American soccer players go international

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

Soccer. The ultimate international sport. As the European soccer season gets going, American soccer fans are eagerly watching their favorite athletes travel abroad to put the stars and stripes on the global map. The United States men’s national soccer team (USMNT), to which these players belong, represents the US in international association soccer competitions and is controlled by the United States Soccer Federation.

At the Premier League in England, Geoff Cameron leads the American charge at Stoke City, where he is also joined by Brek Shea, Maurice Edu, and Juan Agudelo. In Germany, playing with the Bundesliga association, Steven Cherundolo enters the 2013-14 season recovering from another knee operation, and will be joined by midfielder Jermaine Jones, Peruvian winger Jefferson Farfan, and teenage playmaker Julian Draxler. Mexico also has a few Americans this year, including forwards Herculez Gomez and Paul Arriola. As  or defenders in Mexico, Edgar Castillo, Greg Garza, and rising USMNT midfielder Joe Corona round out the team well.

These are just a few of the international players to watch, and the US will also have members in France, Holland, Italy, Belgium, Norway, and Austria.