American ranks plummet in EPL

As the English Premier League hit the halfway point with round 20 set for New Year's Day, just four Americans had made appearances, the fewest number since the 2000-01 season.

Americans in EPL:
TOTAL (YEAR)
1 (2000-01)
6 (2001-02)
5 (2002-03)
7 (2003-04)
8 (2004-05)
7 (2005-06)
13 (2006-07)
12 (2007-08)
5 (2008-09)
9 (2009-10)
10 (2010-11)
8 (2011-12)
9 (2012-13)
7 (2013-14)
4 (2014-15)

With Tim Howard reported to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks with a calf injury, just two Americans -- Brad Guzan and Geoff Cameron -- will likely be starting at the beginning the year.

Jozy Altidore
, who has started just two games for Sunderland, could be on the move out of the EPL if a loan deal is arranged by the Black Cats. Brad Friedel, who has yet to play this season for Tottenham, will be off to Jamaica to help the U.S. under-20 national team. The ranks of Americans in the EPL will grow by one in January when DeAndre Yedlin joins Tottenham from the Seattle Sounders.

Emerson Hyndman, 18, started for Fulham on Monday in its 2-0 loss to Brighton & Hove Albion, but just two Americans -- Tim Ream and Eric Lichaj -- have appeared in more than half the games their clubs have played in the League Championship.

None of the four Americans in EPL play for a team that is in the top half of the standings.

Of the nine Americans who have played in the League Championship, the only one who plays for a top six team is Zak Whitbread, who has played just six games for fourth-place Derby County.

Premier League:
GP/G PLAYER (TEAM)
19/0 Brad Guzan
(Aston Villa)
18/0 Tim Howard (Everton)
12/0 Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
11/0 Jozy Altidore (Sunderland)
0/0 Brad Friedel (Tottenham)

League Championship:
GP/G PLAYER (TEAM)
23/0 Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers)
22/0 Eric Lichaj (Nott. Forest)
10/0 Danny Williams (Reading)
9/0 Emerson Hyndman (Fulham)
8/0 Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
6/0 *Brek Shea (Birmingham City)
6/0 Zak Whitbread (Derby County)
2/0 Oguchi Onyewu (Charlton Athletic)
1/0 *Will Packwood (Birmingham City)
0/0 Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town)

U21 Premier League:
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham)
Cody Cropper (Southampton)
Luca de la Torre (Fulham)
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
Marc Pelosi (Liverpool)
Sebastian Lletget (West Ham United)
Kyle Scott (Chelsea)
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal

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4 comments about "American ranks plummet in EPL".
  1. Clayton Davis, December 30, 2014 at 4:11 p.m.

    Thanks for calculating this. It's quite obvious that the European contingent is no longer the center of gravity for the USMNT. Based on past experience I am skeptical about whether most of the younger players in European academies will find much success over their, either.

  2. Allan Lindh, December 30, 2014 at 5:02 p.m.

    I suspect the high point in 2006-08 was when US players looked like a bargain. With new TV deals, I don't think most teams need to shop for bargains, we're just not competitive when price/salary is not a major constraint.

  3. Rick Potts, December 31, 2014 at 12:01 p.m.

    The stats are all fine and dandy but what is the point of the article? Improving US soccer depends on its top players playing in the EPL? MLS has grown strong enough that the top US players don't have to go to England any more to improve? Or maybe the fact that the EPL has become a less attractive alternative for American talent. Take your pick. Personally I am in the growing strength of the MLS camp. Higher wages but less playing time in the EPL might not be the best path to the USMNT and the WC. Although Klinsmann would have you believe otherwise......

  4. R2 Dad, December 31, 2014 at 9:14 p.m.

    Fewer Americans in the PL? Just as well this year. Without a winter break, the number of injuries to PL players who were in Brazil last summer has been huge. And teams aren't done running their stars into the ground--wait til 2015 injuries continue to mount.

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