[TRANSFER WATCH] For the third time in three seasons, Jozy Altidore and Eddie
Johnson have been loaned out. Altidore joined second-place Turkish First Division club Bursaspor after seeing little playing time at Villarreal, while Johnson, in his last season at Fulham,
will play for Preston North End, last in the English League Championship. They become the seventh and eighth U.S. internationals to change clubs in January. Seven moved on loan, while defender Clarence Goodson switched clubs in Scandinavia on a free transfer.
Altidore's last midseason loan was a disaster. He ended up not playing when he moved to Spanish Second Division Xerez. After a season on loan to Hull City of the English Premier League, he returned to Villarreal but found it impossible to crack the lineup at La Liga's third-place team. He played 13 minutes in two games off the bench in La Liga action for the Yellow Submarine.
After loan stints at Cardiff City (2008-09) and Greek club Aris (2010), Johnson rejoined Fulham for which he made 11 EPL appearances off the bench -- more than his other two seasons with the Cottagers combined.
Also signing on the last day of the January window in Europe was Erik Opsahl, who made his three brief appearance for St. John's last fall but signed with Reading of the English League Championship.
WINTER TRANSFER MARKET:
From USA to Abroad
Edson Buddle (Los Angeles Galaxy to FC Ingolstadt, Germany D2)
Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA to Tigres, Mexico D1)
Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake to Nottingham Forest, England D2)
Erik Opsahl (St. John's Univ. to Reading, England D2)
Diego Restrepo (Univ. of Virginia to America de Cali, Colombia D1)
From Abroad to USA
Kenny Cooper (1860 Munich, Germany D2 to Portland Timbers)
Hunter Freeman (IK Start, Norway D1 to Houston Dynamo)
Brian Ackley (Auckland City, New Zealand D1 to FK Pribram, Czech Republic, D1)
*Freddy Adu (Aris, Greece D1 on loan to Caykur Rizespor, Turkey D2)
Jozy Altidore (Villarreal, Spain D1 on loan to Bursaspor, Turkey D1)
David Antunez (FC Inter, Finland D1 to Tecos Estudiantes, D1)
Michael Bradley (Bor. M'Gladbach, Germany D1 on loan to Aston Villa, England D1)
Colin Burns (Sarpsborg, Norway D1 on loan to Sandefjord, Norway D2)
**Edgar Castillo (San Luis, Mexico D1 on loan to Puebla, Mexico D1)
Joshua Gatt (SCR Altach, Austria D2 to Molde SK, Norway D1)
Clarence Goodson (IK Start, Norway D1 to Broendby IF, Denmark D1)
Mike Grella (Carlisle United, England D3 loan return to Leeds United, England D2)
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa, England D1 on loan to Hull City, England, D2)
Eddie Johnson (Fulham, England D1 to Preston North End, England D2)
Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04, Germany D1 on loan to Blackburn Rovers, England D1)
Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan, Netherlands D1 on loan to FC Twente, D1)
***Marco Antonio Vidal (Pachuca, Mexico D1 on loan to Club Leon, Mexico, D2)
Gabriel Ferrari (released by FC Wohlen, Switzerland D2)
Jeremiah White (released by GKS Belchatow, Poland D1)
Josh Wicks (signed by Mariehamn, Finland D1)
*Benfica, Portugal D1 owns his contract.
**Club America, Mexico D1 owns his contract.
***Indios, Mexico D2 owns his contract.