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So last time we looked at Americans Abroad I focused on those guys that did not, and do not play. Some thought I painted to dire a picture of things. Well, with this week's news that Benny Feilhaber is on fire (not the team, he actually plays well), but for a Danish second division side (h/t to Goff) I decide to focus on the midfielders, specifically those who can/do play centrally as I sometimes find that to be a problem with the American team.

I used Goff's list, and went a little deeper and added in a few guys from MatchFitUSA's 2014 depth chart.

Guys in bold were on this last World Cup team. I used only their stats from the last 30 days. First because leagues are starting up (except those on Fall-Spring, or split-season schedules). Second because I wanted to see how unusual Benny's success in a soccer backwater are. For the most part I used www.soccernet.com for the stats, sometimes having to go through game data as these guys aren't listed. I also went to www.Yanks-Abroad.com for a few, because honestly I hadn't heard of them. Some guys on the MF-USA list didn't make this cut, because they don't even make the Y-A list.

Player

Team

Minutes

Goals

Assists

Michael Bradley

Borussia Monchengladbach

360

1

0

Maurice Edu

Rangers

183

0

0

Ricardo Clark

Eintracht Frankfurt

15

0

0

Jose Torres

Pachuca

154

0

0

Jermaine Jones

Schalke 04

394

0

0

Benny Feilhaber

AGF Aarhus

570

5

0

Freddy Adu

Aris Salonika

0

0

0

Sacha Kljestan

Anderlecht

0

0

0

Mikkel Diskerud

Stabaek

180

1

0

Erik Benjaminsen

Stabaek

0

0

0

If you are looking for an American Center-Mid on a traditional power, you should keep looking. The German sides represented are in 13th, 16th and 17th in a good league, but not on teams doing well so far. Still two Americans are regulars in said league, which says a lot more for anyone else on the list.

The MF-USA post also mentioned a few Americans in MLS and USSF Division 2 that could come onto the scene.

They are listed after the break.

Player

Team

Minutes

Goals

Assists

Eddie Gaven

Crew

540

0

0

Dax McCarty

FC Dallas

205

0

0

Luis Gil

AC St Louis

329

1

0

Kyle Beckerman

Real Salt Lake

664

1

1

 

If there is any wonder why Bradley players with either 2 CDMs or 2 CMs, look at these guys and tell me where most of them play? The list doesn't have that many playmakers, and certainly not those that play.

Odd little aside - American Center Mids in Europe seem to play in Central Europe. National Team quality Center Mids in America, they aren't on the coasts either. Yeah, I probably forgot Brad Evans. Here's his month - 0-0-0.