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History of US players in Austria
Previously, US players at Austrian clubs have been rare. These were players almost unknown on US soil and usually playing in Austria for a season or two to stay in the game, often striving to play in Germany or England.
First US soccer players in Austria
The first US soccer player in Austria was Rashid Utush who in 2001 signed with SV Ried and made seven appearances for the club.
After seven years with no US player in the Austrian Bundesliga, Nate Jaqua signed with SC Rheindorf Altach from Houston in 2008. After scoring a respectable five goals in 13 appearances he returned to Houston later the same year.
A former member of the United States men's national youth soccer team, Preston Zimmerman played in Germany before spending a few years in Austria at Kapfenberger SV, a club that
won promotion from the second division in 2008.
Between 2012 and 2014, Terrence Boyd played for Rapid Vienna, scoring 28 goals across two seasons to help Rapid gain promotion. His performances for the team also earned him a place with the US men’s national team for the World Cup qualifying rounds and led to a move to Germany to join RB Leipzig, then in the second division.
US midfielder Conor O’Brien spent a year with Wiener Neustadt from 2014, having previously played in Denmark. O’Brien played 29 matches for Wiener Neustadt before returning to Denmark the following season.
Another player from the US men’s national team, Josh Gatt, spent a season with Rheindorf Altach when it was in the Bundesliga, before the club was relegated to the second division in 2019.
US Coach Jesse Marsch
Jesse Marsch has been lauded for his success coaching Red Bulls Salzburg, a team that regularly participates in the Champions League and Europa League. The team now has Brenden Aaronson in its side, increasing US influence in Austria, since the club has a reputation for encouraging young talent who then progress to clubs in the more widely known leagues.
Current US players in the Austrian Bundesliga
US players in the Austrian Bundesliga today are Erik Palmer-Brown, who plays for Austria Vienna on loan from his parent club Manchester City. In just two seasons, he has made 35 appearances.
Formerly a player at Philadelphia Union, striker Andrew Wooten joined FC Flyeralarm Admira in January 2020, taking three goals in five appearances for the new club. Two new US players are on loan at SKN St Polten. Taylor Booth, a player with the US youth’s national team has taken up his first senior team position here with Brandon Servania from FC Dallas. With all these new arrivals from the US, the Austrian Bundesliga has become interesting to more people in the US than ever before.
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