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USA 2737 43 Top American performers abroad in 2012 31501780 Top Americans Abroad Top+Americans+Abroad USA

The past year represented a significant step forward for Americans Abroad. Four Americans featured in group stage of the Champions League. Other stars engineered transfers to prominent clubs after submitting fine campaigns. Some players even lifted trophies for their clubs to cap off successful seasons. And the best part? This sort of success should continue in the new year given the number of Americans now plying their trade in the upper echelons of European and Mexican soccer.


In this edition of Americans Abroad, FOX Soccer highlights a few of the top performers from the past year.

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USA 2737 43 Top American performers abroad in 2012 31501783 Clint Dempsey, Tottenham Clint+Dempsey%2C+Tottenham USA

Dempsey completed perhaps the finest season ever submitted by an American in the Premier League (17 goals in 37 appearances) in May. He finally secured his dream switch to a top side by confirming a move to Tottenham on deadline day. And he capped off the year by settling into a Spurs side mounting a viable challenge for a Champions League place.

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USA 2737 43 Top American performers abroad in 2012 31501779 Michael Bradley, Roma Michael+Bradley%2C+Roma USA

The industrious midfielder earned a move to one of Italy's leading clubs after a stellar season at Chievo Verona. Bradley established himself as a regular in Zdenek Zeman's midfield after his summer arrival. The former Borussia Mönchengladbach man featured 12 times in Serie A play for the capital side prior to the winter break and showed why he remains one of the key figures in Jürgen Klinsmann's setup.

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USA 2737 43 Top American performers abroad in 2012 31501784 Jozy Altidore, AZ Alkmaar Jozy+Altidore%2C+AZ+Alkmaar USA

Altidore attracted scouts from across Europe to Alkmaar after his torrid start to the Eredivisie campaign. The 22-year-old forward followed up his productive 2011-12 campaign (15 goals in 34 games) with a scorching start to the current season. Altidore notched 11 goals in 17 matches prior to the winter break to prompt rumors of a move elsewhere. The former New York forward will hope his continued success at AZ will prompt Jürgen Klinsmann to make him a permanent fixture in his squad during the Hexagonal.

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USA 2737 43 Top American performers abroad in 2012 31501782 Sach Kljestan, Anderlecht Sach+Kljestan%2C+Anderlecht USA

Kljestan landed on the radar of several prominent European sides and US coach Jürgen Klinsmann after another fine year with Anderlecht. The Belgian giants claimed yet another domestic title in May to return to the Champions League after a one-year absence. Kljestan featured in the highlight of Anderlecht's UCL campaign – a 0-0 home draw with AC Milan in September – and reinforced his growing reputation with his continental displays.

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USA 2737 43 Top American performers abroad in 2012 31501781 Michael Parkhurst, FC Augsburg Michael+Parkhurst%2C+FC+Augsburg USA

The former New England defender earned a regular place in Jürgen Klinsmann's squad and took his Champions League bow this fall after FC Nordsjælland lifted the Danish SuperLiga title in May. Parkhurst showed well enough at the highest stage to spark interest in his services with his contract set to expire at the end of 2012. He eventually signed a reported two-and-a-half year deal with German side FC Augsburg to test his skills in the Bundesliga next year.

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USA 2737 43 Top American performers abroad in 2012 31501787 Edgar Castillo, Club Tijuana Edgar+Castillo%2C+Club+Tijuana USA

The dependable left back just edges out Xolos teammate Joe Corona for a place on this list. Castillo earned a recall to the US national team for his displays in Liga MX and played a critical role in Tijuana's fairytale rise to the top of Mexican soccer. The next step for Castillo: carving out a regular place in Jürgen Klinsmann's setup.

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USA 2737 43 Top American performers abroad in 2012 31501786 Geoff Cameron, Stoke City Geoff+Cameron%2C+Stoke+City USA

Cameron sealed a move to Stoke before the start of the season and stepped straight into the starting XI shortly after his arrival. The versatile midfielder adjusted quickly to his new role at fullback. His performances have helped Stoke compile one of the best defensive records in Europe and pressed his claims for a continued berth in the US lineup next year.

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USA 2737 43 Top American performers abroad in 2012 31501785 DaMarcus Beasley, Puebla DaMarcus+Beasley%2C+Puebla USA

On June 22, 2011, Beasley joined Mexican Primera División side Club de Fútbol Puebla. American international DaMarcus Beasley has praised the level of play in the Liga MX, while encouraging more Americans to try Mexico. He thinks the league has improved his game and his call-ups for the national team back up that claim. Although he isn't getting any younger, he has a lot to play for in 2013.

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