With the World Cup now underway and just how far U.S. Soccer will make it in the tournament with its relatively young and unheralded roster uncertain, we thought it was high time to look back at the very best that have ever represented the U.S. on the pitch and on the world stage. Check out our list of the Top 5 U.S. Soccer Players of All-Time:
5. Cobi Jones
Still the all-time leader in caps, Jones was during his U.S. Men’s Soccer career considered one of the team’s few truly indispensable players.
4. Tony Meola
Occupying a spot on the U.S. National Team roster from 1988 to 2006, Meola was a dominant goalie for the Americans through the early to mid-1990s and outside of World Cup play was MLS League MVP and Goalkeeper of the Year in 2000.
3. Brad Friedel
Appeared in 82 games with the U.S. National team from 1992 to 2005, and along with the team represented the U.S. in three World Cups. He is still currently active and playing at the age of 39.
2. Claudio Reyna
On the U.S. team from 1994 to 2006, Reyna captained the team in the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups, a feat that earned him the nickname “Captain America” in England. In 111 appearances with the U.S. National Team, Reyna scored eight goals in International play, and in 2002 he became only the 3rd American to ever be named to the World Cup All-Tournament Team.
1. Landon Donovan
Considered by many across the world as the finest soccer player to ever come out of the United States, Donovan has been the face of U.S. Soccer for more than a decade. Currently the U.S. all-time scoring leader with 57 career goals in international play, his exclusion from the U.S. team’s roster going into the 2014 World Cup Finals came as a shock to fans all over the world, and his absence is sure to be felt as the U.S. begins group play on June 16th.