American professional soccer players abroad

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The following is a list of American professional soccer players abroad who are playing in fully-professional leagues

The list includes American citizens who have acquired citizenship by any one of the following means:

  • born in the United States
  • born to an American parent
  • naturalized citizens
  • the Child Citizenship Act of 2000.

The list does not include the following players:

  • Players who fall under one of the previous three categories, but have also played for another country's senior national team
  • Players born in a foreign country who have one parent with American citizenship who did not meet residency requirements to pass along American citizenship to the player
  • Players who have received permanent residence in the United States, but are not naturalized American citizens

This list includes only players who are playing abroad in a fully-professional league. It does not include players who are playing abroad in a league that is not fully-professional.

The list does not include the following leagues and teams:

  • Players who are currently in a foreign club's youth system, but not in that club's first team (with the exception of players currently in a German club's reserve team in the Regionalliga)
  • Players on Canadian teams that are in one of the top three U.S.-based leagues (MLS, NASL, and USL)

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Europe – UEFA[edit]

Belgium[edit]

In Belgium's Belgian Pro League
  • Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge)
  • Kenny Saief (K.A.A. Gent)

Denmark[edit]

In Denmark's Superliga
  • Steve Clark (Horsens)
  • Conor O'Brien (Horsens)
  • George Fochive (Viborg)

England[edit]

In England's Premier League
  • Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
  • Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
  • Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
  • Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough)
  • Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal)
In England's Championship
  • Luca de la Torre (Fulham)
  • Niko Hamalainen (QPR)
  • Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers)
  • Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
  • James Murphy (soccer, born 1997) (Sheffield Wednesday)
  • Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
  • Tim Ream (Fulham)
  • Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
  • Danny Williams (soccer, born 1989) (Reading)
  • Derrick Williams (footballer) (Blackburn Rovers)
  • DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
In England's League One
  • Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield)
  • Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)

Finland[edit]

In Finland's Veikkausliiga
  • Brian Span (Mariehamn)

France[edit]

In France's Ligue 2
  • Theoson Siebatcheu (Stade de Reims)
  • Quentin Westberg (Tours)
  • Kyle Duncan (Valenciennes FC)

Germany[edit]

In Germany's Bundesliga
  • Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
  • John Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
  • Timothy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
  • Ken Gipson (RB Leipzig)
  • Ashton Götz (Hamburg)
  • Aron Jóhannsson (Werder Bremen)
  • Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach)
  • Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt 04)
  • Devante Parker (Mainz)
  • Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
  • Sandro Sirigu (Darmstadt 98)
  • Jeremy Toljan (1899 Hoffenheim)
  • Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
  • Haji Wright (FC Schalke 04)
In Germany's 2. Bundesliga
  • Russell Canouse (VfL Bochum) - on loan from 1899 Hoffenheim
  • Julian Green (VFB Stuttgart)
  • Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Düsseldorf)
  • Shawn Parker (Nürnberg) - on loan from Augsburg
  • Fafà Picault (FC St. Pauli)
  • Joel Sonora (VFB Stuttgart)
  • Justin von Steeg (Fortuna Düsseldorf)
  • Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
In Germany's 3. Liga
  • Shawn Barry (FSV Frankfurt)
  • Mael Corboz (MSV Duisburg)
  • Jann George (SSV Jahn Regensburg)
  • Joe Gyau (SG Sonnenhof Großaspach)
  • Robert Kristo (VfL Osnabrück)
  • Marc Heider (VfL Osnabrück)
  • Kenneth Kronholm (Holstein Kiel)
  • Mario Rodríguez (SG Sonnenhof Großaspach) - on loan from Dynamo Dresden
  • David Yelldell (SG Sonnenhof Großaspach)

Ireland[edit]

In Ireland's Premier Division
  • Don Cowan (Longford Town)

Israel[edit]

In Israel's Premier League
  • Aaron Schoenfeld (Hapoel Tel Aviv)

Italy[edit]

In Italy's Serie A
  • Joshua Pérez (Fiorentina)

Netherlands[edit]

In the Netherlands' Eredivisie
  • Desevio Payne (Gronigen)
  • Rubio Rubin (Utrecht)
  • Matt Miazga (Vitesse) - on loan from Chelsea
  • Kik Pierie (SC Heerenveen)
In the Netherlands' Eerste Divisie
  • Shane O'Neill (NAC Breda) - on loan from Apollon Limassol

Norway[edit]

In Norway's Eliteserien
  • Alex DeJohn (IK Start)
  • Josh Gatt (Molde)
  • Cole Grossman (Stabæk)
  • Alex Horwath (Brann)

Scotland[edit]

