Major League Soccer didn't see any big-name players make their way to North America, but many of the league's players headed to Europe either on short-term or permanent loans.The January transfer window came to a close Tuesday without much action. Perhaps teams decided to avoid big-money moves this window following the Fernando Torres and Andy Carroll disasters of 2011.
The biggest news of deadline day surrounded the players who didn't move, most notably Carlos Tevez and Giovani dos Santos. As far as the ones who do find themselves on a new team, Thiago Motta to PSG and Fredy Guarin to Inter made headlines. And that's not saying much.
To and From Major League Soccer
Most of the high-profile signings came earlier in the month. Major League Soccer players made the biggest splashes in the first couple weeks of the new calendar year as Thierry Henry, Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan accepted loan deals with Premier League teams. All three have already made an impact in Europe.
And we can't forget the loan of FC Dallas defender George John to West Ham United, and the transfer of Red Bulls defender Tim Ream to Bolton. The youngsters have put themselves in position to follow in the footsteps of Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard as former American MLS standouts that have made successful careers in the UK.
The David Beckham saga also brought attention to MLS ever since the 36-year-old midfielder guided the LA Galaxy to the MLS title in November. The former England captain passed up an opportunity to play for PSG, opting to re-sign with the Galaxy on a two-year deal.
The window opened with Nicolas Anelka surprising the soccer world by leaving Chelsea for Shanghai. He became the first of several big names to turn down offers from MLS teams after denying the expansion Montreal Impact, who were also linked to Juventus captain Alessandro Del Piero and new River Plate striker David Trezeguet.
Anelka wouldn't be the last to snub the North American league. Dos Santos' agent admits that the forward received offers from MLS teams but would rather stay on the sideline at Tottenham for the time being. Michael Ballack, who had been linked to the New York Red Bulls, decided to remain at Bayer Leverkusen until the summer.
Ronaldinho and Didier Drogba are among the potential Designated Players rumored to be possibly joining MLS during the winter. Brek Shea, Freddy Adu and Rafa Marquez are a few current MLS players who will be back next season despite interest from abroad.
Not Much Noise From Americans Abroad
As far as Americans currently playing abroad changing clubs, Edson Buddle's European adventure came to an end when FC Ingolstadt terminated his contract and U.S. Olympic hopeful Mikkel Diskerud moved to Belgian top-flight club KAA Gent from Stabaek. There wasn't much movement other than that despite rumors that Rangers' Maurice Edu could be on the move.
Tevez Staying Put... For Now
If Tevez didn't come with such a high price tag and was about six years older, he could have received offers from MLS. Instead, the troubled Manchester City forward was targeted by elite clubs PSG, AC Milan and Inter after a falling out with coach Roberto Mancini.
Tevez had allegedly refused to enter a Champions League game in September and Mancini later said the Argentine would never play for him again. He wasn't lying. Four months later, and the drama continued until deadline day as Tevez appealed the six-week fine given to him from City for his extended absence.
It appeared as though Tevez and AC Milan were a match made in soccer heaven, but a deal couldn't be reached in time and the Tevez rumors will continue through the spring.
PSG Does Finally Get Reinforcements
After being denied by Beckham and Tevez, the French club was able to ink Alex from Chelsea for a reported fee of 6 million euros last Friday. On deadline day, PSG completed the signing of Motta from Inter. The Ligue 1 leaders also fired coach Antoine Kombouare and hired Carlo Ancelotti to take his place. Talk about shaking things up.
Cahill Move Almost Turns Ugly
Gary Cahill was linked to Chelsea for quite some time before finally reaching an agreement with the team to complete a switch from Bolton. Cahill was called "greedy" throughout the negotiations before the two sides agreed to a deal worth 7 million pounds, but he insists he joined the club because of soccer reasons.
Other Notable Transfers Out of Europe This Month
-Newcastle United completed signing of Papiss Cisse from Freiburg.
-Fenerbahce signed highly rated Senegalese striker Moussa Sow from Lille.
-QPR added two forwards with plenty of EPL experience: Djibril Cisse and Bobby Zamora.
-Dortmund added a huge young talent in Monchengladbach's Marco Reus
-Chelsea signed Kevin De Bruyne and loaned him back to Genk until June.
-Fulham inked Pavel Pogrebnyak from Stuttgart for 3 million pounds
-Manchester City signed Roma's David Pizarro on loan until end of season.