Which USMNT player should leave MLS and who should return? (Midfielder Edition)

Continuing in this series, here’s a look at one which midfielders should consider joining or leaving MLS. Instead of creating a laundry list of players that should leave or join MLS, I decided to focus on one player for each category.

As I’ve mentioned before in the keeper edition and defender edition, with the transfer window a couple of weeks away, there will be lots of rumors about players moving clubs. With February qualifiers not too far away, there will be players in (as well as on the buddle) of the USMNT player pool that will be making moves.

Who should join MLS to enhance his status and in turn enhance the USMNT Player Pool: Maurice Edu 

June 4, 2011; Foxborough, MA, USA; USA midfielder Maurice Edu after the game against Spain at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

His transfer to Stoke City hasn’t worked out well in comparison to fellow USMNT member Geoff Cameron. I actually thought it was stupid to move to Stoke since they have a ton of midfielders that they don’t use already but I understand he needed to get out of Rangers in Scotland since they had been demoted. The reason why I picked him was because it’s time for him to transition to CB. I think going on loan to the MLS will provide him a familiar playing environment where he’d be more comfortable with the transition.

Who should leave MLS to enhance his status and in turn enhance the USMNT Player Pool: Brek Shea

Yes, he’s had a sub-par season both for his club and country, but I think he needs a challenge away from the MLS. He plays for his hometown team and I think he really needs a new experience in order for him to make a leap. I think he can still make progress steps in the MLS but this dude needs a leap. I’d like to see him go somewhere where he could focus on technical skills like Holland. It did wonders for Michael Bradley and is really helping Jozy Altidore a lot. I wouldn’t mind him going to England but I don’t see him getting a lot of playing time in the Premier League unless its with one of the regulation battle teams.

Be on the look out for the next part of this series as I’ll explore the same question with forwards.

Topics: Americans Abroad, MLS, Soccer, U.s. Soccer, Us Soccer, USA, USMNT

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