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Americans Abroad: Altidore-Alkmaar link lingers, Dempsey off Roma radar & more

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The Jozy Altidore-to-AZ Alkmaar link continues to persist.

The U.S. striker is reportedly seen as a fit for the Dutch Eredivisie club, which just offloaded striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson to Ajax. Financial complications could prevent the move from happening, according to reports from the Netherlands. Former U.S. national team player Earnie Stewart is the technical director at Alkamaar.

Altidore was also reportedly rumored to be considered as part of a swap on Villarreal's part in the club's efforts to sign Udinese defender Christian Zapata. 

Here are a few more items involving Americans Abroad:

DEMPSEY OFF ROMA RADAR

If Roma's American owner Thomas DiBenedetto is to bring in a top-tier American player as he promised, that player does not appear to be Clint Dempsey.

According to Sky Sports (and based on this report from Italy) Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini confirmed that Dempsey will not be joining the Serie A club, which is said to be targeting a handful of Americans. Dempsey had been included in a vague target list that featured Landon Donovan and Timmy Chandler, among others.

Dempsey also did not appear on the roster for Fulham's UEFA Europa League qualifier against NSI Runavik on Thursday. The Cottagers played to a 0-0 draw and won the tie on a 3-0 aggregate to advance to the next qualifying round.

HAHNEMANN TO HULL?

Rampant speculation has led most to believe that American goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann will wind up in Major League Soccer — specifically Seattle — but reports out of England suggest that he may have a suitor overseas.

Hull City is interested in the 39-year-old veteran, according to the Hull Daily Mail. The report suggests that Hahnemann would only consider a proposed one-year deal assuming he would enter the season the League Championship club's No. 1 keeper.

Hull currently only has one goalkeeper under contract and is seeking to add experienced options. Brad Guzan played for the Tigers on loan from Aston Villa last season.

AVILA LOAN FALLS THROUGH

FC Dallas midfielder Eric Avila will not be joining Atlas after all.

The proposed six-month loan to the Mexican club for Avila fell through. FC Dallas is expected to release a statement to shed more light on the situation.

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Do you see Alkmaar as a good destination for Altidore? What about Udinese? What do you think of Dempsey not going to Roma? Would you like to see Hahnemann come to MLS or play overseas for another year? Disappointed Avila's loan fell through?

Share your thoughts below.

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  1. Nope I never questioned chandlers commitment. That’s someone else but some of y’all are delusional. At this point Roma is building to be a champions league competitor. It’ll take a little while but the chances are they’ll be in the top 3 next year. Dempsey may be the best american but that doesn’t equate to a champions league attacker. Btw im willing to debate anyone on this as I don’t need to resort to name calling to those who don’t agree with me.

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  2. Exactly. Some people are ridiculous. The most I’d say is that Earnie is familiar with Jozy’s talent since he likely keeps his eyes on American players. Its absolutely stupid to think that a TD would bring in a guy as some sort of favor. Besides it doesn’t do a guy any favors if you bring him on knowing he’s gonna crash out of your squad. Waste of your time and his.

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  3. Dempsey is good enough for roma but he’s not the right fit. He wouldn’t beat out borrielo or totti and roma is about to sign bojan from barcelona. Plus roma has a strong primavera squad and they have gianluca caprari I’m telling you right he’s the future. It also could be a eu problem or he’s not worth the money.

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  4. It doesn’t work like that.

    The Italian league is a completely different animal from the EPL.

    Dempsey,of course, has the talent but it takes a lot more than talent. Lots of players more talented than Dempsey have failed to shine in Serie A and the EPL as well.

    For starters, who wants Dempsey? Is it the American owner? Or is it who ever is managing the team?

    If the manager doesn’t believe in Clint then I wouldn’t waste my time(unless we were talking mega bucks).

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  5. Anyone saying Dempsey isn’t good enough is either an absolute moron or just another American fan who has decided it makes him/her look more “sophisticated” and legit to say American players suck. The dude had 12 goals last season in the top league in the world- the exact same amount as Didier Drogba- a bonafide European superstar. So shut the hell up or Clint is going to eat your baby children- current and future.

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  6. Im freaking pissed, Mexico beat Germany and we were destroyed by that same team, another Mexican golden generation or what?

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  7. Earnie Stewart would not be “hooking him up”. That is a ridiculous statement. No Technical Director does favors for players. If he doesn’t believe he can play and help the team he won’t sign him. Simple as that.

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  8. I watch Dempsey week in and week out and have to say that Dempsey is good enough to walk into Roma’s first XI, and I venture that he’d perform even better than at Fulham precisely because of the higher level of talent (allegedly) that he would be surrounded with. That said, I hope he never leaves Fulham. COYW

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  9. I agree. While Vucinic appears to be on his way out there are some biggish names being linked coming in (Lamela, Bojan, Pastore?). I think Dempsey is good enough to play at Roma but to think that he could just waltz into the starting lineup is a tad bit wishful thinking.

