MNT Feb 1, 2011
There's been lots of changes of addresses for U.S. internationals this winter in one of the most active transfer window periods for national teamers in history. A trio of players left the U.S. to pursue careers abroad and several crossed borders in Europe for increased playing time and new opportunities. Here's a list of the MNT players on the move in January:
Loaned to Bursaspor (Turkey) from Villarreal (Spain)
Altidore heads to the defending Turkish Super Lig champions on a six-month loan. Bursaspor currently sit in second place in the league table.
Loaned to Aston Villa (England) from Borussia Moenchengladbach (Germany)
Bradley makes the long-anticipated jump to the English Premier League, becoming the third U.S. international currently on the books at Aston Villa. He will sport #13 for Gerard Houllier's side, and could be available for this weekend's match home to Fulham.
To FC Ingolstadt (Germany) from Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
The 29-year-old parlayed a fantastic season with the Galaxy and a spot on the World Cup roster into a move to Germany, where he scored a goal in his debut and hopes to help Ingolstadt remain in the Second Bundesliga.
To UANL Tigres (Mexico) from Chivas USA (MLS)
After five seasons at Chivas and two starts for the United States in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Bornstein became one of the rare U.S. international to head south of the border when he signed with Tigres.
To Nottingham Forest (England) from Real Salt Lake (MLS)
Coming off three starts at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the 25-year-old is taking his speed and experience from Real Salt Lake (including a 2009 MLS Cup title) to Nottingham Forest and the English League Championship.
Loaned to Hull City (England) from Aston Villa (England)
The USA's deputy goalkeeper extended a one-month loan into two so he could continue to get starting assignments at Hull City.
Loaned to Preston North End (England) from Fulham (England)
Once again Johnson is off for a loan spell away from Fulham, this time being snagged by former Hull City boss Phil Brown at Preston North End, who is looking for goalscoring assistance to move his club out of the relegation zone in the League Championship.
Loaned to Blackburn (England) from Schalke (Germany)
Jones clearly needed a change of scenery and he found a great one at Blackburn. He has already made his debut for Rovers, who are eighth in the table and well in the hunt for a place in European competition next season.
Loaned to FC Twente (Netherlands) from AC Milan (Italy)
In need of playing time amongst a crowd of defenders at Italy's league leaders, Gooch found a familiar face at FC Twente in Michele Preud'homme, his former boss at Standard Liege. Twente are in second place in the Dutch Eredivisie, and have already tested Onyewu as a left back.