Americans find homes across top-tier Nordic leagues

Countries like Norway and Sweden have for many years been a stopping point for American players. Some had started their careers in MLS. Others signed right out of college.

Probably the most successful players were Charlie Davies and Alejandro Bedoya, whose first stop out of Boston College was Sweden's Allsvenskan.

Davies moved from Hammarby to France's Sochaux in 2009 and started for the USA at the 2009 Confederations Cup, but his international career was curtailed after being seriously injured in a car accident later in 2019. Bedoya started out at Örebro and earned 66 caps, playing for the USA at the 2014 World Cup. He is in his seventh season with the Philadelphia Union.

Among the players who have moved to Nordic teams in top-tier summer leagues this season are Aron Johannsson, Bedoya's teammate on the 2014 World Cup team, Joe Corona, a final cut for the 2014 World Cup team, and Joe Gyau (photo), who made his senior debut following the 2014 tournament in Brazil.

Faroe Islands (Meistaradeildin)

Jake Gross (21) AB. Played at Fairleigh Dickinson and for FC Motown. (314 minutes)
Aidan Liu (21) B68. Sockers FC product played for Indy Eleven in 2022. (990  minutes, 1 goal).
Erik McCue (21) AB. Houston Dynamo Homegrown product. (676 minutes, 1 goal)
Michael Smith (23) AB. Signed out of Winthrop University. (992 minutes)

Finland (Veikkausliiga)
Macario Hing-Glover (27), HIFK
. Spent six seasons in Europe, last four at HIFK. (810 minutes)

Iceland (Urvalsdeild)
*Aron Johannsson (31), Valur. Started career 13 years ago in Urvalsdeild. (479 minutes, 1 goal)
Kyle McLagan (26), Víkingur Reykjavík. Moved from second-tier Fram. (532 minutes)
Sito Seoane (33). BV. In third year of third stint in Iceland. (230 minutes)
Note:  Víkingur Reykjavík entered in UEFA Champions League preliminary round.

Norway (Eliteserien)
Kobe Hernandez-Foster (19) HamKam. Former U-17 had been released by Wolfsburg. (99 minutes)
Zeon Jones (21) Tromso. Former Schalke 04 youth player moved from Slovakia's Spartak Trnava. (0 minutes)
Michael Lansing (28) Aalesund. Backup after starting 30 games for Aalesund in 2021. (0 minutes)
Sam Rogers (23), Rosenborg. Former U-20 moved from HamKam. (407 minutes, 1 goal)

Sweden (Allsvenskan)
*Joe Corona (31), GIF Sundsvall. Moved to Sweden in 2022 after 13 seasons in Liga MX and MLS. (491 minutes)
Jeff Gal (29), Degerfors. In sixth season in Sweden after playing at Creighton and Virginia. (0 minutes)
*Romain Gall (27), Malmo. Played one league game in two seasons since return from Orebro. (62 minutes)
*Joe Gyau (29) Degerfors. Signed after playing three seasons for FC Cincinnati. (458 minutes)
Forrest Lasso (29) GIF Sundsvall. USL Defender of the Year with Tampa Bay Rowdies in 2020 and 2021. (313 minutes)
*U.S. senior international.
Note: In parentheses are league minutes through June 17.

2 comments about "Americans find homes across top-tier Nordic leagues".
  1. Greedy Striker, June 18, 2022 at 4:16 p.m.

    If Forrest's last name is correct, he should give Uncle Ted a call in UK! Haha

  2. Santiago 1314 replied, August 7, 2022 at 5:01 p.m.

    He Scored an Own Goal vs Hammarby today... 8/7/22... Not really his Fault... Actually seemed like a pretty good player.

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