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The Best Soccer Players from the United States of America 

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Updated January 25, 2020 21.2k votes 1.9k voters 43.5k views 1,007 items

List of the best soccer players from United States of America. List includes the top soccer (or “football”) players from United States of America, along with photos when available. This list of best United States of America soccer players is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest players are at the top of the list. If you're searching for a particular famous United States of America soccer player you can use the "search" box to find what you're looking for.

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Christian Pulisic is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from the United States of America
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Landon Donovan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from the United States of America
Forward and Midfielder from Ontario, California, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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 ...more
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Clint Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from the United States of America
Forward and Midfielder from Nacogdoches, Texas

Nationality: United States of America

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, ...more

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Mia Hamm is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from the United States of America
Forward from Selma, Alabama, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Mariel Margaret Hamm-Garciaparra (born March 17, 1972) is an American retired professional soccer player, two-time Olympic gold medalist, and two-time FIFA Women's World Cup champion. Hailed as ...more

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Michael Bradley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from the United States of America
Midfielder from Princeton, New Jersey

Nationality: United States of America

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 ...more
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Brian McBride is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from the United States of America
Forward from Arlington Heights, Illinois

Nationality: United States of America

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 ...more
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DaMarcus Beasley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from the United States of America
Midfielder from Fort Wayne, Indiana

Nationality: United States of America

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 ...more
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Tim Howard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from the United States of America
ruitorres3716 added Goalkeeper from North Brunswick Township, New Jersey

Nationality: United States of America

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

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Hope Solo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from the United States of America
Goalkeeper from Richland, Tri-Cities, Washington, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Hope Amelia Solo (born July 30, 1981) is an American former soccer goalkeeper. She was a goalkeeper for the United States women's national soccer team from 2000 to 2016, and is a World Cup ...more

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Claudio Reyna is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from the United States of America
Midfielder from Livingston, New Jersey

Nationality: United States of America

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 ...more
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Carli Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from the United States of America
Midfielder from Delran Township, New Jersey

Nationality: United States of America

Carli Anne Hollins (née Lloyd; born July 16, 1982) is an American soccer player. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist (2008 and 2012), two-time FIFA Women's World Cup champion (2015 ...more
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Brad Friedel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from the United States of America
Goalkeeper from Lakewood, Ohio

Nationality: United States of America, Germany

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 ...more
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Abby Wambach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from the United States of America
Forward from Rochester, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Mary Abigail Wambach (born June 2, 1980) is an American retired soccer player, coach, two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women's World Cup champion. A six-time winner of the U.S. Soccer ...more

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Alexi Lalas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from the United States of America
Defender from Birmingham, Michigan

Nationality: United States of America

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 ...more
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Jermaine Jones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from the United States of America
Midfielder from Frankfurt, Germany

Nationality: United States of America, 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 ...more
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Jozy Altidore is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from the United States of America
Forward from Livingston, New Jersey

Nationality: United States of America

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 ...more
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Kasey Keller is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from the United States of America
Goalkeeper from Olympia, Washington

Nationality: United States of America

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. ...more
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Eddie Pope is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from the United States of America
Defender from Greensboro, North Carolina, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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
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Cobi Jones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from the United States of America
Midfielder from Detroit, Michigan

Nationality: United States of America

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, ...more
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Carlos Bocanegra is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from the United States of America
Defender from Alta Loma, California

Nationality: United States of America

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
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Michelle Akers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from the United States of America
Midfielder from Santa Clara, California, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Michelle Anne Akers (born February 1, 1966) is an American former soccer player, who starred in the historic 1991 and 1999 Women's World Cup victories by the United States. She won the Golden ...more

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Megan Rapinoe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from the United States of America
rainman77 added Megan Rapinoe Forward and Midfielder from Redding, California

Nationality: United States of America

Megan Anna Rapinoe ( (listen); born July 5, 1985) is an American professional soccer player who plays for and captains Reign FC in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), playing primarily as ...more

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Tab Ramos is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from the United States of America
AdamAmroun1 added Midfielder from Montevideo, Uruguay

Nationality: United States of America, 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 ...more
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Maurice Edu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from the United States of America
Maurice Edu Defender and Midfielder from Fontana, California

Nationality: United States of America

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 ...more
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Brandi Chastain is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from the United States of America
Defender and Midfielder from San Jose, California, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Brandi Denise Chastain (born July 21, 1968) is an American retired soccer player, two-time FIFA Women's World Cup champion, two-time Olympic gold-medalist, coach, and sports broadcaster. She ...more

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