In Scotland's Premiership
  • Emerson Hyndman (Rangers) - on loan from Bournemouth
  • Bjørn Johnsen (Heart of Midlothian)
  • Perry Kitchen (Heart of Midlothian)

Spain[edit]

In Spain's Segunda División B
  • Shaquell Moore (Atlético Levante)

Sweden[edit]

In Sweden's Allsvenskan
  • Brendan Hines-Ike (Örebro)
  • Josh Wicks (IK Sirius)

Switzerland[edit]

In Switzerland's Super League
  • Caleb Stanko (Vaduz) - on loan from Freiburg

North & Central America, Caribbean – CONCACAF[edit]

Guatemala[edit]

In Guatemala's Liga Nacional
  • Roberto González (Deportivo Guastatoya)

Mexico[edit]

In Mexico's Liga MX
  • Ventura Alvarado (Santos Laguna)
  • Paul Arriola (Tijuana)
  • Jonathan Bornstein (Querétaro)
  • Edgar Castillo (Monterrey)
  • Joe Corona (Tijuana)
  • Dennis Flores (León)
  • Greg Garza (Tijuana)
  • Luis Gil (Querétaro F.C.)
  • Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca)
  • Alejandro Guido (Tijuana)
  • Marco Jaime (Deportivo Toluca F.C.)
  • Bernabé Magaña (Pumas)
  • Amando Moreno (Tijuana)
  • Michael Orozco Fiscal (Tijuana)
  • John Requejo (Tijuana)
  • Luis Silva (UANL)
  • José Francisco Torres (UANL)
  • Marco Vidal (Veracruz) - on loan from León
  • Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna)
  • William Yarbrough (León)
  • Alex Zendejas (C.D. Guadalajara)
In Mexico's Ascenso MX
  • Fernando Arce, Jr. (Dorados de Sinaloa) - on loan from Tijuana
  • Ricardo Bocanegra (Correcaminos UAT) - on loan from Atlas
  • Rodrigo López (Celaya)
  • Cristian Cruz (Loros U. de C.) - on loan from Morelia
  • Julio Morales (Loros U. de C.)
  • Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Oaxaca) - on loan from UANL
  • Herbert Robinson (Tampico Madero F.C.) - on loan from Santos Laguna
  • Esteban Rodriguez (Atlante F.C.) - on loan from Tijuana)
  • Derian Salcido (Zacatecas)
  • Richard Sánchez (Tampico Madero F.C.) - on loan from UANL
  • Josué Soto (Cimarrones de Sonora) - on loan from Querétaro
  • Jesús Vázquez (Universidad de Guadalajara)

Panama[edit]

In Panama's Liga Panameña de Fútbol
  • Taylor Rice (Chorrillo)

South America – CONMEBOL[edit]

Brazil[edit]

In Brazil's Série A
  • Bryan Olivera (Fluminense) - on loan to LA Galaxy II

Colombia[edit]

In Colombia's Primera A
  • Kevin Piedrahita (Águilas Doradas)

Uruguay[edit]

In Uruguay's Primera División
  • Fabián Bastidas (Villa Teresa)
  • Agustín Viana (Danubio)

Women[edit]

This section include players who play in the Netherlands' Eredivisie (women) or Sweden's Damallsvenskan, the only two non-American fully-professional leagues for women's soccer.

Europe – UEFA[edit]

Sweden[edit]

In Sweden's Damallsvenskan
  • Robyn Decker (Kvarnsvedens IK)
  • Sarah Elnicky (Kvarnsvedens IK)
  • Katie Fraine (Vittsjö GIK)
  • Adelaide Gay (Kvarnsvedens IK)
  • Brett Maron (Kristianstads DFF)
  • Ella Masar (FC Rosengård)
  • Rachel Mercik (Vittsjö GIK)
  • Meghan Toohey (Kvarnsvedens IK)
  • Tiffany Weimer (Kvarnsvedens IK)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Yanks Abroad — Website that focuses exclusively on American professional soccer players abroad.
  • SBI Soccer — Website focused on American soccer includes regular features on Americans abroad, including a weekly "Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind" series. (Click the "Americans Abroad" or "Americans Abroad Spotlight" tabs).
  • Goal.com — Soccer website includes regular articles on Americans overseas. (Click the "Americans Abroad" tab under "United States").
  • Washington Post — Steven Goff's "Soccer Insider" column from the Washington Post provides regular updates on Americans abroad titled "Americans Abroad" or "American soccer players abroad". See articles tagged as "Americans abroad" category.
  • Sports Illustrated — provides regular articles titled "Americans Abroad" on American players overseas.
  • Soccer America — the Soccer America magazine offers regular articles on Americans overseas titled "Americans Abroad" or "U.S. Abroad".

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