Efford Trades Belgium for Scotland

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Motherwell FC of the Scottish Premiership have confirmed via their website that they have signed American winger Joe Efford from Waasland-Beveren of the Belgian First Division B, the second tier of Belgian soccer.

“We are very happy to bring Joe to the club and add to our attacking options,” the Motherwell manager, Graham Alexander said.

“He has a great work ethic, real pace and goal scoring abilities from either side of the front three.  He’s at a great age and after speaking with him, I know he is highly motivated to succeed at Motherwell.”

The Georgia native signed on with the Flemish side back in the summer of 2020 after his contract with Greek team Ergotelis ended.  When he joined Beveren, they were in the Belgian top flight, but Efford’s two goals in his 19 appearances that season could not help them maintain Pro League status. 

The move to Motherwell was for an undisclosed fee and is an 18 month deal that will keep him in Scotland until next summer.

Efford could possibly feature on Saturday when the Steelmen travel to Edinburgh to take on Hearts of Midlothan.


Michael Adubato

The old man of Yanks-Abroad, having been around since the very beginning in 2004, Known as the resident Belgian expert since that’s where he has lived for a couple of decades. Over the years he has interviewed Nats such as Kasey Keller, Brian McBride, Oguchi Onyewu, Jozy Altidore and Tim Weah, to name a few. When not working the day job, he can often be found in stadiums around Europe, watching games from the top flight to the lower leagues. To prove that he is not just a pretty face, Mike received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland and a Masters from the University of Oklahoma. Boomer Sooner! On a non-soccer note, Adubato has just released a book of poetry from his travels, Missing the Exit, published by Broken Keys Publishing in Ottawa, Canada. So that must make him the YA poet laureate! You can grab your copy on Amazon.com, order online and pick it up and Barnes & Noble or get an e-copy at various outlets.

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