JOHN KRETLOW - Friday, June 29, 2012
With the Europe in the offseason, speculation as to which domestic based Americans will make the jump overseas has begun to heat up.
Obviously there are many talented yanks in MLS, but here are five players whose stocks are high.
The versatile Houston Dynamo center back has garnered interest from a variety of European teams of late and for good reason. Ever since Dominic Kinnear permanently moved the 26-year old to the back line, Cameron has excelled. He's helped the Dynamo reach the MLS Cup final, earned call ups to then national team, and named to the MLS Best XI in 2009. Despite a rocky few weeks this season, the Dynamo ace is still raising eyebrows. Chances are the Massachusetts native makes a move across the Atlantic sooner rather than later.
Pontius continues to grow as a professional and has quickly proved to be in the MLS top tier of talent. After a difficult injury plagued season last year, the DC United man has picked up where he left off in 2009 and helped his team reach the top of the Eastern Conference. Pontius can play a variety of attacking positions, making his versatility attractive to European teams.
The 22-year old midfielder has long been the subject of rumors of going to Europe. Shea holds a ton of attacking talent and was one of Jurgen Klinsmann's favorites in 2011. Of late though, the FC Dallas man has seen rough times on the field and even fallen behind in the US radar. Nevertheless, European clubs can't deny his talent and will come calling soon. If the opportunity comes, look for Shea to take it and fight his way back into the US Mens National team picture.
Although the 19-year old forward just arrived at Chivas USA, it would not be surprising to see Agudelo make the trek over to Europe soon. He is lagging behind some of the forwards in the US player pool and a move abroad will surely catch Klinsmann's eye.
Johnson is only 23 years old, but making a move abroad could be in the future for the Chicago Fire 'keeper. American goalies have long been the target for European teams, and Johnson is proving to be a solid prospect with room to improve. Perhaps his move to Europe is further off than the rest on this list, but fans should not be surprised to see the Atlanta native on European soil soon.