CHANGE OF SETTING FOR SEVERAL IN ENGLAND
Grella on Leeds United chopping block
With the English seasons done and dusted, a handful of Americans are set to change addresses for the upcoming year. Jon-Paul Pittman and Seb Harris are signed with new teams, while Marcus Hahnemann, Mike Grella, and Anton Peterlin are still searching for new homes.
American international Hahnemann was not offered a new contract with Wolverhampton after spending most of 2011 stuck on Wolves' bench. The US goalie spent two seasons with Wolves and is now looking for a new team which, as he confirmed in an interview prior to the Gold Cup, he hopes to have in place by late-June. Rumors are rampant that the former Reading star might end up in an MLS uniform soon, with his hometown Seattle the most talked about candidate, though nothing has been confirmed.
Grella was placed on Leeds United's transfer list and is free to look for a new team for next season. Grella seldomly saw time for Leeds and was loaned out twice, once to Carlisle United and later on this season to Swindon Town. The forward's time with Swindon was cut unexpectedly short due to a rift with the team's manager. He has been passing his time in the offseason training with the New York Cosmos organization, however as the once-legendary American club does not have an actual professional team yet, his immediate future will like elsewhere.
American midfielder Peterlin was not offered a contract extension after his deal with Plymouth Argyle finished at the end of the season. Plymouth were relegated to League Two and are plagued by financial problems at the moment, leading to an exodus of many players, including the young Californian. Peterlin began making more appearances for the Pilgrims at the end of the season, but it was not enough to keep the 21-year old with Argyle.
Although Pittman's Wycombe Wanderers were promoted to League One after finishing in third place in the League Two standings, the Chairboys did not offer Pittman a new contract. Oxford United picked up the 24-year old forward on a two-year contract, meaning the Oklahoma native will be playing League Two soccer once again this season. Pittman suffered a knee injury that kept him out of action for almost five months this season, limiting his impact for the Chairboys.
Harris is returning states side to the Michigan Bucks of the PDL after a year and a half stint with Northampton Town of League Two. The Oakland University product made 17 appearances for them and also went on loan to the Stafford Rangers and briefly this season with Nuneaton Town.