Jermaine Jones
SC Preußen Münster - Gregory Kile, Pellegrino Matarazzo, Grover Gibson
Sogndal - Robbie Russell, Brian Waltrip, Joe Bendik
SV Meppen
- Paul Caligiuri, Max Cream, Daniel Wasson
Tottenham - Jim Brown, Kasey Keller, Brad Friedel

*Managed/coached

Enochs was stepped in as manager in 2011 before returning to youth coaching duties at the club. Dooley managed Saarbrücken from 2002-03. Wagner manages Borussia Dortmund II while Goulet was an assistant at Elversberg before serving as manager from 2004-08.

Honorable Mentions
ADO Den Haag - John O'Brien, Cory Gibbs
Ajax - Eddy Hamel, John O'Brien
Angelholms FF - Matt Pyzdrowski, Lester DeWee
Aris Thessaloniki - Freddy Adu, Eddie Johnson
Atlético CP - Caleb Patterson-Sewell, Tony Taylor
Borussia Mönchengladbach - Kasey Keller, Michael Bradley
Brentford - Jim Brown, Mike Grella
Carlisle United - Johann Smith, Frank Simek
Club America - Edgar Castillo, Isaac Acuña
Crystal Palace - Jovan Kirovski, Gregg Berhalter
Djurgarden - Gale Agbossoumonde, Brian Span
Emelec - Alexi Lalas, Joe Max-Moore
FC Nordsjaelland - Heath Pearce, Michael Parkhurst
FV Bad Vilbel - Robert Cue, Steven Cue
Hamilton Steelers - Brian Quinn, John Kerr Jr.
Hansa Rostock - Paul Caligiuri, Heath Pearce
HNK Rijeka - Gino Gardassanich, Johann Smith
Hull City - Jozy Altidore, Brad Guzan
Indios de Ciudad Juarez - Marco Vidal, Joaquin Alonso Hernandez
Liverpool - Brad Friedel, Zak Whitbread
Luton Town - Roy Wegerle, Juergen Sommer
Metz - David Regis, Oguchi Onyewu
Mjøndalen - Rhett Bernstein, Kyle Helton
Plymouth Argyle - Kenny Cooper, Anton Peterlin
Portsmouth - John Kerr Jr., Preki
PSV Eindhoven - DaMarcus Beasley, Lee Nguyen
Reading - Marcus Hahnemann, Bobby Convey
Sandefjord Fotball - Brian Waltrip, Colin Burns
San Luis - Edgar Castillo, Michael Orozco
SC Freiburg - Paul Caligiuri, Danny Williams
Sheffield Wedneday - John Harkes, Frank Simek
Southend United - Mike Lapper, Jemal Johnson
Sporting CP - Jovan Kirovski, Oguchi Onyewu
Stockport County - Bruce Murray, Jemal Johnson
SV Wehen - Jeff Agoos, Pellegrino Matarazzo
Walsall - John Kerr Jr., Anton Peterlin
Wolverhampton Wanderers - Jemal Johnson, Marcus Hahnemann

-51 clubs from five different countries (Denmark, England, Germany, Mexico and Scotland) made the list proper.

-42 clubs from 10 countries were honorably mentioned. I'm sure they're all very proud.

My hope is that this will be a valuable resource to fellow scribes, fans and anyone trying to win a trivia contest. Share it freely and spread the gospel.



- Jacob Klinger (with special thanks to Transfermarkt, Dave Marino-Nachison and ussoccerplayers.com)

19 comments:

KO said...

Might be worth adding Bradley to Villa and bumping them up a level, unless I misunderstood the criteria.

Greg Seltzer said...

Thanks for the catch.

KO said...

No worries. This is an exhaustive and impressive list. Nice work Jacob/Greg.

Greg Seltzer said...

Nope... all Jacob. This is his baby.

Jolazo said...

You should add Jermaine Jones to the Blackburn list and give them a boost too.

Greg Seltzer said...

Grazie... but Rovers was also missing Jemal Johnson, so they actually move into the 4th place tie.

SD Socker said...

How about Stabaek IF with Ricardo Clark and Sean Cunningham?

And also I believe Marcus Hahnemann has made the bench a few times for Everton's first team.

Greg Seltzer said...

Thank you, sir.

Jacob Klinger said...

You're all spot on. Thank you.

I expected you guys would get to poking holes as soon as it dropped and you did not disappoint.

Marc Silverstein said...

I could be wrong so I apologize in advance, while Joe Enochs was the Manager last year they lost their relegation playoff battle. So I think that he decided to step down as Manager but he still maintains a coaching position within the club.

Nick said...

Did Jemal Johnson ever play for Bolton? Wikipedia doesn't think so...

Greg Seltzer said...

Okay, now we see how he went missing form Blackburn's list. :D

SD Socker said...

If you throw in Gerard "Gerry" Baker (played in the 60's) at Coventry City then you can probably also add Manchester City where Gerry played as did DaMarcus Beasley once upon a time.

Angelholms FF with Matt Pyzdrowski and Lester DeWee.

Greg Seltzer said...

Heh, Jacob, I told ya they'd catch anything!

Jacob Klinger said...

@Marc correct

@Nick Nope.

@Greg Exactly.

@SD Socker I never would have found Gerry Baker, so thanks for that one. The Anglelholms crew sounds REALLY familiar. I'm about to go check my old versions and see where I lost 'em. Again, thanks for pointing it out.

For all your trouble, Fun Fact: Jemal Johnson made one of his few Prem appearances against Bolton in 2005 with Friedel in goal behind him.

Thanks to all for the corrections. A list like this is impossible without you guys. It's also pointless, too.

susan said...

Really excellent compilation Jacob. Molto bene

shaydee said...

You can add Ryan Miller and Sam Brill to Ljungskile

Greg Seltzer said...

Thanks.

chrizzah said...

Seems like Stefani Miglioranzi should be on this list for Portsmouth and Swindon.