With Team USA’s friendly against Ecuador holding a special significance for one-time Premier League ace and soon-to-retired midfielder Landon Donovan, we’ve scoured the American squad list to pick out three players with the potential to follow the 32-year-old into the English top-flight.
Featuring a teenage prodigy already linked with Tottenham alongside an up-and-coming defender and a midfielder who may be familiar to Glasgow Rangers fans, here are three names who could be coming to a club near you soon.
Timothy Chandler – Eintracht Frankfurt
Like Donovan in his younger days at Bayer Leverkusen, Chandler started out in Germany, though unlike the Team USA legend, this 24-year-old stopper was born there, with his father originally hailing from New York and based in Europe with the US military.
A right-back by trade, the Bundesliga star is a good crosser of the ball and his top-flight experience in Europe could make for a smooth transition to the demands of football on these shores. Brought to Frankfurt after impressing at Nuremburg, he would do well at a club like Stoke.
Alejandro Bedoya – Nantes
Briefly on the books at Glasgow Rangers just prior to their recent financial collapse, Bedoya is now back in the big leagues of Europe after moving from AIK to Nantes a couple of seasons back and at 27 is in prime condition for a Premier League transfer.
Fresh from scoring an albeit fortuitous winner for Team USA in a friendly with Czech Republic, Bedoya can play in a central midfield role or out wide on the right and could be the perfect addition to a relegation-threatened side like QPR or Leicester City looking for strength in numbers.
Julian Green – Bayern Munich
Currently on a season-long loan with Hamburg, where he has played just 60 minutes of football so far, the 19-year-old nevertheless showed what he can do with what little time he is given on the pitch after coming on as a sub for Team USA against Belgium to score with his first touch at the World Cup.
Best used as an attacking midfielder played out wide on the right, the youngster could grow increasingly frustrated at the lack of first-team opportunities available to him at the Allianz Arena and with Tottenham previously approach Bayern to discuss a deal for the player, a Premier League move looks likely.