January transfer impact on USMNT 

February, 1, 2013
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It was a quiet transfer season for players from America -- as it was in most countries around the world -- but not an altogether uneventful one. As we predicted, much of the potential value in the American market has been captured for the time being. That showed in the lack of moves that came to pass this winter.

Notably, MLS provided the likes of Kei Kamara and Roger Espinoza to the English Premier League (Norwich and Wigan, respectively). Though both players have dual citizenship, they suit up for other national teams.

In terms of players from the U.S. men's national team who moved to Europe, aside from the usual and numerous under-the-radar moves of younger players yet to establish themselves with the national team, there was only one transfer of note: Brek Shea to Stoke City. Several other national team veterans made moves from one team to another overseas.

Here's a look at how all the transfer movement -- or lack thereof -- impacts the current national team.

Brek Shea

Former club: FC Dallas (U.S.)
Current club: Stoke City (England)

Shea's on-again, off-again transfer to Stoke ended up happening, as the winger made his way to Europe with the transfer deadline quickly approaching. (Shea won a work permit on Thursday afternoon in the final hours of the winter period.)


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Brent Latham is a soccer commentator who covers the youth national teams for ESPN.com. Based in Guatemala, he has attended youth World Cups from Peru to Egypt, and places in between.

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