What are the international rules about foreigners playing on European soccer teams? I thought that the EPL had rules as to how many non-English could play on their team. To me it would be smart for USA Soccer to do their best to place these young good players on European teams pronto
There aren't a lot of limitations perse about playing in the overseas leagues, but what holds things up some times is the work visa rules which require a player to have a certain number of national team games and or other experience before they are approved to come over. I remember this being a major sticking point for Jozy Altidore when he first went to England.
One reason why there are a lot of African players in the European leagues is they moved over at a very young age and play in the team's academies. They are then eligible to play from the get go.
Also, we need to be realistic about the quality of the US players, a 17 year old on a hot streak in MLS won't necessarily earn playing time in the EPL and I think it's the playing time that is most important. If a guy(especially a young guy) is just going to go across the pond and sit, I'd rather he play here.
That said, I think guys like Lichaj, Aguedelo, and Goodson will add quite a bit to the younger core of field players like Altidore, Holden, and Bradley(all of whom are 24 or younger.)