The U.S. men’s national soccer team, having been surprising semifinalists in the very first World Cup in 1930, have once again come in vogue, progressing beyond the group stages in the last two World Cups and reaching the quarterfinals in 2002. The ever-improving national team has made liking soccer cool in the U.S.
The U.S. man’s national team, called the USMNT, has had a fair few genuine stars over the years. Here’s a list of the best of the lot.
The players haven’t been ‘ranked’ in any way. This Buzzle article contains only male players, and legends of the female game such as Mia Hamm, Abby Wambach, and Michelle Akers haven’t been mentioned. Statistics of currently active players are correct as of July 5, 2014.
Birth: March 4, 1982, in Ontario, California
Clubs: Bayer Leverkusen, San Jose Earthquakes (loan), Los Angeles Galaxy, Bayern Munich (loan), Everton (loan)
Active for USMNT: 2000-present
Appearances for USMNT: 156 (57 goals)
Considered by many as the greatest American soccer player ever, Donovan is a living legend in American soccer. He has been playing for the U.S. national team since 2000, and is the team’s all time leader in goals scored and assists. He is the first and, as yet, only player to score and assist more than 50 goals