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  10. Exactly right. As if starting for a “big” EPL club (and we can argue about whether that includes Fulham) means you’re automatically good enough to start for anyone else. Should Juve sign Almunia because he started for the mighty Arsenal? Deuce is an excellent player. But he isn’t what Roma needs.

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  11. Wow, big overreaction about the “good enough” comment. As if Dempsey was guaranteed success when changing leagues and teams. Nobody is.

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  12. Then clearly you never saw him at NYRB and you don’t watch many USMNT games. He has excellent turns, improving hold-up play, prerty good vision, a rocket shot, and the ability to run at defenders. His weaknesses are work rate, consistency, and playing at high pace. He also needs to improve his aerial play, especially for a guy with superb size and leaping ability.

    To say he’s not skilledis unfair. He’s not Eddie Johnson.

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  13. I like how so many people here demonstrate an inferiority complex about soccer by assuming the Roma comment was because he’s not good for that team, when the guy could’ve just been saying — as a later commenter notes — that he wouldn’t crack their specific roster right now, which he probably wouldn’t.

    It’s got nothing to do with Roma’s current standing as a club, it’s whether he fits their current plans. He’s not good enough to beat out who they have; so whether that was why CH was making the comment or not, it may still be true.

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  14. Dempsey was never in Roma’s plans. they said so. The one they want is Donovan. Oh, and both of those players are definitely good enough.

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  15. So Dempsey scores double digits in a more physical league but he wouldn’t be good enough for a mediocre Italian league team? I want whatever you’re smoking.

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  16. I think Altidore would be extremely lucky to make it to make it onto the AZ Alkmaar side. Earnie Stewart would basically be hooking him up.

    I still don’t see him getting any significant play time. I hate to say it, but I don’t think he’s a very skilled player.

    Everybody thinks so highly of him b/c he looks athletic and he is muscular, but I’ve never seen much skill from him, or much heart and fight for that matter.

    He should come back to MLS if he wants play time.

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  17. Dempsey is good enough to play anywhere…the mind is a very powerful tool my friend and he’ll get farther in life with less because of his mental toughness and engine

    You are foolish to think that technical skill is all it takes to succeed at the top level. He has the ball control, strength, and vision to be a versatile forward for years

    You know what your getting every day from him…the same can’t be said for a lot the high priced targets out there

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  18. Glad that the Jozy to Udinese thing looks like it fell through. Gotta think that he would have gotten buried on the depth chart. Udinese is going to have some cash on hand after they move Zapata and Sanchez and they will probably do some striker shopping. I just hope Altidore can land where he will get some support and playing time. Could work out at AZ.

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  19. my take on Freddy Adu is that he would do better being the big fish in the small pond than vise versa. Hopefully he can find a smaller club in a good league to be apart of. personally i think he would be awesome in MLS.

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  20. You’re that guy who went on and on about how Chandler was definitely going to play for Germany aren’t you? Advice…get your together and stop using US Soccer as a way to veil your feelings about your crappy life.

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  21. Where exactly is Dempsey going to play for Roma? Is he better than Vucinic? Borriello? Totti? Is he a better midfielder than Pizarro? I love Deuce but he’s not a good fit at Roma. Stay at Fulham, Clint. And go out as a club legend.

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  22. Haha… I’m not gonna overstate the talent of the current U.S. pool, but Dempsey is one of maybe 5 U.S. players who are unquestionably good enough to play for Roma (the others being Donovan, Holden, Cherundolo and Howard).

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  23. So? He’s 22, he can be brought along slowly and then become an eventual starter for them. Plus being around and practicing around top players will only help his growth as well. I’m not saying that this should happen i’m just saying that it wouldn’t be a bad thing. That said i still think he should either see if he can stay at Benfica, only if he sees that they are interested in having him again, or going somwhere where he’ll get playing time but at a lower league like Turkey or even the Netherlands but for a smaller team.

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  24. Clint Dempsey is good enough to play for a 6th place team in a 3rd/4th tier league. His lack of straight on pace wouldn’t be a factor, he does very well in a more direct and faster paced league currently, and he is technical enough to play anywhere.

    That is fact. Roma, like Juventus, don’t realize they aren’t one of the prettiest girls at the coolest party anymore.

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  25. So a player who scored in double digits for the 8th place Premier League team couldnt play for the 6th place Serie A team? This is a ridiculous statement…

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  26. Disagree. Dempsey is our best by a mile and he’s the only one good enough imo. He’s world-class, no doubt; that being said, not a big fan of owner-mandated acquisitions.

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  27. Roma should go after youth players.. can’t really see any of the current US team players there outside of Donovan, J.Jones, Bradley maybe Chandler.

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  28. Dempsey isnt good enough for Roma sad but true. No americans are at this point but who know how things will change in a year.

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