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Rounding up transfer day from our side of the Atlantic

Jan 31, 2013, 8:33 PM EDT

Andy Najar;   Eric Avila ; Ashtone Morgan

Transfer deadline day in Europe gets to be a bigger deal each year in the United States as more American-linked talent is plucked to help fortify rosters abroad.

Several major moves linked to MLS leading men – including one that was significantly more “major” than others – highlighted the domestic influence of today’s European “secondary” transfer window closing. (The “Primary” transfer window is in summer.)

Over the last two days, three star performers who cut their professional teeth in MLS moved abroad. So did two Englishmen, including one that everyone knows quite well.

David Beckham’s move to Paris Saint-Germain broke first thing this morning, adding some drama and newsiness to the day. He may be 37, clearly in the winter of his career, but he’s still David Beckham.

(MORE: Where Beckham fits tactically for PSG and Carlo Ancelotti)

Far less heralded Simon Dawkins is moving to Aston Villa, where he will link up with U.S. internationals Eric Lichaj and Brad Guzan. That’s a bummer for San Jose, where Dawkins had been on loan from Tottenham over the last two seasons. Management at Buck Shaw Stadium had hopes of keeping the young midfielder for one more season in the Bay.

And Kei Kamara’s move out of Sporting Kansas City to England’s Norwich City reminded us of the price for success; two big years for the club has made Sporting Park a more frequent destination for scouts from abroad. Kamara probably never got quite all the credit he deserved, but check out this number: the Sierra Leone international has 30 goals over three seasons for SKC. Add that to the tracking and effort up and down the right side, and that’s flat out getting it done.

(MORE: SKC chairman Robb Heineman explains the club’s thinking)

D.C. United has a hold to fill at right back, but does have a two-third percentage of a reported $3 million transfer fee to work with. Andy Najar (pictured) went to Belgium giant Anderlecht in one of the day’s big talkers.

He leaves on good terms, and will be missed around RFK for more than all that right-sided ability. His classy open letter to fans won’t be forgotten by La Barra Brava and the other club supporters.

Considering that Najar, a 19-year-old Honduran international has been training with the Brussels club for most of the month, the move comes as little surprise. It also underscores what U.S. national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann keeps remiding us about opportunity lost, about how  that the Olympic qualification failure opened doors for young Hondurans that might have gone to American players. Najar and Roger Espinoza, who moved to Wigan Athletic in early January, were more or less “discovered” at the London Olympics.

Neither was Brek Shea’s move to Stoke City a shocker, although that one was held up as FC Dallas, MLS and Stoke City haggled over a transfer price that looked fairly low when first reported at $3.5 million. Final sale price now appears closer to $4 million, which gives FCD some money to spend in the market. They need it.

(MORE: FC Dallas attacking cupboard looks fairly bare at the moment.

Speaking of FC Dallas, former midfielder Julian de Guzman, a Canadian international who had spent almost four seasons in Toronto, moved to SSV Jahn Regensburg of the 2.Bundesliga, Germany’s second tier.

  1. pensfan603 - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    The only one im mad about is the Kamara deal, He was a star in Sporting and for them to let him go is.. disappointing i know they are bringing in beiler to be his replacement but still, this is one of those deals i would of liked to see the mls block. The other two i think are good moves, brek wasnt doing much plus he has alot of upside that the euroclubs might be able to bring out of him, and he obviously wasnt happy in Dallas. And i nthe Andy Najar, he wasnt exactly a star for DC, and i think Anderchek can build and groom him into that star, plus the transfer fee was high on that one. What annoys me is how much mls loved it, if i was them i wouldnt like this they are losing some of there best talent which hurts there league even more, and they are already low on stars with David Beckham and others leaving. The real question is which players will step up there game this year and become that next Rodger Espinoza, the next fredy montero (though im nto sure thats who youd want to be). My money is on Marco De Viao. And then the revs big 3 up top. Hopefully one of the two players dc brought in can work out but they are both unchartered talent. In the cascadia i think valeri will not be so good, while Kobashi and Maddox will become stars, I really like what martin renne has done up there. Wish the sounders could of got a dp though. All though i think there fans are insufferable they deserve a high profile player.

    Also am i the only one who picked up on the fact that friedel is going to be starting in Tottenheim. Their started just got sent out on Loan, plus the point the Galaxy signed there other at the begining of the transfer window sooo

    • danielofthedale - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:24 PM

      First, Spurs loaned out the 3rd string keeper Gomez, not Lloris so Brad is still probably the backup there.

      Second, I think the Kamara deal is the best hope for SKC to keep him. He was going into the last year of his deal and was wanting to move to Europe if he could. As part of the loan deal, it extended his deal with SKC so if he does not make it at Norwich he comes back is under contract. If he does make it the club gets some cash that they would not have otherwise. So it seems like the closest thing to a win-win for both Kamara and SKC as there could be.

    • crnelson10 - Feb 1, 2013 at 7:07 AM

      Read the letter SKC’s CEO sent out to the fans about the Kamara deal. He’s spot on in saying that if a player wants to try the waters in Europe, they’re going to do it, whether you sell them or they leave on a free. There’s no sense in MLS blocking a deal like this just to see Kei leave on a free in the next window.

  2. charliej11 - Feb 1, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    And what the Spork’s CEO actually said is this….Lower level English teams live off of Man Us TV money which gives them a huge advantage over KC “living off of” Sounder’s ticket sales and waaaaay smaller MLS TV money.

    I am just bitter. The Sounders are trying to do the same thing to a Spanish team with no money and I am rooting for it.

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