Yanks find lack of international interest 

August, 25, 2010

The market is down.

And, no, we don't mean this one. Or this one. We're talking about the international market for American soccer players.

After the World Cup, plenty of pundits speculated U.S. players would be in demand, including us. After all, World Cup years traditionally bring on a spending spree by European clubs, and Michael Bradley, Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey all starred for a team that won a qualifying group, gained plenty of respect from foreign coaches and media, and generated the sincerest form of flattery: rumors. But with the transfer window closing Monday, exactly two players on the U.S. World Cup roster, captain Carlos Bocanegra and left back Jonathan Bornstein, have signed with new teams this summer -- Bocanegra moving from Stade Rennes to St. Etienne in France, and Chivas USA's Bornstein signing with Mexico's Tigres, where he'll play beginning next January.

Luke Cyphers is a former senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.
Doug McIntyre is a staff writer for ESPN The Magazine. He has covered American and international soccer since 2002.