Americans Abroad Ticker: John Brooks, Tyler Boyd, Andrija Novakovich

Americans Abroad Ticker: John Brooks, Tyler Boyd, Andrija Novakovich

Americans Abroad

Americans Abroad Ticker: John Brooks, Tyler Boyd, Andrija Novakovich


John Brooks was one of Wolfsburg’s top players during the 2020-21 season and now is reportedly linked with a new contract in Germany.

Brooks has one year left on his current contract with the Bundesliga side and Wolfsburg Managing Director of Sport Jorg Schmadtke confirmed in an interview with Bild that there will be talks between the two parties.

“We’ll sit down to prepare,” said Schmadtke. “There will be an exchange with him. We are satisfied with him and want to extend with him.”

Brooks, 28, played a key role for Oliver Glasner’s squad last season, totaling 34 appearances in all competitions and helping Wolfsburg clinch a top four spot in league play. The U.S. Men’s National Team centerback also went on to help the USMNT win the inaugural Concacaf Nations League earlier this June.

Brooks has scored six goals and registered four assists in 110 combined appearances for Wolfsburg since his move from Hertha Berlin in 2017. The veteran defender will work with a new manager this fall as Mark van Bommel takes over for Glasner, who has moved to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Wolfsburg will kick off Champions League play in September.

Here are some more news and notes on the Americans Abroad front:

Tyler Boyd is on Sivasspor’s radar

Tyler Boyd’s time at Besiktas looks to be coming to an end and Sivasspor is reportedly hoping to complete a deal for the winger this summer.

Sivasspor remains in the mix to re-acquire Boyd ahead of its involvement in the inaugural Europa Conference League, Haber7 reports. Boyd still has two years left on his contract at Turkish winners Besiktas, but manager Sergen Yalcin has previously hinted at an exit for Boyd.

Boyd joined Besiktas in July 2019 and has since totaled 34 appearances with four goals scored and one assist registered. The 26-year-old spent scored five goals in 15 appearances with Sivasspor during the second half of the Super Lig season, helping them finish in the top five.

Besiktas won the Super Lig title and will have a chance at Champions League qualification in the Fall, but Boyd might have to look elsewhere to continue earning first team minutes in a top European league. Yalcin hinted that Boyd, Jermain Lens, and Douglas would not be in his plans heading into the 2021-22 campaign

Born in New Zealand, Boyd has earned 10 caps for the USMNT to date, scoring two goals and appearing in the Concacaf Gold Cup and Nations League. He last appeared for the USMNT in November 2019, assisting once in a 4-0 victory over Cuba.

Frosinone not interested in selling Novakovich

Andrija Novakovich delivered a strong campaign for Italian Serie B club Frosinone which has reportedly attracted several competitors for his services.

Vicenza is among several Serie B clubs to have shown interest in acquiring Novakovich this summer, but Frosinone isn’t expected to field any offers for him, according to a report from Italian outlet Trivinet Goal. The 24-year-old forward scored 11 goals and registered five assists in 33 league appearances, helping the club finish in 10th place.

Novakovich moved to Italy in 2019 from English club Reading and has been a consistent performer for Frosinone in the second tier. The Wisconsin native has registered 16 goals and 14 assists in 72 combined appearances for the club, earning consistent first team minutes abroad.

He has earned three caps with the U.S. Men’s National Team to date and has one year left on his contract with Frosinone. Vicenza finished two points behind Frosinone in the league table, sitting in 12th place.

Sheffield Wednesday linked to Olosunde

Matthew Olosunde already has one EFL Championship side in the race to acquire his services this summer and another lower league club has reportedly joined the mix.

Sheffield Wednesday is monitoring the free agent fullback, joining Preston North End in the race for Olosunde this summer, The Star reported Tuesday. Olosunde rejected a new contract with Rotherham United earlier this offseason in hopes of returning to the second tier.

Olosunde made the move to Rotherham United in 2019 following his release from Manchester United and went on to make 72 combined appearances for the Millers. The New Jersey native scored against Everton in FA Cup play this past season, but saw his playing time decrease as the club fought for league safety.

The 23-year-old has earned one cap for the U.S. Men’s National Team, appearing in a 3-0 friendly win over Bolivia in 2018. Olosunde mainly saw time at right back for Rotherham United this season, and also played as a wing back in Paul Warne’s system.

Preston North End finished 13th in the EFL Championship last season while Sheffield Wednesday suffered relegation alongside Rotherham United to League One.

Amon back in Denmark for Nordsjaelland preseason

Jonathan Amon has had terrible luck with injuries during his time as a European player, but looks set to change that heading into preseason camp with FC Nordsjaelland.

Amon arrived in Denmark for the start of summer camp ahead of the new Danish Superliagen campaign. The American winger scored one goal in two appearances last season before a serious knee injury ended his season in October 2020.

The 22-year-old has scored nine goals and registered six assists in 41 appearances for the club, but injuries have hampered each of his last two seasons. A former U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team player, Amon has made two appearances for the senior team.

Nordsjaelland finished fifth in the Superliagen Playoff table, totaling 43 points in a full 32-match schedule.

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