Now that many of the top European leagues have wrapped up, let's take a look at some of the top goals that Americans have scored overseas this season. I'm not claiming this is any sort of Top 5 list, as I haven't had the privilege of seeing every strike from every American playing in every league. But, these five certainly caught my eye and they should catch yours, too.
If you know of others you'd like to share, please comment below.
Clint Dempsey (April 27, Fulham 3, Bolton 0)
We can't begin this list with anyone else but Clint Dempsey, who enjoyed one of the most prosperous seasons abroad by any American in U.S. history. He scored 12 goals this season (13 in all competitions) en route to becoming Fulham's all-time leading scorer (33) in the Premeirship. To boot, he also broke Brian McBride's record for most goals by an American in a top European league. Here's one of his beauties:
Stuart Holden (Dec. 12, Bolton 2, Blackburn 1)
Oh, what could have been for Stuart Holden. The Scottish-born American was enjoying a terrific season for Bolton, but a horrific injury cut his season short for the second year in a row. He scored twice and one of them was both clutch and spectacular (it's the second goal of the clip):
Alejandro Bedoya (April 8, 2011, Orebro SK 1, Syrianska FC 0)
Alejandro Bedoya is another American enjoying some success across the pond. He's seeing plenty of minutes in Sweden for Orebro SK and has scored a few nice goals already this season, which is far from done. Take at look at this clever volley, which includes a stellar reaction from the keeper:
Edson Buddle (May 8, FC Ingolstadt 1, 1860 Munich 1)
We embedded Buddle's (embuddled?) third goal for FC Ingolstadt on this blog a few weeks ago. I'm still mesmerized ... and a little confused:
Freddy Adu (March 8, Rizespor 1, Gaziantep 0)
While Freddy Adu's career hasn't quite met the lofty expectations expected of him years ago, he's still showing flashes of what made him a teenage superstar. Check out the clip below and make sure you stick around until the fourth replay to not only watch the raucous celebration, but the angle that shows the left-footed finesse that Adu put on the ball to slice it into the side netting.