NASL ABROAD | Where Former NASL Players Are Plying Their Trade

Find out where former NASL players are continuing their careers
NASL Staff (@naslofficial} | May 4, 2017

Photo credit: New York Cosmos

Soccer is a trulyglobal sport and careers can stay in one location or stretch to far corners around the world. Whether they spent a season in the NASL or longer, here's a look at where some alumni of the league are currently plying their trade: 

Georgios Samaras – Real Zaragoza (ESP)
Adam Eckersley – St. Mirren (SCO)
Pascal Millien – Finn Harps FC (IRE)
Lucky Mkosana – IFK Mariehamn (FIN)
Jonathan Fana – Moca (DOM)
Leonardo Di Lorenzo – Temperley (ARG)
Jamie Dell - IFK Kumla (SWE)
Yasmani Duk – Al Ettifaq (SAU)
Yohandry Orozco – Zulia (VEN)
Juan Arango – Zulia (VEN)

In one season with the New York Cosmos in 2016, Juan Arango left an indelible impact. The Venezuelan international scored 15 goals in a season that earned him NASL Golden Ball honors en route to lifting the Soccer Bowl Trophy in New York. 

Photo credit: New York Cosmos

Jairo Arrieta – Herediano (CRC)
Simon Mensing – Airdrienonians (SCO)
Nick Taitague – Schalke Reserves (GER)
Nicki Paterson – East Fife (SCO)
Jair Reinoso – Club San Jose (BOL)
David Foley – South Shields FC (ENG)
Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare – AS Vitre (FRA)
Patryk Misik – Ordenes (ESP)
Ruben Bover – Barnet (ENG)
Omar Gordon – Montego Bay United (JAM)
Alexander Andersson – Degerfors (SWE)
Dario Cvitanich – Banfield (ARG)

Spending one season in the league in 2016, the veteran Argentine forward went on to scored Miami FC's first goal from the penalty spot, ending up with 10 goals on the year.

Photo credit: Orovio Photography/Miami FC

Verneri Valimaa – JJK (FIN)
Moises Hernandez – Comunicaciones FC (GUA)
Daniel Fernandes – Lillestrom SK (NOR)
Stefan Antonijevic – Lillestrom SK (NOR)
Mark Anderson – Spennymoor Town FC (ENG)
Marius Ebbers – SC Victoria Hamburg (GER)
Marlon Freitas – STK Samorin (SLO)
Futty Danso – Kelantan (MAL)
Derek Boateng – OFI Crete (GRE)
Gaston Cellerino – Felda United (MAY)

The forward spent the 2015 Fall Season with the Cosmos and made an impact when it mattered most. He scored three goals in The Championship Final to lift New York to the title.

Photo credit: New York Cosmos

Yago Silva – Seoul E-Land (KOR)
Idan Vered – Beitar Jerusalem (ISR)
Thomas Stewart – Dundalk (SCO)
James Bailey – Carlisle United (SCO)
Robert Hernandez – Caracas FC (VEN)
Alejandro Vela – Venados (MEX)
Kevon Villaroel – Central FC (TRI)
Sean de Silva – Central FC (TRI)
Long Tan – Changchun Yatai (CHN)
Takuya Yamada – Nara Club (JPN)
Mark Anderson – Spennymoor Town FC (ENG
Thiago De Freitas – ETSV Weiche (GER)
Marcos Flores – Bali United (IND)
Chris Nurse – Sutton United (ENG)

The Guyana national team captain played over 100 NASL games and currently plays in England for Sutton United, which reached the last 16 in the FA Cup before falling to Arsenal

Photo credit: Puerto Rico FC 

Ugur Albayrak – FSV Wacker 90 Nordhausen (GER)
Michael Langer – IFK Norrkoping (SWE)
Derby Carrillo – IBV (ISL)
Joseph Nane – FC Okzhetpes (KAZ)
Michal Mravec – FK Senica (SLO)
Haji Wright – Schalke Reserves (GER)
Dennis Chin – Ironi Nesher (ISR)
Dani Sanchez – FC Jazz (FIN)
Richard Sanchez – Tampico Madero (MEX)
Niko Kranjcar – Rangers (SCO)
Zourab Tsiskaridze – Eskilstuna (SWE)

The defensive midfielder played two seasons in the NASL and may best be known for his stunning free kick from long range. 

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