OVER THERE… UPDATES ON NORTH AMERICAN PLAYERS IN EUROPE

OVER THERE… UPDATES ON NORTH AMERICAN PLAYERS IN EUROPE

BOB BRADLEY LINKED WITH VACANT FULHAM POST

US national Team Manager Bob Bradley is on a short list of candidates to take over the Fulham manager position vacated by recently named Liverpool manager, Roy Hodgson.

Bradley, who is in discussions with US Soccer regarding his future, is in contention with Swede Sven Goran Eriksson and Croatian Slaven Bilic.

Glenn Hoddle, Mark Hughes, Tony Mowbray, Alan Curbishley and Gianfranco Zola, according to reports out of England, have all been eliminated from contention.

For his part Bradley is focused on his post-World Cup discussions with US Soccer.

“I think we’re in the midst of all of that,” Bradley told the Washington Post about the discussions. “Whenever there has been a four-year effort on both sides there is a little time that’s needed to look at things, to talk to some different people, to assess options and I’ve had some different conversations, one with Sunil Gulati and one with [U.S. soccer secretary general] Dan Flynn, so I think we’re moving through that period and we’ll see where it gets everybody.”

GOOCH WON’T BE MOVED FROM MILAN

US International Oguchi Onyewu is staying at AC Milan, no matter what.

The American defender, who sat out all of the 2009-10 season with Milan due to an injury, extended his contract to play for free this coming season at the club, wanting more than anything to get a chance to prove himself at the San Siro.

The Serie A superclub has turned down a loan move to Turkish side Eskişehirspor stating that the 28-year-old centerback is rejecting all offers that take him away from the Rossoneri.

DEMPSEY TRACKED BY AC MILAN

Clint Dempsey is being pursued by Serie A superclub AC Milan, according to reports.

Yahoo! Sports has quoted a source close to the club as having said, “There are some options on the table but Dempsey is a realistic one. A bid is very possible, and soon.”

The move would reunite Dempsey with National team defender Oguchi Onyewu.

Dempsey’s agent, Lyle Yorks told the official MLS website that midfielder is being pursued by more than just the Rossoneri.

“There is a lot of interest from big clubs in Europe in Clint, and now you’ve got Roy Hodgson leaving for Liverpool… so there’s a lot of different things going on.

“We’ve got a major club in Italy, a major club in France and a club in the Bundesliga. We’ll be sorting through them in the coming weeks and also seeing what happens at Fulham.

“There’s direct contact and discussions, but first they’d have to agree a deal with Fulham.”

SIMEK JOINS CARLISLE

Defender Frank Simek has signed a two-year deal with English League One side Carlisle, according to the clubs official website.

The 25-year-old former Arsenal product made the move from Sheffield Wednesday

Simek has five caps for the U.S. national team.

COLORADO MIDFIELDER ON TRIAL IN IRELAND

Ciaran O’Brien of the Colorado Rapids is on trial with top-flight Sporting Fingal of the Irish League. Manager Liam Buckley of the Europa League bound side, has asked for a trial extension for the 22-year-old.

“The manager is not going to make a decision until next week,” press officer John Fallon told MLSsoccer.com. “He’s still in training with us.”

“We have to be selective in who we bring in, but the manager has determined that area of the pitch needs some reinforcement,” Fallon said. “We will assess our options, and if he does well, he could be here for longer.”

The son of former Republic of Ireland international Fran O’Brien, the midfielder was selected 5th in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft, and spent the 2009 season on loan with USSF D2 sides Austin and Montreal

COOPER INJURED IN GERMANY

US International striker Kenny Cooper broke his ankle during training with the German club 1860 Munich in his first practice with the team since returning from a loan spell last season with English club Plymouth Argyle.

The 25-year-old former Manchester United product was injured in a collision with a teammate and has had surgery on the ankle, according to the 1860 website, and will be out for three months.

Cooper moved to the Bundesliga 2 side from FC Dallas in 2009.

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