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5 Americans With the Worst Soccer Careers in Europe

Americans With the Worst Soccer Careers in Europe

Freddie Adu: FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 - Austria v United States
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There have been a fair number of Americans to pursue a career in Europe. To compete in one of the biggest leagues in Europe is a dream for every soccer player young and old, but making a mark in the best leagues is extremely difficult. Here is a list of Americans who have had the worst careers in Europe, from the most excusable to the worst.

5. Landon Donovan

Landon Donovan: Everton v Bolton Wanderers - Premier League
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5. Landon Donovan

Landon Donovan: Everton v Bolton Wanderers - Premier League
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Landon Donovan has definitely had an illustrious career in the MLS and for the national team, but his time in Europe leaves soccer fans wanting. The majority of Donovan’s experience in Europe has come from loan spells. The Galaxy forward claims to have spurned Europe for the MLS, but his time in Germany was utterly disastrous. However, Donovan did have two semi-successful loan spells for Everton FC.

4. Oguchi Onyewu

Oguchi Onyewu: Juventus FC v Sporting Clube De Portugal
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4. Oguchi Onyewu

Oguchi Onyewu: Juventus FC v Sporting Clube De Portugal
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To Onyewu’s defense, his time at Standard Liege was a rather successful spell, but the Belgium league is far from elite. The former USMNT center-back has otherwise been unable to make any impact in Europe. Onyewu did gain a transfer to AC Milan, but the only notable impact he was able to make was to crack Ibrahimovic’s ribs in a fight during training. Onyweu has moved clubs 10 times in his 12-year career in Europe.

3. Eddie Johnson

Eddie Johnson: Chivas USA v Seattle Sounders
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3. Eddie Johnson

Eddie Johnson: Chivas USA v Seattle Sounders
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Johnson was signed by Fulham in 2008, but was never able to make any impact for the Cottagers. Subsequently, the D.C. United forward was sent on loan to lower division clubs for three of his four years in England. Johnson’s time in England never saw him score regularly or make any impact for his clubs.

2. Edson Buddle

Edson Buddle: Montreal Impact v Colorado Rapids
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2. Edson Buddle

Edson Buddle: Montreal Impact v Colorado Rapids
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Buddle is most fondly remembered for his goal scoring potency with the LA Galaxy, which earned him a transfer to Europe. The Colorado Rapids' striker was signed by German 2 division side, Ingolstadt 04 where he was unable to make any impact whatsoever and found himself released by the club after a year.

1. Freddy Adu

Freddy Adu: Benfica v Celtic - UEFA Champions League
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1. Freddy Adu

Freddy Adu: Benfica v Celtic - UEFA Champions League
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Freddy Adu was supposed to be the next “Pele.” Adu has played for a European team for a total of five years, but he has only been able to amass 39 appearances in those years. The former D.C. United attacker is not only a disappointment in Europe, but his career in general is absolutely forgettable. Adu is currently trying to break into the starting 11 of FK Jagodina in the Serbian league.