Summer Transfer Recap – Empire of Soccer

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Matt Miazga


Matt Miazga has gone from the Red Bulls to Chelsea of the Premier League and is about to embark on his second loan spell with Vitesse Arnhem in the Netherlands. Photograph by Matt Kremkau

By JACK HAZZARD

With Neymar joining Paris St.-Germain from Barcelona for a record transfer fee of $263 million, 2017’s summer transfer window not soon be forgotten. Although his move monopolized attention around the world, we have not forgotten the moves made by Americans playing in Europe.

Perry Kitchen (Heart of Midlothian → Randers)

Kitchen took a chance leaving D.C. United. His aspirations in Europe led him to Scotland with Heart of Midlothian. There, he earned the captain’s badge and gained recognition from other European clubs. At the conclusion of the 2016-17 season, Kitchen transferred to Danish Superliga side Randers for an estimated $825,000.

John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin → Wolfsburg)

The past five years have been spectacular for Brooks. Starting in his first Bundesliga match for Hertha Berlin, scoring an emphatic header in the World Cup for the United States, and earning a Europa League spot with Hertha, but now it is time for him to open a new chapter in his career. After the conclusion of the recent Bundesliga season, Brooks transferred to Wolfsburg. His reported transfer fee of $23 million makes him the most expensive United States player.

Danny Williams (Reading → Huddersfield Town)

Always a fringe player when it comes to international call-ups, Williams recent transfer may end that. After nearly earning promotion with Reading, Williams moved to newly promoted Premier League team Huddersfield Town. He joins the American coach David Wagner as the Terriers tackle their first chance in the Premier League.

Matt Miazga (Chelsea → Vitesse)

Miazga’s move from the Red Bulls to Chelsea was always considered risky by many. The Blues are are known for loaning young and eventually selling them on. That could be Miazga’s fate. He returns to the Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem on loan for a second season. Last season, Miazga helped Vitesse win their first KNVB Cup.

Gboly Ariyibi (Nottingham Forest → MK Dons)

Ariyibi is an exciting American who bears watching. The midfielder made his professional debut for Leeds United at age 18 and has been playing in the lower leagues in England since. In January 2017, Ariyibi made the permanent switch to Championship side Nottingham Forest. He did not play for the remainder of the season, which prompted a move to League One’s MK Dons on a season-long loan.

Shawn Berry (Frankfurt → Korona Kielce)

Berry has endured a few underwhelming seasons with Frankfurt. The club fell from the 2.Bundesliga to Germany’s fourth division in only a few seasons. Frankfurt’s relegation led to Berry’s transfer to Polish first tier team Korona Kielce.

Rubio Rubin (Silkeborg →  Stabaek)

Last season was not kind to Rubin. He moved up-and-down on Utrecht’s first and second team, which led to an inevitable transfer to Superliga side Silkeborg. In Denmark, Rubin was unable to secure a starting spot, and departed at the season’s end. He joined Stabaek after a successful trial.



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