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The Best Soccer Players from the United States of America

Updated September 9, 2021 13.2k votes 2.2k voters 48.7k views188 items

Who are the best soccer players from United States of America? This list includes the greatest soccer players from United States. While the US Men's National Team has a long history of international mediocrity, with a top finish of 8th at the 2002 World Cup, maybe things are turning around as more great American soccer players compete at the highest levels in Europe. So, who are the best footballers from America? Who is the best American soccer player of all time?

Some of the best American soccer players include national legends like Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, and Tim Howard. There are also rising stars such as Christian Pulisic, Sergino Dest, and Gio Reyna (the son of US great Claudio Reyna), who are ready to make an impact for US Soccer. 

Vote up the best soccer players from the US, and help decide who is the greatest American footballer of all time!

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    BirthplaceOntario, California

    Landon Timothy Donovan (born March 4, 1982) is an American professional soccer player who plays for Major Arena Soccer League side San Diego Sockers. He holds numerous individual records in Major...  more
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    Attacking Midfielder
    975
    253

    BirthplaceNacogdoches, Texas

    Clinton Drew Dempsey (; born March 9, 1983) is an American retired professional soccer player who played as a forward. During his career, he played in England for Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur, and in...  more

    #641 of 1,185 The Best Soccer Players of All Time#98 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players#30 of 76 The Best MLS Players Of All Time

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    Kmbappe29 addedAttacking midfielder
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    273

    BirthplaceHershey, Pennsylvania

    Christian Mate Pulisic (born September 18, 1998) is an American professional soccer player who plays as a winger or an attacking midfielder for Premier League club Chelsea and the United States...  more
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    ruitorres3716 addedGoalkeeper
    241
    35

    BirthplaceNorth Brunswick Township, New Jersey

    Timothy Matthew Howard (born March 6, 1979) is an American professional soccer player who plays as a goalkeeper for and captains Major League Soccer (MLS) club Colorado Rapids. Howard began his...  more

    #24 of 176 The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time#109 of 115 The Funniest Professional Athletes#54 of 122 The Best Goalies In The World Right Now

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    Midfielder
    251
    142

    BirthplaceLivingston, New Jersey

    Claudio Reyna (born July 20, 1973) is a retired American soccer player and the current director of football operations for New York City FC. He was the captain of the United States men's national...  more
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    156

    BirthplaceArlington Heights, Illinois

    Brian Robert McBride (born June 19, 1972) is an American retired soccer player who played as a forward for the Columbus Crew, Fulham and the Chicago Fire and is the fifth highest all-time leading...  more
  • 7
    Goalkeeper
    208
    133

    BirthplaceLakewood, Ohio

    Bradley Howard Friedel (born May 18, 1971) is a retired American soccer goalkeeper and the former head coach of Major League Soccer team New England Revolution.Friedel played 84 games for the United...  more
  • 8
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    24

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Marcelo Balboa (born August 8, 1967) is an American retired soccer defender who played in the 1990s for the U.S. national team, becoming its captain. He is a member of the National Soccer Hall of...  more
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    153

    BirthplaceFort Wayne, Indiana

    DaMarcus Lamont Beasley (; born May 24, 1982) is an American professional soccer player who plays for the Houston Dynamo in Major League Soccer. A versatile left-footed player, Beasley has played...  more
  • 10
    Midfielder
    138
    82

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    Cobi N'Gai Jones (born June 16, 1970) is an American former soccer player and analyst for the Los Angeles Galaxy on Time Warner Cable SportsNet. He can also be seen on Fox Sports, BeIN Sports, the...  more
  • 11
    Midfielder
    285
    207

    BirthplacePrinceton, New Jersey

    Michael Sheehan Bradley (born July 31, 1987) is an American professional soccer player who plays as a midfielder. He currently captains Canadian club Toronto FC in Major League Soccer. Bradley is...  more
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    AdamAmroun1 addedMidfielder
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    45

    BirthplaceMontevideo, Uruguay

    Tabaré Ramos, known as Tab Ramos (born September 21, 1966) is an American former soccer player who currently serves as head coach of the United States U-20 team. Over this thirteen-year professional...  more
  • 13
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    123

    BirthplaceLivingston, New Jersey

    Josmer Volmy "Jozy" Altidore ( JOH-zee AL-ti-dor; born November 6, 1989) is an American professional soccer player who plays as a forward for Toronto FC and the United States national team. Altidore...  more
  • 14
    100
    55

    BirthplaceRockford, Illinois

    Steven Emil "Steve" Cherundolo (born February 19, 1979) is an American former soccer defender who was most recently an assistant coach for the United States men's national soccer team. He was the...  more
  • 15
    Goalkeeper
    146
    97

    BirthplaceOlympia, Washington

    Kasey C. Keller (born November 29, 1969) is an American former soccer player who played professionally in Europe and the United States, as well as being the starting goalkeeper for the U.S. national...  more
  • 16
    Defender
    140
    93

    BirthplaceGreensboro, North Carolina

    George Edward Pope (December 24, 1973) is a retired American soccer player who last played for Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer and spent eleven years as a defender for the United States...  more
  • 17
    Midfielder
    164
    116

    BirthplaceFrankfurt, Germany

    Jermaine Junior Jones (born November 3, 1981) is an American soccer player who has played as a defensive midfielder for most of his career. He currently plays as a midfielder for the Ontario Fury in...  more
  • 18
    Defender
    194
    160

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Michigan

    Panayotis Alexander "Alexi" Lalas (born June 1, 1970) is an American retired soccer player who played mostly as a defender. Lalas is best known for his participation with the United States men's...  more
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    83
    52

    BirthplaceFullerton, California

    Eric Boswell Wynalda (born June 9, 1969) is an American soccer coach and television commentator and retired player. He was formerly an analyst and color commentator for soccer coverage on Fox Sports...  more
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    107

    BirthplaceAlta Loma, California

    Carlos Manuel Bocanegra (born May 25, 1979) is an American sports executive and former professional soccer player. A two-time MLS Defender of the Year, Bocanegra also played professionally in...  more
  • 21
    Center forward
    52
    24

    BirthplacePort-au-Prince, Haiti

    Joseph Edouard Gaetjens ( GAY-jenz; March 19, 1924 – July 10, 1964 [presumed]) was a Haitian soccer player who played for the United States national team in the 1950 FIFA World Cup, scoring the...  more
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    59
    32

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Oguchialu Chijioke Onyewu (born May 13, 1982) is an American retired soccer player who is currently the sporting director for Orlando City B in USL League One.During his professional career, he has...  more
  • 23
    Defender, Midfielder
    86
    65

    BirthplaceFontana, California

    Edu Maurice Edu, Jr. (born April 18, 1986) is a retired American soccer player. A highly touted prospect, Edu was the first overall pick in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft and won the MLS Rookie of the Year...  more
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    40
    19

    BirthplaceMontego Bay, Jamaica

    Jeff Cunningham (born August 21, 1976) is an American soccer player. He is Major League Soccer's third-all-time leader in regular-season goals scored with 134....  more
  • 25
    Midfielder
    68
    54

    BirthplaceKearny, New Jersey

    John Harkes (born March 8, 1967) is a retired American soccer player who is currently serving as head coach for Greenville Triumph SC.A member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame, Harkes was the...  more