Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Bedoya joins rare group in France
August 8th, 2013 9:06PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  americans abroad, france


[AMERICANS ABROAD] U.S. Gold Cup champion Alejandro Bedoya signed a three-year deal with promoted French club Nantes. Americans have been few and far between in Ligue 1, where only six U.S. players (two of them French-Americans) have previously made appearances.

U.S. defenders Carlos Bocanegra and Greg Vanney both established themselves in Ligue 1, but Charlie Davies' career at Sochaux was cut short by the car accident in which he was involved in 2009, a year after Freddy Adu's short stint at Monaco.

David Regis and Quentin Westberg were both born in France. Regis was naturalized in 1998 so he could play in the World Cup the same year, while Westberg was born to an American father and French mother and joined the U.S. U-17 national team for the 2003 U-17 World Cup. He now plays in the third level for US Luzenac.

Current MLS players Andrew Jacobson (Lorient) and Joe Cannon (Lens) signed with Ligue 1 clubs but never played Ligue 1 appearances.

Several U.S. World Cup players have played in the second level -- notably Oguchi Onyewu, who began his European career at Metz. For both Hugo Perez and Christopher Sullivan, the French second division was the first pro stop in their careers abroad.

The early 1990s saw several U.S. college stars -- Dario Brose, Henry Gutierrez and Billy Thompson -- enjoy success in the amateur third level of French soccer.

Americans in Ligue 1:
GP/G PLAYER, TEAM (YEARS)
245/1 *David Regis, Valenciennes (1988-1993), Strasbourg (1993-1996), Lens (1996-97), Metz (1998-2002), Troyes (2002-03)
99/4 Carlos Bocanegra, Rennes, St. Etienne (2008-2011)
60/0 Greg Vanney, Bastia (2001-2005)
10/2 Charlie Davies, Sochaux (2009-12)
9/0 Freddy Adu, Monaco (2008-09)
4/- **Quentin Westberg, Troyes (2003-2010)

Americans in Ligue 2:
GP/G PLAYER, TEAM (YEARS)
71/9 Dario Brose, St. Brieuc (1993-1995)
42/6 Ronil Dufrene, Reims (1986-1988)
25/7 Jeremiah White, Gueugnon (2005-2007)
6/- **Quentin Westberg, Evian (2010-12)
3/0 Oguchi Onyewu, Metz (2002-2004)
1/0 John Maessner,  Istres (1993-94)
n/a Hugo Perez, Red Star (1989-1990)
n/a Christopher Sullivan, Le Touquet (1988-1989)

*U.S. citizen since 1998 by virtue of his marriage to an American wife.
**U.S. citizen by virtue of his birth to an American father.


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Noyola and Souza team up for first Dash victory    
[NWSL: Week 2] The expansion Houston Dash got two goals from Teresa Noyola to rally for ...
Will Johnson: Timbers must face the reality    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] The Portland Timbers remain winless in seven games after another loss to old nemesis ...
Los Dos move into top spot    
[USL PRO: Week 5] LA Galaxy II got goals from Galaxy loan players Charlie Rugg and ...
Boyd scores twice, Bedoya adds goal in big Nantes win    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Terrence Boyd scored two goals -- his first goals in seven weeks -- as ...
Girls soccer handle takes on life of its own    
[SOCIAL MEDIA WATCH] SoccerGirlProblems (@SoccerGrlProbs) launched in 2011 to tweet humorously about the soccer problems of ...
De Grandpre returns to Red Bulls    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Marc de Grandpre is back with the New York Red Bulls, having been hired ...
Minnesota and New York top charts    
[NASL: Week 2] On a night when four of the five games were played before sellout ...
Dempsey involved in eight straight Seattle goals    
[MLS: The USA 20] Clint Dempsey, who had five goals in his last two games for ...
Luis Suarez interviews Paul McCartney    
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] Liverpool-born Beatles legend Paul McCartney was set to perform a concert ...
FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake set pace    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] A week after losing its first game of the season, FC Dallas rallied after ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives