The United States soccer team has earned great respect in football internationally, as a result of the increasing competitiveness shown by its players, many of them with good participation in the big teams of the demanding leagues in Europe.
The combined stars and stripes is no longer only a benchmark in the area of the Confederation of North America, Central America and the Caribbean, where it has won 6 Gold Cup titles, but is also a great animator of World Cup events, at that he has classified 10 times.
Who are the 10 best US players in the history?
In Futbolero we chose the 10 most outstanding players of the American team throughout its history. The list includes such renowned footballers as goalkeeper Tim Howard, Jozy Altidore and the talented Landon Donovan, who has the record for the most goals for his national team equaled by Clint Dempsey (57).
10- DaMarcus Beasley
The outside back simply did it all during his career, and it honestly felt like Beasley was going to play forever because of how insanely well he took care of himself and shared his love for the game. Beasley played over 550 matches for club and country and he ranks seventh all-time in USMNT appearances. The American is extremely decorated when it comes to his time with the U.S. considering how long he was available to play for
9- Jozy Altidore
The Toronto FC striker is sometimes overlooked because of several bouts with injuries at inopportune times, but Altidore is the best pure striker the Americans have ever had. It’s easily to argue that he would’ve been a more valued asset than guys like Wynalda and McBride had he not sustained some of his muscle injuries, but nonetheless, Altidore should be celebrated for making the jump to Europe at a young age and excelling greatly in MLS.
8- Michael Bradley
Altidore and Bradley have been teammates for a long time, and it’s no mistake that they’ve both had incredible careers. The midfielder general seemingly has always had an engine that lasts for days and he’s come up with some huge performances throughout his career, including the U.S.’ 2010 World Cup run.
7- Tim Howard
The player-turned-commentator is certainly the trendsetter for American goalkeepers after his transcendent move to Manchester United from the New York/New Jersey MetroStars. Howard’s USMNT and club career in Europe was astonishing, and he’s easily the most decorated American player to compete in the big five leagues regardless of position.
6- Christian Pulisic
Pulisic is by far the youngest on this list and only truly beginning his career with the U.S., but his skill is almost unmatched when it comes to players before him. The Pennsylvania-born attacker has already been a regular starter at both Dortmund and Chelsea in two of the world’s biggest leagues and he’s destined for more greatness at the international level as the USMNT aims to qualify for the 2022 and future World Cups.
5- Eddie Pope
Although defenders don’t get a ton of love, Pope was one of the best that’s ever suited up for the Americans and he excelled during his time in MLS and with the USMNT. Pope was named to the MLS Best XI four times throughout his career, including in 2003 after he had shown out brilliantly for the USMNT at the previous year’s World Cup.
4- Claudio Reyna
Current fans of MLS will know Reyna for his time in the front office with New York City FC and now Austin FC, but the New Jersey native remains one of the top midfielders the USMNT has ever featured. Reyna was named to the 2002 World Cup All-Star Team and featured in three World Cups along with several other players on this list.
3- Brian McBride
Europe after having years of success with the Columbus Crew in MLS. The striker played a role in three World Cups, including the USMNT’s 2002 run to the quarter finals where the Americans narrowly fell to Germany. McBride finished his international career with 30 goals, which ranked fifth all-time for the Yanks.
2- Clint Dempsey
The man affectionately known as ‘Deuce’ was an assassin in front of goal and actually topped McBride’s goal total in England with Fulham. His iconic goal against Juventus is one of the most memorable sequences of his professional career, but Dempsey really made a lasting impression with the USMNT. He finished tied for first all-time in goals with Landon Donovan and helped lead the U.S. to three Gold Cup wins and was a member of the USMNT’s historic win over Spain at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.
1- Landon Donovan
Whenever bringing up Donovan it’s almost reactionary to think of 2010 in South Africa when his heroics helped guide the USMNT through to the knockout phase. His career was full of these moments, both with the USMNT and at the club level. Donovan finished his national team career with 57 goals and 58 assists, which rank first in both categories. Only 39 years old now, the U.S. legend finds himself in ownership with local California side San Diego Loyal.